SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control 7 - 9 Feb 2018 Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Call for Papers

You are invited to share your technical innovations and accomplishments by submitting a paper proposal for consideration. Your submission must be received by Monday, 24 July 2017.

Submission Categories

Formation Damage Attributed to Drilling, Cementing and Perforating Practices      

  • Causes and prevention during drilling, cementing, perforating, remedial operations, and productions
  • Evaluation of formation damage due to casing accessories

Formation Damage in Horizontal/Multilateral Drilling   

  • Method for formation damage remedy and/or increased production
  • Damage characterization
  • Control of damage in horizontal wells and multilateral wells

Damage Attributed to Completion and Workover Fluids

  • Filtration control additives     
  • Surface filtering of fluids
  • Super-clean fluids
  • Clay and iron control
  • Chemical additives (weight and loss circulation materials, gels, diverters, surfactants, preflushes, scale inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors, acid formulations, and afterflushes)
  • Stress corrosion cracking risks of CRA in completion brines

Damage Attributed to Wellbore Fluids

  • Emulsion
  • Reactions with rock
  • Scales formed near the wellbore and in cores
  • Precipitation phase behavior
  • Flocculation, agglomeration, and coagulation of asphaltenes, resins, paraffins, hydrates, and other organic solids

Naturally Occurring  Damage                        

  • Bio-mass, clays, scales, and their sensitivity to reservoir depletion, gas, water shut-off, conformance, and multiphase flow effects
  • Geochemistry/chemistry of damaging materials
  • Fines migration in injection and production wells

Screening Criteria for Completions 

  • Geological and mineralogical classification and distribution
  • Applied NMR methods
  • Fractal simulation
  • Neural network
  • Wellbore stability
  • Subsidence and stress effects

Damage Characterization in Tight Sands and Shale Reservoirs

  • Slickwater stimulation   
  • Water imbibition in shales
  • Wettability
  • Additives in slickwater fracturing
  • Water block
  • Condensate block
  • Frac fluid-induced damage
  • Naturally fractured shale reservoirs
  • Hydraulic fractured shale reservoirs
  • Drilling, completion, and production damage characterization 
Water Control
  • Water control polymers
  • Physical plugging of water producing zones
  • Physical plugging of thief zones in water injection wells
  • Detection of water production profiles in production and injection wells
  • Squeeze cementing
  • Conformance in high angle and horizontal wellbores
  • How to know you need conformance and how to evaluate its effectiveness, a tracer application

Damage Characterization of Injection Wells

  • Emphasis on technical and environmental/legal aspects of injection
  • Conformance
  • Downhole waste injection
  • Optimizing injectivity in injection and disposal wells
  • Field case studies of sand management techniques in injectors
  • Field case studies or field performances of seawater injectors with sand control

Damage Cost Assessment  

  • Decision and risk analysis of stimulation and remedial works
  • Payout and rate of return
  • Economics of re-entry
  • Forecasting techniques
  • Economic and technical effects of efforts to minimize cost of drilling, completions, and operations
  • Case studies

Sand Control and Management      

  • Gravel packing
  • Frac packing
  • High-rate water packs
  • Stand-alone screens
  • Expandable screens
  • Sand consolidation
  • Compaction
  • Transport in horizontal, vertical, and high-angle wells
  • Low frac margin open hole gravel pack
  • High overbalance cased hole fracpacking
  • Zonal isolation
  • Fracturing high-permeability sandstones
  • Predicting the need for sand control
  • Intelligent/Smart completions
  • Comparative field case studies of various sand management techniques
  • Emerging sand management techniques
  • Modeling of sand control treatment

Well Stimulation

  • Novel fluids, tools, and techniques
  • Injectors vs. producers
  • Selective/oriented perforating
  • Acidizing and acid fracturing (acid sludge prevention and acid flowback analysis)
  • Acid diversion
  • Hydraulic fracturing and frac packing (frac fluids, proppants, fluid loss additives, closure stress, embedment, tortuosity, perforations, and relative frac/wellbore orientation) in vertical, high-angle and/or horizontal wells
  • Shale fracturing (slick water, crosslinked polymer, hybrid)
  • Optimizing results of perforations-underbalanced, extreme overbalanced, and remedial cleanup
  • Fluid flowback
  • Proppant flowback
  • Fracture mapping (fracture height and half length)
  • Acoustic damage removal (may fit under novel fluids, tools and techniques)

New Developments and Field Experiences      

  • Cavitation completions
  • Coiled tubing to remove formation damage, for stimulation and for water production control in vertical, high-angle, and horizontal wellbores
  • Damage minimization utilizing underbalanced drilling technique
  • Produced solids and drill cuttings disposal
  • Deepwater completions-prediction and remediation of hydrates, scale, and formation damage problems
  • Production optimization of remediated wells
  • Formation damage issues in HP/HT wells
  • Casing/liner Drilling to minimize formation damage
  • Water treatment/management for shale fracturing
  • Formation damage concerns and remedies relevant to pressure depleted reservoirs

Identifying the Source and Magnitude of Formation Damage

  • New developments and field examples of measuring skin
  • Damage ratio
  • Flow profiles
  • Distributed temperature sensing
  • Downhole videos
  • Advancements in cased-hole logging technology
  • Gravel pack and screen damage and screen cleanup evaluation
  • Problems related to deepwater production

Formation Damage Prevention During Well Intervention Operations                           

Damage Issues in Mature Fields

Damage Problems in High Pressure and High Temperature Wells​​

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