Northside: How a Priority on Measurement Pays Off

Speaker: Robert (Bob) Webb
Speaker Robert (Bob) Webb
Robert (Bob) Webb is a global leader in production measurement and allocation. His expertise ranges from downstream and midstream dynamic and static measurement systems to production measurement and allocation, including multiphase and wet gas flow metering applications. Bob received BS degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1979 ...

Robert (Bob) Webb is a global leader in production measurement and allocation. His expertise ranges from downstream and midstream dynamic and static measurement systems to production measurement and allocation, including multiphase and wet gas flow metering applications. Bob received BS degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1979 and  began his career in the pipeline division of Marathon Oil Company.  Over an 18+ year tenure at Marathon, Bob developed into a measurement expert.  In 1997 Bob joined Amoco Production Company, which merged with BP (British Petroleum), where he spent another 18+ years, ultimately becoming the upstream Segment Technical Authority (SETA) for hydrocarbon measurement, the highest position for a discipline engineer. At BP, as upstream technical authority for hydrocarbon measurement and allocation, Bob worked with operators, standardization bodies, and government regulators on a global basis. Along the way Bob chaired the API Committee on Petroleum Measurement and established the API Committee on Production Measurement and Allocation.  Bob championed DeepStar and REPSEA subsea metering initiatives.  Bob joined Letton Hall Group in May 2016.


Bob has authored and presented technical papers in numerous venues, and contributed to both international and local standards. He holds two patents related to pipeline proving and production allocation methodology.

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Speaker: Slavko Tosic
Speaker Slavko Tosic
Slavko Tosic has sixteen years of diverse experience. His career started with a small service company doing well completion. He then spent three years with Roxar performing well testing, metering, and allocation operations onshore and offshore, where he gained extensive worldwide experience in multiphase metering. He switched to the operator’s ...

Slavko Tosic has sixteen years of diverse experience. His career started with a small service company doing well completion. He then spent three years with Roxar performing well testing, metering, and allocation operations onshore and offshore, where he gained extensive worldwide experience in multiphase metering. He switched to the operator’s role at Noble Energy where he performed in-house subsurface reservoir modeling and production engineering. In 2009 Slavko joined ExxonMobil, where he worked in technical and leadership roles on several projects. He was Reservoir General Manager for North Caspian Operating Company on the Kashagan field. He supervised worldwide unconventional developments and conventional developments for the Americas region. At the Sakhalin 1 development he supervised reservoir studies and other reservoir engineering activities. In his most recent role, Slavko served as ExxonMobil’s global operations production optimization specialist. Slavko joined the Letton Hall Group in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and a lead consultant in reservoir and production engineering. Slavko has MS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, he served on various professional boards, and has authored a number of technical papers.

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In the wake of the collapse of the global oil market, with oil at one half of its former price for the foreseeable future, producers have dramatically cut their organizations and challenged themselves to do more with less. Many see this as a paradigm shift because so many of our former practices need to be reconsidered for change or elimination or development in a drive for yet greater efficiency.

In upstream production, a critical, first, necessary change is to make production measurement a priority. Why measurement? Because all paths to improvement go through measurement. To assess what are the most value-adding activities, the most effective processes and the most efficient methodologies, measurement is required. Measuring the production from every well is a critical enabling step to every subsequent improvement in production and reservoir engineering practice.

 

In this presentation, drawing from a long history of case studies from both conventional and unconventional fields, we will:

  • Demonstrate why production measurement is so important to every oil and gas producer.
  • Take a critical look at many common production measurement practices that are widely used yet ineffective, and how this can lead to organizational lethargy.  
  • Highlight several important developments in production measurement that have been overlooked and underutilized, and can positively impact a producer’s daily business.
  • Show how production measurement is the key to unlocking efficiency, evaluating strategies, increasing production, mitigating risks, and reducing costs in the core business of production operations and reservoir engineering.
  • Show how to use production measurement to track performance so that these gains in improved practices can be maintained, or improved further.

 

Everyone attending will learn how a priority on production measurement pays off, and will be given a self-assessment guide they can use to evaluate how well their own company effectively uses production measurement.

 

The Letton Hall Group is an independent, deep knowledge team of experts in oil and gas flow who, by advancing applications of measurement technology, have learned how to make measurements work effectively for business objectives.

Organizer Angela Tse