Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • US Oil & Gas Majors

  • Leading Integrated Californian Oil Operators
  • Independent Californian E&Ps
  • Companies With Basin Acreage In California
  • Government Bodies
  • Global Oil & Gas Investors

With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, SVPs, VPs, Directors, Managers, Team Leads, & Chiefs of:

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


  • Completions Service Providers
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Providers
  • Oil Recovery Technology Providers
  • Directional Drilling Companies
  • Engineering Companies
  • Logging And Coring Service Providers
  • Seismic Analysis Companies
  • Geochemical Analysis Companies
  • Frac Fluid & Proppant Suppliers
  • Acid Suppliers
  • Drilling Fluids Suppliers
  • Down-hole Tools Suppliers
  • Reservoir Engineering Companies
  • Key Industry Laboratory & Analysis Firms
  • Investment Firms
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Legal Consultants
  • Modelling Software Companies
  • Water Treatment/Management Solution Providers
  • Geological Surveys
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities

Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2012: Monterey & Surrounding Sediments


With estimates of the total oil in place in California ranging from 300 billion barrels to over 500 billion barrels, one thing is certain; California has the potential to become the largest oil producing State in the America. The EIA believes the Monterey to contain 64% of all recoverable shale oil in the continental US, eclipsing the Eagle Ford and the Bakken. Despite producing significant volumes of oil for over 90 years, new technologies and techniques are now being pioneered and implemented to significantly increase production in California.

Identifying pay zones and characterizing reservoirs in the virtually unique, organic rich, and ultra-tight diatomite zones and exploration areas of the San Joaquin Valley is fast developing, with the introduction of advanced seismic and logging techniques. This combined with the latest advancements in acidization and hydraulic fracing technology that are being innovatively applied within the extreme depths of the San Joaquin, mean that resources are being more cost-efficiently exploited than was previously thought possible.

However, relative to reserves in place, the vast majority of the Monterey and surrounding sediments are yet to be fully unlocked. So what is the key?

Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2012 was the first dedicated Californian oil congress bringing together leading operators from throughout the State to examine the heterogeneous and naturally fractured nature of the Monterey and surrounding oil sediments in California. The latest techniques and technologies being used to characterize and exploit the State’s capacious oil reserves were delivered by E&P experts to the delegates present to maximizing recovery in California’s most prolific oil resources. Regulatory drivers and limitations in California were also examined to offer a comprehensive review on the feasibility of maximizing production using the techniques addressed.

Main Conferences Area

Day one : Geological And Petrophysical Analysis Of California’s Fractured Monterey Shale And Heterogeneous Tight Oil Reservoirs To Enable Application Of Optimal Recovery Techniques

Day two : Examined Optimal Completions Strategies, Proven Oil Recovery Techniques And The Regulatory Issues Affecting Continued Development


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O&G Series

To exploit the vast quantities of oil in place beneath the Monterey ‘shale’ and surrounding oil-rich sediments in California…

…the continued use of new technologies and techniques to unlock the tight reservoirs of the State has never been more vital. Although oil sourced from the Miocene Monterey is not new, with advancements in drilling, fracing and acidizing technologies comes the potential for unlocking previously unexploited areas and some of the largest oil reserves in North America. Coupling this with developments in thermal technology for recovery of heavy oil from Californian shales and diatomaceous zones, and the unconventional techniques being utilised to maximize production in ‘conventional’ reservoirs mean, the Monterey and its surrounding oil sediments are among the hottest in the industry.

Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2012 will bring together California’s leading oil operators to share geological findings, characterization of oil reservoirs, as well as best practices and technologies being used to exploit and unlock the most prolific oil reservoirs in the US. The regulatory environment in a State striving to be the greenest in the country will also be addressed, with multiple stakeholders discussing and debating air and water usage in California, where permitting is slow and Assembly Bill 32 alongside the cap and trade program for greenhouse gas emissions poses a big threat to continued production in the State.

The first dedicated Californian oil congress, Tight Oil Reservoirs California 2012 is the next in the extremely well attended and respected Tight Oil series from American Business Conferences. Bringing together operators from the San Joaquin, Santa Maria, LA, Ventura and Salinas basins,  this a must-attend event for anyone who is operating acreage or has a commercial stake in, Californian oil.

  • GEOLOGY: Providing an in-depth lithological, mineralogical and stratigraphic breakdown of the heterogeneous and fractured shales, diatomites and surrounding sediments in California
  • COMPLETIONS: Examining where acidization, hydraulic fracturing, and new technologies are being used to yield maximum recovery in Californian shales
  • DIATOMITE OIL RECOVERY:   The latest thermal techniques being used to exploit the ultra-tight and unique diatomaceous zones embedded in the Monterey
  • RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION: Evaluating the most effective tools and interpretation techniques for modelling the highly complex and organic rich sediments of the Californian oil shales and diatomaceous zones to identify sweet spots and maximize pay
  • UNCONVENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY: Understanding where new technology and unconventional techniques can be applied to conventionally produced, mature reservoirs to maximize production
  • WATER MANAGEMENT: Examining the current and future importance of water management for Californian operators and the barriers of water handling and disposal outside of existing oil field boundaries
  • AIR REGULATIONS: Addressing the regulatory environment in California to examine barriers to exploration and development and how air quality legislation in the State is affecting operators