SPE Workshop
Carbonates. New Frontiers
30-31 March 2015
Moscow, Russia

SPE held workshop "Carbonates. New Frontiers" on 30-31 March 2014 in Moscow.

Chaired by Alexander Gavura, LUKOIL-Engineering, the workshop covered a wide range of topics including carbonate oil and gas reservoirs geology and modelling, development, drilling and stimultation. In an open discussion on "Petrophysical and geomechanical core analysis"participants shared their experience and knowledge of such questions as core parameters prediction, special types of core laboratory tests , etc. 

About 60 participants took part in the workshop. They represented oil and gas and service companies, universities and research centres, including Rosneft, Lukoil, Gazprom, Halluburton, Bashneft, Lomonosov Moscow State University, etc.

The workshop participants noted with appreciation workshop technical programme and the opportunity to discuss questions of interest in the field of carbonate reservoirs fracture studies, production stimulation technologies and many other relevant issues.

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Programme Committee
 CHAIRPERSON

ALEXANDER GAVURA
LUKOIL ENGINEERING

• BORIS BELOZEROV
GAZPROMNEFT NTC
• ANDREY BOCHKOV
GAZPROMNEFT NTC
• VLADISLAV CHEKUSHIN
BASHNEFT
• NADEZHDA LYADOVA
LUKOIL ENGINEERING BRANCH
PERMNIPINEFT
• VASILY MIRONOV
CARBO CERAMICS
• ALEKSANDR MURAVYEV
WEATHERFORD
• MIKHAIL SAMOYLOV
RN‐MANAGEMENT
• SULEYMAN SITDIKOV
RN EXPLORATION
• OLEG USHMAEV
GAZPROMNEFT NTC

Technical Sessions

Session 1: Carbonate Reservoir Characterization
Session 2: Carbonate Reservoir Management
Session 3: Carbonate Reservoir Stimulation and Recovery Optimization
Session 4: Drilling challenges in carbonate reservoirs

Workshop Objectives and Deliverables

  • To facilitate the interchange of ideas on carbonate reservoir classification, description and field development
  • To present case studies of carbonate fields, identify best practices and areas where new ideas and technology are required.
  • To identify and record optimal recovery strategies from carbonate fields with differing fluid types, pore types and pressure maintenance schemes
  • To determine the limitations of existing technologies and to identify potential breakthrough technologies to improve recovery from carbonate fields.
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Carbonate oil and gas reservoirs in the Russian Federation are present at all stages of field development. Shallow carbonate oil fields were discovered in the Timan‐Pechora basin in the 1920s, the giant oil, gas‐condensate and gas fields of the Volga Urals region were discovered in the 1940s to 1950s and discoveries continue to be made particularly in the remote regions of Eastern Siberia and the Northern seas. The focus on much of the field development activity in the Volga Urals basin is on maintaining production and improving ultimate recovery.

Nevertheless, new concepts in field development of reservoirs with complex pore systems (fractures, karst and mega‐karst) are rejuvenating exploration interest in the region. In contrast to the situation in South Western Russia, production from deep carbonate reservoirs in the Timan Pechora basin is relatively recent, and the development of carbonate reservoirs in the Pechora Sea and Eastern Siberia largely in the planning stage. These areas in the North and East of Russia are new frontiers for carbonate field development. The reservoirs in all of these regions contain a variety of fluid types ranging from heavy oils, to gas‐condensate and gas. The majority of oils are medium to light, gas can be sour. Pore types are similarly variable and understanding the role of fractures and karst critical to successful field development. The workshop is organized in three sessions focusing on Carbonate Reservoir Characterization, Carbonate Reservoir Management, and Carbonate Reservoir Stimulation and Enhanced Recovery.