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Production Decline in Oil and Gas Shale Reservoirs:
What Can We Do To Improve the Performance?

27 February – 1 March 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico| La Posada de Santa Fe Resort

Technical Agenda

Wednesday, 27 February, 0815-0915

Session I: Keynote Address–How Critical Is Shale Reservoir Decline?

Lance Robertson, Marathon Oil


Session II: Unraveling Shale Heterogeneity–Why It Matters?

Chairs: Helen Farrell, ConocoPhillips; Shirley Indriati, Schlumberger

  • Presentation 1: Geologic Commonalities and Differences Among Resource Shale Plays—The Devil is in the Details!
    Roger Slatt, University of Oklahoma
  • Presentation 2: Why Ignoring Tectonics May Cause You Stress
    Dan Potocki, Encana
  • Presentation 3: Understanding Heterogeneity in Unconventional Reservoirs Using Core, Log and Seismic Data, and Its Impact on Completion Quality
    David Handwerger, Schlumberger


Session III: Importance of Reservoir Geomechanics on Hydrocarbon Production

Chairs: Glenda Wylie, Halliburton; Hugo Morales, Schlumberger

  • Presentation 1: Impact of Geomechanics on Fracture Network Development and Microseismicity in Horizontal Wells
    Karn Agarwal, Halliburton
  • Presentation 2: TBD
    Ahmed Abu Sayed, Advantek International
  • Presentation 3: Characterization of Natural Fractures and In-Situ Stress to Optimize Production From Unconventional Reservoirs
    Colin Sayers, Schlumberger


Session IV: Wellbore Geomechanic Complexity to Completion and Production

Chairs:Christine Economides, Texas A&M University; Ron Stoltz, Marathon Oil

  • Presentation 1: Horizontal Stress Anisotropy in the Eagle Ford—A Red Herring?
    Jody Augustine, Marathon Oil
  • Presentation 2: Thoughts on Proppants, Fracture Wall Properties, and Hydraulic Fracture Effectiveness
    Randy Lafollette, Baker Hughes
  • Presentation 3: Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT) in Unconventional Plays—Boon or Bane Applications in Vertical and Horizontal Wells
    Bharath Rajappa, ConocoPhillips

Thursday, 28 February, 0800-0930

Session V: Shale Properties from Logs and Cores—What They Tell Us

Chairs: Helen Farrell, ConocoPhillips; Christine Economides, Texas A&M University

  • Presentation 1: Impact of Experimental Studies on Unconventional Shale Reservoir Mechanism
    Richard Rosen, Marathon Oil
  • Presentation 2: A Multi-Scale Discussion on Fluid Behavior Confinement—Can Molecules in Nano-Pores Influence Oil and Gas Recovery from Resource Shale?
    Yucel Akkutlu, Texas A&M University
  • Presentation 3: Issues with Estimating Hydrocarbon in Place for Gas and Liquid Producing Shale Reservoirs—The Good and the Bad
    Richard Lewis, Schlumberger


Session VI: Design—Completion and Stimulation

Chairs: Henry Lopez, Shell; Mazher Ibrahim, BP

  • Presentation 1: Asset Development Drivers in the Bakken and Three Forks
    Chris Nichols, Continental Resources
  • Presentation 2: Self-Suspending Proppants
    Phil Snider, Marathon Oil
  • Presentation 3: Estimating Created Fracture Geometry Through Hydraulic Fracture Treatment Analysis
    Ibraheem Ahmed, Chevron


Session VII: Improving Recovery Through Stimulation Optimization

Chairs: Mike Phi, ExxonMobil; Glenda Wylie, Halliburton

  • Presentation 1: Pinpoint Fracturing Technologies for Multi-Stage Completions
    Federico Tavarez, ExxonMobil
  • Presentation 2: Engineering Approach to Optimize Development Strategy in the Oil Segment of the Eagle Ford Shale—A Case Study
    Neil Stegent, Halliburton
  • Presentation 3: Hydraulic Fracture Design Optimization in Unconventional Reservoirs
    Terry Palisch, CarboCeramics


Session VIII: Reservoir Engineering

Chairs: Mazher Ibrahim, BP; Ami Arief, Southwestern Energy

  • Presentation 1: Understanding Shale Performance – Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Heading?
    Orkhan Samandarli, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Presentation 2: What Can We Learn About Decline Rates from Shale Gas Production Analysis?
    Ian Walton, University of Utah
  • Presentation 3: Eagle Ford—A Case Study in Continuous Improvement
    Sean Willis, Marathon Oil

Friday, 1 March, 0800-1130

Session IX: Case Studies I—Production Management and Optimization

Chairs: Hugo Morales, Schlumberger; Henry Lopez, Shell

  • Presentation 1: Horizontal Well Deliquification and Liquid Loading Implications—Field Examples from Woodford Shale and Others Assets
    Omar Soto, BP
  • Presentation 2: Nonresidue Fluid as Compared to Guar System Production and the Resulting Non-Decline
    Kumar Ramuphy, Halliburton
  • Presentation 3: Understanding Shale Performance—What Does the Data Say?
    Mark Murray, Pioneer Natural Resources


Chairs: Mike Phi, ExxonMobil; Ami Arief, Southwestern Energy

  • Presentation 1: Shale Resources Assessment—A Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach
    Doug Jordan, Anadarko
  • Presentation 2: Integrated Case Study of a Horn River Shale Development
    Christine Economides, Texas A&M University
  • Presentation 3: Eagle Ford Shale—Hydraulic Fracturing, Completion, and Production Trends
    Randall Cade, Baker Hughes