Category Archives: SPE News

UPDATED: FAQs on Deepwater Drilling, Gulf of Mexico spill

Frequently Asked Questions: Deepwater Drilling and Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

What caused the Macondo Well blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

The causes of the blowout are still being investigated. It is likely that multiple failures of processes, systems and equipment resulted in this catastrophic event. Exhaustive reviews are being undertaken by the joint US Coast Guard, Minerals Management Service, Marine Board of Inquiry and the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. [See also BP’s response.]

In addition, industry task forces have been formed to review many specific aspects of offshore operations. Although we don’t know all the factors that caused the accident and it is tempting to rush to judgment, we do know that this industry takes safety and environmental stewardship very seriously. When we do learn how this occurred, the offshore industry will work together to ensure that this type of event never happens again anywhere in the world. Continue reading

Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Worldwide Membership Grows to Record 92,100

CONTACT: Margaret Watson (+1.972.952.9304 or

RICHARDSON, Texas 3 (February 2010) – Total 2009 membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers reached a record 92,100 members in 117 countries, a 4 percent increase over 2008. The number of young professional members age 35 and under also increased. Continue reading

Former SPE President Dies

Gustavo Inciarte, SPE’s first president from Latin America and a former member of the board of directors of  Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), died 27 January in Norman, Oklahoma, after a short illness. He was 71.

Inciarte’s 45 years as an SPE member was highlighted by his selection as 1999 SPE president. During his tenure, SPE made progress on several issues that would bear fruit in the following decade, including developing reserves and resources definitions, forging cooperation with other professional societies, and laying the groundwork for SPE’s website. He also served on the SPE Board of Directors as regional director for the South America and Caribbean Region. Continue reading

Society of Petroleum Engineers and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Sign Agreement for Intersociety Cooperation

Margaret Watson, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Amanda Zwemmer, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers
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RICHARDSON, Texas (9  December 2009) — The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) have formalized an agreement to work collaboratively for the benefit of their members on  joint events, young member programs and other services. Continue reading

SPE and GKZ Agree to Map Russian Reserves and Resources Classification to SPE’s Petroleum Resources Management System

Society of Petroleum Engineers 
Margaret Watson
+1.972.952.9304 or

Grigory Malukhin, Head of methodology department
+7 499 238 8786 or

RICHARDSON, Texas (24 November 2009) —  The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the FGU State Commission on Mineral Reserves of Russia (GKZ)  have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on programs to enhance the global understanding of petroleum reserves and resources.  Continue reading

CSUG and SPE to Present New Canadian Conference on Unconventional Resources


Dana Otillio

RICHARDSON, Texas, USA (4 November 2009)—The Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas (CSUG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) will present a new, joint meeting, the Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference, scheduled for 19–21 October 2010 at the BMO Center at Stampede Park in Calgary, AB, Canada.

The new conference combines and broadens topics that were previously covered by CSUG’s Annual Unconventional Gas Conference and the Petroleum Society of Canada’s Canadian International Petroleum Conference (CIPC) to create a premier international event presenting the latest knowledge on finding, developing, and producing unconventional gas and heavy oil in Canada and around the globe. Continue reading

2009 ATCE Attracts 8,000 Professionals to New Orleans


Dana Otillio

RICHARDSON, Texas, USA (8 October 2009)—The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2009 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) was held this week in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and brought together approximately 8,000 oil and gas E&P professionals from around the world.

ATCE 2009 featured technical sessions with approximately 375 papers on innovative technologies, case studies and best practices. More than 390 exhibiting companies, utilizing 88,800 sq ft of exhibit space, featured the latest products and services in the E&P industry. Continue reading

SPE Recognizes Certified, Licensed, Chartered Members

SPE has long promoted professionalism by recognizing engineers who are certified, licensed, or chartered. New to is a listing of SPE members who have completed the requirements and exam for the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Program. Also listed for the first time are SPE members* who have informed SPE that they have obtained certification, licensure, or chartering through another entity. *These credentials were submitted by the individual member, and SPE has not confirmed the accuracy of the submission.

Research and Development Technical Section Plans ATCE Meeting

You are invited to attend a meeting and dinner hosted by the SPE Research & Development Technical Section and sponsored by Saudi Aramco at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 October, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Melrose Room of the Hilton in New Orleans, Lousiana. 

There is no charge for attending this dinner meeting. However, due to limited seating, this important function is RSVP only. Please reply to Pam Brickett at  if you plan to attend.
Meeting Highlights

  • Overview of section activities
  • Officer and director elections
  • Guest Speaker — Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Executive Director, Petroleum Engineering & Development, Saudi Aramco 

I hope you will attend the meeting to find out more about the section and to be part of developing the vision for this group.
David Curry
Chairman, R&D Technical Section