Category Archives: Latin America and Caribbean

The Inaugural HSSE Conference Was a Success

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.

Distinguished Lecturer Evaluation Contest Winners Announced for 2012-2013

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

Learn more about the contest »

Fill out and submit a Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form »

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.

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Regional Student Paper Contest

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.

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SPE Joins Efforts with Local Latin American Sections for Workshops and Conference

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.

2013 Star Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the following 2013 Star Scholarship and Fellowship recipients!

Akanni, Olatokunbo – Gulf Coast North America, Fellow
Alade, Olalekan – Africa, Fellow
Alklih, Mohamad – Middle East, Scholar
Amini, Shohreh – Eastern North America, Fellow
Ampiah, Chris – North Sea, Scholar
Anpoas, Sarayut – Northern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Atsepoyi, Aboyowa – Rocky Mountain North America, Scholar
Awadalla, Hesham – Middle East, Scholar
Bahe, Brianna – Western North America, Scholar
Bal, Berk – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Scholar
Banerjee, Shiladitya – Southern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Barber, Sarah - North Sea, Fellow
Cavazza, Michael – Eastern North America, Scholar
Chao, Yuan – Northern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Dabirian, Ramin – Mid-Continent North America, Fellow
Diminick, Chad – Eastern North America, Scholar
Ditty, Nicole – Southern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Drozd, John – Southwestern North America, Scholar
Farhadi Nia, Shahram – Western North America, Fellow
Fouladi, Jamileh – Middle East, Schola
Grijalva, Oscar – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Fellow
Gupta, Ankit – Middle East, Scholar
Hashimoto, Marcos – South America and Caribbean, Fellow
Hossain, Khaled Jahid – Middle East, Scholar
Kadiri, Muhammed-Mukhtar – Middle East, Fellow
Kocak, Damla – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Scholar
Kruglick, Alex – Southwestern North America, Fellow
Laputina, Elizaveta – Russian and Caspian, Scholar
Lu, Vi – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Fellow
MacTough, Harry – Western North America, Scholar
Mammadli, Nicat – Russian and Caspian, Scholar
Manikyanivas, Vamsi – Southern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Ng, Kahyin – North Sea, Scholar
Norris, Jennifer – Gulf Coast North America, Scholar
Olabode, Abiola – Eastern North America, Fellow
Oladeji, Olamide – Africa, Scholar
Olarte-Peña, Andres – South America and Caribbean, Scholar
Omotoso, Adedapo – Africa, Scholar
Orisamika, Benjamin – Africa, Fellow
Plazas Niño, Fernando – South America and Caribbean, Scholar
Pu, Wanli – Rocky Mountain North America, Fellow
Qi, Qianru – Western North America, Fellow
Saif, Tarik – North Sea, Fellow
Severson, Eric – Mid-Continent North America, Scholar
Shahi, Shivam – Canada, Fellow
Stock, Julia – South America and Caribbean, Fellow
Streletskaya, Vlada – Russian and Caspian, Fellow
Trinavartat, Pannapon – Northern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Wang, Annie – Canada, Scholar
Wen, Chuang – Northern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Woodward, Brian – Middle East, Fellow
Yerramilli, Sanjay Surya – Middle East, Fellow
Yuan, Yudong – Southern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Ziatdinov, Arthur – Russian and Caspian, Fellow

2013 Star Scholarship Recipients
2013 Star Scholarship Recipients
2013 Star Fellowship Recipients
2013 Star Fellowship Recipients

James Allen at the 2013 SPE Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition

James Allen, BP America, talks about what he gained from the technical sessions, how he benefited from the exhibition and what being a member of SPE for 34 years has done for him professionally.

Watch the short interview now »

SPE and ARPEL Team Up in Mutual Endorsement

An agreement for mutual endorsement has been made between the ARPEL 2013 Oil and Natural Gas Conference in Latin America & the Caribbean, and the SPE 2013 Latin American and Caribbean Health, Safety, Social Responsibility, and Environment Conference.

The ARPEL 2013 Oil and Natural Gas Conference in Latin American & the Caribbean  will be held 9–11 April 2013, in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, under the theme “Sustainable Transformation Through Responsible Leadership.” The conference promotes the exchange of ideas and proposals for solutions to consolidate responsible leadership for business management. Such interchange will be a key method to transform oil companies into energy companies that maximize the sector’s contribution to sustainable energy development within the region.

Incorporating interactive sessions, surveys, and workshops over 3 days, the event encourages active audience participation to cover a wide range of current topics in the industry, including energy security, geopolitics and global economy, regional cooperation, and key upstream, downstream and sustainability issues.

The SPE 2013 Latin American and Caribbean Health, Safety, Social Responsibility, and Environment Conference will be held 26–27 June in Lima, Peru under the theme “Sustainable Solutions for Challenging HSE Environments in Latin America.” It will focus on health, safety and environmental challenges facing the Latin American and Caribbean E&P industry.

The 2-day event has an unprecedented technical program that will cover innovative ways to improve HSE management commitment and leadership, best practices, theft and loss prevention, and management of social impact and legal issues.

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Global Workshop Series Visits Rio

SPE conducts a series of global integrated workshops where each event travels to different locations around the globe. The second occurrence of such workshop was in Rio de Janeiro, 6–7 March 2013, under the title “Production Forecasting.”

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extensive Q&A periods. This event saw 64 attendees from 6 countries, with 15 technical presentations.

The training course “Probabilistic Reserve and Production Forecasting in Shale and Tight Gas” was also held in conjunction with the workshop.

Pictured here is the workshop’s Program Committee with program chair Daniel Miranda (first from right) and Brazil Section chair Farid Shecaira (second from left).

New Regional Appointment

26 February 2013

Dear Section Leaders,

Today I have the pleasure of introducing to you Leonel Ramiro Pérez Solano, whom I have appointed as our Regional Focal Point (RFP). His role and responsibilities are specified herewith:

The RFP will assist the Regional Director with the implementation of SPE Young Professional (YP) and
student initiatives, support of SPE Section YP programs, and will act as a knowledge portal for the SPE Young Professionals Coordinating Committee (YPCC).

  1. The RFP will be a volunteer assigned by the Regional Director
  2. The term of the RFP is for the duration of one year
  3. The RFP will not be considered a member of the SPEI or Section Board of Directors unless already appointed to one of these positions
  4. The RFP will serve as a liaison between the Section YP programs, Regional Director and the YPCC to provide
    • Updates to Section YP program committee names, emails, positions, etc. to the YPCC
    • Support within the region for Section YP program start-up and improvements
    • Communication of best practices between section YP programs and the YPCC
  5. One person on the YPCC will liaise with all the RFP’s
  6. As needed, the RFP will
    • Assist with the implementation of the Ambassador Lecture Program
    • Assist with YP retention
    • Provide back-up assistance to the Regional Director on YP and Student Chapter-related tasks
    • Encourage nominations and annual report submission to allow participation in various YP and student-focused SPE awards such as
      • International and Regional Outstanding Young Member Service Awards
      • YP Paper Contest at ATCE
      • Outstanding Section YP Program Award

Please extend to him your professional courtesy and friendly collaboration. Thank you.

Nestor F. Saavedra
Regional Director – South America and Caribbean