The Geoscience of Exploring and Developing Tight Gas in the Middle East
24-26 January 2011 | Beirut, Lebanon
Volumes of gas in place in tight sands are estimated to several hundred trillion cubic meters distributed all over the world. The Middle East concentrate a large part of these volumes with known discovered accumulations in the Ordovician/ Silurian and carboniferous sandstones and low permeability Jurassic carbonates. However, exploration results of the last 25-30 years suggest that successful appraisal and development of tight gas reservoirs requires a careful synthesis of many factors, both geologic and economic.
Tight gas reservoirs represent a challenge in terms of drilling, development and stimulation. This is due to the unconventional nature of these reservoirs in terms of their low permeability, high temperatures and high pressures. Consequently, improving recovery factors from the current percentage, and driving down operating costs represent the major strategic challenges for R&D geoscientists and engineering teams in the industry. The development of low permeability gas reservoirs will give a substantial boost to the world’s gas demand and reserves in the coming decades.
Tight gas is a prospect which to date, remains largely underexploited. Current conventional appraisal, testing, development and production techniques are not fully adapted for cost effective development and most of these accumulations remain untapped.
This Geosciences Technology Workshop event will provide a venue to build understanding on best practice methodologies used to assess resources in unconventional tight gas reservoirs including tight gas sandstone, tight gas carbonates, fractured reservoirs and shale gas. This workshop will build knowledge on the common challenges and potential solutions to assess resources through the exploration, development and production phases.
- Setting the Scene: Tight Gas of the Middle East
- The Geoscience of Exploring
- The Geoscience of Tight Gas Reservoir Characterization
- Challenges of Drilling & Stimulation
- How to Succeed in Tight Gas in the Middle East
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