Oct. 2 - Oct. 3, 2006


Description

This SPE/AIChE Workshop joint workshop is the first of its kind, drawing on upstream and downstream experts to address boundary-spanning issues. Experts from both SPE and AIChE will lead upstream and downstream engineers, scientists, and managers as they share ideas and solutions to the challenges of unlocking heavy-oil reserves. Questions to be discussed include:

  • Processing 101: What happens upstream and downstream?
  • What are the biggest challenges to heavy oil production?
  • What tools and techniques are operators currently using to unlock these valuable reserves?
  • What technical gaps block efforts to make heavy oil available?
  • How do challenges vary between producing heavy oil onshore and offshore?
  • What advanced heavy-oil processing methods are employed today?
  • How can the viscosity be reduced to address processing and flow assurance issues?

This joint workshop will feature brief, informal case studies followed by extended discussion with the audience. To encourage frank interaction, no proceedings will be published, and the press will not attend. Because of the interactive nature of this workshop, attendance will be limited. Register before 12 September to take advantage of discounted pricing.

For program and sponsorship information, or to register for this event, go to www.spe.org/atws.

Sponsorship Support

Sponsorship support helps offset the cost of producing ATWs and allows
SPE to keep the attendance price within reach of operations-level
individuals, those who benefit most from these technical workshops.
Sponsors benefit both directly and indirectly by having their names associated with a specific ATW.

While SPE prohibits any type of commercialism within the conference hall itself, the society recognizes that sponsoring companies offer valuable information to attendees outside the technical sessions.

Sponsorship Categories

Sponsorships are offered on a first come basis. Please contact SPE to verify the availability of a particular sponsorship. Existing sponsors have the opportunity to renew the same level of sponsorship for annual ATWs.

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee Break
  • Lunch
  • Reception
  • Dinner
  • Materials

Sponsorship Benefits

In addition to onsite recognition;
SPE will recognize sponsors on the SPE website and in all printed material for the ATW. Based on the sponsorship selected, sponsoring companies also receive logo visibility on promotional ATW items; a half-page, full-color ad in the ATW Technical Program; and up to 2 delegate passes to the ATW.

For More Information

For a detailed list of available sponsorships, including
benefits and pricing, contact
Susan Wooten, SPE Workshops,
at swooten@spe.org.

Featured Speakers

Speaker
Preliminary Program NOTE: While every attempt will be made to adhere to the schedule, the status/availability of speakers and moderators is subject to change. Monday, 2 October 2006 7–8 a.m.                 Registration and Continental Breakfast8–930 a.m.             Session 1: Characterization                               Session Chairman: George Zabaras, Shell Global Solutions Flow Assurance No Gas Offshore …

Preliminary Program

NOTE: While every attempt will be made to adhere to the schedule, the status/availability of speakers and moderators is subject to change.


Monday, 2 October 2006

7–8 a.m.                 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8–930 a.m.             Session 1: Characterization
                               Session Chairman: George Zabaras, Shell Global Solutions



  • Flow Assurance


    • No Gas

    • Offshore


  • Testing/Physical Properties



930–10 a.m.           Coffee Break
10–1130 a.m.         Session 2: Challenges
                               Session Chairmen: Kevin Leigh, Chevron
                                                      Pat Campbell, AMEC Paragon



    • Offshore Case Studies

    • Clean Up of Produced Water



        • Naphthenic Acids

        • Calcium Naphenates





1130 a.m.–1 p.m.    Lunch

1–230 p.m.              Session 3: Understanding Upstream Processing
                               Session Chairmen: Jim Langer, Shell Global Solutions
                                Marty Siegel, Fluor Corporation

230–3 p.m.              Coffee Break

3–430 p.m.              Session 4: Understanding Downstream Processing
                                Session Chairmen: Irv Wiehe, Soluble Solutions
                                           Lori McDowell, Praxair



  • Overview of Refining

  • Potential Downstream Problems Caused by Upstream Processing


    • Crude Incompatibility

    • Fouling, Corrosion, and Stable Oil/Water Emulsions



430 p.m.                  Adjournment

530 p.m.                  Reception


Tuesday, 3 October 2006

7–8 a.m.                  Continental Breakfast

8–930 a.m.              Session 5: Advanced Heavy Oil Processing Techniques
                                Session Chairmen: Joseph Lee, NATCO Group
                                           Marty Siegel, Fluor Corporation



  • System Design


    • New Compact Equipment

    • Pilot Testing

    • Case History



930–10 a.m.            Coffee Break

10–1130 a.m.          Session 6: Regulatory Issues
                                Session Chairman: Dennis Griffith, Granherne

1130 a.m.–1 p.m.     Lunch

1–230 p.m.               Session 7: Research
                                 Session Chairmen Jinwen Chen, NCUT,
                                                                               Pat Campbell, AMEC Paragon

230–3 p.m.               Coffee Break

3–430 p.m.               Session 8: Roundtable Closing Session
                                 Session Chairman: Jim Langer, Shell Global Solutions


  • What are the Technical Gaps Keeping these Stranded Reserves from Market?


430 p.m.                   Adjournment

Full Description



Organizer

Kevin Miller


Date and Time

Mon, Oct. 2

-

Tue, Oct. 3, 2006

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Location

Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center

Seven Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554