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Magazine of the Aberdeen and London Sections of the Society of Petroleum Engineers

Issue 208 May 2007

The challenge of tail-end production
SPE distinguished lecturer Wolfram Kleinitz of Gaz de France Produktion Exploration Deutschland will discuss the challenge of tail-end production with regard to sustainable operating strategy at the next London Section meeting on Tuesday 22 May.
The panel session will focus on ‘bridging the gap’ – managing the transition for young professionals in the petroleum industry. Two speakers from BG will address this topic: Iman Hill, general manager developments, and Jon Furniss, a principal petroleum engineer working on assets in the UK upstream group. A new feature in this context is the concept of sustainability, which can be redefined simply as a permanent, robust improvement. On the basis of more than 30 years’ experience two crucial factors have proved to be decisive for the sustainability of operational measures. Firstly, ineffective treatment of the produced fluids is frequently due to technical shortcomings in handling high-water-cut fluids. Secondly, injectivity

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Features Emerging technology showcase Best practice meetings DEVEX 2007 preview Feature: Challenge your assumptions Advances in EOR Aberdeen student celebrations Every issue Contacts / What’s on Get to know… 60 seconds… Appointments Consultants listing / Sponsors page 03 03 04 06 08 10 page 02 05 06 11 11

Iman will give her views on the current and future supply and demand for young engineering professionals in the oil and gas industry. She will describe BG’s value proposition as an employer of young engineering professionals and give her perspective on their aspirations. She will also discuss attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.

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Venue: Geological Society, Piccadilly, London W1.
Pre-dinner talk starts at 5.30pm, followed by a buffet supper. The afterdinner presentation begins at 8pm.

Demographic shift
Jon will present results of a survey of a broad crosssection of young professionals in the London area. He will discuss their satisfaction levels with their careers, alluding to their needs and wants, development goals and views on their companies’ performance. He will address the demographic shift highlighted by the SPE, and will discuss strategies for managing the transition of young professionals into the senior roles forecast to be vacated by the large percentage of experienced personnel over the coming decade. After dinner, Wolfram will focus on tail-end production and the challenge this presents to sustainable operating strategy. During the remaining lifetime of an oil field, the application of economical methods is a prerequisite for ensuring compliance with specifications on the treatment, mainly for the oil and water phases. Pictured above:
Abstracts are being gathered for the SPE/ICoTA well intervention round table, 14-15 November. See page 10.

Price: £30 for SPE/EI/PESGB members, £40 non-members and £17 unemployed members. Please register in advance. Bookings: Secure advance booking at www.katemcmillan.co.uk or contact Kate McMillan by email katespe@aol.com or telephone 07736 070066 with your
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New student chapter launch
London South Bank University (LSBU)has launched a new SPE student chapter with encouragement and support from the London Section. To mark the occasion, attendees at the 22 May London Section dinner meeting will celebrate with a glass of champagne. Student and scholarship chairman Stuart Girling will give a short welcoming speech, followed by a new PE course presentation by the LSBU. This will take place from 6.45-7.00pm, after the end of the panel session and before the buffet supper.

SPE provides services through its global events.spe. a not-for-profit professional association of 64.shearer@loewygroup.06 11 to 14. There is dancing after dinner so partners are very much welcomed! Dress: Black tie Champagne cocktails from 7. is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry. London Thursday.spe.06 25 to 28. publications and website at www.spe.06 25 to 28. Francesco Verre.org Corrosion • Lisbon • www.spe.000-plus members from more than 100 countries worldwide.org September 04 to 07.05 DEVEX 2007: 4th European production and development conference on subsurface techniques for maximising recovery • Aberdeen SPE European formation damage conference The Hague • www.com or book online at www. AgipKCO Nicki Shearer Loewy For queries about editorial contributions to SPE review or to book advertising space. Knightsbridge.spe-uk.katemcmillan.30pm. please contact: Nicki Shearer. 14 June 2007 With after-dinner guest speaker John Humphrys Tickets: £75 per person Individual bookings or tables of 10.000 European members.2 SPE review | Issue 208 May 2007 SPE review The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). carriages at 1am.org 30.org October 22 to 25. The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the SPE. the web address for more information on the SPE Aberdeen Section and London Section events listed is www.06 22. BP. with publication scheduled for Wednesday 13 June.co.com The deadline for the June 2007 European issue of SPE review is Wednesday 30 May.org SPE LONDON SECTION INVITES YOU TO ITS Annual summer ball Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel.11 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition • Anaheim. For hotel accommodation and booking information.05 to 01.500 UK SPE members. SW1V 3JY Tel: 020 7017 0878 Email: nicki. WHAT’S ON Unless otherwise indicated.spe. London. California • www.spe.org . It is sent to some 4. London Annual golf tournament • Portlethen Golf Club Scale • Lisbon • www. Loewy Group Crown Reach. and quarterly to an additional 5.06 SPE Europec/EAGE annual conference and exhibition London • www.spe. 147a Grosvenor Road. Poland • www.spe.org November 11 to 14.10 Field management of mature reservoirs • Krakow.org Annual summer ball • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel.org Dual career couples: lifelong challenges and a business imperative • Sainte-Maxime • www.06 June 11 to 14.org May 15 to 16. Managing editor: Editorial committee: Advertising: Design: Tricia Young Ian Phillips.09 Offshore Europe • Aberdeen • www. Extracts may be reproduced subject to a clear acknowledgement of the source. please contact Kate McMillan at katespe@aol.06 14.uk CONTACTS SPE review is published 11 times a year by the Aberdeen and London Sections of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. dinner at 8pm.spe.

Bookings: online at www. Price: £20 for SPE/EI/PESGB members. brownfield drilling and intervention. automated intervention (minimising footprint on rig and personnel numbers). A limited number of exhibitors will make a light-hearted. held at Strikers Indoor Football Facility at Bridge of Don.com or tel: 0870 241 3373. they beat the RGU Kinetics 3-1 to take the trophy.30 Host and venue: Shell. service and operating oil companies. potential customers told the SPE Aberdeen Section that they needed information on the following products and services: novel rig designs. He joined Preussag Energie. so hurry to book your place. AB12 3FY Only 50 places are available.hulse-rodger. wellbore stability.-Ing. well integrity. including a maximum of five students. including a maximum of five students. degrees in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Clausthal. .spe-uk. £30 and £25 respectively. saw a great turnout of professionals from consultancies. network flow modelling. Petro-Canada Date and time: 22 June from 10. Springfield Road Refreshments served from 6-9pm. thru tubing rotary drilling. The first two of these lunch-time meetings are being sponsored and hosted by Petro-Canada and Shell on 29 May and 22 June 2007 respectively. fiveminute “open mike” pitch to the panel. Aberdeen. He holds Dipl. Bookings made after this time will cost £25.hulse-rodger. Third place went to the Fabulous Baker Boys.00-13. It is expected that mainly small and innovative companies will participate. extended reach drilling. The new SPE Aberdeen YP trophy was presented to the Reservoir Underdogs team by the SPE Aberdeen YP chair Anthony Onukwu (back row. The challenge of tail-end production • Continued from page 1 problems caused by formation damage which is due to the re-injection of water must also be taken into account for sustainable operating strategy. in the spirit of knowledge sharing and transfer and to help promote the cross-fertilisation of ideas and best practice.com or tel: 0870 241 3373. In an exciting final. £5 students (if booked more than 24 hrs in advance). £25 non–members. wireless well monitoring. big bore well design. so hurry to book your place. expandables. Aberdeen. AB10 1YL Only 25 places are available.com or email: spe@hulse-rodger. Germany. who will judge the performance on presentation and enthusiasm rather than specific technical merit. In a recent survey. Sharing best practice SPE Aberdeen Section is organising a short “round robin” series of meetings for 2007.00 Host and venue: Petro-Canada. Aberdeen. where suppliers will be able to show customers the products and services they need.www. waste management and total reliability (behaviourbased change). Aberdeen. HP/HT wells. scale. middle). The SPE YP events are sponsored by BP Exploration Operating Company. Price includes buffet supper. Bookings: online at www.00-14. Venue: Hilton Treetops Hotel. now Gaz de France. He has contributed over 100 papers and articles to various periodicals and books. Topic: Production optimisation Speaker: Dave Corky and Alasdair Pirie. who beat Naija Flavour 5-4. The second supporting column of the sustainability concept is the pHadjustment of the injection water. The evening is sponsored and supported by Shell as an adjunct to its technology workshop events. Shell Date and time: 29 May from 12. Wolfram is head of the production chemistry department of Gaz de France Produktion Exploration Deutschland GmbH. Nigg. as well as the RGU SPE student chapter. full life cycle subsea design. Topic: Light land rigs – novel concept design Speaker: John de Lange. a total of seven major technical failures has been identified as the cause of decreased effectiveness in treatment units during the tail-end phase. water/gas ingress.com or email: spe@hulserodger. the SPE Aberdeen Section is hosting an emerging technology showcase networking event.-Ing. subsea thru tubing drilling. RESERVOIR UNDERDOGS OVER THE MOON The Reservoir Underdogs team won the day at the annual Young Professionals football tournament on 21 April. in 1971 and worked as a chemical engineer before becoming responsible for all chemical aspects of oil and gas production and storage in 1978. This third tournament. Wolfram will discuss the numerous resulting advantages in detail. 28b Albyn Place. The event will be held at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen from 6pm-9pm.org | SPE review 3 Emerging technology showcase On Wednesday 30 May. and Dr. drilling costs of accessing small pools. 1 Altens Farm Road. For the first topic.

there are many highlights: • Stephen Pickering.4 SPE review | Issue 208 May 2007 North Sea chief to open Dave Blackwood CBE. led by Doug Boyd of Integrated Sedimentology. His address will open DEVEX 2007. to be held on 15-16 May. the industry will need to address the current environment of rising costs and declining efficiency. will be the keynote speaker at the opening breakfast (open to delegates and non-delegates) for DEVEX 2007. PESGB. president of PESGB. The increased amount of capital invested and the rising operating cost base could create problems for the industry in the event of a further softening in oil and gas prices. director of BP Exploration Operating Company and joint chairman of Oil and Gas UK. the SPE Aberdeen Section and the DTI. the production and development conference and exhibition on Tuesday 15 May. maturing assets and rising costs. his key message will be the need for a renewed focus on these areas. against a backdrop of declining production. This two-day event. is run by AFES. to view the unique geology of the Ythan Estuary. Speaking on the theme of ‘Operations integrity and maximising recovery from a mature asset base’. • Lessons learned from the development of three recent North Sea fields will . will explain the value of making major new investments in the latest seismic techniques and better subsurface understanding of our mature and declining oil fields – to help extract every last drop of value. Delegates will be able to join a post-conference field trip. A clear focus on operations integrity will underpin the safe delivery of production. head of BP’s North Sea business. to maximise recovery. In an extensive conference programme of 40 presentations. Dave Blackwood’s address will be supported by critical data from the North Sea to illustrate these points.

Johannesburg. Keane. Aberdeen. If you could have a one-to-one with a famous historical figure.” KNOW… Ian Phillips Project manager for the implementation of Advanced Collaborative Environments across BP’s North Sea Business Full details and event booking are available at www. president of AFES and this year’s DEVEX chairman. where more than 35 companies will show related technology. Where did you go to school? Crypt School. Cars. Toto and Il Divo. REM. Gloucester. Excellent sponsorship opportunities are also available. Katherine Jenkins. 1994). What care do you drive? A VW Sharan – one of the few vehicles a 6ft 7in man can drive – and have his similarly sized sons sit comfortably in the back seat! What’s your philosophy of life? Live for the moment – but have a clear idea of what you want from the future. someone who had breadth and depth in many areas of technology – qualities that I aspire to. for A-levels – before that Greenside High School. Chicago. BG’s Banks Shallow discovery and OILEXCO’s Brenda.hulserodger.com. • Drilling and completion sessions will show how innovative access techniques are helping to unlock ever smaller pools of hydrocarbon resource. What’s your most proud moment? It has to be the birth of my two sons. Bruce Springsteen. Hulse Rodger & Co. Offering an ideal relaxed occasion to entertain clients – or just play golf with colleagues and friends – the perennially popular competition day starts with soup and sandwiches in the modern clubhouse and ends with prizegiving and a two-course meal after the tournament. mountain biking and walking. which has given my sons stable schooling – something I regret not having. supported by their professional societies. book online at www. who would it be? Leonardo da Vinci.spe-uk. Limited places mean that this popular event always sells out quickly – so make sure you book early. What was your first job? I was a graduate civil engineer for ICI – a big disappointment. Clarke’s 3001 – Space Odyssey (his sequel to 2001 – A Space Odyssey) – an inspiring vision of the future where technology genuinely serves mankind. Favourite book? Arthur C. a Victorian terrace house in Rosemount. University/degree? BSc in civil engineering (Leeds. MEng in petroleum engineering (Heriot-Watt. Iran. Email spe@hulse-rodger. can still make a big difference in our industry. Graham Davis. These are making targets of just 1 million barrels viable. Boston.www. What are your main interests? The internet. 1982) and MBA (Open University. Simply Red. Glamour or technology what first attracted you to the oil industry? Both.DEVEXConference.com or telephone 0870 241 3373. But getting the Heriot-Watt MEng – and later the Open University MBA – are right up there. tel: 01224 495051. Last holiday destination? Scuba diving and mountain biking in Dahab. Favourite film? Cry Freedom and Schindler’s List – both are about people who had high moral standards in the face of adversity. • The conference programme is not focused solely on the North Sea and global experience from fields in China. Egypt. Texas and Alaska will be shared. South Africa.challenging Mother Nature (and winning) – and the travel and pay definitely helped. said: “This growth of the event from relatively modest beginnings demonstrates how individuals. Play a round? Make time to tee at the SPE Aberdeen Golf Tournament. . I loved the degree but hated the incredibly conservative nature of civil engineering in a big chemical company – the ultimate ‘dead man’s shoes’ progression opportunity. Favourite music? Depending on my mood – the Eagles. scuba.org Further information is also available from the conference managers. More than 12 case histories on experience from existing mature fields will also be presented. I still love the scope and scale of the technology . • Researchers from Heriot-Watt and Imperial College will be presenting their latest work on asphaltenes and hydrates.org | SPE review 5 DEVEX 2007 GET TO be shared: Shell’s Merganser. which takes place on 22 June 2007 at Portlethen Golf Club. Joss Stone.13). Cost for the team of three – including food – is £275 plus VAT (£323. 1978). Favourite gadget? My home PC – my window on the world – and my iPod for the music. products and services. Where do you call home? For the past 15 years. Bryan Adams. I lasted six months. Young Enterprise – and I’m a volunteer Childline counsellor. Industry is demonstrating its strong support for DEVEX 2007 by committing substantial sponsorship and signing up for the event’s biggest ever trade exhibition.

“By doing this you create an envelope of possible futures that can help you to consider other points of view. which I did purely for the love of the natural sciences. who delivered an after-dinner talk at a recent meeting of the SPE London Section. I think the greatest challenge is making sure that talent is not lost or wasted from the industry. Why did you join the oil industry? My first degree was in geology at Glasgow University. and they have all been an inspiration through their positive can-do attitude. Companies still need to be encouraged to take on more graduates. Which business leader do you most admire and why? I most admire any small business leader – someone who has taken the risk to go it alone certainly gets my vote.” Wim believes this is valuable because we all see the world through glasses formed by our own social and educational background and experiences. The future is an undiscovered territory for which no one has an accurate map. without having to still be a practising engineer. and to a degree there is. but they do give you a platform to challenge your strategy and business plan. Wim warned that his work isn’t about making predictions and choosing preferred courses of action. It was so exciting that I was hooked! So I went on to do the MSc in reservoir evaluation and management at Heriot-Watt University. Moving on to the scenarios themselves. Beginning his presentation on Shell’s global scenarios to 2025. How do you like to spend your leisure time? Playing with my son who is now 10 months old. Seriously though. technology and liberalisation led to a general feeling that the state should step back and encourage market-driven approaches.” said Wim. it’s about creating and thinking through alternative futures. I was lucky enough to work for BP as a summer student within the ETAP team at the time when the fields were being discovered and appraised. the march of globalisation. What value does the SPE offer you? It is a great networking opportunity and from my perspective it allows me to keep up to speed with the technological advances. While I was there. Rather. “Scenarios don’t give you a single way forward. What would you change? I would change the fact that headhunters are sometimes viewed as the sharks within the business! What inspires you? A variety of things from the Scottish Highlands on a beautiful sunny day to people who face adversity and overcome it while continuing to smile. head of energy analyses at the Shell Scenario Group. two landmark events – 9/11 and the fall of Enron – changed everything. But at the beginning of this decade. there’s no crystal ball to help you take the right road. in the 1990s. But although the future is unknown. challenging our assumptions and enabling us to develop strategies. through my job I have met some very impressive people in the industry – from those who have struggled to find a position to the real high flyers. Wim explained how. my husband and I like to eat out or go to the cinema! I’m also a bit of a yoga freak and as people will be reading this who know me quite well I should also admit to enjoying the odd G&T! What are the greatest challenges facing the industry right now? People say that there is a shortage of younger talent coming through the pipeline. based in London. And your dream job? This will sound ‘cheesy’ but I am doing it! SECONDS The events of 9/11 helped to create a dual crisis of security and market trust. It’s a fact of life that when you’re faced with an important business decision. company and location I am a headhunter with The Curzon Partnership. They created a ‘dual crisis’ of security and market trust that prompted the state to step back into the game with a vengeance. But it’s not about making predictions. but I am continually surprised by the number of graduate who still struggle to find positions. determining what’s a coherent story and what’s not. it’s about challenging the assumptions we all make. “We can examine the forces that shape our business environment today and consider plausible outcomes tomorrow. demanding new corporate governance obligations and the reassertion of state control in many parts of the energy sector.” he said. consider the war on terror. which limits our vision.6 SPE review | Issue 208 May 2007 60 with a young professional Name Jane Christopherson. . Wim Thomas of the Shell Scenario Group takes SPE members on a journey through the next two decades. What do you like best about your job? I like meeting interesting people and ultimately delivering and attempting to exceed my clients’ expectations. When we can get a babysitter. This was the subject of a presentation by Wim Thomas. it is possible to use our current business understanding to paint alternative pictures of how the world might look decades from now. Job title.

” said Wim. ‘know me’ world that features inclusive international institutions and highly competitive markets. • Flags As its name suggests.” he explained. “There is a mix of liberalised markets and monopolies. capital flows freely and national oil companies compete strongly with the independents. Although oil prices are volatile and high. Although national oil companies are in a strong position. There is a mix of fully and partly liberalised energy markets.” Green energy is appreciated.www. He identified them as market incentives.” He continued: “Imagine yourself sitting in a space station and seeing these scenarios as three great jet streams running across the globe. “We can examine the forces that shape our business environment today and consider plausible outcomes tomorrow. there is less cash available for investment and alliances with internationally operating oil companies are sought. intrusive security controls and a high degree of government regulation. “They don’t give us answers directly. Despite your lofty view from orbit. you know the world’s weather is much more complicated. They are: • Low trust globalisation This is a scenario marked by strong states – including the US. It’s important to approach the scenarios in the same way and put them into context at a local level.” said Wim. Wim believes his team has an important role to play. • Open doors Based on the restoration of trust.” said Wim. but market forces dominate and renewables have to become cost competitive before they can take off. ‘follow me’ world marked by a resistance to American universalism and which deals with the competing claims of different communities. each one marked by its own political landscape and business drivers.org | SPE review 7 Challenge your assumptions After his rapid journey through the past. Russia and China – strict. this scenario describes a nationalistic.” Above: Wim Thomas’ ‘triangle of forces that shape our world’.” Despite the complexities of drawing up a coherent scenario. “Scenarios help us develop business strategies and put our plans to the test. “It’s a pragmatic. this scenario describes a world in which states act more through incentives and soft power. “It’s a legalistic.spe-uk. Energy security is delivered by open markets and free trade. Wim and his team have created three basic scenarios to 2025. depressing demand and OPEC’s price target cannot be met. energy security is focused on self reliance and policies are nationalistic. and if you come down to earth you will pass through regional systems. but they do provide the context to ask ‘what if?’ questions that will help us navigate our way through the years to come. Wim looked forward and drew up a triangle of forces that shape our world. “There is low economic growth in a fragmented world. state regulation and the force of community. By assessing how these forces interact. ‘prove it to me’ world where oil prices are high and it’s more difficult to get access to resources. determining what’s a coherent story and what’s not” . they are affordable in a world that is 20 per cent richer than the previous scenario and 40 per cent richer than the one that follows. “Media scrutiny is very important and self-regulation is a competitive advantage. delivering high economic growth.

to drive technologies in these two areas and so contribute to increased recovery. Through a detailed study of members’ needs. fully integrated in the full suite of improved oil recovery (IOR) techniques such as pressure maintenance and artificial lift (Figure 1).D. challenges and future of various EOR methods and some examples of successful applications. EVERY LAST DROP: advances in EOR With oil prices reaching record highs and demand forecast to increase. CO2. asphaltene and wax precipitation problems in CO2 floods will constrain their expansion. Brian Moffatt of Petrophase started his session with a live demonstration of the effect of H2S on the phase envelope of a hydrocarbon system. producing more reserves for less investment over time. This set the scene for more detailed presentations. with and without thermal EOR processes. He pointed out that while EOR potential is high. More than 50 delegates gathered to hear the views and experiences of industry professionals and academics. 2030 and beyond. Adrian called for SPE reserves/resource guidelines to address future viable production. Environmental pressure for carbon-neutral global petroleum production stimulates interest in CO2 sequestration combined with EOR. such as EOR. Some 36 billion boe has been produced. The core economic driver behind IOR is to effectively reduce the unit technical costs to deliver new production. additional crude reserves are vital for the world’s growing economies. production accounts for less than 3. collaboratively funded by the operators. and flue gas EOR. John explained that steam and ISC thermal EOR processes have huge potential in shallow heavy oil reservoirs. EOR today is a global activity. who emphasised that successful EOR implementation requires technology. Low residual oil saturation and very high oil recovery can be achieved by ISC thermal EOR processes in deep. The next 10+ years’ exploitation will be primarily focused on E&A of subtle. The current drilling technologies and facilities focus needs to be supported by a new production technologies phase if the full potential from offshore EOR projects is to be realised. Duncan Andersson of ITF spoke about his organisation’s current drive to help industry maximise commercial hydrocarbon recovery. expertise and experience. H2S flooding is more efficient than CO2 flooding and H2S recycling. This was the topic addressed at a one-day seminar on 13 March organised by the SPE London Section. Figure 2: Indicative UKCS production. with around 10 billion BOE in existing plans. He said that EOR projects are all about ‘horses-for-courses’ plus ‘jockey selection’. need. Introducing the theme of H2S for miscible gas injection. • Continued on page 10 .5% of the world’s total. with the added potential benefit of reducing greenhouse gases. However. focusing on the history.P = £370 billion <2007 (UK 00A) 62 billion boe_MORE Figure1 : Recovery processes. smaller complex trap structures (& some big ones) 5 SECONDARY Recovery (15-65% RF) Waterflood Pressure Maintenance Water Hydrocarbon Gas Injection IOR $136 billion NPV to chase 4 Big stuctures 23-27 billion boetotal potential 3 Oil New projects IOR projects $350 billion NPV investment 2000-3000 leads & prospects Heavy Oil ENHAN CED Recovery (30-80% RF) CHEMICAL Polymer Alkaline Sur factant Foam 2 Discoveries Appraisal EOR: Heavy/Viscous Thermal Polymer Surfactant MICRO BIAL GAS Oxidation Hydrocarbon Carbon Dioxide Nitrogen Flue Gas THE RMAL Comb ustion t S ea m Hot Water 1 Dry gas + HPHT Drilling Technologies EOR Market Oriented R esource Exploitation Production Technologies 0 and Facilities EOR Technologies Legend: RF. He gave an overview of EOR. ISC thermal EOR processes can be combined with CO2 floods to destroy waxes and asphaltenes expanding the applicability of CO2 EOR and sequestration. Adrian Gregory of MORE Consultancy further stressed the point that successful EOR requires the right technology. It is now working with the development community to establish projects. ITF has identified microbial EOR and tight gas as priorities. Thermal EOR processes are ideal in gas condensate reservoirs with thin oil rims. complex traps using seismic inversion and AVO techniques.Recover y Factor 3 billion boe_EOR E&A. Around 50-62 billion boe is the current estimate for total UKCS reserves.8 SPE review | Issue 208 May 2007 RECOVERY PROCESSES PRIMARY Recovery (5-25% RF) Natural Flow Pump RESOURCE EXPLOITATI ON Where are we today Artificial Lift Pump Lift Other Daily production mm boe Subtle. The miscibility properties of H2S were shown to be better than CO2 but not as good as propane. Figure 2 shows indicative UKCS production. John Tingas of BG then went on to give a detailed presentation on advances in thermal. The meeting was chaired by Lekan Aluko. expertise and experience. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) will be key to meeting current and future demands. using an equation of state linked spreadsheet which shrank or enlarged with changes in component composition. medium and light petroleum reservoirs. is an ideal option for a sour oil reservoir. Future viable EOR may potentially be some 3 billion boe captured late in the UKCS lifetime.

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He stressed on the importance of technology to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere and hence to mitigate climate change.Aberdeen The SPE/ICoTA European well intervention round table is Europe’s premier forum for exchange and discussion of the latest developments in coiled tubing. Paul Mason of Total E&P UK gave an insight into how business development and economics form an integral part of the oil and gas industry. Fluid properties at reservoir conditions. completion and intervention techniques. a new SPE initiative to provide participants with practical information on non-technical professional and interpersonal skills that contribute to success in today’s industry. present a business case for retaining dual career employees. This was followed by Robert Aitken of READ Group. The workshop will set up a dialogue regarding challenges facing dual career couples and their employers.com. A series of presentations started with an introduction to the petroleum industry and the SPE by Alex McKay of Welltec UK. This is the first in a series of talent and retention workshops. EVERY LAST DROP: advances in EOR • Continued from previous page Brian described the physical property requirements for calibrating reservoir models for gas recycling. tel: +44 (0) 870 241 3373. who talked about the use of expandable tubulars in well construction. He believes that this is a feasible way to make a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the short to medium term and reservoir modelling can be used to predict the long-term fate of the injected gas and to design strategies such that the CO2 remains underground. He added that injection can be associated with enhanced oil and gas recovery. Dual career couples Anyone with an interest in dual career issues should book now for this new SPE event. These were then assimilated into the reservoir model and improved both the history match and the modelling of gas injection and condensate recovery. such as phase densities and interfacial tension. to be held from 11-14 June in SainteMaxime. Injecting 1. Presentations. including a presentation on ESPs for subsea applications by Murat Kece of Eclipse Petroleum Technology. The principal concern with CCS is to ensure that the CO2 does not leak into the oceans or atmosphere over hundreds or thousands of years. the project would require support similar in value to that received by renewables. . however. David Hughes of Senergy presented an overview of how he saw an era of EOR developing in the North Sea using CO2 piped offshore from a new generation of fossil-fuelled power stations. Senergy has been involved in the detailed engineering design for such a project in BP’s Miller field. organised by the SPE Aberdeen Section programme committee and the YP committee. Case studies in the UKCS or other areas worldwide are particularly welcomed. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS SPE/ICoTA 13th European well intervention round table 14-15 November 2007 . providing funding which allows students to attend meetings in Aberdeen every month. Two technical presentations showed how the latest technology is being put to great use by the industry. In between the presentations. which need not be full papers. Contact: SPE Aberdeen Section. He used North Sea examples.8 million tonnes of CO2 per year from a new power station at Peterhead is expected to increase recovery by around 60 MMstb. taking the giant Karachaganak field as a case study. The event started with lunch. with mature hydrocarbon fields and saline aquifers offering an attractive storage location for CO2 produced by the UK’s gas and coal-fired power plants. along with valuable job hunting techniques. France. PO Box 10118. Martin Blunt of Imperial College gave a captivating presentation on CO2 injection for EOR and storage – carbon capture and storage (CCS). Deadline for abstracts: 1 July 2007. Thanks to event sponsors Eclipse Petroleum Technology and Total E&P UK .10 SPE review | Issue 208 May 2007 STUDENT CELEBRATIONS The Strathclyde University student chapter has celebrated its inauguration with a University Day. where students and faculty lecturers could network with speakers and industry professionals. Total E&P UK has sponsored the new SPE student chapter. will be welcome on relevant topics. Aberdeen AB15 5WJ. including: • Safety innovations – making well interventions safer • Intervention techniques and practices • Thru-tubing drilling and completions • Equipment development and new solutions. To proceed. Dundee University’s SPE student chapter executive committee presented the programmes and projects that they have carried out in their chapter and what they personally gained from being student members of the organisation. discuss possible solutions to ease stress on family life and the work-life balance. Abstracts of 100-200 words on these topics should be sent to the address below. Bill Robbs of Profit Improver then gave students tips on how to sell themselves in an interview. were measured for this field and coreflooding experiments were performed to measure the dynamic effects. and recommend best practices to employers for dealing with these issues. E-mail: spe@hulse-rodger.

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