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SPE General Meeting

October 16, 2014 General Section Meeting

Distinguished Lecturer


Topic:  Formation Damage Matters - Sometimes


Speaker:     Michael Byrne, Senergy

Date:          Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Location:    The Petroleum Club, 12th Floor, 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield

Cost:          With online payment or RSVP: $25 members, $30 non-members

Walk-ins: $30 members, $35 non-members

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This lecture will explain that understanding the effect of forma­tion damage is critical to successful well design. It has long been recognized that formation damage during drilling, completion, production, well intervention, and injection has a serious effect on well performance, field life, and value. This lecture provides some insight into new understanding, modeling, and theories on the effect of formation damage. Specific cases in which dam­age is not important or is extremely important are explained. The concept of using damage to help with drilling low-pressure reservoirs and the real effect of damage in long wells will be discussed. The difference between skin factors and formation damage will be explained, and the traditional reliance on skin to help explain and predict well performance will be discussed. The lecture will advocate the use of modern computational power to solve complex physical challenges.


Michael Byrne is the global technical head of formation damage at Senergy in Aber­deen. A graduate of University College Dub­lin, he has worked in the oil industry for 25 years and has spent 24 years evaluating for­mation damage and sand control challeng­es. Byrne has presented training courses and served as a consultant to major oil companies worldwide. More recently, he has pioneered the use of computational fluid dynamics for well inflow modeling and has several patents in application.




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