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ATCE welcomed over 7,000 bright minds in Amsterdam

14ATCE Exhibits - Credit: Conference Photography
14ATCE Exhibits - Credit: Conference Photography

Thank you to our members who joined us in Amsterdam for the 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. We look forward to seeing you next year. This year was quite impressive, as we came to:

  • 7,000+ attendees
  • 350+ exhibitors
  • 9720 square meters of exhibit space
  • 400+ peer-selected papers

Over 13 Latin America and Caribbean section officers travelled to Amsterdam to be part of this flagship SPE event. Event's highlights related to the Latin American and Caribbean region:

Opening General Session: Affordable Energy

14ATCE Opening Session – Credit: Conference Photography
14ATCE Opening Session – Credit: Conference Photography

Panelist Gustavo Hernandez, general director and chief executive officer of Pemex Exploration and Production, said that the biggest challenge for providing affordable energy is "meeting demand growth in a sustainable way." Read more.

ATCE 2015 will be held in Energy Capital of the World, Houston, Texas from 28–30 September.

Breakfast: Mexico's Upstream Reform


  • Lourdes Melgar Palacios, undersecretary of hydrocarbons for the Mexican Secretary of Energy
  • Edgar Rangel German, commissioner of the National Hydrocarbons Commission

Mexico plans to have contract models ready next month for its opening upstream bidding round covering shallow-water areas, another step in the historic energy reforms taking place in the country. Read more.

View a photo album from the event here, and a full recap here.

See you in Mexico!

Join us at the SPE Well Integrity: Facing the New Challenges Workshop, to be held 20–21 November 2014 in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.

Enhance your knowledge by participating in a strong technical agenda that covers current challenges and new opportunities in Mexico and other countries in Latin America. 

Explore methods of reducing operating costs in sessions, including “Casing Failures During Fracture/Stimulation,” “Well Integrity and New Technologies,” and “Risk Assessment and Management During Well Construction.”  

Browse the complete Technical Agenda.

SPE Integrated Intelligent Completions Workshop

The SPE Integrated intelligent Completions Workshop was successfully conducted in Rio de Janeiro during 11–12 September 2014 at the Marriot Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. More than 80 attendees benefitted from 24 high-quality technical presentations where operators, services companies, and academia shared and discussed the latest IWC applications, best practices to consider during design, completion and production phases, managing interfaces, and effectively using available data. The workshop enabled operators, service companies, and other organizations to follow how IWC is currently used in deep and ultra-deepwater scenarios and understand the challenges and necessary technology solutions, providing industry specialists the opportunity to cooperate and communicate with one another.

SPE Artificial Lift and HSSE Conferences Return to Latin America

Plans are under way for the second edition of:

SPE Artificial Lift Conference—Latin America and Caribbean: 27–28 May, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

SPE Latin America and Caribbean Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Conference: 7–8 July, in Bogotá, Colombia.

These premier conferences provide an excellent opportunity to share experiences, build fruitful relationships, and generate new ideas that optimize E&P performance levels across the region.

Learn more at www.spe.org/latinamerica.


SPE Americas Office

222 Palisades Creek Dr.
Richardson, TX USA

Hours: 0730 to 1700 CST (GMT–5) M – F
Tel: +1.972.952.9393
Email:  LAC@spe.org

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