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SPE Notes

Letter from 2010 SPE President to Members

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.   Read more »

JUST 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. Read more »

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

CONTACT: Margaret Watson (+1.972.952.9304 or mwatson@spe.org)


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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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

Contacts:
Margaret Watson, Society of Petroleum Engineers
+1-972-952-9304,
mwatson@spe.org

Amanda Zwemmer, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers
+31 88 9955055, azw@eage.org

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. Read more »

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

Contact:
Society of Petroleum Engineers 
Margaret Watson
+1.972.952.9304 or mwatson@spe.org

FGU “GKZ”
Grigory Malukhin, Head of methodology department
+7 499 238 8786 or gmalukhin@gkz-rf.ru

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.  Read more »

CSUG and SPE to Present New Canadian Conference on Unconventional Resources

Contact:

Dana Otillio
+1.972.952.9471
dotillio@spe.org

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. Read more »

Society of Petroleum Engineers and Society of Exploration Geophysicists Sign Agreement for Intersociety Cooperation

CONTACT:
Margaret Watson, Society of Petroleum Engineers
+1-972-952-9304 or mwatson@spe.org)

Whitney Emerick, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
(+1-918-497-5523 or wemerick@seg.org)

RICHARDSON, Texas (26 October 2009) — The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) have formalized an agreement for intersociety cooperation to benefit their global membership through joint events, programs and services.
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2010 President Stresses Involvement, Volunteerism

Behrooz Fattahi, incoming SPE President, says the worthwhile goals of SPE cannot be achieved without “dedicated, passionate volunteers.” Read his plan for opening the avenues to volunteerism in the September issue of the newly designed online print version of the Journal of Petroleum Technology.

2009 ATCE Attracts 8,000 Professionals to New Orleans

Contact:

Dana Otillio
+1.972.952.9471
dotillio@spe.org

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. Read more »

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