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Deepwater: Promising Potential–Difficult Dynamics

18 – 20 November 2013

Mumbai, India | Hyatt Regency Hotel

About this Workshop


This will be the sixth SPE Workshop for Deepwater to be held annually in India since 2008. An immediate hit, the event grew rapidly into SPE's flagship workshop in India. This success reflects not only the continuing importance of deepwater developments globally, where the business is mature, but also the emerging potential and growing interest in India, where 43% of the prospective basins lie in deepwater, the majority of which are relatively unexplored.

Deepwater environments are generally considered high-risk. Whilst it is true that deepwater introduces new technical risks, and exacerbates the effects of more general technical development risks, these are all manageable through the application of appropriate technologies. Two other factors play a prominent role; firstly, the technologies are more complex, more interdependent, leading to greater systems risks, thus requiring more sophisticated modelling and much more thorough planning for successful implementation. Secondly, the limited real estate available on platforms, floaters or in subsea gathering systems drives us towards an all-or-nothing development strategy, rather than the more phased approach commonly adopted on land or in shallow waters, where a more generous surface footprint is available. Ideally, this approach should be supported by a comprehensive appraisal and testing programme before commencing development, but all too often the cost and time required for acquisition and interpretation impose severe restrictions on what can be realistically accomplished, and we are forced to take a higher subsurface risk, which typically manifests itself in high (economic) thresholds for well productivity and ultimate recovery.

Driving down the overall system costs without the false economy of cutting component costs at the expense of other parts of the system, balancing capital and operating expenditures over the lifetime of an asset to optimise the total cost of ownership, and maximising the utilisation and operating efficiency across all components of the integrated production system, are the prerequisites for success.

We are now soliciting nominations for the following roles:

  • Technical Presenters
  • Discussion Leaders (who can lead break-out groups)
  • Poster Presenters
  • Delegates
  • Sponsorship Support

This two and half days workshop offers participants the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics with industry experts, in nine, independent sessions. Topics covered include case histories–lessons learnt, subsurface challenges, well construction, well and subsea interventions, surface and subsea facilities, life cycle management, and project management. In addition, two of the nine sessions will take the form of breakout discussions addressing subsurface challenges and project management. There will be opportunities for participants to view and discuss posters with their authors during morning and afternoon breaks.

To participate, please register your interest with Khushbu Rajwani at krajwani@spe.org.

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.

Who Should Attend

Experienced individuals who will actively share their own case histories, experiences, and contribute to the discussions. We expect participation from the following professionals:

  • Completion Engineers
  • Drilling and Reservoir Engineers
  • Facilities Engineers
  • Asset Managers
  • Front End Project Leaders
  • Subsea Engineers

Workshop Guidelines


Two and half 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.

Breakout Session

Attendees will be assigned to discussion groups on a random basis for a breakout session to maximise the opportunity to interact with other participants.


  • 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 Khushbu Rajwani at krajwani@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

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