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SPE Deep Drilling Challenges

3–4 November 2014

Dubai, UAE | Grosvenor House Hotel

About this Workshop


The days of cheap and easy-to-drill oil and gas are over. Now comes the hard work of drilling and producing from more challenging and costly operating environments.

Our understanding of deep drilling operation challenges and technical risks continues to improve and reflect effectively on the return on investment. As collaboration is at the heart of our industry, we need to provide solutions.

This workshop will include two days of informal discussions, guided by select keynote speakers, and will address the deep drilling challenges and complexities that need to be considered when planning operations, in order to accomplish successful drilling, completion, and production for HTHP/ER wells. Areas of discussion will encompass surface equipment, engineering, design and selection criteria, production and sub-surface facilities, and more.

High profile projects require a very strict study, planning phase and project management in order to have successful execution. The issues associated with the high-risk HTHP wells/extended reach wells should be managed professionally to avoid very costly mistakes.

Who Should Attend

  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Drilling Equipment Engineers
  • Drilling HSE Specialists
  • Drilling Managers
  • Petrophysicists
  • Rig Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Superintendents

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 Victoria Brouillet, event manager, at vbrouillet@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 (CEUs)

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.