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SPE/AIChE Flow Assurance

19 – 20 March 2013

Austin, Texas | The Driskill Hotel

Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 19 March, 0815-1000

Session I: Flow Assurance Risk Management

Session Chairs: Kevin Aberdeen, Chevron; Jep Bracey, BHP Billiton

  • Quantifying and understanding a risk-based approach to design and operations within the flow assurance arena
  • Minimal investment tieback
  • Discontinuous chemical injection
  • Well cleanup to facility


Session II: Challenges for Long Offset, Single Flowline Tiebacks

Session Chairs: George Broze; Shell Ann Davis, Baker Hughes

  • Impact of single, long offset tiebacks (SLOTs) on flow assurance strategies – new technology needs
  • Thermal management – cold flow or electrical heating?
  • Case study from a long offset field


Session III: Plug Remediation - Lessons Learned

Session Chairs: Grant Gibson, GATE; Nikhil Joshi, Moulinex Business Services

  • Lessons learned with subsea intervention tools and technology for hydrate remediation
  • Operator case study on hydrate remediation in production of subsea systems
  • Designing subsea systems for management and remediation of flow assurance risks such as hydrates, umbilical plugs, and asphaltenes


Session IV: Difficult Hydrocarbons

Session Chairs: Susan Garner, Nalco; Scott Hickman, ExxonMobil

  • Testing for waxes and gel strength
  • Asphaltene prediction status
  • Heavy hydrocarbon and low API phase behavior and fluid properties

Wednesday, 20 March, 0800-0930

Session V: Flow Assurance Challenges of High Pressure/High Temperature Systems

Session Chairs: Wade Schoppa, Shell; Karthik Annadorai, GATE

  • Overview of new flow assurance technologies required to manage anticipated future high pressure/high temperature (HP/HT) challenges
  • Focus studies of HP/HT design challenges with respect to subsea hardware, chemical qualification, and materials specification
  • Case study of operating challenges posed by HP/HT


Session VI: Future Chemical Technology Needs

Session Chairs: Steve Allenson, Nalco; Steve Haddon, BP

  • Chemical delivery challenges for high pressure, high and low temperatures, and long injection lines
  • The future for combination products
  • Subsea chemical delivery systems, chemical injection metering valves (CIMV) or point-to-point?


Session VII: Subsea Processing and Artificial Lift

Session Chairs: Janardhan Davalath, FMC Technologies; Patrick Breen, Marathon Oil

  • Operator case studies on the value proposition of all subsea processing systems and a vision for the future
  • Benefits to improved flow management in reservoirs, wells, flowlines, and topsides from using subsea processing systems and associated interfaces and system optimization
  • Advances in state-of-the art subsea processing and artificial lift hardware