Flow Assurance - Managing Flow Dynamics and Production Chemistry

Disciplines: Projects, Facilities, and Construction

Course Description

This one-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 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.

Course Outline:

  • Introduce key impediments to production, conditions at which these impediments occur and their field management strategies. These impediments including slugging and formation of organic and inorganic solids, with examples from various challenging environments.
  • Share examples of representative sampling methodologies, wellbore conditions and their handling criterion, and appropriate volumes required for reservoir fluid characterization.
  • Define current laboratory measurement and modelling approaches for understanding the reservoir fluid phase behaviour and inorganic and organic impediments, such as asphaltenes, paraffin waxes, hydrates, and inorganic scales.
  • Introduce basic fluid flow and heat transfer concepts in-relation to organic and inorganic solids precipitation and deposition.
  • 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.

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Assuring unimpeded flow from the reservoir to the refinery has game-changing impact on field development.  Unnecessary investments can be avoided, when engineers are able to characterize and understand the fluid phase behavior controlled by the flow dynamics and production chemistry in wellbores and flow lines.

Who Attends

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

Special Requirements

A basic understanding of the petroleum production engineering, chemistry, and project management.


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

Additional Resources

This course has supplemental books located in our SPE Bookstore entitled Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance - Oil ad Gas Production and Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Wellbores, Second Edition (Print and Adobe Digital Edition Set). Please check out these valuable resources!

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.


Dr. Abul Jamaluddin recently joined ENNOVA as CEO with the aspiration to be the industry leader in deploying cost-effective solutions to energy industry’s key issues and be the game changer. Prior to joining ENNOVA, he was with Stratum Reservoir, PETRONAS, KFUPM, RFSAdvisory, Schlumberger, Hycal Laboratories and Noranda Technology Center. Dr. Jamaluddin was involved in various roles with these organizations and conducted R&D, captured intellectual property, and converted innovation into cash flow. He worked in the Americas, the Middle East and South East Asia.

He has extensive hands on experience in resolving complex PVT and flow assurance issues (asphaltene, wax and hydrate); designed optimum well-testing, formation testing, sample collection and analysis program; designed and implemented gas-injection as an enhanced-oil recovery (EOR) process; developed acid gas management strategy, optimized thermal and non-thermal heavy-oil production operations; developed and deployed innovative formation damage treatment technologies; deployed real-time production management strategy.

Dr. Jamaluddin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a co-inventor of eight patented processes and has co-authored 100+ technical papers. He received three Best Technical Paper awards from GPA and CIM and has been heavily involved in volunteering for SPE including chairing various Forums and ATWs. Recently, he is involved as a member of the SPE award committee and also a Technical Committee Co-Chair for PetroPhase2023. Dr. Jamaluddin was named the SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2004 – 2005 season and the SPE Distinguished Member in 2012.

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