SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline


Distinguished Lecturer: Energy-Efficient, Low-Water Usage Heavy Oil Recovery Methods

Numerous schemes to use solvent and heat have been invented and patented for in-situ heavy oil recovery from oil sand formations. However, there is a lack of basic phase behavior data and mechanis­tic knowledge about the solvent/heat assisted recovery process­es. This talk will provide quantitative mechanistic insights into the processes.

Join Jalal Abedi as he discusses the topic.

January 15, 2015              Warri, Nigeria
January 16, 2015              Abuja, Nigeria
January 18, 2015              Cairo, Egypt
January 21, 2015              Islamabad, Pakistan

Training Course

Training Course: Shale Evaluation and Development

Gain a technical overview of the geologic, evaluation, completion and development aspects of shale with a special emphasis on what is unique compared to conventional oil and gas. Topics include:

  • Resource analysis
  • Locating sweet spots
  • Production forecasting
  • Key terminology and concepts
  • Design and analysis of horizontal wells and hydraulic fracturing
  • Identification and impacts of hydrocarbon composition variability

Join Steve Hennings 21-22 January 2015 in Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. Learn more »

Training Course

Training Course: Microseismic Imaging of Hydraulic Fracturing

From its beginning, microseismic imaging of hydraulic fracturing has created controversy. Gain an understanding of the foundation of the “ground truth” from microseismic imaging data, an appreciation for the implementation and benefits of the technology, and an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the technology. This interdisciplinary technology combines geophysics, geology, and geomechanics with well completion technologies.

Join Kenneth Mahrer 22-23 January 2015 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Learn more »


Distinguished Lecturer: Shale Plays and the World’s Energy Supply and Demand Equation

The global shale revolution is just beginning. Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industry’s coordination with a broad set of stakeholders (governments, regulators, academia, the public) argu­ably have equal, and perhaps more, influence on the implemen­tation of new shale developments.

Join Joseph Frantz as he discusses the topic.

January 13, 2015              Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
January 14, 2015              Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
January 15, 2015              Amarillo, Texas, USA
January 19, 2015              Austin, Texas, USA
January 20, 2015              Houston, Texas, USA
January 21, 2015              Dallas, Texas, USA
January 22, 2015              Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Distinguished Lecturer: Offshore CO2 EOR and CCS Program

Offshore use of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is in its infancy, but, with the adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to decarbonize fossil-fueled power generation, there is a time-critical opportunity to add value to the CCS chain by adopting and maturing offshore CO2 EOR. The talk will include policy background, plans by utility companies, sources and sinks for CO2, the EOR opportunity, infrastructure requirements, logistics, and engineering challenges.

Join David Hughes as he discusses the topic.

January 13, 2015              New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
January 14, 2015              Jackson, Mississippi, USA
January 15, 2015              Wichita, Kansas, USA
January 19, 2015              Bridgeport, W. Virginia, USA


Distinguished Lecturer: Oil Field Chemicals and Global Issues

Extracting hydrocarbons from subterranean formations is a prolonged operation stretching over several decades. Dur­ing this period, a bewildering variety of chemical additives are used to address various needs of the oil well operations. This talk hopes to bring awareness to the status of OFC use, to stimulate a healthy discussion, and to propose unifying global approval requirements for OFC use by all nations based on a cradle-to-grave holistic approach. Join B. R. Reddy as he discusses the topic.

January 12, 2015              Great Yarmouth, UK
January 14, 2015              Milan, Italy
January 15, 2015              Hanover, W. Germany
January 19, 2015              Pointe Noire, Congo
January 22, 2015              Kampala, Uganda

Training Course

Training course: Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing & Production

Learn the basics of oil & gas shale evaluation and current shale “sweet spot” selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments.

Join George King 28 January 2015 in Houston, Texas. Learn more »


Distinguished Lecturer: Perforating with Lasers

Lasers are on track to provide safe, nonexplosive, damage-free perforations. Current industrial laser technology addresses efficiency, portability, and reliability issues required for successful commercial field applications on all rock types, includ­ing shale. Join Brian Gahan as he discusses the topic and shares drilling, completion, and subsurface applications.

January 16, 2015              Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
January 20, 2015              Astana, Kazakhstan
January 22, 2015              Baku, Azerbaijan
January 26, 2015              Budapest, Hungary
January 28, 2015              Aberdeen, Scotland


Distinguished Lecturer: Magnetic Shielding of Directional Measurement Tool

The magnetic property of drilling fluid is one of the substantial error sources for the determination of azimuth while drilling deviated wells. These effects represent a significant cost to be mitigated. The error becomes even more pronounced if drilling occurs in Arctic regions close to the magnetic North Pole (or South Pole). Join Arild Saasen as he discusses the topic and gives guidelines to minimize the negative effects of magnetic shielding.

January 12, 2015              Perm, Russia
January 14, 2015              Ukhta, Russia
January 15, 2015              Samara, Russia
January 19, 2015              Trondheim, Norway
January 20, 2015              Oslo, Norway
January 21, 2015              Bergen, Norway


Director’s Note: First SPE R&D Competition

The 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Oct. 27-29.  Of special interest to me as R & D Committee Chairman was SPE’s first Research & Development Competition held on Monday, 27 October.  The contest specifically encouraged researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to address the 6  E & P Grand Challenges: (1) Higher Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Hydrocarbons; (2)  Produced Water Management, (3) In-Situ Molecular Manipulation, (4) Increasing Recovery Factors from Oil and Gas Fields,  (5) Carbon Capture, Storage and Sequestration; and (6) Minimized Environmental Impact.  This year’s winners were as follows: (1) “Electrical Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Fouling for Reduced Chemical Inhibitor Utilization (Vaibhav Bahadur, The University of Texas, $30,000), (2) ” Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR” (Mustafa Akbulut & Cenk Temizel, Texas A & M University, $20,000), and (3) “Multi-Wavelength Sized Finite Elements for Efficient Subsurface Imaging” (Omar Laghroughe, Hariot-Watt University, $10,000).