Tech Talks: Minimizing Carbon Emissions from Well Testing and Cleanup

In this SPE Tech Talk, Schlumberger's Simon Edmundson and Alexander Zhandin discuss carbon emissions sources in the oil and gas industry and solutions to minimize them — especially from well testing and clean-up operations. The pair will also delve into whether or not zero flaring is possible to achieve.

Topics covered in this Tech Talk include:

1. Discussing carbon emissions sources in the oil and gas industry

2. Examine common themes in the oil and gas industry and discuss Schlumberger's decarbonization efforts 

3. Is zero-flaring well test or clean-up possible? And if we have to flare, what can we do better to reduce emissions?

4. Why does 0.5% well test burner efficiency improvement matter?

This Tech Talk is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.

David Gibson (Moderator)


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David Gibson has earned a reputation as a disruptive thought leader in the field of emerging oilfield technology.An engineer-turned-entrepreneur, David now owns and manages Gibson Reports, a MWD and Directional Drilling market research firm as well as a partner and board member for several start-up companies. Launching his oilfield career as a UTA-trained Mechanical Engineer, David has a 14-year track record of working for both major and independent service providers in global and domestic onshore and offshore capacities operating a wide range of tools from survey-on-connection to offshore penta-combos.Serving in leadership roles ranging from Sub-Committee Chair to Board of Directors in several professional oil and gas associations like IADD, SPE, AADE and IADC, David is a highly-requested public speaker and has been featured on 25+ different industry podcasts and livestreams to date.Known for his catchphrase, "know your industry", David's core mission is to drive the oil and gas industry toward a more knowledgeable, sustainable future.

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Simon Edmundson

Low Carbon Technologies Marketing Manager


Simon Edmundson is the Low Carbon Technologies Marketing Manager for Schlumberger, based in Houston, Texas. Prior to his current role, he held the position of Product Champion for Wireline Formation Testing Services, and before that held various roles in Sales and operations management in the UK, Netherlands and Angola. Prior to this, and after joining Schlumberger in 2003, he spent his first 5 years as a Wireline Field Engineer based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Simon holds a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London. He enjoys bicycle racing, mountaineering and other outdoor activities. 

Alexander Zhandin

Surface Testing and Production Portfolio Manager


Alexander Zhandin is the Surface Testing and Production Portfolio Manager for Schlumberger, based in Paris. He has been an expert in Surface Well Testing and Multiphase Flow Measurements for over 15+ years. He has experience in Operations management, sales and business development. 

This SPE Live Tech Talk is sponsored by Schlumberger.



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