In June, SPE held the inaugural Health, Safety, Social Responsibility and Environment (HSSE) regional conference in Lima, Peru. More than 170 attendees from more than 80 companies in 15 countries gathered in Lima. Attendees benefited from more than 43 technical presentations and two plenaries on sensitive subjects such as, “How to Address/Obtain a License to Operate in Sensitive Areas” and “Measurements and Improvements After Industry Accidents.” “HSSE is a much needed area in our industry, but hard to implement and maintain at the high standards we all do apply,” said Barbara Bruce President and General Manager Hunt Oil Exploration and Production Co. of Peru, and Chairperson of HSSE Conference.
Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during the 2012–2013 DL season.
The winners of the 2012–2013 DL Evaluation Contest are:
- Less than 150 members: Balikpapan
- Between 150-500 members: Warri Nigeria
- More than 500 members: London
A new DL season (2013–2014) begins in September. The evaluation process has been simplified, and you will now be able to complete and submit DL’s evaluations online, utilize the QR code on an evaluation, or email in your evaluations.
To ensure that your section is entered into and wins the 2013–2014 Evaluation Contest, please:
- Attend all section meetings featuring Distinguished Lecturers.
- Listen, engage and evaluate the DL’s presentation.
- Fill out and submit the Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form for every DL visit.
Winning sections will receive:
- USD 500 per winning section to the section account
- Acknowledgment on SPE.org
SPE offers opportunities for students and young professionals to learn about SPE’s benefits and engage with industry professionals. During the Artificial Lift conference in Colombia, young professionals were able to share the multiple benefits of joining SPE.
In addition, while attending the Congreso Mexicano del Petroleo in Cancun, Mexico in June, SPE along with student and professional members from the Mexican section, shared their positive SPE experiences. The same opportunities and shared experiences took place at the Brasil Offshore Conference last June in Macae, Brazil.
The SPE Regional Student Paper Contest South American & Caribbean was held during Brasil Offshore Exhibition & Conference in Macaé, Brazil. More than 20 abstracts were submitted to this contest during the conference. The undergraduate division contest was held at State University of Norte Fluminense on 10 June as well as the Master’s and PhD’s division on 11 June. The Chairman of this official SPE Student Paper contest was Guilherme Castro, Petrobras Integrity and Maintenance Manager and Chairman of Macaé Section. Castro said “The SPE Student Paper is a great tool to encourage and give students the experience on how to write and present SPE Technical papers.”
will take place during 2013 SPE ATCE in New Orleans —where all 10 regions will compete. The next SPE Regional Student Paper Contest South America & Caribbean is scheduled for 2014 LACPEC Maracaibo, Venezuela.
SPE with lots of local support from the SPE Bolivian Section implemented the “Deep Gas and Condensate Exploitation – Best Practices and Technology Applications” workshop during March, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. More than 120 professionals attended. While there, knowledge and lessons were shared through the 24 presentations on gas and condensate reservoirs development including: deep wells, high temperature and high pressure wells, naturally fractured reservoirs, drilling, and exploitation challenges found in day–to-day practice.
In May, SPE and the SPE Ecuador Section joined efforts to organize the “EOR: Technical and Managerial Framework for Ensuring a Successful Implementation” workshop in Manta, Ecuador. More than 130 experts from the Americas shared some of the most common challenges that confront the successful launch of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects such as: technical complexity, project cost, and time to reach commercial results. About 24 speakers enhanced the knowledge sharing. The event closed with a panel on: EOR Moving Forward – Expectations and Needs from the Technical, Managerial, Business, Regulatory, Academia, Environmental, and Human Resources side of our Industry with the participation of operators, regulators, services, and training companies.
Also in May, SPE with great support from its two sections in Colombia launched an Artificial Lift conference in Cartagena, Colombia entitled “Artificial Lift: Where Do We Go From Here.” This inaugural conference showcased new technologies as they combine all aspects of artificial lift systems, allowing more than 300 participants to see the full interactive circle of technologies, benefit from the more than 50 technical presentations and visit 17 company exhibits. Prior to the conference, a training course in Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP) and Rod Pumping Lift Solutions was offered to 20 attendees.
We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters:
- Centro Universitario de Barra Mansa
- Edo State Institute of Technology and Management
- International University of East Africa
- Kirkuk University
- Aktobe State University