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This course will cover current practices for evaluating, drilling and completing these challenging reservoirs. Discussion will include a focus on the limitations of many of the current tools and technologies. Information and opportunities for international shale plays will be described. The participant should leave the course with a foundational understanding of value-adding shale gas resource practices and an insight into determining the critical reservoir parameters used to predict a potential commercial resource play.

Course is designed for:

Reservoir, production and completion engineers, petrophysicists, geologists, geophysicists and other professionals who desire a thorough overview of both current and emerging concepts, technologies and processes related to shale gas and shale oil resource development.◾Reservoir Characterization and Evaluation: geological setting; rock properties; petrophysical considerations.

Participants will learn how to:

◾Describe the resource potential and economic importance of shale gas and shale oil resources

◾Describe the similarities / differences between shale gas, tight gas and coalbed methane

◾Recognize and describe shale play differences and critical reservoir properties to identify the "sweet spots"

◾Estimate Gas and Oil in place for resource plays

◾Apply different resource evaluation techniques recognizing the advantages & disadvantages of each technique

◾Apply drilling, completion and stimulation technology to shale gas and shale oil formations

◾Evaluate and forecast individual well and reservoir performance

◾Determine how to estimate well reserves in both PDP (proved developed producing) and PUD (proved undeveloped) categories.

,p>Course content:

◾Reservoir Characterization and Evaluation: geological setting; rock properties; petrophysical considerations

◾Drilling: vertical vs. horizontal wells; pilot holes; fluids; MWD and LWD; wellbore sizes and lateral; drilling challenges; mechanical considerations

◾Completions: cased vs. open hole; perforation schemes; stimulation design and considerations; case histories

◾Field trials and pilots: strategies for implementing a pilot program to optimize well drilling, completion, stimulation and producing alternatives using microseismic, fiber optics, production logs and other resources

◾Production Forecasting and Reserve Calculations: volumetrics; performance analysis; simulation; resource development; decline curve analysis; handling uncertainty in estimates

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