The integrated event for unconventional resource teams

Sponsoring Organizations:

Society of Petroleum Engineers American Association of Petroleum Geologists Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Supporting Organizations:

Association for Iron and Steel Technology Association for Iron and Steel Technology American Rock Mechanics Association American Society of Mechanical Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

URTeC 2017 Topical Breakfasts

Organic Mudstone Petrophysics; A Novel Workflow To Estimate Storage & Flow Capacity

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Topical Breakfast 1

Tuesday, 25 July

The emergence of shale and oil plays in North America has caused the industry to re-examine the methods which we use to quantify the resource and recoverable reserves in place. We present a novel workflow and methods for systematically modeling reservoirs with complex mineral distribution and fluid composition. The primary objectives are for consistent and improved accuracy of reservoir storage capacity estimate and to better identify mobile oil and water producing intervals. The workflow provides direct core to log calibration of static properties throughout the workflow. It also allows for calibration to dynamic properties such as pore pressure and fluid phase properties via PVT tests using correlations such as Standing and Vasquez and Beggs. The model is designed to use conventional triple combo log data. Results from the ‘constrained simultaneous inversion’ calculations are compared against physical measurements from core and/or cuttings. Numerous examples will be presented.

Date Tuesday, 25 July
Time 7:00 a.m.—8:15 a.m.
Location Austin Convention Center
Fee $35 per person
Speaker Kent E. Newsham, Chief Petrophysicist - Permian Resources Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Kent E. Newsham

Chief Petrophysicist - Permian Resources Occidental Petroleum Corporation

An Update on Activity and Technology in the Appalachian Basin Description

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Topical Breakfast 2

Tuesday, 25 July

Activity levels in the Appalachian Basin decreased over the past few years due to reduced demand and pricing, heightened by an expanded basis differential. But additional infrastructure coming online and a recent rally in prices is leading to a slow increase in activity. As some look ahead at expanded activity, this is a good time to look back at some of the technological advancements that have led to improved efficiencies. This talk will review activity in the Appalachian Basin, with a focus on Range Resources’ achievements in Pennsylvania.

Date Tuesday, 25 July
Time 7:00 a.m.—8:15a.m.
Location Austin Convention Center
Fee $35 per person
Speaker Joseph H. Frantz, Jr. Vice President Engineering Technology, Range Resources Corporation

Joseph H. Frantz, Jr.

Vice President Engineering Technology, Range Resources Corporation

Type Well Construction: An Alternative Way of Estimating Reserves for Unconventional Reservoirs

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Topical Breakfast 3

Wednesday, 26 July

Typical Well Production Profiles or “Type Wells” (also known as “Type Curves”) are commonly used in the industry to forecast production for undrilled wells or wells with limited production histories. These forecasts frequently provide the basis for economic evaluation of properties and are also used as the basis for the reserves operators disclose. We will review current practices in type well construction, many of which are erroneous (usually optimistic), and suggest practices leading to production profiles in which we can place more confidence.

Date Wednesday, 26 July
Time 7:00 a.m.—8:15 a.m.
Location Austin Convention Center
Fee $35 per person
Speaker John Lee, Adams Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University

John Lee

Adams Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University

Aramco Research in Support of Unconventionals

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Topical Breakfast 4

Wednesday, 26 July

Unconventional Resources are seen as a key contributor to Saudi Arabia’s domestic energy source for electricity generation and water desalination. The investment by Saudi Aramco in unconventional light hydrocarbon resources will reduce the Kingdom’s reliance on liquid fuels and will provide petroleum feedstock for a growing petrochemical industry. Certainly, the unconventional work being done in the Kingdom is already benefiting from the experience gained by operators in North America; however, given the fact that there are many fewer well penetrations in Saudi Arabia than in North America, locating and optimizing production with the drill bit is not a viable option for development of unconventional source rock reservoirs. Considering these obstacles and considerable future opportunities, technology development and research support is being provided from both Saudi Aramco’s domestic research organization and the Aramco Research Center in Houston. In Houston, a multi-disciplinary team consisting of reservoir engineers, geologists, geochemists, chemists and physicists are using a combination of high resolution imaging, NMR, vapor adsorption, geochemical analysis and core analysis to identify potential productive source rock reservoirs, quantify hydrocarbons in place, estimate flow rates using reservoir simulation and predict EUR.

Date Wednesday, 26 July
Time 7:00 a.m.—8:15 a.m.
Location Austin Convention Center
Fee $35 per person
Speaker Dan Georgi, Team Lead for Reservoir Technology, Houston Aramco Research Center

Dan Georgi

Team Lead for Reservoir Technology, Houston Aramco Research Center