About this Training Course

One of the key challenges for oil companies to maximise recovery is from existing waterfloods. Besides water availability and quality, the subsurface displacement process is of key importance to understand field performance and maximising waterflood reserves.

This 3-day course addresses the basic Reservoir Engineering concepts of waterflooding. The course will discuss the target ultimate recovery to be expected from a waterflood based on the Complexity Index analysis. It will then explain the key fluid and rock properties which influence the recovery. Subsequently, the key analytical techniques will be explained which a reservoir engineer can apply to understand and manage their waterfloods optimally, such as the Buckley Leverett analysis, the Welge analysis, Dykstra Parson analysis, Dietz displacements, stability criteria and stream line analysis.

Attention will be given to the impact of wettability and complex geological structures. Especially the impact of well architecture and pattern effects will be explained. Various options for production optimisation will be discussed. A novel technique to quickly estimate the target recovery factor for a specific field will be explained.

Various monitoring techniques and performance analysis will be explained with an aim to optimise field performance. Furthermore, a brief outline of waterflood EOR options will be discussed which should be taken into account to ensure that the waterflood is compatible with long-term EOR options.

The course will not discuss the fundamentals of flow through porous media, the workings of numerical modelling of subsurface flow, detailed well testing or detailed surface engineering aspects.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key Reservoir Engineering techniques to design and analyse waterfloods
  • Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of each technique
  • Be in a position to discuss waterflood operations in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understand how to optimise subsurface waterflood designs, considering the full life cycle

This course will benefit:

  • Petroleum and Reservoir Engineers who are involved in waterflooding studies and operations
  • Supervisors who want a better understanding of current Reservoir Engineering techniques, to be able to discuss these with their experienced staff and make more informed decisions

Your expert course leader is a world leader in Displacement Processes and Field Developments and former Chief Scientist with Shell. His expertise is in the understanding of technologies to improve/enhance oil recovery, the practical application in oil assets, knowledge on the value of technology and defining company-wide technology strategies.

Through his teaching to students and his mentorship of other staff at Shell, he knows how to engage and stimulate staff. In his current role as a consultant, he is involved with various companies like ADNOC, Maersk, Petrom, JAPEX, and PDO to analyze projects and future directions. From 2015 till early 2017, he was an Advisor RE in PDO, leading value assurance reviews and helping subsurface teams to identify new resources in existing fields. He was the editor of the 2011 Resource-to-Reserves publication of the IEA (International Energy Agency, Paris). For 10 years, he has been the Chairman of the EAGE European IOR symposium and sat on the program committees of the SPE IOR meeting in Tulsa and the SPE EOR symposium in Oman.

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