SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Projects, Facilities, and Construction

Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner

Join us for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner on Monday, 27 October from 1900–2200 in Ballroom A&B at the Hilton Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Over the next several years, the E&P industry faces a major challenge in the increasing number of platforms that will be decommissioned. Executing these projects in a way that is economical, safe, socially acceptable, and environmentally sound will present many technical, operational, and project management problems.

This panel discussion will bring together leaders from the major oil and gas companies to discuss the facilities, project and construction related issues involved in:

  • The various phases of a decommissioning project
  • Developing robust standards and procedures for execution
  • The facilities design features that can greatly simplify and facilitate eventual decommissioning
  • The important factors that control the timeline and economics
  • How to capture and implement learnings, and how to achieve continuous improvement
  • The associated hazards and risks
  • Environmental factors that must be overcome and which must be met

To purchase your PFC Dinner ticket in advance: Go to the ATCE registration page, click on “Attendee Registration” followed by “Next” and choose the “Complete/Edit Your Existing Registration” option to log in. You can then add and pay for your PFC dinner ticket.

Web Events

New Web Event on Facility Operability

Join the 18 November web event on “Facility Operability: Designing Operable Facilities” presented by Bill Capedevielle. The Oil & Gas industry has been designing and constructing facilities for decades, and they have all been started up and operated successfully. Why do we need to pay special attention to “Facility Operability?” In this live web event, the speaker will share the things of primary importance with regard to ”Facility Operability, ” including his experiences and learnings of almost 10 years of working with these issues.

Web Events

New Web Event on Fatigue Risk Management

Join the 10 December web event on Emerging Approaches to Fatigue Risk Management”presented by Martin Moore-Ede and Daniel Mollocone. This web event includes presentations from two speakers on the topic.  Moore-Ede will discuss the progress of this R&D, and some innovative new approaches to managing these risks and avoiding an LED-induced shift worker health epidemic. Mollicone will present an overview of biological factors that contribute to fatigue in a context relevant to the oil and gas industry.

New Technical Section

New SPE Technical Section—Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), an area of interest for petroleum engineers worldwide. Industry interest in CCUS as a way to reduce emissions and for sequestering or storing carbon dioxide, has increased over the past decade. In response, SPE has stepped up programming in this area.

Carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) involves capturing CO2 emissions from large point sources such as power plants and either reutilizing or storing the emissions to keep them from entering the atmosphere.

Expanded Career Opportunities for Petroleum EngineersPossessing the know-how for evaluation, selection, and monitoring of underground storage sites garnered through decades of experience in the fields of CO2-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and gas storage operations, the E&P segment of the oil and gas industry is anticipated to play a major role in the advancement of CCUS including broader application of CO2-EOR.

Moreover, lessons learned in the ongoing commercial activities within the oil and gas disciplines of underground gas storage and CO2-EOR are directly transferrable to CCUS, thus expanding career opportunities for petroleum engineers.

Join the CCUS Technical Section
This SPE group seeks to bring the abovementioned activities together in one place for those interested in this developing subject. You will have opportunities to deepen your learning and share your insights through online discussions, web events, virtual meetings, forums, and workshops, and enjoy the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join »

Web Events

New Web Event Featuring Research Fellowship Award Winners

Attend a webinar presenting the findings of six Research Fellowship Award winners. This webinar will be divided into two parts.  Part 1 will be held on 8 October at 0830 CDT and will cover “Fracturing Fluids, Improved Hydrocarbon Estimation and Role of Microfractures on Hydraulic Fracturing.”  The presenters are Reza Barati, Zoya Heidari, and A. Dahi-Teleghanii. Part 2 will occur on 15 October at 0830 CDT and will examine “Advances on Sparse Representation of Reservoir Properties, Fluid Characterization Methods for Steam-Solvent Co-Injection, and Full-Resolution Simulations of Multi-Scale Processes.”  The presenters are Behnam Jafarpour, Ryosuke Okuno, and Rami M. Younis.

Davies

What our members are saying…

I joined SPE in June 1987, on the recommendation of a senior staff scientist at Conoco.  I had just finished overseeing the design and construction of a water technology test centre in Scotland’s Orkney Isles, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an SPE Forum on water treatment in Crested Butte, Colorado.  The discount that SPE membership provided was more than offset by the discount given when attending this event, which taught me early on that SPE membership gives good value!  The 5 days I spent in stunning Colorado surroundings was one of the richest learning experiences I have encountered, and I started to build a strong network of colleagues who remain friends and business associates in the international oil and gas industry to this day.

I have since attended various SPE fora, applied technology workshops and similar events, which have all proved valuable learning experiences.  The events are established by engineers, for engineers, with the very professional support and coaching of SPE staff.  SPE has also been an important part of providing quality and value for an increasing number of industry conferences and exhibitions, including of course OTC and Offshore Europe.

My career has now spanned 31 years, all of it associated with technology and intellectual property management.  I spent the first decade of my career working in Scotland, after which I moved to Norway, which has been my home for 21 years.  I have seen “both sides of the fence”, having worked for a research and development organisation and then an equipment supplier, before moving to positions with several international operators, including my current employer Statoil, where I have been since 2009.  I have travelled extensively with my work, and have met members of the “SPE clan” all over the world.

As my career has developed, it has been a pleasure starting to pay back what was so generously given to me in my early work years.  I have presented at and participated in SPE conferences and workshops all over the world.  Something that gives me particular pride is the opportunity to chair or co-chair the first four SPE advanced technology workshops on subsea processing, held from 2006–2012 in Italy and Norway.  This baton has now been passed on to new and (slightly) younger talent!  The next event will be held in Brazil in 2015, which emphasises the international nature of our industry, and the global span of SPE.  I remain a member of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee.

I fully intend to remain an active and supportive member of SPE in my future career, and have just noticed that the year in which I am scheduled to retire is the year I will reach the 50-year SPE Legion of Honour (or Honor, for my US friends)!  I look forward to the next two decades of SPE membership, and hope that this testimonial inspires others to join SPE and become active members, with all the benefits that this can provide.”

Simon Davies
Statoil ASA