About this Training Course

This 3-day course has been designed with the aim of showing the diversity of offshore gas field situations, their development and related management issues. The emphasis is on ‘green fields’ situations.

The course has been modularised to allow participants to attend any day or all 3-days. The first day will cover the subsurface in terms of reservoir and fluid characterisation. The second day will concentrate on gas well design and performance, reservoir performance, including material balance, displacement, overall recovery and aspects of reserves estimation. The fundamentals of offshore gas processing and compression will also be examined. The third day will guide participants through the larger picture of gas field development and management, including commercial aspects, commencing with an overview and offshore facilities concepts. To exemplify the diversity of projects, two detailed case histories will be examined, one mega (LNG) project and an all-subsea project deploying an NCC buoy (the future!).

Each day, two hours will be set aside for workshop tutorials/ exercises. For Day 1, the workshop will focus on reservoir characterisation; Day 2 will look at aspects of gas reservoir recovery; and Day 3 will have participants exploring the diversity of production profiles, their optimisation and marketing aspects.

Participants will obtain an understanding of the diversity of offshore gas field developments, planning of such developments and related management issues.

Specifically, participants would:

  1. Appreciate and understand subsurface aspects: reservoir and fluid characterisation, both from a geoscience and engineering point of view.
  2. Appreciate and understand the type of subsurface engineering studies required to plan the development and exploitation of an offshore gas discovery, covering well and reservoir aspects.
  3. Appreciate and understand various facility types used for offshore gas development and how environmental factors and the reserves level will influence the optimum choice of development.
  4. Understand the importance of working as an integrated team, including interfaces with facilities engineering and commercial areas.

This course has been designed for subsurface technologists (geoscience and engineering), well construction engineers and facilities engineering team members involved in gas field development studies or individuals who are planning to join an integrated team involved in planning for an offshore gas development. Commercial disciplines, project managers and managers will also benefit from attending this course.

Your expert course leader is a consultant specialising in reservoir engineering, field development planning and petroleum management. He has worked for 40 years in the petroleum industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Project Director for AED Oil and East Puffin (2007-09) for the Puffin offshore development, Timor Sea.

Prior to his current role, he worked for 16 years for BHP Billiton, most recently as Chief Reservoir Engineer for their worldwide petroleum operations. Other positions with BHP Billiton involved mainly technical and project management, and general management positions. He was the project manager (feasibility) for two FPSO projects, the Skua and Griffin area fields, offshore Australia. He was also the Technical Manager for the Dai Hung project, offshore Vietnam where first oil was achieved in just 18 months from sanction. Before that time, he worked for Shell International (8 years) in the Netherlands, including two years as Senior Lecturer Reservoir Engineering at Shell’s training centre and in Australia, seconded to Woodside Energy, involved in Australia’s largest capital project (at the time), the Northwest Shelf Gas development. He started his career in Calgary, Canada, first with Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas and then with the US consulting company Scientific Software Corporation.

The trainer holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of British Columbia and an MS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Stanford University. He has been an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including Director for the Asia-Pacific region (1996-98) and as a member of the Board. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 2001-02 and a PESA Distinguished Lecturer during 2002. He has lectured at many institutions and was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 2000. He has published over 40 papers on both technical and managerial topics.

His professional interests are in optimal planning and project management of offshore petroleum discoveries. His primary research interests are in the area of special core analysis and the development of predictive models for reservoir characterisation. He also teaches at the University of Western Australia and at Ho Chi Minh University of Technology.

Learn what past participants have said about PetroEdge training courses

Definitely recommended for those who wish to have an overview of project management & would like to understand the role of different disciplines in field development. Integration is usually overlooked.

Senior Geophysicist, Carigali Hess Operating Company Sdn Bhd

Comprehensive & wide complete coverage for I/FOP training. Trainer is very experienced in this area and has shared various real life experience as example/references in the training (rather than theory only).

Senior Engineer, Murphy Sarawak Oil Co. Ltd

A good ground to understand Reservoir Engineering for other discipline engineers.

Front End Engineer, Petrokon Utama