R & D role for sustainable production operations

Dominique Guerillot, Ihsan Al-Taie, Vincent Pauchard, Krishnam Raju, Peter Sanders, Abdelmounam Sherik, Regis Vilagines

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This paper reviews some of the Saudi Aramco R&D Projects for increasing the asset life expectancy of its production facilities. The ultimate objective is to deliver innovative solutions to address actual or anticipated problems encountered by operations. The Research and Development Center in Saudi Aramco has developed a generic delivery model consisting, for each project, of the identification of the following four main components: business need, value created, internal competencies and partners to provide solutions in a timely manner The portfolio for the Upstream R&D Program for the production facilities is composed of several projects: 1. The Crude Oil Separation project to improve the separation of the production into oil, gas and water phases. 2. The Emulsion Mitigation project to handle specific problems related to emulsion from the near wellbore to the separation vessels included. 3. The Water Systems project built with a holistic approach, to handle produced and injected water, and associated phenomena such as bacterial control and corrosion. 4. The Scale Mitigation project to prevent and mitigate scale in oil and gas wells, for better injectivity and productivity. 5. The Pipeline Integrity project, which includes a variety of issues such as sulfur deposition and blister control. 6. The Black Powder Management project, a multi-disciplinary project to address this specific issue caused by corrosion for sales gas pipelines. This paper will summarize the goals and deliverables of these projects. Further potential R&D projects for Production or Midstream related issues are also listed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium 2009
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
ISBN (Print)9781613990216
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
EventSPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium 2009 - Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 9 May 200911 May 2009


OtherSPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium 2009
CountrySaudi Arabia


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Guerillot, D., Al-Taie, I., Pauchard, V., Raju, K., Sanders, P., Sherik, A., & Vilagines, R. (2009). R & D role for sustainable production operations. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Symposium 2009 Society of Petroleum Engineers.