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).
- The RFP will be a volunteer assigned by the Regional Director
- The term of the RFP is for the duration of one year
- The RFP will not be considered a member of the SPEI or Section Board of Directors unless already appointed to one of these positions
- 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
- 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
The SPE Brazil Section held its board meeting 31 January 2013, in Rio de Janeiro. The goal was to review 2012 activities and plan new ones for 2013.
Brazilian universities that received awards for 2012 included: Gold Award recipients Federal Fluminense University, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, State University of Campinas, Federal Fluminense University North. The 2012 Outstanding Student Chapter Award went to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
SPE 2013 President Egbert Imomoh spent 5 days meeting with SPE membership and industry executives in Mexico City, Mexico, Maracibo, Puerto La Cruz, and Caracas, Venezuela.
He delivered a series of presentations about the industry evolution and future challenges as well as SPE’s role in 21st century industry challenges. Nestor Saavedra, SPE South America and Caribbean Region Director, joined Imomoh in his visits to Peru and Venezuela.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Congratulations to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), runners up in the 2012 PetroBowl held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition on 8 October.
More than 30 universities from around the world competed, with the Colorado School of Mines taking first place. Congratulations, and thank you to all participants.