Pushing shale oil recovery technical limits
Reza Fassihi, PhD
Distinguished Advisor | BHP Billiton
Since its purchase of Fayetteville shale from Chesapeake in 2011 and Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Permian shale from Petrohawk, BHP has invested billions of dollars in developing and applying new technologies for unlocking these resources. My focus in this talk would be around BHP’s efforts in subsurface characterization and production enhancement in these fields. Specifically, methodologies used for estimating both in-place volumes and EUR will be discussed. Then, I will review the performance of two EOR methods, Energized Fluids and Gas Injection as related to their initial pilot testing applications.
Dr. Reza Fassihi has over 37 years of experience in research, development, and field application of Reservoir Management. He is currently working for BHP Petroleum in Houston where, as a Distinguished Advisor, he is responsible for assurance on global subsurface projects, transferring new technologies and IOR applications. He was previously the Unconventional Oil Technology Manager at BP and prior to that, he held many positions working for BP, Amoco and Arco. His body of work, as indicated through 40+ publications, has covered many topics including: Rock & Fluid Characterization, Reservoir Description and Dynamics, Management of Challenging Reservoirs, Primary production, waterflooding and EOR. He has been involved in teaching such topics internally and externally and has been a PhD external Examiner in many universities.
Reza was the winner of the best paper at the 1981 Student Paper contest in PhD division, best paper award at the 1988 CIM Meeting, and was elected as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2003-2004. This year, he was awarded the 2018 SPE IOR Pioneer Award and the SPE Distinguished Member Award. Reza is the co-author of a new SPE Monograph with prof. Kovscek on “Low Energy Processes for Unconventional-Oil Recovery” published in 2017.
Reza holds a BS (1976) in General Engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology in Iran, an MS in Chemical Engineering (1977) and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering (1981) both from Stanford University in California.