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SPE Engages Young Members

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.Two young professionals at the YP stand

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.

SPE Awards

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The President’s Award for Section Excellence recognizes SPE sections who display exemplary efforts in technology dissemination, section operations, member benefits, society and community benefits and innovation. The awards are presented to an officer of each section during the President’s Luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

SPE Awards

2012 President’s Award for Section Excellence

  • Aberdeen
  • Bangalore
  • Bergen
  • Roswell
  • Samara
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Vietnam
  • Warri Nigeria

SPE Awards

2012 Most Innovative Sections

  • German
  • Gulf Coast
  • Port Harcourt Nigeria
  • South Saskatchewan

SPE Awards

2012 Most Improved Sections

  • Evangeline
  • Korea

2012 Honorable Mention

  • Atyrau- Kazakhstan
  • Mumbai

Now accepting nominations for IPTC Education Week

The IPTC Education Week will be held 24 – 28 March 2013, organised for the benefit of 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in science, geoscience and engineering from qualified institutions across the eastern hemisphere. It is anticipated that some 75-100 of the best students will be selected to participate in the IPTC Beijing Education Week.

Deadline for submission: 1 August 2012

All Students Nominated Must:

  • Be enrolled in full time, undergraduate education until spring/summer semester 2013
  • Have excellent level of written and spoken English Language.
  • Must demonstrate in evidence that they are in top 20% of their class.
  • Have not participated at previous IPTC, AAPG, EAGE, SEG or SPE Education Programme.

Key Benefits of Attending:

  • Better understanding of the Oil and Gas Industry.
  • To work together on a joint technical project.
  • Opportunities for students to form new friendships and to network.
  • Interaction with major industry employers who are looking to recruit the best talents.

For more information about Education Week, please contact iptc@iptcnet.org

Tel: +60.3.2182.3000
Fax: +60.3.2182.3030
Web: www.iptcnet.org/2013

Workshop on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation held in Lima

An Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation – PRMS Application Guidelines Document was held in Lima, Peru on 23-24 MaySatinder Purewal with EER (AS) and Victor Huerta with Repsol Peru were the co-chairs for this workshop that had 8 Technical Sessions and brought together 98 attendees from 16 countries.

Each session followed a format of “setting the scene” presentation followed by presentations on local/regional examples on reserves evaluations. Discussions were generated by tabling local reserves related issues including challenges to evaluation of reserves and resource volumes. Several authors of the Application Guidelines Document came to present at the workshop.

The workshop had two companion training courses: Managing your Business Using PRMS by John Etherington that had 14 attendees and Forecasting Production and Estimating Reserves in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs by John Lee with 11 attendees. The courses allowed participants to discuss the relevant issues to evaluate, classify, categorize, book and audit technical recoverable volumes of hydrocarbons, including discussion on regional and local case studies.

Some key points of the workshop:

  • Promote the adoption of PRMS as a standard to improve technical robustness of reserves evaluation and resources estimation processes.
  • PRMS principles, with guidance from AG and SEC regulations will eventually arrive to a unique framework to classify, categorize and report reserves.
  • The probabilistic approach has contributed to companies adoption of  PRMS standards in their business issues. Categorization of reserves is now better understood and clearly applied by probabilistic definitions.
  • Project-based system allows classification of reserves from resources depending on degree of maturity and commerciality criteria; in addition, estimated volumes are categorized based on range of uncertainty.
  • Current approach of reserves estimation allows aggregate recoverable volumes depending on defining “project scope”. A mega-project might add “reserves” from contingent resources of projects or sub-projects.
  • Even though PRMS was originally created to let companies manage their business, now it has been adopted by many governments as guidelines standard.
  • PRMS does not impose “decision gates” for timeline project maturity.
  • A good practice may be to  create “technical independent assurance” asa dedicated division in companies for internal reserves booking and auditing.
Top row, from left to right: John Lee, University of Houston (author); Aquiles Rattia, Repsol; Victor Huerta, Repsol Peru; Satinder Purewal, EER (AS) (author); Wim Swinkels, Shell (author); Henk Jaap Kloosterman, Shell (author); Elliott Young (author); Enrique Morales, SGS Horizon. Bottom row: John Etherington, PRA International; Brad Gouge, Murphy Oil Corp; David MacDonald, BP.
SPE Lima Section members who provided local support to the organization of the workshop. From left to right: Victor Huerta, Grethel Moreyra, Cinthia Marcelo and Ivan Miranda.