SPE Workshop: Flow Assurance and the New Technology Era - From Origin to Market 25 - 26 Nov 2019 DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Monday, November 25

08:00 - 08:50
08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:00
Session 1: Welcome and Introduction
Moderator(s) Rohaizad Bin Mohd Norpiah, PETRONAS; Abul Jamaluddin, PETRONAS
Speaker(s) Dr. Lee Howard, Baker Hughes Company; Ali Didanloo, Schlumberger; Dr Shaun Johnson, Wood


Nur Hidayah Din Hatt Bt Abdullah, PETRONAS; Fatemeh Mehran, Schlumberger



10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:30
Session 2: Operational Excellence
Session Chairpersons Fatemeh Mehran, Schlumberger; Rob Bain, BlueFin Services

The recent oil and gas downturn has changed the industry forever; forcing improvement in operational efficiencies with reduced operating costs. However, complex flow assurance challenges persist, and significant strides have been made recently to develop and improve technologies and methodologies to ensure productivity is maximised whilst reducing integrity risks. This session will focus on flow assurance challenges throughout the cradle-to-grave lifecycle of developments, ageing infrastructure and asset integrity, increasing demand of water injection and associated produced water handling, and the latest advanced techniques for monitoring and surveillance.


  • Wax Or Emulsion: Understanding Fluid Characteristics In Tackling Flow Assurance Issue, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd
  • Hydrate Elimination; SCSSV Failure; Downhole Orifice; Flow Assurance; OLGA, CNOOC EnerTech Drilling & Production Co.
  • Maintaining Production Availability during Transient Operations using Multiphase Dynamic Flow Simulation, Schlumberger
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Session 3: Advances in Production Chemicals Applications for Flow Assurance
Session Chairpersons Khor Siak Foo, PTTEP; Siti Fauwizah Johari, Carigali Hess Operating Company

With the oil industry moving towards increasingly challenging production environments, in mature fields and ultra-deepwater hydrocarbon production, it will require innovative advancement in production chemistry engineering and application approaches to ensure fluid delivery and profitability.  In the last decade, industries are seeing positive changes in production chemicals selection and deployment. Many chemical companies and operators are working together to address new flow assurance challenges with a more stringent requirement on production chemical performance and quality control.

The session will focus on the potential for new chemical application approaches and chemistry advancement such as nanoengineering, integration and synergy of multifunctional chemicals, squeeze treatments, and more. This holistic approach ensures safe operations while maintaining minimum lifecycle operating costs.


  • Last Line of Defense for Carry-Over Fines & Sand at Surface: The Chemical Alternative, PETRONAS
  • Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry – Introduction and Challenges Throughout the Field Lifecycle, Scaled Solutions Ltd
  • Downhole Deposition Treatment of P Field – Success Story, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd
  • Production Chemistry and Flow Assurance Issues and Solutions Associated with Chemical EOR, Scaled Solutions Ltd
15:30 - 15:45
Coffee and Tea Break

Poster session 1:

  • Tackling Sand Erosion In Real Time With Innovative Technology, IntecSea, Worley Group
  • Environmental Friendly Coagulants and Flocculants For CEOR Effluent Treatment, PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd
  • Operation Pain Points Sewn By Valued Flow Assurance, PETRONAS Carigali


15:45 - 17:45
Session 4: Flow Assurance Contribution to Field Development Plans and Project Execution
Session Chairpersons Mior Zaiga Sariman PETRONAS; Ali Didanloo, Schlumberger

The oracle, the defender and the healer. In the current oil and gas economic scenario, the application, systems and practices of flow assurance have to be envisaged at early field development phase to address the challenges throughout the different production stages - from first oil to the abandonment of a field. Without doubt, flow assurance is an essential building block of a field development plan that can influence architecture, cost and schedule.


This session will focus on how flow assurance plays its role to pre-empt, prevent, and cure production problems. The design and strategies for ensuring that there is uninterrupted hydrocarbon production flowing from the reservoir to the point of sale will be covered in this session. Examples will be presented to demonstrate flow assurance aspect of field/area development; long-term mitigation plans to assure the flow and an integrated approach to incorporate pore to sales journey of flow assurance.


  • Key Driver for Marginal Deep-water Field Development Concepts, Schlumberger
  • Managing Flow Assurance Challenges for Decommissioning of a Deepwater Field, PETRONAS
  • Production Sustenance Through Facility Optimization and Debottlenecking – A Flow Assurance Case Study in offshore Vietnam, Schlumberger
  • Subsea Gas Well Late Life Restart Lesson Learned: Failure Analysis and Operating Strategy, CNOOC EnerTech Drilling & Production Co.
  • Improving the value of your asset with holistic Flow Assurance Engineering, Pace Flow Assurance
17:45 - 19:00
Session 5: Internet of Things in Flow Assurance - Big Data and Digitalisation
Session Chairpersons James Holbeach, Wood; Dr Jalal Foroozesh, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Industry 4.0 is the move towards the use of massive amounts of discrete operational data to automate and optimise operational decisions. Driving this is the increasing prevalence and importance of IIoT technology and our ability to utilise data analytic techniques (both Edge and Server) to deal with what was once insurmountable mountains of data (Big Data). Technologies in this area are rapidly expanding  and being utilised in the upstream oil and gas sector. Recent advances have combined data centric analytical techniques with more traditional physics based workflows to realise true operational optimisation. Both new and well-developed data analytic techniques such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are being applied to optimise workflows and enable rapid application of predictive analytics. Process and multi-dimensional asset digital twins are now largely the norm in new greenfield operating assets and are being retrospectively applied to brownfield assets as data filtering and data centric techniques improve.


  • New Correlations and Deposition Envelopes for Predicting Asphaltene Stability in Crude Oils, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Potential Role of Machine Learning on the Prediction of Wax Deposition in Pipeline, PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd
  • A Novel Real-Time Water-in-Oil Emulsion Tomographic Imaging Technology, PETRONAS
19:00 - 22:00

Tuesday, November 26

09:00 - 11:00
Session 6: Flow Assurance in Challenging Fields and Situations
Session Chairpersons Astriyana Anuar, PETRONAS; Assoc Prof. Dr. Fakhruldin Hashim, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

In recent years, flow assurance issues have been a major challenge in developing and operating oil and gas fields, especially in deeper environments and increasing tieback distances.  Projects and productions were halted midway due to its costly flow assurance prevention and remediation measures, or limited proven technology, which makes production economically unattractive. This is even more critical in challenging fields and situations such as ultra-deepwater production, arctic regions, heavy oils, hydrate reservoirs and many others. This session will focus on flow assurance mitigation in challenging fields and situations using cost-effective methods.


  • A True Flow Assurance Success Story for Offshore Safety, Cost Economy and Integrity, CNOOC EnerTech Drilling & Production Co.
  • A Holistic Approach to Assessing Flow Assurance Impacts on Well Productivity in a Brownfield, PETRONAS Carigali
  • Methane Hydrate Production System Technical Challenges, Wood
  • Managing Complex Wax and Scale Treatment in a Challenging Field Environments: A Case Study and Best Practices, PETRONAS
11:00 - 11:15
Coffee and Tea Break

Poster session 2:

  • Application Of API17 TR5 & TR6 For Subsea Chemicals To Avoid Infrastructure Damage, Baker Hughes Company
  • Emerging Technologies for Offshore Natural Gas Hydrate Production as Alternative Clean Energy Source, CNOOC EnerTech Drilling & Production Co.
  • SolidClenz Technique: Well Established Technology for Well Cleanout, PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd
11:15 - 13:15
Session 7: Advances and Current Challenges with Fluid Sampling, Fluid Characterisation and Impact of Contaminants
Session Chairpersons Muhammad Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad Tahir, PETRONAS Carigali Sarawak Gas; Adil Pottayil, Calsep

Fluid sampling is critical for short-, medium- and long-term management of petroleum resources and production particularly during the early stages of field development. Accuracy of measurements thereafter is very dependent on the representativeness of these samples. Thus, meticulous planning of the sampling programme is of foremost importance in the process.


Presence of contaminants such as H2S and Hg due to their high reactivity and adsorptive tendency to steel surfaces will add additional challenges to sampling activities and will significantly impact the design, integrity and efficiency of transport and processing facilities of oil and gas production during the entire field lifecycle. Another aspect that has generated great interest in recent years and added a new dimension to fluid characterisation of reservoir fluids is the Common Equation of State modelling. While an EoS model, just a few years back, would be developed to work for one or a few related fluids, an EoS model today may well have to be applicable to multiple fields, often covering 50 or more fluids and fluid types spanning from light gas condensates to heavy oils.


This session will present recent works in this area to highlight the current state of the art in sampling and analysis. Moreover, the session will also address the requirements of a PVT simulator to meet common EOS target.


  • Importance Of Quality Fluid Samples In Design And Field Development Stages Of New Developments, Scaled Solutions LLC
  • Pour Point Testing And Re-Looking At The Definition Of No-Flow Properties Of Waxy Crude Oil,  PETRONAS
  • Power Fluid Flow Assurance for A Robust Jet Pump Operation, INPEX
  • Know Your Well, Know Your Fluids...Effective And Efficient Subsea Sampling, Proserv
13:15 - 14:15
14:15 - 16:15
Session 8: Emerging Technology in Flow Assurance Solutions
Session Chairpersons Eadie Azahar Rosland, PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd; Dr. Norida Binti Ridzuan, Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Easy oil era is no longer available. The industry is currently facing greater challenge in developing and operating in complex environments such as deepwater, high CO2 & contaminant reservoirs and more. Dealing with flow assurance challenges requires correct understanding; a systematic approach and technology. This session addresses the advancement in flow assurance technology, lessons learnt from field applications of new and emerging technologies, examples of successful applications of matured technology, future technology and questions of benefits and pitfalls. Cutting-edge technology, advanced design methods and tools that cover the areas of deepwater, reservoir souring, contaminant management, hydrates, sand, emulsion, wax, asphaltenes, scale, and corrosion will be discussed as well.


  • New Visualisation Techniques to Identify Damage Mechanisms and Opportunities for Improved Hydrocarbon Recovery, Premier Oilfield Group
  • Cavitas Thor/Magni Downhole and Intervention Flow Assurance for Heavy and Waxy Crudes, Cavitas Energy Limited
  • Driving Oilfield Scale Management Forward: A New Emerging Technology for Downhole Scale Logging, PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd
  • Benefitting on Living Microorganism for Biodegradation of High Pour Point Crude, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • eelReel - Innovative Pipeline Wax Remediation Technology, BlueFin Services
16:15 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:00
Session 9: Wrap-up Panel Session
Moderator(s) Nur Hidayah Din Hatt Bt Abdullah, PETRONAS; Fatemeh Mehran, Schlumberger
Speaker(s) Rohaizad Bin Mohd Norpiah, PETRONAS; Abul Jamaluddin, PETRONAS