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ATW: Brownfield Redevelopment

4 – 7 November 2012

Penang, Malaysia | Eastern & Oriental Hotel

About this workshop


Most of the producing mid-size to giant fields worldwide are categorised as mature fields with substantial remaining reserves suffering from rapid production declines and facing enormous production and operational challenges. With today’s known global oil resources, increasing the hydrocarbon recovery factor by 10% is equivalent to 1 trillion barrels of oil, which would satisfy over 30 years of world demand at the current 27 billion barrels per year. Brownfield redevelopment can extend a field’s expected hydrocarbon recovery factor and the concept embraces multiple objectives including enhancing production rate and reducing the inevitable decline rate while minimising the capital and operating expenses in line with economic best practice. A holistic and integrated approach is the key to meeting these objectives by focusing on innovative subsurface-surface technical and commercial initiatives with appropriate application of enabling technologies.

Key focus areas for successful brownfield redevelopment projects are: integrated reservoir management with proactive data acquisition, surveillance and monitoring strategies; arresting the production decline and production enhancement initiatives; aggressive idle well reactivation practices; well intervention and artificial lift optimisation; static and dynamic characterisation for brownfield redevelopment; infill well/completion planning/design/type/implementation; sand management and control techniques; aging facility concerns and rejuvenation options, incorporating secondary and tertiary recovery schemes, enabling technologies and smart field deployments.

This workshop will serve as a platform for consolidating ideas and concepts, best practices and technical initiatives, approaches and technologies for current practices in brownfield redevelopment projects worldwide. Discussions shall provide the participants with a basis for developing their own integrated workflow, concepts, and potential solutions for managing cost effective brownfield redevelopment projects.

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.
4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the Workshop Co-Chairperson, which will be posted on the SPE Web Site, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in 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 at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

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

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled Workshop in September 2012.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Penang, Malaysia. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in September 2012.

All travellers to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Malaysia.