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Technical Program

Monday, 18 March


Grand Ballroom C

Opening Session: Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


Laura Johnson, Environmental Cochairperson


Bill Knight, Safety Cochairperson, Pioneer Natural Resources


Grand Ballroom C

Plenary Session I: Deepwater Development: Past, Present, and Future

Session Moderators: Laura Johnson, ExxonMobil; Trey Shaffer, Environmental Resources Management

In November 2012, the International Energy Agency boldly predicted that the US will become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020 – exceeding the production output of both Saudi Arabia and Russia. More than ever, US offshore development promises to bring significant opportunities for investment and innovation. The future for the industry looks bright.

Over the past three years, the landscape of offshore petroleum development has changed dramatically as the industry has experienced several game changing events. As the industry continues forward, it is clear that our bright future can only be realized through responsible development. Excellent safety and environmental performance will be key success factors.

Panelists representing both industry and regulator will discuss lessons learned and how they have been applied to present operations, as well as what additional future changes can be expected to allow for the continued safe and reliable development of these key petroleum resources.


Steve Flynn, Vice President HSSE, BP


Marcilynn Burke, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center


Carmine Dulisse, Health, Safety, and Environment Officer, Marine Well Containment



Student and Young Professionals Symposium

Session Moderator: Andrew Wojtanowicz, Louisiana State University

For the first time, the SPE Americas E&P Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Conference will be coordinating with the SPE Student Chapter from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland to put on a Student and Young Professionals Symposium as part of the 2013 conference’s technical program. The symposium will include student contest presentations on environmental topics, industry expert presentations on social responsibility, and a debate on new hydrocarbon frontiers.


Opening Remarks


Student Contest Presentations

Moderator: Andrew Wojtanowicz, Louisiana State University


Phytoremediation of Irrigation Water With Limnocharis Flava, Thalia Geniculata and Typha Latifolia in Constructed Wetlands · P.E. Korsah, I. Ambrose, Coventry University


Establishing Principal Operations of Diagnostic Testing in Wells With Sustained Casing Pressure · M. Kazemi, A. Wojtanowicz, Louisiana State University


Cement Integrity and HSE Challenges in HP/HT Wells · A. Shadravan, J. Schubert, Texas A&M University


Why Downhole Oil Water Separation Languishes in Recent Years, From Aspect of Injectivity Decline Caused by Oily Water Injection · L. Jin, Louisiana State University


Safer Offshore Well Control Operations By Applying Intelligent Drillpipe · A. Karimi Vajargah, University of Tulsa


Leak-Detection Modeling for Early Warning System: How to Identify a Leak Location in Long Gas Pipelines · A.R. Edrisi, S.I. Kim, Louisiana State University



Environmental Impact of Ethanol-Blended Fuel Spill on a Pilot-Scale Aquifer · Z. Xiu, Rice University


Reducing the Loss of Circulation in the Borehole by Using HDD Technique · J. Barzyk, AGH University of Science & Technology

1330 – 1500

Social Responsibility Industry Speakers

In our changing world, social responsibility (SR) has become a way to do business. It has nothing to do with philanthropy or public relations, but finding a "win—win" for all stakeholders. It should be a key element of our core business. A strategic plan has to include the capacity to deal with non-technical issues, including SR, by anticipating and planning through all the process and asset lifecycles in a more proactive way. SR should be symbiotic with operations and be part of what a company wants to achieve; it is a transversal discipline that needs to be professionalized. Teams should be multidisciplinary including specialists in capacity building, resolution of conflicts, and human rights.

We believe there is a need to develop a deeper understanding of how SR is integrated into project development and operation processes and identify the benefits it brings to business. Developing effective stakeholder engagement, risk analysis, conflict sensitivity, or partnerships are among the SR issues currently being addressed by our industry.

Moderator: Andrew Wojtanowicz, Louisiana State University


Understanding and Mitigating Social Risk

Carolina Ortega Lindsey, EHS Social Performance Supervisor, Noble Energy


Integrating Social Responsibility Into the HES Management System

Krish Ravishankar, Director of Environmental Affairs & Social Responsibility, Occidental Oil & Gas



Jill Cooper, Group Lead, Environment, Encana Oil & Gas

1530 – 1645

New Hydrocarbon Frontiers Debate

As energy resources continue to become more and more difficult to develop using traditional methods, constantly rising energy demand will force us to change our point of view. During the last two decades the petroleum industry has witnessed rapid progress in E&P technology, which has slowly allowed us to see reservoirs previously considered uneconomic as a potential major energy source of the new millennium. But, as always, new technology entails new questions, uncertainties, and dangers. Controversies associated with hydrocarbon developments from shale plays, deepwater, or arctic reservoirs will present us with many unknowns.

Three students and three young professionals from the industry will explore the controversial issues surrounding new approaches in the energy industry and try to explain its legitimacy on three topics:

  • Shale/Tight Hydrocarbons
    The ongoing interest in exploring shales, tight gas, and coalbed methane had generated public concerns of ground water contamination and fresh water depletion. Much of the concern revolves around the lack of familiarity with the stimulation chemicals used and that drilling horizontal wells in geologically variable shales (and ensuring its subsequent well integrity is sufficient). The participants will attempt to address the legitimacy of shale/tight gas exploration and the circumstances that favor or discourage harnessing it.
  • Arctic/Gas Hydrates
    In light of the recent attention on the scramble for petroleum exploration rights in the arctic, there has been much  concern on the gamut of risks ranging from cleaning up oil spills to the challenge of maintaining uninterrupted drilling activities throughout the whole year under harsh weather and ice loading conditions.
  • Deep Water Operations

    Energy Agency (IEA) projects that deepwater production will increase to 9 million b/d by 2035 or to almost 50 percent of total world offshore oil production—up from about one-third currently. Important offshore production areas will include the US Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, West Africa, and the Arctic.

    In the wake of drilling disasters such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental groups continue to campaign for an outright ban on all deepwater exploration and drilling. Others, including the petroleum industry argue, however, that until a viable alternative source of energy is available, we have no choice but to tap into this offshore domestic supply. What is needed, they say, is not a ban on offshore drilling but improved technology and regulatory oversight to ensure safe and efficient production. The participants will address the two viewpoints and the ways risk of deepwater operation could be balanced with benefits.

Moderator: Tim Pieplow, ExxonMobil


Shale/Tight Hydrocarbons

Jakub Szelkowski, AGH University of Science & Technology vs. Aaron Burton, Baker Hughes


Arctic/Gas Hydrates

Wojetk Stupka, AGH University of Science & Technology vs. Brandon Peltier, Pioneer Natural Resources


Deep Water Operations

Jakub Jagiello, AGH University of Science & Technology vs. Audience

1530 – 1645

Award Announcements & Closing Remarks


Galleon I

Atmospheric Emissions Management

Session Chairpersons: Trey Shaffer, Environmental Resources Management; Sue Staley, Shell E&P

The management of air issues presents some of the greatest challenges to HSE professionals in the oil and gas industry. This session will present several strategies and opportunities for the management of atmospheric air emissions.



Wetland Restoration Using Mangroves in Southern Louisiana · M.J Madison, ConocoPhillips; S.K. Mack, Tierra Resources; R.R. Lane, Louisiana State University; J.W. Day, Comite Resources



The Great Emissions Roundup: Strategies for Permitting Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown (MSS) Emissions at Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities · R. Ontko, D.D. Bradley, Environmental Resources Management



A Solution To Reduce the Annual Cost of Sour Gas Flaring in MODPUs · S. Sobhani, T. Greeson, Proceanic


Galleon II

HSE Risk Management

Session Chairpersons: Lonnie Campbell, Tervita; Jonathan Motherwell, Jonathan T. Motherwell & Associates

The identification of project and individual work task potential hazards is a function aspect of identifying potential hazards and defining mitigation measures to ensure a safe working environment. This session will identify the process used by an operator in the normal course of acquisitions, and the type of information needed to comprehensively evaluate hazards and mitigation measures.



A Hurt-Based Approach to Safety · R.M. Smith, M.L. Jones, ExxonMobil



Case Studies Demonstrating Sustainability and Risk Evaluations in Environmental Due Diligence for Upstream Oil and Gas Transactions in Alberta · L. Nicholas, W. Lozier, Environmental Resources Management



A Precise Process Safety Information: The Fundamental Building Block for a Strong Safety Management Program · S. Laskar, Clean Harbors


Galleon III

Measuring and Improving the Culture of Safety

Session Chairpersons: Tom Knode, Halliburton; Ziv Lang, California Air Resources Board

What are companies doing to engage employees to improve their culture of Safety? Companies are measuring their culture and implementing programs to drive performance improvement in both personal as well as process safety. What are the lessons learned from the implementation from these programs? Several different perspectives will be offered to provide ideas on means to influence and quantify their safety culture.



Implementing Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Program in a Middle Eastern Work Environment: Lessons Learned · A. Al Abdul Salam, Y. Al Qallaf, L. Pichery, B.S.S. Adivi, Kuwait Oil



Why Culture Matters · H.J. Duhon, Gibson Applied Technology & Engineering



Quantitative Evaluation of HSSE Culture Using Statistical Analyses of Process-Driven Behavioral Data · G. Nodwell, IntegraSEMS


Grand Ballroom B

Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Supporting Effective SEMS via Collaboration, Learning, Good Practices, and Standards

Speaker: Charlie Williams, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety

Charlie WilliamsCharlie Williams is executive director for the Center for Offshore Safety. He was task force chair and chairman of the Governing Board. He is recently retired from Shell after a 40-year career, where he was chief scientist, well engineering and production technology.

Williams serves on the DOI OESC Federal Advisory Committee and continues to testify at numerous commissions including the Presidential Commission, CSB, and the National Academy Commission. He has been a member of SPE and API for 35 years and is former chairman of the API Executive Committee on Standardization of Oilfield Equipment and Materials.

He and his projects have been awarded the National Ocean Industries Association "Safety in the Seas Award", the UK Energy Institute Award for Technology, and Offshore Engineering Project of the Year. Additionally, Williams has received the API Citation for Service, the US Dept of Interior—Corporate Citizenship Award, and the Offshore Operators Committee Recognition Award.


Galleon I


Session Chairpersons: Mike Jacobs, Pioneer Natural Resources; Ziv Lang, California Air Resources Board

Historically the petroleum industry has had a difficult reputation in cleaning up its waste streams in a cost effective manner. Many treatment methods have traditionally focused on more capital intensive equipment such as water treatment equipment. Recently, there has been an increase in attention towards longer term, lower capital cost, natural attenuation that would be particularly attractive to projects situated in developing countries and remote locations.



Use of Electromagnetic Surveys To Monitor Removal of an Oil Field Produced Water Plume, East Popular Oil Field, Eastern Montana · M. Jacobs, Pioneer Natural Resources; B. Smith, United States Geological Survey; C. Tyrrell, Geosyntec Consultants



Unlocking Trapped Value From Contaminated Properties · C. Clodfelter, Baker Hughes



Using an Environmental Footprint Analysis To Evaluate the Sustainability of Remedial Alternatives · D.C. Kuykendall, Baker Hughes; A. McMullan, Weston Solutions


Galleon II

Panel Session: The Three C's: Cooperation, Coordination, and Communication

Session Moderators: Terry Thoem, Thoem & Associates; Stewart Fraser, Oil & Gas Producers Association

The panel will discuss the interactions that take place amongst operator and contractors during the course of well design, planning, and execution of operations. The scope includes both offshore and onshore operations. Clarity of roles and responsibilities will be addressed.


Operations Perspective

Rick Winters, Senior Safety & Risk Advisor, ExxonMobil


Service Provider Perspective

Jack Hinton, VP HSE&S, Baker Hughes


Drilling Contractor Perspective

Warren Hubler, VP for HSE, Helmerich & Payne International Drilling


Well Experts Committee Findings

Stewart Fraser, Oil & Gas Producers Association


Galleon III

Improving Safety Through Process Management and the Use of Technology

Session Chairpersons: Lonnie Campbell, Tervita; Elie Daher, United Safety

To be successful in its search for hydrocarbons, the oil and gas industry has a history of innovative use of technology and process controls in engineering. This session looks at and discusses both the early introduction of safety concerns, controls, and measures in the development cycle of products and applied technology as tools to minimize workers' exposure to harm.



Design for HSE: Improving Equipment and Product Safety by Reducing Risk Through the Integration of HSE Into the Equipment Design Life Cycle · V.J. Jee, G. Kubala, J.C. Mayes, Schlumberger



Paradigm of Integrating Technology to Reach Zero Safety Risks · H. Syed, V. V, Halliburton



Automatic Tank Cleaning: A Shining Example · K. Massam, M. Hunter, F. Eriksen, G. Stolen, M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger Company


Galleon I

Remediation Technology

Session Chairperson: Bill Hughes, Parsons Corporation; Dina Kuykendall, Baker Hughes

This session includes discussions of proactive and reactive approaches to managing contamination. Specific topics include minimizing contamination by careful selection of materials to use on a job, applying new technology to brine remediation in soil, and presents approaches to treatment of water containing residual chemicals of concern.



Terrestrial Toxicity Performance of Different Base Oils in Two Different Aging Conditions and Soil Types · S.A. Hughes, Shell; T. Anderson, Texas Tech University; P.B. Dorn, Shell;  V.A. Martin, Shell



Brine Contaminated Soil Remediation Field Tests Using a Novel New Product · L.D. Burns, CleanTech Innovations



Chemical Degradation of HPAM by Oxidization in Produced Water: Experimental Study · W. Luo, University of Regina; S. Xu, Saskatchewan Research Council; F. Torabi, University of Regina


Galleon II


Session Chairpersons: Ryan Hill, NIOSH; Mark Shemaria, BNK Petroleum

Culture, simply put, is "the way we typically do things around here.” It's the journey in which health and safety is managed in the workplace, and often reflects the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and values that employees share in regards to safety. This session takes a look at the leadership and development challenges and lessons learned by several organizations with respect to culture and their operational structure.



Creating a Culture of Safety and Reliability in the Offshore World · J.B. Spigener, BST Solutions



Innovative Way To Involve Business Partners in HSE: A Success Story · A. Al Abdul Salam, Y. Al-Qallaf, B.S. Adivi, D. Kakoty, Kuwait Oil



Safety Transformation: The Challenge of Change To Become an Injury-Free Organization · T. Thanajaro, PTTEP


Galleon III

Managing Elements of Risk in Safety

Session Chairpersons: Bill Knight, Pioneer Natural Resources; Tim Wallace, United Shutdown Safety

Exposure to risk and the associated safety of workers in an ongoing reality in the oil and gas industry. Our challenge lies in identifying risk, quantifying it and implementing controls. We can learn valuable lessons by looking at the past with an eye to the future and by working harder to more fully understand people. In this day and age we must also be aware of the exposures in personal security, also referred to as soft-target protection.



Risk of Major Accidents: Causal Factors and Improvement Measures Related to Well Control in the Petroleum Industry · E. Lootz, M. Ovesen, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway; R.K. Tinmannsvik, S. Hauge, E.H. Okstad, I.M. Carlsen, SINTEF



Challenges of Soft Target Security Protection in the Oil and Gas Industry · J. Simmerman, Environmental Resources Management



Excellence in Safety Performance Has No Multicultural Barriers: A Case Study · E. Daher, D. Critchley, United Safety

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