Permian Basin Study Group: Production Assurance through a Chemical Delivery System

Speaker Jeff Hebert, Platform Manager, Carbo Ceramics
Jeff Hebert is the Platform Manager for the Flow Assurance division of Carbo Ceramics.  Jeff brings stimulation and production engineering and operational experience to the group. Jeff was previously the president of Force Industries, Force is a specialty production chemical company focused on remediating organic and inorganic deposits. Before joining ...

Jeff Hebert is the Platform Manager for the Flow Assurance division of Carbo Ceramics.  Jeff brings stimulation and production engineering and operational experience to the group. Jeff was previously the president of Force Industries, Force is a specialty production chemical company focused on remediating organic and inorganic deposits. Before joining Force he was the Regional Manager for the Pressure Pumping Services Division of Superior Energy Services.  His duties included managing operations for the Gulf of Mexico and eastern U.S. pumping and stimulation services.  Prior to Superior Jeffwas a technical advisor to Weatherford’s fracturing group as well as an in house completions engineer for Rosetta Resources and Exxon Mobil.  Jeff started his career in the Well Services division of Schlumberger and responsibilities include Cementing and Fracturing Engineering in the Western US, Fracturing operations in the Rockies.  He holds B.S. degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of SW Louisiana.  

Full Description

Production Assurance involves the economical flow of hydrocarbons from reservoir to the point of sale.  This requires effectively preventing / handling solid deposits which can be both organic and inorganic in nature.  These deposits can cause catastrophic blockage in pipelines, proppant packs and wellbores. Financial loss from production interruption or asset damage can be astronomical and the industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year to remediate. To prevent organic/ inorganic deposits and lost production time inhibitor chemicals are delivered downhole via tubulars and as an additive to fracturing fluids. A new delivery system is an infused and encapsulated porous ceramic proppant. The chemical is infused into proppant and pumped as a blend in normal proppant. Typical treatments are designed to last for years of production. This treatment lifetime, however, can be altered to accommodate for longer or shorter periods of time. The delivery system allows inhibitor chemicals to be released at a slow rate when the proppant comes in contact with production and results in a highly efficient, reservoir based chemical delivery system.

Organizer Amy Timmons