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QSPE holds lecture on gas extraction.

RAMY SALAMA DOHA THE Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers (QSPE) held a lecture on Wednesday which focused on the extraction of gas from wells with minimal sand production.

The lecture was delivered by Mike Gunningham, well, reservoir and facility management advisor at Maersk Oil Qatar.

With an MSc in petroleum engineering, Gunningham is also a lecturer with the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) which has given him an opportunity to lecture internationally.

He told the audience that "cased and selectively perforated wells deliver world class performance by maximising gas production while minimising sand production." The title of his talk was 'Lunskoye Big Bore Gas Wells - Maximising Gas, Minimising Sand'.

The presentation was about the Lunskoye gas field, situated offshore North-East of Sakhalin Island, in Russia.

The field, discovered in 1984, is the largest natural gas well in Russia, and the largest offshore gas well in the world, measuring about 18 trillion feet. It is part of the Sakhalin II project, the first liquefied natural gas plant in Russia.

Gunningham said it is "a global project where people from all over the world come together." The lecture focused on technical aspects of extracting the gas from the wells and Gunningham outlined his own contribution to this $22 billion dollar project.

This was to compare various extraction techniques to choose the technique that would minimise sand production, that is, the amount of sand that rises through the well along with the natural gas, while simultaneously ensuring that there were "no incidents or accidents." The lecture featured question time and dinner.

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Date:Jan 6, 2012
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