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Flow Assurance – The Healthy and Happy Field

14 – 17 October 2012

Bangkok, Thailand | Mandarin Oriental

About this workshop


The classical view of flow assurance is that of an engineering discipline that utilises in-depth knowledge of fluid properties in conjunction with other aspects of production system design in order to ensure safe, economic, and reliable production operations from the reservoir to the delivery point. Flow assurance has been associated, since the 90's, with the use of transient simulation notably for line sizing, liquid management, and hydrate management.

The past 5 years have seen some dramatic changes in the way operators and contractors use flow assurance and the relevance of the discipline within the field development stage as well as during operation. Started as a downstream of the wellhead discipline, flow assurance has become the “glue” which brings together initial data, uncertainties, and risk management. It is also the bond between different disciplines: reservoir, production technology, subsea, pipeline, surface facilities and their substructure. Indeed, flow assurance is developing into the discipline which turns uncertainties and risks into robust reliable designs, very often in extreme environments in conventional or unconventional projects.

Furthermore, flow assurance is assuming a prominent role in operations with many companies deploying production/pipeline management systems. The use of these systems is still in its infancy and there are many conflicting views on the actual value of the systems themselves. Flow assurance has quickly become the key discipline which connects project phases from concept selection to operation, and “because flow assurance engineers care, they want a healthy and happy field”.

Workshop Focus and Objectives

This workshop will be an outstanding opportunity for international experts to explore the ways in which flow assurance is driving their developments and operations and how it is changing the way different disciplines interact. The workshop is designed to create a difference by offering participants the chance to be exposed to the latest developments in flow assurance and to gain in-depth knowledge on best-practice methodologies to help them understand and overcome their flow assurance challenges. Sessions will address the following topics:

  • Discussing the value of data gathering
  • Handling uncertainties to design
  • Flow assurance – the universal interface
  • Mature field – managing the unexpected
  • Examining the risk versus robustness
  • Flow assurance tool box – opportunities and limitations
  • Exploring the production management system
  • Understanding the life of MEG in your system
  • Addressing the integrated approach for life of field operability

Who Should Attend

This workshop is meant for experienced individuals who will share their own case histories, experience and actively contribute to the discussion. The intended audience for this workshop are engineers who are involved in hydrocarbon field development, drilling, well construction, production, transportation, facilities design, and operations. The workshop will also be beneficial for department, asset, and technology managers.

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.
4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the Workshop Co-Chairpersons, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits.  The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive 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 at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the ATW.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in September 2012.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Bangkok, Thailand. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in September 2012.

All travellers to Thailand must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage either return, or through ticket. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Thailand.