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SPE Applying the Best Technologies in Extremely Sensitive Environments Workshop

27 – 29 May 2014

Quito, Ecuador | JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Preliminary Technical Agenda

Tuesday, 27 May


SPE Welcome and Keynote Speaker

Jeff Spath, SPE President and Jorge Glas, Vice-President of Ecuador

Session I - Regulatory Environment For Sustainable Development

Chairs: Edgar Rangel, CNH Mexico and Jose Bashbush, Schlumberger

The panel in this session will set the framework for the workshop.  Important representatives of regulatory energy bodies of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will share and discuss perspectives on their efforts to create a sustainable environment for productive and socially responsible development. The interchange of ideas tailored to a variety of settings will create ways to cross-breed regulatory policies that promote growth within the norms of health, safety and security in their regions.

  • Speaker 1:David Arce Rojas, President, ArceRojas Consultores, Bogota-Colombia
    Current Regulation for E&P in Colombia
  • Speaker 2: Helder Queiroz, Executive Director, Agencia Nacional do Petróleo-ANP, Brazil
    Current Regulation for E&P in Brazil
  • Speaker 3: Gaspar Franco, Exploitation General Director,  Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos-CNH, Mexico
    Current Regulation for E&P in Mexico


Session II - Early Project Lifecycle Planning   

Chairs:Sebastian Valdivieso, Equitable Origin

One of the most important phases in the lifecycle of a project is early planning. A thorough understanding of sensitive environments is critical to properly identify and manage risks in these settings. This can be accomplished through environmental and socioeconomic studies, and effective stakeholder engagement early in the project lifecycle. Once risks are identified, planning can commence to properly manage risks through the application of best practices and technologies. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from experts about how this can be accomplished successfully in sensitive environments around the world.

  • Speaker 1: Richard J. Welsh, Director AECOM, Houston, TX-USA
    Identification of Potentially Significant Environmental, Social, Health and Reputational Risk Early in the Oil and Gas Project Lifecycle
  • Speaker 2: Edgar Mugisha, Atacama Consulting, Kampala-Uganda
    Early Stakeholder Engagement
  • Speaker 3: Francisco Dallmeier, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC-USA
    Experiences in Integrating Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation into Project Best Practices    


Luncheon: Mexican Energy Reform—Socio-environmental Implications

Speaker: Edgar Rangel German, Commissioner CNH Mexico


Session III - Community Engagement And Vulnerable Communities

Chair: Fernando L. Benalcazar, Equitable Origin

Oil and gas exploration activities must be carried out in ways that recognize, respect and address the specific rights, traditions and cultural implications for indigenous peoples, vulnerable communities whose territory or livelihoods may be affected by the project.

  • Speaker 1: Soledad Mills, VP Stakeholder Engagement, Equitable Origin, New York, NY-USA
    Local Knowledge, Content and Participation
  • Speaker 2: Emery Brusset, Director, Channel Research, Belgium; Murray G. Jones, Director, PlexusEnergy, London-UK  
    People in Voluntary Isolation, How to Establish Initial Contact
  • Speaker 3: Stephen T. Newton, Equitable Origin, New York, USA
    Social License To Operate


Session IV - Seismic Acquisition

Chair: Mark Thurber, Ecology and Environment

Seismic acquisition programs conducted in sensitive environments are often the first opportunity to not only collect important geophysical data for an exploration program, but to provide access and resources to develop a detailed understanding of the biodiversity and other sensitive baseline components. This session highlights efforts to develop comprehensive biological baseline datasets useful for basic research and planning of subsequent phases of development, as well as best practices to protect these ecosystems during seismic acquisition.  

  • Speaker 1: Dave Westlund, Senior Exploration Manager, GranTierra, Canada
    Modifying Seismic Logistical Design To Reduce Impacts to Highly Sensitive Micro-Environment
  • Speaker 2: Francisco Dallmeier, Smithsonian Institute, USA
    Monitoring Biodiversity of Significant Receptors
  • Speaker 3: Gonzalo Morante, Walsh Environmental Scientist and Engineers, Peru
    Waste Management

Wednesday, 28 May, 0815–1015

Session V - Drilling Technology

Chairs: Carlos Perez, Halliburton and Carlos Ferraris, Petrobras

Drilling in environmental and social sensitive areas requires special attention, as well as use of the appropriate processes and technologies. The drilling process in exploration and exploitation of reservoirs in these areas is no exception. Companies must  use alternatives that will assure positive results while avoiding unforeseen events that impact sensitive environments during the drilling activities. This session will illunstrate technologies and processes used to achieve sustainable operations during the drilling activities in said environments. 

  • Speaker 1: Luis Gonzalez, Schlumberger, Sr. Drilling Engineer, Houston, TX
    Directional and Extended Drilling
  • Speaker 2: Keith Browning, Chief Global Tech Advisor Halliburton, Houston, TX
    Drilling Fluids Choice, Management and Disposal: Cuttings Reinjection-CRI
  • Speaker 3: Sandro Mendes Correa, Petrobras UO Amazonas and Mario Vento, Halliburton, Houston, TX
    State-of-the-art Drilling Technology Case Study: Multilateral Wells in the Urucu Field of Western Brazil
  • Speaker 4: Jerry Webb, Sr. Drilling Engineer, Weatherford, Houston, TX-USA
    Advanced Directional Drilling Technology


Session VI - Remote Exploratory Drilling

Chair: Italo Cedeño, Andes Petroleum

There may be no other industry today that demands a more diverse set of human, political, mechanical and technological capabilities than the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Competition for natural resources has driven companies to explore and produce in remote locations where even the simplest of logistical tasks can be difficult and costly. Success in remote areas will depend on appropriate selection of existing technologies and development of novel, more efficient ones. This session will provide an opportunity to share and learn from the field experiences of successful industry players. 

  • Speaker 1: Mark Thurber, General Manager, Walsh Environmental Scientist and Engineers-Ecology and Environment, USA
    Detailed Sensitivity Mapping for Siting Pads
  • Speaker 2: Martin del Castillo, Logistics Manager HRT, Rio de Janeiro, RJ-Brazil
    Floating deck application for drilling in Solimoes Basin
  • Speaker 3: Sebastian Valdivieso, Director of Operations, Equitable Origin, Ecuador
    Abandonment of an Unsuccessful Exploratory Drilling Program


Luncheon: MEDVAC

Speaker: Ivan Drummond, M.D. International Health Care Brazil



Session VII - Construction Design Alternatives  

Chairs: Nelson Delgado and Bruce Ontko, Andes Petroleum

The construction of onshore oil and gas facilities in environmentally and socially sensitive areas requires careful planning and coordination of all work activities given the logistical challenges in these typically harsh, remote areas. The design and constructability of facilities and associated infrastructures must limit environment impacts and incorporate the latest technologies that will allow facilities and well pads to be monitored and operated remotely.  Developing a design philosophy for roads, platforms and processing facilities that minimizes construction impacts is essential. It is equally important to find a construction contractor that mitigates risk, takes proactive measures, rewards safety performance, routinely executes with no recordable or lost time incidents, and minimizes environmental and social impact.  This session will provide several viewpoints regarding these issues when working in sensitive areas.

  • Speaker 1: Alex Galarraga, Operations Manager, Sertecpet, Quito-Ecuador
    Ishpingo-Tiputini-Tambococha Field, An Easy Way To Monetize its Development
  • Speaker 2: Leopoldo Najera, Repsol-Ecuador
    Well Pads and Pits
  • Speaker 3: Daniel Shannon – Global BD Manager, Halliburton Water Solutions, Houston, TX, USA
    Water Management (Fresh and Waste Fluids) - New Technologies             


Session VIII - Pipelines and Flowlines

Chairs: Domingo Yi, Hunt Oil and Jose Araujo, Repsol 

Oil and gas pipelines and flowlines are linear systems that can extend over great distances, potentially crossing a range of environments and sensitive areas. These conditions must be carefully characterized and considered in the route selection, basic design, detailed design, construction, operations and eventual decommissioning stages of a pipeline in order to adequately manage the social and environmental risks presented by these challenging contexts.

  • Speaker 1: Carolina Casareto, Environmental Manager, COLP Compañía Operadora de LNG, Lima-Peru
    Andean Wetlands Crossing: Avoidance, Mitigation, Restoration and Monitoring Best Practices 
  • Speaker 2: Fernando L. Benalcazar, Equitable Origin 
    ROWs Acquisition and Use - To Bury or Not To Bury? 
  • Speaker 3: Fernando Eguiguren, Repsol-Ecuador 
    Pipeline Integrity and Monitoring  

Thursday, 29 May, 0830–1000

Session IX – Production

Chairs: Ramon Correa, ENI and Francisco Paz, Petroamazonas

The production facility processes hydrocarbon fluids. It also separates oil, gas, and the production water that must to be treated before disposal. Production and processing operations are controlled and monitored around the clock by specialist staff with the help of sophisticated control instruments and computers. There are multiple safeguards against possible risks. Critical facility parameters must continually monitor and provide quick alerts in order to prevent harm against the people and the environment. This session will discuss this process and also address emissions and noise abatement in the oil production facility.   

  • Speaker 1: Guido Abad, HSE Manager, Petroamazonas, Ecuador
    Siting and Design of Production Facilities—Development of Oil Operations in Sensitive Areas
  • Speaker 2: Segundo Cajamarca, Andes Petroleum – Power Plant Manager, Ecuador
    Power Generation Alternatives
  • Speaker 3: Marco Palacios, Repsol-Ecuador
    Flaring and Air Emissions - ISO 50001 Energy Efficiency


Session X - Oil Spill Preparedness and Emergency Response

Chairs: Rene Ortiz, Former OPEC Secretary General

Is  “zero tolerance” for an oil service or operating company  a viable policy? Or is permanent on the job training and do-it-right methodologies, with the best practices and independent certification, and auditing the answer? We all know that “human error” is a stress-free cherished measure in order to justify a task laxity by any worker at an operating site or even at an office desk. While it may seen trivial or irrelevant,  technologies, technics and expertise involving a plan, program and policy can fail if “on the job training” is overlooked and not resolutely embraced every minute of work. Join us to learn from  and discuss the experience of companies facing real oils spills.

  • Speaker 1: Miguel Moyano, Director Sustainability, ARPEL, Uruguay
    Lessons Learned from the Past and Strategies To Avoid Repetition
  • Speaker 2: Martín Lopez Saubidet, Dopeless Development Manager, Tenaris
    Use of Dope-Free Tubular in Environmentally Sensitive Areas
  • Speaker 3: Cliff Bradley, Montana Myco Consultants, Missoula, MT, USA
    State-of-The-Art Bioremediation:  Mycoremediation
  • Speaker 4: Marilu Malvaceda, EHS Manager of PETREX a company of SAIPEM, Lima-Perú
    Prevention and Mitigation of Oil Spill During the Drilling on Onshore Operation in Sensitive Areas

1230 –1400

Keynote Luncheon and Closing Speaker

Rene Ortiz - F. Benalcazar - C. Perez