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Interview with Mario Zamora, 2015-2016 SPE Colombian Section Chairman

Mario Zamora

“The most rewarding thing to me is seeing the evolution of the industry in my country. The technological advances in upstream and downstream operations have optimized the costs in all industry operations. Colombia produced 690,000 barrels of oil per day. Now, Colombia is producing about a million barrels of petroleum per day." 

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Meet Rodrigo Rueda Terrazas, South American and Caribbean Regional Focal Point

Rodrigo Rueda Terrazas

Rodrigo Rueda Terrazas was recently appointed as our regional focal point. He will assist the regional director with the implementation of SPE young professional and student initiatives, support young professional programs, and act as a knowledge portal for the SPE Young Professionals Coordinating Committee (YPCC).

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Plan Ahead to Attend LACPEC 2015!

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SPE Unveils Regional Award Winners for 2015!

SPE's regional awards are designed to recognize those members who have provided exceptional service and leadership to the Society, as well as those who have made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the regional level. We congratulate South America and Caribbean regional award winners!

Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award
Eduardo Schnitzler, Petrobras

Regional Drilling Engineering Award
Luiz Rocha, Petrobras

Regional Formation Evaluation Award
Ramón Correa, AGIP Oil Ecuador BV

Regional HSE Award
Deonarine Jaggernauth, The Integrity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago

Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award
Marcelo Salomâo, Petrobras

Regional Service Award
Gabriel Irazuzta; Capex SA
Gail Ramdath, Tucker Energy Services
Guilherme Castro, Petrobras
Wayne Bertrand, The University of the West Indies

Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award
Celia Garcia-James, Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
Rodrigo Rueda Terrazas, Total E&B do Brasil

Upcoming Deadlines

Scholarships and Fellowships Applications: 15 November

PetroBowl Regional Qualifier Competitions

Due to the current environment, the SPE Board of Directors is in the process of reviewing all global programs. The International PetroBowlSM program, including Regional Qualifiers, will be reviewed by the board this month. Until the review is completed, we will be ceasing all activity relating to the 2016 PetroBowlSM including the Regional Qualifier at LACPEC. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Have questions? Feel free to email us at PetroBowl@spe.org or visit the PetroBowlSM competition Facebook page for additional information. 

Meet Our South America and Caribbean Section Officers


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