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Production Technology for Unconventional Reservoirs (PRE32)


    This course covers the properties and characteristics of unconventional reservoirs and the particular challenges they face for the production technologist. You will gain an appreciation of the key concepts involved in completion design, application of artificial lift systems, well surveillance and production forecasting for the transient flow conditions encountered in unconventional reservoir systems.

    This course includes a provision for “workshop” style practical sessions, where participants will examine and analyse some of their wells using commercial software. This could be a brief demo (by the instructor) or sessions where they participate. If participants have access to software (Prosper), the course would be 4 days. Without exercises (instructor demo only) this course can be taught in 3 days.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Instructor: Alastair Baillie

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A petroleum engineer, production technologist, field programmer or reservoir engineer involved in the design or operation of completions and artificial lift systems for unconventional reservoirs

    How we build your confidence

    This course ensures that fundamental concepts of well and reservoir systems are well explained and clearly understood before progressing to how these basic assumptions are modified for transient flow conditions and applied to completion and artificial lift design. This technique means that participants have a solid foundation to build a deep understanding of unconventional reservoir systems and the confidence to apply the principles learned.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The properties, characteristics and behaviour of unconventional reservoirs
    • Drilling and completion strategies for unconventional reservoirs
    • Artificial lift selection, design and optimisation for wells in unconventional reservoirs
    • The analysis of well production trends for production forecasting


    • Review of worldwide unconventional reservoir production and resources
    • Specific rock and fluid characteristics of unconventional reservoirs
    • Outflow and inflow modelling for unconventional reservoirs
    • Artificial lift methods comparison and selection criteria
    • Special considerations for the application of artificial lift to unconventional reservoirs
    • Production forecasting techniques using decline curve analysis
    • Workshop sessions and tutorials covering building and matching of well models

    Each day will include practical workshop sessions illustrating the application of theory to well models. Participants are encouraged to bring field data and examples to interpret and analyse.




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