Reservoir Technologies of the 21st Century
Abstract: To tackle the current and future challenges of reservoir technologies, the SPE Reservoir Advisory Committee (RAC) began an initiative in May 2019 to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to review, revise, and update the reservoir technical discipline. 56 subject-matter experts—organized into study groups focused on the three main topics of reservoir characterization, reservoir engineering and reservoir management. The resulting green paper*, which is presented here, is not envisioned as an authoritative document but rather a candid, as well as provocative, account of the state of the reservoir discipline. As a general disclaimer, this work is not intended to be an SPE position statement, nor is it an SPE board report. Rather, it is an attempt by a group of subject matter experts to inspire discussion regarding the reservoir technologies that will be required to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
*For the purpose of this work, the term “green paper” describes a tentative report/consultation document with technical proposals prepared for discussion.
Erdal Ozkan, SPE Reservoir Technical Director (2018–2021)
I. Yucel Akkutlu
Vural S. Suicmez