SPE Workshop: Performance and Design of Water Injectors Requiring Sand Control 4 - 6 Dec 2017 AT&T Hotel and Conference Center Austin, Texas, USA
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers


Monday, December 04

07:00 - 08:00
08:15 - 09:45
01 Design of Field Performances: Gulf of Mexico #106
Session Chairpersons Bill Begnaud, BHP Billiton; Mukul Sharma, UT-Austin

Successful water injection is fundamental to the success of many deepwater development projects within the Gulf of Mexico. Issues with water injection wells involving rapid injectivity decline and limited longevity have plagued many of these developments. The root cause(s) may not be fully understood. The various sandface designs, plugging scenarios, failure aspects, operational practices, performance analyses, and potential downside mitigations will be addressed in this session. Views on how to approach these challenges will be sought through group discussion.



Case History for GoM Miocene Water Injector: Failure and Remediation

Kevin Wrobel, BHP billiton

Further Results in a GoM Waterflood

Leah Todd, Shell

History Matching and Optimizing Injector Performances 

Bulent Izgec, Hess

09:45 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:45
02 Profile Control in Water Injection Wells #106
Session Chairpersons Steve Mathis, Chevron; George K. Wong, University of Houston

As the industry looks at effectively developing many of the newest and most-challenging plays in deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the trend has been to develop resources that traverse thick vertical sections of several individual reservoirs. 

A key aspect to effectively producing these resources is to maintain good sweep efficiency in the water injection wells. This challenge is elevated due to high operating costs that limit the number of available wellbores. 

This session will focus on how various operators have sought to obtain high-quality water injection profile control with individual wellbores.



Profile Control in Angola Waterflood Injectors

Ricardo Oosthuizen, Mphatso Khoza, Chevron Southern Africa

Crossflow and Waterhammer in Water Injectors

Manish Srivastava, Shell

Factors Controlling Sand Production Injectors Subjected to Periodic Shut-ins and Restarts

Mukul Sharma, UT Austin

11:45 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
03 Field Performance Results – Rest of the World (Part I) #106
Session Chairpersons Bob Burton, ConocoPhillips; Tim Ellison, ExxonMobil

This session will discuss water injector applications in worldwide assets outside the Gulf of Mexico.  The focus will be on design, performance, best practices, lessons learned, surveillance, and the challenges of long-term injection into weak sands.  



Deepwater Start-up of Offshore Malaysian Waterflood

Bert-Rik de Zwart, Shell

North Asia Water Injection Case Study

Xin Jun Gou, ConocoPhillips, China

Akpo Water Injection Performance

Musa Usman, TOTAL EP, Nigeria

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
04 Field Performance Results – Rest of the World (Part II) #106
Session Chairpersons Marc Mainguy, Total; Tim Ellison, ExxonMobil

This session is a continuation of Session 2 and will further address water injector applications in worldwide assets outside the Gulf of Mexico.  The focus will remain on design, performance, best practices, lessons learned, surveillance, and the challenges of long-term injection into weak sands.  



PTA Surveillance of Injection Wells- What to Expect

Bill Roberts, OPC-USA

Five Years of Produced Water Re-injection on an Offshore Heavy Oil Field

Caroline Marques Badin, Statoil

Waterflooding Shallow Alaskan North Slope Reservoirs

Bob Burton, ConocoPhillips

17:00 - 18:30

Tuesday, December 05

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
05 Sand Control Completion Selection and Design for Injectors #106
Session Chairpersons Mehmet Parlar, Schlumberger; Bob Burton, ConocoPhillips

This session will cover the methodologies and decision criteria followed by various operators in deciding the sand control technique to be implemented on injectors with field examples such as cased versus open hole or cased hole frac-pack versus openhole gravel pack versus openhole standalone screens versus cased hole perforations.



Design Considerations for Soft Sand Water Injectors

Kevin Whaley, BP

Chevron Injector Well Completion Alternative Selection Process

Steve Mathis, Chevron

Injector Completion Performance under Francturing and Matrix Flooding Conditions - Sand Pack Test Results

George Wong, UH

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
06 Flow Control Devices and Injectors Surveillance #106
Session Chairpersons Duane Mikulencak, Shell; Bill Begnaud, BHP Billiton

The use of flow control within sand control injector designs may allow for risk mitigation, performance enhancement, and possibly improved recovery.  This session will explore this evolving approach to sand control injector designs through theoretical cases, actual case histories, related equipment designs, and more. The session also aims to discuss how these technologies can provide mitigation for failure and/or performance assurance.



Performance of ICD Completions in Erha North 

Tim Ellison, ExxonMobil

New Flow Control Screens to Mitigate Injector Wells Failures Caused by Cross-flow, Back-flow, and Water-hammer

Steven Fipke, Tendeka USA

Limitations of Using Smart Wells to Achieve Waterflood Conformance in Stacked Heterogeneous Reservoirs: A Case Study from Piltun Field (Paper OTC-26509-MS)

Michael Sumrow, Shell

11:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
07 Produced Water Reinjection #106
Session Chairpersons Marc Mainguy, Total; Erik Wennberg, Statoil

Produced water reinjection (PWRI) allows meeting reservoir requirements in terms of water injection while avoiding discharge in the environment. The oil and solids carried by the reinjected produced water lead to injectivity declines, impairing the long-term performance of water injectors. This session will discuss these injectivity declines, and how they can be limited through fracture growth.



Produced Water Re-injection in Block-17, Offshore Angola 

Marc Mainguy, Total 

Maintaining Injection when Injecting Produced Water

Bob Burton, ConocoPhillips

Planning and Execution of High Rate PWRI Wells on the Large Johan Sverdrup Field 

Liv Omdal, Statoil

14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
08 Geomechanics, Intervention, and Reliability of Injector Wells #106
Session Chairpersons Michael Schexnailder, Halliburton; Steve Mathis, Chevron

A key aspect of injector well success is completion reliability. Issues that affect injection well reliability are the prevention of undesirable fracture growth, as well as completion and overall wellbore integrity.  In addition, for the case of loss of injectivity, having a means to economically intervene is vital to overall success.  This session will address of the issues surrounding fracture growth in water injectors, and the reliability of different injector well completion designs for various operating conditions. Also, it will address the economics of future workovers.



Mechanical Reliability in Water Injectors

Gonzalo Garcia, Chevron 

Numerical Modeling of the Step Rate Test Using Fully Coupled Hydraulic Fracturing Capabilities  

Jing Ning, ExxonMobil

Well Construction and Design Modelling Considerations for Water Injection Wells

Issa Kalil, Altus Well Experts

Wednesday, December 06

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 09:30
09 Panel Discussion: Injection Well Operations: Start-up, Ramp-up, Shut down, and Re-start #106
Session Chairpersons George K. Wong, University of Houston; Mukul Sharma, UT Austin
Speaker(s) Jing Ning, ExxonMobil; Zaheer Malik, Shell; Kevin Whaley, BP; Ricardo Oosthuizen, Chevron; Erik Wennberg; Marc Mainguy, Total

This is a panel discussion session.  Operators representatives will share their views, and answer questions related to operational procedures, dos and don’ts for injection wells operations, best practices, and current challenges.

09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:30
10 Open Interactive Discussion (Q&A) #106
Session Chairpersons George Wong, University of Houston; Mukul Sharma, UT-Austin

The final session will be an attendee-driven discussion on topics covered in the workshop.  This is a high energy session that will be interactive and use the audience response system to identify industry learnings, opinions, concerns and challenges.