Technical Aspects of Waterflooding

Recorded On: 10/23/2013

This one day virtual workshop looks at various elements within the domain of waterflooding including the design, practice, implementation, and surveillance of effective waterflooding. Each speaker shares their technical perspectives and challenges when it comes to this popular secondary drive mechanism.

The presentation covers:

•Waterflood process and design
•Surveillance and monitoring
•Challenges when water and oil mix
•Impact on recovery efficiencies due to effective sweep during displacement

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Professor Firoozabadi
Professor Firoozabadi has published some 165 Journal papers in petroleum interfaces, thermodynamics of hydrocarbon reservoirs and production, and multiphase multispecies flow in permeable media. He has published mainly in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journals, AIChE Journal, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Langmuir, Water Resources Research, Advances in Water Resources, Soft Matter, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, and Journal of Computational Physics. He has authored a graduate text,―Thermodynamics of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs,ǁ published by McGraw Hill in 1999. Firoozabadi has published some 70 papers in the Journals of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journals. He is also the most published author in petroleum engineering in comparison to faculty members and scientists in petroleum engineering in the US. Firoozabadi’s major contributions include theoretical, experimental and advanced computational methods in thermodynamics, multiphase flow in subsurface, and kinetics of flow assurance in hydrocarbon energy production.  Firoozabadi has received three of the four major awards of SPE. These awards include the SPE/AIME Anthony Lucas Gold Medal (highest technical award), the SPE Honorary Membership Award, and the SPE John Franklin Carl Award, in recognition of setting the stage and new directions for petroleum production and environmental stewardship of hydrocarbon energy production. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

Baldev S. Gill
Mr. Gill has over 14 years of professional and academic research in the areas of reservoir engineering practice, with specialty in reservoir simulation, field development, gas blow down studies, asphaltene precipitation and wettability. He has worked in the North Sea, Houston, West Texas, Michigan, Hague, Wyoming and California for large international companies including Schlumberger and Royal Dutch Shell. He has BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering, MSc Computer Aided Engineering, MSc Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London and Masters Chemical Engineering from Rice University. He has written and coauthored several technical papers in SPE journals. Currently he is a petroleum operations coordinator for Long Beach Gas & Oil, operator of the 8 Billion barrel Wilmington oil Field, which is under active waterflood. Awards and Honors . Invited Global Emerging leaders Conference from NAE, RAE and CAE, London . Invited Technical Speaker International Petroleum Week, London . San Fernando Valley, Engineers Council, Outstanding Engineering Merit Award Invited Robert Gordon Conference, Flow through Porous Media, Switzerland Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship Orange County Outstanding Engineering Merit Award National Academy of Engineering America-China Frontiers Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Paper Conference, London Imperial College London Fund: MSc Petroleum Engineering Schlumberger Corporation Scholarship, European Award Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Government Shell Oil Company Academic Scholarship; Rice University . Shell Oil Gold Service Recognition Award – Michigan Waterflood Field Development Visiting Scholar Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . Halliburton Energy Services Case Award: Imperial College Research Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), UK Government Elected Professional Memberships Fellow of the Energy Institute, London (FEI) Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) Sr. Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Member Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Chartered Engineer, UK Engineering Council Former Chair of the Ethics Sub-Committee AIChE (50000 members) Chartered Petroleum Engineer and Chartered Chemical Engineer


Dr. Abdus Satter
Dr. Satter is the president of Satter and Associates, which was formed in Houston upon his retirement from Texaco in 1997. He has four decades of worldwide, diversified experience and expertise in reservoir engineering, reservoir simulator development and applications, water flood, enhanced recovery techniques and reservoir studies and operations. He has numerous publications in these areas. He has been involved in reservoir management projects in Cameroon, Denmark, Indonesia, Nigeria, Trinidad, USA, and UK. He has been active in consulting, teaching and training. Penn Well Publishing Company published his books as follows: Practical and Enhanced Reservoir Engineering: Assisted with Simulation Software (2008) Computer-Assisted Reservoir Management (2000), Integrated Water flood Asset Management (1998) Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management (1994) Another of his books on Modern Reservoir Engineering – Fundamentals, Management, Recovery, and Reserves is in the process of being approved by Elsevier Company. He was 1996-97 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer on Integrated Reservoir Management. He was again SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Asset Management throughout the Reservoir Life Cycle. He is an SPE Distinguished Member, Legion of Honor Member and Life Member.

Dr. Ganesh C. Thakur
Dr. Thakur is vice president, global advisor and fellow of Chevron Energy Technology Company. Thakur is a world-recognized leader in reservoir engineering & simulation, secondary recovery, reservoir and well productivity improvement, heavy oil, horizontal well technology and EOR. He is also known for the emergence of reservoir management (RM) —in particular waterflooding—as a key interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Thakur has an impressive list of publications and teaching engagements conducted around the world. His skills and expertise are called upon widely in the design and operation of RM programs, mentoring technical professionals, and serving as an ambassador of technical capabilities to National Oil Companies and Government Ministries. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and has served as Technical Director – Reservoir for the Board of Directors, and an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. Thakur has authored 60 technical and presidential column articles, three books, edited two SPE reprint series, and presented over 200 lectures/short courses around the world. He has been elected to represent the SPE on the National Petroleum Council (NPC). A past chairperson of the SPE Reprint Series, Thakur has served on the SPE Editorial Review and Forum Series committees and as short-course instructor on Integrated Reservoir Management and Waterflood Management. He received SPE’s 2005 Reservoir Description and Dynamics award, 2006 Penn State University’s outstanding alumni achievement award, and 1994 Orange County, California’s outstanding engineer of the year award. Thakur earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering plus an M.A. degree in mathematics, all from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he earned an executive MBA degree from Houston Baptist University. He has served as an adjunct professor at USC, University of Texas (Permian Basin), University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and serving King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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