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Effective Waterflooding—An Integrated Approach

4 – 5 March 2014

London, United Kingdom | Charing Cross Hotel

About this Workshop


Waterfloods often fail to meet expectations of oil production rates and recovery efficiency. Sometimes this is due to unexpected reservoir stratigraphy and faulting but more commonly it is due to low availability of the injection water at the right time and right place, and/or poor water quality leading to inadequate voidage replacement in the reservoirs and/or poor conformance. Additionally, sub-optimal waterfloods may lead to reservoir souring, inorganic scale that blocks producing wells and facilities, difficult emulsions, severe corrosion, and a host of other problems. Overall, these may lead to a reduction or a rapid decline in oil production, especially in mature oilfields that may be under pressure to  cut operating and maintenance costs.

This workshop will address the design, operation, and maintenance of waterfloods, but with a common thread of the various, interlinked aspects of production chemistry.

The objective is to help increase waterflood efficiencies in general, especially in mature fields which may be looking to extend field life using existing facilities but operating with fewer problems, or to implement enhanced oil recovery projects (e.g. polymer floods) or tie-in smaller fields, perhaps using all-subsea equipment.

This workshop will include presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • Reservoir needs
  • Water sources and treatment processes
  • Pipelines, wells, and engineering design and construction
  • Operations, monitoring, and change management

Sustainability Statement

SPE is committed to ensuring that the environmental impact of our events is kept to a minimum. We aim to make progress in the field of  sustainability through reducing energy usage, promoting eco-friendly mobility, reducing water consumption, and limiting waste, all core values in keeping with those of the oil and gas industry

Workshop Guidelines


Two days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on 3 March and dinner on 4 March. Full details will be provided with the registration pack, which will be sent in February.


Attendance will include 75–85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas that will be covered.

Continuing Education Units

The workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU), at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the starting date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time, but alternate delegates will be welcomed.