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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/29/2022 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    CCS is seen by many bodies such as the IEA and the IPCC as a one of the key enablers to decarbonising the economy. Transportation of CO2 is a key focal area in any CCS project but while dehydration of natural gas for transportation is well understood and regulated, the same cannot yet be said for CO2.

    CCS is seen by many bodies such as the IEA and the IPCC as a one of the key enablers to decarbonising the economy. Transportation of CO2 is a key focal area in any CCS project but while dehydration of natural gas for transportation is well understood and regulated, the same cannot yet be said for CO2. Dehydration specifications need to consider important project parameters such as ambient temperatures, CO2 pressures, contaminants, and materials of construction. Based on the selected specification, the most suitable method for implementing the dehydration should be selected, along with the optimum location of the dehydration equipment in the multi-stage pressure-boosting plant. These challenges and a methodology for overcoming them will be explored in this presentation.

    This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Ross Weiter and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Ross Weiter.

    Ross Weiter

    Ross Weiter has over 30 years of experience in all areas of the upstream oil and gas industry. This includes time spent in concept engineering, front-end engineering design, detail design, operation support and several years of site work. His experience includes many CCS studies for various clients such as Santos, Wesfarmers, Arctic LNG2, Woodside, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Korea National Oil Company, BG and others. Ross spent most of his career working in Perth, Western Australia with three years in Muscat working for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Today he is a Principal Consultant at Advisian, where he is also the CCS Lead for the Asia-Pacific Region.

    Nikhil Joshi (Moderator)

    Nikhil Joshi is the Director of Innovation and Technology at Talos Energy. In his current role, Nikhil is focused on energy transition and use of current O&G skillsets to be applied towards carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen, geothermal and wind power generation, among others. He has written over 50 technical papers and presented at several events and enjoys bringing non-conventional technical and commercial solutions to non-trivial challenges.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/18/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will cover how physics and data-driven methods can be merged in practical ways for automating reservoir surveillance with applications to pressure transient analysis.

    This webinar will cover how physics and data-driven methods can be merged in practical ways for automating reservoir surveillance with applications to pressure transient analysis.

    This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Sathish Sankaran and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Sathish Sankaran.

    Dr. Sathish Sankaran

    Dr. Sathish Sankaran has over 20 years of diversified industry experience in technology development, consulting, project execution and management working on several international, deepwater, and US onshore projects. His areas of specialization include digital oilfield technologies, reservoir management, field development optimization, uncertainty analysis, production operations, and advanced process automation.

    At Xecta Digital Labs, he leads an engineering team in the development of digital solutions for energy industry by fusing physics and data analytics methods for applications in reservoir, production, facilities, and downstream processes.

    Sathish is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and served in several roles including advisory positions, chairperson and committee member in industry initiatives, and authored industry reports on applications of data analytics in reservoir engineering.

    He has a B.Eng. (Honors) degree in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS – Pilani, India), M.S degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/11/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Gas lift is becoming a big consideration in most of oil field as an economic, sustainable means of artificially lifting weak/dead oil wells. This webinar presents a case study from Khafji Joint Operation fields, utilizing the intelligent digital gas lift valve to optimize the design and performance of the gas lift wells.

    Gas lift is becoming a big consideration in most of oil field as an economic, sustainable means of artificially lifting weak/dead oil wells. This is especially considered in high volume wells. Gas lift is employed, by injecting gas into the well tubing through gas lift valves, to reduce the hydrostatic pressure of the produced fluid column in oil wells, leading to a lower flowing bottom-hole pressure. The increased pressure differential induced across the sand face from the in situ reservoir pressure, assists in lifting the produced fluid to the surface.

    Optimizing the level of injected gas is important in maximizing the production, and hence the financial performance of the well. The challenge for most oil and gas producers is that they do not effectively maximize production with the most efficient use of gas lift resources. The challenge is that there is a lack of accurate and timely production data from the well tests. The optimal inject rate for a well is based on a ratio of injected gas rate to the liquid production rate. Under injecting the gas decreases the well production rate. The objective of optimization in gas-lifted wells is to achieve optimal production rate with minimal gas injection volume to spare gas for other wells, when the compression capacity is limited. Optimally allocated injection gas helps reduce unnecessary strain on your facility and maximize performance, this in turn enhances the life of production assets significantly.

    This webinar presents a case study from Khafji Joint Operation fields, utilizing the intelligent digital gas lift valve to optimize the design and performance of the gas lift wells. The case study demonstrates the value proposition by using the digital intelligent gas lift system to maximize well performance whilst reducing injected gas, in addition to acquired real-time data that help assess the process. That optimization was achieved on well level by optimizing the well parameters such as point of injection, injection rate, and injection pressure. All these aspects have been investigated and presented in this study by using field data and flow simulations. Results showed the potential added value of the system.

    This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Abdullah Al Qahtani and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Abdullah Al Qahtani.

    Dr. Abdullah Al Qahtani

    Dr. Abdullah Al Qahtani, is a researcher and technical consultant.  Abdullah worked in Saudi Aramco (1988-2010) in various engineering and operation departments. He was a production technologist and research consultant in the R&D group with specialty in production engineering applications. He was involved in many field developments in onshore & offshore fields. He was recognized many times by Aramco management for his technical contribution and project management.

    Dr. Al Qahtani founded Petroleum Advanced Research and Technology, PetroART (2010), for research collaboration and consultancy. He has been active in SPE participation and publication and served in committees of SPE events.

    Abdel BenAmara (Moderator)

    Abdel BenAmara is Vice President for Silverwell’s Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. He started his nearly twenty-year career in the automotive industry before joining PCM, an artificial lift equipment manufacturer, in 2005. Here Abdel was Area Manager for Europe based in Paris, and was then assigned to manage PCM’s Middle East region and moved to the UAE in 2009. Abdel joined Silverwell in 2015 to kick-off regional growth in the Middle East and Asia. Abdel holds two Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from ENIM France, and Bristol University in the UK.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/27/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    Part 1: Setting the Scene for ESP Safety or ESP Safety Conventional. Part 2: The Greening of ESP: PMM Safety Aligned for Performance & Reliability. Part 3: ESP System Model Comparing Factors that go into safety Evaluations.

    Part 1: Setting the Scene for ESP Safety or ESP Safety Conventional.

    Synopsis:

    High volume ESP systems necessitate high voltage and involve high pressures. Managing high volumes, pressures, and voltage effectively requires careful planning and job evaluation. This session discusses the conventional ESP system components and processes requiring a critical look during selection and job planning, including onsite preparations.

    Part 2: The Greening of ESP: PMM Safety Aligned for Performance & Reliability.

    Synopsis:

    The number of ESP installations with Permanent Magnet Motor (PMM) is rapidly increasing. This session introduces the differences between induction and permanent management motors and how it changes the job planning process. Topics addressed are passive safety, active safety, and well control procedures.

    Part 3: ESP System Model Comparing Factors that go into safety Evaluations.

    Synopsis:

    This session focuses on often thought of but overlooked aspects of electrical safety and operational safety. It discusses the calculations that go into safety evaluations and monitoring tools and processes during RIH and POOH steps.

    This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dennis Harris, Walter Dinkins and Richard Delaloye and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dennis Harris, Walter Dinkins and Richard Delaloye.

    Richard Delaloye

    Richard Delaloye is a staff production specialist working in the Global Production Organization in ConocoPhillips. He provides technical support to COP business units regarding the design, procurement, installation, operation, and failure analysis of ESP systems. In addition, he provides training and mentoring across the organization and industry.

    He entered the ESP industry in 1973 with Reda Pump. Work locations include Bartlesville Ok, Thermopolis, Casper and Rawlins Wy, Glendive Mt, Singapore, Indonesia, Kuwait, Dubai, Tulsa Ok, Houston Tx and has worked in twenty-six countries.

    Richard recognizes that his success in the industry is in part due to the support and mentoring that others have provided over the decades. As such he recognizes an obligation to pay it forward to the next generation.

    Dennis Harris

    Dennis Harris is a senior petroleum engineer working in Well Performance Optimization and Artificial Lift within Chevron Technical Center, a division of Chevron Corporation. He is an advisor on all artificial lift systems and evaluates emergent technology while performing technology development and technical services. He holds cross-functional experience in petroleum engineering, reserve evaluations, and applied economics.

    He holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is an active author and speaker in area conferences, published in World Oil, SPE, and a member of the ALRDC. He presently chairs the API 11S9 committee on Permanent Magnet Motor Safety. Also, a US Patent holder.

    He is currently involved with mentoring and increasing the skill levels of junior engineers, horizons, and cross-company specialists in artificial lift. When not working, he enjoys officiating at swim meets and coaching Little League, as well as community service.

    Walter Dinkins

    Walter Dinkins is with Borets, the world's largest electric submersible pumps (ESP) provider, and has worked for 25+ years in the industry, including support of ESP clients in Alaska for 13 years.  In addition to technical knowledge of the complete system, he has experience in manufacturing, software development, regional account management, and participation in industry standards groups. Walter completed his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering at Oklahoma State University and has a Masters Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Georgia Tech.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Alaska and Oklahoma. Walter has been married to his life-partner, Rebecca for 35 years and has four kids and two grandsons.

    Dr. Rajan Chokshi (Moderator)

    Dr. Rajan Chokshi works as an artificial lift and production 'Optimizer' for Accutant Solutions. With over 36 years of experience working with a national oil company, research consortia, software firms, and a service company in roles ranging from an engineer, software developer, project manager, trainer, consultant, to senior business leader.

    Dr. Chokshi has worked globally in multiphase flow, artificial lift, real-time production optimization, and data analytics. He has co-authored over fifteen SPE papers and holds two US patents. Twice selected as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, his SPE services include committees on the production awards, Forum series implementation, and the ATCE and artificial lift conferences. He has co-chaired an SPE artificial lift workshop, an SPE forum on production issues in unconventional, and an SPE multiphase flow metering workshop. Dr. Chokshi holds a Bachelor's and Master's in chemical engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT-Kanpur, India, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Tulsa, USA.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/12/2022 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    The development of the van der Waals (VDW) cubic equation of state (EOS) more than century ago was a watershed moment in the prediction of volumetric, thermodynamic and phase equilibrium properties of fluids. A brief account of the historical contributions to EOS development prior to VDW is offered. The equation proposed by Johannes Diderik van der Waals in his celebrated thesis presented in 1873 at the University of Leiden is then analyzed. A chronological walk through of the most important developments in cubic EOS from the early 1900s to present is summarized. The application of cubic EOS to mixtures and the development of mixing rules are briefly described. Finally, a critical discussion of various EOS parameters including model parameters, characterization parameters, and tuning parameters is presented.

    The development of the van der Waals (VDW) cubic equation of state (EOS) more than century ago was a watershed moment in the prediction of volumetric, thermodynamic and phase equilibrium properties of fluids. A brief account of the historical contributions to EOS development prior to VDW is offered. The equation proposed by Johannes Diderik van der Waals in his celebrated thesis presented in 1873 at the University of Leiden is then analyzed. A chronological walk through of the most important developments in cubic EOS from the early 1900s to present is summarized. The application of cubic EOS to mixtures and the development of mixing rules are briefly described. Finally, a critical discussion of various EOS parameters including model parameters, characterization parameters, and tuning parameters is presented.

    While the VDW EOS provided a description of real gases and the transition to condensed liquid phase, its accuracy suffered beyond simple gases like helium or methane. Today's current form of cubic EOSs with multiple adjustable parameters could suffer a similar fate when applied "out-of -the-box" to complex mixtures at high-pressures, such as encountered with reservoir fluids.

    The proper use of EOS in production measurement and allocation applications is currently being addressed in the development of API MPMS Ch. 20.4 - Phase Behavior Application in Upstream Measurement (of which the author was the founding chair and is now a working group member). The upstream production applications include allocation, multiphase flow meter and virtual flow meter configuration, and assurance of PVT properties derived from surface samples.

    This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Robbie Lansangan and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Robbie Lansangan.

    Dr. Robbie Lansangan

    Dr. Robbie Lansangan is a recognized industry expert in production measurement and allocation, sharing his knowledge in industry standards development under the American Petroleum Institute (API) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) banners. His foundational training in Chem. Eng., understanding of metering technologies and product development, and a keen sense of the oil and gas business has made him an extremely valuable asset in the role of Measurement Engineering Technical Authority for a major oil company. From his early years as postdoctoral fellow engaged in research in enhanced oil recovery, to the delivery lead role for multiphase metering and subsea pumping for a major capital project, culminating in an assurance role in measurement systems design for major projects, proved to be a wealth of broad-based industry experience that allows him to bring a unique perspective to the subject of upstream production measurement.

    Robbie has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has given lectures and presentations in local and international settings. He received the BP Upstream Technology Award in 2013 for commercialization and a co-author of several patents on multiphase metering technologies. Robbie holds a Ph.D. degree in Chem. Eng. from the University of Tulsa. He also received post-graduate certifications from The University of Manchester (UK) in Engineering Management and Project Leadership, Management and Communications from George Washington University School of Business. His hobbies include indoor rock climbing, long range target shooting and culinary activities.

    Amin Amin (Moderator)

    Amin Amin joined Belsim Engineering in 2018 after 32 years with Schlumberger where he held operations and management positions in field operations, strategic marketing and R&D, and 6 Years engineering consulting specializing in multiphase, wetgas, VFM, production allocation systems and Data Validation and Reconciliation modeling.

    He is an active member of API Committee on Production Measurement and Allocation (CPMA), and board member of SPE Flow Measurement Technical Section (FMTS).

    Amin has Diplôme De Maîtrise from Université de Nice, Master of Engineering from Supélec-Paris and Master of Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University-Edinburgh. He holds an Executive MBA from Sloan School of Management-MIT Boston.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Flow assurance is a vital challenge that affects the viability of an asset in all oil producing environments. A proper understanding of asphaltene precipitation leading to deposition lends itself to reliable completions planning and timely remediation efforts. This ultimately dictates the production life of the reservoir.

    Flow assurance is a vital challenge that affects the viability of an asset in all oil producing environments. A proper understanding of asphaltene precipitation leading to deposition lends itself to reliable completions planning and timely remediation efforts. This ultimately dictates the production life of the reservoir.

    The Wireline Formation Tester (WFT) has traditionally aided the understanding of asphaltene composition in reservoir fluids through the collection of pressurized fluid samples. Moreover,the use of Downhole Fluid Analysis (DFA) during a fluid pumpout has augmented the understanding of soluble asphaltenes under in-situ flowing conditions. However, an accurate and representative measurement of Asphaltene Onset Pressure (AOP) has eluded the industry. Traditionally, this measurement has been determined post-acquisition through different laboratory techniques performed on a restored fluid sample. Although sound, there are inherent challenges that affect the quality of the results. These challenges primarily include the need to restore samples to reservoir conditions, maintaining samples at equilibrium composition, and the destruction of fluid samples through inadvertent asphaltene precipitation during transporting and handling. Hence, there is aneed for WFT operations to deliver a source of reliable analysis, particularly in high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) reservoirs, to avoid costly miscalculations.

    A premiere industry method to determine AOP under in-situ producible conditions is presented. Demonstrated in a Gulf of Mexico (GOM) reservoir, this novel technique mimics the gravimetric and light scattering methods, where a fluid sample is isothermally depressurized from initial reservoir pressure; simultaneously, DFA monitors asphaltene precipitation from solution and a high-precision pressure gauge records the onset of asphaltene precipitation. This measurement is provided continuously and in real time. An added advantage is that experiments are performed individually after obtaining a pressurized sample in distinct oil zones. Therefore, the execution of this downhole AOP experiment is independent of an already captured fluid sample and does not impact the quality of any later laboratory-based analysis. Once the measurements are obtained,these can be utilized in flow assurance modeling methods to describe asphaltene precipitation kinetics, and continuity of complex reservoirs. For the first time in literature, this study applies these modeling methods in combination with the AOP data acquired from a downhole WFT.

    This approach has the potential to create a step change in reservoir analysis by providing AOP at the sand-face, along with insight that describe performance from asphaltene precipitation. The results of which have tremendous economic implications on production planning.

    This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Rohin Naveena-Chandran and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Rohin Naveena-Chandran.

    Rohin Naveena-Chandran

    Rohin Naveena-Chandran is a GOM Wireline & Perforating Business Development Manager for Halliburton. With experience spanning 18 years globally, he has supported operators in field operations and as a Technical Advisor. Over the past 13 years, he has worked within the GOM and has contributed to several innovative formation testing and sampling projects that have provided value to the industry. Rohin obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria and a master’s degreee in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

    Nikhil Joshi (Moderator)

    Nikhil Joshi is the Director of Innovation and Technology at Talos Energy. In his current role, Nikhil is focused on energy transition and use of current O&G skillsets to be applied towards carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen, geothermal and wind power generation, among others. He has written over 50 technical papers and presented at several events and enjoys bringing non-conventional technical and commercial solutions to non-trivial challenges.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/27/2022 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    New energy related applications (e.g. CCS, H2 storage, geothermal) can certainly benefit of O&G experience in measurements, characterization and modelling. There are however many unexplored fields of application of reservoir modelling in O&G involving thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) coupling and time dependent behavior.

    New energy related applications (e.g. CCS, H2 storage, geothermal) can certainly benefit of O&G experience in measurements, characterization and modelling. There are however many unexplored fields of application of reservoir modelling in O&G involving thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) coupling and time dependent behavior. This is of paramount importance for new energy applications. Existing approaches are much more advanced than what we do currently in O&G, that’s often very basic. In this presentation, some examples will be shown followed by a discussion on how time and fluid dependent behavior can be included adopting a consistent theoretical framework.

    This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Vincenzo De Gennaro and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Vincenzo De Gennaro.

    Vincenzo De Gennaro

    Vincenzo De Gennaro has thirty years’ experience in theoretical and applied geomechanics, including eighteen years’ experience in O&G industry related projects. He graduated as Civil and Geomechanical Engineer in 1992 and has been consultant engineer, PhD fellow then lecturer and lastly associated professor (research director) in geomechanics at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées - ParisTech (Paris, France). He joined Schlumberger in 2009 as Geomechanics and Unconventional Gas Specialist. He’s currently CCS subsurface and geomechanics advisor in Schlumberger. His activities encompass exploration, appraisal and production related projects, onshore and offshore drilling integrity studies, coupled reservoir geomechanics analysis (including compaction/subsidence studies), geomechanics for unconventional (completion quality evaluation and hydraulic fracturing modelling), sanding, underground gas storage (natural gas and anthropogenic CO2).

    Dr. Hamid Pourpak (Moderator)

    Dr. Hamid Pourpak is Senior Geomechanics Specialist working for TotalEnergies in France. He started his work at TotalEneregies in 2008 as geomechanics engineer. In 2014 he joined TotalEneregies R&D organization leading international unconventional geomechanics research projects. From 2018 to 2021, he is worked on unconventional operational topics. Today hamid is leading both conventional and unconventional geomechanics topics together with research projects. Before joining Total, he worked as a PhD student at IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and holds a PhD degree in Geoscience from University of Poitiers (France) and a master’s degree in Rock and Soil mechanics from Ecole Centrale de Paris (Paris School). Hamid is an active member of ARMA, URTEC and also SPE communities. He is acting also as SPE geomechanics session program chairman. 

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/24/2022

    This presentation presents a new approach to lifting heavy/viscous oil with a Pump design that will allow Operators to increase overall field production with reduced power consumption.

    Conventional methods of Heavy Oil production have either delivered low recovery factors or have involved costly thermal projects. With low oil prices the new norm, Operators need to maximize their recovery factors whilst controlling CAPEX required to exploit their assets. Centrifugal pumps are normally used to fit the ESP system. Multiple stage pumps are used in several configurations to fulfill wellhead pressure requirements by converting kinetic energy to hydraulic pressure. Floater and compression stages are available with radial and mixed flow designs. The impact of the viscosity in the pump is huge, it reduces the head per stage, increasing the energy consumption and reducing the efficiency of the overall system. This paper presents a new approach to lifting heavy/viscous oil with a Pump design that will allow Operators to increase overall field production with reduced power consumption.

    A trial was conducted in Colombia in a harsh field (high viscosity, low water cut, high temperature and high gas production) that had challenged all artificial lift systems. Several strategies (light oil injection, high capacity equipment, solvents injection at surface) had been implemented to overcome fluid viscosities of up to 6,000 cP @ 150 °F/ 14.7 psi (API 8°) yielding excellent short and medium-term results but system hydraulic efficiency and energy consumption were still below expectations. A new pump has been specially designed for the fluid conditions previously described, providing an effective lift method to reduce power consumption and minimize ESP costs.

    This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Sebastian Izquierdo and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Sebastian Izquierdo.

    Sebastian Izquierdo

    Sebastian Izquierdo is a Mechanical Engineer from “Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira” with a master degree in Automotive Engineering from “Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey”. With more than 15 years of experience, he has been focused in electrical submersible pumps for oil production and horizontal pump systems for disposal, injection and fluid boosting working in several areas as field service, applications engineering, failure analysis, product development and sales. With multidisciplinary teams, he have participated in R&D projects, poster sessions and publications of papers in several topics as emission factors by vehicles, air pollution simulation of carbon mines, Biogas filtration for internal combustion motors, ESP motor bearing upgrade and recently the new pump for high viscosity environments. Sebastian is currently working as Horizontal Pump Global Business Manager for Alkhorayef Petroleum, a company where he has been working for since 2015. 

    Dr. Rajan Chokshi (Moderator)

    Dr. Rajan Chokshi works as an artificial lift and production 'Optimizer' for Accutant Solutions. With over 36 years of experience working with a national oil company, research consortia, software firms, and a service company in roles ranging from an engineer, software developer, project manager, trainer, consultant, to senior business leader.

    Dr. Chokshi has worked globally in multiphase flow, artificial lift, real-time production optimization, and data analytics. He has co-authored over fifteen SPE papers and holds two US patents. Twice selected as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, his SPE services include committees on the production awards, Forum series implementation, and the ATCE and artificial lift conferences. He has co-chaired an SPE artificial lift workshop, an SPE forum on production issues in unconventional, and an SPE multiphase flow metering workshop. Dr. Chokshi holds a Bachelor's and Master's in chemical engineering from the Gujarat University and IIT-Kanpur, India, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Tulsa, USA.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Reservoir engineers will face in future the challenge of performing their professions for a global society with a significantly increased demand for hydrocarbons. This will require the reservoir engineers to embrace new technologies and engineering methods. In this webinar, experts will explain the technical current challenges and recent progress in four key areas in reservoir engineering discipline.

    Reservoir engineers will face in future the challenge of performing their professions for a global society with a significantly increased demand for hydrocarbons. This will require the reservoir engineers to embrace new technologies and engineering methods. In this webinar, experts will explain the technical current challenges and recent progress in four key areas in reservoir engineering discipline.    

    1. Core Analysis, Subsurface Technologies, PTA / RTA:
    Core Analysis, Subsurface Technologies, and PTA / RTA help with formation evaluation (FE) and characterization of oil and gas reservoirs, both conventional, and tight and ultra-tight unconventional reservoirs.  

    The presentation highlights that, in general, we are in good shape at present for characterization of conventional oil and gas reservoirs thought (FE) using core data, well logs, subsurface technologies and PTA / RTA.  There are important challenges in all the above FE areas, particularly at the molecular scale but probably they will become manageable in the not-too-distant future. 

    FE will help to increase production / recoveries of oil and gas, while keeping a close eye on economics and externalities (EE), for meeting the future world demand that will increase over the next few decades. FE will help in the development of technology for addressing CCUS and geothermal energy needs. 

    2. Molecular and Pore Scale Modeling:
    Is the Representative-Elementary-Volume approach for reservoir modeling working well, where are the limits? What are the challenges in modeling reservoir fluids, estimating their properties and performing flash calculation? How well do we understand nano-confined hydrocarbons? What equation-of-state should be used for predicting nano-confined fluid behavior? What are the sources of uncertainties in transport, and how molecular-level or pore-scale modeling can help us? Considering multi-scale pore structure of reservoirs, has the upscaling issue been resolved? Can multi-scale reservoir models help us avoid upscaling for the benefit of preserving pore-scale and molecular phenomena?

    3. Enhanced Oil Recovery:
    Various EOR processes have been actively applied for over 50 years. This webinar will summaries the evolution of popular EOR processes and their current status. In addition, factors that have influenced the maturation of various EOR technologies will be discussed. Also, recent EOR advancements for potential application in unconventional and offshore reservoirs, and status of combination processes will be shared. We will also share a few thoughts for future EOR practitioners.

    4. Reservoir Management:
    Reservoir management and the effort to optimize hydrocarbon recovery with respect to capital investments and operating expenses is constantly evolving.  The tradeoffs are complex, and the changing nature of business needs, financial and socioeconomic conditions, and human behavior dictates that this practice will remain dynamic and continue to present challenges in the future.  This section will discuss the historical, current, and expected future challenges of data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, reserves, and project economics. 

    This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir and Management and Leadership technical disciplines.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Roberto Aguilera, Dr. Yucel Akkutlu, Bernadette Johnson and Vinay Sahni and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Roberto Aguilera, Dr. Yucel Akkutlu, Bernadette Johnson and Vinay Sahni.

    Dr. Roberto Aguilera

    Dr. Roberto Aguilera is Professor of petroleum engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the 2019 recipient of the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, the 2021 recipient of the SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, past Executive Editor of the SPE Journal, an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2000-2001 season discussing Naturally Fractured Reservoirs, a member of the SPE Legion of Honor and an SPE Lifetime member. His research concentrates on Naturally Fractured and Unconventional Reservoirs worldwide. He has rendered consulting and/or training services in more than 50 countries worldwide through his firm Servipetrol Ltd. He holds an engineering degree from the Universidad de America in Bogota, Colombia, and MEng and PhD degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, all in petroleum engineering.

    Dr. Yucel Akkutlu

    Dr. Yucel Akkutlu is petroleum engineering professor and William Keeler faculty fellow at Texas A&M University. He is the holder of the John Edgar Holt ’27 Chair in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. His research focuses on reactive flow in porous media with applications into characterization and exploitation of unconventional oil and gas resources. He received the Society of Petroleum Engineers International Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Technology of Petroleum Engineering in 2020 and received 2015 AIME Rossiter W. Raymond memorial award for research. He was the executive editor of the SPE Journal 2013-2016. He was an SPE distinguished lecturer 2014-15.

    Vinay Sahni

    Vinay Sahni currently the Director of Development for Occidental’s Permian EOR business. His responsibilities include Field Development Plans (FDPs) for CCUS/CCS projects, longer term planning and portfolio optimization via acquisitions and trades, subsurface modeling and carbon certification for Occidental’s Permian conventional assets.

    In the past, he has provided technical support to help optimize primary and EOR development plans for Occidental’s unconventional resources business units. Unconventional EOR technology development responsibility included process/pilot design, field implementation, surveillance and developing a road map for commercialization. Unconventional Primary development projects included technology scouting, building models for optimizing well spacing/landing and risk/uncertainty analyses.

    Vinay earned a BS, Petroleum Engineering, from Pune University and a MS, Petroleum Engineering, from the University of Texas at Austin. 

    Bernadette Johnson

    A recognized leader in the energy industry and the co-founder of a successful energy advisory firm, Bernadette Johnson has a comprehensive understanding of energy market fundamentals and uses her extensive expertise to provide analytics that optimize industry decisions and investments.She identifies and leverages talent effectively, using transparency and strong communication skills to inspire and motivate teams and individuals toward professional success and growth.

    Bernadette currently serves as the senior vice president and general manager of power and renewables for Enverus (formerly known as Drillinginfo), where she leads the company’s fastest-growing business unit and is responsible for product, marketing, sales, and client communication strategies. Bernadette manages a team of 75+and consistently achieves sales and profit objectives. She originally joined Enverus as the vice president of strategic analytics, leading the integration of a new energy practice acquired from Ponderosa Advisors while also collaborating on the leadership of a multimillion-dollar software-as-a-service (SaaS) business and developing and launching multiple product lines that became high-growth client offerings.

    Prior to Enverus, Bernadette was a director and founding partner of boutique energy advisory firm Ponderosa Advisors LLC, where she established its energy practice before it was acquired by Enverus. Before founding Ponderosa Advisors, she held energy analyst roles at multiple organizations, where she led the development of tools and resources to support analytics, energy market pricing,and investment trading decisions. Bernadette’s accurate data and analytics enabled Sasco Energy Partners to increase their rate of return on trades to 30% and earned the company a place on Bloomberg Markets’ Top 50 Mid-Sized Hedge Funds in 2012.

    Honored in 2021 among Hart Energy’s Top 25 Influential Women in Energy and ColoradoBiz’s Top 25 Young Professionals, Bernadette is also active in her local and industry communities. Among other activities, she served as an executive-in-residence for the University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program and has been a board member for Denver’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program since 2016.Bernadette holds two degrees from Colorado School of Mines in Golden,CO: a master of international political economy of resources and a bachelor of science in economics. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

    Dr. Tom Blasingame (Moderator)

    Dr. Tom Blasingame is a Professor and holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M — all in Petroleum Engineering. In teaching and research activities, he focuses on petrophysics, reservoir engineering, analysis/interpretation of well performance, exploitation of unconventional reservoirs, and technical mathematics. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M. He served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003, and has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M.

    Blasingame is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000) and the recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for technology contributions before age 45) (2006), the SPE Lucas Medal (SPE’s preeminent technical award) (2012), the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2014), and SPE Honorary Membership (2015). He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and as the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics (2015-2018). He has prepared approximately 160 technical articles and has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/16/2022

    Integrated Operations, Remote Operations, Collaborative Operations and now we have Autonomous Operations! What do these terms really mean and are they interlinked in some way?

    Integrated Operations, Remote Operations, Collaborative Operations and now we have Autonomous Operations! What do these terms really mean and are they interlinked in some way? Industry 4.0, Digitalization, Digital Twin, how do these fit into the topic of Autonomous Operations? What are Autonomous Operations? Why use the term Towards Autonomous Operations? How can we practically implement Autonomous Operations in existing industrial production facilities? Just how Autonomous can we really get? How can we measure our Autonomous Operations maturity level? What does Autonomous Operations do for us anyway? Can we use Autonomous Operations to achieve Sustainability, embrace Renewable Energies and help us to comply with Low Carbon Economy requirements?

    This webinar will attempt to jargon bust and provide some pragmatic answers to these questions and to provoke further discussion on the topic.

    This webinar is categorized under the Data Science and Engineering Analytics technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Steve Royston and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Steve Royston.

    Steve Royston

    After graduating with a BSC (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in July 1984 Steve Royston immediately joined ABB (then ASEA) and since that date he has attained almost 38 years of Process Automation related industry knowledge and experience in the definition, execution and operation of process control, safety and power automation system solutions. His experience is derived from working in a wide variety of industry areas that is predominantly oil & gas related but also includes pulp & paper, metals and chemicals. His experience includes working internationally and with significant installation and commissioning experience. He also has experience in Factory Automation from working within ABB’s Robotics division.   

    During his career with ABB he has held a variety of positions that include Project Management, Lead Engineering, Proposal and Sales Support Management and Technology Management. His current position is Technology Manager within ABB’s Oil & Gas Global Product Group, focusing on Onshore Upstream and Midstream LNG and he also provides Technology Management for ABB’s recently launched global standardized project execution initiative known as ABB Adaptive ExecutionTM.

    Paul Choate (Moderator)

    As an independent consultant for over 25 years, Paul Choate has worked for major clients worldwide on numerous of well engineering and geomechanics projects, ranging from ERD and HPHT well design, feasibility assessment and cost evaluation to hydraulic, waterflood and PWRI fracture modelling, borehole stability and sand failure. In the past three years, he has been providing support as a principal drilling engineer to FDP reviews of major offshore field developments. He graduated from Manchester University in 1984 with a PhD in Offshore Structures, following which he worked as a post doc on wave modelling on offshore pile groups before joining Shell Research in The Netherlands in 1985 to work on hydraulic and waterflood fracture simulation, subsea system reliability modelling and combined environmental risk assessment of offshore platforms. In 2015, he accepted a two-year contract position as Professor of Subsea and Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University in Western Australia, where he evaluated potential future Big Data R&D requirements in subsea engineering. Outside of petroleum engineering, in 2000 he worked under contract to the European Space Agency, responsible for transferring European space technologies to the offshore sector. More recently, he has been developing a gas mixture dynamics model for simulating thermal convection, evaporation and chemical reactions in porous media, presently aimed at evaluating pyrolysis processes, but also with broader potential application to more general industrial process modelling, enhanced oil recovery and geothermal energy production. Finally, he serves in a voluntary capacity as Treasurer of the recently formed SPE Geothermal Technical Section.

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