SPE Training Course - Society of Petroleum Engineers


SPE Training Course - Society of Petroleum Engineers

A. 0800–1200 hours

SPE Training Course

Sunday, 29 May 2011, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In conjunction with the SPE ATW: Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry – Integration of

Disciplines to Address the Challenges of Tomorrow

Control of Inorganic Scale by Chemical Measures: Diagnosis, Chemical Selection and Optimisation

Course Description

This half-day course is designed to provide an overview of the processes involved in diagnosis, chemical selection and optimisation during the control of

inorganic scales. Following the brief introduction of the mechanisms involved in scale formation, inhibition and dissolution, this course will focus on the

laboratory and modelling techniques used in diagnosis, chemical selection and optimisation during the inorganic scale control cycle.

Course Objectives

Completing this course, the attendees should be able to understand how to identify the scale type, severity and best treatment option, what are the

chemistries available for inhibition and dissolution, what laboratory and modelling techniques can be used in chemical selection and optimisation, how to

monitor and optimise the treatment for continuous improvement.

Course Content

Topics covered include the following:

• Introduction to inorganic scales – mechanisms of scale formation, inhibition and dissolution

• Diagnosis – measures to identify the scale type, severity and define treatment option

• Field testing of scale sample

• Water sample analysis

• Prediction of scale type and severity

• Treatment option – what techniques used in deployment and does it change during the field lifetime

• Chemical selection – laboratory testing equipment and procedures

• Chemistries available for inhibition and dissolution

• How do we evaluate them – dissolution, compatibility, stability, corrosivity, inhibition efficiency, retention/core flooding and environmental property

• Optimisation – how do we optimise the chemical and the treatment

• How do we monitor the performance

• The role of chemical in improving squeeze life time

• The derivation of retention isotherm, treatment design and optimisation

• Process for continuous improvement

Intended Audience

This half day introductory course is designed for anyone who has practical interests in oilfield inorganic scale, in particular suitable for

those new engineers/chemists involved in scale control and mitigation in oilfield operations.


Hua Guan is currently working as a Scale and Flow Assurance Specialist in the Global R&D Group at M-I SWACO Production

Technologies in Aberdeen. Hua has been working in the oil industry for over 20 years with national oil company and service providers.

One of her main areas of expertise is the treatment and control of oilfield scales where she has gained extensive experience in field

sampling, prediction and diagnosis, lab evaluation, formation damage, squeeze design/modelling and optimisation. Hua has been the

industrial supervisor for a number of university students at both PhD and MSc level and has conducted lectures in scale where she has

gained skills in mentoring and teaching entry level chemists to help them understand the basics and recognise the challenges associated

with oilfield scale.

1200–1300 hours Luncheon

B. 1300–1700 hours

Systematic Approach for Prevention and Remediation of Asphalthene Problems for Kuwait Reservoirs

Course Description

Asphaltene precipitation and deposition from oil reservoir fluids during production are serious problems for the oil industry, as it can cause plugging of

reservoir formation, wellbore, tubing and production facilities. A systematic and successful approach for diagnosis, prevention and remediation of asphaltene

problems during primary depletion of highly under saturated reservoirs due to the changes in pressure, temperature and compositions or during oil

production and application of any of the improved oil recovery and enhanced oil recovery (IOR/EOR) processes will be presented. The following topics will be

addressed in this:

• Introduction to asphaltene, fundamentals, laboratory measurements, core flood tests and simulation studies

• Asphaltene problems in oil reservoirs

• Asphaltene related research and its field application

• Characterisation of representative crude oil sample and phase behaviour studies

• Screening Inhibitors as remedy and prevention asphaltene deposition

• Investigation of asphaltene drop out during gas injection

Intended Audience

This is a half day course design for any engineers and scientists interested in practical experience to understand flow assurance issues

dealing with asphaltene problems during production. The intended participants of this course will be: managers, petroleum engineers,

reservoir engineers, chemical engineers and production engineers, geo-scientists, geo-chemists, asset managers, EOR researchers,

surface facilities engineers and manufacturers, environmental engineers, and project leaders, who are interested in oil production and

processing experiencing asphaltene and flow assurance problems in their reservoir.


Reza Oskui, Research Scientist working in Petroleum Research and Studies Center (PRSC) at Kuwait Institute for Scientific

Research(KISR) with over 30 years of international technical expertise in the area of PVT and reservoir fluid phase behaviour, EOS

modelling, core and special core analysis and, multi-phase flow in porous media, enhanced oil recovery, black-oil and compositional

reservoir simulation. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Enhanced Oil Recovery from the University of Manchester, UK. For several

years he worked in the oil Industry in Aberdeen and USA managing a number of studies for EOR, PVT, SCAL and Thermodynamics of

Reservoir Fluids, and fluid flow in Porous Media. He has author/co-authored more than 30 of technical papers and articles.

Hua Guan

Global R&D Group

Reza Oskui

Petroleum Research

and Studies Center


SPE Training Course: Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry

Sunday, 29 May 2011, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Al Sufouh Road, P. O. Box 24970, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tel: +971.4.399.5555

Important: Attendance is limited and is not guaranteed.

Early registration is recommended. Please print or type in black ink.

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Training Course Fee: One Day Training Course ONLY ❒ USD 450,00 for SPE Members ❒ USD 550,00 for Nonmembers

Applied Technology Training Course Fee includes: Registration, materials, coffee breaks and luncheon.

Accommodations are NOT included in the training course registration fee.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:

• A processing fee of USD 100 will be charged for cancellations received before the registration deadline 5 May 2011.

• For cancellations received after the registration deadline, 5 May 2011, 25% refund will be made to the registrant.

• No refund on cancellations received within seven (7) days prior to the training course, i.e. on or after 22 May 2011.

• No refund will be issued if a registrant fails to attend the workshop.

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To submit your registration online, please visit the event’s website at: www.spe.org/events/11aamm.

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