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Hydraulic Fracturing in the Latin America Region:
Opportunities and Challenges

7–8 November 2012

Medellin, Colombia | Hotel San Fernando Plaza

Program Overview

7 November 2012

0700–0800

Registration and Continental Breakfast

0800–0830

Opening Comments
Chairpersons: Jorge Bahamon, Ecopetrol, and Alejandro Peña, Schlumberger

0830–1000

Session I – Advances in Fracturing Design and Modeling

Chairpersons: Pedro Lezama, Packers Plus; Mark Chapman, Carbo Ceramics

Fracture design and modeling is evolving through workflows that comprise reservoir characterization, interdependence of lithology and natural fractures with hydraulic fractures. This session covers recent advances to predict fracture geometry and resulting well productivity.

 

  • Speaker 1: Camilo Ortega and Roberto Aguilera, U. de Calgary, "Use of Drill Cuttings for Improved Design of Hydraulic Fracturing Jobs in Horizontal Wells"
  • Speaker 2: Ruben Castillo, Ecopetrol, "Post-Fracture Production Modeling for Shale Gas Using Numerical and Analytic Simulation"
  • Speaker 3: Gustavo Cavazzoli, Schlumberger, "An Integrated Modeling Platform for Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs"

1000–1030

Coffee Break

1030–1200 

Session II -- Novel Fracturing Technologies

Chairpersons: Eduardo Velez, Carbo Ceramics Inc.; Alejandro Peña, Schlumberger

New developments in fluids, proppants, pumping, and multistage techniques are changing the landscape of hydraulic fracturing. This session provides an overview on recent advances on these fronts.

 

  • Speaker 1: Richard Zabala, Ecopetrol, "Hydraulic Fracturing Optimization in Cupiagua Field, Using New Generation Fluids and Chemical Tracers to Evaluate the Backflow Efficiency"
  • Speaker 2: Scarlet Cesin, Schlumberger, "Channel Fracturing: The New Edge of Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs"
  • Speaker 3: Pedro Lezama, Packers Plus, " Recent Experiences in the Neuquen Basin, Using the Stage FRAC Technology for Open Hole Multi Stage Fracturing"

1200–1330

Luncheon

1330–1530

Session III – Fracture Diagnostics

Chairpersons: Jorge Italo Bahamon, Ecopetrol; Carlos Medina, Weatherford

This session reviews several techniques (fracture pressure analysis, various microseismic technologies, fiber optics, production logging, and tracers) which provide means to assess basic reservoir properties and better characterization of fracture placement and geometry.

 

  • Speaker 1: Hernando Trujillo, Hocol; Katya Campos, Liliana Rodriguez, Halliburton, "Successful Injection Test to Determine the Well Properties in Tight Formations in Porquero Formation"
  • Speaker 2: Fernando Portela, Equion-Energia, "Fracture Profile Modeling Base on Temperature loggings Post-Minifract"
  • Speaker 3: Pedro Lezama, Packers Plus, "Recent Experiences in the Neuquen Basin, Using the Stage FRAC Technology for Open Hole Multi Stage Fracturing"

1530–1600

Coffee Break

1600–1800

Session IV – Operational Challenges

Chairpersons: Hernando Trujillo, Hocol; Eber Castro, Equion-Energia

There are multiple challenges (product supply, equipment availability, water management, regulatory, and environmental regulations) which can constrain fracturing activity. This session presents current status of solutions.

 

  • Speaker 1: Guillermo Guitierrez Murillo, PEMEX, "Zipper Frac Technology: First Application in Latin America. A case history from Chicontepec Paleochanel-Mexico"
  • Speaker 2: Ricardo Amorocho, Equion-Energia, "Piedemonte Frac Challenges"
  • Speaker 3: A. Rivera, M. Flores, L. Sanchez, San Antonio International, "Optimization of Completions of Horizontal Gas Wells with Coiled Tubing"

1800–1900

Networking Reception

8 November 2012

0700–0800

Registration and Continental Breakfast

0800–0805

Opening Comments

0805–0930

Session V – Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs

Chairpersons: Juan Garcia, Pinnacle; Ernest Brown, Schlumberger

This session focuses on case histories and best practices for hydraulic fracture stimulation of shale oil, shale gas, tight oil and tight gas reservoirs.

 

  • Speaker 1: Luis Ramirez Espinoza, PEMEX, "Multifracturing Horizontals Tight Oil Wells. A Proven Way to Increase Production in Chicontepec Paleochanel Mexico, Case Histories"
  • Speaker 2: Angel Alberto Garcia Blanco, Drummond, "Experiences in Fracturing Unconventional Reservoirs in Colombia, An Imported Technology?"
  • Speaker 3: Mario Mochkosky, Weatherford, "Operational Sequences for Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional and Multifrac Wells"
  • Speaker 4: Henry D. Lopez, Shell, "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Hydraulic Fracturing Optimization in Unconventional Reservoirs"

0930–1000

Coffee Break

1000–1200

Session VI – Panel Discussion: Unconventional Reservoir Development in Latin America

Chairpersons: Jorge Italo Bahamon, Ecopetrol; Juan Garcia, Pinnacle

The development of unconventional reservoirs brings unprecedented opportunities to Latin America. Mexico and Argentina have already engaged in meaningful field developments, while significant potential exists throughout the region. This panel gathers experts in the subject who share their experiences.

 

Panelists: Eduardo Tovar Artunduaga, Ecopetrol;  Angel Alberto Garcia Blanco, Drummond; Juan Riaño, Pemex

1200–1330

Luncheon

1330–1530

Session VII – Fracturing in Harsh Environments

Chairpersons: Pedro Lezama, Packers Plus; Carlos Medina, Weatherford

This session focuses on best practices for hydraulic fracturing under a variety of harsh environments such as the proximity of water zones, elevated fracturing gradients, depleted reservoirs, very heterogeneous formations, narrow pay zones, and specific reservoir sensitivities.

 

  1. Speaker 1: J. Robles, C. Ramirez, W. Morris and H. Peacock, San Antonio International, "CO2 Use Optimization in Gas Bearing Wells Fractures with Low Permeability"
  2. Speaker 2: Alejandra Arbelaez, U. Nacional de Antioquia, "New Methodology for Selecting Candidate Wells for Refracturing Considering Geomechanical Aspects in Cupiagua Field"
  3. Speaker 3: Hernando Trujillo, Hocol; Jhon Rubiano, Hocol; Katya Campos, Liliana Rodriguez, Halliburton, "Effective Temporary Isolation Of Gas Zone To Proceed To Fracture Lower Range With Fluid Base Oil, In The Formation Caballos, La Cañada Norte Field"
  4. Speaker 4: Jorge Italo Bahamon, Ecopetrol, "Technical-Economical Evaluation of Hydraulic Fracturing in Sensible Formations to Water in Magdalena Medio Basin"

1530–1600

Coffee Break

1600–1730

Session VIII – Fracturing in Harsh Environments (Continuation)

Chairpersons: Mark Chapman, Carbo Ceramics; Eusebio Rodriguez, Ecopetrol

 

  • Speaker 1: J. Robles, L. Minisini, I. Vega, W. Morris, San Antonio International, "Application Experience of WSO Systems to Improved Responses Of Water in The Fracture"
  • Speaker 2: Javier Paez, Petrominerales, "Hydraulic Fracturing as Mechanism to Control Fines"
  • Speaker 3: Cristian Ramirez, Halliburton, Juan Carlos Acuna Soto, Pemex, "Successful Acid Fracturing in Inactive Wells with Adverse Mechanical Conditions - Case Histories From Mexico South Region"

1730–1800

Workshop Summary

Chairpersons: Jorge Bahamon, Ecopetrol, and Alejandro Peña, Schlumberger

Workshop chairmen will present a general mind map with results provided by session’s wrap-ups.

Note: While every attempt will be made to adhere to the schedule, the status/availability of speakers and moderators is subject to change.