SPE/EAGE Tar Mats & Heavy Oil Workshop: Fluid Characterisation and Development/Operational Challenges 30 - 31 Jan 2018 Dubai, UAE


Monday, January 29

09:00 - 16:00
Tar Mats and Bitumen Deposition; Origins and Properties
Instructor(s) Oliver C. Mullins

This course is designed to introduce a new understanding of tar and bitumen and to bring novices on these topics up to speed. Principles presented in this course will be accessible to those with only the most basic understanding of crude oil. Nevertheless, asphaltene and tar experts will also benefit. The holistic approach will empower oilfield technologists from beginners to experts and from reservoir technologists to reservoir management.

Tuesday, January 30

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10
09:10 - 09:30
Workshop Opening Keynote Address
Speaker(s) Oliver Mullins, Scientific Advisor, Schlumberger

09:30 - 11:00
Session 1: Heavy Oil & Tar Mat Fundamentals: Origin and Characterisation

This session aims to define tar mats and heavy oil in terms of their scientific, practical and economic value. The origin of tar and heavy oil will be described and discussed. Moreover, a description of characterisation practices will also be presented.

11:10 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00
Session 2: Modelling/Reservoir Simulation

This session will cover some of the aspects in modelling heavy oil fields and reservoirs with tar mats, with a focus on sharing key challenges and best practices. It will also include examples of modelling some techniques to recover heavy oil and tar mats. This session will discuss:

  • The integration of fluid characterisation and other static and dynamic data to generate a reliable model to predict performance
  • History matching and work flows used to calibrate models
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:00
Session 3: Reservoir Management

This session will address various aspects of heavy oil fields and tar mat reservoir management, including reservoir surveillance programs, optimisation approaches and thermal and non-thermal recovery mechanisms. The Middle Eastern heavy oil reservoirs present some additional challenges as many of these reservoirs are fractured carbonates.

16:00 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:00

Wednesday, January 31

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:20
09:20 - 10:50
Session 4: Well Placement and Completion Technologies

The development of tar mats and heavy oil reservoirs has witnessed an extraordinary technical evolution. This session will address and discuss the evolution in well placement tools and completion equipment for heavy oil fields and tar mat reservoirs.

10:50 - 11:05
11:05 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:50
Session 5: Tar Mat Field Case Studies

This session will include heavy oil field and tar mat reservoir case studies with focus on lessons learnt with the aim for identifying what has actually been achieved or planned for real field case studies. The intent is to define the current state-of-the-art in developing these resources.

12:50 - 13:50
13:50 - 14:20
14:20 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:10