SPE/EAGE Workshop on Geohazards

25 - 26 September
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Call for papers

Workshop Description

Geohazards are a factor that is considered when planning new wells as well as operating the existing structures, especially offshore.

Geohazards include submarine slides, shallow gas and dissociation of gas hydrates, mud volcanism, steep seafloor slopes, shallow water flow, seismic activities, history of mass transport activity, seafloor expulsion, shallow faulting and waterflow. With activity in shallow water, shallow gas and unconsolidated sediments are a main challenge. With more activity in deeper water both pipeline stability as well as formation stability changes in the form of turbidite currents and quick sedimentation processes that may lead to overpressured formations and dissociation of hydrates will need to be part of the risk mitigation. Additionally, changes in the mechanical state of rocks can seriously impact drilling operations, completion infrastructures, and production performances which can result in unexpected cost and time overruns.

This workshop will present an advanced overview of surface facilities and subsurface related geohazards. Particular attention will be paid to the improvements in geohazard identification, quantification of risk and mitigation, best practices, lessons learnt and technological advancements in handling geohazards and potential impact on existing offshore structure stability in the current challenging environment. Special discussions on wellbore stability and pore pressure predictions will serve as important components of the completion design, whether to avoid sending, or to develop a simulation strategy to enhance production. In addition, the workshop will also review and identify current and future technologies of both shallow water and deepwater.

Workshop Objectives

  • Geohazards – Is it only a well problem? To what degree does this affect the facilities?
  • Identification and risk mitigation of geohazards
  • Geomechanics management – Drilling and completions
  • Innovation, best practices and lessons learnt – Identifying, handling and avoiding geohazards
  • Geohazard characterisation and impact on field development plans
  • Simulation and prediction of small-scale to worst case scenarios of geohazard impacts
  • Deepwater challenges – pipeline routing and stability, turbidite currents and rapid sediment deposits
  • Shallow water challenges – Shallow gas, shallow faulting, shallow water flow, hydrate dissociation, unconsolidated sediments and soft seabed
  • Offshore geohazards and seabed mobility
  • Formation compaction leading to slumping – Geohazards as part of reservoir management
  • Planning of immediate and long-term effects – Discussion on facility planning and proposed pipeline planning within the project lifetime

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for:

  • Facility Engineers
  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Quantitative Interpreters
  • Exploration and Development Managers
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Petrophysicists
  • Geomodellers
  • Water Flood Engineers
  • Drillers
  • Subsurface Managers
  • Oil and Gas Field Development G&G Professionals
  • Asset Managers

Benefits of Attending the Workshop

  • State-of-art overview of surface facilities and subsurface related geohazards
  • Advances in geomechanical analysis
  • Latest knowledge base on oil and gas development related geohazards
  • Advanced understanding on hazard identification and mitigation strategies
  • Latest knowledge on operating offshore surface suructures related geohazards
  • Unique opportunity to interact with surface and subsurface professionals