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November 14 - Petroleum Technology Forum

The LASPE Monthly Petroleum Technology Forum next meets Tuesday November 14, 2006 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club.  Mr. Darrell J. Wood, SPE Distinguished Lecturer of BP Exploration, will present “Water Injector Completion Design and Performance in Sand Prone Formations.”   A complete abstract and bio is provided below.

Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA  90807

Registration:    11:30 AM
Buffet Lunch:   12:00 noon
Presentation:   12:15-1:00 PM

$20.00 for Members
Students are our guests.

Water Injector Competion Design and Performance in Sand Prone Formations

By Darrell J. Wood, SPE Distinguished Lecturer of BP Exploraton

Dr. Wood
Mr. Darrell J. Wood
SPE Distinguished Lecturer
BP Exploration


Effective waterflood and pressure maintenance are critical to the economic viability of the many developments.  Some 60% of BP’s current oil production is supported by waterflood.  This is expected to rise to 80% over the next few years.  Many of the future developments will be in sand prone formations where injector sand control will be required.  Further, an increasing number of these developments will be located offshore in deepwater.  In this challenging environment, the completion design philosophy will focus on minimal well intervention.  The sandface completion design for water injectors is now recognized as a major technical issue with the key areas for concern being: 

  • Life of well sand control integrity, particularly where the sands may be subject to water hammer, zone-zone crossflow or well-well backflow
  • Long term injection performance, particularly with solids laden produced water and with injection pressures above or below fracture pressure
  • Reliable and cost effective zonal isolation, to provide zonal selectivity and improved injection conformance
So how do the various completion design options meet these concerns and what performance can be expected in the field?

Darrell Wood is a senior completions engineer for BP Exploration in Aberdeen, U.K.  He has worked in a variety of engineering and operational assignments in the UK and Alaska during his 22 years with BP.  He is currently working within the company’s Exploration and Production Technology Group, where he has most recently been responsible for developing BP’s completion design guidelines for water injection into unconsolidated formations.  He is also working with a number of upcoming development project teams on integrating downhole flow control technology into water injectors in sand prone formations.  He holds a BSc degree in mechanical engineering an has co-authored a number of SPE technical papers

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