Monday, 23 July
In unconventional exploration operators typically drill and produce a single “Parent” well to hold acreage and follow up with development infill drilling once the acreage is secure. This strategy results in reservoir depletion around the parent well by the time infill drilling commences. Performance of the infill wells can vary significantly as a result and the challenge operators face is ensuring infill wells are comparable to the parent. To achieve this goal, innovative completion strategies need to be considered to mitigate the depletion effect of the parent or other production from an offset operator. This panel will focus on strategies for improving infill well performance and will consider how these issues vary from basin to basin.
The federal government has been the primary sponsor of basic research in the United States for many decades. It’s sponsorship has included industry, universities, government laboratories, and federally funded research and development corporations (FFRDCs) such as its 17 National Laboratories. Federal investments at the National Laboratories have produced unique capabilities, such as the nation’s most powerful computers, synchrotron light sources (for studying materials and physical processes), high flux neutron sources (for studying materials and physical processes), and other unique characterization capabilities. These signature facilities and the deep subject matter expertise within these organizations are being used to investigate a wide array of important problems involving computing, materials, and energy systems. This panel will explore the intersections between basic research capabilities at the National Laboratories and industry relevant problems, with emphasis on Oil & Gas. It is intended to provoke thought and further explore how the unique tools of American science can be brought to bear on real world problems.
This panel, which is comprised of senior technology leaders from three large unconventional-focused operators and a major service provider, will share insights about technologies likely to materially improve results in unconventional reservoirs. The panelist will address questions about how far along industry is in perfecting the most impactful “traditional” unconventional reservoir technologies and what new technologies could be “game-changers”. They will also discuss the probable impact of the digital / data analytics revolution on unconventional exploration, development and production operations. The panelists will focus their comments on industry trends and developments, mentioning work their companies are doing only as a way of providing examples to illustrate broader points. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
Tuesday, 24 July
The topic of induced seismicity continues to expand as researchers, regulators, government and industry work on a wide array of topics that relate to it. This panel will focus on the state-of-affairs in Induced Seismicity as related to wastewater disposal, hydraulic reservoir stimulation and other oilfield activities. Previous panels on this topic at URTeC have focused on perspectives from regulatory, industry and academia. This panel will include some of those same key themes but expanded to include a very critical component - public perspective.
The session includes presentations and discussion from:
This special session will undoubtedly be a great chance to listen and learn about the current status of induced seismicity.
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