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Society of Petroleum Engineers

Continuing Education Short Course

Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling

Instructors: Dr. Michael H. Stein, Premium Petroleum Consulting
Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E., Avasthi & Associates, Inc.

Duration: One Day

Who Should Attend

Petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, as well as asset managers
interested in managing and maximizing profitability from gas field assets should attend
this course.

Since this topic is of tremendous interest to the SPE members around the world,
presentation of this course is expected to attract large attendance; therefore, those who are
interested in attending this course should register early. Since Excel programs will be
provided in the class, the course registrants should plan to bring their notebook
computers to the class.

About the Course

This course will discuss practical state-of-the-art techniques for optimizing gas field
assets; techniques that are based on the concept of integrated asset modeling, and
working together through an asset team. Integration of reservoir, well inflow, wellbore,
pipeline, and compressor models bring together all of the interested parties and allows for
an integrated optimal solution, rather than different parties working in a vacuum and
arriving at solutions for the separate components that do not fit well. This course goes
beyond standard nodal analysis courses available in the industry, as in this course the
reservoir and facilities components are also incorporated. The instructors have extensive
industry experience in optimizing gas field assets and using integrated asset modeling
approach for achieving that objective. In teaching this course, the instructors plan to: (1)
discuss how the concept of integrated asset modeling works, (2) present examples of
various applications of optimization used to modify existing facilities and increase gas
rates and reserves, (3) give the course attendees some practical and useful problems to
work on, and (4) provide each course attendee a workbook containing copies of the
instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the problems.

Integrated asset modeling is currently a very important skill set in many major and
independent oil & gas companies, as well as in national oil & gas companies around the

offer their extensive experience and expertise in optimizing gas field assets. and reservoirs and wells. and this was precisely what operation and facility engineers had experienced in the field. The instructors also have extensive experience in teaching courses to engineers around the world. EOR. the results of these studies are often inconsistent. . Many companies utilize this technology over reservoir simulation approach because answers can be obtained quickly. and using the integrated asset modeling approach for achieving that objective. we expect that integrated asset modeling will also be married to monitoring CO2 emissions as the effect of fuel consumption on facilities can easily be incorporated. This speed aspect is extremely important to those oil & gas industry managers who have to make business investment decisions rather quickly for presentation to the upper managements. Canada. Asia. Conventional optimization involves isolated studies of facilities and wells. Integrated asset modeling is now being combined with real-time automation data to monitor daily performance. simulation. reservoir. This course is ideally suited for presentation prior to the SPE conferences. production and facilities engineering. The big advantage of optimizing gas fields through integrated asset modeling is that the optimal results are consistent with facilities. and are not in agreement with the actual performance. The integrated asset modeling approach correctly showed that the new wells caused bottle-necks in the surface facilities. the reservoir engineers generally over predicted the increase in net gas rate from new wells by 20%. seasoned petroleum reservoir engineers and long-time members of the SPE. the Middle East. Integrated asset modeling combines skill sets of all the technical personnel on gas production asset teams. ECBM. thus yielding a lower net increase in gas rate from new wells. The instructors. Integrated asset models can be readily updated to manage gas field performance throughout the life of the field. Australia.world. and be responsible for those decisions. Russia. in the United States. in one large tight gas field on which one of the instructors recently worked on. and are thus more realistic. and the North Sea regions. Their extensive industry experience covers petroleum. and for the SPE. Latin America. and reservoir constraints. In the future. For example. North and West Africa. well. where presently there is tremendous interest in developing and optimizing gas fields. and don’t have the luxury of waiting for results from more time consuming methods.

He also holds three U.E. In 1991.S. He has co-authored several SPE papers in the area of optimizing gas reservoirs through integrated asset modeling. CO2 Flooding EOR and CO2 Geosequestration. In addition to managing the company. (Mike) Stein retired from BP in 2006 after 28 years of service. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. and is currently an independent engineering consultant. is president of Avasthi & Associates. he is active in providing consulting and training services in his own areas of expertise. he received the Distinguished Inventor award (presented by the Intellectual Property Owners. as well as teaching company courses on integrated asset modeling. Instructors’ Biographies Dr. Inc. and chaired the SPE Reservoir Engineering committee to select papers for the Annual SPE Meeting. and one in automatic waterflood history matching. has served on the SPE editorial committees.com Dr. Oil & Gas Field Operations. he is a co-instructor of one other SPE course: ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding’. He has written many SPE papers in these areas. and he is one of the co-authors of the SPE Monograph Volume 22. mature oilfield revitalization. that he founded in 1990 and that now provides Petroleum Engineering. a worldwide petroleum consulting company. In addition to this ‘Optimizing Gas Fields’ course. Texas. Geomechanics and Geosciences. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri. He is a long standing member of the SPE. P. two in enhanced coal bed methane (ECBM) production. Dr. With BP he was most recently a team leader of the Integrated Asset Modeling group in BP’s Technology Center in Houston.S. and Management Consulting Services around the world. and M. S. CO2 Flooding EOR .D. Dr. Patents.. Inc.S. Dr. Avasthi has more than 30 years worldwide oil & gas industry experience in oil & gas reservoir engineering and simulation. ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding’. and linking integrated asset modeling to real-time automation data to monitor corrosion and erosion. Prior to working in the area of integrated asset modeling. he holds a B. His efforts were primarily in the areas of CO2 flooding and reservoir modeling. M. Stein spent most of his 28 years with BP as a reservoir engineer. Stein is an engineering alumnus of the University of Missouri and Purdue University.) for a patent on nitrogen injection in coal beds for enhanced coal bed methane (ECBM) recovery. and to also couple integrated asset modeling with reservoir simulation. (Sam) Avasthi. Michael H. headquartered in Houston. He was involved in numerous technical service assignments with integrated asset modeling around the world. He also directed research on applying integrated asset modeling to monitor corrosion and erosion on a real time basis. His e-mail address is: mhsteineng@yahoo. and Ph. specializing in enhanced oil recovery and integrated asset modeling.

and Texas A&M University. and ‘Geological Sequestration of CO2’. Another paper co-authored by him on ‘Planning EOR Projects in Offshore Oil Fields’ was presented at the Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) in Rio de Janeiro. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. and training. evaluation and optimization. held in Puebla. He earned a Ph. Europe.project design. South-East Asia. gas-condensate. volatile oil. gas. during the last few years. He has lectured on numerous topics in his areas of expertise in the United States. His e-mail address is: SMAvasthi@Gmail. and black oil reservoir asset optimization. Imperial College. and a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal. the Middle East. Dr. Avasthi is a co-instructor of two other SPE courses: ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding’. In his other SPE activities. Japan. a senior member of the SPE. Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of Indian School of Mines. Dr.D. In addition to this ‘Optimizing Gas Fields’ course. was presented at the SPE International Petroleum Conference in Mexico. Mexico. and an article based on that paper was published under Management Series in March 2005 issue of JPT. a paper co- authored by him on ‘Planning EOR Projects’. and thereafter was a Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Rice University.com . He is a registered professional engineer in Texas. and Latin America. during June 2005. during November 2004. Brazil.

m. Nodal Analysis for Gas Reservoirs ….1:15 – 2:15 9.12:45 – 1:15 8... M. 4:00 – 4:30 13.….. Class Problem 2 (Material Balance Plots)……. Material Balance for Gas Reservoirs …………………………………... to 12 Noon 1...m...8 to 8:30 a.. Setting up IAM Gas Field Models ……. Gas Reservoirs PVT…. (Sam) Avasthi.. P.…. 7. SPE Morning Session 8:30 a.5:00 – 5:20 Feedback and Course Evaluation……………………………………. Michael H...... Compressors ………………………...….5:20 – 5:30 Adjourn ………………………………………………………………….8:45 – 9:20 3.. 3:00 – 3:40 11...……….……………………….……………………………10:00 – 10:30 5..………9:20 – 9:45 Break 9:45 – 10:00 4.10:45 – 12:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:45 Afternoon Session ______________________________________12:45 to 5:30 p. Class Problem 1 (PVT) …..………………. (Mike) Stein and Dr. Overview of Integrated Asset Models (IAM)……………………….……………..………… 5:30 pm . Society of Petroleum Engineers Continuing Education Short Course Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling By Dr. 2:15 – 2:45 Break 2:45 – 3:00 10...m. 4:30 – 5:00 Question and Answer Session…………………………….….……..……………..……………………….…………………………………….……..….…. 8:30 – 8:45 2.……………... Class Problem 4 (IAM Model)……………………………………....…….……. One-Day Short Course Registration for Short Course……………………………………….10:30 – 10:45 6.………………….....…. Real Examples of Integrated Asset Models……………………….….…. 3:40 – 4:00 12.………………….... Modeling Pipelines and de-bottlenecking ….…. S.….E.………... Student Intro/ Course Expectations & Intro …………………………. Class Problem 3 (Nodal Analysis)…………………………………….......

(Mike) Stein and Dr. S. P.E. (Sam) Avasthi. M. Society of Petroleum Engineers Continuing Education Short Course Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling By Dr. Michael H. Course Manual Table of Contents Section 1 ___ Introduction Section 2 ___ Overview of Integrated Asset Models (IAM) Section 3 ___ Real Examples of Integrated Asset Models Section 4 ___ Gas Reservoirs PVT Section 5 ___ Class Problem 1 (PVT) Section 6 ___ Material Balance for Gas Reservoirs Section 7 ___ Class Problem 2 (Material Balance Plots) Section 8 ___ Nodal Analysis for Gas Reservoirs Section 9 ___ Class Problem 3 (Nodal Analysis) Section 10 ___ Modeling Pipelines and de-bottlenecking Section 11 ___ Compressors Section 12 ___ Setting up IAM Gas Field Models Section 13 ___ Class Problem 4 (IAM Model) Section 14 ___ References Section 15 ___ Appendix .