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Technical Advancement to Reduce Emissions by Combating Flow Assurance Issues

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Conventional approaches to the management of Flow Assurance problems have often resulted in incremental emissions. We documented examples such as:

The use of gas and diesel-powered pumps for chemical injection and boosting applications.
Depressurization / blowdown operations of high-pressure, wet gas and/or multiphase lines to dislodge and/or mitigate hydrate plugs.
Inefficient flaring during the management of a process upset or severe slugging event.
Advances in power generation and storage, chemical injection systems and fully automated process controls can help with reducing both the frequency of unplanned interruptions to production and the emissions of methane and/or CO2 from field operations.

This webinar brings together specialists from operating and engineering companies, as well as equipment suppliers, to talk about their experiences in managing a diverse range of Flow Assurance problems in different parts of the world. The common theme of these case studies is that the application of non-traditional approaches and new technologies/techniques offers an opportunity to reduce emissions and improve operational efficiency.

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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Amir AlWazzanDr. Amir Alwazzan is the Production Assurance Manager for Technology & Innovation of Dragon Oil (a Member of ENOC Group). Prior to joining Dragon Oil in April 2015, he was the Flow Assurance Advisor with OneSubsea (a Cameron-Schlumberger company) based in Houston, TX, USA. He also worked for Schlumberger, McDermott Subsea, AMEC-Paragon and some other international companies, universities and institutions in different locations worldwide. During his 34 years of corporate, managerial and technical experience, Dr. Alwazzan has been involved in offshore and onshore projects in the USA, Canada, Middle East, Southeast Asia, North & West Africa and in the Caspian Sea regions at different capacities. He has authored and co-authored several technical papers and has been serving as a reviewer for three (3) peer-review international journals in the field of Petroleum Engineering, Science and Technology.

Dr. Alwazzan is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer accredited by the UK’s Engineering Council and Energy Institute and a registered EUR-ING with FEANI. He holds a PhD degree in Transient Multiphase Flow in Flowlines from the University of Malaya, Malaysia and MSc and BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Baghdad University, Iraq. Dr. Alwazzan is a member of the SPE’s JPT Editorial Review Board, Distinguished Lecturer Committee and the Production & Facilities Advisory Committee.
Bob Pearson
Doug TurnerDoug Turner is the Principal Flow Assurance Engineer on Hydrate Management for ExxonMobil. He completed his Masters and PhD at the Colorado School of Mines Center for Hydrate Research in 2005. He has worked at ExxonMobil for 18 years, during which time he conducted extensive research studies on hydrate blockage formation, led development projects for Canada East offshore arctic fields, and supported numerous hydrate remediation activities globally. In today’s role, he acts as advisor to the company on hydrate management, with aspects of new hydrate technology development, hydrate strategy planning for new projects, remediation of worldwide hydrate issues, and mentoring of coworkers.
Russ Graham
Ryan Dyjur
Srinivasan KV