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Marginal Fields: Resource to Revenue

4 – 6 April 2013

Goa, India | Grand Hyatt Goa

About this Workshop


Marginal fields are generally discovered during exploration for larger fields and may remain undeveloped for a considerable period if the original operator considers them uneconomical. Eventually, they are relinquished to the state and may be offered again for development. When the term "marginal field" is mentioned, it is usually associated with small pockets of hydrocarbons that have a plateau of a few years. Marginal fields have several parameters that affect them: environmental concerns, political stability, access, remoteness and, of course, the price and price stability of the produced gas/liquids. Critical factors that influence the development of marginal fields include:

  • Type of resource (i.e. oil, gas, and/or condensate)
  • Size of deposit
  • Economic viability of development
  • Technological requirements
  • Commodity uncertainties
  • General economic and political risks

Workshop Objective

This workshop will focus on two important topics—technological requirements and economic viability of development. In the area of technological requirements, aspects of drilling and completion will be discussed with focus on "minimizing well construction costs" through innovative technology deployment without compromising, health, safety, and environment. In the area of economic viability of development, a holistic approach is presented to shrink the entire development timeline, concurrent design and operational mindset, fit-for-purpose technology, innovative completion scenarios, novel materials, etc.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is highly recommended for drilling, completion, reservoir engineers, development geoscientists, project and field development managers, production engineers, drilling and completion technology specialists, etc.

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 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 learned. 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 Khushbu Rajwani, senior event assistant, 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 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.