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Plenary and Panel Sessions

Monday, 10 December

1100-1230

Executive Plenary Session

Theme

"People and innovative technologies to unleash challenging hydrocarbon resources"

Moderators

  • Ridha Gharbi, Kuwait University
  • Adel Al Malallah, Kuwait University

Speakers

  • Farouq Al Zanki, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KPC
  • Khalid Mogharbel, President Schlumberger Middle East
  • Ahmad Atallah, Chairman, Shell Kuwait
  • Mike Hugentobler, Regional Vice President Middle East/Eurasia

Abstract

Most fields around the world have already been tapped and are in an advanced state of depletion from conventional production methods.  In addition, the recent oil price developments combined with the current outlook on supply/demand forecasts have resulted in new challenges for the petroleum industry.  For the growth to be sustainable, a strong focus will have to be placed by the petroleum industry to tackle the existing challenges of current resources (IOR/EOR, deep formation, deep water reservoirs) and to tap into unconventional hydrocarbon resources (i.e. heavy oil, oil shale, shale gas), thus prolonging and maintaining the hydrocarbon production plateau.  The reality is that we are moving along the resource development lifecycle to more difficult petroleum barrels that will require investment by the industry to recover oil economically and sustainably. Such target cannot be achieved without high caliber manpower and commitment with novel thinking to produce innovative solutions and technologies.  It is an integrated process that requires the collaboration of all involved parties, NOC’s, IOC’s and academic institutions.  The objective of KIPCE 2012 is to shade some lights on the latest available or required technologies to handle such challenging resources and the best practices or frameworks to develop the required manpower.

Tuesday, 11 December

1015-1145

Panel Session 1

Theme

Unlocking the potential of Challenging Resources

Moderators

  • Ali Al Shammari, KUFPEC
  • Graeme Taylor, Halliburton

Panelists

  • Khalid Al Sumaiti, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Scott Reeves, Gaffney Cline & Associates
  • Hans-Christian Freitag, Baker Hughes
  • Mridul Kumar, Chevron

Abstract

What are the Challenging Resources?
Challenging Resources can be ‘Unconventional resources’—shale gas, oil and liquids, coalbed methane, tight gas and complex gas, and heavy oil—so  called  because in order to economically access and produce these hydrocarbons, ‘unconventional’ methods are required to extract commercial quantities. Equally, ‘Conventional ‘ oil and gas resources can also present difficult challenges – such as deep water drilling and HPHT reservoirs - which can test the limits of current technologies and come at a high cost and risk. Interest in developing unconventional gas and oil has accelerated in recent years as conventional reservoirs have become increasingly difficult to find and produce. From an emerging resource 10 years ago, unconventional gas and oil are now a core business of many large independent producers and a growing number of major operating companies, with new efficient and innovative technologies developed to make these reservoirs attractive targets. This will involve the entire production train from recovery techniques, through drilling and completions, reservoir management, separation, transportation upgrading and refining.  Both deepwater exploration and deep high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) reservoirs have presented some of the industry’s biggest challenges—and greatest potential rewards. Deepwater exploration and development demands huge investments in capital and a long-term commitment, and poses even greater risks. On the other hand, advances in deep drilling technology and safer pressure control methods have enabled HPHT reservoirs to be commercially exploited. The key to ‘Unlocking the potential of Challenging Resources’ is to be pioneering -- seek new resources, recognize the challenges and risks involved, then develop innovative ways and technologies to exploit these challenging resources.

Wednesday, 12 December

1015-1145

Panel Session 2

Theme

Developing People and Competencies within the Industry

Moderators

  • Dr Ali Akbar, Kuwait University
  • Badria Farhad, Kuwait Oil Company

Coordinator

Brett Rimmer, Schlumberger

Panelists

  • Saad Al-Azmi, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Wadii El Karkouri, SLB
  • Husain Al-Khaiat, Kuwait University
  • Badria Khalfan, ADNOC

Abstract

This panel is focused on how we give and get the most from our precious resource –the people ,our industry is facing exciting changes that presents both opportunities and challenges  which requires competent professionals with certain skills .

What skills do the professionals need to acquire to be successful in the workplace ?

Are these professionals developed ,being coached and mentored in preparation to an active future in the industry?

How to steer career moves and achieve success ?