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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shafik-b-elbalasy-3527691b5/ Have Proven professional experience in petroleum Engineering over than 20 years, worked with several multinational oil companies. 2014 got KOC Best Practice award, and assigned to QRI-AMT team in Kuwait, SPE member. Multi- disciplinary team
(MDT) member for field development activity, extensive knowledge of oil & gas Pet. Engineering, onshore and offshore reservoir/wells. Can immediately and effectively fulfil any well engineering related task and be able achieve the objective with minimal support from the existing fields development engineering organization. Interested of a reputed organization to invest my professional engineering experience, skills, strength, and knowledge. To do my best in whatever I undertake by setting high standards and working intelligently towards successfully achieving the company objectives. 1980 Bachelor degree in
Cairo University, of
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1994 Professional ESP Designer: Modified ESP assembly Engineering design, REDA PUMP Co. Bartlesville Oklahoma-USA. The Engineering modification certified and applied on manufacture process line. ESP run life improved from few months, to 4 years (Max record 8 Years).
Experience & Qualifications Shafik B. Elbalasy
Senior Petroleum Engineer
134 Gaspereau Ave, Wolfville,
NS B4P 2E2
2009 Certified well integrity specialist (Chevron-Houston approved Well Integrity Study), to control /eliminating well integrity failures, to stop casing failures and reducing ESP fishing jobs in high potential producers. The study recommendation applied on existing producers and on new drill. The gain of this study is annual saving +/- 8 wells, utilizing WO rigs to the desired reservoir development and optimization jobs.
2014 Well experienced in Reservoir Pressure Maintenance (Power PWI & Dump flooding & combined). Reservoir Management Excellence Awards for 2014, for outstanding contribution to Reservoir Management. This successful pressure maintenance dual system project, arrested HUM reservoir pressure continuous dropping, and increased daily wells oil production rate double within one year, with the same WC% and controlling operating cost.
Rigs & Rigless program designer, supervising operation and program execution on location: Design and Prepares applicable programs within the available equipment and resources. Discuss additional requirements with the contractors, looking for latest technology in oil industry market. Design and execute DST programs for Exploration wells, taking into consideration sever and un-expected flow condition (H2S, Co2, Sand flow…… ) and remote location of exploration oil wells. Supervise Rig and Rigless operations, perforation, well service and stimulation, carried out by service companies. Recording timely progress and do required modification on program procedures based on timely achieved results. Undertakes Rigless completion and testing of newly drilled/worked over wells. Check and evaluate program progress, and timely data follow up results and take necessary action if needed. Maintain accurate and current well files and prepares final well reports “Completion and/or, WO, and/or WS final reports” in a time. Data quality control. Follow-up feed back from data recipient. Production logs quality & interpretation. Supervise trails of new downhole completion and surface equipment. Monitor and discuss their performance. Participate in daily morning meeting, up dating and reporting Rigs progress. Follow up Rigs progress as per program, providing assistant and engineering technical support in time. Improved daily Rigs work performance (Time, Operation procedures, technical results and HSE).
Focuses on reviewing the ongoing Pet. Engineering projects to enhancing technique, implementation programs, achieving successful better result. Looking for areas have a room for improvements, initiating developed applicable program/procedures to improving well integrity run life, inflow matching with reservoir potential, management objectives, sharing integrated projects review results with FDG and AMT teams. Have a Proven experience in Reliability of Well integrity, while 11 years working for WJO “SAC Chevron Kuwait & KGOC”, I have been assigned to the tasks/projects, where conventional solutions don’t work, or have unaccepted results (Controlling/eliminating repeated well integrity failures & ESP fishing jobs, which could end by sidetracking…….).
ESP Completion: Implemented remarkable longer run life for trouble shooting ESP oil wells, With ESP manufacture company, Bartlesville Oklahoma-USA, modified the electrical submersible equipment assembly and it became applicable all over the world for sever down hole sandy pumping conditions. This modification improved the ESP protection and increased the 3
run life (Certified by Reda Pump Co.). Selecting the proper down Hole ESP components, matching with well inflow performance. Propose appropriate solutions. Optimized and improved ESP operations. Did completion studies on group of wells perforated, producing from the same Reservoir, considering overall parameters and DH profile of each well. Implementing, supervising RIH, installation and Start-up procedure.
Reliability of well integrity
Analyzing and examine well integrity failures root cause, especially high potential ESP wells of depleted reservoirs, severe metal corrosion, metal losses wells, to controlling/eliminating integrity failure, in addition to improving the run life of existing producers as well as new drill. Control ESP fishing jobs, stop CLs, improving fields HSE, utilized WO rigs to the desired reservoir optimization and reservoir development jobs. Performing Pro-Active well integrity Maintenance Program (Rigs and Rigless jobs).
Water control & Gas shut-off in Artificial lifting & flowing open hole Horizontal Wells using DTS CTU latest technology, Inflated OH PKRs, Polymers Mara seal & Maracet, followed by cement in open hole carbonate reservoir. Performing successful WSO in perforated cased wells using placement techniques, Reservoir understanding and production logs recorded under dynamic & flowing condition Well experienced in water and/gas shut off Rig operation. Record real down Hole flow profile. Consequently, Design, implement and supervise remedial WO program fit with DH condition of each well... “I’m the AUTHOR of - Water control in Artificial lifting Wells by using ESP Bypass System (7” & 9 5/8” completion Csg).
Reservoir Pressure Maintenance
Design and implementing dual water injection system, to arresting Reservoir pressure dropping, minimizing the complexity, cost and time required for the workover program, eliminating potential injection downtime, and eliminating the need for a many water injection source well, to increase daily wells oil production rate, enhancing ESP run life and reducing operating cost.
Artificial lifting PCP, SRP and especially professional in ESP. Well experienced in ESP design, RIH, Start-up, operating and near-by observation for over then 80 wells, different reservoir using different type of ESP completion string to fit and accommodate down hole condition, targeting well production optimization and longer RunLife
Design and supervise Completion,, well testing, well services and Workover program, Rig and Rigless operations: Study well history, diagnose the problems and implement applicable program to improve wells Productivity.design well completion, plan resources, communicate it with all partners “Rig operation, Service companies” and supervise application on site, follow up progress in timely manner ensuring that process are completed as per program procedures, within time and budget, maintaining a high standards of HSE. Monitor well completion & operations, discuss problems related. Keep updating technological developments regarding DHC, corrosion and sand control.
Identifies opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and improving HSE in the same time.
Reliability of Well Integrity: 2006-2009 Conducted study on ESP wells in Kuwait, set recommendation to improve well integrity run life, as well as ESP runLife. The study certified by Chevron Houston, and it is on charge since then. This study selected as best practice in ESP Oil wells.
Design and execute successful WSO in OH horizontal well, carbonate Reservoir, using DTS&Colflat OH PKRs.
Well experienced in Reservoir management for ESP & Water injection reservoir, pressure maint. Improving sweep efficiency as well as oil recovery, oil production rate, controlling early water breakthrough since day one of completion. Perform successful WSO from injection side as well as from producers side.
Make Annual well review, setting recommendation with my team (Reservoir & Gelogy, Petrophysics, facilities,..)and design programs to acheive the team target.
Review and implement down-hole and surface completion designs. Contractor performance audits. Reports on contractor logging tools effectiveness.
Reduce and/or eliminate fishing operation while POOH DHC and logging tools–Reduce wells down time and improve their productivity
Aware of open Hole and cased Hole logging /testing technologies.
Investigates and diagnoses well problems and proposes action requirements. Recommend Well service and/or Workover program.
Supervises production logging, DH remedial jobs, RIH different type of completion and carries out preliminary log interpretation and evaluation of test results. Supervises testing operations and carried out preliminary interpretation and evaluation of test results.
Rig schedule: Prepare and propose Rig schedule in the light of wells potentiality and availability of material and equipments required to execute programmed work
Completion Material & Equipment “300*-****-**,000 PSI”: Prepare and up date completion, Artificial lifting, WO and well services material & equipment, wire line requirements and well testing equipment needed to implement scheduled and planned Rig work &approved programs. Also, prepare required material and equipment for wells and Rigs on annual basis matching with the overall development plans. Timely follow-up with service companies "PJ, Halliburton, Schlumberger, ……" planned program execution and work evaluation, making sure work is being carried out according to plan. Fully involved of all material and equipment RIH from pump intake, WLG (wire line Guide) up to X-mass Tree and adjustable choke manifold. Also, down stream equipment to Gathering Centers ”WH, FL, Manifold, HPS, LPS, Prod tanks and shipping stations”
Control Scale Deposits (50-70 % CaCo2) in artificial lifting wells. “Stop its formation deposits and removing scale deposits which reducing wells Productivity”. Do “Hydraulic Simulator” for pay zones to know how, where and under which down Hole conditions can optimize Res. Fluid prod. to prevent Scale formation while reservoir fluids are moving up, change in pressure and temperature
Monitor and predict reservoir performance by recording static and flowing reservoir press. Installing permanent DH sensors “WC%, Solids content, Scale, Chemical content, DHT, DHFP ETC”. Calculated PI. Recorded Production logging under dynamic DH conditions. Follow up wells performance “DHFP, DHFT, WHP, WHT, Oil rate, WC %, GOR, and casing press. Monitors oil/gas producing and water injection wells performance. Recording these parameters in time is playing a rule in improving production allocation factor and reservoir management. Accurate assessment of well productivity injectivity, accurate prognoses. Well performance. Review injectivity index changes. Injectivity plot curve. Data interpretation vs. well history
Participates in technical studies concerning, DH completion, Production technology, well testing, production logging, water injection and artificial lift projects, wells optimization or completion modification.
Have the ability to immediately and effectively fulfill any well engineering related task and be able achieve the objective with minimal support from the existing well engineering organization.
Have good interpersonal and communication skills, working knowledge of well engineering & Programs execution & HSE application.
A. Lifting and Natural flowing KOC Reservoirs ( 2019-) 2020 5
Special Studies were executed to review wells performance, of different reservoirs to enhancing wells daily production, achieving ESP target run life and to maximizing profits. The studies focus on examine the repeated problem, resulting premature failures. to know the root causes and set applicable corrective actions, follow up implementation and re-evaluate results. I. Initiated Modified HST design.
• Applied this technique for the first time in WJO.
• Resulted in improving PIP and pumping potential, enhancing ESP run life, increasing daily production, and controlling operating cost, after applying this successful technique.
• Received appreciation from TEXACO SAT for my problem-solving mindset, initiative, and excellence in execution.
II. Initiated a Costless Plan to Achieving ESP TRL.
• Initiated practice of accommodating artificial lifting strings in new drilling wells, rather than conventional natural flowing completion strings. This prevented creation of additional pressure losses, thus reducing NPT and operating cost.
• Minimized negative impacts of setting ESP on the random PSD, with a zero-dollar correction action cost. The effective benefits are enormous, till the last day of the reservoir/wells run life. III. Well Integrity Surveillance and Proactive Preventive Maintenance Well integrity failures trending can be indicated by number of experiencing casing leaks. Casing leaks is increasing with time due continuous changing of reservoir pressure, inflow fluid properties, increasing corrosive flow components H2s, Co2, resulting metal losses progressing and cement deterioration. Number of wells exercised casing leaks are ~ 9, ~20, and ~33 wells in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in sequence. Most of these wells got remediated by conventional remediation technique, which is not working well in many cases, ended to higher potential well integrity failures and consequently well Shut-in completed with kill string. .
• To improving this status, “Well Integrity Surveillance and Proactive Preventive Maintenance” was recommended to ensure wells operating under healthy down hole conditions, achieving consistent run life, protecting company assets (well integrities), and maximizing investment return. One of the major threats to our down-hole assets, is well integrity failures (due to deteriorated cement, internal and/or external sever corrosion, metal loss, scale formation, too low influx, increasing corrosive free Gas, increasing deferential pressure on weak casing sections…).
• However, integrity surveillance and preventive permanent maintenance solution are highly recommended to ensure that wells remain viable in different fields with long lifecycle, secured continuous production and improving fields HSE. This also to implement standardized company well integrity management (WIM).
IV. ESP Failures Analyze to Achieving TRL and improving Pumping Potential 6
Successful ESP installations, achieving target run life (TRL) have long identified that, a proven failure tracking and professional analyzing system DIFA (Dismantle Inspection Failure Analysis) in place, to upgrading the reliability of ESP equipment are the keys to reducing ESP failures rates, achieving average target run life (TRL). ESP well surveillance and DIFA database system were set to tracking unit failures while unit running/in service. The result is a system that is expected to achieve TRL, eliminate premature failures, control unplanned workovers, reduce nonproductive time (NPT) and optimize uptime with boosted monitoring.
1. While 11 years working with Chevron Kuwait, I been selected/assigned to the special tasks/projects, where conventional solutions cannot work, or have unaccepted results. 2 JO Well Preservation team Lead ;(assigned on JO-well preservation project). WJO started the Well Preservation project in May 2015, almost immediately after the start of field shutdown. To extend the Preservation activity to all the producers and w. injection wells across other assets, Well Preservation team was formed, comprising representatives from different divisions like Asset Integrity, Asset management teams, Work-over division and the EPDM team. The initial target, agreed by the team members was to treat at least 80% of the allocated WJO production within a year. This target was successfully achieved in time. In order to control the data of the WP project, WP project performance & progress and to update JO-management on project achievement, initiated well preservation categories and programs, to record updated WP statistics (BI-EPDM & JO-Rigless application). All recommended application done by EPDM software team. The results of this project are:
Protecting JO down hole assets, wells down hole integrity.
Securing the projected start up daily production rate.
Well Preservation Cost Control, achieving OPEX cost reduction, saving over than 63% of the project cost, matching with the shut-down reduction budget.
WO-Rig & Rigless WP-Jobs:
Design and submit WP programs to cover the ongoing workover operation and discuss program procedures with the WO-Supervisor for cost control.
Perform Bi-Weekly WP-team meeting:
in order to improve WP-project performance, cost control, better protection of wells down hole integrity, better use of the JO limited resources, and improved project results.
3 Performing successful WSO in producers, of multi layers reservoirs cased and open hole, water injection pressure maintenance reservoirs.
4 WO, WS, formation testing and completion program. Operating cost control looking for areas need improvements, to enhancing well integrity run life, maximizing profits, cost optimization and achieving better results.
5 Improving pumping and flowing potentials, especially in the side-tracking wells as well as new drill wells, by review and following wells in drilling stage and completion implementation.
WJO (Chevron SAC&KGOC) duties & Achievement 2006-2017 7
6 Implemented new technique in remediate casing leaks. Approved 2007 by (Drilling & WO & AMT teams) in charge, application since then, controlling fishing jobs in producers, injectors and water disposal wells, reducing operating cost and saving Rig time for W/S and reservoir development optimization work. Set preventive maintenance plan for currently running ESP wells (MOC # 18, dated 22-Mar-09) . 7 Pro-Active well integrity Maintenance: Perform required remedial job for production casing before getting ESP string stuck, approved on 2009 by WO & AMT and was being running and results evaluated. Over than 8 wells evaluated and around 10 wells were on Rigs schedule. 8 ESP fishing jobs control, to save wells, reduce differed oil and to reduce/eliminate Rigs days on fishing jobs.
9 Assigned to share QRI team, work & discussion (AMT member in QRI WJO Kuwait), improving wells inflow and pumping potential.
10 Working with reservoir management and Geology teams, setting well surveillance programs for each reservoir, providing technical/engineering support while implementation. 11 Improve well surveillance in multi-Layers w. injection reservoir. 12 Well Integrity Specialist, certified by Chevron Houston & SAC & KGOC. Design & setting well integrity surveillance program for each group of wells, following up & collecting wells data, performing proactive remedial jobs, to control or eliminate well integrity failures, and improving A. lifting run life, monitoring operating cost, reducing and/or eliminating fishing jobs, utilizing Rigs for desired planned field development programs. 13 Well experienced in Reservoir Pressure Maintenance, certified by Chevron Houston & SAC & KGOC & KOC. using adequate dual injection system, providing continuous pressure support with minimum operating cost and continuous effective reservoir pressure maintenance. 14 Following up ESP wells performance using digital fields SCADA system, improving pumping potential, and ESP run life, ESP. Specialist. Certificated by Bartlesville Oklahoma. USA 15 Executive & pro-active Well Surveillance team member. Based on the reservoir management team plans and recommendation for each reservoir, I design and implementing well surveillance program. Review collected data, looking for opportunities, wells performance/reservoir & Production optimization and helping the team evaluating the ongoing reservoir pressure maintenance.
16 Exploration team member (Pet. Engineer): Assigned to following up new drill exploration wells and preparing formation test program and completion program in case formation test results is promising.
17 Initiated, design and implemented closed dual injection system & Humma Reservoir Pressure Maintenance WJO. Assigned for planning and executing the successful conversion of the Humma dump flood water injection wells to pressurized injection to effectively maintain Humma water injection rates, optimize production, and to achieve WJO Scorecard Milestone key 2014 on time and substantially under budget. Chevron Reservoir Management Excellence 8
Awards: Due to great values of this project, I received “Reservoir Management Excellence Awards, for outstanding contribution to Reservoir Management. Humma Infill Drilling and Pressurized Injection Project”. Also, joint Operation (KGOC-SAC), appreciated the excellent values of this project, and I got spot bonus on 10-March, 2015. 18 An innovative re-completion plan utilizing a dual completion system which maintained the redundancy of the dump flood capability: Most importantly, I completely re-evaluated the project plan, of the original completion design and provided an innovative re-completion plan utilizing a dual completion system which maintained the redundancy of the dump flood capability, minimized the complexity, cost and time required for the workover program, eliminated potential injection downtime and eliminated the need for a second water source well. These innovative approaches saved the WJO in excess of $5 mm USD and improved the project performance potential over the original design. This successful pressure maintenance dual system arrested HUM-reservoir continuous pressure dropping and increased daily wells production rate (double production within one year), without water breakthrough, which indicate & reflect the real success value of this project. 19 Adequate Reservoir Pressure Maint, using Dual Closed System: This new closed dual power injection system that hasn’t been tried in Kuwait (may be worldwide), we are able to inject adequate injection rate to maintain reservoir pressure over bubble point pressure, without using a power injection plant that cost millions of dollars. The system can be diverted from PMP to dump flooding by Rig less operation, within hours, providing continues reservoir pressure maintenance while water supply well under Rig operation (well service & WO), and or Rig engaged on other jobs. The dual injection completion provided Zubair water aquifer available in all injectors, to be utilized, whenever needed. 20 Reservoir Pressure Maint. While WJO Shut-down: The dual injection system enables Reservoir management to restore dumping, to improve low pressure area while JO-fields shut- down, improving offsets producer reservoir pressure. 21 Modified Casing design profile in the new drill wells. This modification approved on 2007 by (Drilling & WO & AMT formed team), and now is applied on all WJO New Drill wells program as per MOC # 011, dated 12 Feb-2009. 22 Modified cementing program in the New Drill wells. Approved on 2008 by (Drilling & WO & AMT team), now it is applied on the new drill wells program, all WJO reservoirs.
23 Well Surveillance, Saturation Monitoring for horizontal producers, in W. injection reservoir: Effective member in bringing this application applicable for the wells down hole condition, preparing program for running and POOH PakLatch orientation system for implementing surveillance program and re-run back to have wells back on line. This system run for the first time in WJO for mentoring sweep efficiency, oil & water saturation in (Vertical Saturation Monitoring), in horizontal producers.
24 Also, I did modify the mandrel of this system with Weatherford system designer to have it fit/appropriate to WJO wells down hole condition.
25 Improving flowing and pumping potential: Modified HST directional survey programs to set ESP on the top pay (1000’ deeper than KOP). First application done in WJO. DLS against 9
the window in the directional survey plan/ drilling program was 12 degree, which can’t allow setting the pump deeper than KOP depth.
26 Remarkable increase in Reservoir Production: Double production of the assigned reservoir. The remarkable daily oil production increase, achieved by cooperative team work within one year, without increasing WC %.
27 Controlled operation cost, with the successful projects implemented (arresting reservoir pressure decline, increasing ESP Run life, better reservoir surveillance ). 28 Leading well Surveillance, in water injection, as well as producers: Set pro-active well Surveillance program with reservoir leaders, to improve and/or maintain daily production rate, achieving production target and improving ESP run life (control GOR & reduce wells down time, WSO, GSO ). Day today, Performing Production optimization, upon reservoir pressure maintenance response, gaining production opportunities Applied successful water shut-off & Gas shut-off in Artificial lifting & flowing well, cased hole perforated and open hole Horizontal Wells using combined application of mechanical and chemical isolation technology with fiber optic DTS CTU latest technology, Inflated OH PKRs, Polymers Mara seal & Maracet, followed by cement in open hole carbonate reservoir. Design and execute successful WSO in OH horizontal well, carbonate Reservoir. Performing successful WSO in perforated cased wells using placement techniques, Reservoir understanding and production logs recorded under dynamic & flowing condition Well experienced in water and/gas shut off Rig operation. Record real down Hole flow profile. Consequently, Design, implement and supervise remedial WO program fit with DH condition of each well... “I’m the AUTHOR of - Water control in Artificial lifting Wells by using ESP Bypass System (7” & 9 5/8” completion Csg). Make Annual well review, setting recommendation with AMT (Reservoir & Geology, Petrophysics, facilities,), and design programs to achieve the team target.
29 Reliability of Wells Integrity & Well integrity management: Improve Wells down hole integrity & ESP Run Life.
Reliability of well integrity, asset Management Strategy and Planning Well integrity Risk Management and Inspection Practices Asset Integrity Maintenance Optimization. Optimized wells integrity run life.
2006-2009 Conducted study on JO-ESP wells. Set recommendation to improve well integrity run life, as well as ESP run Life. The study certified by Chevron Houston, and it is on charge since then. This study selected as best practice in ESP Oil wells Design and apply well integrity evaluation program, evaluating reliability of well integrity, proven successful results on JO wells (Ratawi & SUG & SF & Humma and Arq). Set proactive remedial job programs, to protect wells DH integrity to stop/eliminate repeated exercised failures and elongate ESP & wells run life. This program applied on too old casing as well as new drill wells. This application resulted in Zero ESP fishing, control operating cost and saving more than 8 producers (Ratawi -WAMT), sidetracking coast 7,400 MKD/year and utilize rigs to improve Jo-reservoirs recovery and achieve monthly production target. Control differed oil related to well integrity failures and fishing jobs. Successful well integrity 10
evaluation, design and apply applicable surveillance program, proven successful results for over than 150 wells, ESP producer & w. injection wells: 30 OPEX & CAPEX and Operating Cost control (saving): Assigned to set AMT OPEX annual budget and to control its expenditure on daily and monthly bases. In the light of the AMT plans, set next year OPEX budget, and controlling operating cost, improving areas of opportunities, working on workover cost optimization, as well as improving assets value and wells runs life. Design and supervise Completion,, well testing, well services and Workover program, Rig and Rigless operations: Study well history, diagnose the problems and implement applicable program to improve wells Productivity. Design well completion, plan resources, communicate it with all partners “Rig operation, Service companies” and supervise application on site, follow up progress in timely manner ensuring that process are completed as per program procedures, within time and budget, maintaining a high standards of HSE. Monitor well completion & operations, discuss problems related. Keep updating technological developments regarding DHC, corrosion and sand control. Submit advices to the team members, of areas need improvement, for OPEX and even CAPEX cost control, achieving more than:
5,000,000 $ US in Well Preservation project, while JO-wells shut-down
(3,000,000 $ - 63% discounted pumping cost + 2,000,000 $ initiated special Rigless WP program to preserve stuck ESP wells).
2,000,000 $. US during 2015 (800,000 $ logging and perforation & 200,000 ESP flushing and Scale formation control & 500,000 $