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Formation Damage Control and Mitigation: Best Practices from Lab to Well Production

9 – 11 December 2012

Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia | Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar

About this Workshop


It is estimated that about 100 billion dollars per year is the cost of formation damage to the oil and gas industry globally. This number accounts for dealing with formation damage and deferred production at an oil price of USD 70 per day. The challenges will escalate when developing more complicated reservoirs with complex well structures, using advanced completion strategies.  

This workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to address and discuss these challenges since this SPE workshop is the first specialised workshop on formation damage control and mitigation in the Middle East, North Africa, and India. Critical review of current field and lab practices during the life cycle of the well can lead to improving and sustaining field productivity. The objective of the workshop is to discuss the impact of formation damage on productivity and best practices to manage it. Sharing knowledge, information and experience is key to facilitate addressing the main objective of the workshop.

The workshop is organised around eight sessions discussing:

  • Innovative technologies and future outlook
  • Completion strategies to minimise formation damage in unconventional gas reservoirs
  • Non-damaging techniques during well completion and stimulation of gas fields
  • The value of formation damage laboratory analysis, evaluation and modelling
  • Challenges With complex well structures (extended reach and maximum contact wells)
  • Challenges and best practices in heavy oil fields
  • Challenges in stimulating shaly sandstone reservoirs
  • Mitigating EOR induced formation damage

Who Should Attend

Professionals with experience in production, drilling, completion, workover, stimulation, technology, and R&D and/or interested in fluids, reservoir engineering, petrophysics and asset management.

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Workshop Guidelines


Two and half (2.5) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For additional information contact Deepa Makhija at dmakhija@spe.org.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.