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Maximising Asset Value through Reshaping Reservoir Management Practices

6 – 7 May 2013

Manama, Bahrain | Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre

Technical Agenda

Session 1: Intelligent Fields—Value Realisation

Session Chairs: Derren Simpson, Tendeka; Mohammad Malik, Gaffney, Cline & Associates

The upstream technologies in conjunction with new business environment have evolved rapidly and have transformed the requirements for managing hydrocarbon assets. Intelligent fields have played a key role in the development of this new business setting through shifting reservoir management practices from a reactive to a proactive mode capitalising on real-time reservoir management capabilities. That has led to optimising the decision-making and implementation process which has a positive impact on hydrocarbon assets performance.

Harnessing the power of this business environment to its fullest extend requires capitalising on technologies and expertise to ensure that various corporate objectives are aligned, integrated, and accomplished. This session will discuss the lessons learnt along with the realised and potential value of intelligent fields with ample opportunities that can be availed through more effective data management, tailored work flows and processes, and capitalising on real-time data and control.

Session 2: Recovery Factor—IOR/EOR

Session Chairs: Issa Abu-Shiekah, Shell; Jawad Azeem, Calsep A/S

This session will address recovery from fields, from which the recovery is low unless some special techniques are used. Reservoir management is very crucial for the success of IOR/EOR projects and is more complex than primary or secondary recovery developments. IOR/EOR projects benefit from the proper reservoir management during earlier development stages through gathering sufficient data. This session will focus on sharing knowledge and best practices on the management of ongoing IOR/EOR techniques that are used to unlock upcoming resources and extend the life of mature fields. Selected case studies that highlight learning’s on improved conformance control for water flooding, chemical EOR, gas injection, and unconventional resources will be discussed.

Session 3: Managing Uncertainty Workflow

Session Chairs: Olalekan Fawumi, ExxonMobil; Samir Walia, Emerson Process Management

It is a well-known fact that there are uncertainties at every stage of reservoir management process starting from the data acquisition, processing, and through interpretations ultimately leading to decision making. The key issue is how to best manage, quantify, and understand these uncertainties at every stage. The focus of this session is to share industry knowledge, best practices, case studies, and emerging technologies on management of uncertainties in oil and gas decisions which can help to minimise the risk of huge E&P industry investments.

Session 4: Accessing and Recovering Challenging Resources

Session Chair: Claire Barroux, IFP Energies nouvelles; Aman Alvi, Schlumberger

This session will focus on the specific aspects of reservoir management for difficult and unconventional resources. In other terms, we should answer: what is challenging in the reservoir management for unconventional resources (heavy oil reservoir, shale oil and tight oil reservoirs, shale gas and tight gas reservoirs, by passed oil, attic oil, oil rims, and complex reservoirs)? The presentations/discussions should highlight the following:

  • Keys for a right evaluation of the potential of the first producing wells.
  • Hard reservoir management problems (short/mid/long term) and keys for anticipating them.
  • What are the emerging technologies which could help for an improved reservoir management of challenging resources?

Session 5: Improve Completion Performance

Session Chairs: Lars Mangal, Welltec A/S; Olaf Huseby, Institute for Energy Technology

One of the key elements in maximising production and reservoir performance is directly associated with the well completion system. A well completion system that is tailored to enhance individual well performance coupled with lower capital and operating expenditure will ultimately yield higher returns on invested capital and higher recovery rates. Such a well completion system will of course need to be considered as a function of the entire well life cycle to enable optimal reservoir exploitation.

Reservoir uncertainty is one of the main drivers behind the need for novel well completion design that will allow optimal performance over the well lifespan especially with changing reservoir dynamic conditions. This session will focus on developments in well completion system based on advanced completions and monobore construction with minimum restrictions enabling access for a full range of well work, surveillance activities, interventions which may be deployed based upon reservoir behavior, resulting in achievement of the highest possible recovery factor over the life of the well.

Session 6: Enhancing Performances of Brown Fields

Session Chairs: Doug Owens, ZADCO; Naseem Al-Dawood, Saudi Aramco

Demand for hydrocarbons has been increasing and expected to continue rising for decades to come. As the size and frequency of new field discoveries continues to diminish, there will be greater emphasis on maximizing recovery from brown fields. Implementing prudent reservoir management practices and embracing fit-for-purpose technologies will be essential for sustaining performance and maximising recoveries from brown fields.

This session will consist of short presentations and rich discussions on relevant topics. It will focus on application of integrated best practices and case studies on monitoring and optimising fluid movement, conformance control and advanced completions, water management, and use of emerging technologies to brown fields worldwide. The session speakers will have broad experience in the effective management of brown fields.