Offshore E&P Companies With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...

  • Lower Tertiary
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Exploration
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geomechanics
  • Geosciences
  • Seismic
  • Petrophysics
  • New Ventures
  • Engineering
  • Reservoir
  • Drilling
  • Drilling Fluids
  • Completions
  • Production
  • Paleogene
  • Deepwater
  • Technology
  • Subsea


  • Reservoir Mapping Technology Vendors
  • Pore Pressure Prediction Services
  • Seismic Acquisition & Interpretation Software Providers
  • Rock Quality Analysts
  • Velocity Modeling Services
  • Exploration Services
  • Seismic Data Licensing Providers
  • Core Data Services
  • Casing Providers
  • Cementing Suppliers
  • Drilling Mud Suppliers
  • Drill Bit Suppliers
  • BOP Technology Vendors
  • BOP Testing Solutions
  • Completions Technology Vendors
  • Frac Fluid Suppliers


Since the development of Shell's Perdido field in 2010 the buzz surrounding the ultra deep reservoirs located in the Gulf of Mexico is escalating at pace, with the Lower Tertiary Trend attracting the majority of global attention.

With recovery predictions high and long-term, economic production potentially possible in the area, operators are intent on ensuring the optimal exploration, drilling and completions strategies are in executed to ensure that costs are controlled and production optimized while the highest level of safety of development is maintained.


New horizons in deeper reservoirs could yield phenomenal economic opportunity; but the technology needs to catch up fast to tackle the unique challenges posed by exploring and drilling at such depths. Techniques and tried and tested technological solutions are now needed to deal with:

  • Thick salt canopies : In the ultra deep reservoirs are currently limiting the applicability of existing methods for pore pressure prediction and seismic imaging below salt.
  • Extremely high pressures and temperatures : Within the reservoirs are creating huge demand for innovations for BOP design, drilling muds and casing that can withstand it.

Additionally, within the HPHT environment, mitigating blowouts while drilling cost effective wells is of the upmost importance, with technological development at the forefront for exploiting the reserves within the ultra deep reservoirs.

The debut Gulf of Mexico Ultra Deep, HPHT Reservoirs: Basin Modeling, Drilling & Completions 2013 is the first and only E&P-led congress addressing the issues facing those operating specifically in HPHT reservoirs, below the salt. Across the two-day initiative, case studies will be presented on challenges spanning from pore pressure prediction, addressing the operational implications of pore pressure, and seismic imaging to pre-drill planning, HPHT drilling equipment selection and cost reduction to optimal production and completions techniques that have been used to ensure economic wells.

Case studies from pioneers in these areas split into two distinct categories: basin modeling and operations. Day one assesses the reservoir qualities and techniques being used for seismic imaging below the salt to identify traps. Presentations will then discuss how to prioritize portfolio prospects in the Paleogene through mapping of the salt layers, fluid velocity and density. Operators will also be evaluating the geophysical and petrophysical data used to design drilling programs within the ultra deep reservoirs, specifically pore pressure prediction and operational implications.

Day two's operational focus assesses how to minimize costs and non-productive time when drilling and completing wells in the ultra-deep HPHT environment. Drilling specifics will be broken down and assessed, including mud weights and loss circulation, intelligent casing design, cementing, drilling through the salt, managed pressure drilling, BHA design and BOP design. Finally the day ends with an evaluation of potential and tried and tested optimal completions strategies including frac fluids and completion tools for use in the HPHT environment.

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Game changing technological innovations being tried and tested within the ultra deep reservoirs located in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico...

...are driving operators to further evaluate and invest in optimal tools, strategies and techniques for drilling and completing in the challenging HPHT environment of the Paleogene.

Gulf Of Mexico Ultra Deep, HPHT Reservoirs: Basin Modeling, Drilling & Completions 2013 is the first and only E&P-led congress addressing the issues facing those operating specifically in HPHT reservoirs below the salt and will host E&P presenters delivering case studies on the following areas:

  • PORE PRESSURE : Evaluating methods for pore pressure prediction to forecast the actual reservoir performance in ultra deepwater wells
  • SEISMIC IMAGING : Assessing the next generation seismic acquisition and interpretation technologies for acquiring high resolution seismic data, below salt in ultra deep reservoirs
  • PRE-DRILL PLANNING : Evaluating how geophysical and petrophysical data analysis is being used to design low cost drilling programs suitable to ultra deep, high pressure high temperature environments
  • DRILLING : Evaluating how the selection of the correct mud weight, casing and BHA design can mitigate blow outs without damaging the formation
  • EQUIPMENT & COSTS : Analyzing the sources of non-productive time and assessing the new BOP design specifications to drive down the cost of future operations in HPHT wells
  • PRODUCTION : Understanding the rock densities within velocity models to forecast if well and sand control will impact production
  • COMPLETIONS : Evaluating the optimal completions design and completions tools for use in HPHT wells to prevent annulus pressure build up and ensure optimal production


VP Exploration, Abraxas Petroleum Corp

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