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Technical Programme

Wednesday, 5 June, 0830–1000

Plenary Session

Moderator: Michael Byrne, Senergy Ltd

In keeping with the conference theme: “Unconventional and Conventional Solutions to Challenging Reservoirs,” the plenary session will include invited speakers with specific insights into unconventional reservoir development and the impact of damage and stimulation. The session will also outline innovative cross—disciplinary approaches to damage identification and mitigation in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Industry leading experts will bring fresh and stimulating discussions to kick off the conference. There will be an opportunity for open discussion towards the end of the session where full participation from attendees will be welcome.


  • Martin Rylance

    Martin Rylance is the Senior Advisor and the Engineering Team Leader for Fracturing and Stimulation within the BP Global Wells Organisation (GWO).  He has worked with BP, their partners and joint ventures (SOHIO, Maxus, TNK-BP, VICO etc.), for over 28 years, since graduating with a BS (Hons.) in 1985, in pure mathematics. During his time with BP, his positions in the company have included; Head of Fracturing and Stimulation for BP Worldwide, the Interventions Team-Leader with BPX in Colombia, Chief Engineer with TNK-B in Moscow, and Project Manager with BP in a number of frontier areas.

    Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping operations, well-control, well interventions and pressure service, hydraulic fracturing, snubbing, stimulation, coiled-tubing, PWRI, and cuttings re-injection.

    In more recent years he has specialised in unconventional resource development, as well as hydraulic fracturing in tectonic regimes and HP/HT environments. During his career with BP he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes. Having lived in 10 countries and pumped in more than 20, he has been responsible for teams delivering thousands of fracturing and stimulation treatments around the world.

    He has numerous papers and publications to his name with the SPE, AIME, and various numerical and geological societies, articles, reports, and patents. He is also an active Member of SPE, a former Distinguished Lecturer, and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics in London.

  • Jim Livingstone

    Jim is currently the President and CEO of RC Energy Inc., North American E&P Company and the owner of two technology companies, PressSol Ltd., and J.I.Livingstone Enterprises.

    He has 37 years of oil and gas experience, both onshore and offshore, and has chaired two public hearings into offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea for the Canadian Government after the Exxon Valdez disaster.

    He holds a BA majoring in economics for Dalhousie University and is the sole inventor of over 40 patents throughout the world on Reverse Circulating Technology (RCT), Thermal Assisted Gravity Drainage(TAGD) and Air Hammer Coring (AHC).

  • Charlotte Tjolsen

    Charlotte has more than 25 years of experience from the oil and gas industry working for Norsk Hydro and Statoil. She obtained an MS and PhD in physics from the University of Bergen before starting her career in research focusing on reservoir modelling. The second half of Tjolsen’s career has been more focused on operations. She recently spent three and a half years as subsurface manager for the Peregrino Field in Brazil and is currently the VP Process Owner of Petroleum Technology and IOR at Statoil.


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Technical Session 1: Depleted Reservoirs

Session Chairs: Wouter Botermans, Tulip Oil; Ali Ghalambor, Oil Center Research International, L.L.C.

The session will present the many challenges in constructing, completing, and producing pressure depleted reservoirs. It will illuminate several controversial and mythical issues related to formation damage inducement, and remediation actions.



Drilling Depleted Reservoirs - Is Formation Damage Sometimes a Good Thing?
M.T. Byrne, J. Oyovwevotu, Senergy Ltd; I. Retalic, Senergy LEA



Foam and Scale Inhibitor Squeeze With Natural Gas: A Lifeline for Water Flooded and Damaged Gas Wells
O. Rauf, S. Gerdes, N. Recalde Lummer, Fangmann Energy Services



Temporary, Nondamaging Zonal Isolation Maximizes Productivity in Low-Pressure Reservoirs
R.G. Rachid, F.I. Salazar, J. Jimenez, A.W. Milne, S.A. Ali, Schlumberger



Sand Control in Shallow Unconsolidated Sandstone Oil Reservoirs at Staatsolie N.V. Suriname
S. Toelsie, P. Goerdajal, Staatsolie Suriname NV

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Technical Session 2: Unconventional Reservoirs

Session Chairs: Pacelli L. Zitha, Delft University of Technology; F. Trepess, Mirfak S.A.

This session will cover novel methodologies for the evaluation of formation damage in tight and shale gas or oil formations. Modelling, laboratory studies, and field cases will illustrate innovation in hydraulic fracturing, proppant design, and placement, and the resulting productivity and injectivity enhancement benefit.



Field-Wide Implementation of Proppant-Based Scale Control Technology in the Bakken Field
L.J. Kalfayan, C.A. McAfee, L.M. Cenegy, Hess Corp.



A Fracturing Driven Approach: Main Challenges and Lessons in Developing a Tight Gas Reservoir in Argentina
G.A. Schnaidler, H. Villada Medina, F.G. Alric, P. Olivier-Goiran, Total



Field Case Histories of a Non-Damaging Guar Alternative for Linear Gel Application in Slickwater Fracturing
H. Sun, F. Debenedictis, M. Zhou, J.L. Cutler, Baker Hughes; T.N. Royce, S.G. Nelson, Inc; Q. Qu, Baker Hughes



Non-Polymeric Permanent Clay Stabilizer for Shale Completions
D.M. Maley, G. Farion, G. Giurea-Bica, B. O'Neil, Trican Well Service Ltd.


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Technical Session 3: Formation Damage in HP/HT Reservoirs 1

Session Chairs: Russell Watson, M-I SWACO a Schlumberger Company; Pacelli L. Zitha, Delft University of Technology

This session will address production optimisation of challenging HP/HT environments. Innovative laboratory studies and field cases will address formation damage due to thermally induced secondary reactions, asphalthene deposition, solids precipitation as well as scaling.



Using Hydrochloric Acid to Remove Ilmenite Water-Based Filter Cake in HPHT Applications
S.M. Elkatatny, H.A. Nasr-El-Din, Texas A&M University; M. Al-Bagoury, Elkem Company



Formation Damage due to Iron Precipitation in Carbonate Rocks
A.I. Assem, H.A. Nasr-El-Din, Texas A&M University; C. De Wolf, AkzoNobel



Thermal Decomposition of Chelating Agents and a New Mechanism of Formation Damage
K. Sokhanvarian, H. Nasr-El-Din, Texas A&M University; C. De-Wolf, C. De-Wolf, AkzoNobel



Investigation of Effective Mechanisms in Permeability Reduction due to Asphaltene Deposition through Porous Media
M. Khederzadeh, S. Ostadrezaei, Science and Research branch of IAU; R. Kharrat, Petroleum University of Technology (PUT); H. Bagherzadeh, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI); S. Mahdavi, Petroleum University of Technology (PUT); M. Khalifeh, University of Stavanger



Mitigating Borehole Instability and Formation Damage With Temporary Shielding Drilling Fluids in Low Permeability Fractured Reservoirs
L. You, Y. Kang, X. Li, State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University; G. Zhou, Exploration Project Department of Shengli Oilfield, China



A Chemical Inhibitor-Infused, High-Strength Proppant Additive for Reservoir Flow Assurance Against Scale Deposition in Wells With High Intervention Costs
D. Gupta, D. Shen, S. Szymczak, Baker Hughes



Characterizing Formation Damages due to Carbon Dioxide Injection in High Temperature Reservoirs and Determining the Effect of Solid Precipitation and Permeability Reduction on Oil Production
I. Khurshid, J. Choe, Seoul National University

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Technical Session 4: Formation Damage—Acidising and Fines

Session Chairs: F. Trepess, Mirfak S.A.; Istvan Lakatos, Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences, University of Miskolc

Well stimulation technology has become increasingly complex, as our knowledge on the mechanism of formation damage has improved. This session will explore examples of formation damage, caused by an accumulation of solid materials, in the near wellbore zones and fine migration into the reservoir space. Recommendations of new methods to restore and improve lost well performance will also be made.



Fines Migration in Fractured Wells: Integrating Modeling, Field and Laboratory Data
M. Marquez, W.H. Williams, M. Knobles, Chevron Corporation; P. Bedrikovetski, Z. You, University of Adelaide, Australian School of Petroleum



Modification of the Kozeny-Carman Equation to Quantify Formation Damage by Fines in Clean Unconsolidated Porous Media
E. Krauss, D. Mays, University of Colorado Denver



Experimental Investigation on the Effects of Very low Salinity on Middle Eastern Sandstone Corefloods
M.B. Pingo Almada, S. Pieterse, F. Marcelis, M. Van Haasterecht, Shell Global Solutions International B.V; N. Brussee, H. van der Linde, Shell Global Solutions International B.V.



Quality Control of Particle Size Distributions
A. Kumar, K. Chellappah, M. Aston, R. Bulgachev, BP Exploration Operating Co



CFD as a Tool for Pumping Strategy Evaluation on Matrix Acidizing Treatments
A.R. Melo, ESSS; T.L. De Oliveira, Petrobras S.A.



Impact of Fe(III) on the Performance of VES-Based Acids
Y. Shu, G. Wang, H.A. Nasr-El-Din, Texas A&M University; J. Zhou, Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry LLC



The Influence of Wettability on Return Permeability
P. Viste, R.B. Watson, A.C. Nelson, M-I SWACO

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