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SPE Formation Damage Mitigation and Remediation

24 – 27 June 2014

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

About this workshop


The PetroWiki defines formation damage as “the impairment of the unseen by the inevitable, causing an unknown reduction in the unquantifiable. In a different context, formation damage is defined as the impairment to reservoir (reduced production) caused by wellbore fluids used during drilling/completion and workover operations. It is a zone of reduced permeability within the vicinity of the wellbore (skin) as a result of foreign-fluid invasion into the reservoir rock.” 
This definition must also encompass geochemical as well as mechanical damage that occurs during the production of a well, like paraffin, asphaltene and scale precipitation, wettability and saturation effects, fines migration and pore throat collapse. In any case, whether it is a damage caused by the injection of foreign fluids into the reservoir or the production of naturally occurring fluids, the end result is the area of reduced permeability. The near wellbore area (3 to 5 feet) is normally the most critical area where the damage causes significant reduction in production. 

This workshop will focus on the various ways of prevention, mitigation and remediation of formation damage. This is a very topical workshop as formation damage occurs in just about every well.  As an industry we have many tools to prevent and battle formation damage; we just need to learn to use them wisely.

The principal objective of this Workshop is to provide a facilitated forum where participants will be able to:

  1. obtain an understanding of the main causes of formation damage
  2. obtain the latest information on methods to prevent it
  3. exchange and test concepts and applications with other users
  4. discuss new developments and review emerging technologies to eliminate formation damage
  5. share industry best practices and global experience
  6. network with other professionals and establish contacts for future dialogue

The Workshop will be conducted in an interactive environment and will focus on the latest developments in the process and technology of formation damage mitigation and remediation via case histories and discussions. It will consider the entire life cycle of a well, from drilling through completion to production, workover and remedial stimulation. It will follow a proven format that facilitates open discussion and exchange of ideas, combining presentations from subject and industry experts followed by question-and-answer and discussion sessions for the active engagement of all participants.

Who Should Attend

This Workshop should be of interest to anyone working in drilling, completions, reservoir engineering, production and workover as all of these areas impact either the creation or remediation of formation damage. Multi-disciplinary professionals involved in reservoir characterisation, well construction and completion, production engineering and well management will benefit from participating in this workshop.

Workshop Guidelines


    • 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.
    • 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.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on 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 the Workshop objectives and SPE’s 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 Workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the Workshop website by April 2014.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Malaysia/Kota Kinabalu.

All travellers to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements for Malaysia.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.