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The Canadian Institute's 7th Annual Shale Gas Symposium

Business Conference - The Canadian Institute's 7th Annual Shale Gas Symposium

Business Conference

Begin date : 1/25/2011

End date : 1/26/2011

Location : Canada / Calgary, Alberta

By : The Canadian Institute

Venue : n/d

Event Subject :

Shale gas development is the gold rush of the twenty-first century. Join us in Calgary this January, and stake your claim to the future.

Keywords :
shale gas, unconventional gas, shale production, shale plays, shale gas, unconventional gas, shale, coalbed methane, unconventional natural gas, gas reservoirs, shale play, shale plays, shale gas play, shale gas plays, fraccing, gas production, drilling, completion, completions, geomechanical, geo-mechanical, geotechnical, geo-technical, geologist, geochemical, geo-chemical, water management, s
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Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of
The Canadian Institute and my conference co-chair, I invite you to attend the Seventh Annual Shale Gas Symposium, which has grown to become the premier Canadian event of its kind addressing the challenges and opportunities facing all of us who work in this game-changing industry.


Think how far we have come in a few short years: Horn River, Montney, Marcellus, Haynesville and Eagle Ford were all unexploited as recently as 2007. Six years ago shale gas made up just 3% of the natural gas produced in the United States. Last year it was 14%, and as you are reading this right now, shale gas is already up to 22% of total production. By the middle of this new decade we can expect more than half of America’s natural gas will come from shale plays. We are in the midst of a revolution!


Be a part of the conversation as we discuss:

  • EMERGING CANADIAN PLAYS and the unique challenges of working them, with contributors including Talisman Energy, Nexen, JUNEX and Questerre Energy
  • DEVELOPING AMERICAN PLAYS and the lessons learned in their creation, with input from Republic Energy, Southwestern Energy, and Antero Resources
  • EVOLVING ENERGY ECONOMICS that will shape the future of shale gas development in Canada, North America, and around the world, with analysis from Ziff Energy, BENTEK Energy, Core Laboratories, and MBA Petroleum Consultants
  • OPERATING CHALLENGES & FLUID ISSUES facing your project at every stage of development, with the help of Amperage Energy, Schlumberger Water Services Canada and a producer-packed speaker faculty
  • DRILLING ADVANCES & WELL COMPLETION STRATEGIES: How should you choose the option best suited to your operation? Find out from companies including United Oil & Gas Consulting, BJ Services Company, Roke Technologies Ltd., GeoMechanics International, Halliburton, and Schlumberger


I look forward to welcoming you in January to what promises to be a wonderful opportunity to learn and share the knowledge we all need to build another piece of our shared and prosperous future.



Basim Faraj

Talisman Energy Inc., Conference Chair

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Tuesday, January 25 to Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada



Day 1 − Tuesday, January 25, 2011

7:30 Registration Opens and Coffee Is Served

8:30 Opening Remarks from the Conference Chairs

Basim Faraj
Faraj Consultants Pty Ltd.

Richard Moorman
Manager, Strategic Analysis
Southwestern Energy Company

9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS- How the Shale Gas Boom Began: The Story of Mitchell Energy and the Barnett Shale

Dan Steward
Republic Energy

Dan Steward, author of The Barnett Shale Play: Phoenix of the Fort Worth Basin, A History, joined Mitchell Energy in 1981, and over the next two decades he rose to become the company’s Vice President of Geology making him a key participant of the discovery that created a new and dominant energy source for the 21st Century. In this presentation, which will include a special video address by George Mitchell himself, Steward will describe how incredible persistence and a willingness to experiment overcame the many geological and engineering challenges of the Barnett Shale to unlock the secrets of commercially viable shale gas extraction.

9:30 The Twenty-First Century Gold Rush: An Overview of Shale Gas Plays in North America

Dave Russum
Vice President Geoscience
AJM Petroleum Consultants

  • Summarizing the current status of Canada and American plays. Which ones are:
    • Under early evaluation
    • Have pilot projects under way?
    • Into commercial development?
  • Characteristics of these plays:
    • What are the common features?
    • What unique properties offer additional opportunities and challenges?
  • How has gas from shale reservoirs changed the North American gas industry?
  • What is the outlook for shale gas development in North America?

10:15 The Supply-Demand Dilemma: What Does Long-Term Commercial Viability Look Like for Shale Gas When Its Abundance Contributes to Low Natural Gas Prices?

Simon Mauger, P. Geol.
Director, Gas Services
Ziff Energy Group

  • How much and how permanently has increased shale gas production rearranged the North American supply-demand picture?
  • What do the American plays’ head start mean for the export outlook of Canadian shale gas producers?
  • How has shale gas changed the rules of the game in terms of existing LNG, pipeline, and arctic projects?
  • The necessity of finding and creating new markets for North American gas: Where do the opportunities exist? How quickly can they be capitalized upon?
  • Converting coal power plants, road and rail transportation, and other domestic energy consumers over to natural gas: What market factors, environmental considerations, and government policies encourage this transition?
    • What discourages this metamorphosis?
    • What timelines would be required to influence the lopsided supply-demand equation?

11:00 Networking Coffee Break

11:15 Exploring Opportunities in Quebec’s Emerging Utica Shale Gas Play

Peter K. Dorrins
Chief Operating Officer

Michael Binnion
President & CEO
Questerre Energy Corporation

  • Understanding how the Utica Shale compares to other existing and emerging North American plays: What are the advantages? What makes it unique?
  • Locating the best fairways and estimating the ultimate potential of the play
  • Assessing the existing infrastructure, capacity for gas delivery, and expected demand: What will the gas market look like with local producers?
  • Estimating timelines from the present through to commercial production
  • Discussing the future of this play in a regional and continental gas market context

12:15 Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers

1:30 CASE STUDY-Geomechanical Characterization and Applications for Shale Gas Plays like the Horn River Basin

David J. Campagna, Ph.D.
Geological Advisor, GeoMechanics
– Global Exploration, Nexen Inc.

Co-Authored By
Rory Dunphy & Doug Barringer

  • Explaining the geomechanical goals for shale
  • Detailing the importance of elastic moduli – “Brittleness”
  • How to achieve the best results in bore hole stress profile refinement
  • Outlining the effective stress and poroelastic parameters
  • Exploring in-situ stress regimes and the tectonic stress component options
  • Exploiting natural fractures and planning for potential failures
  • Predicting and monitoring stimulation impacts

2:15 Meeting the Fluid Management Challenges of British Columbian Shale Gas Plays

Chad A. Randal, C.E.T.
Amperage Energy Inc.

  • Outlining best practices and strategies to reduce water consumption in Canadian shale gas plays like the Montney and Horn River basins
  • Exploring the economic and environmental benefits of effective water recycling strategies in shale gas development
  • Understanding the challenges of different facets of the water management cycle:
    • Supply
    • Storage
    • Treatment
    • Reuse and disposal
    • Winter-related issues
  • Investigating alternatives to fresh water use, and discussing the impact that has on operating costs and project permitting

3:00 Networking Refreshment Break

3:15 Opening the Wet Gas Window: How the Liquids Movement Will Shift Flows and Impact Basis Across North America

Jack Weixel
Manager, Energy Market Fundamentals

  • Explaining the evolution of supply: Impact of liquids rich plays on producer behaviour and market dynamics
  • Discussing the break-even economics of liquids-rich plays compared to other unconventional plays
  • Describing the North American ‘Liquids Fairway’ and its impact on gas distribution and basis relationships
  • Outlining future pipeline and infrastructure development impacts
  • What is next for Canada-U.S. import expectations and flow shifts in North America?

4:00 PANEL-Drilling & Fracking: Reduce Costs and Maximize Yield through Proven Methods of Preparation, Planning, New Techniques and Technologies

Rocky Mottahedeh, P. Eng. P.Geol
Petroleum Geologist / Petroleum Engineer
United Oil & Gas Consulting

David Quirk
Technical Supervisor of Unconventional Resources
Trican Well Services Ltd.

Keri Yule
Technical Advisor – Reservoir Services
BJ Services Company Canada

Other Panel Members To Be Announced

  • Outlining key factors that determine your drilling program on shale plays
  • Discussing how to best optimize your well pattern footprint
  • Reducing well costs through logging during horizontal drilling operations
  • Outlining the advantages and challenges of monitoring a drilling operation remotely
  • Overcoming the cumbersome aspects of integrating geology and drilling data
  • Building efficiencies into an ongoing operation through updated three-dimensional geo-modelling
  • Optimizing well plans and drilling strategies through geological awareness
  • Maintaining the drilling path to reduce completion costs
  • How can a knowledge of shale sensitivity and fracture conductivity inform your drilling strategy?

5:15 Chair’s Recap and Conference Adjourns



Day 2 − Wednesday, January 26, 2011

7:30 Coffee Is Served

8:30 Opening Remarks from the Conference Chairs

Basim Faraj
Faraj Consultants Pty Ltd.

Richard Moorman
Manager, Strategic Analysis
Southwestern Energy Company

9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS- Building a Future for Shale Gas in North America

Mike Adams
Senior Manager
Corporate Projects & Business Development
and Internal Qualifi ed Reserves Estimator
Talisman Energy

9:30 What in the World Is Happening? The Global Perspective on Emerging Shale Gas Play Development

Randall S. Miller
President Integrated Reservoir Solutions
Core Laboratories

David Warner
Project Manager
MBA Petroleum Consultants (of Australia)

  • Outlining what we know so far about emerging shale gas opportunities in:
    • Europe
    • India
    • China
    • Australia
  • Discussing the similarities and differences between these formations geologically. How do they compare to North America’s plays?
  • How far have they been developed to date? Do timelines exist for commercial production?
  • What will a worldwide echo of North America’s shale gas boom look like?

10:00 Networking Coffee Break

10:15 CASE STUDY-Applying Lessons Learned from More Established Plays: How Antero’s Experiences with Woodford Shale Inform their Marcellus Operations

Tim Clawson
Senior Operations Engineer
Antero Resources Corporation

  • Outlining the operational similarities and differences between the Woodford and Marcellus plays
  • How does the Marcellus play’s first year compare to the Woodford’s early days?
  • What obstacles were predicted, avoided, or overcome thanks to commonalities between the two operations? How has this impacted operating and development costs?
  • What unique challenges and opportunities has the Marcellus operation demonstrated so far?

11:00 CASE STUDY- Assessing Advanced Horizontal Completion Techniques in the Marcellus Shale

Jay Williams
Vice President, North America Onshore
Hotwell Canada Ltd.

  • Transferring knowledge and experience gained from vertical exploration wells into the horizontal development program
  • Integrating vertical wireline log data and core data to enhance completion of exploration wells and maximize information available for horizontal development
  • Employing vertical well logs to determine horizontal well paths for integration into geological/geophysical models to improve completion techniques while lowering fracturing costs
  • Identifying the heterogeneity of horizontal wells with cost-effective data acquisition techniques
  • Utilizing horizontal heterogeneity for improved fracture placement and increase production by identifying areas of higher gas content and barriers to fracture propagation

11:45 Informing your Drilling and Completions Strategy through Applied Geomechanical Techniques

Daniel Moos, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Scientist
GeoMechanics International

  • How can geomechanics be applied to maximize drilling efficiency by minimizing mud weight without compromising hole quality?
  • Outlining the role of geomechanics in completion strategy and hole quality optimization
  • What are some of the sources of drilling difficulties, and how can these best be mitigated?
  • What is the optimal drilling direction to maintain hole quality, and how does this compare to the best approach for completion efficiency, maximizing production?
  • Which geomechanical practices will maximize contact with permeable natural fractures and avoid encountering water-bearing fractures and faults?
  • When and how should a producing well be re-stimulated to enhance or maintain production?

12:30 Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers

1:45 Illustrating the Abilities of Microseismic Data Collection and Analysis in Action

Speaker to be Announced

  • Impacting and informing your operational decisions with the latest advances in data collection, mapping, and analysis
  • Integrating your workflow from structural frameworks and geomodelling through to production forecasting and economic analysis
  • Demonstrating best practices to improve interpretation accuracy after combining seismic and well data

2:30 Discussing the Importance of Cementing Operations with Examples from Different Shale Plays

Farzad Tahmourpour
Senior Global Advisor – Cementing

  • Discussing the role of cement and sealant quality in all phases of well construction, completion and production operations. How large a role do proper cementing practices have on the life and productivity of a well?
  • Debating selection of the sealant systems and placement methods considerations
  • What are some of the common problems and pitfalls encountered in cement usage planning and application? How can these be avoided or overcome?
  • How can cement usage differ from play to play, and does this offer opportunities to adjust plans to make better usage of local geological characteristics?
  • Conventional/Foamed Acid Soluble Cement systems: What advantages do they offer over traditional construction cement in shale gas wells? What are the drawbacks?

3:15 Networking Refreshment Break

3:30 CASE STUDY-Developing the Marcellus Shale: Combining Stimulation Experience with Excellent Subsurface Integration to Maximize Results

Nabila Lazreg-Larsen
Subsurface Team Lead, Marcellus Shale Play
Talisman Energy

  • Discussing hydraulic fracturing on the Marcellus Shale Basin: What are the similarities to earlier plays, and what makes Marcellus different?
  • Explaining best practices in incorporating subsurface data into a model that can inform you decision-making process
  • Outlining how to build a stimulation strategy that incorporates the unique characteristics of your reservoir
  • How can you adjust your plans during operations in response to early results adding further information to your integrated subsurface understanding?

4:15 Working Together from Concept to Completion: How Inter-Disciplinary Cooperation and Understanding Between Engineers and Geologists Will Make the Difference to Your Project

Bill Marble

  • Illustrating the benefits of geologists and engineers cooperating at all times during an unconventional project
  • Sharing openly and communicating effectively will allow all parties to make the most informed decision possible with the available information
  • Analyzing the data together so that each discipline in consultation with the other can yield optimized drilling and well completion strategies
  • Cutting costs and increasing profitability by optimizing operation schedules through a mutual understanding of respective project timelines
  • Encouraging a grassroots corporate culture of consultation and cooperation between technical experts to maximize productivity

5:00 Chair’s Recap and Conference Concludes

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