Petroleum Production Engineering 2nd Edition
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Petroleum Production Engineering 2nd Edition

Petroleum Production Engineering 2nd Edition by Boyun Guo, Ph.D.,  Xinghui Liu, Ph.D., and Xuehao Tan, Ph.D. | PDF Free Download.

Preface to Petroleum Production Engineering

The advances in digital computing technology in the last two decades have revolutionized the petroleum industry.

Using modern computer technologies, today’s petroleum production engineers work much more efficiently than ever before in their daily activities, including analyzing and optimizing the performance of their existing production systems and designing new production systems.

During several years of teaching the production engineering courses in academia and in the industry, the authors realized that there is a need for a textbook that reflects the current practice of what the modern production engineers do.

Currently available books fail to provide adequate information about how the engineering principles are applied to solving petroleum production engineering problems with modern computer technologies. These facts motivated the authors to write the second edition of this book.

In addition to updating materials in the chapters in the first edition of the book, the second edition was completed by adding new chapters mainly in two areas: (1) the productivity of oil and gas wells with modern completion methods such as multi-fractured horizontal wells and multi-lateral wells (2) flow assurance.

This book is written primarily for production engineers and college students of the senior level as well as the graduate level. It is not the authors’ intention to simply duplicate general information that can be found from other books.

This book gathers authors’ experiences gained through years of teaching courses of petroleum production engineering in universities and in the petroleum industry.

The mission of the book is to provide production engineers a handy guideline for designing, analyzing, and optimizing petroleum production systems.

The original manuscript of this book has been used as a textbook for college students of undergraduate and graduate levels in Petroleum Engineering. This book was intended to cover the full scope of petroleum production engineering.

Following the sequence of the oil and gas production process, this book presents its contents in eighteen chapters covered in five parts.

Part I contains chapters covering petroleum production engineering fundamentals as the first course for the entry-level production engineers and undergraduate students.

Part II includes chapters presenting principles and rules of designing and selecting surface and downhole equipment. These chapters are also written for entry-level production engineers and undergraduate students.

Part III consists of three chapters introducing well stimulation and workover as the second course for the entry-level production engineers and undergraduate students. Part IV is composed of chapters addressing artificial lift methods.

They are designed for production engineers with some experience, and for graduate students. Part V is prepared for production and pipeline engineers specializing in flow assurance. Since the substance of this book is virtually boundless in-depth, knowing what to omit was the greatest difficulty with its editing.

The authors believe that it requires many books to describe the foundation of knowledge in petroleum production engineering.

To counter any deficiency that might arise from the limitations of space, the book provides a reference list of books and papers at the end of each chapter so that readers should experience little difficulty in pursuing each topic beyond the presented scope.

Regarding presentation, this book focuses on presenting and illustrating engineering principles used for designing and analyzing petroleum production systems rather than in-depth theories.

Derivation of mathematical models is beyond the scope of this book, except for some special topics. Applications of the principles are illustrated by solving example problems.

While the solutions to some simple problems not involving iterative procedures are demonstrated with stepwise calculations, complicated problems are solved with computer spreadsheet programs. The programs can be downloaded from the publisher’s website ( book-companion/9780128093740).

The combination of the book and the computer programs provides a perfect tool kit to petroleum production engineers for performing their daily work in a most efficient manner.

All the computer programs were written in spreadsheet form in MS Excel that is available in most computer platforms in the petroleum industry.

These spreadsheets are accurate and very easy to use. Although the U.S. field units are used in the companion book, options of using U.S. field units and SI units are provided in the spreadsheet programs.

This book is based on numerous documents including reports and papers accumulated through years of work at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a major energy producer, and a major service company in the oil and gas industry.

The authors are grateful to the university for permissions of publishing the materials. Contributions of Dr. Shanhong Song in Flow Assurance is acknowledged.

Special thanks go to the Chevron Corporation for providing Chevron Professorships in Petroleum Engineering throughout the editing of this book.

On the basis of the collective experiences of authors, we expect this book to be of value to the production engineers in the petroleum industry.

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