Video 2b What makes the Project a success? Project examples from Stratum Part 2
Examples include: • A recent example of the calibration of the multiphase meter (MPM). A client came to Stratum because they recognized that the mix of skills and ability in the labs could be of help to them. The innovative process involved iteration between the Stratum lab, the producer of the MPM, and the client, with gas and fluid samples being sent to and from, and Stratum equipment being modified to achieve the measurement ability required by the client. The outcomes are that Stratum has secured a long-term contract with the client, and has also developed a technique that can be sold as a service to other clients. • An example of an Internal LEAN Project (all tools and equipment “in its place”) to help with Lab efficiency. Planned where it would be beneficial and what scope was appropriate, executed the project at the planned scope, but are maintaining a “watch” on how it can be continued for maximum benefit and minimum effort. The end result is an optimized “Slim LEAN” lab! • The client requested suggestions from Stratum to implement changes to the procedure for assessing SWI. The change suggested by Stratum was implementing a centrifuge process with desaturation initially by gas, and subsequent reflooding with oil. The client was very pleased with the results obtained from the upgraded setup. • The client requested a change to the protocols for PVT measurement from a condensate-producing field because of an increase in mercury and H2S content. They were specifically interested in the partition of mercury between the liquid and gas phases in the transfer line, because of the economic impacts of commingling with fluids from other fields. A process was developed combining experimental and modelling/ analytical tools to provide solutions for both the mercury and H2S pollutants. The protocol has also been adapted for wax/asphaltene precipitation from co-mingled fluids, so now has a much broader application. Stratum-Norway managed effective communications between multiple partners on the client-side and various Stratum experts. • Change management in the middle of a project due to more complexity of the samples from unconsolidated core than expected, arising from the discovery of lower-than-expected permeability, possibly as a result of the incompatibility of the samples with water used to undertake the permeability experiment A good example of “recycling a project” after a review with the client, taking it back to an earlier stage. • The “Routine” lab in Norway works in a variety of ways, both onshore and offshore to satisfy client requirements. CCUS projects are on the rise in Norway. First well drilled for CO2 injection by Equinor – Stratum delivered results (from plugging, CT scan, slabbing and analysis) from 125m of core from water-wet formation (so a rapid cleaning process!) in two weeks, 50% ahead of the expected schedule to the full satisfaction of the client.
Kevin’s 37 years of experience in technical leadership and SME roles has resulted in a deep integrated understanding of exploration, development and project oversight in deepwater petroleum systems in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea & West Africa. He has also worked extensively in the Middle East & Australasia. As a Divisional and Corporate Chief Geologist he developed significant experience in integrated project assurance, & individual and team development. He has developed/delivered short- and long-form courses for industry in Play-Based Exploration and Integrated Project Development.
Katya is one of the founders of Actus Veritas Geoscience and U3 Explore. She has more than 30 years of experience in the Petroleum Industry. Katya is a uniquely qualified professional with experience in geoscience, geospatial analysis, design, and implementation of specialized technical assessments and technologies in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. She is now applying her oil and gas subsurface characterization skills in decarbonization projects in regional and injection site assessments.