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Carbonates. New Frontiers

27 – 29 November 2012

St. Petersburg, Russia

About this Workshop


Carbonate oil and gas reservoirs in the Russian Federation are present at all stages of field development. Shallow carbonate oil fields were discovered in the Timan-Pechora basin in the 1920s, the giant oil, gas-condensate and gas fields of the Volga Urals region were discovered in the 1940s to 1950s and discoveries continue to be made particularly in the remote regions of Eastern Siberia and the Northern seas.

The focus on much of the field development activity in the Volga Urals basin is on maintaining production and improving ultimate recovery. Nevertheless new concepts in field development of reservoirs with complex pore systems (fractures, karst and mega-karst) are rejuvenating exploration interest in the region. In contrast to the situation in South Western Russia, production from deep carbonate reservoirs in the Timan Pechora basin is relatively recent, and the development of carbonate reservoirs in the Pechora Sea and Eastern Siberia are largely in the planning stage. These areas in the North and East of Russia are new frontiers for carbonate field development. The reservoirs in all of these regions contain a variety of fluid types ranging from heavy oils, to gas-condensate and gas. The majority of oils are medium to light, gas can be sour. Pore types are similarly variable and understanding the role of fractures and karst critical to successful field development. The workshop is organized in three sessions focusing on Carbonate Reservoir Characterization, Carbonate Reservoir Management, and Carbonate Reservoir Stimulation and Enhanced Recovery.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshop Objectives and Deliverables

  • To facilitate the interchange of ideas on carbonate reservoir classification, description and field development.
  • To present case studies of carbonate fields, identify best practices and areas where new ideas and technology are required.
  • To identify and record optimal recovery strategies from carbonate fields with differing fluid types, pore types and pressure maintenance schemes.
  • To determine the limitations of existing technologies and to identify potential breakthrough technologies to improve recovery from carbonate fields.

Information for presenters

If you are interested to be a speaker at the workshop, please send your presentation abstract (2-3 paragraphs with description of nature and scope of work, possible applications and summary of results or technical contributions) to Victoria Rachinskaya (SPE Moscow office) at vrachinskaya@spe.org . Your abstract will be reviewed by the Programme Committee to consider its acceptance for the workshop programme. Be sure to include:

  • Participant's name, Company name
  • Contact details—phone number, address, and email
  • Session title
  • Title of your presentation

Preference will be given to presentations that precisely correspond to the above listed themes and demonstrate the most illustrative cases providing the combination of experience and innovations, application of traditional and advanced practices.

Poster session

In addition to the scheduled presentations, the Programme Committee will incorporate a poster presentation session within this workshop. The poster session will allow participants an opportunity to present additional new ideas to those interested. Applicants willing to participate in the poster session should contact Victoria Rachinskaya at vrachinskaya@spe.org for the requirements for poster preparation and selection for the workshop.


Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 100 delegates with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Programme Information

Detailed information on ATW Programme will be kept current on the SPE workshop website and SPE Moscow section website.


  • Presentation materials will not be published, therefore formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers. PowerPoint presentations 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.
  • The Committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop description. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the poster slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

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

Dress code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.