South America and Caribbean


LACPEC Concluded with a Call for Synergy and Excellence on the Application of Technology

The conference returned to Buenos Aires last May gathering over 570 professionals and students in the energy sector. Our deep gratitude goes to the Argentine section, the committee and volunteers for their dedication, as well as the sponsors and exhibitors. Thanks to their support, attendees enjoyed an excellent technical program with timely industry discussions.


Read the final press release or visit the 2017 image gallery.

Six Universities Selected from Our Region for PetroBowl® Championship

The PetroBowl regional qualifiers for the South America and Caribbean region was held recently and six universities won the qualifiers from among the 19 teams participated. The winning teams will now proceed to the international competition held in conjunction with ATCE on 9–11 October 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Special thanks to the organizing committee, onsite volunteers, supporting sections, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) for contributing to the success of this competition.

Follow the competition at #PetroBowl2017 and see the complete list of winners.


Student Paper Contest Regional Victors to Compete in San Antonio, Texas

On 16 May, students from the South America and Caribbean Region competed in the Regional Student Paper Contest for the opportunity to advance to the International Contest. First places of the all SPE regions will now proceed to the international competition held in conjunction with ATCE on 9-11 October 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Join us to congratulate our regional victors!
Undergraduate Division
- Marjohny Lorene Long, Universidad Central de Venezuela (Venezuela)
- Reinel Echavez Marquez, Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
- Enoc Basilio, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (Peru)
Master's/PhD Division
- Ricardo Vasconcellos Soares, University of Campinas (Brazil)
- Marcelo Ferreira Zampieri, University of Campinas (Brazil)

Featured in TWA: Quito and Ecuador's Petroleum Industry

SPE Members César Briones and Danilo Vasconez, Schlumberger shared with The Way Ahead’s editors how Ecuador is searching for a change in its extractive oil model and how the research initiatives could help to reduce the amount of imported derivatives and to demonstrate the significance of oil for the future of the country. To read the complete story or for more oil and gas destinations, visit TWA's YP's guide to section.

2017 SPE President, Janeen Judah, Chevron, Visits Bolivia

Janeen Judah toured Santa Cruz de la Sierra in May. Her visit included a keynote presentation about the role women play in the E&P industry. She also joined the Bolivian Minister of Hydrocarbons, Luis Alberto Sánchez, in a press conference to present the benefits of participating in the SPE Workshop: HSE and Sustainability - The Cornerstone for Efficient E&P Operations in September.

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