The PetroWiki defines formation damage as “the impairment of the unseen by the inevitable, causing an unknown reduction in the unquantifiable. In a different context, formation damage is defined as the impairment to reservoir (reduced production) caused by wellbore fluids used during drilling/completion and workover operations. It is a zone of reduced permeability within the vicinity of the wellbore (skin) as a result of foreign-fluid invasion into the reservoir rock.”
This definition must also encompass geochemical as well as mechanical damage that occurs during the production of a well, like paraffin, asphaltene and scale precipitation, wettability and saturation effects, fines migration and pore throat collapse. In any case, whether it is a damage caused by the injection of foreign fluids into the reservoir or the production of naturally occurring fluids, the end result is the area of reduced permeability. The near wellbore area (3 to 5 feet) is normally the most critical area where the damage causes significant reduction in production.
This workshop will focus on the various ways of prevention, mitigation and remediation of formation damage. This is a very topical workshop as formation damage occurs in just about every well. As an industry we have many tools to prevent and battle formation damage; we just need to learn to use them wisely.
The principal objective of this Workshop is to provide a facilitated forum where participants will be able to:
The Workshop will be conducted in an interactive environment and will focus on the latest developments in the process and technology of formation damage mitigation and remediation via case histories and discussions. It will consider the entire life cycle of a well, from drilling through completion to production, workover and remedial stimulation. It will follow a proven format that facilitates open discussion and exchange of ideas, combining presentations from subject and industry experts followed by question-and-answer and discussion sessions for the active engagement of all participants.
This Workshop should be of interest to anyone working in drilling, completions, reservoir engineering, production and workover as all of these areas impact either the creation or remediation of formation damage. Multi-disciplinary professionals involved in reservoir characterisation, well construction and completion, production engineering and well management will benefit from participating in this workshop.
In keeping with the Workshop objectives and SPE’s 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.
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.
This Workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the Workshop.
General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the Workshop website by April 2014.
Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Malaysia/Kota Kinabalu.
All travellers 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. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements for Malaysia.
Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.