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EOR Simulation: Are We There Yet?

9 – 12 March 2014

Langkawi, Malaysia | The Westin Resort & Spa

About this workshop

Abstract

Most of the major oilfields of the world are in mature stages of development and recovery. The focus is now on improving the overall recovery factor through enhanced techniques, beyond its predicted level of around 35%. EOR projects themselves are technically complex and capital intensive with greater downside risks than well-established methodologies such as water flooding. Therefore, it is important to have a robust understanding of the relevant EOR process selection for a particular field and a realistic estimation of incremental oil from the EOR application. Numerical simulation is extensively used in the estimation of field performance and generation of the various development scenarios. An understanding of the likely movement of various fluids in the porous strata can be gained through numerical simulation, and allows insight into reservoir conformance issues and the management of costly injectants and by-products. Numerical simulation can also be used to upscale recovery processes from a near pore scale to one applicable at field levels. It is, thus, an indispensible tool for the preparation and selection of optimum enhanced recovery plans for oil and gas fields.

Advancement in the computing capabilities has improved the simulation of the conventional oil field production mechanisms during primary and secondary stages. However, the application of numerical simulation processes is still relatively new for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) process studies and evaluations. EOR simulation is challenging as changes and modifications take place at microscopic and macroscopic levels in the porous medium due to injectant, and will often only improve recovery where the injectant has actually contacted the remaining oil directly. Additionally, screening of EOR processes pass through a number of preparatory stages, extensive laboratory studies, pilot testing, and small scale field applications before embarking on a field level application. Thus, the scale of EOR simulations also needs to vary from pore and lab to field scales. Therefore, EOR modeling is carried out to understand the process mechanism at lab and pilot scale to have insight of the process mechanisms and identifications of critical parameters, and provide a means to upscale the effective behavior at the field scale.

Objectives

This workshop will discuss the basic ingredients of successful EOR modeling from reservoir characterization to reservoir management of EOR application. Focus will be on modeling of laboratory scale experiments, reservoir and process upscaling, pilots, and field level simulation for chemical, gaseous, and thermal EOR processes. State-of-art simulation techniques viz foam, hysteresis, and limitation of current EOR modeling will also be focuses of discussion during the event.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for practicing professionals and researchers from the reservoir engineering and geosciences disciplines working on reservoir rock-fluid characterization and various EOR processes studies, implementation, monitoring, and management. Active participation of experts from academics, research institutions, and managers involved in developing and managing the technical know-how, state-of-art simulation tools and solving the EOR modeling related problems and challenges would be the target participants for this workshop.

Workshop Guidelines

Documentation

1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.
4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the Workshop Cochairperson, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Commercialism

In keeping with applied technology workshop objectives (ATW) and the SPE 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.

Attendance Certificate

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.

Continuing Education Units

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

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the ATW website by April 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.

Transportation/Visa

Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Malaysia Further detailed transportation information will be available on the ATW website by April 2013.

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 to Malaysia.