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SPE Tight Oil & Gas

19 – 22 October 2014

Xi’an, China | Sheraton Xi’an Hotel

About this workshop


Unconventional resources are distributed widely around the globe. While the tight oil and gas market has flourished in North America over the last ten years, international activity is still in the conceptual or early exploratory phase. The development of these resources has common characteristics, but also has geographical uniqueness and several obstacles remain, such as restriction of geological setting, insufficient infrastructure facilities, lack of experience in managing large activity/capital intensive operations, and high initial costs to prove economic viability.

To develop international tight oil and gas resources, the industry will need to explore and examine aspects of oil reservoir identification technology, rapid drilling and completion of integrated ultra-long horizontal wells, and highly effective fracturing technology that includes applicable stimulation, efficient drilling and completion technology, optimised perforation, research and development of critical tools, and cost control.

The workshop will focus on various solutions to address the challenges in tight oil & gas operations including defining the concept and connotation, identifying effective reservoirs, defining geological evaluation technologies, sweet spots and advantageous zones, and fracturing technology to increase the productivity and development.


Amongst the topics that will be discussed are:

  • Identification of Effective Reservoir and Sweet Spot Technologies
  • Batch Drilling and Completion
  • Fracturing and Stimulation
  • The Challenge of High Efficiency Development
  • HSE Issues/Social License to Operate/Government Policies/Water Management

Who Should Attend

The workshop will benefit a range of industry professionals, particularly those involved, invested or operating in tight oil and gas development. We expect experienced individuals to share their own case histories and experience and actively contribute to the discussions. Suggested attendees include engineers, geologists, management, academics, researchers, and government policy makers.

Further information will be available soon. Should you interested to be a discussion leaders/presenter or need information about this workshop, please contact Karen Khooi at SPE Asia Pacific Office at telephone: 60.3.2182.3000 or email: kkhooi@spe.org.

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 the SPE 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 Attendee Survey Form.

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 forwarded to registrants with the attendee package upon receipt of registration.


Delegates are advised to book their international/ domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Xi’an, China. Delegates travelling to China must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six (6) months on arrival, and must hold a visa issued by the appropriate Chinese officials prior to departure from your home country. Official invitations to apply for Chinese visas are available from the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Please check with your travel agent or the China Embassy on regulations relating to visa before your departure.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.