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Mariner - Statoil Presentation ABERDEEN


An unprecedented number of guests attended the first SPE Aberdeen meeting of the session, which focused on Statoil’s North Sea Mariner Field.

More than 200 oil and gas professionals signed up for the event, keen to find out more about the field which has led Statoil UK Ltd - SPE Aberdeen Evening Programme Sponsor for 2013-14 - to open its new headquarters in the energy capital of Europe.

‘Mariner Field: a challenging UK heavy oil development’, was jointly presented by Statoil UK Ltd representatives Ingolf Søreide (VP and Mariner Asset Owner Representative), Simone Silcock (Principal Geophysicist) and Ian Thomson (Senior Drilling Engineer). The colleagues presented a rare insight into the project development, discussing in detail the business, reservoir, facilities and drilling aspects.

The Mariner field, discovered in 1981, contains around 1-2 billion barrels of oil and is described as the largest offshore development in the UK in more than a decade. Statoil, which became the operator of the field in 2007, was granted consent to begin the £4.7 billion development in February 2013, and production is expected to begin in 2017.

Mariner - the field development concept

Drilling, production and processing will be performed using a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform. “Drilling and

wells is one of the areas critical to the successful development of Mariner,” Ian Thomson explained. “This is mainly due to the large number of reservoir targets and the complexity of the well design. The number of wells to be delivered per year is high. At the same time, we will introduce innovative well solutions to secure water and sand control, and to lift the heavy hydrocarbons up to the process plant.”

Commenting on the event, Simone Silcock said: “The sharing of best practices is imperative in our industry, not only to achieve the highest possible levels of efficiency and sustainability, but also, even more importantly, to ensure every person is working as safely as possible.

“Our presentation examined the planned operational activities, as well as the reservoir development strategy, which is based on the re-injection of produced water. We also covered subsurface challenges, including early water breakthrough via the production of heavy oil and the mapping of complex reservoir geometries.”

Ingolf Søreide concluded: “We are delighted to support SPE Aberdeen, particularly given the impact that this particular project will have on the local economy and the creation of jobs.

“This was an excellent forum for us to discuss the project and progress so far, and the niche audience allowed us to really delve into the technical details of the Mariner field development.”

You can download a pdf of the Statoil Mariner presentation from the Aberdeen Events Past Presentations section at:

Strong interest shown in ‘new frontiers’

Summit Series event More than 100 delegates attended SPE Aberdeen’s October Summit Series Seminar, ‘Inwell flow surveillance and control: new frontiers’, held at the Marcliffe Hotel.

A mix of petroleum and reservoir engineers, asset managers and completions specialists participated in the one-day event, which was kindly sponsored by Aramco Overseas Company (Platinum Sponsor), Zenith Oilfield Technology, and Tendeka.

The Seminar’s two main sessions focused on recent advancements in multiphase flow sensors, distributed sensing (fibre- optic) and virtual metering, and on latest-technology ICDs and ICVs, and adaptive inflow control devices that can autonomously react to changes in reservoir flow conditions.

The event, chaired by Steven Fipke (Saudi Aramco), prompted some lively discussion and the packed programme of 14 presentations - launched by keynote speaker Dr Mohamed Noui-Mehidi (Saudi Aramco) - gave participants a valuable overview of the exciting new developments in multiphase flow metering for ‘intelligent’ wells in onshore and offshore environments.

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Over recent years, the static description of hydrocarbon fields has increasingly been undertaken via construction of 3D cellular geomodels. The model builder’s toolkit is now extensive, incorporating sophisticated structural framework building capabilities, numerous gridding technologies and an ever-expanding, complex geostatistical data modelling resource. However, as we develop hydrocarbon fields and not the geomodels that are built to describe them, we must ask whether the modelling paradigm is robust and whether the models illuminate or hide uncertainty.

This two-day conference will explore how geomodelling tools should be used to best effect, and when such tools mislead or do not add value. The focus will be on methods and workflows for capturing uncertainty throughout the geomodelling process, and on how to carry this uncertainty into the dynamic modelling realm. Each of four sessions will be headed by a keynote speaker who, together with a further nineteen presenters, will make for a topical and thought-provoking conference. The full programme is available on the conference webpage.

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practices and pitfalls 11-12 December, 2013 Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen

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