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SPE, through its Energy4me programme, will present a free one-day energy education workshop for science teachers (grades 8–12). A variety of free instructional materials will be available to take back to the classroom. Educators will receive comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its importance while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production. Energy4me is an energy educational public outreach programme that highlights how energy works in our everyday lives and promote information about career opportunities in petroleum engineering and the upstream professions. SPE’s Energy4me programme values the role teachers and energy professionals play in educating young people about the importance of energy.
Knowledge Sharing ePosters allow one-on-one interactions with presenters and opportunities to study a particular concept at an appropriate level of detail. Subject matter varies, but topics are consistent with the other technical sessions. The oil and gas industry continues to play a key role in growing economies and improving living standards in an increasingly discombobulated world with ever-increasing uncertainties and demands. The recent triumph of the Industry in shale gas and shale oil, mainly in the USA, which is yet to realise its full potential across the world, clearly demonstrate that the natural challenges which lie in subsurface or in deep-water developments are easier to master than those above the surface conundrums. They are less predictable and hardly measurable, such as major oil price crisis, world economic rivalries, exclusionism, and popularism. Despite the aforementioned uncertainties, the industry has managed to deliver the energy the world needs to drive global economic growth, improve standards of living, and make such energy more accessible and affordable to all people. To keep doing this, the industry has clearly had to constantly adjust, reshape and transform itself to continue delivering its mission.
This seminar covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The seminar also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments. As the industry wrestles with another price cycle, making sense of the world in which the oil and gas industry will operate is important to understanding the actions (by engineers, corporations, and governments) which must be taken today so that the oil and gas industry may prosper in the future. Hydraulic fracturing has been touted as a ‘new technology’ (though a misnomer) which is opening access to un-tapped value (in the USA) and lowering the cost of energy across the globe by shifting the balance between supply and demand.
The opening plenary session will include keynote speakers followed by a panel discussion. The acquisition, digitization and analysis of data has revolutionized how the world conducts business. Companies that have capitalized on this technology have changed how the world interacts, and in doing so, have grown to be the largest companies in the world, outpacing energy companies. How can the oil and gas industry utilize these technologies to lower costs, drive innovation and create a more sustainable business model in the face of lower commodity prices? Currently, visionary companies are investigating and implementing ideas to improve operations through the use of data analytics and engineered completions to lower costs and improve efficiency.
Gas-based EOR in tight unconventionals is a growing application to tap the vast unproduced oil and condensate resources in liquid-rich shale basins. The Huff-n-Puff process now involves several hundred wells in the Eagle Ford, and pilots are planned or ongoing in all other liquid-rich basins (Bakken, Permian, and Montney). The seminar will discuss the Huff-n-Puff gas EOR process specifically, but will also address relevant fundamentals of displacement-based gas EOR methods (miscibility, vaporisation, and displacement) in tight unconventionals. Introduction to unconventional gas EOR Review ongoing industry gas EOR projects in North America unconventionals What makes unconventional gas EOR different than conventional? Several oil fields are currently under one or more of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) processes Worldwide. Main groups of EOR processes include chemical, solvent (gas), and thermal EOR plus other processes. The goal of this seminar is to provide attendants with solid understanding of different aspects, types, and applications of current and advanced Enhanced oil Recovery (EOR) processes. The main oil recovery categories include primary, secondary, and enhanced oil recovery.
Understanding and management of water, be it produced, injected, or for use in drilling and fracturing operations, is critical for our industry. This session reviews selection methods and application of chemical additives to solve problems associated with a range of challenges encountered, focusing particularly on scale and microbiology.
A hydrocarbon find has always been an exploration geologist’s adventure and has remained at the forefront of the E&P cycle for the survival of the oil and gas industry. Big and easy finds are a distant past; therefore, the quest has shifted to go beyond conventional sandstones and carbonates to more complex areas of unconventionals: low porosity, low permeability, low resistivity, tight and ultra-tight, HPHT, shale, CBM, gas hydrates, and any other possible regime including deeper, geologically complex, and seismically opaque features such as salt, basalt, sub-basalt, even basement.