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Heavy Oil: Industry Best Practices and Case Studies

12 – 14 November 2012

Bucharest, Romania | Intercontinental Hotel

About this Workshop


Heavy oil, extra heavy oil and oil sands deposits, while uneconomic in many parts of the world, have been developed in a sustainable, economic manner in North and South America and in other regions around the world, creating a wealth of technical innovation. This body of experience is a valuable tool informing the development of heavy oil deposits worldwide. Increased heavy oil development is spreading to new regions as onshore, light-oil projects become depleted and producers move into deep-water offshore at a much higher cost.

This workshop will examine best practices and case studies of in situ production methods and technologies, including case studies from large and small projects in North and South America and around the world. Operators contemplating heavy oil exploitation and development will benefit from discussions of existing operations in North and South America and elsewhere. Topics of interest include a review of the latest cold and thermal heavy oil production methods (CSS, SAGD, combustion), reservoir description and dynamics, drilling and completions technology, artificial lift technologies, reservoir management and production optimisation.

The objective of this workshop is to share the latest applications of in situ heavy oil production methods and technologies, illustrated with field case studies and examples. The focus is on sharing of information among individuals knowledgeable in the topic, in an interactive environment, with those planning to develop heavy oil resources in the Eastern European region.

Who should attend

This workshop will be of interest to:

  • Completion engineers
  • Drilling engineers
  • Engineering and research companies
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Oilfield service companies
  • Petrophysicists
  • Production engineers
  • Regulators of heavy oil resources
  • Reservoir engineers

Workshop Guidelines

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.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Two and half days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, case studies, breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on Sunday, 11 November and dinner on Monday, 12 November.

Full details will be provided with the registration pack which will be sent in October.


75-85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Continuing Education Units

The workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU), at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the starting date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time, but alternative delegates will be welcomed.