Waterflooding A to Z - WF
Discipline: Reservoir Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Richard Henry
Waterflooding has long been proven as the simplest and the lowest cost approach to maintaining production and increasing oil recovery from an oil reservoir. However, these benefits may fall far short of the expectations unless the time-tested concepts and practices are clearly understood and judiciously implemented. These concepts and practices aim at process optimization - reducing production cost while minimizing waste and maximizing oil recovery and income. This course is light on theory but heavy on proven and successful practices. Published case histories of projects around the world are reviewed to provide an understanding of divergent points-of-view, what works where, what fails when, and why. This training covers all elements of a waterflood project from A to Z - from source water selection to produced water disposal and everything in between. Participants are grouped into small multi-disciplinary teams. All classroom discussions and problem-solving sessions are handled in an asset management team format. Simulation studies are done in class to evaluate basic waterflooding physics as well as to optimize the development of a hypothetical field.
The course covers conventional reservoirs.
"Most liked the whole introduction of what is and types of waterfloods and the importance of choosing a water source and quality." - Field Project Engineer, Angola
"I liked the course a lot, first because of the good interaction of the instructor with us. Then the material emphasized in the course was clear. The questions answered by the instructor in the beginning of the class was a very good way to clarify any material that was not understood at the previous class." - Reservoir Engineer, Angola
Reservoir, production, facilities, and operations engineers who are involved with some aspects of a new or existing waterflood project; geoscientists and professionals who want to get a better feel for the entire process of planning, development, management, and recovery optimization of a waterflood project.
You Will Learn:
- Distinguish rock characteristics and fluid properties that control displacement of oil and thereby control oil recovery
- Predict incremental oil recovery and develop production and injection profiles using a variety of tools.
- Estimate injection water requirements in terms of volumes, timing, and composition
- Create early warning systems for flood management and optimize oil recovery through new and existing technologies
- Specify components of a well-designed waterflood plan
- Overview & terminology
- Effect of rock properties
- Effect of heterogeneity and anisotropy
- Effect of fluid properties
- Capillary pressure
- Relative permeability
- Physics of water displacing oil
- Statistical forecasting
- Analytical forecasting
- Numerical forecasting
- Injector monitoring
- Producer monitoring
- Integrated monitoring
- Effect of water impurities
- Surface processing of injection and produced water
- Water shut-off
- Pattern rotation
- Natural & hydraulic fractures
- Horizontal well applications
- Downhole separation
- Enhanced waterfloods
- Waterflood planning
- Many case histories
Mr. RICHARD HENRY is an independent reservoir simulation specialist who is either out on a sailboat or teaching for PetroSkills in his spare time. He has degrees in industrial and petroleum engineering, and has performed over fifty reservoir engineering studies over two decades on a variety of different simulation platforms, field sizes and reservoir types. Before discovering simulation, he audited reserves of oil and gas fields in Latin America and West Africa, and ran multi-national, multi-disciplinary field optimization teams for Texaco. Mr. Henry holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
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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