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Fractured Reservoirs Development: Challenges and Opportunities

2 – 3 October 2012

Kuwait City, Kuwait | Hilton Kuwait Resort

About this Workshop


More than 60% of the world’s oil and 40% of the world’s gas reserves are held in carbonate reservoirs, from which it is difficult to extract fluids unless natural or induced fractures are present. The understanding of the challenges and opportunities in these complex rocks is particularly important for the Middle East, as the immense reserves accumulated in this region oil fields is mostly held in carbonates, up to a  70% for oil and 90% of gas, in what are the largest carbonate reservoirs worldwide.

Although the resources are extensive, the production of fluids from these reservoirs is hindered by an intrinsic difficulty to predict the location, orientation, and permeability of the fractures in the rocks. As a result, the recovery rates tend to be very low. Any improvement in the understanding of the reservoir fractures distribution and density, creates an opportunity to boost the production, and to enhance the lifespan and recovery from these complex assets. This workshop aims to tackle the state-of-the art advances, studies, and technologies related to carbonate reservoirs, targeting an international audience and inviting the presentation and sharing of specific examples and case histories that have shaped the exploration, delineation, exploitation, and depletion strategies and operations of the most intensively studied reservoirs of the world.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


Three (3) 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.


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.