Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR and CO2 Geosequestration


Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Description

This course is a combination of the following popular one-day courses offered by SPE since 2004:

  • Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR
  • Geological Sequestration of CO2

Almost 400 SPE members and others from around the world who have attended these one-day courses have provided valuable feedback for improvement. In preparing the new course, the instructors considered this feedback and allocated more time and detail to topics of most interest cited by the attendees.

This integrated course is based on the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding, published in 2002, and is an outgrowth of the University of Texas Permian Basin / SPE CO2 Conferences and short-courses. The co-authors of the monograph presented a review of the monograph at the December 2002 conference. The authors’ presentations and the monograph were very well received by the conference attendees, and it is the instructor’s opinion that this course and the monograph should also be very well received by the SPE members outside the Permian Basin area as well. The instructors intend to present this course in conjunction with the SPE seminars and conferences, around the world, wherever there is an interest in improving oil recovery from oilfields, by CO2-flooding or by hydrocarbon gas flooding, and in CO2 geosequestration / carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), a topic of growing interest to the SPE members around the world.

In teaching this course, the instructors plan to:

Spend most of the time discussing the practical aspects of CO2 flooding, and keep discussions of the theoretical topics only to what is essential

  1. Discuss economics of CO2 flooding (vis-à-vis water flooding)
  2. Give the course attendees some practical and useful problems to work on
  3. Discuss CO2 geosequestration / CCUS
  4. Provide each course attendee a workbook containing copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the class problems.

This integrated two-day course is ideal for presentation in conjunction with the SPE seminars and conferences in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the North Sea, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, and in other regions, around the world, where there is tremendous interest in both topics, CO2 flooding EOR and CO2 geosequestration / CCUS.

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Why Attend?

There is growing interest around the world for improving oil recovery from oilfields by CO2 flooding, hydrocarbon gas flooding, and CO2 geosequestration. This course is a great opportunity to learn the practical aspects of these topics from seasoned veterans.

Who Should Attend

Petroleum engineers, reservoir engineers, production engineers, facilities engineers, managers, government officials, and others involved or interested in CO2 flooding or in hydrocarbon gas flooding, for improving oil recovery from oilfields around the world, and in CO2 geosequestration/CCUS.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring laptops to class. The CO2 Prophet model and the Scoping program (an Excel program) will be provided and discussed in the class. The CO2 Prophet model can be run on Windows 7 (Professional) laptops by first installing Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode programs, that can be downloaded at no cost from Microsoft.com.

CEUs

1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to trainingcourses@spe.org; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.

Instructors

Charles E. (Chuck) Fox is the founder and president of Windy Cove Energy, LLC, which invests in oil and gas projects. Previously he was the vice President of operations and engineering for Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, where in addition to managing operations of the McElmo Dome CO2 source field and 1,000 miles of CO2 pipelines, he was responsible for the company’s oil and gas CO2 EOR operations, which included the 5 billion barrel original-oil-in-place (OOIP) Yates field, the 3 billion barrel OOIP SACROC field, and the Snyder Gasoline Plant.

Fox is a co-instructor of two popular courses taught under the auspicious of SPE, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR and Geological Sequestration of CO2. He is one of the co-authors of the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding, published in 2002, on which the Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR course is based. He was an instructor for several short-courses held at the annual CO2 conferences in Midland, Texas, which were sponsored by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and SPE. He was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer, during 2012–2013, and in this role he lectured, at the SPE chapters around the world, on the topic of Carbon Capture and Storage SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis: Will We Implement the CCS Solution?

He was chairman of the program committee of the SPE/DOE Fourteenth Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during April 2004. He holds a MS degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University, and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas and New Mexico, and a long-standing member of SPE.

S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E., is chairman and CEO, and director of engineering and EOR/IOR, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc. In addition to providing strategic direction and leadership to the company, that he founded in 1990 and that now provides full-service integrated consulting services to the worldwide oil and gas industry for onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional/shale, oil, gas, gas-condensate/volatile oil, and heavy oil field evaluation, development and optimization (to maximize oil and gas recovery and project profitability), he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise. 

Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of the Indian School of Mines University, Imperial College London University, and Texas A&M University (wherefrom he earned a PhD in petroleum engineering). He was a research fellow in chemical engineering at Rice University, and worked for several years in senior-level petroleum engineering and consulting positions with major global integrated oil and gas producing and consulting companies before founding Avasthi & Associates, Inc.

Avasthi is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas, a Legion of Honor member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a technical editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, SPE Production & Operations Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. He is a co-instructor of several popular courses taught under the auspicious of SPE, including, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR, Geological Sequestration of CO2, Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR, Practical Reservoir Surveillance and Management Techniques for EOR/IOR Projects, Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Optimizing Shale Plays, and Practical Techniques for Screening Deepwater Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration Prospects.

J. M. (Jay) Avasthi is president and COO, and director of geoservices (Geomechanics, Geosciences and CO2 Geosequestration) and unconventional/ shale resources development, at Avasthi & Associates, Inc. In addition to managing the worldwide consulting and training services operations of the company that he joined in 2003, he is active in consulting and training in his areas of technical expertise.  

Avasthi has extensive worldwide oil and gas industry experience in geomechanics technologies and practices, including several years with Chevron, working on drilling, completion, production and reservoir engineering, and EOR/IOR projects. His expertise includes EOR/IOR project performance improvement, oil and gas well construction and production, fracturing stimulation, wellbore stability, wellbore mechanics, and sand production prediction. He has authored/co-authored numerous technical publications and a patent, and taught several short courses, and conducted hands on training workshops, in his areas of technical expertise, around the world. He is a co-instructor of two popular courses taught under the auspicious of SPE, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR and Geological Sequestration of CO2.

Avasthi is an engineering and geosciences alumnus of the Indian School of Mines University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (wherefrom he earned a PhD in mining engineering, with specialization in rock mechanics). He worked in senior-level engineering, research and supervisory positions at Chevron for several years before joining Avasthi & Associates, Inc. He is a long-standing member of SPE, a technical editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, and has served as the SPE Los Angeles Basin Section Director and Program Chairman.

Michael H. (Mike) Stein retired from BP in 2006 after 28 years of service, and is currently a consultant, specializing in enhanced oil recovery and integrated asset modeling. Prior to his retirement, he was a team leader of the integrated asset modeling group in BP’s Technology Center in Houston. He was involved in numerous technical service assignments with integrated asset modeling around the world, as well as teaching company courses on integrated asset modeling. He also directed research on applying integrated asset modeling to monitor corrosion and erosion on real time basis, and to also couple integrated asset modeling with reservoir simulation. He has co-authored several SPE papers in the area of optimizing gas reservoirs through integrated asset modeling, and linking integrated asset modeling to real-time automation data to monitor corrosion and erosion.

Stein spent most of his 28 years with BP as a reservoir engineer. His efforts were primarily in the areas of CO2 flooding and reservoir modeling. He has written many SPE papers in these areas, and he is one of the co-authors of the SPE Monograph Volume 22, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding. He also holds three US Patents, two in enhanced coal bed methane (ECBM) production, and one in automatic waterflood history matching. In 1991, he received the Distinguished Inventor award (presented by the Intellectual Property Owners, Inc.) for a patent on nitrogen injection in coal beds for enhanced coal bed methane (ECBM) recovery.

Stein is an engineering alumnus of the University of Missouri and Purdue University; he holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri, and MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Purdue University. He is a long-standing member of SPE, has served on the SPE editorial committees, and chaired the SPE Reservoir Engineering committee to select papers for the SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition.  He is a co-instructor of three popular courses taught under the auspicious of SPE, Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR, Geological Sequestration of CO2, and Optimizing Gas Fields using Integrated Asset Modeling (IAM), and Optimizing Shale Plays.

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