Kamel Ben Naceur, Chairman of DAMORPHE is speaking at The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2021, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Technical Panel Session: Paving the Way for Zero Emissions: Innovative Technologies and Strategies
Date & Time: November 17, 2021; 11:30 – 13:00
Location: Hall A; Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Scientists agree that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced dramatically to address the actual climate change crisis, as from 2015 Paris Agreement goals. Investments in renewable energies and concrete commitments into energy transition paths are key for companies operating in the energy industry to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Despite the demand fall caused by the current pandemic, many of these companies have already set net-zero direct and indirect emission targets as crucial factors to improve resiliency and sustainability.
The objective of this panel is to discuss strategic directions and key drivers towards carbon neutrality, complemented with practical implementations in zero emissions projects.
In this context, technologies are increasingly playing a central role in drawing the future energy scenarios, and technology innovations are key to change the approach of traditional oil and gas projects towards a focus on zero emissions. This change must start right now to rethink the way we transform and consume energy.
Only by using all the best available technologies and by continuing to invest in technological innovation, the actual panorama of the energy companies will evolve to maximise the opportunities of both emissions reduction and absorption. These opportunities will also increase by promoting and finding synergies with other business sectors capable of providing elements for win-win solutions, also for the compensation of the “hard to abate” quota. Not a single technology can be the unique remedy: instead, a mix of various technologies and projects worldwide, from CCUS to hydrogen production, will contribute to de-carbonisation, especially for hard to abate sectors, such as cement, steel, petrochemical, and glass.
Hence, a radical change in company strategies, technologies, and professional competencies is needed, and partially already in place, along the path towards zero emissions business model.
Technical Paper Session: 055 WELL COMPLETIONS: New Completion Technologies and Techniques
Paper # 207697: A Novel Shaped Charge Engineered From Nano-metallic Glass Composite / High Entropy Alloy Liner For Debris Free Perforation Tunnel With Improved Reservoir Conductivity Leading To Enhanced Production
Date & Time: November 16, 2021; 14:00 – 15:30
Location: Capital Suite 4; Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Abstract: There is an unmet need for a clean perforating tunnel, for deep-water natural completions that reduces fluid friction, providing better reservoir connectivity and thus enhanced production. As a disruptive innovator in the technology space, particularly in the energy sector, we have now bridged this technology gap through the synthesis of a novel alloy, which when cold isostatic pressed into a conical shaped charge liner enables a unique response. During the detonation event, the jet created from our novel degradable liner punctures the casing and progresses to penetrate the formation until an eventual collapse. Our novel material is designed such that, during detonation, reaction products, bulk metallic glasses (BMG) and/or high entropy alloys (HEA), are formed which disintegrate into a fine powdery debris in contact with water. These degradable BMG/HEA or complexions are preferentially segregated at interfaces with high free energy. They tend to decorate the grain boundaries and domain interfaces of the impermeable skin lining the crushed zone of the perforation tunnel as amorphous intergranular films (AIFs) and plug at end of the pathway. Interacting with flowback fluids the complexions promote grain dropping, disintegrating the liner and carrot leaving behind a clean perforation tunnel. As a result, it is projected that fracture conductivity is significantly improved, resulting in enhanced productivity. In addition, a clear perf-tunnel has zero skin value. As such, when compared to a coated tunnel with gun and charge debris, it needs little or no acid to clean-up. In addition, it is anticipated that this will reduce the formation breakdown and opening pressures offering improved economics for the client. Last but not least, this leads to cost reduction of authorized field expenditure (AFE) to support optimized performance of completion designs allowing for increased production. The additional novelty of our liner designed through powder metallurgy (PM) techniques is a sub-sonic deflagration of the jet, during its collapse, resulting in sputtering of complexions and BMG/HEA residue along the perforation tunnel. These sputter-deposited jet complexions react with fluids during flowback, selectively being etched, barely needing water for the clean-up. The disintegration of this skin and slug, if any, in the perf-tunnel into fine particulates, subsequently being removed, leaves behind a clear, clean tunnel. CLEAR shaped charges have now been qualified to customer specifications in field conditions and are ready to be commercialized.
Our journey of innovation does not end here. In fact, this is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. To offset our carbon footprint and having embraced environmental and natural resources stewardship as one of our core values we are committed to contributing, as individuals and as an organization, to a flourishing human-ecological system. Through technology synthesis we have developed the concept of engineering seedpods for sustainable reforestation and Agri-tech. This had led to an endeavor for rapid tree planting through areal drones and UAVs’ to offset the effects of deforestation caused by human activities and natural disasters. In our paper we will additionally highlight this innovative technology cross-pollination and our efforts in low carbon and ESG endeavors.