2012–2013 SPE Distinguished Lecturers' Slides/Graphics

A Methodology to Design

This presentation will describe the well-management process used by Petrobras to design and drill exploratory wells. The case of an offshore well drilled in a remote area of the Black Sea will be examined. Ranked as a well of the highest complexity level, the drilling of this ultra deepwater wildcat well has faced a number of expected hazards, such as the presence of shallow gas zones, long abnormally pressurized intervals, and low fracture pressure gradient sections.

Primary Technical Discipline: DC

Luiz Alberto Santos Rocha has worked for Petrobras for more than 32 years. He is currently the Senior Advisor of the International Drilling Group. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and MBA both from the Pontíficia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU).


LNG Basics for Petroleum Engineers

While remote parts of the world are awash with hundreds of Tcf of natural gas, the industrialized West and emerging economies of the East cannot get enough of the clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel. This presentation will provide an overview of natural gas liquefaction facilities, from inlet gas receiving to liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and loading. However, the focus is on the liquefaction process and equipment.

Primary Technical Discipline: PFC

Mike Choi is a process engineering fellow in ConocoPhillips’ Global Production Department in Houston. His specialties are production facilities, sour gas treating, and LNG.

Methods and Workflows to Process Dynamic Data in Intelligent Fields – English
Methods and Workflows to Process Dynamic Data in Intelligent Fields – Chinese

In the past years well tests have been complemented and partly replaced by a variety of tools that provide dynamic rate, pressure, and temperature data at various scales. Well Test Interpretation has also progressed into a variety of methods to analyze pressure and rate data, using increasingly sophisticated models. With Intelligent Fields, the demand is to move towards a workflow that will also address permanent data proliferation and information overload. This lecture provides a holistic description of past, present and future solutions around these issues.

Primary Technical Discipline: RDD

Olivier Houzé holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. He is the incoming SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description & Dynamics for 2012–2015.

Shale Resources Assessment—A Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach – English
Shale Resources Assessment—A Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach – Spanish
Shale Resources Assessment—A Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach – Chinese

Key issues and uncertainties in shale resource development are resolved as plays move from resource assessment to full scale development utilizing a full life-cycle integrated approach essential for value creation and ensuring growth in production and reserves. The design, planning, and implementation of systematic and scalable Field Demonstrations are essential elements required to address strategic, development, and operational issues. Mechanistic studies are used to understand the key production drivers. This presentation demonstrates the application of new processes and advances which are key to appraisal and development of global shale resources.

Primary Technical Discipline: RDD

Pankaj Kumar (PK) Pande is director of reservoir technology / reservoir characterization for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. His responsibilities include managing an integrated team of subsurface professionals in application of subsurface technologies and best practices for deepwater and unconventional resources worldwide.

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