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SPE/AIChE Flow Assurance

19 – 20 March 2013

Austin, Texas | The Driskill Hotel

About this Workshop


With the subsea and deepwater field experience gained over the last decade, great strides have been made in the understanding and management of production transport threats, also known as flow assurance. As growth in existing deepwater basins continues, efforts are now focused on flow assurance risk management, such as solutions to optimize the design trade-offs between operating costs and production uptime versus project capital costs and delivery schedule.

Additionally, an upcoming wave of unique flow assurance challenges is anticipated for future developments in frontier production environments. Success in these projects will require extension of current flow assurance capability to address challenges posed by ultra deepwater, artificial lift and subsea processing, difficult hydrocarbons, and high pressure/high temperature reservoirs.

This workshop will establish the current start-of-the-art for flow assurance, including innovative analysis techniques, risk-based systems design, new subsea technology applications, and operational lessons learned. Case study presentations from operators and industry leaders will serve to initiate open, interactive participant dialogue.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation.  CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.