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Advanced Chemicals and Fluids for the Oilfield

30 September– 5 October 2012 :: The Algarve, Portugal


About this workshop

In the post "easy oil" era, when operators are vying for a 70% recovery rate, offshore discharge limits are progressively diminishing, NPT reduction efforts are forcing research into multi-purpose fluids and higher reliability requirements are nonnegotiable, system level optimisation has taken a new urgency. However, with deepwater, shale and now methane hydrates exploration, "unconventional" branding will soon require further classification—our operating environment has quickly become diverse and complex. Production chemicals and fluids, which are later stage considerations in the well design phase and the production stages, will need to be discussed in the planning stages. To arrive at the best system level configuration or as a result of reservoir lifecycle considerations, it is conceivable that choice production chemicals and fluids dictate the well architecture and tool selection. A new product development paradigm is essential as we, as an industry, need to customise chemicals and fluids en masse in order to address well conditions and to meet multi-purpose product requirements—this is the focus of this SPE Forum.

Over the past 10 years the ability of chemists and physicists to manipulate matter at an atomic and nano-scale level has increased dramatically. Advances in computational design techniques, such as neural network, have considerably increased our ability to isolate key contributions from a large body of disparate data. In the not too distant future, chemicals and fluids may be developed by custom design to meet pre-defined specifications and required properties, rather than by the laborious process of experimental selection and traditional chemistry currently used. The recently coined term “designer chemicals” is no longer science fiction—as demonstrated by the exciting new chemicals commercialised in pharmaceutical, agrochemical and personal care products. New “designer materials” have been developed based on photo-voltaics, electrical conductors and optics technology and are used in several industries. Similarly “designer” chemicals, fluids and materials could have many important and enabling applications in the oil industry.

This Forum invites our industry experts and thought leaders to participate with designer material experts from chemical and other industries, to explore the potential of applying this new product development paradigm in oil and gas applications, as well as speeding up the process of adopting new technologies from other industries. Participants will discuss these technologies, their limitations, best practices towards solving the new challenges presented by high temperature and high pressure wells, ultradeep water wells and environmental compliance, along with cross-industry collaboration models that could lower the product qualification cost and time.

This Forum is aimed at bringing together:

  • Application and Production Chemists
  • Application and Production Engineers
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Drilling and Completion Engineers
  • Petrophysicists
  • R&D Specialists (Chemistry, Physics, Materials)
  • Process Engineers

The Forum Series Format

The SPE Forum Series provides nine alternate morning, afternoon, and evening sessions of scheduled and unscheduled presentations with maximum time available for informal discussions and the exchange of experience. Presentations are generally limited to three or four slides. Breakout sessions for discussions are common. A short, written summary of major issues and consensus arising from the Forum may be prepared and distributed to attendees after the Forum at the discretion of the programme committee and with appropriate SPE approval.

Forum Guidelines

  • Participants are expected to attend every session.
  • To promote maximum discussion, lengthy, formal presentations are discouraged.
  • SPE Forums are conducted off the record to support the free interchange of information and ideas.
  • Written papers are prohibited, and extensive note taking is not allowed.
  • Mechanical recording of any portion of the Forum in any form (photographic, electronic, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Information disclosed at a Forum may not be used publicly without the originator’s permission.
  • Participants are requested to omit reference to Forum proceedings in any subsequent published work or oral presentation.