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Optimizing Liquids-Rich Development…Marginal
to Mega

20 – 22 May 2014

Sonoma, California | Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

About this Workshop


Building on the successful Liquids-Rich Shale events held in 2011-2013, this year’s workshop will focus on today’s hot topic of liquids-rich development optimization. The convergence of horizontal well and multi-stage fracture stimulation technologies has led to many unconventional plays becoming economically viable in recent years. However, as full-field development progresses and wells are drilled away from proven sweet spots new questions arise about optimum well spacing, lateral length, and fracture stage spacing to maximize economic recovery. How should technology be developed and applied to realize the full potential of these mega plays?

Another emerging trend is the application of horizontal wells and multi-stage fracturing technology to extract hydrocarbon liquids from marginal conventional fields, especially fringe regions—or halos— surrounding areas of historical production. How can the techniques and technologies developed and proven during the shale boom best be leveraged to exploit these legacy assets?

Join experts from a wide range of conventional and unconventional plays at this unique workshop to discuss the critical technical and economic issues affecting the development of liquids-rich resources.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize 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.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.