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Flow Assurance: Tackling Tomorrow’s Challenges

13 – 14 November 2013

Oslo, Norway | Radisson Blu Nydalen

About this Workshop

Flow assurance cannot be captured in a simple statement, nor is it a discrete discipline in today’s project or operating teams around the world. To recognise, identify, and manage the many challenges that are faced in hydrocarbon production today—that may be collectively referred to as flow assurance—requires a multidisciplinary appreciation and understanding.

As with all problems, we start at the beginning and look at how the reservoir provides the source and how this evolves as the fluid journeys from the rock pore, through the completion, well tubing, and the production system network. We will consider the impact of complex fluid characteristics such as heavy oil and the emerging boom in shale exploration—whilst recognising the importance of recovery as we harmonise the techno-economic model for field development. Finally, we look to the operational side of flow assurance and indeed the impact on health, safety, and the environment.

This workshop will focus on the how we approach flow assurance and the techniques and workflows used to manage tomorrow’s production. In order to achieve an excellent discussion forum and fully integrated workshop, we are aiming to ensure participation of reservoir engineers, production technologists, flow assurance experts, production chemists, and process engineers. We will emphasise the importance of lessons learned, the future technologies required, and the value of integrated solutions.

The 21st Century is witnessing an increasing importance of flow assurance management as exploration moves into increasingly more challenging environments. Moreover, the mega-fields of yesterday are entering a mature stage of production and increasing reliance on improved and enhanced oil recovery processes. In short, our challenge is not only in how we approach the green fields, but also in how we manage the brown.

Objectives and Deliverables

The focus of this workshop will be to consider the flow assurance challenges that the industry faces on a daily basis and the progress that has been made in developing skills and tools to manage these issues. This is a global issue with similar challenges being faced from the Gulf of Mexico to the Australian Western Shelf. Sub-topics of keen interest include the importance of reservoir connectivity and the highly publicised world of shale exploration. Overall, the workshop aims to provide a comprehensive understanding and control of flow characteristics, well performance, and the management of wells to ensure stable flow assurance.

This workshop discusses the rise of flow assurance, its true value to the industry and how to realise the sector’s full potential, providing an overview of various challenges that face field developments. Attendees will hear from operators outlining their vision for the future and the true value that flow assurance management brings to their operations. The discussion will cover the challenges faced from today’s end of life brownfield projects to the greenfield mega-projects of tomorrow.

Workshop Guidelines


Two days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, breakout discussions, an evening Welcome Reception on 12 November, and dinner on 13 November. Full details will be provided with the registration pack that will be sent in October.


75-85 delegates from relevant disciplines, with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Continuing Education Units

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

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the starting date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time but alternative delegates will be welcomed.

For More Information

For more event information, please contact Jenny Butterworth at jbutterworth@spe.org.