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SPE Marginal Fields: Challenges and Opportunities

17 – 18 September 2014

Cairo, Egypt

About this Workshop


Marginal hydrocarbon field’s development is evolving worldwide, as they represent unutilised valuable resources.

The expression “marginal” has wide definitions in oil and gas exploration and production activities, in which it is mainly, tight techno-economic resources regardless of the maturity, hence it is technically applied for green and brown fields.

Several factors and aspects of activities should be integrated to overcome the challenge of economics of such fields. Technology evolution and outstanding breakthroughs in the last decade are playing very important roles in this matter when properly customised and applied for such cases.

Terms and conditions of the contract agreement for the development of such fields should be articulated and formulated in a proper manner to be attractive and profitable for all stakeholders.

An appropriate organisational structure and style, alongside a marginal field management mindset is critical to have successful operations and positive economic benefit.

Who Should Attend

  • Production engineers
  • Stimulation engineers
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Geologists
  • Chemists
  • Geophysicists
  • Petrophysicists

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and India 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 (2) days 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.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.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 Deepa Choitram, Event Manager at dchoitram@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 ATW 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.