SPE Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

President's Column

 

Herding Cats Along the Strategic Roadway

The SPE International Board is an amazing group representing an even more amazing group—SPE membership. We really are passionate volunteers. Sometimes chairing this board can be daunting. Occasionally it is like herding cats.

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NEW - ENGenious

4-6 September 2018 | Aberdeen, United Kingdom

September 2018 will see the first ENGenious at the AECC, Aberdeen UK. Get ready for an inspirational three days focused on cutting edge technologies that will help your business thrive in the changing digital landscape.

We’ll bring together the leading suppliers, buyers, and speakers in the field from across the globe to share knowledge, explore new ideas, and do business.

This unique event has launched due to increasing demand from the upstream oil and gas community. Be prepared to take your company further down the digital rabbit hole.

The event will focus on four key pillars of activity across the industry:

  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Data Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Smart Communications

Dear Colleague,

SPE recently announced Shauna Noonan from Oxy as the nominee for SPE 2020 President and I encourage you to read more about her nomination and the other nominated Directors in JPT. Her nomination will be approved by the SPE Board of Directors at our June board meeting, given no objections to her candidacy. During her year as President, Shauna will see a different SPE from the SPE of today. For instance, will our North Sea region have merged with South, Central and East Europe by then, placing our region among the largest within SPE? The SPE Board of Directors is very focused on deciding the best strategy and direction forward for SPE, for the continued benefit of our members. One new change in member offerings is that we have decided to go back to offering the SPE sections 3 Distinguished Lecture talks per season, which was the practice before the oil price crash.

SPE recently announced Shauna Noonan from Oxy as the nominee for SPE 2020 President and I encourage you to read more about her nomination and the other nominated Directors in JPT. Her nomination will be approved by the SPE Board of Directors at our June board meeting, given no objections to her candidacy. During her year as President, Shauna will see a different SPE from the SPE of today. For instance, will our North Sea region have merged with South, Central and East Europe by then, placing our region among the largest within SPE? The SPE Board of Directors is very focused on deciding the best strategy and direction forward for SPE, for the continued benefit of our members. One new change in member offerings is that we have decided to go back to offering the SPE sections 3 Distinguished Lecture talks per season, which was the practice before the oil price crash.

I attended the SPE Norway One Day Seminar in Bergen last month and I really enjoyed meeting so many SPE members and nonmembers from the North Sea region. The seminar was opened and moderated by the SPE 2018 President Darcy Spady and we both agreed that we are looking forward to next year, and I hope that you will look into the possibility of both contributing and/or participating in this event. The key to SPE’s success is you, as a member, and your interest and dedication to your profession and network. If you are keen to get more involved with SPE, I recommend connecting with your local section’s leadership to learn more about volunteering for SPE.

All the best,
Karl Ludvig
SPE Regional Director North Sea

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