Principles of Gas Well Performance and Deliquification

Course Overview
This two-day course is designed as a practical introduction to the fundamental principles of well inflow performance relationships (IPR) and quasi-vertical flow performance (VLP), which is the basis for well, gas gathering system design and reservoir and production system modelling. This can be based on well test and offset well performance data. Best suited for reservoir, production, and well engineers/technologists; production and well service supervisors, and geoscientists looking for cross-disciplinary training. Group problem solving and design exercises provide an opportunity to practice project team organization, participation, facilitation and presentation skills. The class discussions will be an opportunity to share and get input on actual field examples and/or broaden exposure by leveraging the experience of other participants.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
Date: TBA
Course Outline
  • Overview of IPR and VLP concepts for Oil and Gas Wells
  • Estimating oil well IPRs from well test or offset well data and reservoir studies
  • Impact of Skin and Non-Darcy Flow effects on Gas Well Performance
  • Tubing and Systems Performance and backpressure variation risks
  • Liquid loading risks and mitigation options for Gas Wells and HGLR Oil Wells
  • Challenges in modelling and/or cleaning-up tight Gas Wells
  • Discussion of class examples; reference books and software packages

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Bob Pearson is a subsurface advisor to oil and gas companies and investors. He is a former SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Optimized Gas-well Completions and Operations. From 1970 to 1980, Bob Pearson worked for Shell International in S.E. Asia and The North Sea. He then moved to Petro-Canada (now Suncor) in Calgary. Since 1983, he has worked as a consultant, through RPS Energy and a predecessor company (APA Petroleum Engineering, which he co-founded). In 2012, he co-founded Tactical Gas Services Pty. Ltd., a consulting firm providing advisory services on Unconventional Gas Exploration and Development in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. He has a BSc. (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and is a register Professional Engineer in Queensland; Australia; and Alberta. He has been an active member of SPE since 1975.

Training Venue

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).