This broad-spectrum course covers fundamentals and best practices of modern petroleum production engineering by providing an understanding of integrated production systems, from reservoir to surface. The course begins with a review of the basic principles of reservoir, wellbore and surface network modelling, to then present solutions to couple together the different elements of a production system. Emphasis will be placed on field performance enhancement and maintenance operations. The course will also teach how to optimise a production system and maximise the recoverable reserves from a field given the physical constraints dictated by the production system itself and knowing the limitations of current modelling tools.
Course Level: Foundation / Skill Instructor: Gioia Falcone
Designed for you, if you are...
A petroleum engineer, process engineer, development geologist, oilfield production manager or field engineer with a limited background in production engineering
How we build your confidence
After introducing the key concept of integrated production systems, you will be taken through its individual components (the reservoir, the near-wellbore region, the well and the surface facilities), according to the natural flow direction - from source to point of sale. Along the flow path, the nature and the role of the boundaries between consecutive components will be discussed. After reviewing a simple, naturally flowing system, the sequence will be revisited once more, this time considering options to improve the productivity throughout the system and solutions to prevent or remediate flow assurance issues. The course includes exercises, class discussions of typical production engineering problems, short films and demos of integrated production models. You will be encouraged to bring your own case studies for discussion in the class.
By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:
The fundamentals of integrated production systems
How to review and screen available input data to set up an integrated production model
Selecting methods to optimise a production system and maximise the recoverable reserves
Introduction to integrated production systems
Review of reservoir inflow characterisation
Review of well completions
Review of multiphase flow modelling in wellbores, risers and flowlines
System analysis: linking the reservoir, the near-wellbore, the wellbore and the surface facilities
Flow assurance issues
Review of surface facilities
Liquid unloading in gas wells
Downhole and seabed water separation
Flow measurement and production allocation
Planning short-, medium- and long-term optimisation of field management: - Water and gas shut-offs - Re-perforation - Stimulation - Re-completion - Debottlenecking of topsides facilities - Handling transient flow situations in the system - Issues around the chosen export route - Offshore vs. onshore scenarios