Oilfield Scale Management Workshop

Duarte Silva, Giulia Ness, Ken Sorbie, Mike Singleton and Eric Mackay delivered a half day workshop at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen on 29 January, introducing the key elements of the FAST7 JIP (April 2019 – March 2022) and FASTrac one-to-one studies, and presenting four case studies in which the FAST JIP and FASTrac have delivered impact to the industry. Over 20 participants from industry signed up to attend, with some coming from as far afield as Norway and Italy for the event. As well as the presentations there were software demos for SQUEEZE and ScαleFAST software and examples of hardware, including 3D printed experimental equipment and cells for visualisation of flow and scale deposition in porous media. There were very active discussions during the workshop, and these continued over lunch and into the afternoon.

The level of support for FAST7 is looking good, with 8 companies who were not part of FAST6 also showing strong interest in joining.

1-FAST7 Workshop – FAST7 Proposal Aberdeen – 29 Jan 2019

2-FAST7 Workshop – Field Case Study 1 Scale Preciction Workflow Aberdeen – 29 Jan 2019

3-FAST7 Workshop – Field Case Study 2 Squeeze Treatment Design Aberdeen – 29 Jan 2019

4-FAST7 Workshop – Field Case Study 3 Low Salinity Waterflooding Aberdeen – 29 Jan 2019

5-FAST7 Workshop – Field Case Study 4 H2S Scavenging in Iron Bearing Substrates Aberdeen – 29 Jan 2019

6-FAST7 Workshop – FASTrac Capabilities Aberdeen – 29 Jan 2019

Agenda-FAST7-Aberdeen-Meeting January 2019

Society of Petroleum Engineers Award made to University Oilfield Production Expert

The 2017 North Sea Regional Award for Productions and Operations from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is this year awarded to Professor Eric Mackay of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE).


The 2017 North Sea Regional Award for Productions and Operations from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is this year awarded to Professor Eric Mackay of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE).

Professor Mackay was nominated for his contribution to bringing together the areas of reservoir simulation and oilfield chemistry. As a PI in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at Heriot-Watt he oversaw research into a range of oilfield production chemistry issues such as mineral scale deposition and its prevention.

He has been examining the detailed differences between the full chemistry of the injected, in situ and produced brines including the brine/rock geochemical interactions, applying innovative methods to Production and Operations in this technology area.

Karl Ludvig Heskestad, SPE Regional Director North Sea, said, “SPE’s regional awards are designed to recognize those members who have contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society, as well as those who’ve made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the regional level.

“Professor Mackay was considered by the Awards committee as an outstanding candidate who has greatly contributed to industry’s understanding and appreciation of oilfield chemistry. On behalf of SPE and the Awards Committee I would like to congratulate Mr. Mackay on his contribution in this area at the regional level.”

Professor Eric Mackay, Foundation CMG Chair in Reactive Flow Simulation, said, “I am honoured to receive this award from a Society of my peers. Our research team addresses the challenge of managing production while maintaining safety and meeting our environmental responsibilities, all in the current challenging low-cost environment of North Sea oil production. It is particularly pleasing that this work should be recognized in this way.”

IPE’s global brand

Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill said, “The prestigious SPE award to Eric Mackay is well deserved and acknowledges his superb contribution to Flow Assurance and Scale in Subsurface Reservoir Systems. It is also a testament to his commitment to and role in maintaining research excellence that underpins the Institute of Petroleum Engineering’s global brand”

Professor Ken Sorbie, Co-PI with Eric in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) in IPE, who nominated Professor Mackay for the Award, said, “I am delighted that Eric Mackay’s work on bringing together the fields of reservoir geochemistry, simulation and oilfield chemistry has been recognised.  His research has highlighted how production problems such as mineral scale formation can be predicted and mitigated.  Eric’s work has been highly regarded by the specialists in his field for some years, but it is very satisfying to see that the Society of Petroleum Engineers have recognised his contribution at this higher industry-wide level.”