Guidelines address new U.S. offshore drilling permit requirements

New Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regulations require offshore operators to provide an estimate of the worst case discharge if a blowout occurs in offshore well plans submitted for permitting to the agency. An SPE committee developed “Guidance for Complying with BOEM NTL No. 2010-N06 on Worst Case Discharge for Offshore Wells” to address this new requirement.

Background

In response to the Macondo blowout, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), formerly the Minerals Management Service, issued a notice (NTL No. 2010-N06 ) concerning information that will be required in well plans submitted to the agency for permits to drill offshore U.S. One of the requirements is a calculation of the worst case discharge (WCD) if a blowout occurs. No direction on how to calculate the WCD was provided by BOEM. Recognizing that there are a number of methods that could be used, the Offshore Operators Committee  asked SPE to form a committee to develop consensus best-practice guidelines for WCD calculation.

The SPE Gulf of Mexico Incident Response Task Force worked with the Offshore Operators Committee  and the Offshore Technology Research Center  (a joint venture of University of Texas and Texas A&M) to bring together experts from industry and academia to share their methods and to develop consensus guidelines.  The committee developed guidelines and sought industry comment.

SPE WCD Guidelines Committee
Chairman: Tim Magner, Chevron
Ashley Africa, Woodside Energy
Connie Bargas, Cobalt International Energy LP
Phillip Bednarz, ExxonMobil
Akhil Datta-Gupta, Texas A&M University
Stuart Hara, Shell
Jonathan Harris, Apache Corporation
Ron Harvey, Century Exploration New Orleans Inc.
Richard Hughes, Louisiana State University
Curt Killinger, Challenger Minerals Inc. (CMI)/Transocean
John Leonard, Stone Energy
Tad Patzek, University of Texas
Dan Smallwood, ConocoPhillips
Ted Skinner, Marathon Oil Company
Donny Torres, Newfield Exploration
James Wells, ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
Martin Wolff, Hess Corporation

E&P Professionals From Around the World Gather For an Historic SPE Annual Conference

RICHARDSON, Texas, USA (22 September 2010) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2010 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) was held this week in Florence, Italy, and brought together approximately 4,700 oil and gas professionals from 70+ countries around the world.

For the past 85 years, ATCE has been the leading technical conference in the upstream oil and gas industry, bringing together current best practices and emerging technologies to the engineers, scientists, managers, and executives in attendance.

It is the first year that the conference has been held outside of the United States. Approximately 60% of this year’s attendees were from Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Russia and Caspian area, Africa, and South America.

This year’s conference received 1,800 paper proposal submissions, the largest number ever submitted for an SPE event. Of those, more than 400 were selected for presentation.

More than 250 exhibiting companies from 17 countries, utilizing approximately 4,000 sq meters of exhibit space, featured the latest products and services in the E&P industry.

Panelists in Monday morning’s Opening General Session, “Gas Market Variables In The Global Energy Equation,” discussed how worldwide demand for natural gas likely will continue to soar, but the oil and gas industry faces challenges in meeting that demand.

Moderator Andrew Gould, chief executive officer of Schlumberger, noted the spectacular growth of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the rise of unconventional resources spurred by drilling and completion innovations. A diverse group of panelists echoed these remarks and provided examples of how their companies have been involved in LNG developments, shale gas, and clean technologies to support future demand.

Panelists included:
• Sara Ortwein, President, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
• Michael Stoppard, Managing Director, IHS CERA
• Yan Cunzhang, President, PetroChina Company Ltd.
• Howard Paver, Senior Vice President, Global New Business Development, Hess Corporation

Also on Monday at the ATCE Chairman’s Luncheon, Claudio Descalzi, chief operating officer for E&P of Eni, shared his insights on how operators must refocus on improving competencies, relationships with producing countries, and corporate culture in order to succeed in the future. He noted that, with global demand predicted to soar, international and national oil companies must become smarter, more effective, and more efficient in their production operations.

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Italian lesson plans available on Energy4me.org in time for ATCE 2010!

Energy4me is excited to announce free downloadable Italian lesson plans and activities on Energy4me.org just in time for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 

Energy4me, the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) energy education outreach program, is inviting 50 Tuscany-area science teachers (of students ages 12–18) to their “Energize Your Classroom Teacher Workshop” at their Annual Technical Conference (ATCE) being held 20 – 22 September 2010 in Florence, Italy. Continue reading