Unconventionals conference highlights fast pace of technology gains

Yazeed K. Altowairqi presented a case study paper using rock physics modeling to identify high total organic carbon shale in Perth Basin, Western Australia. Altowairqi works in Saudi Aramco’s Emerging Unconventional Assets Department and is applying his work to the Jafurah Basin in Saudi Arabia.

For a fifth straight year, Aramco participated in North America’s Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) with an eye toward learning and sharing its proficiency in optimizing production from unconventional resources — namely shale and tight gas.

Aramco has added an international dimension to URTeC since the conference debuted in 2013. Upstream staff members have served on the technical program committee since the beginning, helping to build the conference’s reputation for high-impact research and development.

This year, upstream professionals and researchers from Houston and Dhahran were integrally involved throughout the three-day conference by chairing technical sessions, participating in panel discussions, and presenting papers.