Category Archives: Technical

Congratulations to 2011 Regional Awards Winners in Canada

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting. Continue reading

Congratulations to 2011 Regional Awards Winners in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. Awards are presented at the appropriate SPE region or SPE section meeting. Continue reading

An Invitation to Attend the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Panel Discussion on Sunday, 30 October

Join the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) for a half-day interactive panel discussion on these and related topics. The event will be held in conjunction with the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition on Sunday, 30th October, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. (MDT) at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Continue reading

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

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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.

 

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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Congratulations to the 2010 International Award Winners

The 2010 recipients will be recognized during the 2010 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Florence, Italy in September. The 2011 recipients will be recognized at the 2011 ATCE in Denver, Colorado.

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JUST UPDATED: ATCE almost here; more events offered

JUST UPDATED: ATCE offers more chances to connect and share with colleagues

Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Technical Section

The Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) invites you to a half-day meeting that will be held in conjunction with ATCE in Florence, Italy. This important event will be  Sunday, 19 September 12:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Fortezza da Basso, Monumentale, Ground Floor, Sala Della Volta.

Agenda
12.00       Introductions to team, DSATS and agenda (Geoff Downton)
12.10       Notices of upcoming events and relevant ATCE-Florence papers (Geoff Downton)
12.20       Progress on Factory Drilling and Amsterdam (David Reid)
12.30       Presentation and Open Discussion by the DSATS Automation Communications subcommittee with feedback from the IADC ART Drilling Control Systems subcommittee (Fred Florence)
14.00       Break
14.15       Brief revisit of SPE DRILLING AUTOMATION WORKSHOP held in Galveston April 2010 (Geoff Downton)
14.45       Open discussion – Future subcommittee action – tackling what is really important (Geoff Downton)
15.15       Automation Road Map (Tom Geehan)
15.45       Open discussion – Membership, representation, engagement, future DSATS direction
16.15       Thoughts for Amsterdam – 2011 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference
16.45       All Other Business – DSATS Election of Officers
17.30       Close

Research & Development Technical Section

The Research & Development Technical Section will be hosting a dinner in conjunction with the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Florence, Italy; featuring SPE Regional Director, John Donachie.  The dinner will be Sunday, 19 September from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Scherma in the Monumentale building of the Fortezza da Basso Center. There is no charge to attend this meeting.  However, due to limited seating, please RSVP by Wednesday, 30 August if you plan to attend. RSVP now!

About ATCE

For the first time, SPE’s flagship meeting—the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition—will be held internationally. With more than 50% of SPE members residing outside of the United States, SPE recognizes how important it is for its annual meeting to be accessible to all members around the world.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend ATCE 2010

ATCE 2010 is one of the best ways that you can gain technical knowledge and make valuable contacts, while saving on consulting and research costs. Here is why you should attend.

  • 500 peer-selected technical papers covering current applications and future technologies
  • 300 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services
  • Networking events
  • Student and young professional activities
  • Post-show training courses

ATCE also offers the opportunity for SPE volunteers to share best practices for their committees and sections.