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SPE Shale Gas: India’s New Energy Trajectory

27 – 29 April 2014

Mussoorie, India | Jaypee Residency Manor

About this Workshop


The shale gas boom is having an unprecedented effect on the US energy market. This, in turn, has important implications for the rest of the world.

The boom, combined with easier access to new and vast natural gas supplies, has led the US shale gas production to soar dramatically since 2007. Exploiting these shale gas reservoirs has already led to a resources surplus and substantially lower prices. Due to this surplus, US natural gas prices are currently at a record low. Already, the country's increased production is having an impact on the rest of the world and has the potential to change the global geostrategic landscape.

In India, following the successful spudding of India’s first shale gas exploratory well near Jambusar about 60 km from Vadodara in October 2013, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has begun to pioneer advances in the recent phenomenon of shale gas exploration—which is seen as a true game changer in the natural gas industry.  Although advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, in addition to plentiful shale gas reserves, have made shale discovery a desirable prospect, cost to produce is more than the conventional gas production. In addition, fiscal and regulatory frameworks are still under process and infrastructure and technological innovation are still in development.

SPE Workshop on shale gas will provide professionals within core disciplines, such as production, petrophysics, drilling, well construction, reservoir and completion engineering, operations and project management, with critical knowledge of India’s shale gas industry through technical presentations and case studies.

Knowledge presented will include: evaluation, exploration and processing, fracturing, optimisation, construction, and operation of facilities, delivery and safety, technology innovation, government policy, private entrepreneurship, land and mineral rights, gas pipeline infrastructure, water availability, and capturing resources among others.

This will be the inaugural SPE Shale Gas workshop in India. This important workshop will provide professionals within core disciplines, such as production, petrophysics, drilling, well construction, reservoir and completion engineering, operations and project management, with critical knowledge of India’s shale gas industry through technical presentations and case studies.

We are now soliciting nominations for the following roles:

  • Technical Presenters
  • Discussion Leaders (who can lead breakout groups)
  • Poster Presenters
  • Delegates
  • Sponsorship Support

This will be one of the most important workshops for India’s oil and gas calendar and, certainly, within the space of Shale Gas E&P.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is highly recommended for production, petrophysicis scientists and geoscientists, drilling, well construction, reservoir and completion, operations, and project engineers.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia 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


Two and half days (2.5) 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.

Breakout Session

Attendees will be assigned to discussion groups on a random basis for a breakout session to maximise the opportunity to interact with other participants.


  • 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.

Poster Session

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster on a relevant project. For further details kindly contact Michael MacLennan at mmaclennan@spe.org.


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 workshop 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.