Under the patronage of His Excellency Bakheet S. Al-Rashidi, Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water, State of Kuwait

SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition 10 - 12 Dec 2018 American University of the Middle East (AUM) Kuwait City, Kuwait


Sunday, December 09

07:00 - 15:00
Field Trip: An Integrated Approach to Geologic Outcrops for Boosting Reservoir Understanding Jal Az Zor Escarpment, North of Kuwait City

Organised by: Kuwait Oil Company and Shell

The field trip will provide an integrated approach to geologic outcrops, using Jal Az Zor examples, that will trigger reflections in the participants about the implications of heterogeneities, scale, and 3D distribution of rock properties to models, studies, activities, and insights pertinent to reservoir analysis. 

The field trip is specifically designed to relate the geology to a variety of subsurface disciplines involved in heavy oil development. Topics addressed will include baffles, reservoir modelling, steam conformance, cap rock integrity, well spacing, integration of well, reservoir, and facilities management (WRFM), and observation wells placement.

The ultimate goals are to gain an appreciation for the value that the understanding of vital elements of rock description and sedimentology have for reservoir studies, and for the enhancement of production strategies. Group discussion will be encouraged to share knowledge and trigger new perspectives.


Who Should Attend

This field trip is intended for petroleum and reservoir engineers with any level of experience. Geoscientists, modellers, operations and training professionals would also benefit from this field seminar. 


Learning Objectives

  • Nature and scale of lateral and vertical reservoir heterogeneity
  • Impact of baffles in heavy oil production in Kuwait
  • Relating field observations to reservoir descriptions and dynamic models
  • Appreciation for reservoir variation at sub-well spacing
  • Compaction, porosity and perm distribution issues, as per outcrop observations in the main reservoirs of heavy oil in Kuwait
  • Controls on sand production for screen selection and other WRFM issues 



0700: Welcome and meeting with instructors and HSE specialists at Hilton Kuwait Resort

0730: Depart to field location

0830: Arrive at Jal Az Zor

  • HSE instructions
  • Group selections

0900-1300: Outcrops 1, 2, 3, and 4

  • Analysis: 4-6 examples of reservoir, cap, and seal rocks.
  • Hands-on exercises: sedimentology considerations, deposit environments, rock properties distribution, 3D assumptions, and scale
  • Reservoir Implications: Q&A session, triggering reflections on the implications of the observations on-site for reservoir properties, and production mechanisms 

​​​1300: Lunch (provided)

1400-1430: Outcrop 5

  • Fossil collection (if/as available; restrictions apply) 

1500: Return to Hilton Kuwait Resort

Typical heavy oil development spacing overlain on field trip location.


Outcrop showing erosional surfaces (red and green dashed lines) and interpretation of depositional setting (inset picture). 


Well spacing related to baffle continuity.