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Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry: Finding Integrated Solutions Across the Value Chain

20 – 21 November 2012

Dubai, UAE | Amwaj Rotana Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence

About this Workshop


Flow assurance anticipates, prevents, and mitigates problems from borehole to refinery which come in the way of realising production potential of an asset. Multiphase flow modelling has enabled our understanding of fluid flow behaviour in large networks. Recent advances in dynamic/transient modelling have opened new vistas of technology applications. Deep water developments have pushed us to an unchartered part of the phase envelops. Debottlenecking single and multiphase flow problems in the well, process, and line transport like capacity utilisation, unstable flow, slugging, foaming, and well loading are being understood with great curiosity. The challenges call for developing novel engineering and chemical solutions. The age old discipline of production chemistry is very much intertwined with flow assurance. It dealt with lab studies like PVT analyses, crude assays, chemical evaluation, environmental monitoring on one hand and finding novel techno-economic chemical applications for process and flow assurance problems. PVT analysis combined with robust sampling techniques, solid dropout measurements, gas and CO2 flooding experiments, paraffin and asphaltenes depositional modelling, heavy fraction characterisation has created new awakening among the development engineers. Historically the domain of production chemistry was limited to demulsification, deoiling, corrosion mitigation, water treatment, and gas dehydrating and sweetening. But new challenges in the form of scales, asphaltenes, wax and naphthenates deposition, wax and heavy oil related transport problems, drag reduction, multiphase pumping, gas hydrates, tank bottom sludge, organic matter remediation, environmental compliance and problems in deep sea developments have opened new challenges for production chemists to develop cost effective chemistries and applications. Maturing fields and heavy oil developments involving steam injection have not only caused problems of large water handling but adequate treatment strategies. Many issues in the realm of heavy oil flow assurance demand innovative solutions to achieve economies of scale.

This workshop will cover the entire spectrum of areas related with flow assurance and related production chemistry in the form of six interactive sessions. It will provide an excellent opportunity for process, development, production, petroleum and reservoir engineers, geoscientists, flow assurance experts, and production chemists to discuss emerging trends in technologies and solutions. Recent advances in laboratory measurements, new modelling approaches, novel chemical applications, and integrated solutions would be discussed in the form of case studies and trend setting research paradigms to stimulate discussion by industry experts.

Who Should Attend?

  • Petroleum, Production and Process Engineers
  • Production Chemists
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Petrophysicists and Geoscientists
  • Lab Technicians
  • Interested Managers, Specialists, and Engineers from Exploration and Appraisal, Field Development Planning and Production


Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended breakout sessions and Q&A periods. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learned.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Norvie Tungcul, event manager, at ntungcul@spe.org.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.