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Well Integrity and Permanent P and A

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course considers well integrity and permanent plug and abandonment of wells. The priority is given to hydrocarbon wells but geothermal wells are also discussed.

Learning outcome

Have insight into the different phases of a wells lifecycle including drilling, completion, production, intervention.
Have knowledge about drilling equipment and well logging tools.
Be able to perform hydraulic calculations both for hydrostatic pressure, pulling capacity, mechanical friction and fracture pressure.


  1. Well Integirty
  • Introduction to Well Integrity
  • Common well integrity issues
  • Defining well barriers
  • Verification of well barriers.
  • Well integrity management
  • Organizational challenges and well design
  • Formation Integrity Test (FIT)
  • Cement Integrity
  1. Plug and Abandonment (P&A)
  • Introduction to Permanent P&A
  • A conventional approach to P&A
  • A risk-based approach to P&A
  • Type of Wells (Production, injection, exploration, etc.)
  • Minimum setting depth (MSD)
  • Selection of a suitable formation
  • Well completion consideration
  • Casing cement verification
  • Cement placement inside casing
  • Access to formation
  • Plug placement techniques
  • Well barrier and well barrier elements criteria
  • P&A consideration during well design
  • Assignments

Required prerequisite knowledge

Must meet the requirement for admission to the master programme in Petroleum Engineering

Recommended previous knowledge

Modern Well Design PET535


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Mahmoud Khalifeh

Method of work

4 hours with lectures per week on well integrity and permanent P&A.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Well Intervention and Plug and Abandonment (PET605_1) 5

Course assessment

Standard UiS procedure


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 13.08.2020