Category Archives: Production and Operations

Flow Assurance Technical Section

Register Today for 17 June SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Multiphase Flow, Flow Assurance, Dynamic Modeling…Why Bother?
Sam Kashou, Chevron Energy Technology Company 

 

When: Tuesday, 17 June from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX, USA 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member, USD 40; Nonmember, USD 50

Presentation Topic

The presentation investigates Multiphase Flow and Flow Assurance and their importance.  It will briefly discuss how the oil and gas industry is addressing Multiphase Flow and Flow assurance within projects, the technology that is being used to solve the Flow Assurance issues, and what are the future needs and what Engineers can do to narrow the Flow Assurance gaps.  The current research activities are discussed along with understanding the uncertainties encompassing Flow Assurance measurements and predictions.

Program Agenda
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

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Flow Assurance Technical Section

Register Today for 20 May SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Production and Flow Assurance Benefits of Subsea Processing
Presenter: Randy Wester, Global Director of Subsea Engineering at FMC Technologies

When: Tuesday, 20 May from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX, USA 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member, USD 40; Nonmember, USD 50

Presentation Topic

The future of offshore oil and gas production in ultra-deep water and/or ultra-long distance tieback applications will include the capability to develop those fields using subsea technology exclusively, without the need for offshore host facilities. We will also discuss the enabling technologies for these subsea field developments and the production and flow assurance benefits of subsea processing in these applications.

Program Agenda
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

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SPE R&D Competition: Help Spread the Word

The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.

The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.

Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.

Flow Assurance Technical Section

Flow Assurance Engineer—What are our Career Expectations?

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents

Flow Assurance Engineer—What are our Career Expectations?

Presenter: Doreen Chin, PhD, PE, ASME Fellow

When: Tuesday, 15 April from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCenter • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50

This presentation will discuss:

  1. Flow Assurance Science vs. Flow Assurance Engineering
  2. The integrated role of Flow Assurance engineer in development projects
  3. Flow Assurance Engineering in various phases of the projects
  4. Flow Assurances Engineer – Career Expectations

Program Agenda

1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

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Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Speaker:  John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron

When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40

In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart.  The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it.  Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today.  The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.

Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group

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Register Today for 18 March SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Total Systems Approach to Flow Assurance in an Existing System
Presenter: Lynn Frostman, Baker Hughes

When: Tuesday, 18 March from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50

This overview presentation will cover a holistic approach to analyzing and mitigating flow assurance concerns in existing fields. The program will consider an example offshore system from reservoir to sales point, and present a “Flow Assurance 101” primer. Specific attention will be given to the inter-relationships of the flow assurance risks and the impact of mitigation strategies on the total system.

Program Agenda
1100–1130—Registration and Networking
1130–1300—Lunch
1200–1300—Presentation and Q&A

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Join SPE’s New Technical Section for Flow Assurance

SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on flow assurance, a key area of interest for facilities engineers. This new section seeks to further the objectives of SPE in the free discussion of matters relating to flow assurance, to establish consensus on industry best practices, and to promote these practices widely.

Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops.

Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join today.

Cipolla

Join us in congratulating Craig L. Cipolla on his distinguished achievement

2013 Completions Optimization and Technology Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Craig L. CipollaCraig L. Cipolla is senior completions engineering advisor at Hess in Houston. Before this, he was chief engineering advisor for Schlumberger–Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring and Optimization, vice president of stimulation technology for Carbo Ceramics, and vice president of engineering for Pinnacle Technologies. His prior positions were with Union Pacific Resources, CER Corporation, and Dresser Titan. Cipolla has coauthored more than 65 technical papers and served as an SPE DL during 2005–06. He earned BS degrees in engineering and in chemistry from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas and an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston.

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Alhanati

Join us in congratulating Francisco J. Alhanati on his distinguished achievement

2013 SPE Production and Operations Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Francisco J. AlhanatiFrancisco J. Alhanati,
managing director at C-FER Technologies, in Edmonton, Canada, began his career in 1983 as a petroleum engineer at Petrobras. In 1997, he joined C-FER Technologies (originally the Centre for Frontier Engineering Research) and became director of exploration and production in 2006 and managing director in 2013. The author or coauthor of 16 SPE papers and coauthor of a chapter in the SPE Handbook on PCP (progressing cavity pump) Systems, he also served as an SPE DL during 2008–09. He served as chair of the SPE Brazil Section during 1993–94, served on various SPE committees and subcommittees, and taught several courses throughout the world on PCP and ESP (electric submersible pump) systems. Alhanati currently serves on the JPT Editorial Committee. He earned a BS in civil engineering from Instituto Militar de Engenharia, an MS in mechanical engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.

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