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SPE/EAGE Workshop on Tar Mats and Heavy Oil

2 – 4 June 2014

Dubai, UAE | The Address Dubai Marina Hotel

About this Workshop


Oil companies in the region are being confronted with major challenges of developing and managing oil reservoirs with tar mat. Considerable amounts of heavy oil can also be associated to tar mats in some reservoirs creating additional challenges regarding recovery strategies, well placement, and real-time measurements. The workshop will cover interesting reservoir development case studies, more fundamental aspects such as the origin of tar mats and heavy oil, and very practical aspects such as tar mat and heavy oil characterisation, modelling, simulation, and production strategies and technologies.

Workshop Topics

  • Tar mats characterisation
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Advanced technologies to develop reservoirs with tar mats
  • Well and reservoir optimisation
  • Case studies and real results

Workshop Objectives

The workshop will provide for an informal interchange of technical information and ideas. Short presentations will be made by invited discussion leaders to introduce the selected topics, followed by interactive discussions so that all participants can share their experiences and learn from others’ experience. A full report of the discussions and conclusions of the workshop will be available online to all attendees after the event.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals from the oil and gas industry who are involved in evaluating, characterising, modelling, drilling (geo-steering), producing, and developing oil reservoirs with tar mats.

  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Petrophysicists
  • Geology/Geosciences
  • Researchers
  • Simulation Engineers
  • Geochemists
  • Academics actively engaged in research related to the development of reservoirs with tar mats

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.