SPEI: Optimizing Gas Fields Using Integrated Asset Modeling

Speaker Dr. Michael Stein, Premium Petroleum Consulting
Dr. Sam Avasthi, PE, Avasthi & Associates Dr. Michael H. (Mike) Stein retired from BP in 2006 after 28 years of service, and is currently an independent engineering consultant, specializing in enhanced oil recovery and integrated asset modeling. With BP he was most recently a team leader of the Integrated ...

Dr. Sam Avasthi, PE, Avasthi & Associates

Dr. Michael H. (Mike) Stein retired from BP in 2006 after 28 years of service, and is

currently an independent engineering consultant, specializing in enhanced oil recovery

and integrated asset modeling.

With BP he was most recently 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 a 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.

Prior to working in the area of integrated asset modeling, Dr. 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’. In addition to this ‘Optimizing Gas Fields’ course, he is a co-instructor of

one other SPE course: ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding’. He also holds three U.S.

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.

Dr. Stein is an engineering alumnus of the University of Missouri and Purdue University;

he holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, and

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a long

standing member of the SPE, has served on the SPE editorial committees, and chaired the

SPE Reservoir Engineering committee to select papers for the Annual SPE Meeting. His

e-mail address is: mhsteineng@yahoo.com



Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E. is president of Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide

petroleum consulting company, headquartered in Houston, Texas. In addition to

managing the company, that he founded in 1990 and that now provides Petroleum

Engineering, Geomechanics and Geosciences, CO2 Flooding EOR and CO2

Geosequestration, Oil & Gas Field Operations, and Management Consulting Services

around the world, he is active in providing consulting and training services in his own

areas of expertise.

Dr. Avasthi has more than 30 years worldwide oil & gas industry experience in oil & gas

reservoir engineering and simulation, mature oilfield revitalization, CO2 Flooding EOR

project design, evaluation and optimization, gas, gas-condensate, volatile oil, and black

oil reservoir asset optimization, and training. He has lectured on numerous topics in his

areas of expertise in the United States, Japan, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Europe,

and Latin America.

In addition to this ‘Optimizing Gas Fields’ course, Dr. Avasthi is a co-instructor of two

other SPE courses: ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding’, and ‘Geological

Sequestration of CO2. In his other SPE activities, during the last few years, a paper coauthored

by him on ‘Planning EOR Projects’, was presented at the SPE International

Petroleum Conference in Mexico, held in Puebla, Mexico, during November 2004; and

an article based on that paper was published under Management Series in March 2005

issue of JPT. Another paper co-authored by him on ‘Planning EOR Projects in

Offshore Oil Fields’ was presented at the Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum

Engineering Conference (LACPEC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during June 2005.

Dr. Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of Indian School of Mines, Imperial College, and

Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas

A&M University, and thereafter was a Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Rice

University. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, a senior member of the

SPE, and a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal.

His e-mail address is: SMAvasthi@Gmail.comhref="mailto:SMAvasthi@Gmail.com">SMAvasthi@Gmail.com>.

Full Description

Who Should Attend

Petroleum, reservoir, production and facilities engineers, as well as asset managers

interested in managing and maximizing profitability from gas field assets should attend

this course.

Since this topic is of tremendous interest to the SPE members around the world,

presentation of this course is expected to attract large attendance; therefore, those who are

interested in attending this course should register early. Since Excel programs will be

provided in the class, the course registrants should plan to bring their notebook

computers to the class.

About the Course

This course will discuss practical state-of-the-art techniques for optimizing gas field

assets; techniques that are based on the concept of integrated asset modeling, and

working together through an asset team. Integration of reservoir, well inflow, wellbore,

pipeline, and compressor models bring together all of the interested parties and allows for

an integrated optimal solution, rather than different parties working in a vacuum and

arriving at solutions for the separate components that do not fit well. This course goes

beyond standard nodal analysis courses available in the industry, as in this course the

reservoir and facilities components are also incorporated. The instructors have extensive

industry experience in optimizing gas field assets and using integrated asset modeling

approach for achieving that objective. In teaching this course, the instructors plan to: (1)

discuss how the concept of integrated asset modeling works, (2) present examples of

various applications of optimization used to modify existing facilities and increase gas

rates and reserves, (3) give the course attendees some practical and useful problems to

work on, and (4) provide each course attendee a workbook containing copies of the

instructors’ PowerPoint presentations, and solutions to the problems.

Integrated asset modeling is currently a very important skill set in many major and

independent oil & gas companies, as well as in national oil & gas companies around the

world. Integrated asset modeling combines skill sets of all the technical personnel on gas

production asset teams. Many companies utilize this technology over reservoir simulation

approach because answers can be obtained quickly. This speed aspect is extremely

important to those oil & gas industry managers who have to make business investment

decisions rather quickly for presentation to the upper managements, and be responsible

for those decisions, and don’t have the luxury of waiting for results from more time

consuming methods. Integrated asset models can be readily updated to manage gas field

performance throughout the life of the field. Integrated asset modeling is now being

combined with real-time automation data to monitor daily performance. In the future, we

expect that integrated asset modeling will also be married to monitoring CO2 emissions

as the effect of fuel consumption on facilities can easily be incorporated.

The big advantage of optimizing gas fields through integrated asset modeling is that the

optimal results are consistent with facilities, well, and reservoir constraints, and are thus

more realistic. Conventional optimization involves isolated studies of facilities and wells,

and reservoirs and wells; the results of these studies are often inconsistent, and are not in

agreement with the actual performance. For example, in one large tight gas field on

which one of the instructors recently worked on, the reservoir engineers generally over

predicted the increase in net gas rate from new wells by 20%. The integrated asset

modeling approach correctly showed that the new wells caused bottle-necks in the

surface facilities, thus yielding a lower net increase in gas rate from new wells, and this

was precisely what operation and facility engineers had experienced in the field.

This course is ideally suited for presentation prior to the SPE conferences, in the United

States, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North and West

Africa, and the North Sea regions, where presently there is tremendous interest in

developing and optimizing gas fields.

The instructors, seasoned petroleum reservoir engineers and long-time members of the

SPE, offer their extensive experience and expertise in optimizing gas field assets, and

using the integrated asset modeling approach for achieving that objective. Their extensive

industry experience covers petroleum, reservoir, simulation, EOR, ECBM, production

and facilities engineering. The instructors also have extensive experience in teaching

courses to engineers around the world, and for the SPE.

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Organizer Chiwila Mumba-Black


Wed, Jan. 27, 2010
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. US/Central

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