SPE International Heavy Oil 
Conference and Exhibition

14–16 December 2020 | Kuwait

Call for Papers

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Call for Papers

Extended Deadline: 24 June 2020


Share your expertise with your peers and submit an abstract for your opportunity to speak at the SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition. Your submission must be received by 24 June 2020.

Why Submit?

  • Extend your influence as part of an exceptional technical programme
  • Present your technical knowledge and experience to industry colleagues
  • Raise your company’s technical profile at a renowned industry event
  • Have your manuscript published in the multi-society library, OnePetro.org
  • Authors pay the lower registration fee


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Call for Papers Topics

Heavy Oil Reservoirs Characterisation and Resources

  • Reservoir Rock and Fluid Characterisation
  • Geophysics: Imaging, Modelling, and Fluid Monitoring
  • Geomechanics and Cap Rock Integrity
  • Reservoir Modelling and Management
  • Geosciences
  • Resources Estimation in Heavy Oil Reservoirs: Challenges and Best Practices
  • From Outcrops and the Laboratory to Production

Drilling and Completions

  • Drilling Enhancement and Well Completion
  • Sand Management and Control
  • Water Management and Control
  • Artificial Lift
  • Multilaterals
  • Well Design for Steam Injection
  • Pad Drilling
  • Horizontal Drilling
  • Urban/Land Management

Field Development Planning and Implementation, Heavy Oil Recovery Methods

  • Cold Production
  • EOR
  • IOR
  • Pilot Planning and Execution
  • Reservoir Prediction and Forecasting
  • Automation and Digital Transformation in Heavy Oil
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics

Innovation, Research and Technology Development in Heavy Oil

  • Emerging Technology
  • Renewal Energy for EOR/IOR
  • Smart Water
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Upstream and Downstream Technologies
  • Collaboration Efforts
  • Pilot Projects
  • Academia-Industry Collaboration for Heavy Oil

Heavy Oil Surveillance and Monitoring

  • Smart/Digital Fields
  • Surface and Subsurface Monitoring Technologies
  • Data Collection, Management, and Analysis
  • Smart and Connected Assets and Devices
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Cloud Engineering and Virtual Technology Validation

Production Optimisation

  • Cost Discipline
  • Resource Optimisation
  • Customisation Loops

Project Management: Upstream and Downstream in Heavy Oil

  • Best Practices
  • Managing Reservoir to the End User
  • Long-Term Vision
  • Risk Management
  • Economics
  • Decommissioning

Surface Facilities and Operations

  • Production Treatment
  • Water and Steam Management
  • Energy Management
  • Heat and Steam Exchange
  • Waste Management
  • Flow Assurance
  • Corrosion
  • Offshore Operations
  • Damage Control and Stimulation
  • Network Modelling
  • Integrity
  • Early Production Facility
  • Surface and Subsurface Integration

Policies, Procedures, and Processes

  • HSE Challenges in Heavy Oil
  • Human Factor in Heavy Oil
  • Heavy Oil Sustainability and Acceptability in the Energy Market
  • Contract Procurement
  • Business, Management and Leadership
  • Quality Management
  • Legislation and the Environment
  • Talent Development for Heavy Oil
  • Collaboration Strategies for Boosting Technical Skills

Heavy Oil Market and Value Chain

  • Marketing Strategies
  • Investment Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • Project Financing
  • Value Chain
  • Geoeconomics

Downstream Processing: Refining, Petrochemicals, Operations, and Transportation

  • Heavy Oil Upgrade
  • Refining Technology and Processing Developments
  • Plant Upgrades, Refurbishment, Manufacturing, and Equipment
  • Pipeline Management, Transportation, and Upgrading
  • Refining Technology Development
  • Refining and Petrochemical Integration, Supply Chain
  • Management and Feedstock Maximisation
  • Cost and Marketing Consideration
  • Environmental Aspects in the Heavy Oil Downstream Segment

Cost Optimisation in Heavy Oil

  • Reduce Lifting Costs
  • Reduce Operating Costs
  • Apply Best Practices
  • Lessons Learnt from Ongoing Projects

Submission Guidelines

  • Obtain necessary clearance from your management, your partners and customers BEFORE paper proposal submission.
  • Paper proposals should only be submitted online.
  • Paper proposals should be written in English and should provide clear and concise statements on the contents of the paper. It should include brief findings, solutions, impacts, and concluding remarks of the work.
  • Early submission is particularly important to ensure that the committee members have ample time to review the paper proposals. Late paper proposals will not be accepted.
  • Submission Deadline is 24 June 2020.
  • Abstracts should be based on any of the topic areas listed in the section topics.
  • Please refrain from the use of commercial trade names and language that is commercial in tone.
  • Authors should indicate their presentation preference: Oral technical presentation or Oral knowledge sharing ePoster presentation. The Programme Committee reserves the right to decide on the final allocation and presentation method.
  • Authors will be notified of the decision of the programme committee on 20 July 2020 and manuscript submission deadline is on 20 October 2020.
  • Please refer to the Author Timeline for upcoming deadlines.

Plagarism Check

We expect authors to credit all sources used in their writings and not to represent work of others as their own. Authors found to have plagiarised the work of another are subject to having their paper removed from the conference program and from OnePetro. Future submissions from authors found to have plagiarised will be scrutinised carefully. In the case of students found to be plagiarising the work of others, SPE may inform the student’s university.

In an effort to further improve SPE’s technical quality standards, all submitted conference papers will be checked for plagiarism.

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