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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. Read more »

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

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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Italian lesson plans available on Energy4me.org in time for ATCE 2010!

Energy4me is excited to announce free downloadable Italian lesson plans and activities on Energy4me.org just in time for the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 

Energy4me, the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) energy education outreach program, is inviting 50 Tuscany-area science teachers (of students ages 12–18) to their “Energize Your Classroom Teacher Workshop” at their Annual Technical Conference (ATCE) being held 20 – 22 September 2010 in Florence, Italy. Read more »

SPE develops offshore guidelines on Worst Case Discharge

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

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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2010 SPE Distinguished Corporate Support Award

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 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.

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