Aramco Services Company

Unconventional Resources Technology Conference


Gang HanGang Han, petroleum engineer and geomechanics expert in ASC Upstream, participated in the technical conference session. His recent work represents a breakthrough in core measurement for shale reservoirs.

Aramco Services Company’s (ASC) interest in unconventionals was further highlighted through its participation at the inaugural Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) held Aug. 12-14 in Denver.
 
Saudi Aramco served as a major sponsor of URTeC – which was a collaborative effort between the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). The first-of-its-kind conference brought together industry professionals to share information on such topics as tight oil, formation evaluation, and fracture characterization in unconventional reservoirs.
 
Saudi Aramco and ASC representatives participated in the technical program by contributing to paper presentations. In the Unconventional Geomechanics section, the paper “Pulsed Fracturing in Shale Reservoirs: Geomechanical Aspects, Ductile-Brittle Transition and Field Implications” was well-received with Saudi Aramco’s Hazim Abass contributing to the research.
 
A team of attendees from Saudi Aramco and ASCA team of attendees from Saudi Aramco and ASC increased the company’s profile in the area of unconventionals.

While Saudi Aramco’s Unconventional Gas Initiative is a major component in broadening the company’s portfolio – activities in this area are not widely known, especially throughout North America.
 
Brian Gratto, manager of Unconventional Resource Exploration and Development at Saudi Aramco, helped spread the word about this initiative by giving a daily presentation in the company’s exhibit booth. The presentation, titled “Unconventional Gas in Saudi Arabia: The Why, When, What, Where and How,” drew standing-room-only crowds.
 
Gratto told audience members that multidisciplinary unconventional asset teams are empowered to identify and deploy the latest technologies across its frontier basins that are believed to contain unconventional gas. “Professionals are working with the source rocks and tight reservoirs that are associated with the largest oil and gas fields in the world,” he said.
 
ASC’s Upstream geomechanics expert Gang Han presented a paper on the optimization of hydraulic fracturing to capture oil and gas from unconventional reservoirs to help find the “sweet spot” to drill for maximum recovery. His recent work represents a breakthrough in core measurement for shale reservoirs.
 
ASC’s Staffing Services recruiting team was on site during the conference to attract and source the talent to further strengthen the company's unconventional teams. Professionals with backgrounds in geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir engineering, completion and stimulation, geomechanics, drilling, production and facilities engineering are needed.

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Brian GrattoBrian Gratto, manager of Unconventional Resource Exploration and Development at Saudi Aramco, offered daily presentations at the company’s exhibit booth that drew crowds eager to learn about unconventional exploration and production outside of the U.S. and, in particular, Saudi Arabia.


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