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SPE Distinguished Lecturer Nnaemeka Ezekwe

Ecuador Gives Top Energy Advisor a Warm Welcome

The SPE Ecuador Section hosted SPE Distinguished Lecturer Nnaemeka Ezekwe, senior petroleum engineer advisor at Devon Energy, on 4 December. Ezekwe was hosted by the minister of non-renewable natural resources, Wilson Pástor, and more than 200 attendees from the Ecuadorian energy community.

Ekekwe, along with speaker Carlos Marx Carrasco, an economist and director-generael at , Ecuador Internal Revenue Service (SRI) and Zhang Xing, executive president at Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd., also addressed topics that were of interest to the local community.

SPE Distinguished Lecturer Nnaemeka Ezekwe
Italo Cedeño, SPE Ecuador Section Chairperson, expressing his thanks to Nnaemeka Ezekwe, Senior Engineering Advisor, for his Distinguished Lecture “Advances in Reservoir Management Technologies,” given in Quito, Ecuador, 4 December 2012.
Carlos Blum, E&P Manager Petroamazonas; Economist Carlos Marx Carrasco, Director Internal Revenue Service; Zhang Xing, President Andes Petroleum; Wilson Pastor, Secretary Non-Renewable Resources; Italo Cedeño, Chairperson SPE Ecuador Section; Nnaemeka Ezekwe, SPE Distinguished Lecturer; Solange Ferreira, SPE Senior Manager Latin America & Caribbean; Andrés Donoso, Secretary Hydrocarbons.

A Holiday Message from Your Regional Directors

With the end of 2012 approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you happy holidays and thank our regional membership and leadership of Sections and Student Chapters for all their support given to SPE activities in 2012.

We are very enthusiastic not only about all activities SPE offers worldwide but also about our very busy schedule of events in our region in 2013. SPE will introduce two new technical conferences: SPE Artificial Lift Conference—Americas and the Latin America and Caribbean Health, Safety, Social Responsibility and Environment Conference. To see information about the new events, plus all the other events SPE holds in our Region, please keep checking the schedule of our events to the right on this page.

With our many activities in the Region, we aim to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge in a region that is aggressively developing new and existing conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources—safely and environmentally friendly, and at a pace that has significantly affected the global energy market.

Felices Fiestas!
Felizes Festas!
Happy Holidays!

Nestor Saavedra

Nestor Saavedra
South America and Caribbean Region Director
Ecopetrol

Bryant Mueller

Bryant Mueller
Gulf Coast North America, including Mexico
Aclaro Softworks Inc.

Workshop Attendees Discuss the State of Hydraulic Fracturing in Latin America

More than 120 attendees were on hand to discuss the current state of hydraulic fracturing in Latin America 7–8 November in Medellin, Colombia.

The workshop, “Hydraulic Fracturing in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges,” featured a panel session headed by industry leaders Juan Manuel Riaño of Pemex, Alberto Garcia of Drummond, and Yesid Tovar of Ecopetrol. It also featured seven technical sessions on topics such as:

  • Advances in fracturing design and modeling
  • Novel fracturing technologies
  • Fracture diagnostics
  • Operational challenges
  • Fracturing in unconventional reservoir
  • Fracturing in harsh environments

The workshop counted active participation from more than 120 attendees representing several countries and companies. Attendees exchanged knowledge, best practices, successes and challenges, technologies available, and the general state of the hydraulic fracturing in Latin America.

PRMS Document Education Efforts in Place

SPE held a workshop titled “Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation–PRMS Applications Guidelines Document” in Mexico City 25–26 September. 74 attendees from 9 countries learned the relevance and application of the new Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation (PRMS) Applications Document.

On November 1st, 2011, SPE launched through its website this document that represents the culmination of several efforts started since the publication of the “Petroleum Resources Management Systems (PRMS)” document in March 2007.

The SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee initiated an education and awareness campaign related to the relevance and application of these guidelines. This was achieved through successful workshops like the one in Mexico City, as well as, seminars, lectures, and other technical events.

Two training courses were also held before and after this workshop. The first course, “Managing Your Business Using PRMS (Petroleum Resources Management System),” taught by John Etherington, was Monday, 24 September, and had 16 attendees. The second, “Oil and Gas Reserves: The New SEC Reporting Rules,” was Thursday, 27 September, and John Lee instructed 22 attendees.

Brasil Offshore Will Be Held June 2013

Brasil Offshore, an international conference and exhibition, will be held 11–14 June 2013. This event enables E&P professionals to discuss new exploration and production technologies, explore new ideas, and discover solutions that allow them to see the potential of the offshore market.

Brasil Offshore is held biennially in Macaé, a city responsible for more than 80% of offshore E&P in Brazil. It will also include a student paper contest for the Latin America and Caribbean region.

In 2011, this event attracted more than 50,000 professionals and 600 exhibitors. Brasil Offshore 2013 could potentially be one of the largest offshore exhibitions in the world so do not miss your opportunity to participate.

Well Integrity Workshop Held in Brazil

The “Well Integrity Management: A Deepwater Approach” workshop was held 7–8 November 2012 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

“This workshop provided an excellent opportunity for specialists and decision makers to know and talk about the new technologies, best practices, and challenges in the management of well integrity…especially those located in deep waters,” said Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos, workshop chairperson, senior consultant at Petrobras, and of SPE Bahia/Sergipe Section chairperson.

With the support of the SPE Bahia Section, this workshop featured 20 technical presentations from speakers from around the globe. Approximately 65 professionals from 7 countries and 19 different companies attended this event. Representatives from each student chapter in the Bahia/Sergipe SPE Section also volunteered during the implementation of the workshop.

This workshop was a part of a global series of events with the main focus on collecting best practices in well integrity to be used on the creation of the well integrity best practices manual.

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos

Attend the International Conference on Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources

Students, research scholars, and industry personnel are invited to attend the International Conference on Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the London School of Energy Studies. This event will be held 1-3 March 2013.

2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following winners of the recent SPE International Student Paper Contest held at ATCE! These regional winners qualified to compete on the international level. All participants were great and the judges had an extremely difficult challenge.

2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Oliver Wilson, University of Tulsa

2nd Place –  Zi-Chen Xu, China University Of Petroleum, Beijing

3rd Place – Kyle Mathews, Louisiana State University

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Riteja Dutta, Pennsylvania State University

2nd Place-  Vivek Swami, University of Calgary

3rd Place-  Rayah Al-Hattali, Sultan of Qaboos University

PhD Division

1st Place –  Mahdy Shirdel, University of Texas at Austin

2nd Place – Michael Krause, Stanford University

3rd Place – Yahya Hashemian, University of Tulsa

Learn more about SPE Regional Student Paper Contests and ISPC »

SPE Welcomes 7 New Student Chapters

We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters. These new student chapters were just approved at the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Congratulations!

  • Dibrugarh University, India
  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria
  •  All Nations University, Ghana
  • Chongqing University of Science and Technology, China
  • Brigham Young University, USA
  • Nkumba University, Uganda
  • China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
Contact information for these chapters can be found here.

2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to Alexander Restrepo! He has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. His scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Alex is a graduate of the Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. While attending high school, Alex was selected to attend the Nation Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington, D.C, where he explored American diplomacy, intelligence and defense.

Alex’s outstanding achievements and accomplishments include (but not limited to):

  • National Hispanic Scholar
  • AP Scholar
  • Member of the Science Olympiad Team
  • Albuquerque Academy Varsity Football Team
  • 2011/2012 All Academic Football Team
  • Varsity Wrestling Team
  • Varsity Track Team
  • 2012 Teen Winner of the NPC Body Building Championship

Alex, is currently a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering. Congratulations again, Alexander!

Congratulations to Katrina Schilling! She has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. Her scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Katrina graduated from Katy High School in Katy, TX where she was the Valedictorian of her class, graduating first out of 592 students. She is attending Texas A&M University where she is enrolled in the Honors Program. She is majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in Spanish.

Katrina’s achievements and leadership roles include:

  • Member and 3-year letterman on Katy HS Swim Team, Outstanding Girl Swimmer Award
  • Katy ISD Math Excellence Award
  • Participant Nicaragua Summer Exchange Program – Spanish immersion and charitable service
  • President of the National Honor Society
  • Class Vice President and Class Treasurer
  • Treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta and Treasurer of the Spanish Club
  • Regional Qualifier in Math UIL Calculator
  • Member of Youth Leadership team at church
  • Peer Mentor at Katy HS

Katrina intends to be just as involved in the community at Texas A&M as she was in high school. She enjoys taking fitness classes, being involved in organizations, practicing Spanish, traveling and meeting people. Congratulations again, Katrina!