Shale and Tight Reservoir Overview


Disciplines: Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

This course provides an overview of how shale and tight reservoirs are different from conventional oil and gas reservoirs. This includes major differences in how the reservoirs are characterized, evaluated, and developed plus a review of the unique terminology and concepts applied to shale plays.

Topics:

  • Key terminology and concepts
  • Well completion techniques and strategies
  • Comparison of environmental impacts and development processes
  • Hydraulic fracturing essentials
  • Production forecasting essentials
  • Key differences between shale, conventional, and tight reservoirs

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 or 2 Days

Why Attend

The class will provide a solid foundation for a broader understanding of shale exploration and development activities. It’s also a great opportunity to network with others involved in shale development.

Who Attends

This course is for engineers, geologists, managers, regulators, planners and anyone else involved in evaluating or developing shale gas plays.

Special Requirements

Participants are assumed to have a basic understanding of general engineering and geologic terms.

CEUs

0.8 or 1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1- or 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Instructor

Steve Hennings is the owner and principal engineer for Source Rock Engineering in Littleton, Colorado, USA. He has 20 years industry experience working for a mid-size oil & gas company where he was assigned a wide variety of technical and development roles ranging from production superintendent to simulation engineer to regional technology coordinator.

Ten years ago he left the company to form his own consulting firm, providing technical guidance and onsite supervision for oil & gas development projects in over a dozen different countries. This included individual long-term assignments leading the engineering and geoscience teams at the largest oil field in the United States, the largest underground coal mine in Australia, a major oil & gas research center, and an international evaluation team for unconventional gas reservoirs. Occasionally he conducts technical workshops, including several different courses for the SPE, to share lessons learned from ongoing evaluations.

In 2008, Hennings was awarded the prestigious annual Stefanko Award from the Society of Mining Engineers for his technical contributions. Hennings is a registered professional engineer and holds a BS in petroleum engineering and an MS in finance.

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