Drilling Execution & Optimisation of MRC & ER Wells in Challenging ...


Drilling Execution & Optimisation of MRC & ER Wells in Challenging ...

Steering Committee

Greg Conran



John Jorden




Drilling Execution &

Optimisation of MRC &

ER Wells in Challenging


27-29 April 2009

Le Royal Méridien

Abu Dhabi, UAE

>>Registration deadline:

27 March 2009

>>Register by fax, email or

online at www.spe.org/atws

Ali O. Al-Qarni

Saudi Aramco

Bill Martin


Workshop Abstract

David Poirier

Baker Hughes

Eric Casse


Hamad al-Athbah


Mohammed Qutob


Robert Dickenson


Russell Croley


Sultan Al Mansouri

National Drilling Company

The industry continues to deliver remarkable technical achievements in directional and horizontal

wells, with a new record set at a measured depth beyond 40,000 feet and with a stepout at nearly

38,000 ft. With the projected planned growth in directional wells and the associated increase in

horizontal and complex wells, the operating limit of many drilling units could be reached and require

that alternative practices or technology are utilized to help deliver results. But how do we optimize the

drilling process and deliver consistent results in these challenging extended reach environments?

Technological developments are continuing on a regular basis but in isolation, may not address all

perceived challenges for current field developments and cost effective extended reach (ER) solutions.

With a continual need to increase field output there is an associated requirement for the management

of operating costs whilst still delivering increased drilling performance and service delivery in

Extended Reach Drilling (ERD). Review and improvement in conventional and ER operational

practices require further focus with greater communication and interaction between all project team


With the growing interest and regional focus in Extended Reach Drilling:

• Do we have the people, processes and technology available, to stretch the operating envelope?

• Are the successes consistent and repeatable?

• How are we developing our knowledge and lessons learned.

• Where are the next challenges to overcome?

The workshop will help identify key lessons learned and look to the way forward for successful ERD

within the region.

Topics covered will include:

• Learning the lessons from world class operations

• The role of people, developing skill sets, expertise and knowledge

• Managing risk and determining clear and standard performance metrics

• Understanding the well design concepts, rig efficiency, challenges, limitations and requirements

• Real time applications, monitoring and interaction

• What is the role of QA/QC in ER Wells?

Who Should Attend

The intended audience of this workshop is Drilling and Completion Engineers, Geologists,

Petrophysicists, Rig Operators, Drilling Team Leaders and Management.


Register online at www.spe.org/atws

General Information


Welcome Reception followed by 2 days of informal

discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations

and discussions.

Poster Sessions:

The Steering Committee encourages registrations from

professionals who are able to prepare and present a poster

on a relevant project. Details of the poster size and facilities

will be provided in the joining instructions.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come first-served

basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance

from those who can contribute to the workshop most

effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of

attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies and

disciplines will be encouraged.


• Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal

papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.

• Work in progress, new ideas and interesting projects are


• Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required;

handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.

• Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables:

• The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record

the discussions and to produce the full Workshop Report

for SPE.

• This report will be circulated to all attendees as the

Workshop deliverable within 4-6 weeks following the

Workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.

• PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a

specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision

of the materials by the speakers will signify their

permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission,

commercialism in posters or presentations will not be

permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide

and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and

others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate:

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting

to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be

provided in exchange for a completed Workshop


Registration Information:

The registration fee is USD 1,850 for SPE members and

USD 1,950 for non-members.

The fee includes the following:

• All workshop sessions

• Welcome reception on Monday, 27 April 2009

• Daily coffee breaks and luncheons

• Workshop Workbook

Note: Registration fee does NOT include hotel

accomodation for attendees.

Registration Policy:

• Registration fee MUST be paid in advance for attending

the Applied Technology Workshop.

• Full fixed fee is charged regardless of the length of time

that the registrant attends the Workshop.

• Fixed fee cannot be prorated or reduced for anyone

(Workshop co-chairpersons, committee members,

speakers, discussion leaders, students and registrants).

• Attendees are expected to attend all workshop sessions

and are not permitted to attend on a partial basis.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

a) A processing fee of USD 100 will be charged for

cancellations received before the registration deadline

27 March 2009.

b) For cancellations received after the registration deadline,

27 March 2009, 25% refund will be made to the


c) No refund on cancellations received within seven (7)

days prior to the Workshop date, i.e. on or after

20 April 2009.

d) No refund will be issued if a registrant fails to attend the


Workshop Venue:

Le Royal Méridien

Sheikh Khalifa Street

PO Box 45505, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Tel: +971.2.674.2020; Fax: +971.2.695.0434

Website: www.starwoodhotels.com

Attention Non-Members: Sign Up On-Site for One

Year Membership and Get One Additional Year!

Call SPE Middle East, North Africa and India on

+971.4.390.3540 or Email mchopra@spe.org for

More Information

Gold Sponsor:

Continuing Education Units:

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing

Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of

the Workshop.

Register online at www.spe.org/atws


Tentative Technical Agenda

Monday, 27 April

1800–1900 hours

Collection of Badges and Delegate Packs

1900 hours

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, 28 April

Session 1:

ERD / MRC - Lessons Learnt and the Way


0900–1230 hours

This panel will open with a brief overview of the key lessons

learnt from recent regional ERD campaigns and


It will set the scene for discussions and audience

interaction. Additionlly, the panelists will highlight their

thoughts and ideas on the way forward to further improve

and deliver successful ERW and MRC.

Session 2:

People & Process: What Needs to Change?

1400–1730 hours

With the application and introduction of new technologies,

drilling hydrocarbon wells is becoming both sophisticated

and more challenging. Extended Reach and MRC wells are

no longer considered hybrids of wells for recovering oil,

rather they are becoming more and more the norm.

To better achieve the desired objective of enhancing

the efficiency in drilling these types of wells and optimize

the resources utilized, a new set of skills for our engineers

and a new breed of experts are required. Coupling focused

technical training with operational development

programmes is a must to address the challenges facing

the type of wells we are embarking on drilling extensively.

Enhanced processes as well as new processes of design,

risk assessment and operational excellence are critical to

the success of our endeavor to raise the bar for drilling

operations in order to meet the demanded changes.

Knowledge Management is a key factor in leveraging

technical/operational knowledge and experience among

the different teams and experts. Another key factor is

developing the leadership competencies in our workforce

to embrace the needed change and address HSE

associated challenges.

Operating companies, Services Providers, Drilling

Contractors and Research & Development Institutes can

positively contribute and help achieve improvements

through collaborations in the following areas:

• Operational reliability.

• Joint research and development and technology

development initiatives.

• Human resource development.

• Cooperation in environmental protection and stewardship.

Wednesday, 29 April

Session 3:


0900–1230 hours

New technologies (especially in combinations) have

increasingly been the enablers for game-changer

advances in exploration drilling in deep water prospects,

integrated drilling and production centers from land and

islands in coastal or shallow waters and improved field

development and delineation drilling well productivities and

reservoir sweep and recovery.

New field developments are now exploiting ERD with very

large (maximum) reservoir contact (MRC) that combines

several recent technology developments including ICDs,

swellable packers, expandables, intelligent completions,

high-performance drilling and completion fluids, balanced

pressure and casing drilling among others.

This session is intended to highlight benchmark

applications of new technologies to ERD and MRC

wells, current technological limitations and emerging

technologies to enable the next step changes in drilling and

well performance.

Session 4:

Real Time Applications and Process

1400–1730 hours

When targeting challenging objectives such as ER or MRC

wells, downhole data monitoring and real time processing

& follow up can bring significant support to the drilling

operation. Allowing to remotely monitor, model and control

the operation processes, it enhances the quality of the

placement of the drain while reducing risks on equipment

failure or drilling breakdowns. Remote operation

management is organised around a panel of well selected

experts who, from the head offices, have access in real

time to key data from the well, and can support the local

operation team in decision making. Case studies are

proposed to illustrate this topic.

SPE APPLIED TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP Registration Deadline: 27 March 2009

Drilling Execution & Optimisation of MRC & ER Wells in Challenging Environments

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:

a) A processing fee of USD 100 will be charged for cancellations received before the registration deadline 27 March 2009.

b) For cancellations received after the registration deadline, 27 March 2009, 25% refund will be made to the registrant.

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