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SPE Flow Assurance – The Future State of the Art

1 – 5 June 2015 :: Newport Beach, California, USA


About this forum

As operators move into more remote regions, greater offshore depths, or into regions that yield more difficult crudes, they face challenges to keep produced fluids and gas flowing through the lines.

The future success of flow assurance depends on the development of technologies that can enable cost-efficient and environment-friendly solutions while contributing to increased earnings and production along with improved recovery, enhancing and prolonging the use of existing infrastructure.

The major issues of flow assurance today deal with mitigating the effects of substances which can block pipelines, including hydrates, waxes, scale, sand, and asphaltenes. The current flow assurance approach involves managing deposits rather than absolutely preventing them. This change in philosophy has led to the enhancement of some existing tools such as thermodynamic hydrate inhibitors (methanol and glycol) with the development of new tools such as low-dosage hydrate inhibitors (LDHI), including kinetic inhibitors and anti-agglomerants.

This forum will pursue the possibilities of new technologies that will be required in the next 20 years for technical and economic feasibility. 

What is a Forum?

SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.

The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.

If you have a role to play in meeting the challenges of tomorrow head-on, apply today.

Who should participate?

  • Are you a young professional with at least five years’ industry experience? Get involved now. Forums are a window on the future that belongs to the next generation of professionals.
  • Do you want to exchange ideas with others in your technical area of expertise? Participation in a forum committee builds a professional network that will last a career. Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to interact with innovators, seasoned professionals, and leading technologists.
  • Are you looking to establish your technical reputation throughout the industry in a way that benefits your company? Forums provide the perfect setting because they serve as early incubators for future trends and technologies.

Benefits to You and Your Organization

  • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your same interests.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of learning through one-on-one interaction.
  • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and universities in an off-the-record format.
  • Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.

Forum Guidelines

  • Brief, facilitated presentations promote maximum discussion.
  • Conducted off the record to support the free interchange of information and ideas.
  • Extensive note taking is not allowed.
  • Recording of any portion of the forum (photographic, electronic, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Information disclosed at a forum may not be used publicly without the originator's permission.
  • Participants are requested to omit reference to forum proceedings in any subsequent published work or oral presentation.
  • A written summary will be prepared and distributed to participants after the forum at the discretion of the program committee and SPE approval.
  • Participants are expected to attend every session.

Application Information

Participants at SPE Forums are selected by the Forum Steering Committee based on the ability to contribute to the discussion of the topic. Attendance is limited to maximize each person's opportunity to contribute.

Accepted applicants will receive their registration form and other materials within two weeks of the application deadline. For those requiring visas to attend the forum, please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your visa to be processed.