August 2014
Arrow 05/08/2014 SPE Lecture Series, 5 August, 2014

The Evolution of Geomechanics Applied to Oilfield Operations: Where we are, how we got here, and where we’re going

Geomechanics means different things to different people. Thirty years ago, no-one gave it much thought. Today, everyone does it. And yet, in spite of the increased use and recognition of the value of geomechanics, most of the standard models and methods were developed more than a half-century ago.

This talk will present a perspective on the origins of these standard models and on the evolution of geomechanical practice and understanding starting from basic structural geology and ending in the diversity of current applications, and will  discuss, using as an example the use of 3-D geomechanics to optimize stimulation and completion in shale gas and oil plays, how in the future it will be applied as part of an integrated suite of disciplines for understanding and optimizing reservoir development.

Arrow 13/08/2014 Subsea Gas Compression Technology and Development Direction

Aker Solutions – Subsea Gas Compression Technology and Development Direction

This presentation will give an overview of the Subsea Gas Compression Technology, a new technology contributing to significant improvements in recovery rates and the lifetime of gas fields. This talk will cover the systems available today and the current development programs focused in particular on the deep water and long step-out applications.

Status update on the projects currently under execution such as Asgard subsea gas compression project and the Ormen Lange subsea gas compression pilot will be provided. In addition, the historical overview and basic principles of the technology will be presented, as well as the technological challenges and industry trends.

Special focus will be given to the impact that this new technology can have on the design of the future Subsea Systems and how this technology can help the Oil and Gas Companies operating in Western Australia to increase their fields gas recovery.


September 2014
Arrow 10/09/2014 September Distinguished Lecturer: Tight Coalbed Methane A Giant Worldwide Resource

The development of coalbed methane (CBM) has been limited to moderate- to high-permeability
reservoirs (>1 md).  However, a significant resource of natural gas exists within low-permeability coals (<1
md).  Worldwide CBM resources are estimated to range from 3,500-7,000 Tcf, and EIA estimates >800 Tcf are technically recoverable.  As of 2010, however, only 60-70 Tcf of CBM reserves were proved.  Vast CBM resources are untapped.


Because of the coal depositional process, and the nature of gas storage and transport mechanisms, a
large percentage of CBM exists in low permeability ("tight") coals.  Coals are typically laterally-extensive
deposits, often covering entire basins.  In addition, coals are usually deposited in a cyclic process, producing
large gross intervals containing many coal seams.  Thermal maturity typically increases with depth within a basin, and since gas adsorptive capacity increases with thermal maturity, large gas accumulations are found in the deeper parts of basins.  However, coals are naturally-fractured reservoirs, and permeability of coals is stress-sensitive.  Therefore, permeability tends to decrease with depth and strongly affected by structural folding and tectonic forces .  Commercial development to-date has been primarily restricted to shallow, high-permeability coals for this reason.


Horizontal drilling and enhanced CBM techniques have been successful in recovering gas from tight coals, but with limited commercial success to-date.  Better understanding of coal geology and Geomechanics will lead to identification of sweet spots that can be successfully developed.  Advancements in horizontal drilling technology and potentially, ECBM technology, will reduce development costs and facilitate commercial development.  R&D is required to advance these technologies.

Arrow 20/09/2014 2014 SPE Ball


The social event of the oil and gas year held at the prestigious Government House Perth, tickets are strictly limited so don't miss out!

2014 Ball Poster