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.
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Congratulations to the first quarter winner of the 2013 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest, Yonggang Zhang, from the SPE Southern China Section!
Build the World SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash and valuable prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September and December.
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On 5 March, members of the SPE New York and New England Petroleum Sections attended a symposium on “Research Frontiers in the Science of Unconventional Resources.” The meeting, jointly organized by Yale Climate and Energy Institute and SPE, took place at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Participants enjoyed a variety of talks by industry, academia, and government experts on the scientific, engineering, environmental, and regulatory aspects of the development of shale resources.
Figure 1—Mark Pearson, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, talking on Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells during his keynote address.
Figure 2—Members of the New York and New England SPE Section and the academic community.
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.
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).
Congratulations 2012 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest winners.
Oghenero Ozobeme—SPE Lagos Nigeria Section
Andrea Hersey—SPE Gulf Coast Section
Herbert Bell—SPE Dallas Section
Karam Al-yateem—SPE Saudi Arabia Section
Raman Rao Abdullah—SPE Kuala Lumpur Section
John-Martin Donachie—SPE Aberdeen Section
Aleksandr Figilyantov—SPE Ufa Section
Jao Pereira—SPE Ecuador Section
Manuela Badea—SPE Romanian Section
Peter Schrenkel—SPE Permian Basin Section
Deddy Prameswono—SPE Sumatra Section
Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September, and December.
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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.
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.