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RICHARDSON, Texas, U.S.A. (26 January 2011) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announced today that it is donating US $5,000 to the Brazilian Red Cross (Cruz Vermelha Brasileira) to assist in relief and recovery efforts in the areas of Brazil affected by recent landslides and floods.
“The state of Rio de Janeiro has been devastated by floods and landslides that have made this the worst natural disaster ever recorded in Brazil. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims who died in this terrible disaster. The Society of Petroleum Engineers has many ties to Brazil, through our members who work in the Brazilian oil and gas industry and through technical conferences that we present in Brazil. We feel it is important to support the relief and recovery efforts with this donation,” said Alain Labastie, 2011 SPE President.
SPE has had members in Brazil since 1985, when the Rio de Janeiro Section was formed, and also has members in local sections in Vitoria, Salvador and Macaé. SPE has student members at eight universities in Brazil. The society will present its Brasil Offshore Conference in Macaé in June 2011, and is a sponsoring society of the Offshore Technology Conference’s new OTC Brasil event, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in October 2011.
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 97,000 members in 118 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, conferences, workshops, forums, and website.