Tuesday, November 15
To mark the opening of the 9th Annual SPE Caspian Technical Conference in Kazakhstan, leading industry figures will address delegates and journalists, providing insight and vision on the oil and gas industry in the Caspian region.
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Chairman of the Management Board
JSC NC “KazMunayGas”
North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC)
Over the last few years, the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry have been wide-ranging and unprecedented. While the transition to a lower carbon environment, an increased focus on the application of digital technology and the future composition of its workforce will be recurring themes that define the industry both in the Caspian region and globally for years to come, the uncertainty caused by more recent events is having a more immediate impact. COVID-19 has precipitated fundamental changes in working practices and in the use of technology. Moreover, as the industry has emerged from the pandemic, it has seen demand increase while recent geopolitical tensions have continued to exacerbate price volatility and place energy security firmly on the agenda. With rising global demand, highly volatile prices and net zero ambitions, the oil and gas industry faces major challenges in reducing costs, optimising the performance of its assets, improving its environmental footprint and avoiding future skills shortages. Assessing current challenges and identifying how to navigate this period of rapid and extensive change will be a vital conversation for investors, operators, service companies and government entities across the Caspian region.
Vice-President, Energy Consulting
North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC)
Karachaganak Operating Company (KPO)
Chairman, JSC NC
Country Chair and Managing Director
Deputy General Director
Agip Caspian Sea
ILF Consulting Engineers
Karachaganak Asset Manager
OFS Sales & Commercial Manager
The shared challenge of climate change requires governments, industries and society to come together and the Caspian is no exception. Most stakeholders in the region have stated their individual plans to tackle the energy transition at a corporate level and governments across the region are increasingly vocal on implementing policy changes needed to meet pledges on carbon reduction.
What do net zero ambitions mean for the oil and gas industry and how can it adapt to the challenge of becoming more sustainable through the energy transition?
This panel will examine how energy-efficient development concepts can be deployed and what conditions would have to be in place for this to be economically viable in the Caspian.
Production and operations activities are the core of the oil and gas business, therefore, there is a continuous process of searching for more economical and efficient field development. This session will cover a wide range of topics starting from application of digital transformation, crossfunctional collaboration and picking a optimal well spot for hydraulic fracturing.
|1420||212052||The Study into the Optimal Placement of Horizontal MSHF Wells Relative to the Regional Stress in a West Siberian Field Using the Dynamic Marker-Based Production Profile Surveillance Technology|
|1450||212053||Karachaganak Unified Action Team – KUAT Journey to Cross-functional Collaboration|
|1350||212093||Modeling Sand Transportation in Wells Under Different Multiphase Flow Conditions|
|212094||Poster: World’s Longest DTS Cable Run for Permanent Monitoring Below ESP - A Successful Solutions for West Siberian Wells Surveillance With ESP Systems - Case Study|
|1350||212098||A Set of Options for Stimulation of Wells|
|1420||212101||Development of a Semi-analytical Model of Gas Breakthrough to Horizontal Wells in Gas Cap Zones of Oil Rims Considering Heterogeneity of Reservoir Distribution|
|1450||212059||The Dynamic Marker-Based Production Profile Surveillance in Horizontal and Multilateral Wells at the North Caspian Offshore Fields|
This session will focus on new and existing workflows and methodologies to enhance reservoir understanding, improve decision making, and optimise field development. Case studies will be presented covering a range of approaches and applications applied in the Caspian region leading to improved reservoir characterisation and performance prediction, timely and informed investment decisions supported by systematic approach for uncertainty analysis and risk assessment.
|1520||212060||Uncertainty Analysis Using Multi-Scenario Modeling Approach: Kashagan Field Case Study|
|1550||212061||Development of Gas Injection Strategy Optimized Under Subsurface Uncertainties in Naturally Fractured Karachaganak Reservoir|
|1620||212062||Field Development Optimization under Uncertainty and Risk Assessment of Carbonate Massive Reservoir in West Kazakhstan|
|212100||Poster: Gas-Steam Composite Stimulation: a Strategy for a Heavy Oil Reservoir with High Water Cut in Kazakhstan|
Today's world is characterized by change at a rapid pace – recent pandemic, geopolitical instability and growing concerns over climate change impose tremendous pressure on industry as a whole and projects in particular. This section will compare traditional Waterfall methodology with Agile providing a new perspective on reaching project goals and efficiency in Project Management in Oil and Gas sector; we will also discuss experience in managing the supply chain during COVID 19 and look at improvements in assessing production potential from heavy well intervention that lead to more efficient and integrated approach in managing big well stock and need for production increase in uncertain environment.
|1620||212065||Improving the Approach to Assessing the Production Potential from Well Interventions for Mature Fields with a Large Well Stock|
This session will be devoted to a wide spectrum of production and operations challenges including integrated sand control technology, water slug simulation for transient multiphase flow, and flow assurance studies to better understand gas hydrate formation issues in pipelines. Presentations will include both experimental and field studies, as well as simulation results of sand production in two-phase gas-water flow.
|1720||212054||Sand Production in Two-phase Gas-water Flow|
|1750||212055||Examination of Cysteine, Glutamine and Isoleucine as Methane-propane Gas Hydrate Kinetic Inhibitors|
|1820||212056||Water Slug Simulation for Transient Multiphase Process Flow|
|212097||Poster: Application and Practice of Integrated Sand Control Technology in Shallow Heavy Oil Reservoirs in Kazakhstan|
To meet Paris agreement targets, the Energy industry is actively investigating ways to curb carbon emissions and is developing alternative energy sources. It is imperative that humankind works on these problems right now to provide practical and scalable solutions for tomorrow. This session will showcase studies for geothermal energy extraction potential, CO2 storage and blue hydrogen production from associated petroleum gas.
|1720||212075||Geothermal Energy in Caspian Region: Study of Heat Extraction Methods from Deep Wells|
|1750||212076||Simulation-based Evaluation of Concurrent CH4 Storage Potentials During CO2-ECBM in Karaganda Coal Basin|
|1820||212111||The Concept of Large-scale Blue Hydrogen Production in West Kazakhstan|
Wednesday, November 16
Chief Expert – Reservoir Engineering
General Manager - Operations
Vice Minister of Energy
Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Caspian Digital Transformation Manager
Region Technical Sales Director – Europe, Eurasia & Sub-Sahara Africa
Deputy General Director
Driven by the need to improve efficiency and deliver sustained value, innovations in digital technology are revolutionising how the oil and gas industry operates. Advancements in recent years have been far-reaching particularly within the fields of autonomous systems, data science and artificial intelligence. In parallel with these developments, an understanding of the people behind the technologies and their ability to adapt to changing working practices, new skills and mind-sets is required.
What strategies should organisations in the oil and gas industry adopt to make a success of their digital journey? Current and future applications of digital technology and how they can generate tangible benefits for our industry will be discussed by the panel.
Topic One - Human Performance
We work in complex businesses with many moving parts and risk sets so it is very important for everyone to understand how individual actions can influence decisions made and therefore safety performance in the workplace. Human performance is the way people, culture, equipment, work systems and processes all interact to lead to given outcomes. In this session we will hear how the acknowledgement by organizations that as human beings we all make mistakes and that the willingness to have an open mind and to listen and share with each other in order to learn is key to ensuring that incidents do not occur in the future.
HSE Organizational Learning Team Lead
Topic Two - Decarbonisation
Ongoing debates around energy sustainability and the need to fulfill the energy needs of today whilst building the energy systems of tomorrow are currently keeping top Executives and the Boards of many of the world’s largest energy companies occupied. Developing strategies that will drive the required energy transition and dramatically reduce an organization’s carbon footprint is taxing the greatest minds. The world needs to meet overall global carbon reduction targets in pressing timeframes so that atmospheric temperatures are kept in check so avoiding catastrophic climate change. This challenge is one of the toughest ever taken on by man. We will hear how energy companies are rising to this challenge with expert panel members / speakers detailing efforts being made by their own organizations.
Strategic Lower Carbon Advisor
This session will present the latest technologies and methodologies in formation evaluation through three case studies. Case studies will describe the application of borehole imaging tools in the giant carbonate Tengiz field to improve image quality for fracture characterization; utilization of pressure pulse code testing on identification of “problematic” high water wells and potential uncovered reserves; and the methodologies to reduce uncertainties and cycle time in complex void space porous medias by integration of advanced modern wireline formation testing.
|1130||212154||Combination of WFT and conventional well testing methods to effectively reduce the time for hydrocarbons exploration in tight and fractured suprasalt carbonates field in West Kazakhstan|
|1200||212160||Application of the Wellbore Imaging Tools in Tengiz Field|
|1230||212156||Mature Fields Oil Production Enhancement by Pulse Code Testing|
The focus of the session is to thoroughly discuss the implementation of the subsurface data collected with an aim to improve reservoir simulation performance. Subjects to be covered during the session will be on the recent case studies with a timelapse fluid properties analysis on the field with miscible gas injection and modelling and simulation of non-darcy or tubulent flow observed from well test data collected from prolific oil wells.
|1200||212104||Auto-adaptation of a Pilot Well with the Use of Special Options for Hydrodynamic Modeling and the Results of Stationary and Non-stationary Modeling of Gas-liquid Flow Inside the Well During PLT on COI|
|1430||212067||Modeling and Simulation of Non-Darcy or Turbulent Flow for Oil Wells|
|1500||212068||Reservoir Characterization of a Naturally Fractured Reservoir Using Well Test Data Interpretation|
To meet and exceed the well objectives drilling practices need to be regularly improved. In this session drilling practitioners will share the innovative solutions that enable to reach out to the drilling objectives. In early part of session, you will hear how colleagues in Tengiz field successfully piloted the constant bottomhole pressure drilling and deployed tractor robotics intervention for selective stimulation. Finally, our colleagues from Azerbaijan will share the successful isolation experiences of high-pressure gas zones in South Caspian Basin.
|1400||212069||First Trial of Constant Bottom Hole Pressure Drilling Application in Kazakhstan|
|1430||212070||E-line Deployed Robotics and Stimulation Workflow for Pilot Horizontal Well|
|1500||212071||Drilling and Cementing to Isolate Productive Series and High Pressure Zones: A Successful Case History Enables Zonal Isolation in High Pressure Gas Well with Close PPFG Margins in South Caspian Basin|
This session will focus on new or upgraded technology application in drilling. Practioners will share the learnings in constant bottomhole pressure drilling, deployment of e-line robotics and stimulation workflow in horizontal well and cementing practices of high pressure zones.
|1600||212109||World's First Application of Steel Body Bit in High Chloride Formation with Water Based Mud|
|1630||212073||Engineered Combined Keys Drive an Accomplished Drilling Record in a Challenging Field|
|1700||212108||Managed Pressure Drilling and Managed Pressure Cementing: First Successful Implementation of Advanced Technologies for Unique Wells with Constant Inflow in Slim Drill Project|
Geological data and a better understanding of geological aspects of the subsurface helps to reduce uncertainties and risks that can lead to improvement of oil recoveries and optimization of field development plans. This session will discuss various geological data interpretation approaches that allow to assess subsurface uncertainties and improve reservoir characterizationGeological data and a better understanding of geological aspects of the subsurface helps to reduce uncertainties and risks that can lead to improvement of oil recoveries and optimization of field development plans. This session will discuss various geological data interpretation approaches that allow to assess subsurface uncertainties and improve reservoir characterization
|1600||212078||Geochemical Atlas of Oils and Source Rocks and "Oil-source Rock Correlations": A Case Study of Oil and Gas Fields in the Mangushlak Basin (Kazakhstan)|
|1630||212112||Challenges in Original Oil-in-Place Estimation: Selection of the Best Method for a Field With Non-Uniform Geological Parameters|
|1700||212080||Facies Modelling in Thin Bedded Heterogeneous Reservoir – A Case Study From Dunga Field Aptian Reservoir|
This session features various papers on Production and Operations. Topics focus on case studies and best practices in well stimulation methods in brown fields, rigless well intervention techniques in Subsea operations, modelling and optimization of ESP wells and discusses digital solutions for field production management.
|1730||212116||Modeling and Optimization of ESP Wells Operating in Intermittent Mode|
|1800||212085||Comparison and Optimization of the Stimulation Methods: Case Study of Aryskum and Karabulak Fields|
|1830||212086||Oil and Gas Production Management: New Challenges and Solutions|
Technologies are evolving at an unprecedented pace and present a significant advantage to energy companies that integrate them into their operations to drive business transformation and accelerate decision making.
In recent years, the Oil and Gas sector made significant investments in its digitalization, data analytics and machine learning initiatives.
This session highlights how leading energy operators and service companies are deploying Machine Learning and AI models at scale that increase business productivity and enable more efficient and environmentally sustainable outcomes.
|1730||212120||Using Hybrid Digital Models to Analyse Well Interference and Optimise Field Development Management|
|1800||212088||Application of Machine Learning Techniques for Rate of Penetration Prediction|
|1830||212089||Application of Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Plant Process Upsets During Well Cleanup|
|212118||Poster: Intelligent Methods for Analyzing High-frequency Production Data to Optimize Well Operation Modes|
Thursday, November 17
SPE Astana Section
Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs
Corporate Relations Head
The oil and gas industry is experiencing profound change in its demographic structure. With an ageing workforce and the prospect of future skill shortages – particularly in the fields of artificial intelligence and digital - a real possibility, the need to attract and retain new talent has never been more vital. Perceptions of the industry as a long-term career option among the younger generation are changing in the wake of concerns over climate change and job stability while the need for the industry to adapt the work environment to their expectations poses challenges.
Developing local talent within the Caspian region is an important part of this equation. How can the underlying challenges for attracting new talent be addressed, how can younger professionals be supported to remain in the industry and what further changes will need to be made to harness their full potential?
Geological data and a better understanding of geological aspects of the subsurface helps to reduce uncertainties and risks that can lead to improvement of oil recoveries and optimization of field development plans. This session will discuss various geological data interpretation approaches that allow to assess subsurface uncertainties and improve reservoir characterization.
|1110||212081||Geosteering a Well in Considerable Structural and Stratigraphic Uncertainties Environment, A Case Study from Kazakhstan|
|1140||212082||First Successful Window Opening in Double Casing in HPHT Well in MCA|
|1210||212083||Application of Software Tools to Optimize Drilling Horizontal Wells in Mature Fields|
The session will focus on various theoretical and practical subjects on a well and reservoir level. Case studies included EOR pilot implementation in a brownfield and application and innovative methods of wireline formation testing in low permeability carbonate reservoirs. The session also includes dynamics of the process of removal and accumulation of liquid in horizontal gas wells supported by experimental data and mechanistic equation.
|1110||212090||Model for Nonsteady Water Removal from Horizontal Gas Wells|
|1140||212091||Feasibility Study of a Polymer Flood for the Uzen Brownfield Conditions|
|1230||212092||Mini-Acid: Novel Technical Solution for Wireline Formation Testing Efficiency Enhancement in Carbonate Reservoirs|