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Advances in Production Geoscience as an enabler for maximising economic recovery and ensuring a future for the UKCS

06 - 07 June 2018
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Event type:
Conference, Workshop
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Energy Group, 2018 Year of Resources
Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
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Out of adversity comes opportunity. A significant change is required in the North Sea petroleum industry to keep it profitable and growing, and geoscience has the opportunity to lead the way in delivering this change. New plays, fields, technologies and alliances are required in order to increase recovery and reduce the cost of delivering hydrocarbons. In 2014 the Maximising Economic Recovery UK  report suggested that 12-24bn barrels of oil equivalent remained to be produced from the North Sea. 

This conference aims to show how geoscience is helping to develop and recover as much of this remaining hydrocarbon as possible. It will showcase the range of solutions maximize economic recovery from the UKCS.
Specific themed sessions may include:
  • Near field exploration
  • New field developments 
  • Short radius sidetracks
  • Infill drilling
  • Production from secondary reservoirs
  • The value of surveillance
  • Existing infrastructure - hosts for new opportunities, making it last longer, novel maintenance, alternative uses (wind/CO2 disposal)
  • Shallow gas (fuel source) and water (for injection)
  • Novel drilling technology as an enabler for difficult geology
  • Exploiting difficult fluids
  • Use of new technology or first application of technology to the UKCS
  • Enhanced oil and gas recovery
  • Adding value from co-produced fluids
  • Decommissioning

The focus of the meeting will be on Geoscience, Reservoir Engineering and Petrophysics with the recognition that successful integration across the subsurface and surface disciplines is at the heart of a successful shift in future fate of the UKCS.  


Caroline Gill, Shell UK Limited

Matt Brettle, Equinor

Jon Gluyas, University of Durham

Cliff Lovelock, Shell UK Limited

John Underhill, Heriot Watt University

Confirmed Keynote: 

John Underhill, 

Heriot Watt University

Jon Gluyas, Durham University

Al Tucker, Shell

Jon Brain, Shell

Glen Brown, OGA

Iain Bartholomew, Siccar Point

Graham Yielding, Badleys

Nigel Gamblin, Equinor

Conference Programme: 

You can now download a copy of the conference programme. Pleas click the link on the side. 

The conference will take place at the Sir Ian Wood building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ


To register for this conference, please register online, or download the registration form and return to [email protected], or by post to Sarah Woodcock, Conference Office, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BG

Registration rates

£ 200.00
£ 300.00
£ 200.00
£ 200.00
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£ 50.00
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