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Beverly Luedke-Chan – Petroleum Engineer

B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1989
Ms. Luedke-Chan has over 23 years of experience working in the petroleum industry as an optimization and
production engineer. Currently, Beverly works as Lead Optimization Engineer mentoring other engineers
and working on long term opportunities and strategy. Her recent experience includes production
optimization in a field with complex surface facilities, a large maintenance program and significant well
stock accessing multiple reservoirs with vastly different rock and fluid properties. As a production
engineer, Beverly worked as part of a multidisciplinary resource team generating economic development
opportunities, maximizing base production, reducing costs, and concentrating on long term depletion
planning in order to maximize field life and overall recovery and profitability. Her experience also includes
working in the United Kingdom on a group of Southern North Sea gas fields – ensuring integrity and
availability of the well stock and delivering on an offshore well intervention program. She has spent time in
the field executing a variety of well interventions. Over the years Beverly has been involved in many
special projects including evaluating well integrity for development of a shallower horizon; determining the
optimal artificial lift method for new heavy oil developments; mapping and upgrading metering systems;
and planning and implementing new water and miscible injectant floods. Beverly also has experience
working heavy oil in the Midway-Sunset Field, and oil and coalbed methane wells in the San Juan Basin.
2012-Present: Lead Optimization Engineer (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Coach optimization engineers, helping to guide their performance and understanding across a broad
spectrum of activities including but not limited to: production and injection system management,
optimization methodology, planning and managing shutdowns, velocity management and determination of
debottlenecking benefits. Develop and manage a set of core competencies for various optimization
engineering positions. Act in an oversight/advisory role to team and assist with succession management
within the team. Work long term planning and optimization opportunities and strategy, especially in regards
to maintenance, overall production capacity and production enhancement projects.
2006-2012: Field Optimization Engineer (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Optimize a field capable of producing over 450 MBPD oil and 8 BCFPD gas as well as injecting over 1
MMBWPD produced water, 1 MMBWPD seawater and 500 MMSCFPD Miscible Injectant, through 52
well pads (~1300 producers, 300 injectors), 7 production facilities, 2 gas plants and 1 seawater plant.
Reduce oil impacts caused by planned and unplanned facility events through ownership of the Production
Impact Maintenance Planning Schedule – a high level maintenance schedule for the entire field including
rotating equipment, vessels and separation trains, pipelines, etc. Increase oil production by optimizing
based on facility, flowline and well constraints. Troubleshoot issues with major separations facilities and
systems – gas lift, gas transit, produced water, oil transit lines, etc.
2005-2006: Production Engineer – Northwest Fault Block (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Manage decline in a mature waterflood, work well integrity issues, increase oil production through
sidetracks, workovers, wellwork, injector conversions and innovative recovery methods (Brightwater,
2005: Petroleum Engineer – Gravity Drainage – Put River (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Determine zonal isolation in old wellbores for development of a new horizon uphole of the existing Ivishak
2004: Petroleum Engineer – Orion and Polaris Viscous Oil Fields (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Compare various artificial lift methods including gas lift, electric submersible pumps and jet pumps using
reservoir properties, well design criteria and facility constraints. Determine the most cost effective method
or combination of methods for input into the overall facility design.
2003-2004: Production Engineer – Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
Map the entire water process from the injection pumps at each facility to the individual injectors as part of
the conversion of separate injection systems for each major facility in Prudhoe Bay to one combined
produced water system and an expanded seawater injection system. Determine and help implement an
overall metering scheme including master meters at each facility and a new water accounting and allocation
2000 – 2003: Production/Wells Engineer – Eileen West End (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Design and implement a new waterflood and EOR flood to replace the existing gas cap gas re-injection
scheme, using a combination of wellwork, non-rig workovers, rig workovers, sidetracks and new wells.
Optimize production based on a variety of facilities limitations and plan new facilities and debottlenecking
projects where appropriate. Plan and implement new wells, rig and coiled tubing sidetracks, especially in
the previously uneconomic Northwest Eileen fault blocks. Establish criteria for candidate selection and
write wellwork and surveillance programs.
2000: Petroleum Engineer – Polaris Viscous Oil Field (Greater Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Provide input to the Polaris Area Injection Order regarding mechanical integrity issues and present to
1990 to 1999: BP EXPLORATION
1998 – 1999: Wells Management Leader – Southern North Sea, UK.
Managed well services contracts, gained experience in depleted gas wells, established the SNS Well
Examination Scheme under new regulations, helped transition to operatorship of two additional gas fields
including resolution of outstanding well issues. Worked several feasibility studies including unsupported
coiled tubing operations on small platforms.
1993 – 1997: Production/Wells Engineer – Prudhoe Bay, AK.
Led development teams that resulted in 14 sanctioned new well/sidetrack programs. Performed water shutoffs
that reduced water production by ~15,000 bwpd (saving ~$1 million/year in water handling costs).
Helped develop high angle wellbores for waterfloods. Pursued new, leveraging technologies to benefit PBU
and the industry, including gel water shut-offs, multilaterals, etc.
1990 – 1993: North Slope Production Engineer and Gas Lift Engineer – Endicott, AK.
Performed a wide variety of well surveillance and interventions in the field, including use of slickline,
braided line, electric line and coiled tubing units. Supervised rig completions, managed production testing
program and as gas lift engineer moved the field from 5 gas lifted wells to approximately 40.
♦ Leading multidisciplined teams to delivery of sanctioned new well and sidetrack programs
♦ Identifying and planning well interventions and prioritizing them against other projects to maximize
♦ Ensuring long term integrity and reliability of mature wells, at the lowest possible cost
♦ Production optimization in a waterflood including injection targeting, gas lift optimization and
managing produced fluids
♦ Experience in both offshore and Arctic operations
♦ Ability to maximize value of a fully integrated multidisciplinary team
♦ Strong optimization and planning skills
♦ Mentoring and coaching other engineers
♦ Solid background in petroleum engineering
♦ Strong organizational and communication skills