Juan Carlos Lopez is OGEXP Consulting General Manager, Well Control Consultant, and Engineering Advisor. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from La Politécnica Nacional de Quito and an MBA from The University of Houston. His career spans 17 years in reservoir engineering, completions design, well intervention and stimulation, and production management. In his current position, Juan has worked on projects related to WellWork, Process Safety, and WellControl with USA, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Qatar, Nigeria, Angola, Argentina, and Malaysia teams. He is an active contributor to the development of API and industry synopses to optimize field operations. In addition, Juan is part of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, IADC WSP Well Servicing Revision Workgroup, in charge of structuring and updating all the Completions and Workover intervention curricula.
Technology and Safety Culture are essential pillars of the Energy industry towards re-building a future compatible with environmental and sustainable processes. This road emphasizes the responsibility that operators and service companies must preserve and prioritize people's well-being and environmental responsibility. The Wireline Pressure Control Operations management is an example that leaders in the sector may utilize to open the conversation about the values and expectations invested in our industry to remain relevant and competitive.
Open hole, cased hole, dead or live well interventions, wellbore cleaning, and remediation jobs, running and retrieving tools, installing valves, logging, or opening circulation paths are some of the multiple applications of Wireline operations. The versatility of applications makes wireline operations a widely used well-intervention technique in the Oil and Gas industry.
The objective of the lecture is to review elements of Well Control theory applied to Wireline specifics and engage with the attendees about the importance of Safety Culture and Human Factors and their influence on the success of an operation. These contents are intended to assist managers and experienced personnel in proactively engage with their teams to generate traction toward prevention instead of mitigation. At the same time, it helps the less seasoned attendants to get familiar with the process behind yielded information coming from some of these operations, e.g., logs, temperature/pressure data, and evaluation information, among others.
It is crucial that the participants, no matter their level of experience, recognize and understand the primary considerations involved in preventing a pressure control event while working with Wireline. Hydrostatic pressure and wellbore force in a live-well operation will be addressed. Also, examples intend to clarify how this force affects wireline operations. The review will focus on the operative process, the proactive actions, procedures, tests, and best practices to minimize the risk of an uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons.