IADC Drilling Caspian 2024 Conference & Exhibition


The Caspian region continues to face challenges around changing market conditions, pandemic operational challenges, workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance.

The IADC Drilling Caspian 2024 Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices and experiences. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements, and impact of Oil & Gas to the Caspian region. The event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

StartFebruary 7, 2024EndFebruary 8, 2024
Four Seasons Hotel Baku

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2023 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Management
  • Completion Engineer
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer
  • Drilling and/or Completion Operations
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Student
  • Training/Education








Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • Training
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Trade/Professional Association
  • National Oil Company

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Address 1 Neftchilar Ave, Baku 1095, Azerbaijan
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NEGOTIATED ROOM BLOCK: Deluxe Old City View single room at $235 per night including 18% VAT, Municipality of $0.70 per person per night and Breakfast for up to 1 person at the Zafferano Restaurant.

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      • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
      • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration.
        (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
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      • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.
      • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.

      Saturday, 10 February 2024

      IADC Golf Tournament, Dreamland Golf Club, Baku

      Scramble Format, Shot Gun start at 11:00 am. Prize giving ceremony will follow after the golf tournament completion.

      For more information, please contact Vasso Papadopoulou: Vasso.Papadopoulou@turandrilling.com

      Press Policy

      Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

      Recording in any form (audio, video, still photography, etc.) of presentations and/or speakers during sessions, poster presentations, workshops, etc., without the express written consent of IADC and the party to be recorded is strictly prohibited.  *Those who do not comply with the Recording Equipment/Photo policy may be asked to leave the premises and barred from receiving complimentary press registration for future IADC events.

      Press registration must be received 1 week prior to the event to ensure entrance.  Members of the press will be identified with a green press ribbon attached to their name badge.

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      Wednesday, 7 February 2024

      08.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

      09.00 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

      09.15 Opening Presentation: Babak Huseynov, Vice President of Development & Production, SOCAR

      09.35 Keynote Presentation: Ole Maier, President Offshore, KCA Deutag, & Chairman of the Board, Turan Drilling & Engineering

      09.55 Market Outlook: Aditya Saraswat, MENA Research Director, Rystad Energy

      10.15 IADC Caspian Chapter Update: Vasso Papadopoulou, Project Manager/ MRE, Turan Drilling & Engineering

      10.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

      11.00 Well Integrity
      Session Chair: David Triolo, Wells and Drilling Director, GL LTD

      Slim Hole Side Tracks from Existing Wells Boost Platform Productivity and Longevity: Azim Hashimov, Drilling Engineer, Elshan Jafarov, Mukhtar Safarov, Vusal Iskandarov, Ilham Aliyev, Seyran Huseynov, SOCAR AQS
      SOCAR-AQS successfully developed and implemented a strategy to drill slim hole side tracks from existing wells on a platform facing challenges with declining production and limited new slots. This was achieved through the use of innovative technologies and a comprehensive design strategy. The first well was delivered successfully, opening up a big scope for increasing reserve recovery.

      Rising to the Challenge of Drilling Through Depleted Reservoirs: Fernando Zapata Bermudez, Director Global Business Development, Barry Killoh, Roar Pederson, Andreas Fliss, Archer Oiltools
      Drilling through depleted reservoirs with a packer aiming to support well control situations while being downhole as part of the drilling BHA is ideal. By installing a qualified V3-barrier in the cased part of the well downhole it provides the option to the operator to cement and sidetrack, saving additional trips and rig time. the packer is a certified barrier in the mother-bore, in case it is needed to be set permanently, cement and sidetrack.

      Combined Engineered Wellbore Strengthening Approaches for Complex Fractured Carbonate Formation in Horizontal Well: Al-Khalij Field, Qatar Case History: Guillaume Peres-Demarthon, Drilling Fluids Superintendent & OSL, TotalEnergies, Surya Pallapothu, Thein Zaw Phyoe, Paulo Pauferro Jr., Javid Aghaguluyev, SLB
      Deploying combined engineered pill and resilient engineered fiber pill at a different depth proved its applicability under different conditions and a standard engineering approach for improving wellbore integrity was developed for future drilling in this field. The solution can endure additional force and pressure that created by drilling more deeply without failure.

      12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

      13.30 Panel Session: The Influence of the Geopolitical Situation and Local Capacity on Market Outlook for Caspian Oil and Gas
      Moderators: Vasso Papadopoulou, Project Manager/ MRE, Turan Drilling & Engineering & Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, Regional Director Europe, IADC

      In this session, we will examine the competitive position of Caspian oil and gas. This will include how the geopolitical situation as well as production and transmission capacity aspects influence the ability for oil and gas from the Caspian region to be exported to existing and new markets. The session will further examine how local industrial capacity and infrastructure underpins industry growth focusing on this export. 

      • John Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, ACE Forwarding
      • Aditya Saraswat, MENA Research Director, Rystad Energy

      14.30 Efficiency and Cost Reduction
      Session Chair: Gabor Darab, General Director KNDC, Nabors

      A Holistic Data-driven, Edge-first Approach to Drilling Dysfunctions Detection Using Artificial Intelligence: Gary Hickin, Business Development Director, Julie Pearce, NOV, Pradeep Ashok, Intellicess, Spencer White, Trey Peroyea, Apache Corp
      In the presentation we will outline the current challenges how these were addressed in the field and how the approached used here has brought many benefits to those involved.

      Improving Drilling Plans from Spud to Completion in the Caspian Sea: Snorre Lutnes, Technical Sales Manager, Enhanced Drilling
      To improve drill plans and execution in the Caspian a 2-in-1 system combining Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR) and Controlled Mud Level (CML) can be used. RMR addresses the challenges with top hole drilling and offers longer sections to be drilled. The CML system can utilize the Dual Gradient effect to extend sections and operate with a Constant Bottom Hole Pressure. The 2-in-1 system enables smarter and greener wells with increased productivity.

      15.10 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

      15.40 Optimizing Efficiency
      Session Chair: Tural Garibov, Regional Director, TDE Group

      Enhancing Automation and Safety with Continuous Circulation System: Alberto Amuzzoni, R&D Manager, Angelo Calderoni, Drillmec
      The paper aims to showcase the evolution of an advanced continuous circulation drilling system that has achieved full automation, eliminating the need for operators on the drilling floor. Instead, all operations are managed remotely from within the driller’s cabin, utilizing cameras to ensure precise operations. The main objective is to introduce a groundbreaking era in drilling to the global audience.

      Fishbone Drilling in Thin Layers: Orkhan Nasibov, Student, Ilkin Həzizadə, Baku Higher Oil School
      Our aim is to apply Fishbone drilling in thin layers in Azerbaijan. By applying it, we would increase production, decrease cost by roughly 10 times by replacing the material and deal with water coning. All these advantages would bring oil and gas industry in a different level in world scale.

      Delivery of the First Fully Horizontal Reservoir in the ACG Field Utilizing Geosteering Technique: Farid Hasanov, Drilling Engineer, BP
      The presentation will describe the challenges and engineering solutions used while drilling of the horizontal well D19Y.

      16.40 Poster Pitches
      Session Chair: Vasso Papadopoulou, Project Manager/ MRE, Turan Drilling & Engineering

      • Mahmoud Reda, Senior Sales Manager, Baker Hughes
      • Anar Malikov, Director, TCS
      • Veskan Aslanov, Innovation Specialist, Drillmec
      • Saurabh Dubey, Managing Director, Protiviti Member Firm Middle Consultancy LLC

      17.10-18.10 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

      Thursday, 8 February 2024

      08.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Corporation

      09.00 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

      09.05 Opening Presentation: t.b.n., BP

      09.25 Keynote Presentation: Samir Mollayev, General Director, SOCAR AQS

      09.45 Poster Pitches
      Session Chair: Vasso Papadopoulou, Project Manager/ MRE, Turan Drilling & Engineering

      • Nargiz Shirinova, Drilling Engineer, SLB
      • Jenny Ospina, Business Director – MPD, Halliburton
      • Andras Kocsis, MPD Engineer, Nabors Drilling Technologies
      • Mohamed Selim Ayadi, Senior Drilling Engineering Advisor, Helmerich & Payne

      10.15 Featured Presentation: t.b.n.

      10.35 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Corporation

      11.05 Mastering Complexity
      Session Chair: Brian Thomson, Director of Business Development – Europe, Africa & Caspian, Parker Wellbore

      Zero-time Definitive Dynamic Survey Reduced the Risk of Differential Sticking and Optimized the Drilling Efficiency in Offshore Project in Turkmenistan: Bakytgul Dairova, Technical Manager, Parahat Babanyazov, Vepa Mollaniyazov, SLB, Abdulrazzaq Abdulrahman, Dragon Oil
      Realizing the true potentials of getting the survey data in rotating mode helped to optimize the drilling operation and minimize the risk associated with stationary survey time. Dragon Oil together with a major directional service provider has implemented the DDS to two operating fields in Caspian Sea. The technology delivered definitive surveys while on bottom drilling with full parameters and complete data quality control.

      First Three Thru-tubing Sand Control Remedial Well-works in ACG field Using Ceramic Screen: Emin Jafarov, Well Completion & Intervention Engineer, Yoliandri Susilo, Farid Aghayev, Aydan Mikayilova, Nadir Gafarov, Matin Allahverdiyev, Ilkin Guliyev, Paul Savelli, Zahid Hasanov, Ahad Pashayev, Turan Eyyubbayli, BP
      The presentation will include the rationale behind the chosen sand control remedial work selection and summary of three ceramic screen installation jobs from design through the execution.

      Intensification of Oil Extraction Processes in Unstable Reservoir and Low Formation Pressure Zones of Fields Operating under Complex Conditions: Khalid Abbasli, Program Management Office & Executive Administrative Assistant, Abbasli Khalid, Azeri M-I Drilling Fluids and Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University
      General information, formation of the initial situation. Setting and conditions of the problem, relevance of the problem, information about researches, explanation of the solution that will solve the problem and information about it. Information on laboratory experiments, presentation of results, graphical interpretation of results, and general results and discussion.

      12.05 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition 

      13.15 Panel Session: Gender Diversity Dialogue: Shaping an Inclusive Future Together
      Moderator: Leyla Novruzova, Founder and President, Transformative Coaching Inc.

      Our Gender Diversity Panel is dedicated to championing inclusivity and equality in the workplace. We aim to provide insightful discussions, share best practices, and promote a culture of respect and understanding. Our panel brings together a diverse group of women to address challenges, celebrate progress, and explore strategies for promoting gender diversity and women empowerment in professional spheres.

      • Vasso Papadopoulou, Project Manager/ MRE, Turan Drilling & Engineering
      • Bronwyn Cox, Well Operations Manager, P&O Wells – AGT, BP

      14.15 Sustainability in Action
      Session Chair: Ramis Imamkuliev, Branch Manager Caspian Region, NOV

      A Step Change Initiative to Offset the Reduction of CO2 for Greenhouse Gases: Qasim Al-Rawahi, Senior Contract Holder, Mahmood Mandhari, Najeeb Al Hattali, Petroleum Development of Oman
      Implementing these initiatives will offer numerous advantages, including, but not limited to: 1) Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE). 2) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction: approximately 405,201 metric tons per year unit of CO2 emissions. 3) Cost Optimization: around $4.3 MM.

      Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Wastewater for Drilling Applications and Environmental Sustainability: Jothibasu Ramasamy, Lead Petroleum Scientist, Mohammad K. Al-Arfaj, Subhash C. Ayirala, Salah H. Saleh, Saudi Aramco
      The presentation is about the application of recycled wastewater discharge from produced water desalination plant. The wastewater is hypersaline and not an ideal candidate for recycling purposes such as irrigation or reinjection. However, it can be used as a heavy brine to be used as an internal phase of oil-based mud. Our studies show that the oil-based mud formulation made with wastewater as an internal shows acceptable mud properties.

      14.55 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Corporation

      15.25 Case Study
      Session Chair: t.b.n.

      Umid-1, Successful and Efficient 36” Conductor Driving Operation in Offshore Caspian Sea: Elnur Ismayilov, Drilling Manager, Shamil Shamilov, Dmitriy Romanov, UBOC
      In 2007, Umid-1 platform, equipped with six slots, encountered drilling challenges due to insufficient conductor setting depths of 120-130m BRT. The shallow depth resulted from old technology was risking well integrity and necessitating an extra casing string. A multidisciplinary team considered geotechnical, drilling, and structural aspects and determined depth based on maximum mud weight. Overcoming all challenges, UBOC drilling team successfully drove 36″ conductor pipe to 183m BRT for the first time at SOCAR by enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

      15.45 Leading with Safety, Excelling in Operations
      Session Chair: Samir Mollayev, General Director, SOCAR AQS

      Developing the Next Generation of Rig Site Leaders: Chris French, Business Development Executive, The REACH Group
      While the industry has come a long way to advance competency in technical roles, how do we ensure that rig site leaders will be able to effectively manage their multi-generational, diverse teams? These leaders are the ones that must develop the workers so they can quickly assimilate and demonstrate company values and behaviors through their daily work activities. This is essential to efficient, safe performance on any drilling operation.

      Innovative Platform (E-Ticket) that Enhances Operational Excellence: Zainab AlNadhairi, Operations Support Engineer, Salah Al Harthy, Issa Shavoun, Abraj Energy Services SAOG
      The E-Ticket significantly reduced billing cycle time from 45 days to 5 days, reducing errors and package generation by over 98%. Online capabilities reduced dispatching time and prevented asset and personnel non-readiness during job planning and crew assignment.

      Redefining HSE Performance in the Drilling Industry: Kyle Divine, Lead Compliance Coordinator, Abdulrahman A. Sanea, Omar J, Zahrani, Saudi Aramco
      Unlike relying solely on the total recordable injuries incident rate (TRI-IR) as a KPI, this study highlights the importance of considering all relevant indicators, including both leading and lagging measures, for a comprehensive evaluation of HSE performance. The all-inclusive scoring system presented in this research provides a more accurate assessment of HSE performance and enables targeted actions to enhance safety.

      16.45 Adjournment

      Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note:
      The following paper proposals are presented as posters and will be included in the conference during the poster pitch sessions. If a scheduled paper becomes unavailable, then the posters will be included in the conference as a paper. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

      Challenging Intelligent Well Monitoring Leads to Significant Field Production Increase and Extend Reservoir Life: Mahmoud Reda, Senior Sales Manager, Alex Kurian, Mostafa Afif, Baker Hughes, Jomah Belal Bashir, Abdullah Ahmad Malik, Sushil Kumar Raturi. Kuwait oil Company
      Intelligent completions are the key to optimize production and limit downtime oil wells & Effectively manage production flow and challenges associated with feedthrough capability for control lines with cased-hole and open-hole applications.

      Role of Risk Management in the Oil and Gas Industry Sustainability: Anar Malikov, Director, TCS
      The abstract highlights the importance of RM in the oil & gas industry, specifically concerning the APIQ1, Q2, & ISO 29001. RM helps companies identify & control risks, aligning with the requirements for equipment design, manufacturing, & services.RM ensures improved product quality, safety, &compliance, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. By adhering to RM principles organizations can enhance operational efficiency & customer satisfaction.

      Enhancing OEM’s Services and Remote Support with Smart Glasses: Veskan Aslanov, Innovation Specialist, Leonardo Bori, Drillmec
      Our research, supported by practical case studies, describes the process for implementation of the Smart Glasses in OEM’s after sales services. The aim is to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovation technologies, in the drilling industry, enhancing efficiency, saving costs, and improving safety.

      Local Content Requirements Impacting Oilfield Services Industry: Saurabh Dubey, Managing Director, Ashish Goel, Protiviti Member Firm Middle Consultancy LLC
      The impact of national local content programs run by O&G producing nations on Oilfield Services companies. Analysis and overview of main factors that play a key role in local content assessments. How such scores impact technical and commercial evaluation of tenders and what Oilfield Services companies can do to improve their local content scores.

      Delivering Challenging Conductor Recovering Operation Using the Mudline Whipstock Technlogy in Caspian Sea: Nargiz Shirinova, Drilling Engineer, SLB
      The innovative conductor installation approach replaces aging conductors, cutting them just above the seabed and driving new ones through the same slots. A mudline whipstock is placed atop the existing conductor. ROVs verify whipstock placement, while wireline gyro surveys ensure position accuracy and assess collision risks. Adjusted fill-up and hammering strategies prioritize control, improving safety and precision.

      Multiple MPD Techniques to Overcome Drilling Challenges in Gas Well with Narrow Operating Window and Slim Design: Jenny Ospina, BD – MPD, Sebastian Muñoz, Halliburton, Oscar Castillo, Arturo Larsen, Maria Paula Tellez, Oswaldo Silva, Carlos Arocha, Felipe Baquero, Frontera Energy
      Multiple MPD techniques were used to overcome various drilling challenges along the hole sections as narrow operating window, high pressure, hole instability and low-pressure formation in production section.

      Nabors MPD-Ready Express Rig with Advanced Drilling Automation Delivers a Record “Big-hole” (8.5 inches OD) Three-mile Production Lateral Section in the Delaware Basin: Andras Kocsis, MPD Engineer, Nabors Drilling Technologies USA
      The presentation provides a detailed overview of Nabors’ MPD-Ready® Express rig and advanced drilling automation and a case study of a successful “big-hole” (8.5 inches) lateral section drilled using this technology. After these results, three-string casing designs with a “big-hole” (8.5 inches) three-mile production section are regularly performed successfully in the Delaware Basin.

      BHA Selection and Rotation Speed Recommendation Based on Forced Vibration Modeling: Mohamed Selim Ayadi, Senior Drilling Engineering Advisor, Stephane Menand, Mohamed Mahjoub, Helmerich & Payne
      The presentation will start by detailing the theory behind the newly developed forced frequency vibration module and the need for it to address the drilling performance challenges caused by downhole vibrations. I will then describe the module inputs and outputs before presenting the results of different field tests and validation work.

      Saturday, 10 February 2024

      IADC Golf Tournament, Dreamland Golf Club, Baku

      Scramble Format, Shot Gun start at 11:00 am. Prize giving ceremony will follow after the golf tournament completion.

      For more information, please contact Vasso Papadopoulou: Vasso.Papadopoulou@turandrilling.com

      Conference Program Committee

      • Ziya Alasgarov, BP
      • Paolo Cantalupo, Drillmec
      • Gabor Darab, Nabors
      • Tural Garibov, TDE Group
      • Alish Hasanov, SOCAR
      • Nick Hore, Azer MI
      • Ramis Imamkuliev, NOV
      • Samir Mollayev, SOCAR AQS
      • Vasso Papadopoulou, Turan Drilling
      • Kamal Sadigov, Caspian Drilling Company
      • Yerzhan Sadykov, KPO
      • Brian Thomson, Parker Wellbore
      • David Triolo, GL LTD
      • Agshin Yusifov, SOCAR CDWT
      • Hisham Zebian, IADC

      Exhibition Information

      The IADC Drilling Caspian Conference & Exhibition is the perfect opportunity for you to position yourself in front of the International Drilling Industry.

      Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registrations is USD 2.250.

      The space will be set with a skirted table (size 180 cm wide x 45 cm deep, 80 cm height), two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary/free conference registrations and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (USD 375).

      Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events. IADC Membership is mandatory for booking an exhibition space at this event. Non-members will receive an USD 200 discount on their IADC Membership when booking exhibition space. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

      For more information and exhibition bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.
      Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org.
      Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!



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