Category Archives: By Region

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

SPE Suez Canal Student Chapter

Congratulations Suez Canal Student Chapter—March Chapter of the Month!

The student chapter has been busy hosting the SPE North Africa Sub-Regional Paper Contest—which was a huge success.

SPE Suez Canal Student Chapter

In addition to hosting the paper contest, they organized two training days at Halliburton, and field trips to Kuwait Energy Company and Qaran Petroleum Company.

The Suez Canal student chapter also launched ECHO; an online magazine published weekly. ECHO covers several categories; including; IQ, Eminent Figures, latest technologies, and worldwide news in the form of blogs. Another accomplishment includes adding Petroleum Engineering for the first time to the Egyptian Engineering Day. The yearly competition allows petroleum engineering students to participate with their projects.

SPE Suez Canal Student Chapter

Congratulations Again Suez Canal Student Chapter—March Student Chapter of the Month!

 

SPE Brazil Section

SPE Brazil Section Meets, Distributes Awards

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.

Congratulations to all winners; we look forward to another outstanding year.SPE Brazil Section

Egbert Imomoh

SPE President Visits Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela

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. Egbert Imomoh

 

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.

December SPE Student Chapter

Congratulations to the December SPE Student Chapter of the Month – Kazakh National Technical University

December SPE Student Chapter

Congratulations to the Kazakh National Technical University for being named December Student Chapter of the Month. Located in Almaty, Kazakhstan this student chapter has had a very busy year.

The KNTU student chapter started November off rolling with activity after activity. One of the first activities of the month was the “CollNanoInd2012”. Scientists of the International science society in the field of colloid chemistry and nanotechnologies participated in a discussion of not only scientific problems, but problems of introducing innovations into educational and industrial spheres.

On 13 November, KNTU partnered with Kazakh-British Technical University to organize the V International Forum. In the framework of a forum, there was a Round Table Plenary session with presentations from companies and SPE professional representatives.

During the same time frame, the busy KNTU student chapter attended the “Oil and Gas Horizons” 2012 Conference; one of the largest petroleum conferences in Russia organized by the Gubkin University Student Chapter. During the conference, two members of the KNTU student chapter participated in the student paper contest, and placed first in the contest.

The KNTU student chapter has proven to shine with successful events, which is no surprise why the student chapter was awarded the “2012 Gold Standard Award”.

Congratulations, Kazakh National Technical University for winning SPE December Student Chapter of the Month!