Tuesday, November 01

09:30 - 11:30
Conference Opening Ceremony

Janeen Judah, 2017 SPE President, Chevron

Magzum Mirzagaliev, Vice Minister of Energy, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of KAZAKHSTAN

Sauat Mynbayev, Chairman of the Board, KMG

Uzakbay Karabalin, Deputy Chairman, KAZENERGY

Kenzhebek Ibrashev, General Director, PSA LLP

Dr Jozsef Toth, President, WPC

Cheryl Gomez-Smith, Managing Director, ExxonMobil Kazakhstan

Duncan van Bergen, Country Chairman, Vice President Kazakhstan, Shell

11:30 - 11:50
11:50 - 13:30
Opening Keynote Panel Session
Moderator(s) Uzakbay Karabalin, KazEnergy and Antonio Baldassarre, Agip Karachaganak

Keynote Speaker: Ted Etchison, TCO

Kazakhstan has a world class endowment of petroleum resources including some of the world’s most fascinating and challenging super giants. With a large base of mature assets and the development of the Kashagan field, it is a good time to look for resources that will drive and sustain production levels for future generations. The oil and gas industry has a history of building reserves through frontier exploration, near-field exploration, and building reserves in existing reservoirs, through better definition of the reservoir and application of advanced technologies. All of these opportunities are present in the Republic of Kazakhstan: there is the enigmatic deep carbonate resource which is the focus of the ambitious Eurasia project; the further definition and development of Kazakhstan’s supergiants which can make large additions to their proven reserves; opportunities for nearfield exploration building upon existing infrastructure; and a large base of older producing fields which can be sustained through improved/enhanced oil recovery and new business approaches. The effort to add reserves in all of these areas is key to bringing on future production over the short, medium and long term.

Topics to be addressed by speakers:

  • Frontier exploration: The Eurasia Project
  • Near field exploration
  • In field reserves development
  • Enhanced/increased oil recovery
  • New business models


Kurmangazy Iskaziyev, JSC KazMunayGas Exploration Production

Baltabek Kuandykov, Meridian Petroleum

Askar Munara, Ministry of Energy , PRMS

Bakytzhan Kaliyev, KPO

Paolo Emilio Spada, ENI

13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:00
Technical Session 1: Formation Evaluation and Petrophysics
Session Chairpersons Ahmed El-Battawy, Schlumberger and Assel Salimova, Baker Hughes

Formation Evaluation and Petrophysics are key integrating disciplines within geosciences applied to finding and developing hydrocarbon resources. Petrophysicists are employed to help reservoir engineers and geoscientists understand the reservoir. A key aspect of petrophysics is measuring and evaluating rock properties by acquiring and integrating well log, core and seismic measurements. These studies are then combined with geological and geophysical studies and reservoir engineering to give a complete picture of the reservoir.

This session will give insight as to the petrophysical attributes controlling reservoir variability, discuss new modelling techniques and present case studies from Kazakhstan.                             


1430 182571

Drilling Mud Gravity Segregation in Wellbore Zone and Its Effect on Induction and Electric Logging Measurements

Oleg Bocharov, Alexander Makarov, Alexander Seryakov, Baker Hughes Incorporated

1500 182587

The Application of Multi-Sensor Production Logging and Spectral Noise Logging Tools in Optimising Water Shut-off in a Carbonate Environment

Muratbek Aibazarov, Ainagul Khassanova, Peter Hutson, Cesare Dattaro, Tamer Saada and Alberto Brancolini, KPO; and Sergey Matveev, TGT Oilfield Services

1530 182568

Optimum Logging Suite Design for Characterization of Shaly Sandstones as a Part of Brown Field Exploration Campaign in West Kazakhstan

Samat Ramatullayev, Rustem Valiakhmetov, Ilyas Tulenov, Dastan Ospanov, Nurkhat Mendybaev, Mikhail Charupa, Schlumberger; Shaikhan Mukhametrakhimov, JSC Embamunaigas

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Analysis of Porosity, Permeability, and Topological Properties of Pore Space From Micro-CT Scans at Different Scales

Vladimir Tcheverda, Institute of Petroleum Geology & Geophysics SB RAS


The First Application of Wireline 3D Radial Probe for Determination of Permeability and Mobile Fluid Type in Highly Water Saturated Rocks in the Piltun-Astokhskoye Field

Eduard Kazakevich, Schlumberger, Peter Abram, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.; Wicher Wichers, Peter Weinheber, Akikat Makhmotov, Kazuho Sakamoto and Ahmed El-Battawy, Schlumberger


The Effect of Technological Operations on Induction Logging While Drilling

Oleg Bocharov, Alexander Makarov, Anton Mosin, and Alexander Seryakov, Baker Hughes Incorporated

14:30 - 16:00
Technical Session 2: History Matching and Production Forecasting
Session Chairpersons Ilyas Saurbayev, NCOC and Daniel Cumming, Maersk Oil

History matching a reservoir model is a challenging and time consuming exercise. There is no universal approach and every engineer has his or her own workflow to achieve a satisfactory result. When properly performed, history matching results in better production forecasts. This section contains papers that could aid practicing reservoir engineers in the model calibration and production forecasting processes. The topic is discussed from several perspectives including applying hydraulic flow units to achieve a better history match to the use of automated and speed up techniques to accelerate the overall workflow.


1430 182584

Application of Hydraulic Flow Units for History Matching of the Hydrodynamic Model of Tengiz Field

Akzhan Kassenov, Zhaslan Uzykanov, Scientific Research Institute of Technologies of Production and Drilling KazMunaiGas LLC

1500 182560  

Speeding Up a Reservoir Simulation – Case Study on Giant Carbonate Reservoirs

Olzhas Tleukhabyluly, Margherita Dallorto, Francesco Porcelli, Vincenzo Tarantini, ENI S.p.A

1530 182580

Tuning the Relative Permeability Curves to Successfully History Match the Multi-component Compositional Model of an Oil-Gas-Condensate Field in Kazakhstan

Марина Валерьевна Похилюк, ТОО НИИ "Технологии добычи и бурения "КазМунайГаз"

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Reservoir Simulation History Matching and Waterflooding Performance Forecast for a Large Sandstone Reservoir in Middle East

Li Yong, Li Baozhu, Song Benbiao, Zhang Weimin, Zhang Qi, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, PetroChina


16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 18:00
Technical session 3: Well Construction, Completion and Intervention
Session Chairpersons Gregory King, ExxonMobil and Zhazar Toktabolat, BG Group

This session will address technical topics where the challenges of cost and reservoir characteristics have led to changes in practices and the development of new tools and techniques. Case studies will be presented of the application of new approaches in the fields in the Caspian Region.


1630 182546

Evolution of Ball/Baffle Milling in Karachaganak Field Using Tractor Milling Technology from 2011 to Date

Massimo Vitti, Enzo Pitoni, Petar Gazdek, Stanley Wtorek, Arman Izbassov, and Assol Kubeisinova, KPO; David Clayton, Welltec

 1700 182547

Through Screen Gravel Pack: A New Design to Minimize Cost and Reduce Risk
K. Moussa, M. Ashraf, Baker Hughes; M. El-Dawy, A. El-Farmawy, Gempetco

1730 182533

Leading Edge Developments in Ultrasonic Logging Improves Efficiency and Cement Evaluation Quality

Christoph Klieber, Andrey Timonin, Kamaljeet Singh, Jean-Luc Le Calvez, Sylvain Thierry, Mikhail Lemarenko, and Thilo Brill, Schlumberger

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Comprehensive Approach to Job Design for Perforating in Hostile Wells with Advanced Coiled Tubing Gun Deployment System

Rostislav Panferov, Anton Burov, Alexander Zhandin, Gelu Ghioca, Derek Boulter, Schlumberger

16:30 - 18:00
Technical session 4: Reservoir Description
Session Chairpersons Roberto Cosetti, Agip Karachaganak and Sameh Macary, Dragon Oil

This session will focus on characterising reservoir properties beyond the wellbore. In addition to seismic, dynamic methods such as pressure transient analysis and rate transient analysis combining to shed light deeper into the reservoir. These data are integrated with well data into the geological model to unravel the reservoir complexities. The session presents applications in naturally fractured carbonate environments as well as cyclic gas reinjection into gas condensate reservoirs with case studies from Kazakhstan, Russia and China.


1630 182588

Evaluation of the Depositional and Diagenetic Impact on Reservoir Characterization, Karachaganak Field, Kazakhstan

Nursultan Yakhiyayev, Mauro Cozzi, and Steve Jenkins, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating b.v. KPO

1700 182538

Application of Pressure Transient Analysis and Rate Transient Analysis to Dynamic Evaluation on Dry-Gas Reinjection in a Gas Condensate Reservoir with Strong Aquifer Support

Li Yong, Zhang Jing, Jiao Yuwei, Li Baozhu, Xia Jing, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, PetroChina; Xie Wei, Tarim Oilfield Company, PetroChina

1730 182562

Pressure Transient Behavior in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs: Flow Anaysis

I. Vasilev, SPE; Y. Alekshakhin; G. Kuropatkin; Gazprom EP International

Knowledge Sharing Posters


New Simple CO2 MMP Correlation

Mohsen Mohammad Khazam, University of Tripoli


Hybrid EOR Technology: Carbonated Water and Smart Water Improved Recovery in Oil Wet Carbonate Formation

Alibi Igilikuly Kilybay, The Petroleum Institute

18:00 - 19:30

Wednesday, November 02

09:30 - 09:40
09:40 - 11:15
Keynote Panel Session: Project Viability
Moderator(s) Jeff Blake Karfunkle, KMG and Devan Raj, Schlumberger

Keynote Speaker: Bruno Jardin, NCOC

There are many projects in Kazakhstan that were attractive in a higher price environment.  Today, however, many of these projects may not be viable using exploration or development strategies previously envisioned. Projects of all kinds - offshore, onshore, greenfields and brownfield extensions - are challenged to meet financial hurdles. Operators are changing their development strategies and exploration programs to ensure that their projects can move forward.  These approaches include:  application of new technologies, increased utilisation of local suppliers, regional cooperation to maximise the use of existing and planned infrastructure, and by leveraging the efforts of contractors to reduce costs.  


Talgat Amanbayev, PSA LLP
Fabrizio Bolondi, Eni Isatay
Walid Hadi, Shell
Pavel Markman, KMG
Gokhan Saygi, Schlumberger

11:15 - 11:45
11:45 - 13:15
Technical Session 5: Fractured/Karst Reservoirs
Session Chairpersons Brian Evans, NCOC and Rakhim Uteyev, KMG Kashagan

Fractured and/or Karst Reservoirs occupy an important place among the global distribution of hydrocarbon reserves and resources.  These complex reservoir systems require a concerted, multidisciplinary approach to effectively characterise and quantify in the absence of dynamic performance data.  This session will cover the assessment and modeling of non-matrix features resulting from structural/diagenetic processes and their impact on reservoir properties and performance.   



The Evaluation of Karst in the Non-matrix Model of Carbonate Reservoir

1215 182532

Comprehensive Rock Typing of Complex Carbonate Reservoir

Liangdong Zhao, SPE, Yaping Lin, PetroChina Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development; Xiaozhen Zhang, Weiming Xu, LandOcean Energy Services Co., Ltd.

1245 182565

Using a Genetic-based Approach to Enhance Natural Fracture Characterization in Giant Carbonate Field (North Caspian)

Farkhat Ibrayev, North Caspian Operating Company; Fermin Fernandez-Ibanez; James M. DeGraff, ExxonMobil Development Company

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Stochastic 2D Well Path Assessments for Naturally Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs

Clyde Dean Wehunt, Chevron Europe, Eurasia, & Middle East


Integrated Study of Fracturing and Diagenesis Impact on Reservoir Properties of Urikhtau Carbonate Field

Yerlan Seilov, Schlumberger


Challenges and Solutions in Geological Modeling of a Carbonate Build-up

Olzhas Begimbetov, SRI Production and Drilling Technology KazMunayGas


11:45 - 13:15
Technical Session 6: Hydrocarbon Systems
Session Chairpersons Marat Nauryzgaliyev, NCOC and Olzhas Begimbetov, KMG

Hydrocarbon exploration is associated with high technological complexity requiring multimillion dollar investment decisions. Assessing the elements of a hydrocarbon system is an integral part of any exploration work to minimise the technical and financial risks.

This session will focus on novel methods and approaches companies undertake in petroleum systems modeling studies; challenges and hydrocarbon potential of new frontier areas.                                 


1145 182543

Petroleum Systems Modelling in Amudarya Basin

Saltanat Ismagulova, Schlumberger; Saidakhon Abbasova, Odash Karshiyev, IGIRNIGM

1215 182539

Challenge and Hydrocarbon Potential of SN Structure on Kutai Basin of East Kalimantan

Wayan Mahendra Ernata, Cepi Irawan, Yudha Risnandar Sinulingga, SKK Migas; Bambang Irawan, Cue Kalimantan, PTE. LTD

1245 182548

About Hydrocarbon Potential of the Lena-Anabar Trough

Nikolai Aleksandrovich Eremin, Oil and Gas Research Institute Russian Academy of Sciences (OGRI RAS)

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Data Quality Control for Quantitative Seismic Interpretation

Nurgul Kosnazarova, Scientific - Research Institute of Production and Drilling Technology of "KazMunayGas"

13:15 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:45
Technical Session 7: Seismic Applications
Session Chairpersons Francois Jugla, Total & Aleksander Ivakhenko Kazakh British Technical University

From the early exploration stage to the field development stage, seismic applications are widely used to study and evaluate the sub-surface reservoir targets. Crucial information such as reservoir depth, shape, fault pattern, porosity and fluid content could be derived from seismic waves propagation studies when adequate acquisition and processing patterns are used. Technical session 7 will present some examples on how seismic data can help reduce the sub-surface uncertainties to improve the accuracy of horizontal wells geo-steering or to forecast the reservoir structural pattern and fluids content.


1415 182556

Concerns of Sesmic Data Processing for Scattering Waves Separation in Order to Fracturing Forecast

Andrei Voronin, Sergei Sergeev, Svetlana Shevchenko, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

1445 182555

Recovery Fracture Orientation and Fluid Saturation by Scattered Waves: Numerical Experiments and Field Observations

Reshetova Galina, Kazakh-British Technical University; Tcheverda Vladimir,Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics; Merzlikina Anastasiya, Shilikov Valery, RN-KrasnoyarskNIPIneft

1515 182545

Application of Modern Technologies of Wells Geological Support - In the Service of Seismic Geo-steering

V.B. Karpov, RITEK, Т.А. Yurkina, I.А. Ishimov, А.V. Zhirov, S. D. Sadykhov, Baker Hughes

14:15 - 15:45
Technical Session 8: Operational Safety and Safety Culture
Session Chairpersons Valery Kucherov, ERM and Marzhan Bissembayeva, Tengizchevroil

Developments that are being witnessed in the oil & gas industry suggest that safety performance expectations are rising on the back of a general declining tolerance of risk, tightening regulations and more stringent regulators, and increasing material and reputational consequences of major accidents both onshore and offshore. Costs of safety failures are increasing, and improvement in performance must keep pace with rising expectations. This session examines several best practices and approaches related to the development of safety culture, human factors management, safety leadership, offshore safety and oil spill response management.


1415 182537

Development of a Best Practice Offshore Safety Regime in Kazakhstan Sector of Caspian Sea

Maxat Tleshev, Aliya Alpysbayeva, Danagul Bissenbayeva, DNV GL Kazakhstan LLP


The Study of Modern Methods of Oil Spill Response in Relation to the Conditions of the Caspian Sea        


1515 182573

Human Factors Management at Oil and Gas Assets: Increasing Personnel Risk Awareness Through Implementation of Safety Leadership Training Programs

Ivan Ivanov, Andrew Bradbeer, Dr. Alastair McKenzie-Kerr, ERM

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Monitoring and Forecasting of the Pollution of Geological Environment with Polyaromatic Compounds Because of the Oil Pollution

Aleksandr Khaustov, Margarita Redina, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia


The Psychological Risk Management of Oil and Gas Workers

Yana Korneeva, Natalia Simonova, Tamara Tyulyubaeva, Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov


Developing a Pervasive Process Safety Culture

Hugh Sullivan, ERM Group

15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 17:45
Technical Session 9: Efforts in Improving Oil Recovery
Session Chairpersons Aizhana Jussupbekova, NCOC and Ning Liu, Tengizchevroil

Continued efforts in the advancement of Improved Oil Recovery technologies will extend the life of mature fields and sustain energy security.  In this session, we introduce practices for improving water flood and gas injection efficiency, including new surveillance methods for front-tracking injection, analysis methods for integrating data and improving forecast, and optimisation methods on injection rates and well conformance control.


1615 182586

Integrated Approach to Waterflood Management

Ultay Istayeva, Maersk Oil

1645 182589

Characterization of Gas Injection at Karachaganak Field, Kazakhstan

Alibek Kassenov, Bakytzhan Kaliyev, Karachaganak Petroleum Operating b.v.

1715 182563

Tight Sandstone Reservoir Waterflooding Efficiency Study

Mukanov A., PetroKazakhstan Kumkol Resources JSC; Kenzhetayev A., Kamashev A., Kozlov Y., Schlumberger

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Nanogels for Deep Reservoir Conformance Control

B.A.Suleimanov, E.F.Veliyev, “OilGasScientificResearchProject” Institute, SOCAR


Developing Borehole Technology for Monitoring a Reservoir Waterflood Far Away from the Wellbore Using Transient Electric Field

Alexander Makarov, Elizaveta Onegova, Yuliy Dashevsky, Baker Hughes Incorporated

16:15 - 17:45
Technical Session 10: Surveillance and Production Optimisation
Session Chairpersons Nathaniel Cameron, Tengizchevroil and Abzal Narymbetov, ENI

Optimisation of production systems is paramount in today’s cost management focused operations. From pushing the boundaries on collecting logging information in extended reach and highly deviated wells, to coupling and integrating surface and reservoir models, the Surveillance and Production Optimisation session will cover pilots and technical advancements that are making an impact on both cost, data driven decisions, and increased production.


1615 182577

Metering and Production Distribution System Organization

Ардак Кулимбаев, KMG

1645 182557

Increase Oil Production by Minimizing Surface Network Back Pressure Effect in Offshore Fields

Arlen Sarsekov, ADAM-OPCO

1715 182569

Setting the World Record: Production Logging in Extended Reach Horizontal Wells Beyond 10,000 Meters in Odoptu Field, Sakhalin, Russia.  A Case History

Ahmed El Battawy, Semen Levanenkov, Scott MacPhee, Schlumberger, Evgeny Kutenkov, ENL

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Successful Classical Production Optimization Approach to Prolong the Field Life by Means of Well Cycling and “Well Rocking” in Extremely High Water Cut Gas Wells - A Case Study in Offshore Malaysia

Aijaz  Hussain Mithani, PETRONAS


Reactivating Real-time Multiphase Production Logging on Coiled Tubing in Harsh Environment: Challenges, Options, and Solutions

Daniyar Armanovich Argynov, Schlumberger

Thursday, November 03

09:30 - 11:10
Keynote Panel Session: Business Realignment
Moderator(s) John Richard Denis, KMG and Cheryl Gomez-Smith, ExxonMobil

Keynote Speaker: Andy Wiper, Operations Director/Deputy General Director, KPO

The business landscape in Kazakhstan is changing in response to global events (e.g. oil price drop & currency valuations) and domestic events (e.g. Kazakhstan Transformation & redefining the business codex).  Government, private and corporate organisations are defining, and building, ways to compete and succeed in today’s new business reality.  In this session, we will explore what changes are needed to ensure Kazakhstan‘s oil and gas industry will be technically and commercially competitive, successful in a globally competitive environment, and contribute to the top 30 Nation’s status as defined by Transformation (100 Concrete Steps).


  • Building global standard technical capabilities
  • Cultural and work process changes
  • Understanding risk management for change
  • Business simplification (e.g. governmental, vendor, contracting, financing, etc.)
  • Step change and/or continuous improvement (e.g. organisational design, cost structures)
  • Leveraging the scale of Kazakhstan
  • Leveraging international standards (e.g. WTO, OECD, World Bank, UN Security Council) to modernise economy
  • Role of Government in driving change
  • Role of industry in driving change
  • Leading for the long-term


Murat Mustafayev Kenesbaevic, KAZNIPI

Anderson Haas, Degolyer & MacNaughton

Bela Ferenczi, GE Central Asia

Pascal Breant, Total

11:10 - 11:30
11:30 - 13:00
Technical Session 11: Production Improvement in Mature Fields
Session Chairpersons Baurzhan Kassenov, Tengizchevroil and Assiya Kazhikenkyzy, KMG

Material presented during the session will show highly effective approaches from engineering design to its operational implementation. One of the most popular ways to boost production is stimulation through acidising or hydraulic fracturing. Several topics will cover the field results and lessons learnt of such efforts as well as topics that tell the story about bringing previously abandoned wells back online by introducing a new plunger lift system in mature fields.


1130 182554

Stimulation Treatments Analysis and Improvement in Mangystau Region, Kazakhstan

Abdrazakov Dmitriy, Nurlan Bolyspayev, Schlumberger

1200 182551

Plunger Lift System Restores Production in Previously Abandoned Gas Condensate Well

Zhassulan Bolatzhanuly Nurkas, Weatherford


Uzen Block 3: The First Results - Analysis and Conclusions

Фурхат Аблахатович Хамитов, Scientific Research Institute of Technologies of Production and Drilling KazMunaiGas LLC

Knowledge Sharing Posters


Tight Oil field Development Optimization Based on Experience of the Canadian Analogs

V.B. Karpov, N.V. Parshin, D.I. Sleptsov, A.A. Moiseenko, A.A. Ryazanov, RITEK, Y.A. Golovatskiy, O.V. Petrashov, A.V. Zhirov, Y.V. Kurelenkova, I.A. Ishimov, P.T. Im, Baker Hughes

11:30 - 13:00
Technical Session 12: Field Applications
Session Chairpersons Mauro Martufi, Agip Karachaganak and Andrea Scotti, Agip Karachaganak

The large amount of data that today can be gathered from oil and gas fields requires efficient methods to analyse them and to help inform quality decisions. Another view is that the increasing complexity of the oil and gas industry requires that decisions are taken considering a broader set of factors, which include non-technical risks. Therefore, this session will focus on applications of methods and techniques to improve the overall fields performance and the decision making process.


1130 182540

Non-Technical Risks: A Practical Guide for Integration, Execution and Leadership

Zarina Kenzhetayeva, Peter Holding, Carsten Stig, Maersk Oil Kazakhstan GmbH

1200 182564

Efficient Data Integrity Through LIMS-Instrument Interface

Bibigul Magzumova, NCOC N.V.

1230 182574

Real-time Reservoir Characterization in Caspian Offshore Wells

A.Sadykov, Zhambyl Petroleum LLP, A.El-Batawi, B. Akbayev, Y. Dobrynin and Y. Kaipov, Schlumberger

13:00 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:15