Introduction to Shale Gas and Oil Reservoir Management

Henk Duyverman 
5 days

Business context

Unconventional gas and oil resources may have considerable potential in many parts of the world, and they attract a lot of attention following their succesful development in the USA in recent years. Their development is however complex, with many technical and environmental issues that need to be managed carefully. This course  provides a valuable multidisciplinary introduction to these unconventional reservoirs and their development.

Who should attend

Geologists, geophysicists, drilling engineers, reservoir engineers, geomechanics engineers, production engineers and facility engineers with 1-5 years experience who need an introduction to Shale Gas and Oil Reservoirs

Course content

See day by day programme

Learning, methods and tools

A mixture of lecturing and exercises. A comprehensive handout will be provided.

Day by day programme

Day 1: Round table; PBE:Play Based Exploration as basis for (un)conventionals; Shale characteristics; What/where are shales?; Conventional versus unconventional exploration/production characteristics; Legislation issues worldwide on shale gas/oil issues

Day 2: Shale gas/oil: what do we need?(depth, shale characteritics, maturity, Carbon content, fractures); Seismic studies of oil/gas shales; Fracture studies with stereographic projection; Reserve calculations (un) conventionals

Day 3: Shale gas/oil drilling/production/site preparation/hazards/casings; Well design/onsite modules needed like core analysis/ steering;  mudlogging/well-logging/evaluation tight reservoirs; More on Logging tight reservoirs: Mudlog/well log/fractures/shows/ special logs

Day 4: Fracking/completion/production wells/testing/water/proppants/chemicals/production profiles; New trends in shale gas/oil drilling/chemicals/production; fracking fluids/production design.

Day 5: Environmental issues: Chemicals, flowback, water, emissions, seismicity, landscape management, how to cope with them and give counter-arguments; Negotiation techniques in unconventionals; In the afternoon wrap-up and a test if so required