SPE Workshop: Slim Hole Drilling and Completion - The Way Forward 7 - 8 May 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About this Workshop

Slim Hole Drilling and Completion is not new. Its application historically has been largely driven by efforts to capitalise on a number of advantages, mainly to attain cost savings. This technique involves wells that are designed, constructed and completed with slim borehole sizes and cased-off with not only smaller sizes of tubulars but often with reduced number of casing strings and fit-for-purpose completions. When properly planned and executed, the savings can come from many sources without compromising HSE and well or operations integrity. This technique also has the potential to reduce impact on the environment if the footprint, equipment and operations can be scaled down, and well drilling effluence minimised. It can offer an economical way to drill and test exploration wells but the envelope has been pushed to also include producing and injection wells thus enabling cost-effective development of marginal offshore fields.

Workshop Objectives 

This workshop provides opportunities for sharing and discussing views, experience, success stories, technology advancement and challenges from various facets including that of operators, service providers and regulators. Ultimately the aims are to encourage more industry acceptance to further explore the technique, promote slim hole drilling techniques in Malaysia and South East Asia and optimise its application to meet the current industry demands of enhancing operational efficiency and reducing well cost. This workshop also enables exchanging ideas and networking with fellow participants / practitioners from other oil and gas disciplines, companies and countries.

Workshop Guidelines 

SPE Workshops are governed through the SPE Board of Directors under SPE policies and practices. Administration of the Workshop is undertaken by SPE staff. 


The purpose of a Workshop is to provide registrants with practical information on the latest applications of relevant technology, illustrated with field case studies and examples. The focus is on sharing of information among individuals knowledgeable in the topic in an interactive environment. 

Workshops provide the bridge between conferences and Forum Series events: 

SPE Technical Conference – “What has been done in the past?”

SPE Workshop – “How are we doing it now?”

SPE Forum Series – “What should/will we do in the future?”


Workshops combine presentation from scheduled speakers with ample opportunity for discussion through question-and-answer and break-out sessions. 


Normally, a minimum of 80 attendees will be accommodated. Attendees are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. 

Normally, a Workshop will last for 2½ - 3 days. Each day will consist of a morning and an afternoon or evening session. Additionally, poster sessions may be arranged as part of the programme. 


The Technical programme is planned and conducted by the Workshop Programme Committee. The Programme Committee comprises of an international group of eight to ten SPE members who are expert in the subject to be covered. One member serves as Programme Committee Chairperson or two members as Programme Committee Co-Chairpersons. 

 SPE provides a list of audiovisual aids available for the Workshop. There are no limitations to the use of audiovisual aids for presentations/discussions; however, any items not on the SPE audiovisual list are to be provided by the presenter at his/her own expense. 

Note-taking at the workshop is encouraged. Attendees are required to attend all sessions for the duration of the Workshop. Attendees will take coffee breaks, luncheons, and diners together to promote informal discussion. 

The Programme Committee will appoint one of the attendees as the Workshop Scribe. The Scribe’s task is to summarise the main discussions and conclusions of the Workshop for dissemination to attendees following the Workshop. Copyright of the summary will belong to SPE and the information may be published in JPT and SPE Online. No subsequent publication of material generated at the Workshop will take place without the written consent of the originators.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, attendees will complete an evaluation questionnaire and will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Additionally, attendees may receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) for completion of the Workshop. The CEUs are calculated based on the contact hours of interaction between attendee and speaker/discussion leader, or between an attendee and materials which have been prepared for the Workshop.

Following the Workshop, attendees will receive a registration list.


SPE considers SPE Workshops to be “open meetings”. This means that any idea verbally disclosed (i.e., spoken) or disclosed in writing could be considered a public disclosure that could bar the patenting of the material disclosed. However, for a public disclosure to bar patentability of an idea, the idea must be disclosed in sufficient detail to enable a person skilled in the art of the invention to make and use the idea. Specific questions on whether the disclosure of an idea will prevent patentability should be addressed to an attorney familiar with patent law before the idea is publicly disclosed. 


Responsibilities of the Programme Committee

  • Plan and execute the technical programme 
  • Select speakers, facilitators, and discussion leaders 
  • Secure written, reproducible copies of any presentation materials 
  • Appoint a Workshop Scribe to summarise major discussion points and conclusions 
  • Moderate all sessions, including any break-out sessions, and act as or appoint additional Scribes to ensure as complete a record as possible of the Workshop
  • Prevent commercialism in presentations and discussions 
  • Promotion of the Workshop through personal notes (largely e-mail) to associates and others who would be interested in the topic 
  • The Programme Committee has no budgetary/financial authority. 

Responsibilities of SPE

  • Prepare and administer the budget 
  • Establish registration fees within SPE policies 
  • Prepare promotional materials and promote the event to secure attendance applications/registrations 
  • Administer the event, including all arrangements related to site selection, contractors, publicity, registration, social functions (if any), and food and beverage arrangements 
  • Solicit, confirm, acknowledge, and invoice financial sponsorships or other support 
  • Provide on-site facilities direction and administrative support 
  • Negotiate and execute any contracts 


Registration fees for Workshop are established by SPE. 

Attendees (including committee members and discussion leaders) pay SPE a fixed fee in advance for their participation in a Workshop. Such fee will cover attendance at all sessions, hotel accommodations, meals, course notes and final report. Due to the short duration and intensive nature of the Workshop, attendees’ spouses/partners are not encouraged to attend. 

The Chairperson(s) and members of the Workshop Programme Committee serve as volunteers in their work on the committee. SPE policy prohibits the paying of any SPE honorarium, or any travel or lodging expenses connected with the committee work.

Speaking Opportunities