November London Section evening meeting

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

The November London Section evening meeting: lectures on engineered well design; and the future of oil (SPE Distinguished Lecturer).

This event will be held at Imperial College, Royal School of Mines, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BP. The Royal School of Mines is about 15 minutes’ walk from South Kensington tube station via Exhibition Road and Prince Consort Road.

Please, read more about the agenda, the talk content, and the booking information below.

5.00 pm  - 6.15pm
Talk1: Engineered Well Design: From spud to abandonment, Dr Hussain Rabia, CEO, Entrac


7.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Talk2: The Future Role of Oil, Dr Iskander Diyashev, SPE Distinguished Lecturer & Instructor, Petroskills

Venue: Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London.
Map available here.
Directions : Please note the main entrance to the Department is via the Royal School of Mines Building on Prince Consort Road, between 10 and 12 on the campus map.

All booking must be paid in advance and online please.

£34 for SPE/PESGB/EI members, £44 non-members, £19 unemployed members. Non-refundable £5 for students booking by Friday, 24 November (£19 after). All tickets have an additional Eventbrite fee.

BEFORE DINNER: 5.00 pm - 6:15pm
Engineered Well Design: From spud to abandonment, Dr Hussain Rabia, CEO, Entrac.
The talk will discuss modern well design methods required throughout the life of a well from spud to abandonment, including well integrity and well control issues. The talk will use a generic example to describe the well design factors required to produce a safe and economic well, and then show specific applications: an offshore well in the SNS, and an HPHT well in the Middle East. The new IWCF certification, named Level 5, designed for well engineers will also be discussed.
Dr Rabia has over 36 years continuous experience in the oil industry. He has served on several committees and conferences worldwide and was secretary and then chairman of the Drilling Engineering Association (Europe). He has worked on over 300 wells for a.o. British Gas, ADCO and Aramco. He served on the Technical Board for UK National Grid evaluating the technology of injecting and storing CO2 in deep wells.
His fourth book is on Well Control, a text for engineers wishing to acquire the new IWCF Level 5 - the highest level of certification. He holds BSc (1st Class) and a PhD in Rock Mechanics and Drilling Engineering.
Entrac Petroleum provides training in all aspects of the oil industry and at all levels from beginners to advanced. Our training courses include: drilling courses such as casing design, drilling engineering, cementing, directional drilling, wellbore stability and rock mechanics, stuck-pipe, fishing, well control, drill-string design, HPHT technology, horizontal and multilateral technology.

AFTER DINNER: 7.00 pm - 8.30pm
The Future Role of Oil, Dr Iskander Diyashev, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, and Instructor, Petroskills
Our industry is in the new era of greater competition and must become more efficient to continue to prosper. Only 15 years ago "peak oil" theories were quite popular and accepted by the general public. Another school of thought, based on the concept of resource triangle, stated that as technology develops and as prices increase, vast amounts of hydrocarbon resources will become commercial. Oil and gas prices did increase, and this led to the unconventional oil and gas revolution. Recent analysis of resource potential based on technical data collected for North American basins (S.A. Holditch et al) showed that we may think of hydrocarbon resources as being essentially infinite for practical purposes.
However, the cost of the resource development, as expressed by the production activation index (the CapEx required to create a production stream of 1 stb/day) increased over the decade from about 1000-10,000 USD/bopd range for conventional oil, up to 15,000 USD /bopd, and more in some cases. Maintaining production levels with unconventional resources requires continuous drilling. The rapid rate of decline of unconventional wells translates to roughly a three-fold increase in the cost of generating a unit of energy compared to conventional wells. At this order of magnitude of energy cost, other sources of energy and combinations of technologies become competitive with conventional fossil fuel based energy and transportation. Three quarters of all the oil that we produce is used for three purposes: ground transportation, heating and electricity generation, and jet fuel. In this lecture we will discuss competitive technologies, their technical limitations, their progress in application and market penetration trends. These competitive technologies are solar power, electric automobiles, and magnetic levitation trains.
The high energy density of gasoline made conventional internal combustion engine cars prevalent at the turn of the 20th century. But today, the higher energy efficiency of electric cars and improvements in battery technology are making electric vehicles competitive. We review how the future may look like and how our industry may adapt and change. As the transition starts there will probably be long term demand destruction trend in OECD countries.
It is likely that the industry will experience significant downward oil price pressure as alternative technologies become more competitive. We need to train young engineers in energy engineering rather than just petroleum engineering.
Iskander Diyashev is an instructor for Petroskills since 2008. The PetroSkills Alliance is a training organization for the 30-member companies representing more than 40% of the world’s oil production. He has taught numerous classes in fundamentals of petroleum, reservoir, and production engineering. The advanced level classes that Dr. Diyashev has instructed include oil and gas reserves evaluation, well test design and analysis and gas reservoir management. Prior to his current job with Petroskills, Dr. Diyashev worked in various engineering and leadership roles for S.A. Holditch and Associates, Schlumberger, Sibneft, Geo-Alliance and NRK-Technology.
He served on the SPE International board of directors in 2006-2008, and participated in various SPE technical and organizing committees for SPE conferences. Iskander holds Ph.D degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University (1998) and BS and MS degrees in Physics (Molecular and Chemical Physics) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.