Category Archives: Latin America and Caribbean

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
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SPE Colombian Section Celebrates 45 Years of Excellence

Congratulations to the SPE Colombian Section celebrating 45 years!

The SPE Colombian Section is celebrating 45 years of excellence. To celebrate this big milestone the section organized a reception on July 5 in Bogota, Colombia. During the reception, attended by over 180 members, they awarded their outstanding members in the following categories: Excellence, Integrity, Professionalism, Life-long learning, Diversity, Volunteerism, Innovation and Social Responsibility in the country.


The 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur was specially invited to attend the event. He  handed the awards to the outstanding members in the section.


Congratulations to the Colombian Section for all the work and commitment to disseminate the SPE mission to our members in Colombia.

Mojtaba-Pordel-Shahri

Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mojtaba Pordel Shahri! He has been awarded the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship.

Mojtaba received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. He has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering. Mojtaba is currently conducting research on the prediction of reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

Congratulations again, Mojtaba!

 

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.

SPE Announces 7 New Student Chapters

We welcome the following new student chapters to SPE. Congratulations!

  • Escuela Militar de Ingenieria in Bolivia
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil
  • Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria
  • Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil
  • Indian Institute of Technology in India
  • Makerere University in Uganda
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Petroleum Day Held at Pontificia Universidad Catolica do Rio de Janeiro Student Chapter

“Petroleum Day” is a bi-monthly event established by the SPE PUC-Rio Student Chapter where invited special guests talk about their work and industry experience. It is also an opportunity to talk about SPE, and, recently, the Pascoal Action. The lecturer was Ruben Caligari, former Regional Director for South America and the Caribbean. Record 88 students attended the event, and there was tremendous positive feedback from the students.

The chapter is also taking part in the HSBC Volunteer Project. The goal is to reach the Millennium Objectives as promoted by the United Nations through social enterprise. The chapter achieved their newest record in gathering 95 items in chocolate eggs, bars and candy for the cause.

Great job!

Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

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2012 Winners

African

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Ayowole Onoopemipo Ogunleye
University of Ibadan

Asia Pacific

Zi-chen Xu
China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Undergraduate

Fajril Ambia
Bandung Institute Of Technology, Indonesia
Postgraduate

European

Antoine Bouziat
Institut National Polytechnique De Lorraine
Undergraduate/Master’s

Jafar Fathi
University of Stavanger
PhD

Canadian

Vivek Swami
University of Calgary
Undergraduate/Master’s

Seyed Reza Etminan
University of Calgary
PhD

Gulf Coast

Kyle Matthews
Louisiana State University
Undergraduate

Manuel Cossio
Texas A&M University
Master’s

Mahdy Shirdel
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Middle East

Bahador Vakilinia
Islamic Azad University
Undergraduate (1st place)

Mohamed Khaled
Suez Canal University
Undergraduate (2nd place)

Reza Keshavarzi
Islamic Azad University
Master’s (1st place)

Rayah Al-Hattali
Sultan Qaboos University
Master’s (2nd place)

Uchenna Odi
Texas A&M University at Qatar
PhD (1st place)

Rocky/Mid/Eastern

Oliver Wilson
University of Tulsa
Undergraduate

Riteja Dutta
Pennsylvania State University
Master’s

Yahya Hashemian
University of Tulsa
PhD

South America & Caribbean

Ricardo de Freitas Filho
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Undergraduate

Nara Policarpo
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Master’s/PhD

Western

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Salem Al-dousary
Stanford University
Undergraduate/Master’s

Michael Krause
Stanford University
PhD


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A Big Welcome to Our Newest SPE Student Chapters

We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters!

  • Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz in Bolivia
  • Federal University of Bahia in Brazil
  • Universidade Estacio de Sa in Brazil
  • Anna Universit in India
  • AMET University in India
  • Mehran University, Khairpur Mir’s in Pakistan
  • Coventry University in United Kingdom

Contact information for these chapters can be found here.

Students hiking

Student Life at University of Trinidad and Tobago

On 2 February, executive members of the student chapter attended a Distinguished Lecture Program hosted by SPETT at the Royal Hotel. Professor Jerry L. Jensen from the University of Calgary was the speaker. The lecture was on Field-Based Connectivity Predictions Without Simulation. Three case studies were used to describe how the CM (capacitance model) and PBM (percolation-based method) can be used to give results that do not require simulation.

Students and Jensen

On 11 February, members of the UTT student chapter engaged in extracurricular activities by participating in a hike to the Matura River.

Students hiking

The significance of Matura and its biodiversity has been recognized for many years as a forest reserve. In the very quiet village of Matura, inside Thomas Trace, hikers trekked to the popular “Mermaid Pools” and, as they proceeded, were eventually engulfed into the natural forest before they reached the popularly known “Soap Hill”. Trekking onwards led to the beautiful Matura River.

SPE Ecuador offers technical conference

In order to promote the knowledge and encourage the development and use of technologies to improve the productivity and recovery of oil fields in the country, the International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Ecuador Section, under the direction of Engineer Italo Cedeño, organized the SPE Conference Ecuador on Enhanced Oil Recovery. Continue reading