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DEVEX 2012 Chairman's Report

A record number of attendees came to DEVEX 2012 to see the latest developments in oil and gas production and development.

Now in its ninth year, DEVEX is a well-established Aberdeen-based conference that caters for subsurface geoscience, engineering and drilling professionals who are actively involved in field exploitation and aims to foster cross-discipline co-operation and dialogue between the different disciplines. The theme for 2012 was ‘Innovation and Creativity in Field Exploitation’.

Held on May 9th and 10th at the Aberdeen Conference and Exhibition Centre (AECC), DEVEX 2012 had a record breaking 490 delegates attend over the two days. There were 43 high- quality presentations from a wide range of companies and universities, 14 posters and 35 exhibitors.

The conference kicked off with a key-note speech by Dave Lynch, VP Resource for BP North Sea, who introduced the topic of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) which was then expanded upon by later speakers. Thursday’s keynote speaker was Marcus Richards, CEO of Dana Petroleum, an affiliate company of the Korean National Oil Company, who explained the future role of national oil companies and his vision for the North Sea oil and gas industry in 2030.

DEVEX has traditionally focussed on the North Sea case studies and one of the objectives of DEVEX 2012 was to expand the reach of the conference so I was delighted that case studies from a number of different locations were presented; namely West of Shetlands, Mauritania, Oman and Russia. In addition to case studies there were dedicated sessions on Reservoir and Well Monitoring, Well Technologies, EOR, Reservoir Description, and Application of Advanced Seismic Technologies.

Of note was the strong academic contribution to all aspects of the conference-from papers, posters, delegates and indeed the exhibition, where Aberdeen University were represented.

Three Awards were made for Best Paper, Best Academic Paper and Best Poster, at the conference:

Enis Robbana of BP was awarded the Gert De Jong Best Paper award and a prize of £250 for his presentation entitled “Low Salinity Enhanced Oil Recovery: Laboratory to Day One Field Implementation - LoSal EOR into the Clair Ridge Project”. The judges found this an excellent applied example of innovation and its early application which is making a material difference to EOR.

The Best Academic presentation and a prize of £500 went to Professor Adrian Hartley of Aberdeen University for his paper “Will We Ever Be Able to Predict the Geometry and Connectivity of Fluvial Deposits in the Subsurface?”; an extremely well presented and thought provoking piece of work that stimulated a lot of discussion amongst the delegates.

There was a tie for the Best Poster award and the £250 prize. The joint winners were Alireza Kazemi of Heriot Watt University for “An Alternative Approach for Reducing Gas Hydrate Risks in Gas Storage and Production” and Jon Goodenough of Weatherford for “Upgrading and Building Offshore Drilling Rigs to accommodate Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) systems”.

Additional conference events comprised of two Core Workshops, a Well-Bore Surveying Workshop, a Field Trip to Crawton Lavas and a Young Professionals Event -‘Revolutionise your thinking: How to use innovation and entrepreneurialism to boost your career’.

More than thirty delegates were given a rare opportunity to view a variety of cores with displays from West of Shetland Schiehallion’s turbiditic channels, the shoreface sediments of Central Graben Fulmar and the tight-matrix, fractured gas sands of Hoton in the Southern Gas Basin. Thanks go to Hugh Rees of BP for organising the Core Workshops.

The Wellbore Surveying Workshop, supported by Baker Hughes, Inteq and Schlumberger D&M, was well attended, the twelve delegates learned about basic surveying practices, well placement methods and how surveying impacts business. Thanks to Ross Lowden of Schlumberger for organising this event.

The Field Trip was to the Crawton Lava Flows, which are exposed on the coastal cliffs to the South of Stonehaven. A party of 18 hardy souls attended. Conditions at Crawton were not good and while the wind and rain lashed down the trip was truncated after viewing four massive lava flows which are inter-bedded with conglomerates of the Old Red Sandstone. The impressive exposures of the lava flows in the sea cliffs and foreshore will be well worth another visit – but hopefully on a drier and calmer day! Thanks go to Pete Hill for leading the trip and Richard Arnold for the organisation.

The Young Professional’s Event is now a firmly established feature of DEVEX and this year’s workshop ‘Revolutionise your thinking: How to use innovation and entrepreneurialism to boost your career’ was a particular success with more than 70 delegates. Well-known oil and gas industry entrepreneurs Alan Brodie, CEO at Air2Work, and Dr Chris Cornelius, who is well known for his role in the Cuadrilla shale gas discovery of the Bowland Basin, NW England, shared some of the secrets of their success. Thanks go to Rachel Court for organising the event.

It has been encouraging to see such a good turn-out at this Year’s conference from those looking to learn more about field production and development. Overall I was delighted with the success of the conference; the quality of the technical programme and the special events, the attendance (which was a record), the excellent exhibition and moreover the support we received from the wider industry. When viewed as a whole, the conference offers a rare opportunity to bring together the various subsurface and drilling disciplines to share their experiences on an individual and company basis, that sets the tone for future co- operation that is essential for the continued success of the industry.

Finally I’d like to introduce the chair of DEVEX 2013, Rebecca Nye of AFES who works at Weatherford.

DEVEX 2013 will take place early May 2013 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).


Jason White
Chair DEVEX 2012

DEVEX is a joint venture between PESGB, SPE and the Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society.

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