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    Record numbers attend well intervention conference

    News // November 24, 2010

    Experts gathered in Aberdeen on 17th/18th November for and exhibition and conference focussing on well intervention technology.

    The SPE ICoTA 16th European Well Intervention Round Table attracted a record number of 320 specialist professionals to the two day event in Aberdeen, Scotland to hear the conference programme of case studies, lessons learned and new technologies.

    David Heslop, VP Wells at Talisman Energy (UK) Limited delivered the keynote address saying:  “The technical programme and exhibition for this conference is packed with fantastic examples of new and old technology being creatively applied to solve tough problems. This event plays a vital role in showcasing technology and experience and bringing together service providers and operators to benefit from shared knowledge."

    “Well interventions are helping to sustain our industry by unlocking barrels and value, and that can only be good for the future of the UK sector, which is still a key global area for the upstream industry.”

    An exhibition of services and technologies for the well intervention industry, which has grown every year over the last five, sees several of the 40 exhibiting companies choosing the event to showcase new technology to the market for the first time.

    One of the larger oilfield services companies, Weatherford introduced its Multi Functional Compact Well Maintenance System, industry leading technology in versatility and compact deployment. Due to its reduced footprint, the system can be utilised on satellite platforms which typically have been inaccessible to larger systems.

    Expro exhibited its AX-S deepwater intervention system, demonstrating the capabilities of the technology, which is considered a significant technological breakthrough as it makes it possible for customers to extract more oil from deepwater wells.

    Amongst the other global presences like Baker Hughes and the NOV group of companies are smaller and newer names to the industry. Founded in 2008, engineering design company, Oilenco recently performed a well intervention ‘world first’ when its ground-breaking Intervention Snake was successfully deployed in the North Sea. The ‘Snake’ was unveiled to the industry in an on stand demonstration at the event.

    SME TCO, a global provider of specialised well technology, is showcasing its Multi Cycle Valve (MCV), the only valve of its kind currently available to the market, which allows BI-directional circulation.

    The conference has gained global recognition as a showcase of innovative technology and as a result this year has gathered International delegates to Aberdeen for the popular two day conference from USA, Canada, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany and France.

    Newcomers to the event, Wireline Engineering, showcased its wireline conveyance system – the Open Hole Roller Bogie technology.  David Blane, sales manager, Wireline Engineering said:  “This is the first time we have exhibited at the SPE ICoTA Well Intervention event and we have been impressed by the quality of the technical presentations and exhibiting format alongside the conference. 

    “It attracted a highly targeted audience of technical experts from the major oil companies that we currently work with and are looking to work with.  Both days gave us an excellent platform to speak to our current customers and develop opportunities with future customers - we have a number of concrete leads to follow up after having significant interest in our Roller Bogie technology and this has been from a direct result of exhibiting which is fantastic.”

    The SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Round Table, held by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter, is an annual event with the aims of both organisations to disseminate technical knowledge and promote the value of well intervention solutions.


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