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SPE Flow Assurance Challenges in Shale and Tight Developments Workshop

28 – 29 October 2015

Galveston, Texas, USA | The San Luis Resort

Technical Agenda

Wednesday, October 28, 1330-1500           

Session 1: Fluid Characterization and Monitoring

Chairs: Wally Georgie, Maxoil Solutions; Abul Jamaluddin, Schlumberger

Development activities in shale and tight rocks face significant challenges. Of primary concern is flow impediment caused by fluid phase behavior and production chemistry-related issues. Flow assurance risk factors create game-changing impact on field development. New technologies, workflows, and their deployment in identifying, characterizing, monitoring, and managing flow impediments will be presented. Best practices and fit-for-purpose solutions focusing on minimizing the risk of flow stoppage while transporting hydrocarbons from pore to process will be shared.


Session 2: Production Chemistry and Treatment Strategy

Chairs: Suyu Ye, Statoil; Abul Jamaluddin, Schlumberger

Key issues related to mineral scale, wax, and corrosion will be addressed in this Session. The focus will be on the industry’s practice to identify and resolve these issues in the field by deploying innovative technologies including engineering solutions, chemicals, and workflows.


Thursday, October 29, 0800 - 0930

Session 3:  Artificial Lift Challenges and Chemical Delivery Methods

Chairs: Henry Lopez, Pioneer Natural Resources; Cem Sarica, University of Tulsa

Failure rates and efficiencies of the different artificial lift methods pose a major challenge to operating expense reduction efforts and timely hydrocarbon recovery. This Session will address how electrical submersible pumps, sucker rod pumps, and gas lift valve failure rates and performance have been affected by scale precipitation, paraffin deposition, and corrosion. Chemical dosage selection, injection frequency, and chemical delivery methods to prevent the issues mentioned above are also addressed in this Session.

1000 - 1130

Session 4: Water Management, Reuse, and Preparation                  

Chairs: Victoria Qui, Assure Oilfield Testing, Inc

Water management, reuse, and preparation of water is a critical component in unconventional drilling, fracturing, and production. It significantly impacts the economics due to the cost of the frac water and disposal cost of produced water. Water compositions have significant impact on well completion quality and production. This Session will focus on water management, water reuse techniques, preparation of water for completion, scale issues and prevention, bacteria-related scale and corrosion and proper treatment for prevention, and polymer damage.

1300 - 1430         

Session 5: Gathering System Optimization and Modeling                       

Chairs: Elijah Kempton, Assured Flow Solutions LLC; Terry Galassini, Anadarko                         

Shale and tight reservoir pipeline gathering systems have unique flow assurance challenges, which need to be carefully managed. Examples are dramatic flow rate variations throughout field life, production chemistry mitigation requirements, and multiphase flow complexities. Presentations in this Session will discuss methods of optimizing gathering system design and operations to minimize flow assurance challenges in the field. Both practical field experience and modeling lessons learned will be discussed.

1500 - 1630         

Session 6: Case Histories of the Different Basins

Chairs: Scot Bodnar, Clariant Oil Services; Henry Lopez, Pioneer Natural Resources

Every shale and tight play has its own characteristics and associated flow assurance challenges. This Session will include lessons learned and best practices from selected plays when dealing with flow assurance problems. The ultimate goal is to promote a general discussion on how those learnings can be utilized in any basin to keep all wells producing at their maximum potential as a result of a cost-effective flow assurance program.