Predicting and Preventing Wellbore Leakage (22frg258)


(University of British Columbia)

(Concordia University)

(Laval University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Predicting and Preventing Wellbore Leakage" workshop in Banff from April 24, 2022 to May 1, 2022.

Canada is entering an era of P&A (Plug and Abandonment) in which 1000's of oil & gas wells will be abandoned annually for the foreseeable future, highlighting the critical question of safe long-term abandonment of these wells. Leaking wells (i.e. when natural gas seeps from wellbores) are threats to the environment and public safety of Canada and they can result in the destruction of near well ecosystems, environment pollution (e.g. groundwater contamination), GHG emissions and safety hazards (explosion risks). This workshop brings together mathematically oriented scientists and engineers to develop complementary and interlinked studies addressing knowledge gaps underlying these societally important issues.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).