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.
Congratulations to the University of Cairo for being selected February Student Chapter of the Month.
Although the University of Cairo student chapter faced obstacles, they accomplished many of their goals during this academic year.
One of the student chapter’s greatest accomplishments was launching their online radio called “SPE Radio.” After long periods of training, preparing, and hard work the Radio Committee could record different episodes of interested programs that targeted the youth. The recording included technical and social programs, interviews, reports and events that gave more information about SPE and SPE activities.
Along with the “Online Radio,” the University of Cairo Student Chapter excelled in the Sub-regional Paper Contest, which the student chapter hosted on 8 December. The student chapter won 1st place in the Master’s Division and 2nd place in the Undergraduate Division. For the first time, the student chapter will have representation at the Regional Paper Contest in April 2013.
We have outlined only a few of the University of Cairo student chapter events. They have many other goals they are working hard to achieve.
Congratulations again to the University of Cairo for winning SPE February Chapter of the Month.
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.
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!
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.
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.”