South America and Caribbean

OTC Brasil Updates

VIDEO: OTC Brasil Presents Lucrative Offshore Opportunities in the Region

“This year OTC Brasil will be marked by the optimism of companies who can benefit from the positive changes in Brazil’s regulatory environment.” − João Carlos de Luca, General Chairman


Watch the Video Now.


OTC Brasil Names 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

OTC Brasil will recognize Paulo Cuoto for individual achievement and Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System for corporate achievement.

Awards will be presented by Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO. These achievements are truly significant contributions to the offshore sector. Read the press release.


Mark your calendars for the Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, 25 October, Rio de Janeiro. This event provided an excellent opportunity for E&P leaders to network with colleagues from around the world.

ATCE is Your Destination for All Things E&P

The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is SPE’s meeting of members and features groundbreaking papers and special events designed to accelerate the application of innovations in every technical discipline. This year, the program received 2,521 paper proposals—the highest number ever. This response ensures a high-quality technical program, one you won't want to miss. Registration is open; reserve your spot today and join us in San Antonio, Texas, USA from 9–11 October.

Learn more about travel and accommodations and view the justification toolkit.

Watch SPE President, Janeen Judah, in a video about the top reasons to attend!

Meet the New SPE Distinguished Lecturers for this Season

Each year, SPE selects a group of professionals nominated by their peers to share their knowledge and expertise through visits to local sections. Meet the lineup of more than 30 distinguished professionals, including three from our region, and view the current schedule.

Fernando L. Benalcázar, APD Proyectos Cía. Ltda. is also a committee member of the next SPE Workshop: HSE and Sustainability - The Cornerstone for Efficient E&P Operations, 14-15 September, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Join Fernando during his Keynote Address as he shares several case studies relating to sustainability and the realities of the social license to operate.

Save USD 100 when registering before 24 August.


SPE Welcomes 141 Members into the Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor recognizes members with 50 years of consecutive membership in the Society. Each honoree becomes dues-exempt and receives a commemorative plaque marking this milestone.

Join us in congratulating the members from our region, and see the full list of honorees:

  • Anthony Binning, Argentine Petroleum Section
  • Saul Ziperovich, Argentine Petroleum Section
  • Horacio Avendano, Caracas Petroleum Section

SPE Announces 2017 International Award Recipients

SPE presents international awards to recognize those who have made significant technical contributions to the industry, and those who have contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society. These awards are presented at the Annual Awards Banquet at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), 9-11 October 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

Congratulations to the 2017 SPE Regional Award recipients.

President's Award for Section Excellence
This award is the highest honor for a section, recognizing those that are exemplary. The awards are presented during the President's Luncheon at ATCE.
Congratulations to award-winning sections from the South America and the Caribbean region!

  • Argentine Petroleum
  • Macaé
  • Patagonia
  • Suriname

Gold Standard Winners Unveiled
This designation is for sections that have accomplished an admirable level of activity.
Join us in congratulating the sections in the region achieving this recognition:

  • Bolivian
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Northeast Colombia








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