SPEI: Understanding Inorganic Scaling–Mechanisms, Control and Management

Speaker Gordon M. Graham
Managing Director Scaled Solutions Ltd Gordon M. Graham is the managing director of Scaled Solutions Ltd., an independent laboratory testing company based in Livingston, UK primarily involved in flow assurance and formation damage issues for oilfield production systems. He has been active in production chemistry and flow assurance for over ...

Managing Director
Scaled Solutions Ltd



Gordon M. Graham is the managing director of Scaled Solutions Ltd., an independent laboratory testing company based in Livingston, UK primarily involved in flow assurance and formation damage issues for oilfield production systems. He has been active in production chemistry and flow assurance for over 17 years examining both field application and research and development aspects. Until September 2002, he was a Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University where he was responsible for the management and technical direction of the large, multi-sponsored Flow Assurance and Scale Research Team. He holds a BSc in chemistry from the University of Stirling, UK and a PhD in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK. Gordon is considered an expert in oilfield scaling and has published extensively on the subject with more than 100 publications as an author or co-author.



Graham served as chairman of the 2003, 2005, and 2006 SPE International Oilfield Scale Symposiums and the 2004, 2005, and 2006 SPE International Oilfield Corrosion Symposiums. He also served on the programme committee for the 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 SPE International Oilfield Chemistry Symposiums as well as other SPE workshops and forums worldwide. He was chairman of the 17th International Oilfield Chemistry Symposium organised by the Norwegian Society of Chemical Engineers in Geilo, Norway.




Full Description

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Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to inorganic scaling. It will include an overview of the different types of inorganic oilfield scales encountered under production conditions with various methods used for control. Field examples from different geographical locations will be included throughout the course to illustrate the importance of an effective scale management strategy.

Learning Objectives

  • Basic mechanisms involved in scale formation, prediction, and inhibition and treatment options such as de-sulphation, scale removal, and dissolution
  • Detailed discussions on the treatment and prevention of conventional carbonate and sulphate scales in addition to the more unusual or exotic scales such as the iron, lead, and zinc sulphides 
  • Scaling issues associated with the production of heavy, high TAN crudes and the potential formation of calcium naphthenate scales with different treatment methodologies used for their mitigation
  • Detailed review of scale management in both conventional and complex production scenarios including deepwater, subsea, and HP/HT production environments
  • The influence of initial field design and varying production conditions on the successful control of inorganic scales 
  • The use of various modelling tools including scale prediction software, reservoir simulators, and near well-bore treatment models with benefits and limitations for assessing the severity and location of a scaling problem
  • The technical, economic, and risk-based analysis process used by several operators for estimating total field scale management costs for new field developments 
  • The economic impact of various treatment and engineering options throughout a field's productive life using field examples from different geographical locations
  • Details of the squeeze process and the potential for associated formation damage aspects
  • Methods involved in the retention of both conventional (aqueous based) and other (non-aqueous based) scale inhibitor treatments

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for new or practicing production engineers and production chemists involved in scale control and mitigation in oilfield operations. No formal training is required other than practical interest in oilfield scale.

CEUs

1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/16 hours) awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

A fee equal to 25% of the course fee will be charged for cancellations less than 15 working days before the course begins. No refunds will be made for cancellations after the course begins.

 
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Organizer Diane Frasier Hallmark

When?

Sat, Apr. 9 - Sun, Apr. 10, 2011
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. US/Central

Where?

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
USA

Refund Policy: You must notify the SPE-GCS office of your intent to cancel at least 24 hours prior to the event date to receive a refund. For all refund inquiries, email spe-gcs@spe.org. View our Terms & Conditions for more information.