Full name: Ahmed Alaa
Downhole fluid build-up coupled with a drop in reservoir pressure can lead to the rapid decline of gas production rates, and can ultimately result in a well ceasing production.
Full name: Katy Gifford
Job title: CEO
Joined Aubin in: 2014
1. Tell us about your role - what does an average week look like for you?
“My role is in business development, which involves gathering leads to generate new business but also I spend a lot of time managing and solving current client enquiries. I’m particularly focused on pipeline and waste management which means I focus more on our EVO-Pigs and emulsion breakers.
Unwanted water production is one of the biggest challenges when looking to optimise hydrocarbon production from a well, and for many years our team has been researching, investigating and testing potential solutions.
Although pigging has been around for 100s of years, there has been a growing need to innovate and develop new technology to overcome and avoid major challenges faced by traditional pigging methods.
We may be biased, but the team at Aubin is made up of some pretty talented people. And it’s because of them that we’re able to keep creating innovative, unique products for our clients.
There are an abundance of reasons why regular pigging is advantageous - from cleaning out debris, water or oil, to executing preventative or corrective maintenance to ensure the integrity of a pipeline.
Pigging is also often used in the pre-comissioning or decommissioning phases of a pipeline to prepare the line to receive oil or gas by removing the pre commissioning fluid (usually water) and replacing it with gas or glycol based fluids, or in the case of decommissioning, cleaning the line of hydrocarbons and debris to allow it to be decommissioned.
However with these benefits come an array of challenges associated with both mechanical and foam pigs, which are the most commonly used types, that can result in costly problems or prevent pigging from happening at all.
Wrong.We know you’re keen to get to the production stage as soon as possible. We all are. But you’ve got to prepare your well properly first. And that means a thorough wellbore clean up after you’ve drilled and before you add your cement and casing.
If you don’t clean up your wellbore properly you could put yourself at risk of all kinds of problems further down the line. Extra logistics costs, well damage, increased non-productive time (NPT) and workovers. You might even lose your well.