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Iraq Field Development Experiences

8 – 9 April 2014

Basra, Iraq | Basra International Hotel

About this Workshop


More than a year has elapsed since the first workshop focusing on Iraq has been held in Istanbul/Turkey and after more than three years Iraq has entered into service contracts with the most recognised and reputable international oil companies to discover, develop, and produce its exploration blocks. Iraq is emerging as one of the main oil producers globally despite the serious challenges including technology, security, and logistics which have impeded the course of implementation of those contracts. The second SPE workshop on Iraq will be held in Basra, where the main petroleum activities are conducted by the international oil companies and from where the majority of Iraq production comes.

The workshop aims to establish a common understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and technology requirements that are available and needed to accomplish the contemplated achievements. The workshop, depending on what has been achieved in the Iraqi fields, is designed to present different topics on surface and sub-surface projects of practical nature and will be presented by experts and professionals who will share their knowledge and experiences with attendees from national, international, and oil services companies, engineering and consulting firms, and other organisations with a view to enrich the outcome of the workshop.

The sessions will focus on the main petroleum industry requirements that are needed for full fields development in Iraq, such as: lessons learnt in executing projects, performance of producing reservoirs (case studies), reservoir characterisation, production optimisation, water sourcing, and management including the common seawater supply project, gas flaring, and gas utilisation and new technologies required for the fields.

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.

Please email clear and colored passport photocopies to skhalil@spe.org before 15 March 2014. SPE is not liable for any damages for non-granting of visa for what so ever reason/concern.

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 Solicitation and Information

As an adjunct to the scheduled presentations, the Steering Committee will incorporate a poster presentation session in this workshop. The poster session will allow participants an opportunity to present additional new ideas to those interested.

All participants are encouraged to prepare and bring a poster presentation to the workshop. Posters will be on display for the entire workshop period and provide participants an excellent opportunity for networking. As with the session discussions, the poster session will be conducted off the record to encourage frank discussion and presentation of unconfirmed or partial results. Presentations on both research and field experience are solicited.

Poster Abstract Submission

Please submit a short abstract (less than one page) describing your proposed poster toYousuff Dadapeer, event manager, at ydadapeer@spe.org.

Whether or not you elect to participate in the poster session, or have been invited by the Steering Committee to present during one of the regular sessions, please come prepared to participate actively in the discussions. Open interaction will be encouraged and expected. An outstanding Workshop is dependent on the full cooperation and participation of all attendees.

SPE Workshops and Commercialism

The workshop Steering Committee has a stated policy against the use of commercial trade names, company logos, or language that is commercial in tone.

Note that the workshop Steering Committee will review all posters prior to display, and reserves the right to refuse permission to display any poster considered by the committee to be commercial in nature.
The poster display should be designed for eye-level viewing and made from simple graphic materials. Size of the poster board will be advised at a later time. The poster display may include printed materials, tables, graphs, photographs, or illustrations. All the materials should be of sufficient size so as to be easily read and should be prepared in a manner that will accomplish the following:

  • Identify topic by title, presenter, affiliation, address, and phone number.
  • Include a brief abstract that summarises the technology to be addressed.
  • Make the display as self-explanatory as possible.
  • Place the information sequentially; beginning with the main idea or problem, method used, result, etc. (Draw a plan keeping the size and number of illustrations in mind).
  • Keep illustrations simple by using charts, graphs, drawings, and pictures to create interest and visually explain a point.
  • Use contrasting colours.
  • Use large print for narrative materials. (We suggest a minimum of 24 points or 3” high letters for the title).


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.