Tar Mats Workshop ME 2016

9 - 12 October
Muscat, Oman
Call for papers

General Information

Workshop Overview

The oil companies in the region are being confronted with major challenges in developing and managing reservoirs with heavy oil and/or tar mats. The tar Mats represent the lowest API scale, where fluid is very hard to move, very low gas content and high oil viscosity. The tar affects oil recovery by reducing porosity, creating permeability barriers, modifying rock wettability, among other effects. Reliable characterization and mapping of tar mats within the reservoir will lead to robust well placement, satisfactory fluid advancement monitoring and prudent implementation of injection and production strategies. Moreover, the development of heavy oil reservoirs often requires novel technology solutions, including real-time tar identification during well placement and special fit-for-purpose production facilities.

The workshop will cover the following aspects:

  1. Fundamentals
    • Origin of tar mats and heavy oil 
    • Tar mat and heavy oil characterization 

  2. Practical aspects
    • Well placement and completion technologies
    • Reservoir management
    • Facilities, operations and environmental issues: requirements and challenges
    • Tar / heavy oil modeling / reservoir simulation
    • New technology

  3. Lessons learned from heavy oil and tar mat case studies

The workshop will be organized around a balance of oral presentations and group discussions in order to encourage exchanges between participants. 

Workshop Objectives
The workshop will provide for an informal interchange of technical information and ideas. Short presentations will be made by invited discussion leaders to introduce the selected topics, followed by interactive discussions so that all participants can share and learn from each other’s experiences.