Practical Aspects of Flow Assurance in the Petroleum Industry
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With easily accessible oil reserves dwindling, petroleum engineers must have a sound understanding of how to access technically challenging resources, especially in the deepwater environment. These technically challenging resources bring with them complexities around fluid flow not normally associated with conventional production systems, and engineers must be knowledgeable about navigating these complexities. Practical Aspects of Flow Assurance in the Petroleum Industry aims to provide practical guidance on all aspects of flow assurance to offer readers a ready reference on how to ensure uninterrupted transport of processed fluids throughout the flow infrastructure by
- covering all practical aspects of flow assurance,
- being written in such a way that any engineer dealing with the oil and gas industry will be able to understand the material,
- containing solved examples on most topics,
- placing equal emphasis on experimental techniques and modeling methods, and
- devoting an entire chapter to the analysis and interpretation of published case studies.
With its balance of theory and practical applications, this work provides petroleum engineers from a variety of backgrounds with the information needed to maintain and enhance productivity.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Flow Assurance. 2. Overview of Petroleum Reservoir Fluids. 3. Laboratory Studies and Characterization of Petroleum Reservoir Fluids. 4. Characterization of Inorganic and Organic Solid Phases. 5. Assessment of Inorganic and Organic Solid Phases and other Flow Assurance Issues. 6. Deepwater Oil and Gas Environment. 7. Management and Control of Solids in Flow Assurance. 8. The Role of Solids in Subsurface and Surface Flow. 9. Fluid Mechanics in Flow Assurance. 10. Flow Assurance Case Studies and Engineer's Toolbox.
Abhijit Dandekar is Professor and Chair of the Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Before joining UAF, he was an assistant research professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He has been a visiting professor at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Abuja, Nigeria, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (as Fulbright specialist), China University of Petroleum Beijing, China University of Petroleum in Qingdao, and at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India (as Global Initiative of Academic Network fellow). He holds a B.Tech degree in chemical engineering from Nagpur University, India and a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed and conference papers and a widely adopted textbook on Petroleum Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties and co-authored a book on Petroleum Fluid Phase Behavior: Characterization, Processes, and Applications. He is also the editor for Emerging Trends and Technologies in Petroleum Engineering book series. In 2014 he received the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Membership and Fulbright Specialist awards. In 2015 he was the recipient of the SPE Western North America Region Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. Over the last 20 years he has contributed to numerous SPE activities, is a current SPE nominated petroleum engineering program evaluator (PEV) for Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and has served on several domestic and two international visits.
Dr. Jitendra S. Sangwai is currently working as a full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and is associated with the Petroleum Engineering Program of the Department of Ocean Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He holds an M.Tech and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. Dr. Sangwai worked with Schlumberger for a brief period before joining academia. Dr. Sangwai’s research interest lies mainly in gas hydrates, enhanced oil recovery, and rheology of complex fluids. He has published approximately 130 international journal papers, 90 conference publications, and filed 20 patents. He has graduated 20 Ph.D. and several Master’s degree students. Dr. Sangwai is the recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty of the South Asia and Pacific region in 2017, the National Award for Technology Innovation from the Gov. of India (2016 and 2018), the Young Faculty Recognition Award for excellence in teaching and research, Institute Research and Development Awards (both at Early- and Mid-Career level) and Shri. J. C. Bose Patent Award from IIT Madras, and SPE Regional Service Award (2015). Dr. Sangwai has been highlighted as ‘One among 25 Emerging Investigators’ and Top 1% Highly Cited Author recognition by the American Chemical Society Journals.