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Eagle Ford Shale

27 – 28 August 2013

San Antonio, Texas | The Westin Riverwalk

Technical Agenda

Monday, 26 August, 1730–1900

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 27 August, 0800–0815

Chairperson's Welcome

Jim Venditto, Trican Well Service


Session I: Well Construction

Chairs: Marty Paulk, Halliburton; Terry Palisch, CARBO Ceramics

Although there is much talk of factory drilling in unconventionals, Eagle Ford shale well construction is far from standardized. This session will focus on well design and logistics challenges in a pad drilling campaign, the well productivity impact of competing well construction drivers (drilling fast versus well placement), and technologies that remediate well completion problems.


Session II: Hydrocarbon Type—Does it Matter? Panel

Chairs: Scott McCarthy, Lewis Energy; Brian Driskill, Shell

As operators continue to develop acreage in the Eagle Ford Shale three separate production types exist within the field, dry gas, liquids rich gas and oil. As the development of the field moves from exploration to exploitation operators are discovering that a single "recipe" for fracture design across the entire field does not exists. This session will deal with fracture design in each area and discuss the success and failures operators have had in attempting to optimize the completion based upon production type.


Session III: Production and Reservoir Management

Chairs: Curtis Boney, Talisman; Buddy Woodroof, ProTechnics

This session will cover the considerations, technologies and experiences of production and reservoir management. The particular aspects of well spacing, lateral length, bottomhole pressure management during both flowback and production, artificial lift, and refrac considerations will be covered.


Session IV: Environmental Footprint

Chairs: Jeff Toedter, Anadarko; Ray Ellis, Statoil

As the focus in the Eagle Ford transitions from exploration to development, reducing the impact on the environment will be center stage. Are there alternatives to replace or subsidize water in the fracturing process? Is there an emission problem and what steps can be taken to reduce the environmental impact? What is the status of dual-fuel equipment and how will this technology make a difference? These are the topics that will be addressed in this session.

Wednesday, 28 August, 0800–0930

Session V: Frac Design Optimization Panel

Chairs: Buddy Woodroof, ProTechnics; Terry Palisch, CARBO Ceramics

This panel will focus on completion methods and various stimulation techniques used in the Eagle Ford shale. Fracturing materials, cluster design and efficiency, staging and other design parameters will be discussed by a panel of experts, and will focus on best practices in the Eagle Ford.


Session VI: Production Evaluation and Well Performance

Chairs: Paul Huckabee, Shell; Lucas Bazan, Bazan Consulting Inc

One of the biggest challenges when developing unconventional resources is evaluating well performance and discriminating reservoir quality variability from operational parameters associated with the well/reservoir connection, completion design considerations, and effective vs. hydraulic stimulation geometries. This session opens the discussion to methods, technologies, and case histories to evaluate well performance in the Eagle Ford shale with consideration of fracture diagnostics tools, production evaluation methods, analytical techniques, and/or numerical reservoir simulation.


Session VII: Lessons Learned and Success Stories

Chairs: Jim Venditto, Trican Well Service; Ray Ellis, Statoil

Everyone appreciates a good map that prevents getting lost and saves valuable time. This session will provide experiences that will hopefully act as a map to navigate issues like H2S, scale and paraffin. Does it matter where laterals are landed or whether they stay in the target? This will be an opportunity to present success stories that may encourage new ideas for better ways to get from point A to point B.


Session VIII: Completion and Execution Optimization

Chairs: Craig Cipolla, Hess; Michael Lattibeaudiere, Rosetta Resources

This session focuses on issues associated with the varying options in completion execution for Eagle Ford wells. Topics will include staging and isolation options, sim ops, onsite supervision, and use of microseismic. Presentations will highlight current completion practices from Eagle ford and other unconventional plays.