|Gas Production Engineering - GPO|
|Performance Analysis, Prediction, and Optimization Using Nodal Analysis - PO2|
|Unconventional Resources Completion and Stimulation - URCS|
|Production Operations 1 - PO1 - Virtual, Blended Delivery|
|Production Operations 1 - PO1|
Discipline: Production and Completions Engineering
Duration: 10 days
Instructor(s): Paul Barry, Ali Ghalambor, Dan Gibson, Mason Gomez, Satish Kalra, John Martinez, Howard McKinzie, Jeffrey McMullan, Manickavasakan Nadar, John Nichol, William Ott, P. Travis, Hector Vargas
PO1 represents the core foundation course of PetroSkills' production engineering curriculum and is the basis for future oilfield operations studies. Course participants will become familiar with both proven historical production practices as well as current technological advances to maximize oil and gas production and overall resource recovery. The course structure and pace apply a logical approach to learn safe, least cost, integrated analytical skills to successfully define and manage oil and gas operations. Applied skills guide the participant with a framework to make careful, prudent, technical oil and gas business decisions. Currently emerging practices in the exploitation of unconventional resources including shale gas and oil, and heavy oil and bitumen complement broad, specific coverage of conventional resource extraction.
This course is also available virtually via PetroAcademy.
"This is the best PE course that I have ever attended." - Participant, Kuwait
Petroleum engineers, production operations staff, reservoir engineers, facilities staff, drilling and completion engineers, geologists, field supervisors and managers, field technicians, service company engineers and managers, and especially engineers starting a work assignment in production engineering and operations or other engineers seeking a well-rounded foundation in production engineering.
You Will Learn:
MR. PAUL BARRY is a petroleum engineering consultant specializing in production operations and oilfield development and management. Mr. Barry has over 44 years of international upstream oil and gas production and reservoir engineering and management experience resident in various US locations, South America, SE Asia, the Middle East, and the North Sea. He has been a consultant and PetroSkills instructor since 2002. With PetroSkills, he was based in Perth, Australia from 2007-2008 and in Dubai, UAE, from 2003-2006, developing PetroSkills regional business in both locations. Industry experience has been as a consultant for shale oil and gas exploitation planning and multi stage, fractured horizontal well completion practices. Previous experience has been as a field production engineering manager of an onshore oilfield re-development/brownfield project for PDVSA and partners in Venezuela which required a combination of gas lift, submersible pump, and rod pump artificial lift completion technology, and frac pack sand control well completions. Previous Indonesia experience was in the design and completion of dual string, multiple selective, underbalanced, TCP high pressure gas wells, artificial lift oil well completions, and exploration well testing and evaluation for Pertamina and ARCO partners for Bontang LNG gas supply operations. As district reservoir engineer for Pertamina and Arco partners in Indonesia, Mr. Barry was responsible for the plan of development and reserves determination and certification for a 1.3 TCF offshore Bali gas field. He has also worked as a field engineer in Saudi Arabia for Aramco, responsible for a 1.2 MMBWD reservoir pressure support injection well system and injection water quality, producing well gravel pack completions, corrosion control systems, and, as Mobil Oil facilities engineer in the Aramco Gas Projects department. He has represented company technical and commercial interests in both UK and Norwegian North Sea sector oil and gas producing fields. Mr. Barry has served as an officer in the Jakarta and Dubai SPE sections. He holds a BSCE from the University of Notre Dame and an MSCE from Marquette University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, USA.
DR. ALI GHALAMBOR (now retired) was the American Petroleum Institute Endowed Professor and Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Director of Energy Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Professor Ghalambor has more than 35 years of industrial and academic experience. He has served as a consultant to many petroleum production and service companies as well as governmental agencies, professional organizations, and the United Nations. Dr. Ghalambor has authored or co-authored 14 books and manuals and more than 180 technical articles published in various journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Ghalambor has delivered numerous invited technical presentations and courses in Drilling & Well Completion worldwide. He has received many awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, Production and Operations Award, Distinguished Service Award, DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Member Award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Dr. Ghalambor served as a Commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He has held many positions in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) including Director of the Central and Southeastern North America Region on the SPE Board of Directors and Chairman of the SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control. He received a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an MS and BS from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He is a registered professional engineer.
MR. DAN GIBSON is a consulting engineer with over 35 years of experience in production, completions, and well integrity issues from oil and gas fields all over the world. After working as a roughneck and roustabout through college, he started his professional life as a facility engineer in Alaska. He has worked his way through the value stream from facilities to completions with jobs in Anchorage, Denver, Houston, Gabon, Congo, Egypt, Scotland, Russia, and Australia. He is currently a consulting engineer, working on completions and well integrity problems for a wide range of independents and majors. He has worked as a Wells Technical Authority for a large international independent with a varied portfolio of offshore oil and gas wells. He was the first Senior Completion Advisor for a super major. As part of this role, he worked with teams on both major technical incidents and on planning and assurance of high profile projects around the world. These experiences have given him a unique viewpoint of how fields are developed; how wells are designed, constructed, and produced; how things can go wrong with a well during construction and production; and how best to mitigate and manage well problems. He has authored and co-authored a number of papers, ranging from polymer flood management to ice mechanics and most recently a design of an innovative ICD system for a high rate water injection well. Dan graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and Studied Arctic Engineering at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His teaching style focuses on first principles and developing an understanding of why things happen which then dictates an appropriate response.
MR. MASON GOMEZ is a Licensed Petroleum Engineer (LA#26131) with 30 years diversified experience including production/reservoir/drilling engineering, offshore field development/mature field optimization, unconventional drilling/ completions, operator/service company perspectives, engineering, sales, operations management, human resource development, and project management roles. He received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. Within PetroSkills, he teaches 8 courses across the Completions, Reservoir, and Drilling disciplines, and helps support the overall organization as VP, Learning.
DR. SATISH K. KALRA is a petroleum engineer with over 25 years of management, operations, teaching, research, and consulting experience with national and private oil companies. As an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, he taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette. He also worked for the University of Texas at Austin. His career includes assignments with ONGC (National Oil Company of India), ARCO Offshore (now BP), BJ Services, Agio Oil and Gas, Schlumberger / Holditch, Miller and Lents and SKAL-TEX Corporation. He is widely published in technical literature and was the Chairman of the National SPE Committee on Monographs. His technical expertise includes the design and supervision of production and well completion operations, formation damage and sand control, reservoir management, technology transfer and contract negotiations. He actively participated in several technology transfer agreements with various Indian, Chinese, and Russian companies. He is fluent in English, Russian and several Indian languages. Recently he was nominated as a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences US Section. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the Gubkin Oil Institute, Moscow, Russia and a degree in law from Gujarat University, India.
MR. JOHN MARTINEZ has 38 years' experience in oilfield production technology with a specialty in facility revision and artificial lift operations, with extensive expertise in gas lift. For 27 years he has been the Production Consultant for Production Associates and previously was associated with Exxon (now ExxonMobil). This includes work in well deliverability, transient pressure testing, downhole equipment evaluation and selection. He also has surface facility design experience including multiphase pipelines, separation, metering, compression, dehydration, water treatment and disposal, and pumps. He has served in key positions for projects completed in 11 countries on 4 continents in which he applied state-of-the-art technology for improvements to artificial lift and production methods. He has been responsible for the development of nodal analysis techniques for the design of gas and oil wells. He is a writer of API recommended practices, serving as co-author of API Gas Lift Manual, API RP 11V7 Repair, Testing, and Setting Gas Lift Valves, and API RP 11V8 Gas Lift System Design and Performance Prediction. In addition, he has written SPE papers and Gas Lift Workshop presentations. Mr. Martinez is active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Petroleum Division, Society of Petroleum Engineers, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, American Petroleum Institute Gas Lift Equipment Task Group, and the ASME/API/ISO Gas Lift Workshop. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He received an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas.
DR. HOWARD L. MCKINZIE is a petroleum consultant from Sugar Land, Texas. His prior industry experience includes 21 years with Texaco, Inc. and Getty Oil Company in numerous areas of production and completions engineering. Specific specialties include sand control, downhole oil/water separation, compact surface oil/water separation, artificial lift with progressive cavity pumps, formation damage, water shutoff, drag reduction techniques for fluid flow, and well stimulation by acidizing and fracturing. He also worked in the area of surface well logging, and was one of the co-developers of QGM (Qualitative Gas Measurement) and QFT (Qualitative Fluorescence Technique). Prior to joining Getty, he was employed by GTE Labs in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he worked primarily in the areas of catalyst development research and developing photo-catalytic techniques. He was the Chairman of the Completion Engineering Association in 1991-1992, after being Vice Chairman in 1989-1990. He was a member of the research team that received the Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation from Petroleum Engineer International (1999). He was also a member of another team that received the Hearst Newspapers Energy Award for Technology in 1998. He has twice received Texaco's Corporate Technology Innovation Award and holds numerous patents in several of the above areas. He held a post-doctoral appointment in Chemistry at Brown University, and subsequently taught engineering several more years at Brown. He received a BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Central Oklahoma University, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Arizona State University.
MR. JEFFREY S. MCMULLAN has over 30 years of broad career growth in the upstream oil and gas business including engineering assignments in drilling, well completions and production as well as operations supervisory, management and executive positions. He has also worked in employee selection, training and development for technical, administrative and operations personnel and is experienced in building highly successful organizations from the ground up. Jeff received a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.
MR. MANICKAVASAKAN (MANICKAM) S. NADAR is a consultant Principal Petroleum engineer with 27 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry and 6 years in petrochemical process operations. With a strong background in Production Technology, Well Operations, Well Completions & Workovers, Artificial Lift, Asset Modeling and Optimization, he has specialized in artificial lift technologies, well and system designs, analysis, trouble-shooting, reliability improvement and production enhancement. He has made significant contribution in the artificial lift selection, design, operation, surveillance and optimization of large volume gas lifted and ESP wells for many operators. Mr. Nadar has worked for major international operating companies and handled various responsibilities in production engineering operations and artificial lift systems, onshore and offshore. In the service sector, he has delivered many challenging well and network modeling and optimization projects that helped clients achieve substantial increase in production, operation efficiency and cost savings. Recently he has helped companies to implement real-time surveillance and optimization systems that allows operators use collaborative work environments for achieving their KPIs. A university topper and gold medalist, Mr. Nadar holds a BSc degree in Chemistry from Madurai University, India and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Institution of Engineers (India). With several SPE papers and text book publications to his credit, he has conducted many workshops, training seminars and short courses for SPE and other organizations.
DR. BOB NICHOL is President of Petrobob Consulting Limited, located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. He has over 35 years' experience in a broad range of petroleum engineering roles including field operations, reservoir engineering, and engineering research. Bob received a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MEng in Mineral Engineering, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering, all from the University of Alberta. He is currently employed at the Alberta Government, Department of Energy in Edmonton.
MR. WILLIAM K. OTT is an independent petroleum consultant and is the founder of Well Completion Technology, an international engineering consulting and petroleum industry training firm established in 1986. Before consulting and teaching, he was division engineer for Halliburton's Far East region based in Singapore and a research field coordinator for Halliburton in Oklahoma. He works regularly with and on wells requiring various well completions techniques, principally in East Asia. He has conducted technical petroleum industry courses worldwide and written numerous technical papers relating to well completion and workover operations. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, and a 25-year member of SPE. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
MR. KYLE TRAVIS is a Petroleum Engineer with 38 years of diversified experience in the oil and gas industry. He is very experienced in all phases of petroleum engineering including drilling, log analysis, completion, production, reservoir and economics. He has a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Travis has a proven track record of effectively building oil and gas companies from infancy to significance. In addition to many years of “hands on” experience with both major oil and small independent companies, his background also includes managing oil and gas companies from the initial formulation of a business plan and establishment of corporate goals through the execution of such. He has built and supervised a staff of experienced oil and gas professionals, evaluated drilling prospects, acquired producing properties, managed the operations of drilling and the production of oil and gas properties.
MR. HUGO VARGAS has more than 33 years of active experience in oil fields. He provided professional technical training to engineers and supervisors as a Senior Technical Instructor for 5 years. He worked in office and field positions with both a major Service Oil Co. and also with a Major Oil Co. His experience includes execution, supervision and management with well testing, down hole tools, data acquisition, completions, cementing, fracturing, stimulations and workover in general. He has coordinated testing operations at well sites with authority over all service companies at rig and rig-less environments, both land and offshore including deep water. While coordinating completion and testing phases, he became familiar with Electric wire line, Coil Tubing and Slick line operations. He has a high level of understanding of workover operations, costs and technical issues, with emphasis in testing. He has authored applications in Visual Basic for hydraulic calculations, risk assessment, financials and for training purposes. He is IWCF certified and received a B.S. in Chemistry and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and communicates in French.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
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