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Advanced Carbonate Reservoir Production

23 – 25 June 2014

Istanbul, Turkey | Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul

About this Workshop


Although carbonate reservoirs hold a large percentage of the world oil and gas reserves, many of these fields have been on production for several decades resulting in new challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed by professionals. The upper Jurrassic carbonate reservoirs are prolific in terms of their production and flow properties. However, deeper carbonate formations such as the upper Permian formations consist of several stratigraphic units some of which require the application of fracturing technology to produce gas due to their tight matrix. In order to achieve optimum reservoir performance detailed understanding of their petrophysical, geological, geomechanics and dynamic properties is extremely important. The upper Permian formations reveal complicated mineralogy, porosity system, permeability, geomechanics, and diagenetic properties requiring an accurate assessment of the formation characteristics. Reservoir rock typing, gas accumulation, and their relationship to the pore size distribution and permeability remain big challenge to professionals. Drilling and completion of horizontal wells in these formations require full understanding of the reservoir properties. Horizontal well drilling and geosteering technologies have enabled successful well placement. However, due to the lateral heterogeneity of these reservoirs, not all drilled section is producing uniformly requiring special well treatment and intervention.

Recent development in hydraulic fracturing technology has enabled gas production from these formations. However, some of these gas producing wells have experienced severe problem with gas condensate banking downhole blocking gas flow into the wellbore. As a result, significant reduction in well productivity has been observed. The relationship between in-situ stress and well trajectory will also have impact on well productivity. The sensitivity of the mineralogy, rock fabric, and texture to fracturing efficiency will also be looked at.

The objective of this workshop is to address the current practices of drilling and completion of these carbonate gas wells by examining the current challenges and identifying opportunities for improving the performance of these reservoirs. We will review the latest technologies and practices that will provide more understanding for geoscientists and engineers. The goal is to have extensive discussion and debate over various technology applications and the value they add to the well delivery.

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Workshop Guidelines


Two and 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.