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April 6, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Petroleum Club of Midland


For Sponsorship Opportunities, Please Contact Ryan Yarger:


Operators and service companies working in the Permian Basin continue to develop and implement technologies to optimize production strategies.  Because of external market forces and differing priorities of individual companies, there is no “one size fits all” strategy.

This one-day symposium will focus on Completion Design and Diagnostics, ESG, Artificial Lift, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).  In these sessions, Permian Basin case studies and technological applications will be presented and discussed, highlighting both Midland and Delaware Basins.

Key themes to be explored during this symposium will include:


  • The latest in horizontal well completion optimization

  • New technologies and methods to meet corporate emissions goals

  • Finding the right timing in well-life for various artificial lift applications

  • Managing mature unconventional and conventional fields 

Join us for a day of informative presentations, industry-shaping discussions, and networking with other industry experts – providing actionable ideas to fit your production management priorities. 



What is an SPE-PB Symposium?

Symposiums maximize the exchange of ideas among delegates and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend. Providing a bridge between SPE conferences and forums, Symposiums provide a practical overview of a technology and showcase technologies that are just experiencing their initial field applications. The one day symposium will include morning and afternoon single-track sessions and typically host 100-150 attendees.

Program Format

The technical program is planned and conducted by the volunteer program committee. The program committee is comprised 8-10 SPE members with expertise in the subject matter. Two members serve as Program Committee Co-Chairpersons. Two committee members chair each of the technical sessions. Typically, each session lasts 90 minutes and includes 3 presentations. Speakers’ presentations should not exceed 20 minutes to maximize the opportunities for discussion. There will be opportunities at coffee breaks, luncheons, and receptions to promote informal discussion among attendees.

Continuing education units (CEU) will be awarded for completion of the workshop. The CEUs are calculated based on contact hours of participation in the workshop (1 credit per 10 contact hours).

Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be awarded for completion of the Symposium. The PDHs are calculated based on contact hours of participation in the Symposium (1 credit per 1 contact hour).

Following the symposium, attendees will receive a list of attendees and a link to a secure URL where they may view the released presentations. Presentations are approved and edited by the author prior to posting.



Billy Harris | Lodestone Oil and Gas Consulting, LLC - Chairperson

Pamela Boring | Baker Hughes

Paul Brown | Chevron

Cathy Harris | Lodestone Oil and Gas Consulting, LLC

Miranda Jones | SM Energy

Kevin Levea | Permian Energy Partners

Andrew McMurray | ShearFRAC


Yogashri Pradhan | Coterra

Lance Reynolds | CrownQuest Operating, LLC

Ryan Yarger | EOG Resources



Completion Diagnostics & Design

Session Chairs: Miranda Jones & Andrew McMurray

Unconventional completion methods have come a long way in the several decades our industry has been focusing on these resources. There is still much to be learned, however, and Permian operators are seeking to optimize each aspect of unconventional development with increasing scrutiny. This session will explore how operators are finding ways to make engineered completion design changes on the fly that are optimizing production and saving completion costs.

Environmental, Social, & Governance

Session Chairs: Ryan Yarger & Kevin Levea

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investor pressure has required exploration and production companies to redefine what they consider to be their “social license” to operate. Strong sustainability reports and emissions pledges have become prerequisites to retain board seats and appeal to the broader investment community. This session will focus on the technical aspects of corporate ESG programs, including emissions, water resources, land/habitat management, and government relations.

Artificial Lift

Session Chairs: Paul Brown & Yogashri Pradhan

Operators are always trying to optimize their artificial lift program to accelerate production and decrease LOE. Challenges include depth, temperature, pressure, corrosion, scale, sand production, high water volumes, increasing gas to liquid ratios, power supply, wellbore deviation, and more. The Permian has always been known for our sea of pumping units, but there is a continuous effort to optimize long-term well performance through a combination of ESP, gas lift, jet pump, plunger lift, and others. This session will focus on different approaches & experience in optimizing artificial lift in the Delaware & Midland Basins.

Late-Life Operations

Session Chairs: Pamela Boring & Lance Reynolds

Rapid development of the Permian Basin’s unconventional resources has often pre-empted planning for long-term production, late-life economies, and increasing regulation. As greenfield wells decline, operators will have increasing focus on LOE management, enhanced oil recovery, and recompletions. This session considers what difficulties might arise and what opportunities might remain. 



0700 - 0755

Registration Check-In and Breakfast - Sponsored by FlexSteel

0755 - 0800

Chairperson's Welcome

0800 - 0930

Late-Life Operations

"Redevelopment of Brownfields Using Rock Volatiles Strategy"

Christopher Smith, Advanced Hydrocarbon Stratigraphy, Inc.

"Permian Basin Produced Water: Recycle and Disposal"

Kelly Bennett, B3 Insight

"Good and Poor Injection Sites for Water and CO2"

Steve Melzer, Melzer Consulting

0930 - 1000

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Steffes

1000 - 1130

Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG)

"Continuous Methane Monitoring and Its Implications on Facility Design"

Trent Foltz, TRP Energy

"Utilizing 45Q to Enhance AGI Economics in the Delaware Basin"

Steven Green, Piñon Midstream

"Methane Measurement: A Case Study in the Permian & A New Satellite Tool"

Elizabeth Lieberknecht & Fiona Liao, Environmental Defense Fund

1130 - 1200

Lunch - Sponsored by Baker Hughes

1200 - 1230

Lunch Keynote

Bobby Hulett, Chevron

1300 - 1430

Artificial Lift

"GAPL/PAGL and Lift Simulation Study Operations in the Delaware Basin"

Yula Tang, Chevron

"Nodal Analysis at Scale Using the PI Forecasting Methodology"

Andrew Corman, Xecta

"Midland Basin GAPL Strategy"

Sal Vela III, ExxonMobil

1430 -1500

Coffee Break - Sponsored by Steffes

1500 - 1600

Completion Diagnostics and Design

"Midland Basin Case Study Simulates Reservoir Models Without Altering Stimulated Fractured Geometries"

Lance Reynolds, CrownQuest Operating, LLC

"Determining Optimal Zonal Well Spacing While Derisking Flowing Offsets"

Ryan Rice, ResNet

1600 - 1630

Afternoon Keynote

Kirk Edwards, Latigo Petroleum, LLC

1630 - 1645

Chairperson's Wrap-Up

1645 - 1830




Registration Details

Credit card payment only for online registration using the button above.

If you are unable to register online, please contact Cathy Harris at (972)-768-8070

Registration Fees

Online or In-Person: $425

Symposium fee includes admittance to the technical sessions, access to released presentations and attendee list, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and reception.


Petroleum Club of Midland

501 W Wall St

Midland, TX 79701

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