Integrated Hydrocarbon Production Optimisation & Planning
How to increase the production, lower the cost and make optimum use of the available resources in a safe way?
The Upstream Hydrocarbon Production industry is subject to economic laws, just like any other business. Fluctuating product value, ageing easy-accessible reservoirs and costly developments of new, less-accessible reservoirs, show us that optimising the Integrated Hydrocarbon Production System is of prime importance.
There are three elements to this optimisation:
- 1. Safety. Whatever is done to get that extra out, it must be done safely;
- 2. Produce as much as possible whilst aiming at the best Ultimate Recovery of the reservoirs with existing resources and economically attractive developments, by systematic de-bottlenecking of the facities;
- 3. Drive the costs down by using better planning methodology to make optimum use of the available resources.
To achieve a thorough optimisation is may be clear that this is not merely achieved by opening the producing wells a bit more. Instead, we have to involve all disciplines that work on the above Asset to identify their respective optimisation improvements and work this into one Plan that fulfills all three optimisation aspects: Safety, Production, and Cost.
This is the SOGOS way forward to answer the question that was stated in the beginning of this chapter.
By the end of this course the participants will have gained knowledge of Optimisation Techniques and Integrated Activity Planning.
Apart from the knowledge gained, the participants will have had “hands-on” experience with case study and syndicate team exercises in carrying out Optimisation and Planning scenario’s. They will broaden their competence by looking at these scenarios from various discipline-angles, thus creating a better understanding of those actions from which the Integrated Hydrocarbon Production System benefits mostly.
The course is focused on applicability in the own sphere of work of the participants, so that their operations can directly benefit from the competence, gained in this course.
The integrated nature of this course asks for a wide array of disciplines that will benefit from this course. The benefit is two-fold: firstly, participants gain insight in optimisation challenges in their own discipline, and also they will gain understanding of the optimisation needs of other disciplines and work together towards the best solution.
Hence, this course is meant for e.g.:
- Reservoir Engineers
- Petroleum Technologists
- Drilling Engineers
- Production Engineers & Planners
- Maintenance Engineers
- Logistic planners
- Sales and Scheduling staff
Typically, the participants will have a thorough knowledge of their own discipline contribution to the Asset.
This half day introduction gives an awareness of the objective of-, and the techniques used in IHPSO. Main topics in this module are:
- Identify the present Integrated Hydrocarbon Production System and its limitations (“Brown Paper Exercise”)
- In this exercise the participants will create a large scale flowdiagram of the Integrated Hydrocarbon Production System, stipulating all known design and operating parameters
- The limit diagrams will show the bottleneck(s) in the present mode of operation and will also be used to show the effects of technically feasible improvements of the present parameters (design & operating)
- Simple, but effective techniques are used to “flush out” the improvement initiatives
- Finally, the results of the team effort are ranked in “do-ability” and reported.
Module 2: Introduction to Integrated Activity Planning
This half day introduction gives an awareness of the objective of-, and the techniques used in IAP. Main topics in this module are:
- Planning horizons
- This will explain the range of very long term plans and their purpose, up to the very short term plans and purpose
- It will become clear how plans of different planning horizons are interlinked
- The heart of the planning process: what is required by each discipline and how to merge all these discipline plans into one, workable activity plan
- Here the scheduling of activities is scrutinised. What rules of prioritisation are to be used? What can be done simultaneously and what not? The final result is a workable and optimised Integrated Activity Plan.
Module 3: Workshop Optimisation of the Integrated Hydrocarbon Producrtion System
This one day workshop gives a knowledge base of Optimisation through hands-on syndicate work on a scenario where the participants will report the outcome of their team effort in a presentation that will form the basis of their final score for this course. During the day the main topics, stated above, will be exercised.
Module 4: Workshop Integrated Activity Planning
This one day workshop gives a knowledge base of Planning through hands-on syndicate work on a scenario where the participants will report the outcome of their team effort in a presentation that will form the basis of their final score for this course. During the day the main topics, stated above, will be exercised.
In view of the scenario exercises there will be essential course pre-reading involved.
The objectives and modules of the training course “Integrated Hydrocarbon Production Optimisation & Planning” are directly linked to the Competence Assurance Programme (CAP) as developed by SOGOS Academy. Skills are selected from the SOGOS Academy skills library and these are translated into the training course curriculum. This approach ensures that this training event will demonstrable contribute to the competence of course participants.
The management framework CAP ensures competence of all employees through:
- the use of a unique set of skills standard to the oil & gas industry
- a common language for skills and competence
- the use of development/job profiles for each employee
- fit-for-purpose training targets
- a control mechanism to measure state of competence
For this course the following links with the skills in CAP are identified:
- Module: Optimisation of the Integrated Hydrocarbon Production SystemSkill elements:
- Integrated Production System Optimisation
- Production System Performance
- Production Forecasts
- Integrated Activity Planning
About the trainer: Hans Groote
Over 30 years of experience as a Production Engineer upstream with Shell International. Hans worked in the Oil & Gas Exploration and Production industry in Europe, Africa the Middle East and the Far East since 1973. He has working experience in oil/gas field & terminal operations, well completions, planning & programming. Hans is an expert in Production Planning & Offtake scheduling. He has been member of Integrated Activity Planning teams in the Far East.
He has held the position of Offshore Installation Manager in the British sector of the North Sea when the recommendations of Lord Cullen were being implemented (1990-1993).
Hans is actively involved with skills training and competency assurance with Shell International Learning & Development.
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- Phone: +31 (0) 524 552616
Duration: 3 days
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