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.