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Hydraulic Fracturing in the Latin America Region:
Opportunities and Challenges

7–8 November 2012

Medellin, Colombia | Hotel San Fernando Plaza

About this Workshop

Hydraulic fracturing is the most widely used stimulation alternative for enabling, improving, and maximizing hydrocarbon recovery. It is facing new challenges in both conventional and nonconventional scenarios while continuing to increase in prominence in petroleum engineering.

In a conventional scenario, hydraulic fracturing has been customized to optimize production in harsh environments such as mature fields, deep water reservoirs, natural fractured reservoirs, water sensitive formations, and complex fluid reservoirs, among others.

In a nonconventional scenario, it is becoming more and more relevant for the business in this geographical area, facing not only the technical challenge, but also the business, logistics, and HSE point of view.

This workshop presents current and proven technologies in hydraulic fracturing, and it allows the sharing of lessons learned from fracture stimulated wells in conventional and nonconventional reservoirs providing attendees with the best practices available.

Workshop Format

This workshop will address key technologies and best practices for improving well performance over a project lifecycle. New technologies and case studies highlighting best practices applicable to South American operations will be presented. This workshop will attract an informed audience with knowledge of technologies and application practices in drilling and production. The format is structured for introductory presentations, followed by Q&A with the audience. Participants and presenters are encouraged to speak openly and candidly about the issue. This workshop emphasizes sharing expertise and experiences.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize 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.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A linkcontaining released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop. A workshop summary will be prepared by the technical program committee for public release, but no other information.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continued Education Units

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs. One CEU equal 8 contact hours of participation. CEUs are awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop.  A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.