Future Challenges of Reservoir 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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Future Challenges of Reservoir Discipline
06/23/2022 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/23/2022 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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