Shale Reservoir Development: A Global Energy Alternative

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


This 1-day course explains how, in an era of depleting conventional oil and gas resources, shale gas can play a significant role in meeting the global energy demand. In this course, participants will gain a fundamental geochemical and geophysical understanding of shale gas plays and their social and political implications. Other topics include:

  • Understanding the major shale gas plays in and outside of the United States
  • The tectonic, structural, and depositional framework of shale gas reservoirs
  • How to characterize and model shale gas reservoirs
  • How to maximize production from shale gas reservoirs
  • Factors to consider in global shale gas development
  • The worldwide network of existing and new gas pipelines

Why Attend?

This course will open your eyes to the broad social and political implications of shale gas production and its potential for changing the global energy balance.

Who Should Attend

This course is for oil and gas professionals who want to learn more about unconventional gas as an alternative source of energy, not only in the United States, but also in other parts of the globe where sources of conventional energy are depleting, where regulations favor clean energy, and where the demand for energy is outpacing the supply.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


Selim Hannan is a diversified professional engineer with more than 24 years experience in conventional and heavy oil, shale oil, and conventional and tight gas projects. He has worked for multinational energy companies, national and foreign oil companies, service and consulting companies, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Hannan holds BS and MS in petroleum engineering from Moscow Gubkin Oil and Gas University of Russia, a PhD in applied geosciences from the University of Toronto, Canada, and an MS in business administration from Heriot-Watt University of Scotland.

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