SPE Azerbaijan has a commitment to help industry and its members to overcome technical issues that crop up in the field. To address emerging technical problems on a regional scale, SPE has developed a technical workshop and conference event models which have been implemented in Azerbaijan since 2014. This is a fast-track approach to meet pressing needs as they arise.
Following the success of the SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) in November 2017, with support of BP and SOCAR and other operating and service oil companies the Society of Petroleum Engineers organized yet another international event in Baku on 23-24 October 2018 - Applied Technical Workshop on Geomechanics and Pore Pressure.
The south Caspian basin is unique in its combination of extremely rapid burial rates, complex stratigraphy, and tectonic setting. This leads to a plethora of shallow hazards, pore pressure, and geomechanics related challenges for drilling, completions, surface facility location, and reservoir management. This time the workshop focused on these very challenges in the region, deep diving into case studies from recent drilling activities, new technologies and softwares for overcoming the mainstream issues and diverse methods of approaching pore pressure prediction and geomechanical problems. During 2 days around 80 professionals from 10 local and international companies were actively engaged in presentations and discussions around the field examples.