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SPE/SEG Joint Applied Technology Workshop: Giant Fields Monitoring – Are We Doing It Right?


12 – 13 February 2013

Dubai, UAE | Amwaj Rotana Hotel

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 12 February

Session 1: Successful Feasibility Modelling and Studies

Session Chairs: Joe Khoury, Schlumberger; Jan Mrlina, Institute of Geophysics

How to approach the hydrocarbon reservoir monitoring? We suggest always a deep going feasibility study being a must. Why? Because more reservoir and fluids parameters changes related to the fluids flow may critically affect the monitoring data. Each parameter has to be tested by relevant modeling (impedance, velocity, density, resistivity, pressure, etc.). Rock massif deformation including surface dynamics should be controlled, too (microseismicity, subsidence). We have to decide, which method is the best for the monitoring, therefore each one should be considered as for its applicability in given conditions, both within the reservoir formation (depth, parameters contrast), and on surface (conditions for measurements, onshore x marine, urban x arid, etc.). We have to stay open to any technique that may bring information on the dynamic processes in the reservoir and the host massif. 3D and 4D modeling is crucial for such evaluation, as well as the cost estimate.

Session 2: Data Acquisition for Monitoring Purposes

Session Chairs: Najla Al Zaabi, ADMA-OPCO; Thiery LeCoq, TOTAL

Major assets present unique challenges in production management. Existing surface and subsurface infrastructures together with field history can present obstacles but also opportunities for in-well/well-to-well/surface-to-well/surface-to-surface deployment of various data acquisition techniques to monitor and infer production effects. This session will emphasise fit-for-purpose solutions in acquiring and processing data using appropriate technologies for reservoir management in mature giant fields.

Session 3: Geological Modelling and Reservoir Simulation

Session Chairs: Jamil Thuwaini, Saudi Aramco; Jean-Michel Filak, BEICIP

The increasing complexity of current flow assurance problems has motivated the development of novel experimental procedures and enhanced modelling methods with the intention of assessing, predicting and mitigating these problems.

This session will highlight recent advances in understanding the most common flow assurance problems in the region, new approaches to study, forecast, and treat the formation of organic and inorganic deposits at different stages of the oil production and developments in improved correlation between lab data and field results.

Experts from the industry and the academia will show and discuss novel experimental and modelling methods available to assess, predict and mitigate these flow assurance problems.

Wednesday, 13 February

Session 4: i-Field Cost Saving–Impact on Production and Recovery

Session Chairs: Anton Leemhuis, TNO Qatar; Jorge Salgado Gomes, The Petroleum Institute; Tomas Mata, ADCO

This session will address i-Field technologies, experiences and best practices that have a relevant role in optimising full field development projects, with the consequent impact on production and recovery. During the session, presenters will address issues related to surface operations, remote monitoring (SCADA) technologies, well head and sub-surface sensors, intelligent completions, infrastructure requirements for real-time data collection and transmission, and hardware and software to process and analyse the data. Some questions under investigation will be: what is the added value of i-Field technology for green vs. brown fields, and how do we make sure the right information is obtained from monitoring data? The assessment of the impact of implementation of the i-Field concept on issues such company organisation will also be addressed.

Session 5: Reservoir Monitoring–Integration (Case Studies)

Session Chairs: Jie Zhang, ExxonMobil; Said Malki, Saudi Aramco

The session is designed for showing case and pilot studies that focuses on reservoir monitoring but with emphasis on integration of different observations and data type to better understand fluid distribution and movement and field behaviour, propose feedback to existing static and dynamic models and optimise further developments and recovery efficiency. It is expected that these studies will cover variety of practical implementation and integrations of advanced reservoir monitoring and/or surveillance techniques, such as 4D seismic, 4D saturation, 3D VSP, cross-well seismic, cross-well EM, tracer studies, etc. and also address roadmap, workflow, and best practices for the integration process.

Session 6: New Developments and Applications

Session Chairs: Adefela Ayotunde Aromolaran, Weatherford; Ibrahim Abdullah Al Sammak, Kuwait Oil Company

This session will cover the new techniques, tools and methods, such as geophysical tools, tracers, and nanotechnologies, which have a relevant role in the quantification of changes in the reservoir, and overburden through time. Recent technological advances from industry and academia will be shown, demonstrating the added value they bring to the monitoring processes, efforts and results for the field development of green and mature fields. Revolutionary advances from other science and technical areas will be considered, as they could bring a new approach to the oilfield monitoring studies, expediting results or minimising costs.