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Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

27–29 October 2014 RAI Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Special Sessions

Monday, 27 October

1400-1700

Exhibit Floor Theatre

Sustainability Task Force Special Session: People, Profit, Planet: Advancing Practices that Balance Economic Growth, Social Development, and Environmental Protection Today and in the Future

In this 3-hour session, introduced by SPE President Jeff Spath, operations managers and sustainability practitioners will engage with each other to consider why the world outside our sector is becoming increasingly relevant and even an important source of business value. Specific areas of stakeholder engagement, local content, and strategic social investments will feature on the agenda. Don't miss this refreshing view on our industry with a panel line up that includes Dr. Alyson Warhurst, Egbert Imomoh, Stephen Newton and Annette Stube. The session will conclude with a plenary panel discussion and questions from the audience.

Session Moderator:

Johana Dunlop, SPE Sustainability Task Force, Chairperson

Panelists:

Alyson Warhurst Alyson Warhurst
Maplecroft
Stephen Newton Stephen Newton
Equitable Origin
Egbert Ulogo Imomoh Egbert Ulogo Imomoh
2013 SPE President
Annette Stube Annette Stube
Maersk
Monday, 27 October

1400-1700

Auditorium

Separation Technology Technical Section: Unlocking Hidden Production Potential in Existing Facilities and Mature Fields

Keeping with the theme of affordable energy, this session will explore options for optimizing separation facilities to handle the increase in water production and the drop in wellhead pressure by assessing methods that are more suitable for the change in production profiles. The main goals of minimizing cost and maximizing recovery are to utilize existing facilities while applying suitable, cost effective upgrades. The optimization of separation facilities requires solutions that can take different forms, including: vessel-based retrofits with alternative internals, compact cyclonic separation equipment with minimum footprint requirements, control and operational modifications and tailored chemical management programs. Often debottlenecking opportunities exists in brownfield facilities to maintain or increase production capacity. In mature fields, where pressure declines and water production increases over time, methods can be applied to adapt the separation equipment to effectively handle the changing conditions and enable the operator to maintain or increase production while utilizing existing facilities.

Session Moderators:

Victor van Asperen, FMC Technologies Separation Systems Inc.; John Christopher Buckingham, Southwest Research Institute; Brad Nelson, Maxoil Solutions

Panelists:

Ed Grave Ed Grave
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Carlos Quintero Carlos Quintero
Total S.A.
Ian Charles Bedwell Ian Charles Bedwell
Maxoil Solutions Ltd
Remko Westra Remko Westra
FMC Technologies Inc
Tuesday, 28 October

0830-1155

Exhibit Floor Theatre

Assessing Environmental impacts to Groundwater, Air and our Global Community

Consensus regarding the environmental risks of shale exploration has been complicated by the lack of accurate and consistent procedure and practices for characterizing potential impacts and/or waste streams associated with shale oil/gas development. Critical shortcomings in characterization efforts include a lack of consistency in monitoring time frames, constituents of concern, analytical tools and methods, sample collection methods, and reporting, resulting in conflicting conclusions regarding the risks of extraction and a lack of public confidence in monitoring results. This panel will focus on repeatable and defensible procedures for assessing environmental impacts to ground water, air and other media.

Session Moderator:

Richard Carl Haut, Houston Advanced Research Ct.

Panelists:

Ann Smith Ann Smith
GSI Environmental Inc
David B. Burnett David B. Burnett
Texas A&M University
Susan K. Stuver Susan K. Stuver
Institute for Renewable Natural Resources
Gerhard Thonhauser Gerhard Thonhauser
University of Leoben
Jeri Sullivan Graham Jeri Sullivan Graham
Los Alamos Laboratory
Tuesday, 28 October

0830-1155

Auditorium

Aging Assets in the North Sea Sector: Three Different Perspectives

This panel will feature the different perspectives of North Sea Sector operations on aging or maturing assets: a) Perspective from an operator on the analysis and decision to sell off an aging asset, b) Perspective from an operator that through technology and process implementations, extended the life of its own aging asset, c) Perspective from Oil and Gas UK on making the most out of the North Sea, d) Perspective from an SPE Technical Director on where the industry is headed.

Session Moderator:

Paul Stephen Jones, Chevron ETC

Panelists:

Robert David Davenport Robert David Davenport
Apache Corp.
John Leslie Hand John Leslie Hand
ConocoPhillips Co
Michael Tholen Michael Tholen
Oil and Gas UK
Howard J. Duhon Howard J. Duhon
SPE Technical Director, Projects, Facilities and Constructions
Tuesday, 28 October

1400-1700

Auditorium

CO2-EOR as a Pathway for CUS

With a worldwide emphasis on reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) is well situated to provide critical experience for long-term carbon management strategies. This proposed special session will first set the stage by discussing the worldwide potential for CO2-EOR and the potential carbon storage associated with these oil recovery projects. To relate the experiences of a group of unique and entrepreneurial petroleum firms, case studies will be brought forth to show success stories with regard to matching amenable oilfields with anthropogenic CO2 sources. Burgeoning activities in residual oil zones (thick, low oil saturation reservoirs beneath the main pay zone) that increases both oil reserves and CO2 storage potential will be discussed. Finally, new and exciting pilot projects will be highlighted.

Session Moderators:

Haroon S. Kheshgi, ExxonMobil Research & Engrg; George Jonathan Koperna, Advanced Resources Intl Inc

Panelists:

Michael Lewis Godec Michael Lewis Godec
Advanced Resources Intl Inc
Reid Barlow Grigg Reid Barlow Grigg
New Mexico Inst-Mining & Tech
Dou Hong'en Dou Hong'en
PetroChina
Wednesday, 29 October

0830-1155

Exhibit Floor Theatre

Flow Assurance and Multiphase Flow

Flow Assurance has emerged out of necessity with increased activities in deepwater exploration and major discoveries. The specific examples include Hydrate Formation, Paraffin Deposition, Asphaltenes, High Viscosity Oils, Emulsions, Multiphase Flow issues like slugging and erosion. Different kind of multiphase flows can exist during the production and transportation of hydrocarbons such as gas-oil, oil-water, and gas-oil-water and most often with sand. For each flow, there are very different flow configurations displaying very different characteristics and thereby affecting the formation and transport of the afore-mentioned solids. The impact of Multiphase flows on flow assurance problems has already been obser ed in operations. The focus of this panel discussion will be on seeking answers to the questions of “Why should we worry about Multiphase Flows? If so, to what degree, when and where?” Moreover, discussion will aim to answer the question of “Do we know enough? And, what should we know?”

Session Moderators:

Cem Sarica, University of Tulsa; Hariprasad J. Subramani, Chevron Corporation

Panelists:

Gert Van Spronsen Gert Van Spronsen
Shell Global Solutions International BV
Biljana Djoric Biljana Djoric
Norske Shell E&P A/S
Bahman Tohidi Bahman Tohidi
Heriot-Watt University
Thierry Palermo Thierry Palermo
Total
Emile Leporcher Emile Leporcher
Total
Chris Lawrence Chris Lawrence
Schlumberger Information Solutions
Wednesday, 29 October

0830-1155

Auditorium

Drilling Modelling and Simulation

The process of drilling a borehole is very complex, involving surface and downhole drilling systems, which interact with the drilling fluid and the surrounding rocks. Modeling and simulating every aspect of the drilling process and drilling system is still considered too complex to be realized. However, many areas of modeling and simulation are currently undergoing very aggressive development. Some of them include rig systems, downhole dynamics, rock-bit interaction, drilling/formation fluid, and the Earth model. High-fidelity models in these well-defined areas have demonstrated some success. Lately, drilling modelling and simulation has become one of the key factors for advancing Drilling Systems Automation/Control, intelligent managed pressure drilling and drilling optimization by understanding/predicting downhole dynamics. The topics presented in this session include the current state of drilling process simulation software and simulators, as well as simulator concepts from outside of the oil industry, such as in aerospace and automotive industry, challenges of modelling drilling systems for automation and control, adaptive simulations for downhole drilling systems and an operator’s perspective on drilling modeling. This special session brings the modeling and simulation experts in the drilling industry to identify its current state and future goals.

Session Moderators:

Junichi Sugiura, Schlumberger; Joachim Oppelt, Baker Hughes

Panelists:

G. P. Ostermeyer G. P. Ostermeyer
Braunschweig Technical University
Geoffrey Charles Downton Geoffrey Charles Downton
Schlumberger
Robello Samuel Robello Samuel
Halliburton
Colin James Mason Colin James Mason
BP Exploration
John Hedengren John Hedengren
Brigham Young University
Paul E. Pastusek Paul E. Pastusek
ExxonMobil Development Co.