SPE Workshop: Enhancing HSE Performance for Well Completions 11 - 12 Nov 2019 Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado, USA

Schedule | SPE Workshop: Enhancing HSE Performance for Well Completions | 11-12 November 2019 | Golden, CO

Sunday, November 10

08:00 - 17:00
Training Course: Water Treating for Shale Operations
Ticketed Event
Instructor(s) Dr. John M. Walsh

This course provides both an overview of water management in conventional and unconventional operations and an in-depth look at critical issues related to sourcing (acquiring), reusing, recycling, and disposing of water in shale operations with emphasis on the Permian basin. The course starts with a background of shale operations and the different plays around North America. Options being used for transport, storage, reuse, and disposal are described and explained in terms of climate, type of shale, type of fracturing fluids being used, and the regulatory framework.

The unique features of hydraulic fracturing fluids and shale produced water are given and compared to those of conventional oil and gas fluids. Water chemistry is discussed which forms the basis for reuse/recycle or disposal. The use of biocides, flocculating agents, and scale inhibitors are discussed for water treatment. Fundamental aspects are emphasized in order to give the attendees a firm basis for project planning, design, implementation and trouble-shooting. Throughout the course, field experiences, practical issues, and field performance of equipment is presented.

Topics:

  • Produced water management overview in conventional and shale operations - differences and similarities
  • Unconventional oil and gas – Background
  • Chemistry and fluid characterization for unconventional oil and gas
  • Chemical treatment with emphasis on biocides, flocculating agents, and scale inhibitors
  • Produced water treatment technologies
  • Why certain technologies work well and others do not 
  • Which technologies are suitable for which kind of fluid
  • Costs to use various technologies at well sites, well pads and clusters, and in centralized facilities
  • Lessons learned and best practices are presented for essentially all phases of the water management life cycle

 

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Monday, November 11

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 10:00
Session 1: Integrated Completions Planning: Considering HSE Through the Life-Cycle of Operations
Session Chairpersons Karin Witton, Consultant; Jill Cooper, Geosyntec Consultants
Speaker(s) Mike Rynearson, Caerus Oil & Gas; Hein Ellis, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Sara Loflin, Colorado Logic; Larry Wilger, Halliburton

An engaging discussion on challenges and opportunities on how to consider completions planning to reduce risk, cost, and liability throughout the life-cycle of the upstream operations. There are so many moving pieces – companies, people, equipment – involved in completions. How do we better recognize the matrixed nature of the process and have our teams engage in a more integrated fashion? This panel will consider elements such as: environmental footprint, community, safety, resource use and management, operational efficiency, transition between operation teams, integration of service providers, and HSE requirements and expectations. Our goal is to increase our understanding: around the challenges and opportunities for the entire industry to do this aspect better; that this is the most socially sensitive aspect of upstream operations; and that the common denominators through all phases of upstream oil and gas are HSE and construction.
 

10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:15
Session 2: How do we Integrate HSE-SR Risks into Completions Activities to Minimize Time, Cost and Reputational Damage?
Session Chairpersons Karin Witton, Consultant; Trey Shaffer, Environmental Resources Management

This interactive breakout session will discuss the top HSE-SR risks to completions activities, establish future state, and how to get there. Participants will have the opportunity to work together in groups and have an open discussion on key identified risks and ultimately create a roadmap for the industry to minimize such risks.

12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:45
Session 3: Managing the Completions Water Lifecycle
Session Chairpersons Gretchen Kohler, Antero Resources; James Rosenblum, Colorado School of Mines

Water management in completions operations has always been a critical component in planning, scheduling, and budgeting. This panel will discuss the challenges of water sourcing, transport and storage, beneficial reuse versus disposal, formation damage/well productivity, and water treatment/feasibility. The panel will provide insight from a basin-specific perspective, an operator's perspective, a contractor perspective, and an overview of regulatory challenges.

Topic Speaker(s)
A Summary of the Most Comprehensive Produced Water Report Ever Michael Dunkel, Advisian, a Worley Company
Frac Water Quality: Clean vs. Dirty Robert Huizenga, Cimarex Energy
To Truck or Not to Truck: A Fundamental Transition James Newman, Basic Energy Services

 

14:45 - 15:15
14:45 - 15:15
Knowledge Sharing Student Posters
Session Chairpersons James Rosenblum, Colorado School of Mines, and Jennifer Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines

The poster session will center on enhancing HSE performance for well completions. Topics will include vehicle movement; challenges and opportunities for handling, treating, and reusing flowback water; management of NORM; management of chemicals onsite; the difference between HSE management on and off shore; risk integration; and more.

Topic Speaker(s)
Lactic Acid Optimization in Acidizing Operations Using Gluconic Acid and Seawater Systems Luai Alhamad, Colorado School of Mines
Fracturing Fluid Additive Identification and Degradation in Biological Treatment Kurban Sitterley, Colorado School of Mines
Assessing the Groundwater Contamination Risk of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - An Integrated Approach to Risk Analysis Using Large Scale Data Analytics John Stults, Colorado School of Mines
UV and Advanced Oxidation Treatment of Organics and Microbes Present in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Sydney Ulliman, University of Colorado Boulder
Biological Pre-Treatment of Produced Water: Attached Growth BAF vs. Suspended Growth MBR Brett Van Houghton, Colorado School of Mines  

 

15:15 - 17:00
Session 4: A Closer Look at the Lifecycle of Water in Completions
Session Chairpersons Gretchen Kohler, Antero Resources; James Rosenblum, Colorado School of Mines

This breakout session will continue the discussions around completions water management to identify common concerns around water sourcing, water storage and transport, water recycling and treatment, etc. Experts from the previous session will be leading discussions on the various topics and will help promote dialogue and conversation around these issues.

17:00 - 18:30

Tuesday, November 12

07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:15
08:15 - 09:45
Session 5: What is Required for a Successful Post Completion of a Well in 2019 and in the Future?
Session Chairpersons Stuart Wittenbach, Cimerex Energy; Aditya Singh, Occidental Petroleum

This session will focus on the current and future challenges operators and service companies experience during the post-completion phase of oil and gas operations. Flowback measurement and safety, water handling systems and integrity, green completions, and public relations will be discussed, along with the challenges, solutions, and unique/new technologies that are becoming available.

Topic Speaker(s)
Water Handling Systems/Integrity Steven Runyan, Cimarex Energy
Green Completions Julio Trevino, Occidental Oil & Gas
Conducting Safest Flowback Operations Jordan Argamany, Occidental Oil & Gas

 

09:45 - 10:15
09:45 - 10:15
Knowledge Sharing Student Posters
Session Chairpersons James Rosenblum, Colorado School of Mines, and Jennifer Miskimins, Colorado School of Mines

The poster session will center on enhancing HSE performance for well completions. Topics will include vehicle movement; challenges and opportunities for handling, treating, and reusing flowback water; management of NORM; management of chemicals onsite; the difference between HSE management on and off shore; risk integration; and more.

 

Topic Speaker(s)
Lactic Acid Optimization in Acidizing Operations Using Gluconic Acid and Seawater Systems Luai Alhamad, Colorado School of Mines
Fracturing Fluid Additive Identification and Degradation in Biological Treatment Kurban Sitterley, Colorado School of Mines
Assessing the Groundwater Contamination Risk of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - An Integrated Approach to Risk Analysis Using Large Scale Data Analytics John Stults, Colorado School of Mines
UV and Advanced Oxidation Treatment of Organics and Microbes Present in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Sydney Ulliman, University of Colorado Boulder
Biological Pre-Treatment of Produced Water: Attached Growth BAF vs. Suspended Growth MBR Brett Van Houghton, Colorado School of Mines 

 

10:15 - 11:45
Session 6: Managing HSE at the Wellsite: Completions Operations Risk Management
Session Chairpersons Tom Knode, Kirby; Rory Johnston, Langan
Speaker(s) Moderator: Norman Ritchie, vPSI Group; Speakers: John Snawder, NIOSH Taft Laboratory; Larry Wilger, Halliburton; Zach Welch, Shell

Once planned, how does the execution of all phases of completions proceed while managing the various risks? Well pad density must consider SimOps issues to make sure that contractors are aligned on their activities so as not to interfere with each other. How are suppliers coordinated to address both road safety and traffic planning to move on and off location? Pressure management and containment is a critical for well head control. Silica and noise are considerations during frac operations. Frac hits are also both an operational and safety consideration. The panel of industry experts will cover these and more issues facing our industry.

 

11:45 - 13:15
Keynote Lunch
Speaker(s) Matt Lepore, Adamantine Energy

Intentional Stakeholder Engagement: Moving from Acceptance to Community Approval

13:15 - 15:00
Session 7: Managing HSE Through Economic and Regulatory Cycles
Session Chairpersons Habeib Al-Hashimi, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Jim Johnstone, Contek Solutions

This breakout session looks at HSE risks during market cycles. We aim to learn how we as an industry better manage morale, regulatory compliance, community expectations, workforce dynamics, and use technology in real time through the good and bad times.

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Session 8: Town Hall Discussion
Session Chairpersons Jessica Rogers, S.S. Papadopulos & Associates; Karin Witton, Weatherford
Speaker(s) Adam Peltz, Environmental Defense Fund; Stephen Flaherty, Cimarex; Julie Murphy, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

The workshop will conclude with a town hall style discussion lead by a panel of distinguished practitioners, whose expertise span industry, regulatory, and academic perspectives on HSE performance. The discussion will center on major conclusions and common threads between the workshop sessions. Emphasis will be given to identifying major areas of concern and opportunities for best practices.