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SPE Complex Reservoir Fluids III: Focusing on Reservoir Fluids from the Middle East

15 – 17 September 2014

Dubai, UAE | Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort

About this Workshop


Fluid properties play an integral part in the entire E&P life cycle from exploration to mature asset
management to EOR/IOR. The amount of data required and the quality vary during the full life cycle
of a reservoir. The characterization of reservoir fluids is normally achieved via Pressure, Volume, and Temperature (PVT) experiments in combination with modern EOS tools and correlations.

As we are holding this workshop in the Middle East, we will be focusing on more regional problems and
the use of PVT and other relevant complementary information such as geochemical data. Some of the
regional focus will be on acid gases (H2S/CO2) and their impact on reservoir initialisation, performance,
and peripheral issues, including their disposal. In addition, EOR/IOR aspects and how they are
distributed in large-scale reservoir systems, and their generation, will be discussed. Carbonate systems,
where most of these fluids reside, along with tight systems, will be covered in terms of regional
basis, and learnings from other parts of the world are expected to be shared among the participants.
Integration in such complex systems, when compared to two decades ago, finds significant progress
in terms of enabling technologies, like modern wireline tools, in-situ analysis tools, etc. As such
technologies become more affordable, their impact is being felt in a wide spectrum of projects. As we
are drilling deeper and exploring depositional environments/rocks that were not explored at commercial
scales before, we are discovering increasingly complex fluids at extreme conditions of reservoir pressure and temperature.

In recent years, there has been an added dimension to the complexities encountered in reservoir fluids
where the fluid phase behaviour is affected by pore proximity (i.e. shales and nano-darcy systems).
Of late, such complexities have been discussed heavily in literature. Not only reservoir conditions,
but also a wide spectrum of fluids has been discovered to increase the compositional complexity in
such environments. Produced/discovered fluids span the range of lean/dry gases (acid gases/sweet
gases, etc.) to extra heavy oils and bitumen. As the fluids and the reservoir conditions become more
challenging, progress in the computational area is also being made, such as new EOS models (including pore proximity effects) and computational techniques, advanced characterisation methods, etc.

This workshop will focus on the new developments in all elements of the development cycle, including
exploration, reservoir and production management, EOR/IOR and even CO2 sequestration. It will bring
together leading industry experts from multiple disciplines to share their experience on various aspects of reservoir fluids.


This comprehensive and focused two and a half day workshop will allow participants to:

  • Review and critique the latest technical advancements, associated reservoir fluid technologies, and management for the full E&P life cycle from exploration to EOR/IOR, with special emphasis on carbonate fluid systems and sour systems.
  • Share experiences via case histories.
  • Exchange/discuss ideas with fellow participants/experts from other companies, research institutes and universities.
  • Form a stronger network in the area of reservoir fluids/PVT, leading to future collaborative R&D/exchange of information at various levels.
  • Tie-in with and complement the previous SPE workshop held in Houston (November 2012).

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for engineers, scientists and professionals who work with reservoir fluids and fluid data at various capacities, from hands-on data generation/handling to end-users of the data. Such professionals include but are not limited to reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, petroleum geologists, production engineers, flow assurance engineers, geochemists, and process engineers. Experts from the laboratories are also welcome. Attendees are expected to actively participate in discussions and to share knowledge and ideas.

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


Two and a half (2.5) 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.


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.