Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Canadian E&P Majors
  • Cardium E&P Operators
  • Viking E&P Operators
  • Bakken E&P Operators
  • Horn River E&P Operators
  • Operators in Canada’s small and emerging shale and tight oil plays

With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VP’s, Directors, Managers & Team Leads of…

  • Drilling
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Completions
  • Exploration
  • Production
  • Exploitation
  • Technology
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Geology, Geosciences and Geophysics


  • Directional & Horizontal Drilling Companies
  • Drilling Fluids Suppliers
  • Downhole Tools Suppliers
  • Drill Bit Suppliers
  • Bottom Hole Assembly Suppliers
  • Completions Assembly Suppliers
  • Fluid Disposal Companies
  • Rig Suppliers
  • Fishing Tool Suppliers
  • MWD/LWD Suppliers
  • Lost Circulation Treatment Suppliers
  • Investment Firms

Horizontal Drilling In Tight Oil Plays

The cost of horizontal drilling in tight oil plays is an ever-critical issue, especially due to the price instability of the global oil and gas market.  Whilst completions ultimately brings in the profit in tight oil plays, both executives and engineering experts are acutely aware that if the drilling part isn’t executed correctly then productivity cannot be maximized.

With new tools and techniques being introduced to the market to streamline and improve the drilling process, the Canadian tight oil and shale market is brimming with opportunities for both cost and time savings.  But knowing which technique or technology is most appropriate in different circumstances, and planning for any issues that may arise is a fundamental challenge for which solutions are constantly being found. Yet repeated mistakes and overspending are commonplace.

Horizontal Drilling, Tight Oil Plays, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin brought together industry leading drilling executives, decision makers, and technical experts from the Bakken, Cardium, Viking, and other major plays in Western Canada to deliver integral insights into the applications of the different drilling tools, techniques and designs to provide take-away solutions to current challenges and thus the knowledge to optimize productivity. This was the first conference of its kind to increase production in tight oil plays, purely through the eyes of the driller.

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Day one started by delving into innovations in drilling mud design to discover how to reduce torque, drag and fluid loss whilst effectively cleaning the wellbore. The vital issue of cost-effectively disposing of drill cuttings as per environmental regulations was also explored. Day one then focused on assessing the balance between landing and staying in the target zone and maintaining wellbore integrity by scrutinizing and comparing the cost-benefit of directional tools including specific focus on rotary steerable tools, conventional tools, bottom-hole assemblies, drill bits, and MWD/LWD tools to analyze what factors ultimately affect decisions.

Day two started with a look at underbalanced and managed pressure drilling methods to learn their current applications in different formations. The day then went on to assess current and new well designs to examine how the use of casing, multi-well pads and multilaterals might allow production to reach previously inconceivable levels. The capabilities of different completions assemblies were then discussed to ascertain when packers or cementing might lead to the most productivity cementing best practices and how ball-drop liners can enhance the completion process. At the end of day two, rig designs were scrutinized with a particular focus on new and emerging designs to discover the applications of rig specifications in ever-innovative well designs.


"Excellent forum to exchange experiences/analysis, moderator was great."


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It is vital in this challenging economic climate that horizontal drilling costs and times are kept to a minimum.

This is achievable through effective choice of tools and techniques.  Industry-leading E&P operators will be meeting at the first ever Horizontal Drilling, Tight Oil Plays, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin initiative in Calgary in July to discover strategic and technical solutions for choosing the most cost-efficient tools and techniques to improve the drilling process and subsequently optimize production capability.

This ground-breaking event is the first event in Canada to examine options for driving down costs and increasing production through the eyes of the driller. It follows the hugely successful Tight Oil series in Canada which has consistently provided a platform for innovation for the leading operators in Canada to share and learn from each other’s experiences.  Similarly, this event will facilitate high-level collaboration to drive advancements specific to the drilling sector.

DRILLING MUDS: Identifying the cost criteria for different mud types to determine which can reduce dragand fluid loss whilst increasing drilling speed

BUILDING THE CURVE: Examining how to build to the lateral leg to effectively target pay zone and facilitate high recovery completions

DIRECTIONAL & DOWNHOLE TOOLS: Comparing the different applications of the latest directional and downhole tools to effectively assess the benefits, drawbacks and whether or not to invest in new technologies

WELL DESIGN: Scrutinizing the benefits of monobore vs. intermediate casing, multilaterals and multi-well pads to understand the potential to further increase productivity whilst reducing initial investment

COMPLETIONS ASSEMBLY: Assessing the production capabilities and draw backs of cemented lateral vs. open hole packer completions and ball drop liners to cost effectively maximize production potential during stimulation

RIG DESIGN: Exploring current rig parameters and limitations to assess capabilities related to extended reach laterals and multi-well pads

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