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SPE Workshop: Holistic Approaches to Understanding Water Management,
Injection, Production and Disposal in a Low Carbon Economy

10–12 September 2024 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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SPE Workshop: Holistic Approaches to Understanding Water Management,
Injection, Production and Disposal in a Low Carbon Economy

10–12 September 2024 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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0800
  1. 540 mins

    This course provides a fundamental understanding of water treating with a specific focus on upstream production and processing operations. It presents the fundamental mechanisms behind various water treating equipment and processes and gives practical experience from dozens of water treating facilities from around the globe for improved equipment performance.

    Throughout the course, field experiences, practical issues, and performance of equipment is analyzed and explained in terms of chemistry and engineering principles. The scientific aspects of water treating are presented in a practical down-to-earth manner that can be understood with little prior study, and can be immediately implemented in the field.

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0700
  1. 60 mins
0800
  1. 10 mins
0810
  1. 30 mins

    Environmental Regulations and Requirements for the Discharge of Produced Water in Brazil
    Itagyba Alvarenga Neto, Luiz Augusto De Oliveira Costa; IBAMA, Brazil  

     

0840
  1. 90 mins

    Offshore produced water treatment have challenges that are known for decades such as the classical problematic of space and weight limitations for equipment to handle water rate. This one is increasing with field ageing and then this is problematic will still be a first concern in future. Also classical constraints and challenges are the cost and environmental regulations, and these will become potentially more and more important. Water quality specifications are challenged, oil in water content to lower value, in some place the 15 mg/l target is under discussion, the tonnage of oil reject can also become a target, and water impact including chemical is also challenged. In addition to that, GHG emission must decrease and this come into the equation, especially for PWRI. In the context of energy transition, the cost is a big parameter, companies looking for low barrel development. Hence, handling produced water in the future needs to improve, it is time of opportunities.

    Session Chairpersons: Claudio Furtado, Petrobras; Pierre Pedenaud, TotalEnergies

    Speakers:

    Challenges in Offshore Produced Water Treatment, whether for Overboard Discharge or Reinjection
    Thais Moura, Veolia

    Exploring Traditional and Emerging Granular Media for Oil Removal from Produced Water through Depth Filtration
    João Paulo Bassin, UFRJ Rio

    Correlations between Methods to Determine Total Oil and Grease in Produced Water
    Lara Arinelli, Equinor

1010
  1. 20 mins
1030
  1. 120 mins

    Water injection is normally used as the preferred drainage mechanism and to optimize oil recovery. The quality of water injected into an oil reservoir has significant impact on the reservoir and fluids, but it is almost impossible to specify a “general water” that is suitable for all kinds of reservoir   . A thorough disinfection to mitigate souring of the reservoir and generation of H2S is a prerequisite. Solids have to be removed from the injection water to avoid plugging of the fine reservoir pore throats.  Further tailoring of the chemistry of the injection water to mitigate any compatibility issues between raw sea water and formation water is critical for many reservoirs and operation to avoid precipitation of solids and scaling. Change in salinity may alter the wettability conditions in some reservoirs and lead to increased oil recovery. Injection of aerated water has the potential to simplify treatment process and improve performance in many cases. The interaction between injected water, reservoir rock and fluid, is complex with big impact on performance. This session will discuss challenges, experience, and ways to improve water flooding. 

    Session Chairpersons: Torbjørn Hegdal, NOV; Aline Machado de Azevedo Novaes, Petrobras

    Speakers:

    Analytical Methods Based on Digital Image to Monitoring Reinjection Produced Water
    Marco Antônio Gomes Teixeira, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

    Key Parameters for Successful Water Injection, TotalEnergies Experience
    Pierre Pedenaud, TotalEnergies

    Defining the Composition of Injected Water Based on Reservoir Characteristics
    Aline Machado de Azevedo Novaes, Petrobras

    Slop Water and Produced Water Successfully Treated on Balder and Jotun A by Use of Ceramic Membranes 
    Åsbjørn Dysvik, Eagle Technology

1230
  1. 75 mins
1345
  1. 90 mins

    Water production is almost always seen a cost in oil and gas field developments, and hence operation budgets target the cause and treatment of this water in order to minimize it. However, there are instances where water is a welcomed ally, such as in enhanced oil recovery projects. This theoretical and practical session is to highlight feasibility and requirements of projects where produced water reduces costs and increases revenue when is disposed underground to increase the recovery factor of the reservoir.
    Completion, production and reservoir engineers should attend. 

    Session Chairpersons: Diego Perez, YPF; Luis Quintero, Halliburton

    Speakers:

    Polymer EOR – Optimizing your Reservoir Sweeping Efficiency to Increase oil Production with Water Savings and CO2 Emissions Reduction 
    Aylen De Vita, SNF Argentina SRL 

    Water Clarification for EOR with Polymers
    Carlos Buzzaqui, Baker Hughes

    Bio Competence Pilot Test Experience of Unconventional Microbiological Control Approach in EOR Surface Facilities
    Claudio Augusto Croce, CAPSA

1500
  1. 30 mins
1545
  1. 90 mins

    The decision on the best form of final disposal of produced water must be made based on the analysis of various risks. From the uncertainty about the levels and types of organic compounds expected in this effluent to the risks associated with the reinjection of produced water. The objective of this session is to address part of the information necessary for a better decision.

    Session Chairpersons: Rogerio Carvalho, Petrobras; Claudio Furtado, Petrobras

    Speakers:

    PWRI study: Towards Optimization of PWRI in Low Permeable Chalk

    Simon Ivar Andersen, DTU Offshore - Danish Offshore Technology Centre

    Detailed Chemical Evaluation of Naphthenic Acids in Produced Water
    Leandro Wang Hantao, UNICAMP

    Safe injection - from out of Zone Injection to Save Operation
    Frode Uriansrud, Equinor

1715
  1. 75 mins
0700
  1. 60 mins
0800
  1. 30 mins
0830
  1. 90 mins

    Operators in different regions are trying different techniques, chemicals and technologies to improve produced water handling and quality in meeting environmental challenges as well as reducing environmental impact , improve productivity and reduce operational cost. The deployment of new technologies or advancing on old technologies have been tried in different regions both onshore and offshore with some success. Sharing the experience from the different regions will be provide the confidence in utilizing such technologies effectively while minimizing the environmental impact and maximizing resource utilization.

    Session Chairpersons: Luciana Gusmão Freire, Equinor Brazil; Wally Georgie, MaxOil Consultancy; Gizem Ersoy Gokcal, ExxonMobil

    Speakers:

    Data-Driven Optimization of Raw Water Injection Pump in Albacora 
    Mahdi Darab, SLB / OneSubsea 

    Improving System Efficiency and Reliability with Low Shear Pumps and Valves
    Rune Sipilä-Husveg, Typhonix AS

    Journey to Enhanced Visual Quality in Water Discharge: A Comprehensive Approach
    Patrícia Balla, Shell

    TBD
    Tarciana Araujo Lopes, Petrobras

1000
  1. 30 mins
1030
  1. 90 mins

    Water management in the energy industry is an important topic that affects environmental impact (discharge - GHG emission impact), safety, cost and production. This session focuses on how to handle increased water rate bort related to limiting water production and increased injection rate. This includes the cross-discipline effort between subsurface, D&W (drilling / completions), facilities to achieve best as possible water management.

    Session Chairpersons: Frode Uriansrud, Equinor; Lauren Flores, Chevron

    Speakers:

    A Journey Through Safe Injection in Peregrino
    Clara Salomon, Equinor

    Increasing Oil Production by Integrating Water Management Solutions in Brown Fields: A Case Study
    Oscar Julian Pena Piraneque, Aryanne Nascimento Martins da Silva, PRIO

1200
  1. 60 mins
1300
  1. 90 mins

    Injecting water in for disposal, waterflood or EOR scenarios, or producing unwanted water, happens only through the well and its immediate vicinity, i.e. the wellbore. As such, each component of the flow path including but not limited to cement, reservoir, packers, tubing, sliding sleeves, etc., must be characterized and their behavior understood in numerous static and dynamic conditions.
    This session illustrates how the wellbore is in the critical path of all processes and how it impacts all aspects of water management.

    Session Chairpersons: Aline Machado de Azevedo Novaes, Petrobras; Luis Quintero, Halliburton

    Speakers:

    Experimental and Computational Modeling of Injectivity during Produced Water Reinjection
    Adriano Santos, Petrobras / UFRN

    The Wellbore—Impact on Water Management
    Luis Quintero, Halliburton

1430
  1. 30 mins
1500
  1. 120 mins

    Produced water is conventionally treated through different mechanical, chemical, and biological methods. In the majority of existing production facilities, emphasis is on continuous operational optimizations to process higher production rates, while maintaining water quality targets for re-injection, discharge and/or re-use.  This will present unique challenges  and solutions for each production facility. In recent years, implementation of various processing technologies combined with the use of continuous online oil-in-water monitors has played an important role in the management of produced water. In addition, there is an increasing interest in the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in this space. The objective of this session is to discuss these trends in new treatment and monitoring technologies as well as best operational practices.

    Session Chairpersons: Ming Yang, National Engineering Lab; Shaya Movafaghian, CETCO Energy Services

    Speakers:

    Experiences in WSOs Removal from Laboratory Tests to Field Trials
    Aryanne Nascimento Martins da Silva, PRio

    New and Mature Produced Water Treatment Technologies under Petrobras’ Scrutiny
    Silvio Weschenfelder, Petrobras

    Forecasting Total Oil and Grease in Discharged Produced Water Offshore Using Machine Learning Methods
    José Marques Oliveira Junior, Petrobras; Marconi de Arruda Pereira, Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Brazil

    Research into Links between Produced Water Characteristics and Oil Sheen Formation
    Giovanni Bressiani Pedroso, SENAI; Rogério Mesquita de Carvalho, Petrobras, Brazil 

0800
  1. 90 mins

    Flow Assurance represents the application of successful and economical processes so that the reservoir fluids can be delivered optimally from the pore space to the final point of discharge (sale, treatment or disposal). Flow insurance risks include the accumulation on both inorganic and organic deposits in wells, flowlines and facilities which can hinder the safe and reliable delivery of fluids. This session will focus on the flow assurance aspects of water management including inorganic scale mitigation, souring control, solids management, corrosion and water quality assurance, and will address issues related to pipeline integrity, chemical treatment, monitoring, and risk management.

    Session Chairpersons: Paul Evans, Chevron; Gizem Ersoy Gokcal, ExxonMobil

    Speakers:

    Souring Forecast and Control in Brazilian Offshore Fields
    Daniel Haas, Petrobras

    TBD
    Monica Canalizo, ExxonMobil

    Produced Water Quality Beyond OIW Readings: Lessons Learned in Brazil
    Igor Caeiro, Shell

     

0930
  1. 30 mins
1000
  1. 90 mins

    The oil and gas industry faces future challenges in handling the increased volume of produced water and with these challenges, there are increasing requirements to assess alternative options to utilize the PW for low carbon economy working environment and other uses that benefit the overall environment. In addition, with the scarcity of water resources globally, there are more needs to find means to utilize the PW from oil and gas industry for more useful industrial and agricultural applications, such as for industrial process, irrigation possibly initially for nonfood chain applications and with the future increased confidence, it  may lead to other irrigation use cover the food crop. In addition, the oil and gas industry may invest in research for more sustainable water management practices that potentially can reduce the use of water in the oil industry, as well as using the produced water to generate alternative energy, such as green hydrogen.

    Session Chairpersons: Wally Georgie, MaxOil Consultancy; Pierre Pedenaud, TotalEnergies

    Speakers:

    Environmental Monitoring of Treated Produced Water Offshore Guyana
    Bryan M. Hedgpeth, ExxonMobil Guyana

    Opportunities for Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Offshore Water Injection
    Elio Finicelli Junior, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions

    Produced Water Zero Liquid Discharge Desalination: A Solution for Water Security and Brine Management
    Syed A. Ahmed, Aramco

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