Category Archives: By Region

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!

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.

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos

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
Energy4me Canada

Energy4me Educator Workshop Held for First Time in Canada

Energy4me hosted its first workshop in Canada at the Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference on 1 November 2012.  Thirty-six Calgary-area educators put their energy IQ’s to the test in the day-long workshop as they heard from industry professionals, walked through an exhibit tour, and participated in hands-on experiments.

Dr. Roberto Aguilera, conference Cochairperson and Professor in the Petroleum Department at the University of Calgary delivered the keynote address and fielded questions from workshop participants. The presentation allowed many of the educators to learn about oil and gas exploration and production.

Educators were intrigued by the latest software, tools, and knowledge they gained by speaking with leading industry professionals as part of a planned conference exhibit tour.

This workshop invited classroom teachers (grades 4–12) to learn concepts surrounding energy, its importance, and discovering the world of oil and natural gas. Through hands-on activities and lessons, participants worked in teams to explore concepts of density, porosity, potential and kinetic energy and electrical and chemical energy change.

Tim Gordon, a first year, grade 9 teacher at Ernest Morrow School remarked, “I am looking forward to being able to bring the resources I receive back to my school, many of which I believe will impact my teaching practice directly.”

Student Technical Conference 2012

Chairman of German Section Reviews 2012 Student Technical Conference

Our 7th Student Technical Conference was held again in the historic setting of the German Oil Museum in Wietze on 18th and 19th October, 2012.

Attending were a diverse group of 55 students from bachelor to PhD level. Most of the students study petroleum engineering, but geosciences, mechanical engineering, and computer sciences were also represented. As in previous years, many nationalities were present with students from Norway, Denmark, Austria, Turkey, and Romania as well as from the German Universities of Freiberg, Clausthal, Braunschweig, and Göttingen.

A highlight of the conference was the keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Schröter, VP of CEP, who talked about their exploration activity in North-East Germany.

We also want to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who made this conference possible, ten of which also had corporate booths at the conference. There were lots of constructive and valuable discussions between students and company representatives both in the breaks at the booths and at the group dinner, which lasted until late.

After the conference, we visited the nearby RWE Dea laboratories and core archive, which drew a lot of interest.

I thank my team for the extraordinary work they put in to prepare the event over the last months. Thomas Ihle as our STC officer, Matthias Meister as Program Chair, Stephan Dankers as Treasurer, Wolfgang Jelinek and Jan van den Akker as photographers and Ulrike McVean as the administrative wizard with hundreds of little tasks in the background. Also, I’d like to thank Dr. Heiko Möller of RWE Dea and his team for the interesting lab visit and Dr. Martin Salesch and his team of the oil museum for a seamless organization at the location—even mastering a power outage, seemingly effortlessly, right beforehand.

Agreeing with the many participants with whom I talked about it, I am much looking forward to the STC 2013, which I’m sure will be a great success again.

Ingo Forstner
Chairman of the German Section of SPE

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.

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