As­so­ci­a­tion at 25-year mark

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Novem­ber marks 25 years of ICoTA – the In­ter­ven­tion and Coiled Tub­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Com­pris­ing mem­bers from oil and gas op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies, well ser­vic­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ers and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies from across Europe, the Euro­pean Chap­ter is a not-for-profit as­so­ci­a­tion that pro­vides valuable re­sources and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for those work­ing in well in­ter­ven­tion.

As this part of the in­dus­try cov­ers so many var­ied tech­niques and tech­no­log­i­cal ap­proaches, the as­so­ci­a­tion prides it­self on its range and di­ver­sity of mem­ber­ship, as well as its abil­ity to con­tin­u­ally gather in­for­ma­tion about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try.

This can be passed on to mem­bers through tech­ni­cal fo­rums that take place through­out the year, as well as at the SPE ICoTA Euro­pean Well In­ter­ven­tion Con­fer­ence which is at P&J Live, Aberdeen, later this month.

In sup­port of these fo­rums and train­ing events, ICoTA Europe main­tains a ded­i­cated chap­ter web­site which con­tains a mul­ti­tude of tech­ni­cal re­sources.

The as­so­ci­a­tion pro­motes tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence through the an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion of the ICoTA Euro­pean Chap­ter In­no­va­tion Award, the win­ner of which will be an­nounced at the con­fer­ence this month.

Build­ing these re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties for over 25 years,

ICoTA Europe con­tin­ues to evolve with the in­dus­try to meet the aims of im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­mot­ing the value of well in­ter­ven­tion so­lu­tions within the oil and gas in­dus­try.

Tech­ni­cal and cre­ative di­rec­tor at Mar­ketec, Bruce Adam is one of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s found­ing mem­bers.

In­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing ICoTA and ICoTA Europe, Bruce also was the lead di­rec­tor dur­ing the first two years.

“The founders and early mem­bers of ICoTA were mo­ti­vated by an en­thu­si­asm for coiled tub­ing and as­so­ci­ated well in­ter­ven­tion tech­nolo­gies,” he said.

“They recog­nised the ben­e­fits of col­lab­o­ra­tion, the shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence and the pro­mo­tion of good prac­tice – ba­sic prin­ci­ples that are pos­si­bly even more rel­e­vant some 25 years later. Look­ing for­ward, a grow­ing in­ter­est and wider par­tic­i­pa­tion from the well in­ter­ven­tion sec­tor must surely pro­vide a value and ben­e­fit to be re­alised by ser­vice users, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and ser­vice providers alike.”

While ICoTA was orig­i­nally founded in Europe, it has grown to be­come a global as­so­ci­a­tion with chap­ters through­out the world, en­com­pass­ing all in­ter­ven­tion tech­niques and job­site sce­nar­ios.

As it looks for­ward, ICoTA Europe has sev­eral agen­das which in­clude pro­mot­ing the well in­ter­ven­tion in­dus­try to stu­dents and en­cour­ag­ing more young en­gi­neers to par­tic­i­pate and “be­come the fu­ture”.

It also looks to ex­tend in­ter­est and mem­ber­ship to more Euro­pean coun­tries, en­com­pass­ing the large off­shore well in­ter­ven­tion work­force.

The well in­ter­ven­tion in­dus­try will face the same chal­lenges, and the need to adapt to a low car­bon fu­ture, as the wider oil and gas in­dus­try.

For ex­am­ple how to op­er­ate with lower emis­sions, how to fur­ther dig­i­talise and drive au­toma­tion and ro­bot­ics, as well as how to ex­tend well life us­ing smart tech­niques.

Within 25 years the in­ter­ven­tion in­dus­try, with its knowl­edge and ex­per­tise, will likely adapt to non­hy­dro­car­bon well duty in­clud­ing CO2 car­bon cap­ture, or geo­ther­mal well ser­vic­ing.

But for to­day ICoTA Europe sup­ports “mak­ing the best of what we’ve got” by rais­ing recovery fac­tors through cost-ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient pro­duc­tion en­hance­ment tech­niques.

The ben­e­fits of col­lab­o­ra­tion, the shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence and the pro­mo­tion of good prac­tice

EYES ON: The as­so­ci­a­tion gath­ers in­for­ma­tion about in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments

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