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OTC Brasil Brings Together Professionals and Students from the Oil and Gas Sector at Industry Resumption Time

Pre-salt lucrative potential, regulatory changes, partnerships, and new technologies were some of the conference highlights.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (25 October, 2017) – The fourth edition of OTC Brasil demonstrated the optimism that oil and gas executives and professionals around the world have for the industry’s rebound. More than 8,500 professionals representing operating and service companies gathered at the event. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and the Brazilian Institute of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (IBP), organized the event, which was held 24-26 October in Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro.

Key executives attended a panel session on Thursday afternoon which focused on the upcoming pre-salt 2nd and 3rd bid round sessions occurring Friday. Solange Guedes, Petrobras E&P Executive Director, led a panel that included the participation of Wael Sawan, Royal Dutch Shell Deepwater Executive Vice President; Bernard Looney, BP Upstream Chief Executive; Tomas Garcia Blanco, Repsol E&P Vice President for Europe, Africa and Brazil; Michael Hourcard, Total E&P Americas CEO; Anders Opedal, Statoil Executive Vice President and Statoil Brazil President; and Thore Kristianssen, Galp E&P COO.

The conference was also pleased to receive Fernando Coelho Filho, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy. The Minister emphasized the government’s efforts to bring Brazil back on the road to success. “There are still many things to be done, and having industry events such as OTC Brasil shows we are on the right track. The energy industry in Brazil is going to get greater by the end of this week,” he said.

The good prospects for the pre-salt were also highlighted during OTC Brasil. In the panel “Pre-salt development – 1 billion bbl cumulative production: concepts, implementation and first results”, Joelson Mendes, Petrobras Executive Manager,said “Pre-salt reservoirs exceeded expectations.” According to Joelson, the area is very profitable and offers low production costs, with significant competitive advantages for the companies. Currently, the exploration in the region accounts for 51% of the state company production, while the other 49% goes to post-salt and offshore operations.

Other special events included the Distinguished Achievement Awards with keynote speaker Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; and a luncheon with keynote Andrew Brown, Shell’s E&P Global Director who talked about competitiveness in deepwater and shale markets. According to Brown, despite the differences, both areas are substantially improving.

João Carlos De Luca, OTC Brasil general chairman, said that the conference was a success and timely for the second and third rounds of the pre-salt, “I am sure that OTC Brasil has generated great opportunities for the entire oil and gas value chain and has enshrined this moment of resumption. The event was a stage for top executives of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to network and advance the development of new businesses and strategic partnerships that are bound to happen among the consortia participating in ANP’s bid rounds,” De Luca concluded.

The international exhibition featured 120+ exhibitors from 20 countries.


OTC Brasil 2017 sponsors included:

  • Petrobras
  • Total
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Fluor
  • Statoil
  • Baker Hughes – a GE Company
  • Chevron
  • TechnipFMC
  • Repsol Sinopec
  • Saipem
  • ExxonMobil
  • Vallourec
  • Galp/Petrogal
  • Queiroz Galvão
  • Flutrol
  • Aker Solutions
  • CNOCC
  • Subsea7
  • Brazil – U.S. Business Council
  • Firjan
  • OceanPact

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Petrobras Executives to Discuss Brazil’s Licensing Pre-Salt Rounds at OTC Brasil

Brazil is now the largest oil producer in Latin America, ahead of Mexico and Venezuela*. As a result of the government’s energy reforms, OTC Brasil is a timely venue for investment opportunities in the country.

Richardson, Texas (15 September 2017)— Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO, Solange da Silva Guedes, Petrobras E&P Executive Director; and other executives, will emphasize the country’s many offshore opportunities when they speak at the opening plenary session of OTC Brasil 2017, 24– 26 October in Rio de Janeiro.

“OTC Brasil 2017 is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the state with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime,” explains Áureo.

With the theme, “Transforming Today to Power the Solutions of Tomorrow,” OTC Brasil includes 180+ high-quality papers, 26 technical sessions and 16 panels sessions covering fieldproven technologies; pre-salt reservoirs; and challenges in drilling, completions, and subsea processing. Presented papers are included in the multi-society library, OnePetro.

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

In addition to the technical program, the conference offers three topical luncheons with E&P business leaders focus on Brazil’s licensing pre-salt rounds, Libra development, market access, fiscal terms, and resources offering the most productive return on investment.

Other activities include the Youth Professional Program and the Distinguished Achievement Awards. Paulo Couto, TechnipFMC, and Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System will be recognized for individual and corporate achievements respectively. Awards will be presented by Pedro Parente.

For the first time, OTC Brasil will be held alongside Rio Pipeline, featuring a shared international exhibition with groundbreaking technologies, products, and solutions from Petrobras, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Chevron; Total; Shell; and other leading companies from around the world.

OTC Brasil has been held biennially in Rio de Janeiro since 2011. The conference is organized by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP) and supported by 15 engineering and scientific organizations who work cooperatively to develop the technical program.

Register and learn more. 

*Source: National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP)

About the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC), OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia. About the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP) Founded in 1957, IBP is a private, non-profit organization focused on promoting the development of the Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels industry in a competitive, sustainable, ethical and socially responsible environment. Today, IBP congregates more than 240 associated companies and professionals, and it’s recognized as an important industry representative for its technical knowledge and fostering the debate of big industry issues. Organizer of the main oil & gas shows in Brazil, such as Rio Oil & Gas and OTC Brasil, IBP also develops technical courses and it´s also responsible for standardization, certification of inspection services and technical publications.

Media Contacts

OTC
Andrea Valencia
Tel: +1.972.952.1112
media@otcnet.org

IBP – Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis
Tatiana Campos
Tel: +55.21.2112.9079

OTC Brasil 2017 Advisory Committee Convenes in Rio de Janeiro

Featuring the participation of Christino Áureo, Brazil’s Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development; Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; João Carlos de Luca, Barra Energia-IBP President and OTC Brasil 2017 general chairman.

Richardson, Texas (2 August 2017)—The first OTC Brasil 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting happened on 25 July with several authorities, executives of oil and gas companies, and representatives of business entities in attendance.

Among them were Christino Áureo, Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development; Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; three Petrobras directors; and João de Luca, OTC Brasil 2017 Chairman. Their planning will contribute to the success of the 2017 event, scheduled for 24-26 October at Rio Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Christino Áureo stressed that OTC Brasil will be held at an opportune time when the State of Rio begins its path of fiscal rebalancing and gradual recovery of economic development from the homologation of the Tax Recovery Regime.

He said, “OTC Brasil is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the State with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime. We believe in crossing the oil and gas sector – the main one in the state.”

According to the secretary, it is important to ensure a favorable environment for investments in the state’s oil and gas sector. He believes it is important to create an environment of understanding, making clear that the state is investment friendly and that any distortions in the tax or environmental environment will be resolved with wide negotiation and responsibility of all the parties seated at the table.

OTC Brasil Chairman João Carlos de Luca said he believes this edition will be marked by the optimism of companies who can benefit from the positive changes in Brazil’s regulatory environment.

A committee, under the leadership of João de Luca, is currently finalizing the 2017 technical program. View the current program at www.otcbrasil.org.

 

About the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic  Technology Conference (ATC), OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia.

About the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)

Founded in 1957, IBP is a private, non-profit organization focused on promoting the development of the Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels industry in a competitive, sustainable, ethical and socially responsible environment. Today, IBP congregates more than 240 associated companies and professionals, and it’s recognized as an important industry representative for its technical knowledge and fostering the debate of big industry issues. Organizer of the main oil & gas shows in Brazil, such as Rio Oil & Gas and OTC Brasil, IBP also develops technical courses and it´s also responsible for standardization, certification of inspection services and technical publications.

 

 Media Contacts

OTC

Andrea Valencia

Tel: +1.972.952.1112

media@otcnet.org

 

IBP – Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis

Tatiana Campos

Tel: +55.21.2112.9079

 

 

OTC Brasil Names 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Winners to Be Honored 25 October in Rio de Janeiro 

 Richardson Texas, USA (2 August 2017) –OTC Brasil, 24-26 October 2017, will recognize Paulo Cuoto for individual achievement and Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System for corporate achievement.

The recipients will be honored during the awards luncheon on 25 October at Riocentro Exhibition and Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These achievements are truly significant contributions to the oil and gas industry in Brazil.

OTC Brasil provides an excellent technical program that addresses innovative technical advances and opportunities for the deep and ultra-deepwater offshore sector in Brazil, including the latest government regulatory changes and upcoming licensing presalt rounds. It also offers networking opportunities as well as contributions to social programs in Brazil.

“OTC Brasil is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the state with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime. We believe in crossing the oil and gas sector – the main one in the state,” said Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development, Christino Áureo. “This event will be held at an opportune time when the state of Rio begins its path of fiscal rebalancing and gradual recovery of economic development from the homologation of the Tax Recovery Regime.”

 OTC Brasil Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals
Paulo Couto, TechnipFMC, will be recognized with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his significant contributions to the technical development and management of subsea systems in Brazil.

With a career of excellence since 1980, Couto is a groundbreaking researcher and leading innovator, recognized as a cornerstone of subsea engineering worldwide. He pioneered the development of sophisticated subsea systems in Brazil including deepwater trees, connection systems, manifold systems, control systems and subsea processing, and a global leadership role in lean product development and design thinking philosophies to the oil industry. Couto has dedicated his career to be a catalyst of innumerous developments and advances of subsea technologies.

Couto is the author of several technical papers for OTC and the Society of Petroleum Engineers and holds several patents in subsea technologies. In 1992, he received the Technology Award for Engineering Innovation from ASME, and has received four FMC Technologies’ Chairman Awards.

 OTC Brasil Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions

The Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions recognizes Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System for their success in developing the deepest full field installation of a LoFS system in the world. The project was successfully deployed under a fast-track schedule and continues to deliver relevant reservoir behavior data after four years of operation.

This outstanding project, also known as Parque das Conchas (BC-10), covers the entire reservoir and consists of 14 seismic cables, totaling 99 km, and 11km of backbone cable connecting back to a small hub. It reduces emissions and the environmental footprint, and represents a technology showcase aimed at delivering business value by safely maximizing reservoir recovery factors.

For more information about the awards and to register for OTC Brasil 2017, visit www.otcbrasil.org.

Stay in touch with the latest OTC Brasil information by following the hashtag #OTCBrasil.

 

About the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Founded in 1969, OTC brings together industry leaders and professionals from more than 130 countries. Its large international participation provides excellent opportunities for global sharing of technology, expertise, products, and best practices. OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic  Technology Conference (ATC), OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia. Learn more at www.otcnet.org.

About the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)

Founded in 1957, IBP is a private, non-profit organization focused on promoting the development of the Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels industry in a competitive, sustainable, ethical and socially responsible environment. Today, IBP congregates more than 240 associated companies and professionals, and it’s recognized as an important industry representative for its technical knowledge and fostering the debate of big industry issues. Organizer of the main oil & gas shows in Brazil, such as Rio Oil & Gas and OTC Brasil, IBP also develops technical courses and it´s also responsible for standardization, certification of inspection services and technical publications. Learn more at www.ibp.org.br.

 

Media Contacts

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Andrea Valencia, Tel: +1.972.952.1112,  media@otcnet.org

 

Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)

Tatiana Campos, Tel: +55.21.2112.9079, tcampos@ibp.org.br

LACPEC Returns to Argentina, Home of the Second Largest Unconventional Gas Resource In the World

Featuring the participation of 2017 SPE President, Janeen Judah, Chevron; SPE South America and Caribbean Region Director, Anelise Lara, Petrobras; and General Chairperson Santiago Martinez, YPF.

Richardson, Texas (27 February 2017)—With a long tradition as the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) foremost event in the region, the Latin America and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) returns to Buenos Aires, Argentina from 17-19 May 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center.

Under the theme “Creating Opportunities Today for a Better Tomorrow,” LACPEC continues its tradition of unveiling the latest technological breakthroughs and cutting-edge research to meet the existing, emerging and future technical needs for the upstream petroleum sector.

“This year’s LACPEC will be an incredibly valuable event because it provides actionable insights, expert know-how, and strategic partnership potential to capitalize on the region’s oil and gas opportunities,” said 2017 SPE President, Janeen Judah, Chevron. “I look forward to attending LACPEC, which will be my first South American visit as SPE president.”

The conference aims to accelerate the learning experience for delegates with a multi-disciplinary technical program of more than 160 papers on timely topics such as unconventional resources, EOR, IOR, HSSE, heavy oil, mature fields, flow assurance, well construction, and reservoir management.

The executive plenary, panel sessions and keynote luncheons are designed to share business intelligence strategies, best practices and new technology advancing the region.

LACPEC also includes a regional exhibition highlighting the newest technologies and solutions to streamline operations, reduce costs and time, and keep employees safe. Special events at the conference will include the regional student paper contest, a young professionals session on building competencies for a successful E&P career, and two training courses focused on optimizing shale gas and tight oil fields and modern production data analysis.

Delegates can take advantage of early registration, saving up to USD 200. Discounted airfare is also available when flying United Airlines. Presented papers will be published to OnePetro®. Simultaneous translation in English and Spanish is available during the technical sessions.

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About the Society of Petroleum Engineers
SPE is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 164,000 members in 143 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing publications, events, training courses, and online resources.

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Chevron Commits $800,000 for SPE Student Programs

 

SPE Student Members

Students from SPE Suez University Student Chapter (Egypt) take a selfie together with a member of SPE Gubkin University Student Chapter (Russia) during ATCE 2014.


DALLAS, Texas (Jan, 12, 2017) –
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces that Chevron Corporation has committed $800,000 over four years to support SPE’s programs that are dedicated to increasing student participation and advancing energy education

Chevron will be the sole sponsor of the student dues program, which provides support for college students to join SPE’s global network of student chapters. SPE has nearly 69,000 student members in 130 countries.

Also, Chevron will support the Energy4me program in which teachers and students gain invaluable knowledge about the oil and gas industry. Students learn skills on how to think, problem solve and adapt to changing conditions – competencies required to be a successful engineer. The program also educates teachers on using hands-on activities to illustrate technical aspects of engineering.

“As a not-for-profit organization, SPE counts on the generous support of companies such as Chevron to offer valuable programs to our professional and student members,” said Mark Rubin, SPE CEO and Executive Vice President. “The future of the industry relies heavily on the young professionals and students coming up in the ranks, and Chevron’s generous donation ensures students both develop their skills and benefit from SPE’s global resources.”

Steven Shirley, Chevron Global Upstream Exploration Portfolio Manager, agreed that education opens the door of opportunity.

“At Chevron, we plan and construct long-term projects that require a highly skilled workforce,” Shirley said. “By encouraging students to participate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related studies, we’re helping to develop the industry experts we will need in the future.”

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The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 168,000 members in 144 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses and online resources.

Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif.

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Canada Regional Awards Recipients

Canada Regional Awards Recipients

SPE’s regional awards are designed to recognize members who’ve contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society, as well as those who’ve made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the regional level. These awards are handed out at region and section meetings. Congratulations to the Canada Region Awards recipients below.

 

Regional Service Award

The SPE Regional Service Awards acknowledges exceptional contributions to the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the section or regional level and recognizes singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of the member’s section.


Ramez Hanna Alla
Production Engineer
Chevron Canada

Ramez Hanna Alla is a production engineer with Chevron working on the Liard basin appraisal team tied to the Kitimat LNG project. He has five years of unconventional/tight rock experience in the WCSB through various roles. He is actively involved with the SPE at both the section and regional level; serving recently as Chairman of the section and as vice chair for the joint URC/HOC conference starting in February 2017. Outside of industry affairs, he is a board member with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, president of his condo board, an avid motorcycle rider, traveler, wannabe fitness nut, and an extreme activity enthusiast. He enjoys meeting people of all walks of life, as they each have unique lessons to share.

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Patrice Vallee
Pre-Development Manager
Husky Energy, Canada

Patrice Vallee has been working in the upstream oil and gas industry for the last 25 years. He is currently the pre-development manager at Husky Energy and is involved in the research & development community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He has held various management, leadership, and technical engineering roles within the industry having worked in France, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

Patrice earned his MS in petroleum engineering from the Institut du petrole in Paris, France.  He also holds a BS (Honours) and MS in mechanical aeronautics & space engineering from SUPAERO, Toulouse, France. He received a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Patrice is a member of ENSPM and ENSAE (France) and became a member of SPE Canada in 2014. In 2015, he chaired the first SPE workshop held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.


Outstanding Young professional Award

The Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award recognizes contributions and leadership to the public, the community, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the petroleum engineering profession within the region.

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Michael Hauer
Field Production Engineer
Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.

Michael Hauer is currently the Student Support team lead for SPE Calgary and serves on the boards of both the SPE Calgary Section and the SPE Canada Education Foundation. He has been involved with SPE for five years, starting out as a student chapter officer. Over his two years as Calgary Section Young Professionals Chair, he oversaw the execution of more than 25 section events per year with a budget over $90k. He also spearheaded a number of new initiatives, including the inaugural YP golf tournament in 2014 and the YP energy literacy program. Michael holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Calgary and has worked more than four years in production and operations for SAGD projects in the Canadian oil sands.

 

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Hamza Shaikh
Principle Consultant
E-Tech Consulting Services

Hamza Shaikh is a highly qualified dual MSc Petroleum Engineering and MEng Mechanical Engineering graduate from Imperial College London, as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a diverse range of technical and operational experience in Well Stimulation, Geomechanics, Fracture/Reservoir Modelling and production enhancement with economic evaluations. He currently works as an independent consultant under the trade name E-Tech Consulting Services. He devised advanced workflows for fracture modelling and field development by integrating multiple domains, including Geoscience, Petrophysics, Geomechanics, Fracture Modelling and Reservoir Engineering, helping oil companies save millions of dollars in field development projects in the Appalachian, Permian, Powder River, Western Gulf, Williston and Western Canada Sedimentary Basins.  Hamza began his career through internships in the UK at Tercel Oilfield Services, Schlumberger Information’s Solutions and BP, and afterwards joined Sanjel full-time in Canada working as a Hydraulic Fracturing Field Engineer, and a Completions Engineer in the company’s Reservoir Solutions Group prior to founding E-Tech Consulting Services. He has published six SPE and EAGE technical papers in the US, Canada and UAE, and is currently publishing two more, including one in the Netherlands. Hamza is also a recipient of the 2016 SPE Calgary Section Award for Technical Excellence and Achievement. While at Imperial College, Hamza served as the President of the SPE Student Chapter where he also organised a field trip to Trinidad and Tobago for over 40 students from the MSc course. Currently, Hamza is in his second year of service as the SPE YP Treasurer in Calgary.

Regional Technical Awards

The SPE Regional Technical Awards acknowledge exceptional contributions to the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the section or regional level and recognize singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of technical expertise in eight disciplines. These are your technical award winners for 2016:

 

Completions Optimization and Technology Award

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Robert V. Hawkes
C.E.T., Manager, Reservoir Solutions
Trican.

Robert graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) with a diploma in Petroleum Engineering Technology in 1979. Robert is Corporate Technical Director, Reservoir Solutions for Trican Well Service Ltd. in Calgary. Considered a leader in his field, Robert has been published in JPT and JCPT and was co-Author, Chapter 3 “Gas Well Testing and Evaluation” of the 2007 Modern Fracturing – Enhancing Natural Gas Production, engineering text book. Robert is credited with several design innovations in pre-frac testing and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 President’s Award from the Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS), awarded the 2008 Outstanding Service Award from the Petroleum Society Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and was a 2008 Distinguished Lecture with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Robert was also recognized as the 2009 ASET Technologist of the Year and in 2011 was the recipient of the SPE Canadian “Reservoir Description and Dynamics” award. Robert continues to serve on numerous Technical Program committees for the SPE.


Drilling Engineering Award

Stephen Butt, Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

Formation Evaluation Award

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Uliana Romanova
PhD, Business Development
Canada Region
Delta Screens

Dr. Uliana Romanova has over 20 years of experience in the area of technology research and development, both in academia and industry. She holds a Master of Science degree in Physics and a Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from Kazan State University, Russia. She is currently employed with Delta Screens. Prior to joining Delta Screens, she worked at Institut Francais du Petrole, the University of Calgary, RPS Energy and Weatherford Canada.

The area of Dr. Romanova’s expertise is heavy oil and oil sands and formation damage, in particular sand control for thermal production operations. She is an author and co-author of over 40 technical publications. She made numerous presentations at industry technical conferences and workshops in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.. She serves on a variety of SPE technical committees, including SPE Canada Heavy Oil Technical Conference and SPE Thermal Well Design and Integrity Symposium, and the Board of SPE Canada Educational Foundation.

 

Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Award

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Faisal Khan
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Faisal Khan is Professor and Vale Research Chair of Safety and Risk Management. He has established a new research center- Centre for risk integrity and Safety and Engineering (C-RISE), which has over research 40 research members. His areas of research interest include: offshore safety and risk engineering, inherent safety, risk management, and risk-based integrity assessment and management.

He is actively involved with multinational oil and gas industries on the issue of safety and asset integrity. In 2006, he has spent eight months as risk and integrity expert with Lloyd’s Register (UK) a risk management organization. He also served as Safety and Risk Advisor to Government of Newfoundland, Canada. He continue to serve subject matter expert to many organizations that include Llyod’s Register EMEA, SBM Modco, Intecsea, Technip, and Qatargas. From 2008 to 2010, he visited Qatar University and Qatargas LNG Company as Process Safety and Risk Management Research Chair. In 2012-14 he served as Visiting Professor of Offshore and Marine Engineering at Australian Maritime College (AMC), University of Tasmania, Australia. Where he lead development of offshore safety and risk engineering group and an initiative of global engagement with many international institutions.

He is recipient of President Outstanding Research Award of 2012-2013, CSChE National Award on Process Safety Management of 2014, President Outstanding Research Supervision Award of 2013-14, and recently Society of Petroleum Engineer award for his contribution in Health, Safety and Risk Engineering. He has authored over 300 research articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences on safety, risk and reliability engineering. He has authored five books on the subject area. He is Editor to Journal of Process Safety and Environmental Protection, and Journal of Process Engineering. He regularly offers training program/workshop on safety and risk engineering in different places including St John’s, Chennai, Dubai, Beijing, Aberdeen, Doha and Kuala Lumpur.

 

Production and Operations Award

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Bertrand Groulx
President
Verdazo Analytics

Bertrand is co-founder and President of Verdazo Analytics (formerly known as VISAGE) and has championed the company’s analytic pursuits over the last decade. Over a 17 year career in the upstream energy sector, Bertrand has worked in over 11 countries assisting more than 100 companies to develop workflows, analysis methodologies and software solutions focused on the delivery of consistent, reliable information for decision makers. Prior to Verdazo Analytics, Bertrand was part of Merak/Schlumberger for 7 years. Bertrand constantly strives to ensure VERDAZO continues to distinguish itself as a leader in visual analytics for the Oil and Gas industry, and enjoys collaborating with, and developing partnerships with companies and individuals that share his passion.

 

Projects, Facilities and Construction Award

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Bent Nielsen, P.Eng
Process Engineer

Bent has been living in Calgary since 1957 and has watched the oil patch expand and contract many times over the years. Nevertheless, he decided to become a Chemical Engineer followed by a Masters of Chemical Engineering.  After graduating Bent did research at the U of C for two years with an Ultrapyrolysis reactor that converted heavy oil to gases plus coke. Since then he has been working as a Process Engineer with various contracting engineering firms.  Currently he is a Senior Process Engineer at WSP.

Over the years Bent has belonged to the Toastmasters club if the company had a club and where they didn’t he would try to start one. This fired up his enthusiasm about volunteering.  Two years ago bent used his contacts to start the SPE Calgary Section Toastmasters Club.

About seven years ago he met Ken Arnold when he was in Calgary doing a presentation and was asked if he would help start a PF&C SIG in Calgary.

Bent enjoys cycling around town for exercise and enjoyment.  To keep in shape he also runs 3km three times a week with a couple 10km races a year.

 

Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award

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Christopher Clarkson
Professor
University of Calgary

Christopher R. Clarkson is a professor and the AITF Shell/Encana Chair in Unconventional Gas and Light Oil research in the Department of Geoscience and an adjunct professor with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. His work focus in industry was on exploration for and development of unconventional gas (UG) and light oil (ULO) reservoirs. His research focus since coming to U of Calgary in 2009 has been on advanced reservoir characterization methods for UG-ULO, such as rate- and pressure-transient analysis, flowback analysis, and core analysis.  He is also interested in simulation of enhanced recovery processes in UG-ULO, and how these processes can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Clarkson leads an industry-sponsored consortium called “Tight Oil Consortium”, focused on these research topics for unconventional light oil reservoirs in Western Canada.

Clarkson holds a Ph.D. degree in geological engineering from the U. of British Columbia, Canada, and is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific and engineering journals.  Clarkson was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2009/2010 lecture season.

 

Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty

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Dr. Lesley James
Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Lesley James is an Associate professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Dr. James’ research interests focus on sustainable oil production by increasing oil recovery rates through enhanced and improved oil recovery (EOR & IOR). Currently, her focus is on maximizing recovery from offshore Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas fields through understanding the fluid-fluid and rock-fluid interactions and particularly examining miscible/near-miscible fluid injection and optimal EOR strategies for offshore production.  Working closely with industry, Dr. James has recently commissioned a world class enhanced oil recovery laboratory at Memorial, which allows for fundamental and applied research and development in the area of enhanced and improved oil recovery. Dr. James is a Professional Engineer of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), and is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Society of Core Analysts (SCA) and the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE).

 

Distinguished Corporate Support Award

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Cenovus Energy Inc. has historically and continues to support the Society of Petroleum Engineers in Canada by several means. Cenovus acts as a leader in the industry by supporting its staff in volunteer roles across SPE Canada conferences and workshops, SPE Calgary section level activities, student led initiatives and SPE publications. Cenovus provides innumerable contributions to the knowledge base surrounding oil and gas exploration and production, most specifically in the field of heavy oil and bitumen recovery. Many technical papers have been authored and co-authored by several Cenovus staff over the 7- year’s history of the company, and going back further through its various predecessors.  Specifically, contributions in the fields of steam-solvent recovery methods, slotted liner and sand control design and evaluation; sharing operational learnings; and novel recovery techniques or technologies. In 2015. Cenovus contributed to 11 technical publications with the SPE, including results of the AIDROH Pilot Project, Solvent Aided Process, Hot-Water Circulation Pilot at Pelican Lake, and Tight Oil Wettability in the Montney. Cenovus also contributed to two business articles on Reserves Estimation and Oil Price Volatility through The Way Ahead magazine. In 2016 Cenovus continued the trend by contributing to 8 technical publications and 3 industry centric articles on The Way Ahead magazine. This knowledge sharing has been instrumental in the advancement of heavy oil and bitumen recovery.

Cenovus continues to provide support to the SPE Canada Heavy Oil Conference and SPE Distinguished Lecturer series through the efforts of Subodh Gupta and other key initiatives such as the SPE Canadian Educational Foundation and The Way Magazine through the efforts of Jarrett Dragani. Aside from technical contributions, Cenovus holds the largest number of SPE memberships among any member company in Canada, and actively participates in funding conferences through attendees and sponsorships.

Big Win for the Region at ATCE 2016!

Big Win for the Region at ATCE 2016!

Congratulations to the following members who were recognized during ATCE last September.

Regional Service Award Recipients:

  • Gonzalo Perez Cometto, Comodore, Argentina
  •  Joao Pereira, Quito, Ecuador

Regional Distinguished Corporate Support Award
Schlumberger del Ecuador

Petrobowl Championship Winners:
Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro

  • Claudio Alberto Salinas Tejerina
  • Felipe Adriao Cruz
  • Felippe Pardini De Souza
  • Gabriel Costa Magalhaes Da Cunha
  • Vinicius Ribeiro Dos Santos Veleda Moraes

International Student Paper Contest Winners:
1st Place-Undergraduate Division
Fernando Antonio Plazas Niño, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia
2nd Place-Master’s Division
Pedro Adrian, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

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Society of Petroleum Engineers Names Darcy Spady as 2018 President

Dallas, Texas (June 21, 2016) — The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces that Darcy W. Spady, P. Eng., managing director of Broadview Energy Asset Management, has been elected as 2018 SPE president. His term as president begins in September 2017. Spady is the first Canadian elected as president of SPE.

“I am honored to have been selected, and I look forward to being a great representative not only of SPE, but of Canada and Canadian technology as well,” Spady said when his nomination was announced.

Spady has been an active SPE member since graduating from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1986. He currently serves on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada; he is also a member of the Calgary Section and the newly formed Vancouver Section. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.

“Darcy has been an exemplary member of SPE for many years, and his professional service to the oil and gas industry will translate to a strong term as SPE president,” said Mark Rubin, SPE CEO and Executive Vice President. “Darcy understands the value of connecting relationships in the oil and gas business, and he will be a strong leader for our membership.”

Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in their wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with the Columbia Natural Resources / Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada and internationally. He has also served as CEO of Contact Exploration in Canada and Hungary and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation. His expertise of three decades in both the independent producer and service segments of the industry greatly enhances his role at SPE.

He also is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He has previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals and Poplar Point Exploration.

“Along with serving as the SPE president for 2018, I also look forward to working closely with Janeen Judah, the SPE 2017 president,” Spady said. “SPE has provided me with immeasurable professional growth, and now I am excited to give back to the organization by serving as president in 2018.”

At ATCE, Judah will begin her term as SPE president 2017, succeeding Nathan Meehan, senior executive advisor for Baker Hughes.

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