Int'l Confab on Oil, Gas Technologies

Int'l Confab on Oil, Gas Technologies    Int'l Confab on Oil, Gas Technologies

Major global technology owners and companies will gather at the 2nd International Conference on Oil and Gas Technological Opportunities on September 30 at Iran’s Research Institute of Petroleum Industry in Tehran to expand on enhanced oil extraction methods.

Held as a joint initiative by RIPI, Iran's Foreign Ministry and Oil Ministry, the conference will focus on technologies and equipment related to enhanced oil recovery as its main theme, Shana reported.

"Discussion panels throughout the event will demonstrate 16 key EOR technologies in 14 keynotes, mainly targeting Ahvaz field, Iran's second biggest onshore oilfield after Marun," said Mohammad Keramati, the head of Reservoir Studies and Field Development Department of RIPI.

Stephan Hanke from the Austrian oil and gas company OMV will open the event with a keynote speech on new and mature oilfields.

Earlier this month, Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh met with Rainer Seele, CEO of OMV, on utilizing Austrian technology to boost extraction from the Persian Gulf country's rich oil and gas fields.

Spearheading the DBUII consortium, Prof. Pacelli Zitha will give further details about technical capacities required for EOR, innovative drilling fluids and water management technologies.

The consortium comprises Delft and Utrecht universities in the Netherlands, Bergen University in Norway, Imperial College London, and National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), the foremost research and educational institution of Brazil.

“Resistance Economy underlines the need to raise extraction rate of oil and gas fields, chiefly those we share with our neighboring states, and generate value-added by completing the value chain in oil and gas industries,” said head of RIPI, Mohammad Reza Katouzian, reports RIPI's website.

Katouzian added that the Oil Ministry strives to find technological solutions to problems by taking advantage of the capacities and potentials of domestic R&D bodies, and by encouraging foreign investments.

"As Iran ushers in the post-sanctions era, the eagerness of international firms and research centers to partake in technological functions will help realize national goals in the energy sector," he said.

Attachés from international organizations such as Senergy, Well Quip and various academic institutions will deliver talks on safety systems for oil and gas fields, the role of fluid dynamics to increase well production, new methods of artificial lift (used to lower the producing bottom hole pressure on the formation to obtain a higher production rate from the well), advanced sand control management and technology, well planning technologies.

The technical panel discussions will also expand on EOR technologies in refining the underdeveloped layers of Ahvaz field, EOR laboratory studies, geological and geotechnical studies in damaged reservoirs and screening strategies to evaluate EOR methods.

Demonstrating RIPI's capabilities in developing EOR technologies and introducing the technological requirements of Iran's oil and gas industry from joint fields is among the main goals of the conference.

Representatives of universities and research institutes, Tehran-based international institutes and finance companies, as well as commercial attachés of foreign embassies in Tehran, will also attend the conference.