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  • Joint Event - Amr Abdel-Fattah - Nanotechnology in Reservoir Applications

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM BA
    Abstract: Nanotechnology promises countless opportunities to oil recovery and reservoir characterization applications. Nanotechnology utilizes nanoscale particles (nanoparticles) that are not only small enough to go through tiny pore throats in the reservoir, but also provide: 1) abundance of surficial sites for functionalization and loading with molecules; 2) superior optical, electrical, chemical, and magnetic properties; and 3) ability to be manipulated and made autonomous via harvesting surrounding conditions and/or applied stimuli. These unique features deem Nanoparticles as great “vehicles” for target-delivery of chemical treatments to where they are needed the most in the reservoir. The extent of nanoparticles’ utilization in reservoir applications is challenged, however, by the high temperature and salinity conditions typical to all major reservoirs. In this talk, some of existing and emerging nanoparticle-based technologies that are practically-feasible for oil recovery and oil reservoir characterization applications are presented, and their current and potential impacts are discussed. These include nano-tracers that traverse the reservoir to shed light on how injectors and producers “communicate”; nano-mappers that map floodwater fronts in-situ; nano-surfactants that stabilize petroleum sulfonate salt surfactants in seawater and deliver them deep in the reservoir; and autonomous nanoparticles that can migrate in the reservoir by harvesting existing or applied chemical gradients. Finally, key challenges facing the full utilization of nanotechnology in reservoir applications, and best ways to overcome them, are outlined. Exploiting the full potential of nanotechnology in these applications could only be realized through continued field studies and deployments.   Biography: Amr Abdel-Fattah is Team Leader of the Upstream Nanotechnology Team and the 4IR Advanced Materials Technology Leader in Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center. He joined Saudi Aramco in 2012 after 15+ years with Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, as a senior Scientist. Amr holds a PhD and MS in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and MS and BSc in Civil Engineering. During his 30+ years of R&D, he has led a number of research and technology development and deployment programs utilizing nanotechnology in energy and environmental applications. He has published numerous papers and delivered several Keynote and invited talks, lectures, and graduate level seminars worldwide.

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  • Joint Event - Henk Krijnen - Using Scenario Planning for Decision Making in the Energy Industry

    Monday, February 15, 2021, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM BA
    Abstract: Scenario planning is a methodology that is employed by majors such as Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor, but also for example by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The primary purpose of scenario planning is to develop a better understanding of the business environment to aid corporate strategic visioning. A secondary purpose can be to engage in the public domain on energy policy topics. The methodology provides a useful framework for getting to grips with the key uncertainties and risks in the broader business environment. For globally operating energy companies these include geopolitics, macroeconomic developments, regulation, climate change and technology. Many of such trends cannot be predicted. However, it is possible to distinguish possible future alternate outcomes and consider how these might hang together. In this way two to four images of alternative futures can be composed and presented through narratives, selectively underpinned by quantification. In the presentation we will look at some examples of scenarios as these have been developed by Shell, Equinor and IEA.   It is also useful to distinguish between exploratory scenarios, for gaining deep understanding, and focused scenarios. This latter category is aimed at specific investment decision making. Scenario planning can be linked to enterprise risk management and decision analysis methodologies. In this way, operationally embedding the scenario planning practice in a company becomes meaningful and visible.     Biography: Henk Krijnen graduated with a MSc in geodetic engineering from Delft University, the Netherlands. He joined Shell in 1980 and spent the first half of his 35 year career with the company in technical roles in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States and the Netherlands. The second half of his time with Shell he held several senior roles in Economics. The last five years he spent in the Corporate Strategy and Planning department, the home of the Shell scenario practice. After he retired from Shell in 2015 he established his own consultancy NavIncerta.

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  • Joint Event - Jeffrey Bailey - Tuning a Drilling Assembly Like a Violin

    Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM BA
    Abstract: Methods to mitigate downhole vibrations is part of many successful drilling programs.  Stabilizer placement in the Bottomhole Assembly (BHA) can be adjusted for smooth drilling at a targeted rotary speed range, just as a musician must tune an instrument to make good music.  Tuning an instrument and a drilling assembly both require proper attention to the nodal points.  A tuned assembly drills faster, extends bit life, reduces tool failures, and provides improved borehole quality.    BHA designs are evaluated for their lateral dynamic response using calculated vibration indices, enabling comparison of the relative response of different assemblies to the same excitation.  Shortening a span between contacts increases the rotary speed sweet spot range, just as shortening the length of the string on an instrument increases the pitch.  Conversely, increasing the spacing results in a sweet spot at a lower speed range.  BHA designs with MWD tools often require special attention as many of these tools have blades that make contact with the borehole.  Many drilling tools are designed and selected independently, without proper regard for tool placement and the response of the resulting BHA.  Drilling operations may then suffer from BHA designs that have poor nodal point configurations.  Several field examples are discussed in which improved designs were selected by identification of a contact spacing issue and adjusted using a lateral vibration model, with improved drilling results.  The basic principles of BHA Redesign are used to guide the redesign process to achieve a vibrationally-quiet design and meet other BHA design objectives.   Biography: Jeff Bailey is a Drilling Mechanics Advisor at ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions.  He has worked at ExxonMobil for 30 years in drilling and subsurface technology, including the areas of drilling vibrations, directional drilling, microseismic fracture mapping, and hydraulic fracture stimulation.  Dr. Bailey holds more than 20 patents and has authored several SPE papers on drilling vibrations and drill string redesign to mitigate drilling vibrations.  He holds doctorate and master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended Stanford University for his undergraduate studies in Physics and Economics. 

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  • Joint Event - Thomas Hinterseer - From Piper Alpha to Macondo and 737 Max: The Danger of a Pure Comp

    Monday, April 19, 2021, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM BA
    Abstract: The Oil and Gas Industry has gone through dramatic and industry shaping events, such as Piper Alpha and Macondo. These events have significantly impacted the way the industry is now thinking, acting and behaving. The culture of the industry changed and we now operate in a safer goal setting era, yet at times - it seems a more regulated and prescriptive  environment. Adherence to rules and procedures and enforcing strict compliance alone is not sufficient to get us to Zero. The recognition of the importance of human factors and taking into account that the individual has a major role to play in the proper understanding, interpretation and use of the rules is a key ingredient to getting to Zero. As we are seeing also with the recent events at Boeing, leaders create the context and employees act within this given context. Based on a review of the lessons learned from these events, this talk will discuss some of the essential elements to getting to zero and how to create the context where the individuals and teams are sufficiently aware, engaged and enabled to make the right decision at the right time for the given circumstance. Biography: Thomas. H. Hinterseer has 25 year experience in the Oil and Gas Business working in various functional roles (Legal, Marketing, HR, Merger and Acquisitions) and Line Management Roles (Managing Director for the Middle East and Managing Director for West Africa) for Schlumberger and Transocean. He lived the Macondo accident from within as a VP of Human Resources. He currently serves as Managing Director of CEDEP, an International Executive Education Club, working with a number of top International Companies to prepare their senior leaders for success in an increasingly complex world. He also teaches at INSEAD, one of the leading International Business Schools.

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  • Joint Event - James Arukhe - Active Oilfield Development While Preserving the Ecosystem

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM BA
    Abstract: Developing offshore oilfields has always been a challenge. How does one exploit such resources while preserving the sensitive environment? Balancing economic ambitions with environmental responsibility is illustrated with Manifa development, the largest offshore hydrocarbon development project, off Saudi Arabia’s coast. Manifa is a huge six-reservoir field stretching 45 km by 18km, lying in less than 15 metres of water. The field is capable of producing close to a million barrels of oil per day in a pristine environment. Manifa field is not just a treasure trove of oil and gas, but also a delicate environmental habitat teeming with marine life including the endangered Hawksbill turtle, and a safe haven for migratory birds. As the oil lay just beneath the shallow waters, the field development presented a major environmental challenge. In this DL presentation, the author will share best practices including several environmental impact studies conducted to minimize the environmental impact of developing an ecologically-delicate field, without sacrificing overall economics. To avoid damaging the fragile ecosystem, a radical new approach was undertaken. Integrated proactive sustainability concepts during construction, drilling, reservoir management and production that limit environmental impact will be presented. The project’s outcomes exemplify that economic growth and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive through proper engagements, commitments to collaboration, and environmental stewardship. The Manifa offshore project has received several prestigious environmental and project execution awards.   Biography: Dr. James Arukhe, Project Lead for Saudi Aramco’s ambitious development in the world’s fifth largest offshore oilfield will advocate balancing economic ambitions with environmental responsibility using Manifa case study.  James received degrees B.Eng. Petroleum Engineering (Chevron/NNPC Scholar) University of Benin, MBA Executive, University of Lagos, and M.Sc. Petroleum Engineering (Alberta Government Scholar), University of Calgary. James received a Doctoral degree of Management in Organizational Leadership (Delta_Mu_Delta Scholar), from University of Phoenix, USA and was valedictorian for the 2015 commencement ceremony in Arizona, USA. James has pubished several papers on various subjects and filed three (intellectual) patents on smart wells, ESPs, and stimulation treatments.

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