Tight Gas Reservoir Development


Course Description

Falling between conventional and shale gas in the reservoir permeability spectrum, tight gas reservoirs are important sources of energy. Their characteristics and development approach are different than the other two categories of gas resources. In this one-day short course, the emphasis is on understanding what is unique about tight gas reservoirs. The course covers reservoir characterization including routine core analysis, special core analysis and open hole logs. Dynamics characterization of tight gas reservoirs including pre- and post-fracturing pressure transient analysis, data-fracs, rate transient analysis and decline curve analysis will be presented. The course will also cover reservoir and geomechanical considerations in selecting well geometry and stimulation. Well and fracture spacing and their impact on field development will be highlighted.

Special Requirements


Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

  • Understand the different approaches to evaluate tight gas
  • Select the appropriate well type and techniques for tight gas
  • Evaluate and predict performance of tight gas

Who Attends

Engineers and earth scientists interested and involved in the development of tight gas resources


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

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Ismail M. Buhidma is a senior petroleum consultant with Saudi Aramco. He has more than 40 years of experience in the petroleum industry and has covered all aspects of petroleum engineering. He has been with Aramco for the past 22 years in non-associated gas development. Before that, he worked with Qatar General Petroleum, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), Flopetrol and Esso Libya. His areas of interest are gas reservoir management, reservoir characterization, pressure transient testing and reservoir simulation.

Buhidma holds BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa. He has served on a SPE editorial committee and participated in several SPE forums and workshops.