Unconventional Resources - Shale Gas FundamentalsUNCO/UNCONV

Who should attend?

  • This course provides an overview of unconventional hydrocarbons resources, highlighting main technical, economic and environmental issues of shale gas exploration and production.
Audience :
  • Geoscientists, reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers and managers interested in shale gas resources.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content

  • WORLD ENERGY DEMAND & SHALE GAS

      • Introduction, definitions, world data resources.
  • HYDROCARBONS IN UNCONVENTIONAL SETTINGS

      • Exploration aspects: geology and geochemistry.
  • SHALE GAS STIMULATION

      • Hydraulic fracturing, micro-seismicity interpretation, stress and mapping of fractures.
      • Status on fracturing technologies.
      • Completion design, well orientation, spacing, re-fracturing, fracture load recovery, tracers.
  • SHALE GAS PETROPHYSICS

      • Status of petrophysical evaluation of shale gas accumulations.
  • SHALE GAS RESOURCES

      • Evaluation of resources (in place and technically recoverable). Methodology.
  • PRODUCTIVITY & FIELD DEVELOPMENT

      • Well productivity assessment.
      • Field development case study:
      • Establish well pattern.
      • Estimate the plateau rate and duration.
      • Build field development spread-sheet.
  • ECONOMICS

      • Economics of development of shale gas - Production costs.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

      • Discussions around controversial issues:
      • Impact on water resources by handling large volumes of water. Water treatment.
      • Impact on aquifers by drilling and fracturing.
      • Environmental impact of shale gas drilling projects.
      • Environmental impact of chemicals.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • discuss the fundamentals of gas shale formation evaluation,
  • discuss about assessment and improvement of unconventional developments productivity,
  • discuss about economic and environmental issues of unconventional developments.

Ways & Means

  • Interactive courses and exercises.