SPE Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition To Be Held In Astana

Third Caspian Technical Conference And Exhibition (CTCE) To Be Held In Astana

Top regional oil and gas industry executives and technical experts are confirmed to speak at SPE’s third Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE), to be held at the Independence Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan from 1-3 November.

Under the theme ‘Challenges and Changes’, this year’s CTCE will include three Panel Sessions addressing topics relevant to maintaining and boosting technological advancements and developments in the region.

Topics for these panel sessions will include:

*identifying areas where efficiencies can be made which add value and allow organisations to respond more quickly to changes in the volatile macro environment;

*adding to Kazakhstan’s existing petroleum resources through frontier exploration, near-field exploration and building reserves in existing reservoirs in order to sustain and drive production in the future; and
the ways in which development strategies and exploration programmes can be changed in order to ensure project viability.

Among the government representatives and industry leaders confirmed to speak at CTCE are:

Magzum Mirzagaliev – Vice-Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
Sauat Mynbayev – Chairman of the Board, KazMunaiGas;
Uzakbay Karabalin – Deputy Chairman, KAZENERGY;
Kenzhebek Ibrashev – General Director, PSA;
Dr J—ózsef T—óth – President, World Petroleum Council;
Cheryl Gomez-Smith – Managing Director, ExxonMobil Kazakhstan;
Duncan van Bergen – Vice-President, Upstream and Country Chair, Kazakhstan, Shell;
Janeen Judah – 2017 SPE President;
Ted Etchison – General Director, TCO;
Bruno Jardin – Managing Director, NCOC.

To view a full list of panel speakers, please see the CTCE programme at:

Alongside the keynote sessions will be a technical programme composed of twelve technical sessions. The common theme to all these research-based presentations will be how cutting edge tools, technology and techniques are being applied in the Caspian in response to current cost pressures.

Topics for the technical programme will include:

*new reservoir and hydrocarbon system modelling techniques;
*history matching and production forecasting;
*new practices, tools and techniques for well construction, completion and intervention;
*use of seismic data to reduce sub-surface uncertainties;
*best practice in operational safety and safety culture;
*IOR – latest practices for improving water flood and gas injection efficiency;
*surveillance and production optimisation;
*improving production from mature fields.

More than 350 oil and gas industry professionals from IOCs, NOCs, government representatives, service companies, academia, NGOs and others are expected to attend and contribute to the event. Attendees will also be able to attend a variety of networking events which will be a chance to share experiences with peers, building new professional relationships and strengthening existing ones.

The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KAZENERGY and PSA are the supporting partners of this year’s event. The host organisation will be Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunaiGas. ExxonMobil is the Platinum Sponsor of CTCE, and NCOC is the Gold Sponsor.

SPE will be continuing down the road of a collaborative approach with other oil and gas associations and is being supported by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). It has also renewed its support from local service and supply companies, represented by KAZSERVICE, and the academic community, in the form of the Kazakhstan Association of Petroleum Geologists (APGK).