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SPE Specialty Oilfield Chemicals I: Development, Applications, and Opportunities

14 – 15 December 2014

Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

About this Workshop


Several studies are predicting an increase in demand of oilfield chemicals can reach up to $28 billion by 2015. This rise in oilfield chemicals market is stimulated by higher energy demand, new development of unconventional resources, and offshore prospects. Maturing fields is another challenge, which requires advanced recovery techniques based on more sophisticated chemical products. Therefore, advancements and improvements to the current chemistry and processes will stretch oilfield chemicals capabilities to serve all oilfield sectors and operations ranging from; drilling, cementing, and workover, through stimulation and completion, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR). As the region is heading to more challenging conditions, deeper wells with higher temperature, shales, offshore, etc which requires new chemicals to handle these conditions and lends smoother operation. Development of these chemicals should honour the region’s specifications and challenges in environmentally responsible way.

This workshop invites industry experts in oilfield chemicals and product development leaders, to discuss product development cycle and methods to expedite the process. Participants will share field applications and challenges related to harsh conditions (high temperature, high salinity brines, and deep water), and unconventional reservoirs. Experts will present work done to understand interaction between injected chemicals with different subsurface components that can be the generator ideas for chemical enhancement and development. Establishing best practices and standards for measuring the performance of oilfield chemicals and methods to share and disseminate accumulated experiences by different organisations will be looked at in this workshop.

Workshop Objectives

  • Connect with chemical experts to help in the chemical product development initiative.
  • Highlight the challenges and requirement for the region related to chemical needed for field operations: drilling fluids, well stimulation, production chemicals, cementing, workover and completion, and EOR.
  • Development of tight gas and unconventional resources require improved chemical characteristics to achieve target production from these wells.

Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) 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 Caroline Attenborough, event manager at cattenborough@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.