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Production Optimization Challenges

18 – 20 February 2013

Kuwait City, Kuwait

About this Workshop


Across the oil and gas industry, the production domain covers a wide range of important activities. These activities play a key role in the identification of opportunities for incremental production and/or improving production conditions of the well/reservoir system; activities targeting these objectives are usually understood and referred to collectively as production optimization, although many other topics as well, could be part of this portfolio.

In view of the wide spectrum of activities related to production optimization—ranging from fluids flow at reservoir level to wellbore production hydraulics up to barrels flowing to the tank—a corresponding number of challenges of varying types are faced during the whole production process and life cycle of the well.

In addition, as the oil and gas industry has grown and evolved, so have the challenges associated with production from complex systems such as horizontal wells, multilateral wells, advanced and smart completions etc, increased commensurately. These have become a common part of the production optimization portfolio of practically all assets today, thereby warranting a renewed focus on the subject of production optimization.

This workshop will bring to the fore current approaches, innovative methodologies, efficient workflows and top class technologies being used today across the industry to overcome the key challenges in production optimization processes. Presentations, discussions, and breakout sessions have been designed and put in place to address the general challenges related to production optimization in the Middle East area, while giving options to share and evaluate lessons learnt, best practices, and case studies on specific related topics.

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, business development 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.