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Register for the Free 12th SPE Live Intelligent Energy Webinar

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), together with the Webinar Steering Committee (volunteers from the 2010 SPE Intelligent Energy Programme Committee) will be inviting several authors to participate in live webinars every month. The webinars are free and provide an insight into what will be presented at Intelligent Energy 2012. Continue reading

Congratulations to the 2011 International Award winners

Join us in congratulating the 2011 SPE International Award recipients!  The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2011 International Award recipients at their recent meeting. Fifteen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. The winners were chosen from a pool of first-rate candidates. SPE President Alain Labastie will present the awards to the winners at ATCE in Denver.

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R&D Section offers webinar in May

Development of a Saline Reservoir Carbon Sequestration
Demonstration Project at Decatur, IL USA
Monday, 16 May from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. CDT

Find out more and Register now!

ABOUT

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), also known as geologic sequestration, is the isolation of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the earth’s atmosphere. CCS may play a significant role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To further the implementation of this technology, demonstration projects are underway around the world.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) funds seven regional partnerships to conduct geologic sequestration research throughout the United States.  The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), lead by the geological surveys of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky was formed in 2003 to research geologic storage potential in coal seams, mature oil fields, and deep saline reservoirs.

PRESENTER

Dr. Robert J. Finley will present a webseminar on the MGSC geologic sequestration program focusing on the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP), a one million tonne deep saline reservoir storage project in Decatur, Illinois.  The IBDP will begin injection of CO2 at a rate of 1,000 tonnes per day starting in September 2011.  This presentation covers all aspects of developing a deep saline sequestration project from site characterization through geophysical and geochemical monitoring techniques, modeling, well construction and drilling, and much more.

 

View the new participants in OnePetro

Papers from the annual conferences of the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) are now available in OnePetro.  Content from the US Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has been indexed into OnePetro.  When NETL content is found, an Open Access link direct customers to the PDF available at no charge on the NETL site.  Continue reading

NEW DATE: Submit Comments on PRMS Application Guidelines by 15 March 2011

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has continued its efforts to establish internationally accepted guidelines for the evaluation of petroleum reserves and resources by heading an effort sponsored by five industry organizations to develop Guidelines for Application of the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS). Continue reading

RDTS Webinar on Flow Assurance and Oilfield Scale

A web broadcast in the SPE Webinar Series will take place on the subject of Flow Assurance and Oilfield Scale on Wednesday 17th November 2010 at 8:30 am (Central Standard Time). The presenters will be Dr. Hartley Downs of Baker Hughes and Professor Ken Sorbie of Heriot-Watt University. In the first presentation, Hartley will give an overview and general context of Flow Assurance issues and will present background basics and recent challenges in the management of waxes, asphaltenes and hydrates. Ken will then provide a second presentation on the prediction and prevention of conventional and “exotic” oilfield mineral scales and naphthenate deposits. Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes. Following the two presentations, the webinar will be opened to participants to ask questions. Continue reading

Incoming President offers remarks at ATCE

Incoming President’s Remarks

by Alain Labastie, 2011 SPE President
ATCE 2010 – President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members Florence, Italy

I take this position with pride and emotion, considering how brilliant my predecessors were. Thanks to their vision, SPE is now by far the strongest professional society in the E&P industry, a truly global organization with activities virtually everywhere in the world, and a well respected and prestigious organization.

I would like to thank our membership as a whole for giving me the opportunity to serve the society at this level. I have to say that for me it is not a duty, but a privilege. The task will be collective. I will work together with a superb board of directors and a very dedicated staff, a true dream team. <<<Read more of the Incoming President’s Remarks>>>

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State of the Society presented at ATCE

State of Society Message

by Behrooz Fattahi, 2010 SPE President
ATCE 2010 – President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members Florence, Italy

I am grateful for having the opportunity to serve SPE, to visit with many of you around the globe, and make so many friends. But I am also sad that this grand experience is coming to an end.

 I am speaking to you today on behalf of a great professional organization, one that has achieved prominence in our industry, and has extended its reach to more than 92,000 members in 116 countries around the globe, including a significant increase in the number of young members. We achieved nearly 4 percent growth this year, by making sure that we deliver high quality programs that serve your needs, wherever you are located and at all stages of your career. <<<Read more of the State of Society Message>>>

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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