Dr. Pietro Baglioni, ExoMars Rover Manager at ESA and Andrew Bowyer of Magna Parva will give their perspectives on automation issues and the role automation will play in investigating the Martian environment in the upcoming 2018 ExoMars mission, including ultrasonic drilling technology. After an open discussion, a panel of four speakers – operator, drilling contractor, and service company and equipment provider – will give their perspectives on drilling systems automation within the oilfield: where it is now, where it is going, barriers and opportunities. We encourage all to attend and to take advantage of the enthusiastic open discussions and this unique chance to share knowledge with the space industry.
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 exist 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.
Why did Your Reservoir Just Move?
Geophysicists and geologists deal with uncertainty on a daily basis, but expect their down hole well surveys to be absolutely precise. Reality is that poor survey practices and bad assumptions can introduce depth and other errors that severely affect reservoir position and estimates, potentially impacting company stock valuations. Industry experts will present on the scale of the problem, along with practical means to improve understanding of your reservoir. The session will conclude with a panel discussion of audience questions.
The SPE Research and Development Technical Section (RDTS) will host a special topical luncheon to facilitate focused dialogue on Emerging Technologies in Exploration and Production.
In a series of informative and thought provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss trends for cost reduction and improving return on investment through emerging drilling and production technologies and new exploration techniques for oil and gas resources. A panel question and answer session will follow the presentations.
SPE Research and Development Technical Section Overview and Activities
Topical Luncheon Panel Session – Presentations and Discussions
Flow Assurance and Multiphase Flow
Flow assurance has been an important discipline over the last thirty years as the oil and gas asset developments moved towards ever increasing water depths. Deeper colder waters and high pressures posed a multitude of challenges in all of the flow assurance issues. These challenges require the understanding of the complex multiphase flows.
In this session, the flow assurance subjects like effects of multiphase flow and hydrates, paraffin deposition, etc. will be discussed by the expert panelists. A brief presentation will be provided by each panelist describing the state of the art, current challenges, and their vision followed by a question and answer session.