SPEI - Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR

Speaker Paul Bondor, Ashok Singhal, Sam Avasthi
Instructors Dr. Paul L. Bondor, an expert in secondary recovery and EOR technologies and practices, and mature oilfield revitalization,has worked with Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide petroleum consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas, since 2006, as a Principal Engineering and EOR Advisor, and provides consulting and training services in ...




Instructors





Dr. Paul L. Bondor, an expert in secondary recovery and EOR technologies and practices, and mature oilfield revitalization,has worked with Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide petroleum consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas, since 2006, as a Principal Engineering and EOR Advisor, and provides consulting and training services in his areas of expertise.



Dr. Bondor has 42 years of worldwide oil & gas industry experience, including 35 years with the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group in reservoir engineering research and reservoir engineering practice and supervision; reservoir simulation; improved/ enhanced oil recovery (EOR) by thermal and other processes; EOR project design pilot testing, evaluation and optimization; and training. He gained extensive experience in the design, operation, and surveillance of waterflooding, working on Shell’s secondary recovery projects in West Texas, the Rocky Mountains, and Michigan.  He was Shell’s reservoir engineering instructor and the head of Royal Dutch/ Shell’s EOR research. Since his retirement from Shell in 2003, he has continued to consult on reservoir technologies and practices. He has taught several short courses, around the world, on topics in his areas of expertise.



Dr. Bondor is a Distinguished Lecturer on EOR, during 2010 – 2011, and in this role he is lecturing on EOR at the SPE chapters around the world. A paper co-authored by him, with Dr. Sam Avasthi, 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 the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT).  Another paper co-authored by him, with Dr. Sam Avasthi, 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. Bondor is an engineering alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Engineering Science, a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering; and thereafter he worked in senior-level EOR engineering and research positions at the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group for 35 years. He is a long-standing member of the SPE, and a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal.



Dr. Ashok K. Singhal, an expert in EOR technologies and practices, and horizontal well applications, has worked with Avasthi & Associates, Inc., a worldwide petroleum consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas, since 2010, as a Principal Engineering and EOR Project Consultant, and provides consulting and training services in his areas of expertise.



Dr. Singhal has more than 35 years of worldwide oil & gas industry experience in heavy oil and tar sand, reservoir engineering, horizontal well technology, CO2 and thermal EOR, and waterflood projects. He has lectured on EOR and horizontal well applications, and other topics in his areas of expertise, around the world.



Dr. Singhal’s extensive experience working on thermal EOR projects in Canada includes, but is not limited to, laboratory investigations (physical models - steam flood and also, –SWSAGD, solvent aided SAGD, and high temperature relative permeabilities), field piloting(Resdeln: CSS, Pelican Lake: Insitu combustion), pilot evaluations (Marguerite Lake and Countess: evaluation of CSS and ISC, and Tangleflags, Cactus Lake and Cold Lake pilots: evaluation of thermal horizontal well operations), and simulation studies (Surmont: simulation study of steam flooding via HW, Plover Lake Bakken and Cactus Lake McLaren: simulation study of CSS and steam flood options).



Dr. Singhal’s extensive experience working on gas flooding projects, around the world,  includes, but is not limited to: Willmar Hydrocarbon Miscible Flooding Pilot, Fenn-Big Valley South Lobe Hydrocarbon Miscible Flooding Project, Research Projects (Laboratory) on Asphaltene Deposition during Miscible Flooding and Insitu Upgrading Caused by Asphaltene Deposition, Application of Foams for Improving Volumetric Sweep of Miscible Floods, Research Project on Mechanistic Study of Vapex Operation, Turner Valley Immiscible Nitrogen Flooding, Dulang Immiscible WAG Pilot on an Offshore Platform, Research Project on Tertiary Miscible Solvent Recovery via Quaternary CO2 Injection, Evaluation of Immiscible CO2 Floods and CO2 Huff ‘n Puff Operations in Trinidad, Quaternary CO2 Flood Pilot at Swan Hills and also at Judy Creek, and Joint Industry Project on Business Case Assessment of Tertiary CO2 Flooding in Central Alberta Oil Pools.



Dr. Singhal is an engineering alumnus of Indian School of Mines, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of California, Berkeley. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of California, and thereafter taught chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, and petroleum engineering at the University of Alberta. He worked in senior level reservoir engineering, gas flooding, thermal EOR, and supervisory positions in the conventional and heavy oil, and oil sands, departments of Gulf Canada, and in hydrocarbon gas and CO2 injection, and thermal EOR, research at the Alberta Research Council. He is a long standing member of the SPE.



Dr. S. M. (Sam) Avasthi, P.E., is President and Director of Engineering and EOR at 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, Chemical and Thermal EOR, Oil & Gas Well Fracturing and Stimulation, Management Consulting, and related consulting and training services around the world, he is active in providing consulting and training services in his areas of expertise.



Dr. Sam Avasthi has extensive 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. He is a co-instructor of the popular SPE courses on the topics of ‘Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR’ and ‘Geological Sequestration of CO2’, and two new SPE courses on the topics of ‘Practical Aspects of Thermal EOR’ and ‘Optimizing Gas Fields’.



Dr. Sam Avasthi is an engineering alumnus of Indian School of Mines, Imperial College London, 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 in Houston, Texas. He worked in senior-level petroleum engineering and consulting positions with a major international integrated oil & gas company and a major international oil & gas consulting company for several years before founding Avasthi & Associates. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas, a senior member of the SPE, and a Technical Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Journal, SPE Production & Operations Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology.




Full Description
 

Description

It is well known that primary and secondary production schemes in fields containing heavy oil (< 20 °API) generally result in recoverable reserves of 15% or less. Reserves additions via new discoveries have been declining steadily in the last decades, and the increase of recovery factors from mature oilfields in known basins will be critical to meeting growing market demand. Oilfields containing heavy oil, since they have low recovery by conventional means, provide significant scope for increasing ultimate recovery using thermal means. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to review and learn the most up-to-date information available about Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technologies and strategies practiced today.

The instructors intend to present this course before the SPE meetings around the world, wherever there is an interest in improving oil recovery from oilfields containing heavy oil by using thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies and strategies. In teaching this course, the instructors plan to: (1) spend most of the time discussing the practical aspects of thermal EOR, and keep discussion of the theoretical topics to bare minimum, (2) discuss economics of thermal EOR methods, (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 class problems.

 The instructors, all seasoned engineers and longstanding members of the SPE, offer their extensive experience and expertise in practical aspects of thermal EOR to teaching this course to the SPE members around the world.

Who Should Attend

Petroleum engineers, reservoir engineers, production engineers, facilities engineers, managers, government officials, and others involved or interested in practical aspects of thermal enhanced oil recovery technologies and strategies for improving oil recovery from oilfields containing heavy oils.

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.

CEUs

0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units/8 hours) awarded for this 1-day course.

Organizer Cindy Davis

When?

Thu, Dec. 1, 2011
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. US/Central

Where?

SPEI Houston Training Center
10777 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77042
US

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