SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Training Course

Training Course: Gas Shale Reservoir Evaluation Methods

Gain training on the evaluation methods and techniques that can be utilized to delineate productive shales from barren shales. One of the major challenges of gas shale reservoirs is to apply conventional log data to acquire reservoir rock properties. Organic matter richness, thermal maturity status, porosity, permeability, frees gas saturation, adsorbed gas volume and rock mechanical characteristics are among those critical parameters that have to be estimated for gas shale field assessment. In this course log analysis for gas shale reservoirs will be demonstrated practically to estimate reservoir properties.

Join Reza Rezaee 29-30 January 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Learn more »

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Distinguished Lecturer: Tight Coalbed Methane—A Giant Worldwide Resource

Because of the coal depositional process and the nature of gas storage and transport mechanisms, a large percentage of coalbed methane (CBM) exists in low-permeability, or tight, coals. Horizontal drilling and enhanced CBM techniques have been successful in recov­ering gas from tight coals, but with limited commercial suc­cess so far. Better understanding of coal geology and geome­chanics will lead to identification of sweet spots that can be successfully developed. Advancements in horizontal drilling technology and potentially enhanced CBM technology will reduce development costs and facilitate commercial devel­opment. Research and development is required to advance these technologies.

Join Michael Zuber as he discusses the topic.

January 20, 2015              Moscow, Russia
January 22, 2015              Ankara, Turkey
January 26, 2015              Nairobi, Kenya

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Distinguished Lecturer: Moving the Frontiers in Artificial Lift Technology in Mature Field Operations

A significant portion of oper­ating costs in brownfields is related to lifting costs and main­tenance of artificial lift equipment. Problems can lead to premature abandonment of a field despite the fact that significant oil and gas reserves remain in the reservoir. To combat this loss of reserves and valuable energy resource, a number of measures must be taken. The pre­sentation will provide a field case showing this process and will give a detailed insight of the basket of technical solutions and the commercial impact.

Join Siegfried Muessig as he discusses the topic.

January 10, 2015              Duliajan, India
January 13, 2015              New Delhi, India
January 14, 2015              Bangalore, India
January 16, 2015              Mumbai, India
January 19, 2015              Shekou, China
January 20, 2015              Dongying, China
January 22, 2015              Bangkok, Thailand

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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 »

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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 »

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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

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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

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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: Flow Assurance—Managing Flow Dynamics & Production Chemistry

The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterization, and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids. Topics include:

  • Key flow impediments with examples from various challenging environments
  • Capturing fluid samples and characterizing their PVT properties
  • Production-chemistry impediments—asphaltenes, paraffin waxes, hydrates and inorganic scales
  • Fluid flow and heat transfer concepts in relation to organic and inorganic solids precipitation

Join Abul Jamaluddin 26 January 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more »