SPE/EAGE Tar Mats & Heavy Oil Workshop: Fluid Characterisation and Development/Operational Challenges 30 - 31 Jan 2018 Roda Al Murooj Downtown Hotel Dubai, UAE


Monday, January 29

09:00 - 16:00
Tar Mats and Bitumen Deposition; Origins and Properties Al Aweer 1
Instructor(s) Oliver C. Mullins

This seminar is designed to introduce a new understanding of tar and bitumen and to bring novices on these topics up to speed. Principles presented in this course will be accessible to those with only the most basic understanding of crude oil. Nevertheless, asphaltene and tar experts will also benefit. The holistic approach will empower oilfield technologists from beginners to experts and from reservoir technologists to reservoir management.

Tuesday, January 30

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10
09:10 - 10:10
Workshop Opening Keynote Address
Speaker(s) Oliver Mullins, Fellow, Schlumberger

10:10 - 11:40
Session 1: Heavy Oil and Tar Mat Fundamentals: Origin and Characterisation
Session Chairpersons Naim Al Jabari, Xross Technology; Stig Lyngra, Saudi Aramco
Speaker(s) Norka Marcano, Schlumberger; Ryosuke Okuno, University of Texas; Abdulkareem M AlSofi, Saudi Aramco

This session aims to define tar mats and heavy oil in terms of their scientific, practical and economic value. The origin of tar and heavy oil will be described and discussed. Moreover, a description of characterisation practices will also be presented.

11:40 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:40
12:40 - 13:40
13:40 - 14:10
Session 2: Modelling/Reservoir Simulation
Session Chairpersons Husham A. Ali, Petro-Energy; Abdelaziz Khlaifat, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic
Speaker(s) Henry Ewart Edwards, Geo-Science Senior Specialist, Improved Recovery, ADNOC Offshore

This session will cover some of the aspects in modelling heavy oil fields and reservoirs with tar mats while focusing on sharing key challenges and best practices. It will also include examples of modelling some techniques to recover heavy oil and tar mats. This session will discuss:

  • The integration of fluid characterisation and other static and dynamic data to generate a reliable model to predict performance
  • History matching and work flows used to calibrate models 
14:10 - 16:10
Session 3: Reservoir Management
Session Chairpersons Naim Al Jabari, Xross Technology; Haytham Awad Mohammed Mustafa, Sudapet
Speaker(s) Megan Pearl, Halliburton; Michael Lefenfeld, SiGNa Chemistry; Berna Hascakir, Texas A&M University / Chevron Energy Technology Center; Mikhail A. Varfolomeev, Kazan Federal University

This session will address various aspects of heavy oil fields and tar mat reservoir management, including reservoir surveillance programs, optimisation approaches and thermal and non-thermal recovery mechanisms. The Middle Eastern heavy oil reservoirs present some additional challenges as many of these reservoirs are fractured carbonates.

16:40 - 17:10
16:50 - 17:00

Wednesday, January 31

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:00
Session 4: Well Placement and Completion Technologies
Session Chairpersons Stig Lyngra, Saudi Aramco
Speaker(s) Megan Pearl, Halliburton; Ahmed Abouzaid, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

The development of tar mats and heavy oil reservoirs has witnessed an extraordinary technical evolution. This session will address and discuss the evolution in well placement tools and completion equipment for heavy oil fields and tar mat reservoirs.

10:00 - 10:40
10:40 - 11:10
11:10 - 12:40
Session 5: Tar Mat Field Case Studies
Session Chairpersons Wael Abdallah, Schlumberger; Christopher Jones, Halliburton
Speaker(s) Sam Noynaert, Texas A&M University; Oliver Mullins, Schlumberger; Mikhail A. Varfolomeev, Kazan Federal University

This session will include heavy oil field and tar mat reservoir case studies with focus on lessons learnt with the aim for identifying what has actually been achieved or planned for real field case studies. The intent is to define the current state-of-the-art practices in developing these resources.

12:40 - 13:40
13:40 - 14:10
Session 5: Tar Mat Field Case Studies (Continued)
Session Chairpersons Christopher Jones, Halliburton
Speaker(s) Nader Mosavat, Muscat University
14:10 - 14:50
14:50 - 15:00