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Learn more about training courses being offered. Learn more about training courses being offered. This course 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 course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments. Learn more about training courses being offered. Current and future SPE Section and Student Chapter leaders are invited to engage and share. Every attendee leaves energised with a full list of ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those sections and student chapters actively participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized with awards as the best in SPE. SPE Cares is a global volunteering drive aimed at promoting, supporting and participating in community services at the SPE section and student chapter’s level. On its official launch this year at ATCE Dubai, SPE Cares will conduct a “Give a Ghaf” Tree Planting Programme to help preserve Ghaf’s cultural and ecological heritage. The Ghaf tree is an indigenous species, specific to UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is a drought tolerant, evergreen tree that can survive a harsh desert environment. The initiative not only aims to hold events/activities at ATCE, but also recognise community service that SPE members are already conducting in their respective student chapters and professional sections. The KEY Club, open daily, is an exclusive lounge for key SPE members. The lounge is open to those with 25 years or more of continuous membership, Century Club members, current and former SPE Board officers and directors, Honorary and Distinguished Members, as well as this year’s SPE International Award Winners and Distinguished Lecturers. DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) will hold a half-day symposium featuring keynote presentations on urban automation. This symposium will explore technologies being used in developing smart cities through the automation of their infrastructure, transportation systems, energy distribution, water systems, street lighting, refuse collection, etc. These efforts rely on many of the same tools needed for drilling systems automation yielding increased efficiencies, lower maintenance and reduced emissions. Their knowledge and experience can guide the path being travelled by the oilfield drilling industry.
The basic objective of this course is to introduce the overview and concept of production optimisation, using nodal analysis as a tool in production optimisation and enhancement. The participants are exposed to the analysis of various elements that help in production system starting from reservoir to surface processing facilities and their effect on the performance of the total production system. Depth conversion of time interpretations is a basic skill set for interpreters. There is no single methodology that is optimal for all cases. Next, appropriate depth methods will be presented. Depth imaging should be considered an integral component of interpretation. If the results derived from depth imaging are intended to mitigate risk, the interpreter must actively guide the process.
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This seminar will teach participants how to identify, evaluate, and quantify risk and uncertainty in everyday oil and gas economic situations. It reviews the development of pragmatic tools, methods, and understandings for professionals that are applicable to companies of all sizes. The seminar also briefly reviews statistics, the relationship between risk and return, and hedging and future markets. Strategic thinking and planning are key elements in an organisation’s journey to maximise value to shareholders, customers, and employees. Through this workshop, attendees will go through the different processes involved in strategic planning including the elements of organisational SWOT, business scenario and options development, elaboration of strategic options and communication to stakeholders. Examples are provided including corporate, business unit and department case studies. Safety leadership focuses on the Human Factors (HF) which complement technical training to optimise reliability, safety, compliance, efficiency, and risks within a team-based environment. The IOGP laid down the HF skills and competencies required, and they form the basis for specialised O&G HF training's delivered by Mission Performance. This 1-day course reviews the key human factors but then also reviews what can be done to accelerate and scale operational roll-out for optimum and sustained impact, including integration with existing safety processes and (reporting) systems, refreshers, assessments, measurements, as well as the role of leadership and culture. Decisions in E&P ventures are affected by Bias, Blindness, and Illusions (BBI) which permeate our analyses, interpretations and decisions. This one-day course examines the influence of these cognitive pitfalls and presents techniques that can be used to mitigate their impact. Bias refers to errors in thinking whereby interpretations and judgments are drawn in an illogical fashion.
Since the industrial revolution, the oil and gas industry has played an important role in the economic transformation of the world, fueling the need for heat, light and mobility of the world’s population. Today, the oil and gas industry has the opportunity to redefine its boundaries through digitalisation, after a period of falling crude prices disrupted exploration and production activities, and ineffective mature field development challenges that are currently facing most oil and gas companies in Indonesia. The recent downturn in the oil and gas industry has led to massive layoffs. Digital industrial revolution is slowly changing how upstream businesses operate. Increasing public awareness of climate change has fuelled the urgency to shift to cleaner alternative energy. Can the current petroleum engineers survive in the next 10 to20 years?
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.
Gao, Hao (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University) | Pu, Wanfen (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University) | Li, Yibo (State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University) | Luo, Qiang (Research Institute of Experiment and Detection of Xinjiang Oilfield Company, Petrochina, Karamay) | Luo, Haoyu (Exploration and Development Research Institute of Tarim Oilfield Company, Petrochina, Korla) | Sun, Ziqi (Southwest Petroleum University) | Ding, Liangliang (Southwest Petroleum University)
Non-condensable gas assisted steam, being recognized as a promising technique in enhanced heavy oil recovery, has been successfully employed in oilfield for many years. Nevertheless, the displacing mechanism of this technology is complicated and has not been thoroughly understood. The emphasis of this study lies in the performance of non-condensable gas assisted steam flooding in improving heavy oil recovery and its comprehensive mechanism has been discussed.
In the research, carbon dioxide (CO2) addition to steam injection process is proposed. The influence of CO2 dissolution on oil properties and interfacial tension (IFT) between oil and gas was investigated via PVT and IFT tests. Experiments on high temperature relative permeability were made to study the effect of CO2 on flow characteristic of oil and water in porous media. Based on above studies, the displacing performance of CO2 assisted steam process was investigated through one-dimensional sand-packed physical experiment. CO2 alternating steam flooding followed the constant CO2/steam volume ratio of 1:10.
The experimental results showed that CO2 dissolving in heavy oil was able to swell oil volume, reduce oil viscosity and IFT, and enhance oil phase relative permeability. Addition of CO2 effectively could maintain soaking pressure in steam huff and puff process and offered more oil production energy. CO2 alternating steam flooding could delay injection pressure drop and push the thermal front forward heating more heavy oil to be produced out. The performance of CO2 assisted steam process markedly outperformed single steam injection in oil recovery, which attributed to the increment of both microscopic oil displacement efficiency and macroscopic volume sweep efficiency. Oil swelling and low IFT were beneficial to reduce residual oil which was trapped in capillary resistance. The reduction of oil viscosity and the increment of oil phase relative permeability indicated that mobility of viscous oil was improved, which could enhance displacing efficiency in porous media. Meanwhile, maintenance of reservoir pressure through introducing CO2 to steam injection process could lead more oil to be heated, which contributed to improve sweep efficiency. Moreover, the dramatic decrease of oil viscosity lowered the mobility contrast between oil and water in porous media, probably mitigating viscous fingering and channeling to some extent.
This study has provided more powerful evidences to fully understand comprehensive mechanisms of non-condensable gas assisted steam process. Results may prove that this method is an efficient technology for improving oil recovery in heavy oil reservoir.