Phil’s Quarterly Update  
Q4 2009 | Volume 1, Issue 4

In This Issue
Phil’s Quarterly Update

Production Monitoring in the Haynesville

Welcome New Consulting Associate Jonathan Kwan

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Season’s Greetings
This is our last newsletter of 2009. So all of us at P.E. Moseley & Associates want to take a minute and thank you for the opportunity to work with you this year. We look forward to our work together in 2010. We wish you and your families safe and happy holidays.


 
 
 

Cultivating Our Technical Expertise To Solve Problems And Conquer Unconventional Plays
It’s been another busy quarter, one in which we continue to cultivate our technical expertise so that we can keep on helping our clients meet their challenges, especially in unconventional plays.

We’ve worked on a several consulting studies this quarter, each one an opportunity to apply our technology in new ways or to further enhance it.

Figuring Out What Went Wrong
In a new study for a major operator in deepwater Gulf of Mexico, we used WEM to model a collapsed well that could not be modeled with a competitor product. The well featured intelligent completions and commingled production from multiple zones. Using WEM we were able to re-create the conditions for collapse, which will be useful in preventing further occurrences in similar situations.

SAGD Modeling in WEM
In an ongoing study, the Moseley team is working with Suncor Energy to develop modeling capabilities in WEM for steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) for operations in the Athabasca Oil Sands.

The model includes a complex flow hydraulic solution in a horizontal well that feeds a dual string completion. Condensed water from the injector well enters the horizontal well with the heavy oil, divides and flows to the bottom of each string. In flowing up each string to the surface, sub-cooled water flashes to steam. The model allows surface pressures and/or artificial lift parameters to be adjusted to optimize operations, or can be used to evaluate current operations.

With initial development complete, a version of WEM that includes these SAGD capabilities has been delivered to Suncor. When testing and validation are complete, a general release will be available as a major enhancement to WEM.

Cracking the Code for Shale Gas
Unconventional gas plays, such as Barnett, Haynesville and Marcellus shale gas, are garnering more and more attention, despite low commodity prices for natural gas. The size of the prize is potentially great—if operators can "crack the code" that will make these plays optimally productive.

To learn more about what we’re doing to help operators crack that code, see the article below about our ongoing field study for PetroHawk in the Haynesville Shale. Read more.

Welcome Another New Member to the Team
We are pleased to have Jonathan Kwan, PhD, join the Moseley team as a consulting associate. Jonathan’s wealth of operations, technical, research, business, and education and training experience—with a focus on natural gas and unconventional resources—further strengthens our team and our ability to help our clients meet their challenges. Read more.




Phillip Moseley, PhD, founder and president of P.E. Moseley & Associates, Inc.

 Production Monitoring in the Haynesville

Developing Production Monitoring System in the Haynesville Shale
We have just completed a key milestone in a study we are doing for Petrohawk Energy in the Haynesville Shale. The ultimate goal is working with Petrohawk to develop a production monitoring system that features Moseley technology including, WEM, our well productivity software, and Dynafield, our transient model used to develop production forecasts.

The study began with classifying seventeen key wells (some of which delineate the extent of Petrohawk’s lease area in the play) in terms of productivity (high, medium, low, and bad). Next we did a production history match for four key wells. Based on those results, Petrohawk then asked us to develop production profiles for all seventeen wells. Those profiles are now complete.
 

A key part of developing these production profiles was also developing reliable, repeatable procedures and documenting the process so that Petrohawk can modify existing profiles and develop new ones, as new wells are drilled as part of the company’s development program in the play.

These high-value projects are what we thrive on at Moseley. They provide us the opportunity to partner with our clients to: better understand their complex operations, help them solve related challenges, and apply these learnings to further enhance our expertise and technology so that, when facing new challenges, we continue to help companies optimize their performance.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your development and operations challenges.


 
   

 

 

 Welcome New Consulting Associate Jonathan Kwan

Join us in welcoming Jonathan T. Kwan, PhD, as a consulting associate. Dr. Kwan brings more than thirty years of technical, managerial and business development experience in the oil and gas industry, with a strong focus on development and transfer in unconventional resources.

He began his career at UNOCAL where he spent twenty years in a variety of technical and management positions in research, operations, marketing, strategic planning and business development. His experience ranged from drilling
 
and reservoir operations, to researching and solving complex technical problems, to strategic planning and business development, in various plays and locations around the globe.

Building on his industry experience and his passion for research and knowledge sharing, Kwan now successfully enjoys roles as both consultant and educator.

He is a reservoir consultant with the unconventional resources group of a major oil company and an endowed chair professor at a leading petroleum engineering department of a major university, where he has designed and implemented a graduate program in natural gas engineering and stewarded many joint industry research projects. He has been a visiting professor in Austria for many years.

 
Kwan’s educational experience also extends to various workshops, presentations and guest lectures, for both industry and academia around the world. He received both his PhD (chemical and environmental engineering) and his MS (environmental engineering) degrees from the University of Southern California, and his BS in bio-engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

An active member and leader in many technical and professional societies, Kwan holds three patents, has published a book, and numerous papers and articles.

We are delighted to have him on the Moseley team.

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