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LACPEC 2014 Connecting Student Chapters

The student chapter meeting was a complete success. The objective of integrating common goals of all student chapters was achieved, and the students were successful in getting a better view of our industry, which will help prepare them for work in the real world. Students who participated were completely satisfied and were looking forward to the next SPE event, said Jusser Bustos, committee chair.

Student Paper Contest Results

We say “thank you” for the support of those who served as committee members, reviewers, judges, and moderators of the LACPEC 2014 Student Paper Contest. Prizes for the award-winning students included a trip to Amsterdam for the International Student Paper Contest to be held at the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition late in the year. Cesar Lizcano (Universidad de Zulia, Venezuela) and Emilio Paulo Sousa (Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Brazil) were awarded first place in the Undergraduate and Master/PhD Division respectively.

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LACPEC 2014 a Success


LACPEC 2014 was a successful three-day event that attracted 996 participants from 19 countries and 43 companies, and the conference addressed existing, emerging, and future societal needs in the upstream oil sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The opening ceremony was highlighted by the presence of Rafael Ramirez, the minister of mining and petroleum and president of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA); Eulogio Del Pino, general chairperson of LACPEC 2014 and PDVSA vice president of exploration and production; and Jeff Spath, SPE 2014 president.

During the multidisciplinary event, important regional issues were discussed, including deep-water development, digital oilfields, emerging technologies, advances in enhanced oil recovery, and unconventional reserves.

This world-class conference also held additional activities with special formats, such as a Young Professional Session, Training Courses, and a Student Competition of technical papers.

Finally, SPE announced that LACPEC 2015 will be held in Quito, Ecuador late in the year.

Oil and Gas Facilities Workshop in Lima, Peru Gathers More Than 60 Specialists

The Monetizing Reserves in Challenging Environments Workshop held this past April focused on the challenges in Peru and the region to monetize reserves, perform exploration and construction in complex environments and remote locations. The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru, Eleodoro Mayorga, inaugurated the second day of the event. He said that this high technical SPE workshop is important for the professionals in the industry as it helps prepare them for the currently undergoing challenges and changes. “The industry has great growth potential and improvement capacity (…) the curve of petroleum national production must go up“, said Mayorga.

Young Professionals Leading the Change at LACPEC 2014

“Challenges, Opportunities, and Action Plan”: The Young Professionals Session was a great success. The overwhelming response of the 200 attendees revealed the new generation’s keen interest in their petroleum engineering careers. Speakers focused on the necessary technical and soft skills that young professionals must continue to develop. A panel of experts, with diverse backgrounds that ranged from management to technical leadership, set the course for an action plan to support the development of young talent in leadership roles.

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