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Book Review: “Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas”

“Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas” by Wayne Frenier & Murtaza Ziauddin

Production Chemistry — keeping the world’s hydrocarbon life lines flowing through underground chemical reactions. Chemistry plays a critical role in every stage of a well’s life, from exploration (discover) to appraisal (define) to development (develop) to production (deplete) to abandonment (dispose). This book focuses on the application of various chemicals during the production phase in order to maintain, control, and enhance the flow of oil, gas, and water. Chemical intervention and enhancement in the production oilfield environment includes the entire production field — from the injection wells, the producing formation, and the near wellbore area all the way up through the subsurface tubulars and devices, flowlines and gathering lines, and wellsite surface equipment.

From this book, you will gain an improved understanding of the role of chemical reactions for enhancing and maintaining the production of oil and gas. Besides referencing resources describing production chemicals and previous reviews of their application in acid and hydraulic prop stimulation, this book examines many new applications on the market since 2000 and provides new mechanistic information. Topics covered include the following:

• Introduction – reasons for chemical intervention and types of chemicals used
• Formation Stimulation With Reactive Chemicals
• Propped Fracturing Chemistry and Applications
• Improved Oil Recovery Chemical Applications
• Health, Ecology, and Safe Handling of Treating Chemicals and Produced Fluids

For complete details, go to the SPE Bookstore: Chemistry for Enhancing the Production of Oil and Gas.

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SPE Forum: Enhanced Oil Recovery – The Future Is Now!

“Easy oil” is gone!  The recovery challenge grows as the industry moves towards producing from increasingly more difficult reservoirs. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has reached new levels of technology.  And improved oil recovery (IOR) has made significant advances. Yet, current recovery processes and their applications still have serious technical, resource, and commercial hurdles.  Surmounting these hurdles and pushing recovery to higher levels requires a new mindset – innovative solutions now and into the future.

SPE will conduct a forum 18-23 October 2015 in Cancun, Mexico to discuss methods to accelerate new technologies deployment, explore smart integration of disciplines and professions, and examine ways to make EOR standard in the field development cycle.  All with a view to developing a new culture focusing on recovery from the beginning.

Forum participants from all corners of the oil industry, government, and academia will address such challenges as:

  • Reservoir characterization issues
  • Emerging technologies & new developments
  • Improving research-to-field cycle of EOR projects
  • Modeling phase behavior
  • Non-conventional reservoir development
  • Successful EOR implementation
  • Effective monitoring and control

Application deadline is Friday, 31 July!  For full details:  SPE Enhanced Oil Recovery – The Future is Now!

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Understanding Communities: A Key to Project Success

Many factors can influence public perception of the oil and gas industry and the projects we develop. Increasingly, public acceptability can make or break our license to operate. Engineers and other technical leaders frequently view the problem as one that can be overcome with public education.

But education can only be successful if we first achieve a level of trust within the community. Building trust requires developing an understanding of the community. One of the most important approaches is for operators to understand the needs and expectations of the communities where we operate, and for project teams to educate themselves about the expectations of the local community that will be impacted by a project.

Each community is unique; the challenges are multifaceted. Join Trey Shaffer (SPE HSSE-SR Technical Director) and Howard Duhon (SPE PFC Technical Director) during this session at ATCE 2015 as they explore some notable industry efforts in community engagement and education as well as critical success factors for effective community engagement. Learn more about ATCE and register here.

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Director’s Note: Mark Your Calendar for “Getting to Zero”

Greetings! Please make plans to attend our upcoming SPE HSSE-SR Study Group Meeting on 30 June at the Petroleum Club of Houston. We are pleased to host Jack Hinton, Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) for Baker Hughes, and John Karish, Corporate Director of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) for Ensco plc, who will be discussing “Getting to Zero,” the journey to achieve zero workplace incidents. This event is the first in a series culminating in the “Getting to Zero” workshop at the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Please circulate this invitation to your personal network and mark your calendar to join us on 30 June.

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Research & Development Technical Section Dinner at ATCE: Manufacturing for Oil and Gas

On Sunday, 27 September at ATCE, join us for this special dinner event, “Manufacturing for Oil and Gas,” featuring keynote presentations followed by an intimate discussion about modern materials and manufacturing technologies, their revolutionary impact on rapid prototyping, and their application to oil and gas development. The keynote speaker will be Sha-Chelle Manning of Pioneer Natural Resource. Learn more about ATCE and register here.

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Research & Development Technical Section Plans Topical Luncheon for ATCE

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon at ATCE 2015 on Tuesday, 29 September, to facilitate focused dialogue on new materials, techniques, and their applications to oil and gas. In a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Learn more about ATCE and register here.

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Explore the Impact of Cost Cutting at an ATCE Special Session

The start of this year saw most oilfield companies cut back significantly their spending plans in response to the dramatic drop in the oil price. The SPE Technical Directors have arranged a special session titled “Managing the Future Impact of Current Cost Cutting” to explore what the industry could and should be doing to minimize the impact this cost cutting will have both now and in the future. Plan to attend this special session at ATCE on Tuesday, 29 September. Register today!

Web Events

Web Event: Crew Resource Management – Rescheduled for 2 September

Listen to a web event on “Human Factors/Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework” presented by Phil Grossweiler on 2 September. Oil and gas industry interest in applying human factors concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew resource management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. This presentation will discuss and suggest several key takeaways — potential “low-hanging fruit” where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.

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Montana Tech Wins Student Challenge at SPE HSE Conference

 

The winning team from Montana Tech.
The winning team from Montana Tech.

Students from Montana Tech took the top spot at the inaugural Student Challenge at the 2015 SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference—Americas in Denver, which ran 16-18 March. The contest, which was sponsored by ExxonMobil, pitted six teams of five students against one another. The competition was modeled after the annual PetroBowl, held at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

“The HSE Student Challenge pilot‎ enabled SPE to connect with a new group of environmental engineering students who were unfamiliar with SPE, and it provided an exciting, dynamic alternative to a traditional student paper competition,” said conference committee member Trey Shaffer.

Student teams from Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Montana Tech, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Oklahoma squared off in three rounds of questions about the oil and gas industry. Each round consisted of two sets of quick-answer questions separated by a series of questions requiring written answers. After some minor technical glitches and some discussion about rules, Montana Tech pulled ahead to victory. The members of the team each received iPads and were invited to sit on a discussion panel. At a movie night event, held in the evening after the Student Challenge, attendees watched Energy’s Crossroads: Pinedale, WY, a film from the Rational Middle series. The students from the winning team joined Jennifer Cross, sociology professor at the Colorado State University, and Gregory Kallenberg, the director of the film, on a discussion panel after the film.

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