SPE Forum: Waterless Fracturing - Reducing Fresh Water Use for Reservoir Stimulation in a Future Water-Constrained World 5 - 9 Nov 2017 San Antonio, Texas, USA

About This Forum

The use of fresh water as a fracturing fluid has limitations. These include limited availability in arid areas, perceived threats to water resources, and potentially negative impacts on production in some types of formations, such as those with high clay content. Additionally, concerns encompass transport and disposal costs and associated induced seismicity, and potential environmental risks.  Overcoming these concerns can lead to better, more economical wells, reduced formation damage and a smaller environmental footprint.

To reduce fresh water use in fracturing, or to replace it entirely, a variety of alternative methods available. These methods include using produced water, sea water, foam, recycled or local ground water or replacing water entirely as a base fluid with liquids such as CO2, ammonia or hydrocarbons.

Alternatives to fracturing include using tailored energetic materials such as novel high explosives, deflagrating solid propellants and liquid or gaseous propellant injection with subsequent down hole ignition. Furthermore, modification of formation properties using chemical or thermal effects can be accomplished adding to tools available for stimulation or re-stimulation. Although many of these techniques have been tried in the past, new approaches and a more thorough understanding may lead to their optimization in the future. These methods and even more speculative options including methods of increasing fluid mobility within the matrix will be discussed during this Forum.

In each case the viability of the method, and the limits and benefits that would encourage or discourage its use will be addressed.

Who attends?

The Forum is a limited-attendance meeting for up to 75 people, designed for professionals in the oil and gas industry interested in reducing the use of fresh water   to minimize environmental impact, lower overall costs, or increase well productivity.  

The target attendees of the forum are intended to be a multidisciplinary group with expertise in the following fields:

  • Well completion and stimulation
  • Reservoir modeling
  • Reservoir evaluation and characterization
  • Operations logistics and management
  • Subsurface analysis and interpretation
  • Field development and optimization

What is a Forum?

SPE Forums are unique, by-invitation-only SPE events that bring together top technologists, innovators, and managers to address a specific industry challenge. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to contribute their experience and knowledge, rather than be spectators or students.

The objective is to create a collaborative, idea-generating arena that stimulates new ideas and innovation about future challenges facing the E&P industry.

If you have a role to play in meeting the challenges of tomorrow head-on, apply today.

Who participates?

  • Are you a young professional with relevant experience and knowledge of the forum topic? Get involved now. Forums are a window on the future that belongs to the next generation of professionals.
  • Do you want to exchange ideas with others in your technical area of expertise? Participation in a forum committee builds a professional network that will last a career. Forums offer an exclusive opportunity to interact with innovators, seasoned professionals, and leading technologists.
  • Are you looking to establish your technical reputation throughout the industry in a way that benefits your company? Forums provide the perfect setting because they serve as early incubators for future trends and technologies.

Benefits to You and Your Organization

  • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your same interests.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of learning through one-on-one interaction.
  • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and universities in an off-the-record format.
  • Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.

Forum Guidelines

  • Brief, facilitated presentations promote maximum discussion.
  • Conducted off the record to support the free interchange of information and ideas.
  • Extensive note taking is not allowed.
  • Recording of any portion of the forum (photographic, electronic, etc.) is prohibited.
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  • Participants are requested to omit reference to forum proceedings in any subsequent published work or oral presentation.
  • A written summary may be prepared and distributed to attendees after the forum with unanimous attendee agreement and SPE approval.
  • Participants are expected to attend every session.

Application Information

Participants at SPE Forums are selected by the Forum Steering Committee based on the ability to contribute to the discussion of the topic. Attendance is limited to maximize each person's opportunity to contribute.

Accepted applicants will receive their registration form and other materials within two weeks of the application deadline. For those requiring visas to attend the forum, please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your visa to be processed.

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