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SPE Workshop: The Journey to 70% Recovery Factor - From Vision to Plan

9 - 10 February 2016

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Technical Agenda

tuesday, 09 february, 0930–1030

Session 1: Advances in Reservoir Management and Surveillance

Session Chairs: Jassim Al-Mansour, Kuwait Oil Company; Djamal Ouzzane, ADMA-OPCO

• Innovative surfactants that provide best value recovery. The surfactants used for chemical EOR form micro emulsions that need to be tailored to a given environment. Alternate surfactant solutions to optimise the overall economic performance are under research.

• New surveillance capabilities to monitor changes in the reservoir. Successful EOR projects rely on our ability to accurately monitor changes in the reservoir through different parameters.

• Higher recovery through technology integration. Technology integration is just as vital to achieving higher recovery factors—starting from reservoir characterisation and field development planning to facilities management.

• Improved oil recovery – advanced water flooding. Success in water flooding is a key stepping stone to the success of EOR. Water flooding is an art that combines geoscience and oilfield engineering.


Panel Session: How Do You Make People Share Data? The Right Value of Data

Moderators: Shawn Moulton, Halliburton; Werner Rohracher, Schlumberger

Today, everything is connected. Technology innovation is driving step changes in performance through integration and efficiency. Leading into the digital future, people are clearly brought into focus. Placing them in control of how, where and when they access data and knowledge, through any device. The digital transformation utilizes cloud technologies, to empower a new digital working environment, where everything is connected to drive reliability, integration, and efficiency across the organisation. Software Integrated Solutions connects people, knowledge, systems, and data into E&P workflows that drive better financial and operational performance. A barrier free connected system, will initiate and facilitate discussion, will be a platform for innovation and fresh ideas, will aid in critical decision making and will keep all members better informed of their shared responsibility.


Session 2: Advances in EOR Prediction

Session Chair: Budoor Al-Shehhi, ZADCO, Shehadeh Masalmah, ADNOC

Achieving 70% oil recovery is quite challenging and requires advance technologies and innovations. Modelling is an essential requirement for planning different activities such as production enhancement, infill drilling, EOR, etc. A better understanding of reservoir behaviour can be achieved by advanced software and services which help select the best EOR technique for the unique properties of the reservoir, and design strategies to overcome technical challenges and increased confidence for maximum return.

wednesday, 10 february, 0830–0930

Session 3: How to Accelerate New Technology into Commercial Technology

Session Chairs: Shawn Moulton, Halliburton; Samir Walia, Emerson

With the smallest percentage rise in oil and gas recovery having a huge impact on the bottom line, there has been an increased focus on reservoir management technologies in providing operators with the crucial information they need to develop assets and increase recovery rates. From seismic acquisition and geological interpretation right through to reservoir simulation, the last decade has seen dramatic increases in computing power and more complex and detailed geological models than ever before.

Such computing power has also enabled research, previously found in academic journals, to start making the transition into operational, commercial technologies. However, hurdles remain from lack of external funding and declining budgets through to those who favour the status quo and a disjointed approach between partners. Against the backdrop of the current low oil and gas price environment, close partnerships and collaboration between operators, service companies, and academia is vital to ensure a healthy technology pipeline that can meet today’s field development and recovery challenges.


Session 4: IOR/EOR Pilots

Session Chair: Bader Saif Al-Badi, ADMA-OPCO; Amr Hassan, The Linde Group

Due to the complexity and uncertainty associated with most EOR processes, a small-scale pilot is often needed to demonstrate the successful application of an EOR process within a specific reservoir prior to wider a-commercial implementation. Designing and realising a pilot is an important step between models, laboratory experiments and a commercial implementation. A pilot requires careful planning: objectives need to be clearly defined, a plan designed to address specific risks/uncertainties needs to be created, data acquisition and monitoring strategies must be developed, facilities and operational procedures must be adequate, and finally, results should be interpretable for full field implementation.

The objective of this pilots/experiments/case studies session is to present the real experience of EOR with the intent of illustrating and sharing successful technological and operational best practices that have been developed, as well as the shortcomings and challenges experienced along with various other findings which may be adaptable to EOR projects.

What are the key lessons learnt by the experts. What are the main technical and operational challenges, what can be optimised, what are the key process variables to monitor, and when to start and to end the pilot, are some of the key questions to be covered in this session.


Session 5: Field Development Planning (Economics) Challenges and Opportunities

Session Chair: Martin Bremeier, Wintershall; Djamal Ouzzane, ADMA-OPCO

Reservoir characterisation lays a good foundation for generating the reservoir development plan. The geological model is upscaled and the dynamic model is generated by incorporating any available historical production data, well test results, and various facilities options, etc. This model is in turn used to generate many development scenarios. Reservoir engineers apply their technical know-how, regional knowledge, and use specialised tools to generate and short list the field development options. 
The economic outcome of different scenarios is usually the key factor in selecting the optimum field development plan. However, there are many challenges and opportunities to consider. These are different for different companies.
This session will highlight the challenges the operators may face and the opportunities they may consider in selecting the optimum field development scenario. The session will also explore new technologies which would significantly improve recovery in various zones and regions of reservoir and may improve the economic outcome of the FDP, e.g. smart multi-lateral wells, selective acidisation, etc.