Many E & P companies are either actively involved in developing gas shale reservoirs or are exploring for new potential gas shale reservoirs. This short-course will highlight the key parameters and data relationships that are critical for identifying productive gas shales. These include reservoir geology, mineralogy, geochemistry, petrophysical properties, gas adsorption, geomechanical properties, fluid compatibility, and stimulation design and reservoir simulation. In addition, core-log integration techniques for gas shale petrophysical log models will be presented along with gas-in-place calculations and estimates of ultimate recovery. Case histories of different gas shale plays will be utilized to demonstrate the critical elements of Gas Shale Evaluation.

About the workshop leader

Randall S. “Randy” Miller is President of Integrated Reservoir Solutions, a division of Core Laboratories located in Houston, Texas. Randall Miller received his B.A. in Chemistry and Geology from the University of California at San Diego and pursued graduate studies at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of Houston. He has 28 years of experience in the analysis and evaluation of reservoirs both domestically and internationally. He has conducted and directed over 50 joint industry projects including a Tight Gas Sands of North America - Reservoir Characterization and Fracture Stimulation Optimization, Gas Shales –Reservoir Characterization and Production Properties, Regional Study of the Haynesville and Bossier Shales, Regional Study of the Marcellus Shale, Regional Study of the Eagle Ford Shale, and Global Gas Shales. His special interests are integrating geology, petrophysics, stimulation and production analysis for optimizing the exploitation of unconventional reservoirs. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Houston Geological Society.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Introduction & Overview of Gas Shale Joint Industry Project

9:05 Key Data For Evaluating the Producibility and Expected Recovery

9:25 Organic Geochemistry

9:50 Petrophysical Properties

10:10 Core-log Integration and Petrophysical Models

10:35 Morning Coffee

11:00 Rock-fluid Compatibility

11:40 Geomechanical Properties for Frac Designs

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:50 Completion and Stimulation of Gas Shales

14:30 Role of Production Analysis, Reservoir Simulation and Micro-seismic

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Ranking Gas Shales

16:20 Comparison of Gas Shales

17:00 Discussion and Close of Workshop


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