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Maximising Mature Field Value

10 – 13 December 2013

Nusa Dua, Indonesia | The Westin Resort Nusa Dua


About this workshop


Closing the gap between current output and production capacity is a vital goal for our industry. To achieve this goal, optimisation, increased efficiency, enhanced recovery, and cost reduction are the four biggest initiatives at the industry’s disposal. Co-organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Indonesian Petroleum Engineers (IATMI), this workshop will focus on the challenges and successes encountered in recent projects, as the industry pushes to optimise production to meet increasing demand.

With two-thirds of oil production today coming from mature fields, increasingly intensive efforts are required to arrest their decline, sustain and increase production in a cost efficient manner. Although some causes of decline are largely out of our control, there is a lot we can do to improve recovery and production through improved well placement, increased reservoir contact, injection of liquids or gases into the reservoir, and surface optimisation such as accurate metering, debottlenecking and boosting production operational efficiency.

The goal is to increase oil recovery from the historical average of 35% and optimise production thus increasing value from the matured fields. Implementation of new technologies has made an impact on increasing recovery rates and with continued technological advancement; there are still massive opportunities for further improvement.

Opportunities also exist in gas fields, which show much higher recovery figures for obvious reasons with an average recovery of around 70%. Scope for further improvement still exists by harnessing new technology, for example, surface facility technology is available to boost gas recovery to more than 85%. For our operations to be sustainable in the long term, we cannot increase recovery at any cost. In addition to the technical aspects of increasing recovery, we must also consider the economics of increased oil and gas production, and analyse the social as well as environmental impact of our actions.


With an increasing menu of production modifying options available, operators may be faced with a confusing range of possible solutions. With this in mind, the objective of  this workshop is to share initiatives, successes and failures along the road to increased oil and gas recovery by closing the gaps between current output and productive capacity. The workshop will cover the following subject matter:

  • Identifying new opportunities and bypassed oil/reservoirs in producing fields
  • New ways to integrate data to identify opportunities and manage uncertainty
  • Well placement to maximise reservoir contact with sustainable wellbore stability
  • Maximising oil and gas recovery in planned and developed fields
  • Surface infrastructure and facilities changes
  • Ways to reduce the redevelopment costs
  • Economics and risk assessment

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for practicing professionals who work directly or indirectly in any of the following areas:

  • Assets and commercial management
  • Facilities and production engineering
  • Geoscience/geophysics/petrophysics
  • Reservoir engineering
  • Subsea systems
  • Well control
  • Drilling and well completion engineering
  • Government stakeholders/regulators
  • Project managers

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.

2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.

3. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the workshop co-chairpersons, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive 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 at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed workshop questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the ATW.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in November 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their domestic/international airline tickets early from their city/country to Bali, Indonesia. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in November 2013.

International delegates travelling to Indonesia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return or through tickets. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. Please check with your travel agent or the Indonesian Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.

Global Integrated Workshop

This workshop is part of a series of globally integrated workshops that are held in regions with particular well integrity. This regional approach facilitates participation by local operating companies who have particular experience to share and technical needs to discuss. Global integration occurs through participation of global specialists and through an On-Line Community (OLC). Each participant will be automatically enrolled in the OLC and can download content from other workshops in the series and can discuss that content with other OLC members.