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70% Recovery: Applications from Nano to Macro

19 – 24 May 2013 :: Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Technical Agenda

Imaging Rocks and Fluids

Session Chairperson(s): Mark Knackstedt and Lim Min Teong

To achieve 70% recovery, we need a step change in our understanding of the properties of reservoir rocks and fluids.  This therefore demands for a technological breakthrough in the way we traditionally image the rocks and fluids.  In this session, we will explore the barriers, from a rocks and fluids standpoint, to achieving 70% recovery, the technological gaps, and what needs to be done and by when and whom, to achieve the 70% recovery aspiration.

Advanced Recovery Technologies

Session Chairperson(s): Kirk Hird and Stan Tan

For years, the oil and gas industry has been using many innovative recovery technologies including water flooding, chemical flooding, CO2 flooding, microbial enhanced oil recovery etc., to extend the life of current hydrocarbon reserves by increasing recovery factor. However, we are still far away from our targeted recovery of 70%. In this session, we will focus on exploring and discussing the next wave of recovery technologies as well as new advanced technologies to enhance sweep efficiency and to accelerate production in oil and gas reservoirs so that the 70% recovery can be achieved.

Flexible Multipurpose Wells Delivering Ten Fold Cost and Productivity Benefits

Session Chairperson(s): Ray Tibbles

This session will explore advanced/new well architectures that have the potential for providing an order of magnitude increase in production rate while maintaining and/or improving overall recovery and economics. This session will include items such as ultra-long lateral sections and multilateral completions with and without hydraulic fractures, to vertical wells with finely segregated production intervals and multiple flow control devices.

Field Development of the Future

Session Chairperson(s): Azhar al Kindi and Suresh Kumar

Developments in reservoir characterisation, modelling, predictions, EOR technology and IT enabled interfaces have come to the aid of field development planning (FDP). Subsurface uncertainty and risk is part of field development decision making but mitigation can be achieved through phased development while maintaining the strategic goals of optimising lifecycle recovery rather than production planning through short term field life. The scope should extend beyond subsurface, wells and facility optimisation to production monitoring, analysis, control and intervention philosophy over the entire field life. The recovery benchmarks may vary with the nature of the project—heavy oil, deep reservoirs, tight gas, sour environment, unconventional resources, reservoir drive mechanism, fault compartments, onshore, offshore and deep water, etc.

Intelligent Network and Systems

Session Chairperson(s): Robert Do and Henry Edmundson

With the advancement of technologies from Nano to the Macro levels, acquisition of data has proliferated and in many cases created information overload. How can we manage this "sea of information" to make timely and intelligent field decisions? A new generation of intelligent networks and systems is now available to the E&P industry, promising to facilitate this real-time decision space. Future systems must deliver information from smart sensors in the reservoir, from the subsurface and surface, and leverage production scenarios and workflows to control production in a closed loop environment. The goal is real-time field decisions that optimise reservoir performance and positively impact the bottom line.

Revitalising Mature Fields to Achieve 70% Recovery Factor

Session Chairperson(s): Alan McLauchlan and Martin Soh

While big discoveries and major new developments deservedly grab the headlines, mature fields are the backbone of global oil and gas production. Revitalizing these fields extends their productive lives and offers significant opportunity to expand worldwide reserves.

Revitalizing a mature field means taking measures that increase the value extracted from the field beyond original expectation. A variety of measures may be used, including the application of additional technology to characterize, monitor, and manage the producing reservoir, improve drilling and completions, and boost the recovery factor. Achieving significant cost reduction in field operations, through technology application or more effective work processes and business practices can also play an important role.

Forum discussion to include:

  • Monetising stranded resources
  • Data analysis challenges
  • Characterising the reservoir to optimise production
  • Technology applications (CT drilling, hydrofrac)
  • Integrated decision making and risk analysis

Technologies to Extend Life of Existing Wells and Facilities

Session Chairperson(s): Mohamad Othman and Ning Zhang

With over 100 years of history in our industry, technologies have evolved to allow industry experts to continue to extract additional hydrocarbon from existing reservoirs and extending the life of oil and gas fields well beyond the initial mechanical design life. The most efficient and commercially effective solution to extract these additional reserves is through the utilisation of the existing assets. In this session, we shall consider some of the technical challenges the industry has faced in recent years, and look at the technological solutions developed in response to these challenges. Topics expected to be discussed during this session include well architecture for maximum reservoir contact, subsurface injection and inflow control for maximising sweep, water, gas and sand control techniques, and innovative enhanced recovery schemes and production facilities, as well as others.

Fiscal Regimes, Regulations, Environmental Requirements, Non-Technical Risks and Opportunities

Session Chairperson(s): Bill Holcomb and Evawani Razalli

There has been a renaissance in (a) chemical EOR, (b) CO2 injection, (c) carbon capture, (d) thermal methods, and other EOR and carbon capture technologies. In addition to the technology advancement, non-technical factors such as high oil price, attractive fiscal regimes and environmental requirement complement each other to enhance oil recoveries. The CO2 enhanced recovery has significantly increased oil recovery rate and has gained traction due to the environmental need to store CO2. Constantly changing regulatory landscape, environmental requirements and chemical disclosure rules must be factored into the technical aspects of hydrocarbon recovery. Modern techniques of risk assessment and analysis are just now beginning to be applied to the later stages of the well lifecycle. Participants are encouraged to present their experiences on how the old applications are widened to achieve a higher recovery by implementing fiscal regimes, regulations and environmental issues.