Call for Papers

Call for Papers Now Closed


Thank you for your submissions.

Thank you to all Authors for submitting your high quality abstracts for the 2021 SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference Programme.

Call for Papers is now closed and we are no longer accepting submissions. If you submitted an abstract for conference programme, you will be notified of the outcome of your abstract by 1 June 2021.

Please contact if you have any questions relating to the Call for Papers process. A member of our conference team will be happy to help.

We look forward to seeing the results of your work and hearing the latest technical views and developments within the industry during our conference in October.


  • Big Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence Applications
  • Real Time Operating Centres (RTOC)
  • Data security and privacy
  • Digitalisation case studies
  • Blockchain Technologies in Oil & Gas industry
  • Talent Management: attract, develop, and retain
  • Petroleum engineering education outlook
  • Human resources analytics
  • Managing the workforce in a COVID impacted working environment
  • Women empowerment in Oil and Gas Industry

Drilling and Completions

  • Wellbore stability (geomechanical approach)
  • Critical service (HPHT, H2S) well and completion design
  • Innovative well intervention technologies
  • Extended reach drilling and multi-lateral wells
  • Drilling rig fleet – past, present and future in Caspian Region
  • Prevention and mitigation of lost circulation
  • Drilling problems in deep depleted reservoirs
  • Implementation of New Technologies in Drilling and Completions in Caspian Area
  • Implementation of New Technologies in Drilling and Completions in Caspian Area
  • Cementing and drilling fluids materials, testing and evaluation
  • Managed pressure drilling and managed pressure cementing

E&P Geoscience

  • Regional geology, basin modelling and geochemistry
  • New exploration frontiers
  • Seismic imaging of geologic architecture and reservoir fluids
  • Depositional and diagenetic controls on reservoir quality in carbonate/siliciclastic/unconventional reservoirs
  • Application of outcrop analogues in reservoir characterisation and modelling
  • Reservoir characterisation – case studies and lessons learned
  • Geological modelling – advances and challenges
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence in Earth Science
  • Geomechanical modelling

Formation Evaluation and Geosteering

  • Geosteering (well placement) – technologies, case studies
  • Wireline and logging while drilling (LWD) – new technologies, case studies
  • Advances in machine learning in Petrophysics
  • Core analysis and data interpretation
  • Cased hole formation evaluation/analysis behind casing
  • Surveillance (production/injection) logging
  • Acoustic logging
  • Magnetic resonance logging
  • Quantitative petrophysical analysis – porosity, permeability, saturation
  • Imaging techniques
  • Caspian sea “zero discharges policy” design impact issues
  • Process safety management and assurance
  • Effective safeguards and barriers for major accident hazards, including emergency preparedness, response and recovery from major accidents
  • Environmental, social and health impact assessment
  • Human factors and safety culture
  • Technology-enabled approaches to HSE management
  • Waste management (gas, water and solids)
  • Biodiversity and cultural heritage in the Caspian region
  • Human factors and risk assessment

Regulatory Compliance

  • Regulatory challenges in the oil and gas industry
  • Perspectives of transition to the international reserves system in Caspian Region
  • Changes in legislation and regulatory framework in response to the Energy Transition in Caspian states

  • Core analysis and modelling for improved recovery
  • Reservoir geomechanics: fracturing, perforation, sand production
  • PVT of complex reservoir fluids, EOS (equation of state) and miscibility
  • Implementing reservoir surveillance in a challenging environment
  • Advances in well test analyses/interpretation (build-ups, fall-offs and interference testing, application benefits of permanent DHPTG’s)
  • Reducing uncertainties through history matching and production forecast
  • Assisted history match - benefits and shortfalls
  • Dynamic modeling challenges (integration with surface facilities, complex recovery processes modeling, etc)

Reservoir Management

  • Risk and uncertainty management
  • Field management: optimised recovery including IOR/EOR
  • Integrated reservoir management
  • Optimisation of sweep efficiency and recovery
  • Artificial lift retrofits and full field deployment
  • Pilot design, implementation, monitoring, and result evaluation to full field deployment
  • Maximising the value of Brownfield Asset
  • Reservoir life cycle management (predicting and managing changing conditions – GOR, Water Cut, etc)
  • Reservoir surveillance
  • Well Integrity
  • Water management: control and clean-up technologies
  • Flow assurance: prediction, control and mitigation
  • Metering and production allocation
  • Artificial lift
  • Acid fracturing and stimulation
  • How to increase Production rates and reduce CAPEX

Projects Challenges and Flow Assurance

  • Gathering system flow assurance
  • Surface facilities integrity management
  • Transportation, construction, and installation challenges
  • Equipment, materials and reinjection facilities for sour service
  • Optimisation of surface facilities for mature oilfields
  • Hydrate prevention in multiphase pipelines with high salt content

Project Management in the Oil and Gas Industry

  • Project viability: planning, delivery, and risk management
  • Successful project commissioning and start-up
  • Effective project cost and time management
  • Covid 19 impact on oil and gas industry and supply chain

Transition to New Energy Era

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy technology
  • Greenhouse gas management


Paper Proposal Submittal Guidelines

  1. Obtain clearance from your management BEFORE paper submission.
  2. The paper proposal must be no more than 300 words in length. Include a description of the proposed paper, results/conclusions, and the technical category applicable to your paper.
  3. The paper proposal must be received by Friday 30 April 2021.
  4. Submit your paper online.
  5. Do not include the title or author names in the body of the abstract. The title and author information will be requested separately through the submission.
  6. Do not include tables, figures, bibliographic lists, or subscripts in your abstract.
  7. Please note that, if accepted, your paper proposal may be published – as submitted – in conference information media, including on the SPE website.
  8. Authors whose paper proposals are accepted will be required to provide a manuscript for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Authors who do not submit a manuscript and the associated publication forms by the manuscript due date will be withdrawn from the programme and will not be allowed to present. Manuscripts will be due at SPE no later than Friday 6 August 2021.
  9. If your paper proposal is accepted you will be required to produce a technical paper (Manuscript) and presentation in BOTH English AND Russian or Azeri. Providing manuscripts in both languages is obligatory for this Conference. Please note that papers translated via Google translator or a similar programme is not acceptable. Authors will be required to cover any translation expenses.
  10. Please note: if you are interested in having a technical paper published without presenting at a conference, you should submit the paper as an unsolicited manuscript. For more details, please visit

Conference Languages

Abstracts will be accepted in English and Azeri/Russian. Manuscripts will be accepted in English and Azeri/Russian. Simultaneous oral translation into English, Azeri and Russian will be provided in all conference sessions, on-site.

Changes, Cancellations and Withdrawals

SPE and the Programme Committee consider an accepted abstract as a commitment to present.

If extenuating circumstances prevent the author from making the presentation, it is that author’s obligation to find an alternative presenter and notify their SPE Programme Lead and their session chair(s) (if applicable). Withdrawals must be made in writing to the SPE office as soon as possible. Under no circumstances can a submitted abstract be changed once it has been submitted. Cancellations, particularly after a paper has been accepted and publicised, are viewed by the Programme Committee as highly unprofessional.


SPE has a stated policy against use of commercial trade names, company logos, or text that is commercial in tone in the paper title, text, or slides. Use of such terms will result in careful scrutiny by the Programme Committee in evaluating abstracts and the presence of commercialism in the paper may result in it being withdrawn from the programme.


All authors of papers presented at the conference will be required to complete and submit a copyright release form to SPE or submit the copyright exemption form where applicable.

SPE Conference Dual Submission Policy

As of 1 May 2013 authors will be allowed to submit abstracts to only one conference at a time. An abstract must be declined by a programme committee prior to being submitted to another conference for consideration. In the event it is detected that an abstract has been submitted to more than one conference, all versions/copies of that abstract will be removed from consideration.

Any paper previously presented at a conference and published in OnePetro may not be re-submitted for publication at another SPE conference. The author may present the subject matter at subsequent conferences at the invitation of the programme committee, but the paper will not be included in the conference proceedings.

No Presentation Policy

The failure of SPE conference authors to have at least one designated individual present the paper at the conference will result in the conference paper being permanently withdrawn from the SPE technical paper archive in OnePetro.