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Addressing the Petrophysical Challenges Relevant to Middle East Reservoirs

28 – 30 October 2013

Dubai, UAE | Amwaj Rotana Hotel—Jumeirah Beach Residence

Technical Agenda

Monday, 28 October

Session 1: Current Technological Advances

Session Chairs: Robert Kuchinski, Weatherford; Bruno Lalanne, TOTAL E&P Qatar

The production of hydrocarbons from increasingly more complex and tighter reservoirs requires a deeper understanding of the rock and fluid properties contained in the formation. Over the past several years technological advances have been made in the fields of both downhole logging tools and laboratory analysis of rocks and fluids. New technologies have emerged that provide higher resolution, more robust, and higher measurement accuracy. In addition, new technologies have been developed that allow for improved well placement with respect to geomechanical stress and optimum productivity. This session will explore new technologies and new methods of interpreting data from existing technologies which will lead to improved reservoir understanding and less risk associated with petrophysical interpretation.

  • Discussion Leader 1: Dick Zinno, Weatherford
  • Discussion Leader 2: Kristian Mogensen, Maersk Oil
  • Discussion Leader 3: David Allen, Schlumberger
  • Discussion Leader 4: Satya Perumalla, Baker Hughes

Session 2: Petrophysical Characterisation of Complex Carbonate Reservoirs, Core Analysis and Rock Properties

Session Chairs: David Allen, Schlumberger; Sharon Finlay, Maersk Oil Qatar

Petrophysical characterisation of complex carbonate reservoirs requires integration of multi-scale data throughout the life cycle of the field. The petrophysical complexities may develop with field maturation, requiring integration of advanced logging suites, integrated with core data from the nano-scale to the whole core scale and complemented by production logs. We will explore the requirements for successful integration across the multiple data sources and scales that are required to coherently characterise complex carbonate reservoirs.

  • Discussion Leader 1: Colin Mcphee, Senergy
  • Discussion Leader 2: Bruno Lalanne, Total 
  • Discussion Leader 3: Raghu Ramamoorthy, Schlumberger
  • Discussion Leader 4: Ashok Shinde, Baker Hughes

Tuesday, 29 October

Session 3: Reservoir Characterisation using Wireline Formation Tester (WFT)

Session Chairs: Mohamed Hashem, North Caspian Oil Company (Shell); Wade Samec, Halliburton

This session will focus on WFT (Wireline Formation Testing) technology and its applications like DFA-Downhole Fluid Analysis, mini-DST and its Pressure Transient Analysis, mini-Frac, and any new innovative application of the WFT. Tight gas and oil, sour fluids and heavy oil sampling would also be covered in this session. Please share your experiences and successful case studies, implementation challenges and potential solutions will also be discussed.

  • Discussion Leader 1: Gerry Patterson, Weatherford
  • Discussion Leader 2: Chris Jones, Halliburton
  • Discussion Leader 3: Mayank Malik, Chevron
  • Discussion Leader 4: Mark Proett, Saudi Aramco
  • Discussion Leader 5: Oliver Mullins, Schlumberger

Session 4: Role of Petrophysics in Reservoir Modelling for the Purpose of Well Placement, Reservoir Monitoring and Enhanced Oil Recovery

Session Chairs: Raghu Ramamoorthy, Schlumberger; Tim O'Sullivan, Independant Consultant

Petrophysics at the reservoir scale is the crucial link between the information at the well and the reservoir model(s). This session will explore the role of reservoir scale petrophysics in various phases of the development of the field. A number of important topics can be explored as they relate to different phases of field development. It should include a range of topics from the placement of wells in the optimal position in the reservoir, to the integration and understanding of reservoir monitoring data, to the planning and execution of enhanced oil recovery projects. We will explore the impact of new technologies in each of these phases and discuss how the discipline of Petrophysics is itself changing to address the new challenges imposed by novel drilling techniques and complex EOR processes.

  • Discussion Leader 1: Mariam Al-Marzouqi, ADMA-OPCO
  • Discussion Leader 2: David Allen, Schlumberger
  • Discussion Leader 3: Jonathan Hall, ADCO
  • Discussion Leader 4: Ryan Ross, PDO

Wednesday, 30 October

Session 5: Geomechanics—Modeling the Subsurface Stress Field, Naturally and Induced Fractures and Borehole Stability

Session Chairs: Goos Bakker, Petroleum Development Oman; Tomas Hansen, Maersk Oil Qatar

The objective of the session is to discuss both the fundamentals and the recent developments in the science and to evaluate those in the context of the particular challenges experienced in Middle East, such as directional drilling in depleted zones and multiple pore systems, cap-rock integrity, stimulation and chemical injection.

  • Discussion Leader 1: Kees Hindriks, PDO
  • Discussion Leader 2: Edgar Castillo, Senergy
  • Discussion Leader 3: Saad Imtiaz, Baker Hughes
  • Discussion Leader 4: Rifaat Mjeni, PDO

Session 6: Exploration Trends, Evaluation and Production of Non-conventional Resources, and Future Development Needs

Session Chairs: Margaret Waid, The Waid Group; Robert Kuchinski, Weatherford

This session will cover a wide variety of petrophysical topics as the title would suggest. The common theme of this session will highlight the growing need for petrophysical data and its importance regardless of the applications. New exploration in deeper horizons, deeper water, and more remote locations benefits greatly with applications that will upscale data to fit seismic models. The identification of “sweetspots” in the quest for unconventional production requires an understanding of many formation parameters that in the past were less critical to the success of a field. Future development needs will be enhanced with petrophysical parameters that will allow for a greater understanding of the dynamic properties of a reservoir. Speakers in this session will provide much insight into this wide array of topics.

  • Discussion Leader 1: Hemant Singh, Baker Hughes
  • Discussion Leader 2: Khaled H. Hashmy, Weatherford
  • Discussion Leader 3: Jim Wilson, Sperry Drilling Halliburton
  • Discussion Leader 4: John Daniels, Schlumberger
  • Discussion Leader 5: Abdelaziz Lafi Khlaifat, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic