Highly Focused Technical Program Set For SPE HSE and Sustainability Conference in Bogotá

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Richardson, Texas, USA (4 June 2015) –  Building on the success of the inaugural conference in Lima, Peru, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Health, Safety, Environmental (HSE) and Sustainability Conference returns to the Latin American region on 7–8 July  in Bogotá, Colombia at the Cosmos 100 Hotel.

Themed “Sharing Best HSE and Sustainability Practices for Balancing Economic Growth, Social Development, and Environmental Protection,” the highly focused technical program offers more than 40 technical papers in 16 technical sessions showcasing technological advances and innovative applications in HSE and sustainability. These technical papers will be available in OnePetro, the largest petroleum engineering library in the world.

The welcome ceremony features remarks by the upcoming 2016 SPE President, Nathan Meehan, Baker Hughes on Tuesday morning, 7 July.

The opening plenary session, “Regulatory Framework in the Latin American and Caribbean Region,” offers elite representatives from energy regulatory bodies of México, Ecuador, and Colombia. Panelists for the session are Néstor Martinez, CNH México; Yvonne Fabara, Secretaria de Hidrocarburos, Ecuador; and Mauricio De La Mora, ANH Colombia.

Titled “Sustainability Challenges for the Upstream Development in Colombia,” Tuesday’s panel session is organized in conjunction with Arpel (Regional Association of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean).

The second day’s plenary session, “Social Challenges in the E&P in the Latin American and Caribbean Region,” analyzes the industry challenges and best practices for the development of sustainable E&P activities. Panelists include David Arce, David Arce Consultores; Ernesto Borda, Trust; and Weildler Guerra Curvelo, Wayuu Anthropologist.

Wednesday’s keynote luncheon will be on the timely topic “Fracking: History, Technology and Socio-Environment Effects in its Application and Operation” by Fernando Aguilar, Calfrac Well Services.

“We are delighted to offer a platform that promotes cooperation among leaders in the region for the advancement of the E&P industry, especially now given the industry climate due to the oil prices,” said conference executive chairperson, Andres Pavia of Ecopetrol. “This SPE technical conference is a unique opportunity due to its sustainability focus and the high level of technical presentations.”

Delegates can benefit from two specialized training courses: “Introduction to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production” and a debut course on “The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change.” A separate ticket is required; however, special rates are being offered.

SPE acknowledges the support received for this technical conference from the following distinguish associations: ARPEL, CECODES, IPIECA, LADS Colombia, Red Pacto Global Colombia, RS (Centro Internacional de Responsabilidad Social y Sostenibilidad), and ACP which denotes the importance of HSE and sustainability in the region.

To register and for more information about the event, visit http://www.spe.org/go/prlahs.