Thinking Beyond the Drill Bit 2014

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014
5:00 p.m.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Visitors Locker Room

1701 Bryant Street

Denver CO 80204

The first in a series of technical symposiums, this session brought together the operations, facilities, and service providers to discuss the emerging challenges associated with increased well counts and productivity throughout the resource plays in the continental US.  A shifting focus from resource evaluation to resource monetization brings about new issues that require both engineers and executives to think beyond the drill bit.

Sessions covered:  

        · What are the most effective paraffin mitigation strategies in today’s onshore production environment?

        · How can horizontal wells be designed to balance operability, hydrocarbon recovery and cost?

        · How can gathering systems be designed and operated in the most efficient manner?

        · What are the biggest business challenges that have to be overcome in order to successfully bring
           onshore assets to market?

Event Timeline
        4:30 p.m. - Registration and Networking with hors d'oeuvres and drinks
        5:00 p.m. - First Quarter, Planning Beyond the Drill Bit: Fluids
                          Second Quarter, Producing Beyond the Drill Bit: Well Production
                          Half-Time on the Field with drinks and hors d'oeuvres 
                         
Third Quarter, Delivering Beyond the Drill Bit: Gathering Systems 
                          Fourth Quarter, Managing Beyond the Drill Bit: Business Challenges
        7:30 p.m. - Drinks and Networking on the Field

Pete Conrad

Director of Technology at Coastal Chemical Company

First Quarter   Planning Beyond the Drill Bit: Fluids  

This discussion examines the basic principles driving paraffin (wax) deposition and explores the question: “What are the most effective paraffin mitigation strategies in today’s onshore production environment?” This discussion will focus on the following items: 

  •      -  Paraffin deposition fundamentals and impact (lost production, separation issues)  

  •      -  Paraffin deposition mitigation options (pigging, inhibition)  

  •      -  Example field case studies  

Michael Eaton

Senior Facilities Engineer at Samson Resources Company

Second Quarter    Producing Beyond the Drill Bit: Well Production  

This discussion examines the production challenges associated with horizontal onshore wells and investigates the question: How can horizontal wells be designed to balance operability, hydrocarbon recovery and cost?  This discussion will focus on the following items:   

  •      -  Multiphase flow (simultaneous liquid and gas) challenges in horizontal wells   
  •      -  Wellbore drilling impacts on hydraulics (toe-up / toe-down) 
  •      -  Wellbore data (IPR, composition) uncertainty and impact on deliverability predictions 

Travis Hutchinson

Vice President, Operations at Halker Consulting, LLC

Third Quarter    Delivering Beyond the Drill Bit: Gathering Systems 

This discussion explores the challenges associated with gathering systems and specifically the question of: “How can gathering systems be designed and operated in the most efficient manner?" This discussion will focus on the following items: 

  •      -  Integrated Development Planning (IDP) 
  •      -  Impact of operations at the wellhead on gathering systems  
  •      -  Benefits and challenges of upstream/midstream integration 

Mark Koehn

Wattenberg Asset Project Manager at Anadarko Petroleum Company

Fourth Quarter   Managing Beyond the Drill Bit: Business Challenges 

To provide a contrast to the engineering focus of the first 3 discussions, this session focuses on the question of “What are the biggest business challenges that have to be overcome in order to successfully bring onshore assets to market?”  This discussion will focus on the following business challenges: 

  •     -  Land (obtaining right-of-way, regulatory)  
  •     -  Drilling and operating (community impact, safety) 
  •     -  Stakeholder relations (message of industry’s benefit) 
  •     -  Community education (open houses and outreach programs)