In Colombia, oil and gas production contributes to a 4.4% of GDP as of 2016 and is considered a vital resource for the national economic development. Today, the oil and gas production is around 830.000 barrels per day. In the past 100 years, there are key geographical areas in the country where the oil and gas industry has been operating. Over the years, the oil and gas industry in Colombia has faced challenges with the communities behavior, environmental incidents and changes on the environment regulation. As a result of this, in the last three years Colombia has reported more than 9,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) of deferred production, due to strikes that directly affect field operations. The following article describes the factors considered in Colombia for the successful adaptation and application of Energy4me, a Society of Petroleum Engineers energy education methodology that explains the oil and gas concepts through innovative laboratories that help understand, in a simple way, how the oil industry works. In the last two years, more than 8,000 people have been involved in the Energy4me program in Colombia. This paper describes the methodology applied for the successful execution of the Energy4me program; integrating the analysis of the targeted population, adaptation of the technical information and the industry's view on the environment.
Sinergia (the Spanish term for "synergy") is a technology innovation academic challenge developed by the SPE Colombia Section and supported and sponsored by Halliburton. The objective of the program is for final year students and recent graduates to show their hard and soft skills to the oil and gas industry community by proposing an innovative solution to an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) challenge using technology and programming skills. The Sinergia 2018 competition was advertised on the section's social media platforms and had a launch as part of Halliburton's Landmark Innovation Forum & Expo in Colombia, which was transmitted via streaming to the target audience. Eighty-three teams applied to Sinergia2018 but only ten spots were available. Each team comprised three people with skills in teamwork, programming, oil and gas knowledge, and proficiency in English.
The SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability will be held 17-19 March 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia. The call for papers submission deadline is 18 June 2019. Authors are encouraged to consider developing papers featuring multidisciplinary approaches that highlight Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability benefits such as innovation, collaboration, and value creation. Additionally, authors may consider proposing papers that feature these benefits within specific elements of the oil and gas sector value chain. Obtain necessary clearance from your management and start preparing now.
On behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), it gives me immense pleasure to invite you to join over 1,000 HSE and Sustainability practitioners at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability held in conjunction with LACPEC, 17-19 March 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia. The 2018-2023 SPE Strategic Plan expressly introduces two aspects of our business that we often take for granted and yet at this juncture in history - our history as an industry and the history of humanity - these two aspects have never needed to be so visible and so deeply understood - they are Generating Pride and Enabling Engagement. The Generating Pride and Enabling Engagement theme will frame the conference’s technical program. We promise you a robust technical program that will showcase best practices, tackle challenges, explore uncharted territory and contribute to the many efforts made every day by the dedicated members of our industry. This program will cater to those who work to make our industry safer, and more ecological, whilst performing its higher purpose of providing key fuels to meet humanity’s need for energy.
For more than 25 years, the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability, has been the E&P industry’s premier international event highlighting HSE best practices and challenges. The conference will be held on 17–19 March 2020 in Bogotá, Colombia and will attract HSE leaders and professionals working in the international oil and gas sector. Our goal is to reach beyond the industry by introducing presentations, special topical sessions, and networking opportunities unavailable anywhere else. For the first time, the International HSE Conference will be held jointly with 2020 LACPEC. Be a part of these events and discover the key drivers that influence the region and shape operational excellence in the upstream petroleum sector.
New downhole coiled tubing (CT) technology was used to facilitate the success of a challenging fishing intervention and to verify the reliability and accuracy of CT operations/simulation software. The technology supplies the newly designed bottomhole assembly (BHA) with continuous power from, and fiber-optic communications with, surface equipment, enabling accurate, real-time monitoring of measurements of bottomhole conditions.
Uncertainty exists in operations using CT regarding whether the planned axial force is transmitted from the surface through the pipe to the BHA and whether the BHA is functioning according to plan. During fishing operations, unless the BHA applies a minimum amount of force (compression and/or tension) to the fishing neck, the particular intervention run will be unsuccessful. The BHA then needs to be returned to the surface without recovering the fish.
This paper presents a case study of a well located in the foothills of Colombia in which a perforating gun became stuck following an operational issue. This situation resulted in an oil production reduction of 30%. Several fishing attempts were performed using conventional CT to recover the stuck perforating gun and to restore production to its previous level.
The initial lack of real-time BHA data and the inherent nature of CT elongation and buckling led the operator to believe that the fish was being recovered to the surface; several runs were performed with unsuccessful results. A CT string, equipped with fiber-optic communications and a continuous power supply to the BHA, confirmed that the perceived movement of the fish was not real and that the BHA selected was not generating nor transferring the expected force to the fish. The force transmitted by the pipe and the upward/downward impact force generated by the jar were measured in real time and determined to be consistent with simulated forces; the BHA configuration used for the operation was then redesigned. The new design led to the successful recovery of the fish and the return of well production to its initial level.
The real-time data measured during the fishing operation favorably compared to the simulated forces predicted during job design and execution. The accuracy and reliability demonstrated by the CT simulation software in use enabled the operator to gain confidence in all simulations performed with the software for future CT operations.
This case study is the first known instance in which CT was used in conjunction with downhole tools that were supplied with continuous power to sensors to enable measurement of parameters, including force, pressure, temperature, torque, inclination, phasing, acceleration, gamma ray, and casing collar locator (CCL). This technology was supported by reliable software capable of simulating downhole conditions with precision and accuracy.
Unconventional resources are a significant segment of potential growth for the hydrocarbon production in Colombia. This session will explore Colombias unconventional resource potential, play ideas, key uncertainties, and the road to profitable projects. Emphasis will be placed on results from wells — both recent and decades old — helping experts from Colombia and across the globe to develop leading edge methodologies and technologies for characterization and development of these unconventional plays. This session aims to provide an analysis of the environmental aspects associated to the extraction of unconventional resources. It will present a comparative analysis of the activity in the international context, including legal aspects, technologies used for effluent management strategy, reused options, evaluation of environmental risk, and possible mitigation measures.
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