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SPE WA Seminar: How to Manage Formation Damage for Maximum Well Performance

August 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am - August 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

$445.00 – $495.00




We have all heard about “formation damage”, but why should we care about it? This seminar will try to answer that by looking at:

  • What is “formation damage”?
  • What impact can it have on the field?
  • What kind of reactions does the reservoir have to operations?
  • How do we identify and understand potential or existing problems?

If we can answer these questions then there is a much higher chance of proactively avoiding damage in the first place (prevention) or taking the correct steps to mitigate or remove it in existing wells (remediation). Overall the process could be considered as risk reduction by increasing understanding.

The seminar will consist of four sessions, intended to answer these questions both generally and specifically. Each session will consist of background related to the specific topic, real examples and case studies, and interactive sessions that will include identifying damage mechanisms, putting a scope together to identify damage, and looking at data from studies & drawing conclusions.


The seminar will touch on a broad range of issues, focusing on the wellbore and near-wellbore region and how it interacts with operations: fluids, hardware, and production/injection. As such, attendees could come from a range of disciplines including Reservoir, Production and Petroleum Engineers; Drilling and Completion Engineers; Exploration, Operations, Reservoir, Production and Petroleum Geologists; Production Chemists And Technologists.


Session 1: What is Formation Damage?

  • How can we define “formation damage”?
  • Why it is important: financial impact and risk reduction
  • How do operators examine it?
  • Damaging mechanisms
  • When does damage occur and what does it look like?
  • How does IOR/EOR relate to formation damage?

Session 2: Fines Migration

  • What causes fines migration?
  • Why should I care – my reservoir is “clean”
  • Identifying fines migration
  • What can we do about it/how to use the data
  • Case studies – how variable can the impact be?

Session 3: Drilling & Completion

  • Most common impacts of drilling and completion operations in the near-wellbore
  • Laboratory simulation– an introduction to the types of techniques used
  • Typical data and what it shows
  • Interpretation of results
  • Case studies & interactive interpretation session

Session 4: Production & Injection

  • Production damage, including sanding, scaling, and treatment/workover
  • Injection damage, including scaling, water quality, compatibility, and microbial damage
  • Case studies & interactive interpretation session

 J Green photo

Justin Green has a BSc degree in Geology and Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen, and has worked for Premier Oilfield Group (previously known as COREX) since graduating in 2000. He has worked within the Formation Damage laboratory, geological analysis group, and is currently involved technical support for operators worldwide as well as laboratory and geological test design, presentation of reports, and delivering training courses. Justin was part of the team which developed a new Micro-CT scanning technique, and co-authored and presented a paper on it at the 2012 SPE European Formation Damage. Justin was the lead author on a recent SPE paper (presented at the 2017 SPE Bergen One Day Seminar), written by COREX and Aker BP, which presented a case study on the nature of drilling mud invasion and clean-up in a Norwegian field.



August 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am
August 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
$445.00 – $495.00


Mia Yellagonga (Woodside)
11 Mount St
Perth, Western Australia 6000 Australia
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