SPE International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry 3 - 5 Apr 2017 Conference Center at La Torretta Montgomery, Texas, USA


Session Type
  • Panel, Plenary, and Special Sessions

Monday, April 03

12:00 - 13:00
Keynote Lunch: Oilfield Chemistry: A Number Game! Americas Ballroom
Speaker(s) Professor Ken Sorbie, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Note from Ken:  The two great loves of my professional life have been (and still are) Chemistry and Numbers.  For example, whatever age I have been, I have always been aware of what element has that atomic number; e.g. my first daughter was born when I was Cu and my second when I was Rb!  In many oilfield chemistry applications, Chemistry and Numbers quite closely merge, and in this talk I will try to explain what I mean by giving some examples. Like most of you at this meeting, my original attraction to chemistry as a young person was “bangs, stinks and colour changes”.  As I have worked in this area over the last 36 years (while progressing steadily up the Periodic Table) I have found that Chemistry and Numbers are even more “bonded” than I had originally thought. Indeed, I believe that Oilfield Chemistry (and all of Chemistry) is basically about the quantification of “bangs, stinks and colour changes” (and a few other things)…and quantification is just Numbers.  The units of these numbers in Oilfield Chemistry may be ppm, cP, bbl, Daltons etc., but they usually also include $, £ or some other currency unit as well.