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. A list of committee members is below. The committee developed proposed “Guidelines for Calculation of Worst Case Discharge From Offshore Wells ” and is seeking industry comment.
***Comments should be submitted to WCDCalculation@spemail.org by 3 September.***
The committee will review all comments received and determine whether to make revisions to the guidelines. A final version of the guidelines will then be published by SPE on www.SPE.org.
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
SPE announced that Schlumberger is the first ever recipient of the SPE Distinguished Corporate Support Award. This new award was created by the Board of Directors to acknowledge the contributions of our corporate partners which enable us to progress our mission to disseminate technology for the public benefit and to provide opportunities for petroleum professionals to enhance their competence.
The award will be given annually to a company that has demonstrated significant global support of SPE over time in areas such as volunteerism, dissemination of technical knowledge, attendance at SPE meetings, and overall support of the society’s activities. Schlumberger’s demonstrated leadership in all of these areas makes it an excellent choice to receive SPE’s highest corporate award.
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.
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)
14.15 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
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!
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.
Dear SPE member:
The Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico is very much on the minds of the leadership of SPE, as well as our members. SPE’s Board of Directors and staff have had extensive discussions about what expertise SPE can contribute to best serve the industry and the public in this current crisis.
The conclusion of our discussions is that SPE can be most useful in addressing technical issues resulting from the accident and facilitating the sharing of best practices that will emerge from the ongoing investigations. Continue reading
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
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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
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
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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
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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