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Results of SPE Workshop: Oilfield Geomechanics

Posted on 11 March 2019

On 26-27 February 2019 SPE held the second Workshop on Oilfield Geomechanics in St. Petersburg, Russia. It gathered 60+ delegates from key operating and service companies including Baker Hughes, Belorusneft, Gazpromneft, Geosteering technologies, Halliburton, LUKOIL, NOVATEK, Rosneft, Roxar, Schlumberger, Tatneft and many others.

photo-8.jpgThis year, in addition to the existing topic on geomechanics for field development, we have covered the core analyses and use of geomechanical modelling results. The committee noted that almost every presentation was a subject to hot discussion. This proves that the level of geomechanical knowledge has increased significantly since the previous workshop, as experts of both service, operating companies and research institutes were extremely active and asked many questions. All delegates emphasised the importance of geomechanical modelling involvement into field development optimization, as well as specialized core studies for such works. In addition, colleagues highlighted waterflood induced fractures analysis in injection wells, the implementation of online monitoring and decision-making based on changing data during operations.

photo-5.jpgAs a follow-up of discussions at the workshop, the committee proposed to cover standardization of core analysis and geomechanical modelling and deliberate further on the fundamental research at the next geomechanics workshop in 2021.

The programme committee chaired by Yury Ovcharenko, Nikolay Smirnov and Olga Tatur highlighted the following presentations:

1. Sergey Parnachev, S.Tsvetkov, S.Kalinin, K.Tarasenko, Geologika
Core Evaluation Unconventional Lab Techniques for Geomechanical Modeling
2. Valery Pavlov, R.Melikov, M.Subbotin, A.Gavris, A.Kudymov, TNNC
Assessment of geomechanical effects to heavy oil field development for slightly cemented oil reservoir
3. Wouter van der Zee, Marc Holland, Alejandro Ganzo, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Geomechanical Optimization of Underground Gas Storage Operation

SPE expresses its gratitude to the programme committee members and the participants for the cooperation and support!