By Mella McEwen, The Midland Reporter-Telegram, Texas
A new concept being applied for the first time to focus on shales will be the subject of a weeklong course presented by Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center.
Entitled “Permian Shale Integrated Production Optimization,” it is designed to teach those involved in developing Permian Basin shales to apply integrated production optimization principles to shale wells. It will be held at the PPDC Center, 105 W. Illinois Ave., May 12-16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s a concept I’ve worked with for 15 years,” said Dr. Christine Economides, a full professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University in the Albert B. Stevens endowed chair. “This is the first time to put it together with a focus on shales,” she said by phone from the Middle East, where she was conducting a training session.
The course, she explained, will be about “evaluating reservoirs, with characterization, to optimize well design, drilling and stimulation and evaluating completed wells to better design future wells.”
This will be her first time teaching in Midland. “Midland is so exciting, it’s such a huge area,” she said. “It’s an interesting challenge to look at Permian Basin applications because it has a broader scope.”
In the weeklong class, she said the Wolfcamp Shale will be addressed, but she will also be looking at six or seven other formations and using them as illustrative examples.
Before joining Texas A&M, she worked for Schlumberger for 20 years in well test design and interpretation, integrated reservoir characterization, modern well construction design and well stimulation.
She has developed courses and academic programs in Energy Engineering at Texas A&M University and currently manages research for deepwater and shale reservoir development.
Once the course has been completed, participants should be able to:
– Quantify shale properties essential to well design.
– Develop a well concept combining well geometry selection with fracture geometry and spacing to maximize productivity and improve recovery specifically in liquid-rich shale formations.
– Develop a conceptual drilling design for the well trajectory and bit and drilling fluid selection.
– Develop the conceptual hydraulic fracture design that considers fluid and proppant selection and an injection schedule engineered to maximize well productivity and hydrocarbon recovery.
– Address environmental risks associated with actual well drilling and completion operations.
– Assess the IPO well inflow performance and gain insight for future well designs.
– Maximize well performance, consider production and facility constraints, gap analysis, and artificial lift.
Cost is $2,500 in-state, $2,525 out-of-state. Registration is available online at www.midland.edu/ppdc or by calling 683-2832.