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Understanding Fractured Reservoirs & Rocks the Middle East, West of the Shetlands, the USA.
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Dr Robert Trice
» Hurricane Energy
Jon Ferrier
» Gulf Keystone Petroleum

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The Geological Society

The fact that fractures are common in the subsurface have been known for at least the last century but the practice of treating reservoirs as fractured rock masses has been extremely slow in becoming a standard industry practice, despite that fact that fields with such reservoirs are known from SE Asia, the carbonates of the Middle East and much more recently, the basement West of the Shetlands.

Why is this? As a primer, I refer you to Nelson’s book “The Geological Analysis of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs” which has an extremely detailed account of the complexities involved; getting beyond the Foreword is a triumph! Or, more recently, to an AAPG paper by folk from Statoil’s Research Centre who said:

(I paraphrase)!)
• You can’t predict the spatial distribution of open fractures in the subsurface based on a few cores, image logs, seismic etc.
• Flow patterns can be very complex and difficult to predict; in-flow to a few wells doesn’t change this.
• Simulation of dual-porosity (matrix + fractures) systems is very difficult and tends to be run on coarse grids, reducing predictive power.
• Analogues are of limited use: maybe best avoided?
All very different to normal sandstone reservoirs…..

In addition, but on different scales of both dimension and time, it is believed that micro-fractures control basin-wide vertical migration of petroleum.

Our aim for our January event is to understand some current examples - we hope from the carbonates of the Middle East, the basement West of the Shetlands and also the shales of the USA – and the underpinning measurements and analyses which enable us to understand fracture-dominated rock systems.

If you would like to contribute, please drop me an e-mail.

David Bamford


8:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:
9:30 Dr Robert Trice - CEO
Hurricane Energy

As Hurricane’s founder, Robert has over 25 years’ oil industry experience. He has combined specialist technical expertise in fractured reservoirs’ characterisation and evaluation. He has a PhD in Geology from Birkbeck College, University of London and gained the bulk of his geoscience experience with Enterprise Oil and Shell. He has worked in field development, exploration, well-site operations and geological consultancy. Robert has held the position of Visiting Professor at Trondheim University (Norway) and has published and presented on subjects related to fractured reservoirs and exploration for stratigraphic traps.

It is Robert’s vision that lies behind Hurricane, providing clear strategic direction as the company develops and he takes the lead in all aspects of the scientific and technical heart of the company.

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10:00 Jon Ferrier - CEO
Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Jón Ferrier joined Gulf Keystone in June 2015 as Chief Executive Officer following three decades spent in exploration, commercial, strategic and leadership positions in the oil and gas and mining industries. A geologist by training, was most recently Senior Vice President Business Development, Strategy & Commercial at Maersk Oil in Copenhagen where he served on the Executive team.

Jón has considerable international experience, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and has successfully led the delivery of complex projects on time and within budget in the Middle East. His most recent roles have had a strong external orientation and have seen him working effectively with all stakeholders, including host governments.

Prior to Maersk Oil, Jón's oil & gas experience was gained with ConocoPhillips, Paladin Resources PLC, Petro-Canada/Suncor, in a number of regions. Jón holds an MSc from Imperial College London and a BSc from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum
Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (LSE: GKP) is a leading independent operator and producer in the Kurdis
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