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  • Improving Reservoir Simulation Modeling with Seismic Attributes

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30 PM - 11:59 PM SGT
    Abstract – Distiguished Lecture: Seismic attributes are being used more and more often in the reservoir characterization and interpretation processes. The new software and computer’s development allows today to generate a large number of surface and volume attributes. They proved to be very useful for the facies and reservoir properties distribution in the geological models, helping to improve their quality in the areas between the wells and areas without wells . The seismic attributes can help to better understand the stratigraphic and structural features, the sedimentation processes, lithology variations, etc. By improving the static geological models, the dynamic models are also improved, helping to better understand the reservoirs’ behavior during exploitation. As a result, the estimation of the recoverable hydrocarbon volumes becomes more reliable and the development strategies will become more successful. Biography – Dr. Isabela Falk: Isabela Falk is a Senior Geologist, currently the Subsurface Team Leader in a Schlumberger P&AM project in Romania. Previously she worked as a Project Geoscientist for Fugro-Jason in Germany and Holland. Prior to that, she worked as a Researcher Geologist in the Romanian National Gas Company: Romgaz. Isabela holds a PhD in Geology from the University Babes-Bolyai from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, since 2008. She has 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, specialized mostly in geological modeling, but is experienced also in seismic inversion. She made several scientific presentations in internal and international conferences and is a member of SPE, SEG and EAGE. Dinner and two drinks are provided.

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  • Designing Fit-for-Purpose Facilities in the Current Environment

    Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
    Joint presentations about facilities design that were given at the recent APE ATW in KL in April. Rolando’s talk is based on actual industry data and performance, and is quite thought provoking regarding why the industry wastes so much capex in its designs. Peter Kirkham   show a case study with  the evolution of Twinza’s Pasca A development over the past couple of years and the “appropriate scoping” into the concept.  Taking Charge in a Low Oil Price Environment Rolando Gachter, Independent Project Analysis Pte Ltd Abstract: High oil prices in the past have bailed out many marginal developments. Waiting for price drops  in  the supply chain to improve today’s opportunities is a passive approach to business success. To survive in a low-price environment requires: (1) a thoughtful and rigorous portfolio management approach; (2) making efficient scope selections; and (3) being smart about development strategies and project practices With this presentation we describe successful lean scoping approaches and sound development  strategies that have improved CAPEX efficiency by over 40 percent. Objectives and scope of  the proposed topic: • To examine why our project scopes have become so inefficient over the last 20 years by  measuring : • How much project scope has grown and explain why it has done so • How inefficient project scopes affected performance • Identify what needs to change in the scope development process and provide a framework  to deliver more competitive project scopes Methodology procedures and process of the topic: • 387 offshore oil projects (recent) for which we have full detailed cost, schedule, production,  and scope details were examined • Root causes of performance were established from detailed review of the project case  histories • Causes (and effects) of scope inefficiency are calculated Observations and conclusions of the proposed topic: • Weight increases over time for almost identical pieces of scope can be demonstrated. There  are three main drivers of inefficient scope decisions: • Systematic subsurface over-confidence • "Intense" reservoir depletion strategies • Increase risk aversion Recommendations to address these root causes are presented. Biography: Mr. Gächter has over seventeen years of capital project benchmarking experience, specializing in energy and minerals extraction projects. His experience includes large-scale project system benchmarkings for major oil and natural gas producers. His experience also extends to reviews of over 100 major capital projects worldwide in the petroleum exploration and production and mining sectors covering over $5 billion in capital expenditures. Mr. Gächter has managed the accounts of a diverse group of clients both big and small. These include a supermajor , a large national oil company, as well as smaller independent operators. He currently serves as a senior instructor of the IPA Institute which provides education to project professionals globally. Over the years Mr. Gächter has presented at various industry conferences and seminars including the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Establishing Appropriate Development Concept and Cost – Pasca A Case Study Peter Kirkham, Twinza Oil Abstract: The days of $100+ oil are behind us (for now), but their legacy continues to live on in the development concepts and engineering practices that the environment spawned. In the rush to develop in the decade from 2003 to late 2014, oil and gas project costs spiraled out of control. There are many reasons for these increases such as cost escalation, poor project practices resulting from an overstretched industry, increasingly stringent engineering specifications, and perhaps most simply: high demand for limited contractor services. When considering the capital costs to use for exploration economics, it is common to use benchmarks, or perhaps a high-level factored cost estimate based on industry norms, unit rates and similar concepts used previously. But how relevant are these benchmarks today? If we just take conventional approaches to field development and base our capital cost estimates on historical data (thinking that it’s all we have, so we have to use it), then we consign ourselves to a conservative mindset. Exploration requires creative thinking, and without it no-one would ever imagine a new play system or dare to drill an exploration well. The economics to support such endeavours require a similar mindset. The Pasca A development offshore PNG started concept engineering in October 2014, just as the oil price began to fall. Unlike many other developments, the project was not shelved, and continues towards development. One of the reasons for this is the “fit-for-purpose” development philosophy that was adopted. Approaches taken during the Pasca A project are used to illustrate aspects of project development that others might adopt in a low price environment. • Clear objectives: Know where you are heading and the development priorities. • Integra ted team: Working together to deliver an optimised concept requires multi-discipline  knowledge and communication – particularly for those running the economics at the heart of  the project. • Keep scope under control: Don’t over-design; identify and quantify the trade-offs that result  from cutting scope. • Appropriate design requirements: Using off-the-shelf design and designing to industry  standards rather than bespoke solutions saves cost. • Collaborate with contractors: easy to say, harder to do, but keeping an open mind to  alternative concepts and embracing solutions that meet the functional requirements. • Understand the economic drivers: increasing NPV is not necessarily the best outcome. Biography: Peter is a petroleum engineer with 17 years industry experience across multiple engineering, technical and commercial disciplines. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and currently serves on the committee for the Singapore Section. He started his career at Novus Petroleum as the Commercial Assistant to CEO and helped manage all aspects of a portfolio that included exploration, development and production operations for assets in Australia, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, Oman and the United States. He was subsequently involved in the founding of Lodore Resources in 2004, a London-listed oil and gas explorer which drilled three exploration wells in the United States, two of which discovered gas. Peter was a Senior Project Analyst at Independent Project Analysis where he was involved in the evaluation of more than 65 oil and gas project developments ranging in size from 10s of millions to 10s of billions US dollars , and encompassing a wide variety of development concepts and countries. Today Peter is the Project Engineering Commercialisation Manager at Twinza Oil, based in Singapore. In this role , Peter oversees Twinza’s Pasca A project development in offshore PNG, and has been involved in most aspects of the project since early FEL 2.  

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  • Upscaling Formation Damage Laboratory Test Data to Full Well Perspective

    Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
    Abstract: The impact of formation damage on overall well productivity or injectivity depends on the magnitude and distribution of the damage. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation provides a means to upscale suitable laboratory test data to quantify the impact of formation damage on well performance, by representing the degree of restriction and the geometry of the damaged zone or zones in a full well simulation. Different magnitudes of damage derived from laboratory test data can be simulated and the impact on overall well performance predicted for different completion environments. This presentation will illustrate some applications of CFD modelling to upscaling of laboratory measured formation damage, and attempt to tackle the issue of the interface between well construction and well deliverability.   BIO: Rick Lemanczyk is Principal Petroleum Engineer in Lloyds Register Energy’s Consulting Division, based in Kuala Lumpur, and has a career spanning over 39 years in various aspects of production technology.  After graduating with a D.Phil. in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University, Rick began his oilfield career with Schlumberger from 1977-1992 in a variety of positions: wireline engineer, well stimulation R&D department head and regional laboratory manager. Between 1994 -2006 he worked for Edinburgh Petroleum Services Ltd. ( now a Weatherford company), providing technical support, business development, consulting and training in the areas of production optimization, artificial lift, sand management, well stimulation, completion analysis and formation damage.  In LR Senergy Rick’s current role is to coordinate the company’s rock properties and production chemistry activity in the Asia Pacific region.  Throughout his oilfield career Rick has conducted many training courses and lectured widely on Production Technology subjects. In 1992-94 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and in 2016-17 Adjunct Professor at Heriot-Watt’s Malaysia campus. He was nominated as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in gas lift optimisation for 2010-2011.

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  • Distinguished Lecture Dave Stern: Creating Geologically Realistic Models Used for Reservoir Manageme

    Monday, October 23, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM SGT
    A delicious lunch buffet and an informative lecture by the DL Dave Stern on Creating Geologically Realistic Models Used for Reservoir Management Abstract To make sensible reservoir management decisions, it is necessary to predict future reservoir performance.  This allows testing and optimization of reservoir management strategies before making large investments.   When displacement mechanisms change or geologic description is different from current well locations, this prediction is usually done with reservoir simulation models.   Because geologic features determine the connectivity and productivity of the reservoir, it is important to ensure that models realistically represent the reservoir description in order to provide plausible predictions.   Challenges associated with constructing these models include: Uncertainty in the geologic description – measurements are sparse, and do not always resolve the relevant features . It isn’t always known which features are relevant to reservoir performance.   Geometry and stacking of geologic objects like channels and lobes are difficult to represent in cellular models Multiple descriptions may exist that are consistent with available data This presentation describes how reservoir models are used in making reservoir management decisions, and outlines a strategy for creating realistic reservoir models.  Examples are provided of applying some elements of this strategy. Biography Dave Stern is a career researcher at ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company (URC) He joined URC in 1984 with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT.  Research areas include experimental measurement of gas injection performance, development and use of simplified models for reservoir management, gridding and scale-up, and history matching. He led a team that developed tools for construction of simulation models from detailed geologic models, worked with software developers to implement that technology, and trained the rest of the corporation in its use.   Dave is the author of an SPE distinguished author paper on practical aspects of gridding and scale-up, describing learnings from that experience. Dave also led a team that developed tools and methods for history matching, with emphasis on preserving geologic realism during the history match process.   The team worked with software developers to implement the tools, and trained the rest of the corporation in their use.   He is currently a Reservoir Engineering Advisor to a large project that develops and maintains software for reservoir modeling and simulation. Dave is a career-long member of SPE, and has served as session chair or discussion leader in SPE forums on gridding and scale-up, reservoir modeling for asset teams, and data analytics.  

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  • Moving Parts in the LNG Value Chain

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM MY
    ABSTRACT The global gas sector is undergoing a number of fundamental changes which will change the relationship between the seller and the buyer of LNG.  After many decades the old conventions, based on long term take or pay contracts, usually oil indexed and often with restrictive destination clauses, are beginning to crumble.    The entry of the US with its tolling model and low wholesale prices is creating considerable disruption on the supply side, as LNG developers in other parts of the world try to compete.  Changes on the buyers side are also bringing about new pressures, especially as many Asian markets follow North America and Europe and seek to establish customer choice, retail competition, and third party access to key infrastructure, including LNG regas.  When the impact of technology is factored in, with both floating LNG (FLNG) and Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs) gaining in popularity, the LNG sector is facing something of a perfect storm.   New markets for LNG are creating exciting new opportunities as well.  With what appears to be a dislocation of oil and gas prices, gas and LNG will be an increasingly attractive and cost-saving option in the transport sector, where already LNG is making rapid inroads into the marine bunkering segment, where new environmental regulations are creating new demand.  The railway industry, and road transport also represent growing sources of demand, which are also likely to leverage new contract mechanisms, based on more numerous, smaller transactions than the sector has been used to.   GCA’s presentation will seek to piece together the moving parts in the LNG value chain, and set out ways in which buyers, sellers, traders and aggregators can interact with one another to capture the undoubted growth opportunities that will exist over the decade to come, and will speculate on emerging pricing mechanisms, and the wholesale/retail market developments which will be most influential. BIOGRAPHY Nicholas Fulford, Global Head of Gas and LNG at Gaffney Cline and Associates   Nick, a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years experience in all parts of the natural gas value chain, leads GCA’s gas and LNG practice.  He has a track record in M&A, restructuring and commercial negotiations, with particular emphasis on wholesale and retail gas markets, LNG, unconventional gas and government/regulatory policy. Prior to joining GCA, Nick held a number of senior roles in various global projects with British Gas, where he was heavily involved in the restructuring of the UKs gas and electricity markets in 1995/6, and the establishment of Centrica plc.  Nick subsequently led Centrica’s entry into North America, and follow-on acquisitions which led to the creation of Direct Energy, the gas and electricity supply business now based here in Houston.  He also held leadership positions in Centrica’s E&P division, with projects in Norway, Egypt, Trinidad and various Middle Eastern states. Since 2010 Nick has focused on the growth in unconventional gas resources and related LNG export surge in the US and Canada.  Since joining GCA he has led a number of advisory projects for GCA for clients around the world, who have an interest in US LNG, either as a buyer, or as a competitor.  Much of his work in recent months has also focused on LNG to power growth in the developing economies of South Asia, Africa and Latin America. Nick graduated from Durham University with a degree in Engineering Science, and subsequently received an MSc from the Royal Military College of Science. AIPN members will enjoy member's rate. Please pay at the door in order for the member's rate to apply.

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  • YP visit: Vetco Gray

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SG
    The SPE YP organizes an annual visit to a site that is not normally accessible to the public in order to help YP's build their understanding of the Oil and Gas Industry in areas that they are not necessarily familiar with. This initiative started in 2016 with the visit of a drilling rig, the Maersk Convincer. Last year we discovered the Center for Offshore Research and Engineering Lab and their multiphase flow loop. This year's visit will be in Vetco Gray facilities. The company has a long history of manufacturing surface/subsea drilling and production equipment. The visit will include cladding, turning/machining, packaging, pressure test and assembly of subsea trees. Refreshment will be provided onsite. Pre registration is required and BHGE reserve the right to refuse admission to whomever without any reason given. If you have more questions and want to register you interest, please contact  Wee Chin. Name as per ID: IC/passport number: Can bring personal PPE:  safety shoes, safety glasses, helmet (please note than full leg cover is mandatory) Phone number: Email: Organisation: SPE membership number:

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  • Conventional & Unconventional Reservoirs; What is In and Out in Today’s Pressure and Rate Transient

    Monday, December 10, 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:51 PM SGT
    Conventional & Unconventional Reservoirs; What is In and Out in Today’s Pressure and Rate Transient Analysis Medhat (Med) Kamal Chevron (Emeritus)     Abstract:   Transient data is rich in information about the dynamic characteristics of the well/reservoir system. It has been used extensively by petroleum engineers since the 1920’s. Sustained development in this area is necessitated by three factors: (1) changes in the types of reservoirs we produce (e.g. conventional, unconventional) and their stages of recovery (e.g., primary, secondary), (2) new tools (e.g. formation testers, permanent downhole gauges), and (3) advances in solution techniques (e.g., use of computers, deconvolution). Today, the value and use of transient data are at an all-time high. Several crucial technology advancements were achieved during the last 10-15 years. The aim of this lecture is to update the audience about the increased capabilities of Pressure and Rate Transient analyses (PTA and RTA respectively) and how to use them to optimize reservoir management. After a brief review of existing methods in PTA / RTA, new developments will be discussed with special emphasis on integration and the role of the engineer to obtain a sensible and consistent reservoir model. Practical applications will be discussed including: characterizing unconventional reservoirs by combining multiple measurements, determining permeability and fluid saturations  under multi-phase flow conditions, integrating the analytical and numerical solutions, combining single and multi-well tests to characterize the reservoir anisotropy, calculating the average reservoir pressure under non-uniform production and boundary conditions, and using continuous measurements of well pressures to integrate PTA and RTA to characterize reservoirs. For each case, best practices and their limitations will be presented.          Biography:   Medhat (Med) Kamal is a Chevron Emeritus Fellow and SPE Honorary member with over 40 years of industry experience in well testing, reservoir description and production and reservoir engineering. He is the editor and lead author of SPE Monograph 23 “ Transient Well Testing ”, and has published 35+ technical papers in SPE journals. He holds BSc (Hons.) from Cairo University, and MS and PhD from Stanford University in petroleum engineering. Kamal was an SPE board member and served as the Executive Editor of SPEREE. He received several regional and international awards including the Cedric Ferguson Medal and SPE Formation Evaluation Award.

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  • Reservoir and Fluid Characterization with Formation Testers: Reducing Asset Uncertainties

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM SG
    Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer 2018-19 Lecture Season   Reservoir and Fluid Characterization with Formation Testers: Reducing Asset Uncertainties                                               Cosan Ayan     Abstract:   Formation Testers (FT) have been around for more than 50 years. Early 1990’s, have seen the emergence of pumpout wireline formation testers (WFT) which modernized their applications, including better fluid sampling, permeability and anisotropy measurements and basic downhole fluid analysis. Now, the technology is advancing further in both hardware and software as we are entering a new era in formation testing. While the industry is pushed to reduce costs, compromises on reservoir and fluid characterization can have detrimental effects in new projects and emerging FT applications are well poised to provide critical answers to reduce asset uncertainties.   In this lecture, we will briefly focus on existing and emerging hardware/software on formation testing but our focus will be on applications of acquired and interpreted data for reservoir and fluid characterization.  We will discuss pressure gradient analysis and implications of gradient errors for reservoir engineers.  We will review the effects of OBM contamination on fluid uncertainties and the choice of inlet types on cleanup behavior.  Emerging downhole fluid analysis sensors will be discussed and a new deep transient testing method will be introduced.  In-situ stress testing with WFT will be outlined with drilling and reservoir engineering applications. We will discuss these points with field examples. Finally, desired features of next generation WFT will be outlined.   Biography:   Dr. Cosan Ayan was a Reservoir Engineering Advisor for Schlumberger Wireline Headquarters based in Paris, France, who has opted for early retirement in June 2017. Cosan had several international assignments covering Houston-USA, Indonesia-Jakarta, United Kingdom-Aberdeen, UAE-Abu Dhabi, and Egypt-Cairo. He holds BS degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station all in Petroleum Engineering. He is the author of more than eighty-five technical papers on Well Testing and Reservoir Engineering and was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 2005-2006. Cosan served as an Executive Editor for SPE REE Journal from 2007-2010 and edited SPE e-book volumes on “Getting Up-To-Speed: Formation Testing”. Cosan received the SPE Formation Evaluation Award, September 2015.

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  • The Seapex Exploration Conference 2019

    Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5, 2019
    The SEAPEX Exploration Conference is a not-to-be-missed biennial event for upstream oil and gas industry professionals and investors. With a line-up of more than 30 presentations from across Asia-Pacific, SEAPEX 2019 will disseminate critical upstream knowledge, provide firstrate networking opportunities and promote investment in the region. Please note that SEAPEX membership is required for attendance and is included in the registration fee. Sign up now and enjoy the early bird discount rate as well as the benefits of SEAPEX membership until October 2019. For details about the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society, visit www.seapexconf.org
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  • Big Data Analytics: What Can It Do For Petroleum Engineers And Geoscientists?

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM MY
    Big Data Analytics: What Can It Do For Petroleum Engineers And Geoscientists?                                               Srikanta Mishra     Abstract:   Big data analytics has become quite the buzzword in recent years, and its growing application in E&P operations promises to be an exciting new development.  It involves: (1) acquiring and managing data in large volumes, of different varieties, and at high velocities, and (2) using statistical techniques to “mine” the data and discover hidden patterns of association and relationships in large, complex, multivariate datasets.  The ultimate goal is to extract as much intelligence from our ever-expanding trove of data to improve operational efficiencies and make better decisions for optimizing the performance of petroleum reservoirs.  However, the subject remains a mystery to most petroleum engineers and geoscientists because of the statistics-heavy jargon and the use of complex algorithms. In this talk, I will provide a “gentle” introduction to big data analytics by focusing on: (a) easy-to-understand descriptions of the commonly-used concepts and techniques, (b) broad categories of E&P problems that can be solved with big data analytics, and (c) case studies demonstrating the value-added proposition for big data. The one key idea I would like to offer as a takeaway is this : There is significant potential for data analytics to provide insights that can be translated into actionable information in E&P projects, but petroleum engineers and geoscientists need to have a fundamental understanding of data-driven modeling concepts, their applicability and limitations.     Biography:   Dr. Srikanta Mishra is Institute Fellow and Chief Scientist (Energy) at Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest independent contract R&D organization, where he manages a geoscience-oriented technology portfolio related to computational modeling and data analytics for geological carbon storage, shale gas development and improved oil recovery projects.  Dr. Mishra is the author of “Applied Statistical Modeling and Data Analytics for the Petroleum Geosciences” recently published by Elsevier, and has also taught multiple short courses on uncertainty quantification, statistical modeling and data analytics.  He holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.

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