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North Sea and European Area Stimulation

5 – 7 November 2013

Lisbon, Portugal | Tivoli Lisboa

About this Workshop


Stimulation has been performed in the North Sea and Europe since the late 1950’s and has had a dramatic impact on the commercial viability of many assets. The focus of this North Sea and European Area Stimulation workshop will be on sharing case history experience gained over recent years and setting the stage for overcoming future challenges. A special focus this year is on recent improvements in horizontal well multi-zone stimulation, both onshore and offshore.


This workshop is intended to address all types of stimulation practices used in the North Sea and in continental Europe. To achieve a fruitful discussion, workshop sessions have been designed to address the very specific technical challenges and the fundamental questions pertaining to stimulation in a sensitive land and offshore environment. Optimising stimulation treatments in economically challenging times, in a technically and environmentally challenging arena, requires special considerations. The participation of major and independent operating companies, service companies, and governmental bodies will allow a wide sharing of views, experiences, and opinions on how to proceed toward successfully meeting all objectives.

Objectives and Deliverables

The objective of this workshop is to bring together a broad cross section of people actively involved in stimulation design and implementation within the region, while also introducing a select number of global stimulation specialists who will share their experiences. Open discussion, coupled with friendly debate, will be encouraged. The goal is to define where we are today, outline the current and future stimulation challenges, and introduce new technologies that may have application in the North Sea and European region. The intended outcome of this workshop is to clearly define what is known and unknown, and to identify the most pertinent and promising solutions that can be applied.

This Workshop Aims To:

Use recent case histories to investigate successful stimulation practices being employed today and:

  • Review chalk reservoir stimulation in the North Sea and European environment
  • Identify the stimulation challenges in the tight-gas environment
  • Address special considerations when stimulation is conducted in mature fields

Focus on future stimulation challenges in the North Sea and Europe and:

  • Consider the impact of HP/HT operations and the specific challenges they bring
  • Highlight the future of unconventional gas in the region, and special constraints

Highlight new and underutilised technologies and:

  • Explore cost-effective sequential multiple-fracturing practices in horizontal wells
  • Identify outside technologies or practices that could be viable in the North Sea and Europe environment
  • New approaches in carbonate reservoir stimulation
  • New completion technologies being applied in the North Sea
  • Explore the completions best suited to multiple-fractured horizontal wells in the North Sea and European operating environments.

Workshop Guidelines

SPE workshops are topic-specific, intensive events that are smaller in scope and size than conferences. 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 technology and best practices.


Two and a half days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on Monday, 4 November and dinner on Tuesday, 5 November. Full details will be provided with the registration pack.


75–85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience in and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Attendance Certificate

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

Continuing Education Units

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

Poster Presenter Opportunities

SPE welcomes posters at this event. If you would like to display a poster and share your expertise with the attendees of this workshop, please submit a brief description of your proposed topic upon registration. There is no dedicated poster session in this workshop. Instead, posters will be displayed throughout.

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the start date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time but alternate delegates will be welcomed.

More Information

For more information on any of the above items, please contact Tamarin Jones at tajones@spe.org.