The 4th Marcellus Shale Summit: Drilling and Completions takes place Mar. 26-28 in Pittsburgh. The event’s theme is “Achieving Technical Excellence in Shale Gas Drilling and Completions as a Means to Increase Well Productivity and Reduce Operational Risk.”

The economic and energy security benefits of the vast natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale Play are substantial. Likewise, the environmental risks and regulatory concerns are significant considerations for oil and gas companies operating in this play. For the first time, the International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC) takes a decidedly technical approach to the complexities and best practices uncovered in pursuing natural gas in the Marcellus regions. The largest reserves also are the most inaccessible, found between 2,000 feet and 7,000 feet underground. Natural gas producers already have invested more than $4 billion in Pennsylvania alone in lease and land acquisition, new well drilling, infrastructure development and community partnerships, with an even greater investment expected in the future.

IQPC’s 4th Marcellus Shale Summit will focus on how firms can implement risk management practices into their hydraulic fracturing operations. This event will provide engineering, drilling and completion, operations and safety professionals from production companies around the world with the intellectual space to discuss best practices, new technologies, and innovative engineering solutions so they can increase their gas production to meet the market demand for natural gas, while effectively managing and potentially reducing operational risks.

Attendees will gain insights and strategies for linking technology with the evolution of the Marcellus Shale play; move theory into practice, and examine opportunities to enhance the integrity and efficiency of well completions; and understand properties of the shale area, and best practices for putting reducing water-related risk and potential damage to other environmentally sensitive resources.

For complete details, call 800-882-8684, or visit www.shalegasevent.com.