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Special Sessions

Monday, 9 November

0900-1000

Great Hall 2

SE01 Opening Session

Speakers:

James Purtill James Purtill
Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland Government
Stephen Kelemen Stephen Kelemen
Santos Ltd.
Janeen Judah Janeen Judah
Chevron
Monday, 9 November

1030-1230

Great Hall 2

SE02 Executive Plenary Session

Session Moderators:

Mike Gatens, Unconventional Gas Resources Canada; Mike Zuber, Schlumberger Oilfield Australia Pty. Ltd.; Stephen Kelemen, Santos Ltd.

Panelists:

David Knox David Knox
Santos Ltd.
Vello Kuuskraa Vello Kuuskraa
Advanced Resources International Inc.
Rudy Ryacudu Rudy Ryacudu
Pertamina Hulu Energi
Jim Stannard Jim Stannard
PETRONAS Australia Pty. Ltd.
Monday, 9 November

1400-1530

Great Hall 2

SE03 Panel Session 1: Executive Perspective on Unconventional Resource Development

Over the past 10 years, most operators have moved a significant portion of their manpower and capital into unconventional resource development. However, with thin margins and high activity levels, unconventional resource development requires different workflows, processes and capabilities. This session will provide perspective from senior management on the changes required to be successful in this highly competitive and challenging sector. Specific topics to be discussed in this session will include:

• What are the keys to success in large scale unconventional development?
• What organizational changes were required to be competitive?
• What is the role of technology and innovation in achieving commercial results?

In addition to the above, operators will also provide an overview of their specific plays which will illustrate the magnitude of the activity levels and manpower requirements to undertake unconventional resource development on a material scale.

Session Moderators:

Mike Gatens, Unconventional Gas Resources Canada; Jim Stannard, PETRONAS Australia Pty. Ltd.

Panelists:

Chris Faulkner Chris Faulkner
Breitling Oil and Gas
Mark Fitzgerald Mark Fitzgerald
Progress Energy
Blair Goertzen Blair Goertzen
Enerflex
Tuesday, 10 November

0830-1000

Great Hall 2

SE04 Panel Session 2: Emerging Strategies in Data Analytics

For the oil and gas industry, managing large arrays of data and applying the appropriate analytics is not new to decision making processes that ranges from exploration to full field development. In order to better understand the subsurface integration and assimilation of a wide range of data – from seismic to production data – while integrating drilling, completion, and reservoir related data, we require high resolution visualisation tools to allow better interpretation of data trends.

As we enter the world of unconventional resource exploitation and development, the level of uncertainty in reservoir subsurface properties increases by orders of magnitude. Hence, it is important that we implement appropriate and optimised algorithms, efficient manipulation of data, and proper analytical methods that result in concluding analytics, which ultimately, will allow optimal exploitation and development of unconventional resources.

In this panel, we strive to achieve this goal by assembling experts in data mining (e.g. seismic, completion, stimulation and reservoir), data analysis and modelling methods. Panellists will discuss improved methods to manage and interpret large arrays of data to facilitate better informed decision-making in unconventional reservoir.

Session Moderators:

Usman Ahmed, Baker Hughes Inc.; Ray Johnson Jr., Unconventional Reservoir Solutions

Panelists:

Steve Begg Steve Begg
University of Adelaide
Jim Erdle Jim Erdle
Computer Modelling Group Ltd.
Keith Holdaway Keith Holdaway
SAS Global Oil & Gas Business Unit
Tuesday, 10 November

1030-1200

Great Hall 2

SE05 Panel Session 3: Integrating Formation Evaluation Data

Over the last few years, ever-increasing hydrocarbon production from unconventional resources or source rock reservoirs, especially in North America, has significantly altered the global energy supply and demand supply landscape.

Meanwhile, the last 10 years has also seen significant advances in the efficiency of wellbore construction and formation stimulation. However, our understanding of what “makes unconventional plays work” has not progressed at the same pace.

Most unconventional resource plays in Asia Pacific are in early stages of development compared to conventional reservoir systems. However, based on the multi-level scale of the reservoir and processes, both physical and in time, multiple analysis methods must be combined in order to develop a clearer understanding of unconventional resource plays.

Understanding unconventional plays requires a multi-disciplinary approach to formation evaluation from a petrophysical, geological and geomechanical point of view. Data from core, cuttings, petrophysical, geological and well test investigation methods need to be integrated to provide a more accurate model of the subsurface. Such a model can be used not only to better forecast formation response to hydraulic stimulation, but also to better forecast well production. A combination of a number of analysis methods (static and dynamic) yields the most reliable results. In turn, the reliability of these methods gains importance in times of low oil prices.

The scales of interest for unconventional resources range from the nano-pore-scale through the well log-scale up to the reservoir (or SRV), which is many orders of magnitude. Integration of these different data sets and analysis methods (static and dynamic) is essential and complex.

In this session, recent advances in tools, testing and analysis methods to enable better evaluation of unconventional resources will be presented and discussed.

Session Moderators:

Russell King Byfield, Strategy Central; Marcel Bernard Croon, Weatherford Asia Pacific PTE; HC Freitag, INTEQ

Panelists:

Pat Lasswell Pat Lasswell
Weatherford
Rick Lewis Rick Lewis
Schlumberger
Randy Miller Randy Miller
Core Laboratories
Wednesday, 11 November

0900-1030

Great Hall 2

SE06 Panel Session 4: Sweet Spot Identification

Unconventional reservoirs are inherently complex and well production performance typically varies widely across basins, fields, and even well-to-well. Commercial success depends upon finding and developing the “sweet spots” in unconventional reservoirs to maximise production and reserves.

Sweet spots are the optimal place to drill, complete and stimulate a well. Sweet spots exist at the basin, play, reservoir and well scale. Historically, sweet spots have been found with the drillbit and statistics. However, we can no longer afford to rely on this approach. This panel discussion will explore the challenges of finding sweet spots in unconventional reservoirs – at all scales – and the current technologies that industry is using to define and exploit them.

Session Moderators:

Usman Ahmed, Baker Hughes Inc.; Mike Zuber, Schlumberger Oilfield Australia Pty. Ltd.

Panelists:

Mike Gatens Mike Gatens
Unconventional Gas Resources Canada
Khalil Rahman Khalil Rahman
Baker Hughes Ltd.
Richard Salter Richard Salter
Schlumberger
Wednesday, 11 November

1100-1230

Great Hall 2

SE07 Panel Session 5: Geomechanics Influence in Hydraulic Fracturing

Tectonic provinces in the Asia Pacific region are particularly prone to significant variability in stress magnitudes and Andersonian type stress geometries (strike-slip, normal and reverse regime) both vertically and laterally. This creates challenges of constructing one-dimensional to three-dimensional geomechanical models that adequately represent the interaction of stress, rock properties and rock fabric on hydraulic fracture growth, particularly in regimes of high horizontal stress.

The panel session will present a brief overview of the technical journey of geomechanics to its present day use in design interpretation and modelling of hydraulic fracture stimulations. Speakers will introduce specific case studies showing both success and ongoing challenges in the use of geomechanical concepts and their implementation in fracture completions – especially in high tectonic stress regimes.

This session aims to draw out the complexity in designing hydraulic fractures in the context of contrasting rock-physical properties and varying stress parameters. Of particular interest is the fit-for-purpose adaptation of geomechanical concepts to design stimulations in environments with highly contrasting rock properties (eg. shale, coal) in combination with stress regimes. This should be evaluated in the context of the capability and theory currently applied in frac simulators or frac design applications.

Through this session, practitioners in both geomechanics and hydraulic fracture modelling should better appreciate the implications of the stress regime in hydraulic fracture modelling and the limitations of current models to address these complexities.

Session Moderators:

Thomas Flottman, Origin Energy Ltd.; Emma Jane Tavener, Santos Ltd.

Panelists:

Ahmed Abou-Sayed Ahmed Abou-Sayed
Advantek International Corp.
Rob Jeffrey Rob Jeffrey
SCT Operations
Jeremy Meyer Jeremy Meyer
Ikon Science
Sau-wai Wong Sau-wai Wong
Shell International E&P
Wednesday, 11 November

1400-1530

Great Hall 2

SE08 Panel Session 6: 'Mega Projects': Past, Present and Future

The lesson-learned from the North American unconventional experience is that these plays cannot be exploited by small, incremental steps. If we are to be successful in developing these types of reservoirs, we have to use a ‘Mega-Projects’ concept with dozens of wells to define a play, and hundreds of wells to develop a play.
A number of Asia Pacific unconventional gas ‘Mega-Projects’ are near completion or are commencing deliveries. Successful delivery of these projects has depended on addressing key technical issues, project management challenges, political and community engagement issues. A panel of executives representing several of these successful projects are to share with the audience how each project fared in the ‘technical’ metrics of a given ‘Mega Project,’ including the following factors:
• scoping;
• cost management;
• scheduling and implementation; and
• achieving defined business objectives.

As well as sharing experiences relating to each panellist’s project, speakers will also provide insights into future 'Mega-Projects' by addressing relevant questions based on their experiences, such as:
• What are the main impediments to such ‘Mega Projects’ and what are some of the ways to overcome these impediments?
• With the risk profile and large capital costs, what is the impact of subsurface reservoir characterisation, prior to committing to development?
• What is the best way to acquire and manage resources (people, materials, and fabrication capacity)?
• How do we ensure that the development plan delivers the business objectives?
• What is the role of technology — as an enabler? As a game-changer?
• Do we have the project management skills and business climate required to ensure success of these projects at the current maturity of the unconventional market in the Asia Pacific region?

Session Moderators:

Tom Blasingame, Texas A&M University; Ray Johnson Jr., Unconventional Reservoir Solutions; Stephen Kelemen, Santos Ltd.

Panelists:

Stephen Begg Stephen Begg
University of Adelaide
Trevor Brown Trevor Brown
Santos Ltd.
Michael Hollewand Michael Hollewand
Hollewand Consulting Associates Pty Ltd
Rebecca Pickering Rebecca Pickering
Origin Energy