Fracturing/pressure pumping

SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Conference Set To Kick Off This Month

The SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition is being held 31 January–2 February in The Woodlands, Texas.

Source: SPE/Trent Jacobs.

New details on many of the latest advances in subsurface diagnostics, proppant performance, and modeling are set to be shared with industry professionals at the upcoming SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition (HFTC).

The 15th installment of the unconventional sector’s premier technical conference will kick off with a plenary session highlighting key technical developments resulting from the industry’s biggest field experiments. This includes the sector's ongoing collaborations with the Hydraulic Fracturing Test Sites and other large-scale programs.

Technical leaders with Devon Energy, Hess Corp., and SM Energy will lead the discussion about the tangible rewards they have realized from these underground laboratories.

The HFTC will be held in The Woodlands, Texas, from 31 January to 2 February and the program’s full agenda can be found here. Early registration discounts remain available until 2 days prior to the start of the conference.

This Year's Legendary Leaders

The first day of the HFTC will also feature the presentation of the 2023 SPE Legends of Hydraulic Fracturing Award to professors John Lee of Texas A&M University and Mohamed Soliman of the University of Houston.

Lee has more than 50 years of experience in petroleum engineering and is renowned for his work in reservoir engineering for hydraulically fractured wells along with integrated reservoir studies and unconventional gas development.

He has taught at Mississippi State University, the University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. His professional experience also includes working for ExxonMobil and as a consultant for S.A. Holditch & Associates. He has also served as an academic engineering fellow with the US Securities & Exchange Commission to modernize rules for reporting oil and gas reserves.

Soliman is the chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Houston. His career has been distinguished by the extensive study of hydraulic fracturing diagnostics, data analysis, and modeling which has led to being an author and coauthor of more than 250 technical papers. He also holds 40 US patents and is currently working on waterless fracturing techniques using plasma.

Other operators sharing technical insights at the conference include Apache Corp., BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Liberty Resources Ovintiv, Petroleum Development Oman, Saudi Aramco, and Shell.