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SPE Flow Assurance Challenges in Shale and Tight Developments Workshop

28 – 29 October 2015

Galveston, Texas, USA | The San Luis Resort

About this Workshop


The need for further flow assurance understanding and operation optimization for shale and tight developments is crucial to their overall sustainability and profitability.

This workshop addresses the different flow assurance issues associated with shale and tight hydrocarbon production. A significant portion of the operating expense (OPEX) is spent attempting to resolve difficult flow assurance issues. Supporting any cost reduction program for shale and tight developments takes a keen understanding of flow assurance challenges and a sound strategy for addressing them while optimizing the developments.

This workshop covers specific flow assurance challenges:

  • Accurate fluid characterization and monitoring
  • Geochemistry prediction and modeling
  • Production chemistry challenges
  • Artificial lift difficulties and wellbore deliverability
  • Water preparation, management, and reuse
  • Optimization and modeling of gas gathering systems
  • Data interpretation and management

The committee is bringing together experienced shale and tight operators, service providers active in this arena, and academia well versed in these challenges and their proposed remedies. Through detailed presentations and open discussions, the workshop fosters information exchange that enables participants to better deal with flow assurance issues, reduce operating costs, and improve production uptime.

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.