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Chemical EOR – Industry Best Practices and Latest Advancement

6 – 9 October 2013

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

About this workshop

Abstract

Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) method is a well known process in the industry and is one of the most promising EOR processes that have been introduced since the 1980s. However, Chemical EOR faces limited commercial success for the past three decades due to the sensitivity to oil price, limitations of cost-effective chemicals, high surfactant concentration requirements, and many more. In order to reduce these uncertainties, extensive laboratory evaluations and field pilot tests are conducted to support the implementation of chemical flooding. New chemicals and processes have been introduced to open doors for new opportunities and increase the chance of success. Recent field data using these new chemicals and processes proved that chemical flooding can be an effective way to recover remaining oil.

This workshop is designed to discuss the latest industry best practices and advancement in Chemical EOR. There will be a lot of interactive, informative sessions that will be presented, not only by the industry practitioners but also by representatives from the academic world. The workshop would be a great avenue for experts to share their experiences, knowledge, and contribution towards maturing Chemical EOR. This the third Chemical Flooding applied technology workshop (ATW) held in Asia Pacific, as a follow up to the first and second ATWs that focused on R&D and Field Development Planning (FDP) of Chemical EOR projects.

Objectives

The workshop will provide a platform where industry practitioners and academician can share and exchange their knowledge and experiences in chemical EOR to improve future practices. Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • Screening: Discuss the recommendations for field or reservoir selection by evolving criteria for EOR selection with industry commercial screening software package where industrial practitioners can introduce their software developers.
  • R&D: Discuss the lab activities and chemical formulation of what method works well and what does not work. This is also a good avenue to challenge the screening criteria or approach.
  • Subsurface studies: Discuss the reservoir characterization and simulation approach and share what method works well and what does not, and the studies or preparatory data that are required to validate the model assumptions. Both of R&D and subsurface session will also discuss the core flooding experiments and the protocols to be observe. Discussion will also include the important considerations in managing Chemical EOR projects in a Brown field.
  • Pilot implementation: Lesson learnt from pilot implementation and the process used to calibrate laboratory and simulation models to the field data. Discussion should also include the challenges in managing the operations and the factors that leads towards the success or the failure of the Chemical EOR implementation. Experts will share their views on the value of pilot testing, the duration, and requirements for such implementation.  The pilot case studies will include onshore and offshore fields.

  • Full field implementation: Discuss the challenges faced during the field implementation of Chemical EOR, surveillance data acquired ascertain success, and how the waste chemical or mixture are handled when they are produced back to the surface. Discussion can also include detailed reservoir model to describe the development area, covering subsurface, surface, operations, and HSE.

  • Risk assessment and mitigation: Discuss all the risks associated with Chemical EOR from the screening process to full field implementation.

Who Should Attend

The workshop will be of interest to senior technical and management personnel involved in Chemical EOR technology solutions, from planning to implementation and from researchers to industry experts.

Workshop Guidelines

Documentation

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. 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.

  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Commercialism

In keeping with workshop 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 Workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in September 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.

Transportation/Visa

Delegates are advised to book their domestic/international airline tickets early from their city/country to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in September 2013.

International delegates travelling to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return or through tickets. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. Please check with your travel agent or the Malaysian Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.