Theory and Practical Aspects of Flow Assurance


Projects, Facilities, and Construction Production and Operations

Description

The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterization and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. The course will present best practices and fit-for-purpose design and operational solutions for minimizing the risk of flow stoppage while transporting hydrocarbons from “Pore to Sales Meter”.

Day One
Flow Assurance Fundamentals

  • Introduce key impediments to flow, including slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids, with examples from various challenging environments
  • Review technologies for capturing fluid samples and characterizing their PVT properties
  • Define current measurement and modelling approaches for characterising production-chemistry impediments, such as asphaltenes, paraffin waxes, hydrates and inorganic scales
  • Introduce fluid flow and heat transfer concepts and their relationship in precipitation of organic and inorganic solids
  • Demonstrate the value of a systematic and holistic flow assurance program for production systems and operations, using case studies from various field locations around the globe

Day Two
Flow Assurance Design and Practice

  • Introduce the practice of flow assurance throughout field life
  • Discuss flow assurance design methods and approaches
  • Design and specify facilities to handle flow assurance issues
  • Determine operating envelopes and Safe Operating Limits (SOL)
  • Influence of high GOR and/or high gas production on flow assurance
  • Prepare fields for first oil and subsequent operation
  • Using software tools for design and operational trouble shooting

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advance

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

This two-day course presents a holistic approach to flow assurance. The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterization and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. The course will present best practices and fit-for-purpose design and operational solutions for minimizing the risk of flow stoppage while transporting hydrocarbons from “Pore to Sales Meter”. The principles will be demonstrated using field examples from around the world.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers and chemists in the upstream and downstream segments of the petroleum industry. This course willalso provide department, asset and technology managers with an appreciation of the risks, challenges and solutions for free flowing hydrocarbon products.

CEUs

Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

Instructor

abul Jamaluddin

Abul Jamaluddin is NExT Business Manager for North America and a Schlumberger Flow Assurance Advisor. He has over 22 years of industry experience with operators and the service industry. He joined Schlumberger in 1998 and has worked in business development and operations management in Americas, Middle East and Asia. His assignments included NExT Unconventional Program Director, Global Flow Assurance Advisor, Reservoir Sampling and Analysis Operations Manager for Middle East and Asia, and Fluids Business Development Manager for North and South America. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1990. He is a co-inventor of eight patented processes and co-authored 100+ technical papers. He received three Best Technical Paper awards from GPA and CIM. He is an editor of SPEJ Production and Operations. He chaired IQPC conference, SPE Forums and ATWs. Dr. Jamaluddin was named the SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2004 – 2005 season and the SPE Distinguished Member in 2012.

Rohaizad Mohd Norpiah

Rohaizad Mohd Norpiah is the Process Engineering Custodian for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd (PCSB). He has over 25 years of industry experience in process and flow assurance. He joined PETRONAS in 1988 and has worked in various countries such as Pakistan, Sudan, Turkmenistan and others. He has been involved in review and design of most many fields with flow assurance issues operated by PCSB and partners. He earned a B. E in Chemical engineering from Monash University in 1988. He has been a discussion leader and session manager for past ATW. Currently he is an adjunct lecturer at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.