Flow Assurance & Production Chemistry Course

Course Description

Flow assurance in the oil and gas industry refers to the systems put in place to guarantee uninterrupted profitable and sustainable flow of hydrocarbons from the reservoir to surface facilities and ultimately to refineries. Flow assurance challenges include: inorganic scale, asphaltene, wax, corrosion, hydrates, etc.

Managing these challenges is becoming more complex because of development of fields under harsher conditions e.g. HPHT reservoirs, sour reservoirs, heavy oil; in addition to further implementation of EOR (gas injection, chemical, surfactant and polymer floods). Different engineering and chemical solutions can be put in place to manage these challenges.


  • Managing organic and inorganic scale: analysis, remediation, prevention, prediction, chemical solutions
  • Corrosion control and material selection to ensure asset integrity
  • Produced water management
  • Emerging flow assurance challenges related to implementation of EOR
  • Flow assurance challenges related to implementation of artificial lift (gas lift and ESP)


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

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Ali Moosavi is the senior corrosion specialist at ADCO. He has 30 years’ experience in corrosion & materials engineering in Europe & Middle East.

Moosavi sits on the board of the NACE UAE. He is also an adjunct professor at UAE University and advisor to The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. Moosavi is a chartered engineer and a professional member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

He holds a BSc in Metallurgy and a MSc & PhD in corrosion engineering from University of Manchester, UK and has published over 30 technical papers in various books and technical journals. Moosavi was awarded the NACE Technical Achievement Award for 2014.

Dalia Abdallah is currently working as a senior production chemist in the Technical Centre in ADCO. She joined the company back in 2008 and has been working on sustainable mitigation strategies for scales and asphaltenes, corrosion issues for surface and sub-surface facilities, produced water treatment and effective stimulation strategies, amongst others. In 2015, Dalia has been assigned as the flow assurance and production chemistry R&D programme manager, leading a team to oversee all research activities in this area on behalf of the ADNOC group of companies. Collaborations include local universities such as The Petroleum institute in addition to international universities, e.g. Rice University, University of Texas in Austin, New York University, Abu Dhabi, etc.

Prior to her current position at ADCO, Dalia worked as a fluid analysis engineer in Oilphase DBR and then moved within Schlumberger to the Regional Technology Centre in Abu Dhabi working on a number of research projects.

Dalia completed her PhD in Chemistry from Queen’s University in Canada. She currently holds 2 patents and is the author of several peer-reviewed publications in both materials science and the oil and gas industry.

Gordon M. Graham is the managing director of Scaled Solutions Ltd., an independent laboratory in Livingston, UK. Until September 2002, he was a research fellow at Heriot-Watt University, where he was responsible for the management and technical direction of the large, multisponsored flow assurance and scale research team. Graham served as chairman of the 2003, 2005, and 2006 SPE International Oilfield Scale events and the 2004, 2005, and 2006 SPE International Oilfield Corrosion events. He also served on the programme committee for the biennial SPE International Oilfield Chemistry Symposium from 2001 through 2013 and the upcoming event in 2015, chaired the 17th International Tekna International Oilfield Chemistry Symposium in 2006 and continues to serve on the committee for this event. He also serves regularly both as committee member or chairman on other production chemistry-related SPE workshops, including the biennial SPE workshop on Oilfield Scale (2007, 2009, 2011), the SPE Scale and Asphaltene/Flow Assurance workshop in Abu Dhabi (2009, 2010, 2013) as well as several other international events. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Stirling, UK, and a doctorate in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK. He has delivered a training course in inorganic scaling for SPE since 2003 and also regularly provides extended courses to various international oil and gas operators. Graham is considered an expert in oilfield scaling and is the author or co-author on more than 100 publications on the subject.