September 2007 – New and Emerging Water and Gas Shut-off Techniques in Vertical and Horizontal Open Hole – Challenges and Opportunities


Unwanted water and gas production in producing wells negatively impacts the productive life of the wells and the reservoir itself. As more and more reservoirs are maturing, the urgency to develop methods to control unwanted fluid production, and thus to improve the recovery efficiency of the wells and the reservoirs is imperative. Many negative effects that occur during production such as high WOR and GOR, scaling, and skin damage can be pro-actively prevented during drilling by using new and emerging Conformance While Drilling (CWD) technology and thus can facilitate to shut off future water and gas influx.


This presentation will focus on the new and emerging solutions to the challenging conformance problems using processes, chemical systems, techniques, tools, and real time predictive methods and software to derive successful water and gas shut-off solutions for both vertical and horizontal wells. Water shut-off problems and solutions for more challenging open-hole horizontal completions using the emerging chemical and swell packer systems and placement techniques based on the reservoir understanding of the problems will be discussed. Critical factors for developing a successful conformance solution and a water management strategy will be identified. Real life field case histories in deriving successful conformance solutions will be presented.




Naz Gazi is the Sr. Technical Advisor for Halliburton. He has been working in the oil industry for over 31 years including last 26 years with Halliburton. He also worked for several operating companies and taught at the University of Oklahoma and Tinker US Air Force Base. Naz holds MS degree in Petroleum Engineering and MBA from University of Oklahoma. He authored and co-authored over 30 papers and served in many SPE committees. He was the Key Note Speaker on Water Handling for the December 2004 SPE Oil Field Chemistry ATW Meeting in Bahrain. He regularly gives presentations and seminars to different SPE chapters, oil and gas organizations and universities world wide on various topics including water shut-off, well testing and reservoir management, stimulation, production enhancement and optimization.



October 2007 – Horizontal Drilling (North America):  Where we were, Where we are, Where we ought to be


For 2007, we have a distinguished group of panelists from the oil and gas industry to discuss "Horizontal Drilling (North America) - Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Ought To Be". General topics covered during this panel discussion include:

    • Reservoir
    • Geology & Geophysics
    • Drilling
    • Completions
    • Production

Panelists slated for this panel discussion include:

      • Moderator: Mr. David Henderson, Executive Vice-President, Seely Oil Company
      • Mr. Peter Bastian, Engineering Vice-President, Unconventional Gas Resources
      • Mr. Lance Cook, Manager, Geology-Rocky , XTO Energy Mountains
      • Mr. Raymond Jackson, Engineering Manager, Schlumberger
      • Mr. Chris Wright, Pinnacle Technologies
      • Mr. David Simpson, Proprietor and Principal Engineer, Muleshoe Engineering



November 2007 – Facilities Engineering:  Is it a necessary technology?

This presentation discusses the history of facilities engineering and how facilities engineering has evolved into the important role it has today in field development economics. Areas of emerging processes technology are briefly discussed. The importance of emerging project management technologies is highlighted.



Kenneth E. Arnold has over forty years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil Company. He founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which was purchased by AMEC in 2005 and is currently Senior Executive Vice President of AMEC Paragon based in Houston. He is also Chief Engineer, Oil & Gas, AMEC reporting to the Managing Director in Aberdeen.


Ken is co-author of two textbooks and over 50 technical articles on project management and facilities design. He has twice been chosen as an SPE distinguished lecturer. He was named 2003 Houston Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, is a member of the Marine Board of the National Research Council, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and is on the Board of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.


Arnold has taught facilities engineering at the University of Houston and is a recipient of the SPE Public Service Award and Production Engineering Award. He has received an American Petroleum Institute citation for his work in promoting offshore safety. Ken is a registered professional engineer and serves on the advisory board of the engineering schools of Tulane University and Cornell University.


January 2008 – Application of Low Viscosity Fluids to Hydraulic Fracturing


The use of low viscosity fluids for hydraulic fracturing has a history as long as hydraulic fracturing itself. In the last fifty years, as more viscous fluids gained in popularity the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids declined. Today, however, the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids, such as, treated water in hydraulic fracturing is seeing resurgence in the industry. This presentation will focus on Why this resurgence is occurring? Why use water as a fracturing fluid and why now?

In addition to answering these questions, the presentation will address the inherent risks of low viscosity fracturing fluids and identify guidelines for their successful application by outlining risk mitigating tests and treatment designs. These guidelines were developed through extensive theoretical and numerical research and tested via numerous field applications throughout the world.

Finally, this presentation will cite additional uses and benefits of thin fluids for both completion and reservoir engineering purposes. Such additional uses can play a significant role in the optimization, design, and field execution of a fracturing treatment to ensure maximum productivity and that the economic value of the resource is being maximized.




Larry K. Britt, NSI Technologies, Inc., Tulsa, OK. Since joining NSI in early 1999, Larry has specialized in the development and application of solutions to hydraulic fracturing problems throughout the world and manages NSI’s Rock Mechanics Laboratory at Tulsa University. Britt’s experience includes the optimization, design, and execution of fracture stimulations and integrated field studies in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Norway, Argentina, Trinidad, and the North Sea. Prior to joining NSI he worked for Amoco Production Company for nearly twenty years. During the last seven years with Amoco, he was fracturing team leader at Amoco’s Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was charged with managing the development and application of fracturing technology for Amoco’s worldwide operations. Larry has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, as a JPT editor, and on numerous SPE Forum Committees on Gas Reservoir Engineering and Hydraulic Fracturing. In addition, Larry has authored over twenty-five technical papers for the SPE on reservoir management, pressure transient analysis, and hydraulic fracturing. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla.



February 2008 – Naturally Occurring Gas Hydrates


Naturally occurring natural gas hydrates were first discovered in the 1960’s in Russia. Since that time, large deposits of gas hydrates have been found in the arctic regions of Russia, Canada and Alaska. However, most of the naturally occurring gas hydrates are located in the deep water basins around the world. These naturally occurring gas hydrates can be considered either as a hazard to drilling and conventional oil and gas production or as a vast potential energy source, depending upon your point of view. In the past few years, projects in Canada, Alaska, Japan, the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Oregon have provided new data that industry is using to assess these naturally occurring gas hydrate deposits. Some companies are using these data to address safety and environmental issues. Other companies are using the data to determine if these hydrate deposits can eventually be produced. In this presentation, I will provide data concerning the location and quantities of known gas hydrate deposits. I will review the recent data collection activities and research efforts. Finally, I will provide a view of if and when natural gas will be produced as an energy source.




Dr. Stephen A. Holditch is the Department Head and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He previously worked for Schlumberger. He works on projects for Holditch Reservoir Technologies and on special projects to assist the management of Schlumberger. He served as President of S.A. Holditch & Associates, a full service petroleum engineering consulting firm from 1977 to 2000. His firm provided petroleum engineering technology involving the analysis of low permeability gas reservoirs and the design of hydraulic fracture treatments for various industrial and government clients. The expertise of the company included capabilities in reservoir simulation, well testing, reservoir engineering, natural gas engineering, coalbed methane development, and the use of horizontal wells to develop gas reservoirs.


Dr. Holditch also has been a production engineer at Shell Oil Company in charge of workover design and well completions for various Shell Operations in South and East Texas. He joined the Petroleum Engineering faculty at Texas A&M University in 1976 and was named to the R.L. Adams Endowed Professorship in 1995.


Dr. Holditch is recognized as an industry leader in the evaluation and stimulation of low permeability reservoirs and has authored over 100 publications.


March 2008 – Getting the Last Gasp:  Deliquification of Challenging Gas Wells


A common characteristic of "challenging" unconventional gas resources, namely low permeability sands, shale and coal bed methane, is that the ultimate recovery is dependent on economic removal of liquids accumulation, generally termed "deliquification". This resource is making up an ever-increasing part of the North American gas supply. Since there is no one "perfect solution", and the problem affects thousands of wells, the opportunity involves not only technology development but also knowledge management and building resource capability.

This paper outlines the scope of impact and opportunity in North America, followed by the industry's approach and progress in the arena. The North American industry is working a variety of deliquification technologies for "challenging" gas, with developments ranging from adapting existing oil-field technologies, to developing gas-specific technologies, to "on the horizon" technologies. Examples in each stage of the development process will be shown.

The effective communication of these developments to operators and suppliers is also a necessary component. The industry-wide annual conferences that have emerged in the last seven years are the primary avenue for this communication, and are supplemented in some cases by operator internal networks.

This combination of technology development and effective communication is increasingly allowing North American operators to maximize the recovery of challenging gas resources.


Bryan Dotson is Deliquification Project Leader for BP in Houston. A chemical engineering graduate from the University of Oklahoma, he joined BP predecessor Amoco in 1980. He has worked primarily with surface facilities in onshore US, offshore Alaska, offshore Trinidad and in Bolivia.



May 2008 – The Importance of Ethics in Estimating Oil & Gas Reserves

Estimating oil and gas reserves is not a precise science. The ability, judgment, and experience of the estimator are very necessary for good and reliable estimates. However, it is also critical for the estimator to be honest and unbiased. Without these characteristics the reserve estimates are either misleading or outright wrong and can cause very large capital losses for companies and investors.

Overall, the oil and gas industry has a good record of properly estimating and reporting reserves. However, there are exceptions. Reserves are sometimes improperly estimated due to inability and lack of experience, bias or dishonesty, pressure from management, or a different interpretation than what is generally accepted of the role of ethics in the estimation process. Each of these reasons will be examined. Actual examples will be shown and discussed to illustrate the importance of ethics in the reserve estimating process. Finally, a guideline to proper ethics for estimating oil and gas reserves will be presented.


Mr. James C. Pearson is Chairman and a Director of Miller and Lents, Ltd., an international oil and gas consulting firm in Houston, Texas. Miller and Lents, Ltd. has provided consulting services to the petroleum industry since 1948 and performs reserve audits for many of the United States' independents and foreign oil companies.

Mr. Pearson graduated from the University of Texas with a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering in June 1968; he later obtained an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston in December 1977. After graduation in 1968, Mr. Pearson was employed by Exxon, USA, as a production engineer and then as a reservoir engineer. While at Exxon, he was the Senior Project Engineer over the Means San Andres Unit, the largest Exxon-operated waterflood in West Texas, and he taught waterflooding at the Exxon reservoir school. Mr. Pearson began his consulting career with Miller and Lents, Ltd. in October 1973 and, since that time, has performed or directed reserve evaluations in nearly every productive basin in the United States and many of the foreign basins. He has conducted many industry training courses and seminars throughout the world. He has worked extensively to improve the productivity and profitability of oil and gas fields and to provide the industry with accurate and reliable reserve estimates.