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SPE Workshop: The Journey to 70% Reservoir Recovery—Multiple Disciplines, Different Methods, One Goal

15 – 17 December 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

About this Workshop


With the ever growing demand for energy, it is imperative that we take a more proactive role in going beyond conventional means to meet it. New large oil field discoveries are now rare and we need to refocus our attention to increasing recovery from what we may call mature fields with respect to conventional technology. Pushing the envelope to 70% economic oil recovery is quite challenging and requires close collaboration between industry, academia, and R&D organisations.

This enormous challenge can be addressed at several fronts including developing and successfully deploying novel EOR technologies as well as devising cost-effective ways to increase contact with the reservoir. It is also necessary to take an integrated view of subsurface and surface aspects to help maximise benefits and reduce project costs. Such approaches provide a huge as well as flexible infrastructure for developing and enhancing recovery in fields targeting long producing lives of 100+ years. The importance of finding an economic supply of suitable injectants (high temperature, high pressure, and high salinity) coupled with an effective delivery method (longer wells, multilateral wells, well controls) cannot be over-emphasised.

Who Should Attend

  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Reservoir Managers
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • EOR Technologists
  • EOR Specialists and Experts
  • Field Development Engineers
  • Field Development Planners
  • Project Economists
  • Business Decision Makers

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and South Asia 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


Three (3) 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.


  • 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 Regina Alphonso, event coordinator, at ralphonso@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.