The SPWLA Permian Basin Chapter

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Tuesday, October 25th at 11:50 - 1:00 PM CST
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Low Permeability Rock and Fluid Characterization with Advanced Wireline Formation Tester
By: Farrukh Hamza


The accurate representation of pore pressure, reservoir fluids, and geomechanics are paramount for productivity and injection. Pressure measurements with virtually no storage effects and representative, non-contaminated fluid samples lead to efficient evaluation of conventional and unconventional reservoirs with reduced uncertainty. 
A formation tester has fundamentally provided pressures and samples in a permeable environment. Recent advancements of zero storage pressure gauges, advanced fluid sensors, and high strength packers have rapidly accelerated decision making by providing an understanding of pore pressure in low permeability reservoirs, fluid saturation and composition analysis in producing and bypassed pay, and stresses in a high overburden environment. 
This presentation will highlight the industry’s latest initiatives in measuring low permeability pore pressures, high-stress measurements combined with sampling, and artificial intelligence capabilities to optimize these measurements. Together, these have been successfully demonstrated in North America and have broad applicability in increasing reserves and establishing zones for storage.


Speaker Biography:
Farrukh Hamza is a Reservoir Engineering Team Lead at Halliburton’s Center of Excellence in Houston for formation evaluation. Hamza has worked extensively on both onshore and offshore projects around the globe. His interests include conventional and unconventional petrophysics, geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, data analytics, machine learning and energy transition technologies. Hamza has authored more than 20+ industry publications and holds 10 patent applications. Hamza holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in analytics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served as a committee member and session chair at various industry conferences and serves on the NCEES committee for the development of the petroleum engineering certification exam.



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