Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • US Oil & Gas Majors
  • Leading E&P Operators
  • Companies With Basin Acreage In California
  • Prospective Californian Operators
  • E&P Companies Seeking To Enter California's Unconventional Areas
  • Independent Californian E&Ps
  • Governmental Bodies
  • Global Oil & Gas Investors

With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...

  • Completions
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Exploration
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry
  • Exploitation
  • Operations
  • Development
  • New Ventures
  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Government Affairs


  • Logging & Coring Service Companies
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Providers
  • Engineering Companies
  • Seismic Analysis Companies
  • Frac Fluid & Propant Suppliers
  • Downhole Tool Suppliers
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Modeling Software Companies
  • Geological Surveys
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities
  • Water Treatment/Management Solution Providers


"We've always been quite clear that there are challenges to producing oil out of the Monterey Shale that set it apart from shale formations already tapped in North Dakota, Texas and elsewhere. If anyone can figure it out, they can figure it out." - Tupper Hull, VP, WSPA 

When estimates of reserves in the Monterey fell to 600 million barrels operators did not give up in keeping California on the map for unconventional exploration. They understood it was pivotal to understand advancements in technology as well as focus on how the oil still yet to be tapped in the Monterey but also the surrounding unconventional areas.

In order to do so, the structural and lithological complexity of shale and diatomite reservoirs, including those in the Kreyenhagen and wider San Joaquin, Santa Maria and LA Basins, were looked into, which enable the identification of stimulation technologies that will maximize oil recovery, whether it be acid fracturing, hydraulic fracturing or steam injection.

The Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2014 Congress was the only E&P led congress with a specific focus on optimizing recovery in unconventional reservoirs within California. Leading E&P companies from not only the Monterey but also Kreyenhagen and wider San Joaquin, Santa Maria and LA Basins showcased optimized logging suites and seismic technologies to obtain key petrophysical, geomechanical and lithological data of California's sediments to be able to commercially exploit shale and to increase return on investment within diatomite.

The sensitive nature of the continued regulatory environment, strategies to comply with SB4 and AB32 and expediting hydraulic fracturing and steam injection permit approvals were examined. Speakers also discussed case studies on how to source, transport and recycle water to ensure compliance with state regulations while minimizing operational costs within California.

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Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2014 congress, focusing purely on the exploitation of unconventional resources within California...

...will bring together leading Californian operators to correctly isolate productive zones, characterize reservoirs and determine the appropriate stimulation and production techniques to use within the Monterey, Kreyenhagen and wider San Joaquin, Santa Maria and LA basins. Key topics addressed include:

  • PURE UNCONVENTIONAL CALIFORNIA FOCUS: Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2014 is the only congress available focusing purely on unconventional oil and gas recovery in California. This is not a US-wide congress nor is it a congress that covers all types of oil and gas in California in which shale is a small part. It is purely unconventional and it is purely California. It has been designed this way to provide two whole days of focused, uninterrupted presentations and insights to operators looking to capitalize on California's unconventional resources
  • SHALE & DIATOMITE BREAK DOWN: This dual focus has been chosen due to the increasing attention being placed on diatomite production, the ever-closer commercialization of shale resources and the layered and interrelated geology of both types of formation. This congress is for operators working on shale, diatomite or both
  • RECOVERY-FOCUSED PRESENTATIONS: The commercial opportunity obviously lies in the recovery of the oil, which is why the entire agenda for this congress has been designed around optimizing. All key drivers behind cost effective recovery are being addressed, from petrophysical data to fracture modeling to zone targeting, stimulation techniques and permit approvals. Each session has been designed to deliver tangible insights into how to optimize recovery
  • COST REDUCTION THEME: California is still sitting on a huge amount of oil that's yet to be tapped. Operators don't have the time or money to eternally test out individual strategies, so this congress is optimizing data and insights gleaned so far by bringing the latest results from other operators to find out what has worked best so delegates can enhance and understand how to fully exploit these reserves


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