Category Archives: Health, Safety, and Environment

SPE Water Lifecycle Workshop

SPE Water Lifecycle Workshop
22–23 October │ Galveston, Texas │ Hotel Galvez & SPa
Registration Deadline—30 September 2013

Water management is a hot topic in the petroleum industry, impacting many operational aspects from access and resource protection to production and treatment. This workshop will touch upon all aspects of the operation with special consideration to a holistic approach in water management and conservation.

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R&D Technical Section Topical Luncheon Panel Session at ATCE

Tuesday, 1 October │1215–1345 │ Street Level, Great Hall Ballroom A/D │Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Event ticket purchase is required.

Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies Today and in the Future:  Applications, Impacts and R&D Needs

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon to facilitate focused dialogue on Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies. In a series of informative and thought provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question and answer session will follow the presentations.


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1. SPE R&D Technical Section Overview and Activities │1230–1245

Mariano Gurfinkel
Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2. SPE R&D Committee–Update on Key Initiatives │1245–1300

David Curry
Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3. Topical Luncheon Panel Session: Presentations and Discussions 1300–1330

Moderator:  Cam Mathews
C-FER Fellow, C-FER Technologies
SPE R&D Technical Section Director

  4. Featured Panelist Presentations/Discussion Topics:

  • “Use of Production Monitoring and Control Systems for Optimization of Large Onshore Fields”
    Robert J. Tester, ExxonMobil Production Company
  • “Production Monitoring and Control System Use and Challenges in Shale
    Kemal Farid, CEO Merrick Systems
  • Challenges for Permanent Monitoring Systems in Extreme Well Applications
    Tad Bostick, VP Reservoir Monitoring, Weatherford

5.  Q&A Session/ Wrap-up 1330– 1345

6.  Adjourn 1445

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R&D Technical Section Dinner at ATCE

Sunday, 29 September │1930–2200 │Blaine Kern A/B/C, First Floor, Marriott Convention Center Hotel

Event ticket purchase is required.

“Oil and Gas R&D, What is Over the Horizon?”

This event will feature a presentation about technology development and the need for more radical innovation to meet the future challenges in the oil and gas industry.


1.  SPE R&D Technical Section— Opening Statement, Overview and Activities

  • Mariano Gurfinkel
    Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
    SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2.  SPE R&D Committee—Update on Committee Initiatives

  • David Curry
    Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
    SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3.  Technical Section Dinner Panel Session: Introduction  of Panelists

  • Moderator:  Mariano Gurfinkel

4.  Featured Panelist Presentations:

  • Mario Ruscev
    VP and CTO – Baker Hughes, Inc.
    Capture and Storage Institute
  • Jim Sledzik
    President – Energy Ventures USA

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Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Members—collaborate online with SPE Connect

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSE) discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network.

Learn more about SPE Connect.

Access the new HSE Technical Community.

Meet the 2012 SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award Winner

Clarion E. JohnsonClarion E. Johnson, ExxonMobil, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Clarion has been an active leader in the health community for SPE. He has twice been co-chair for Health Subcommittee on the SPE International HSE Conference Committee as well as a member for each conference. He is currently on the HSSE/SR Advisory Committee and works to get the industry’s doctors involved in SPE events. One of the most significant contributions is the work that Clarion and ExxonMobil have done for malaria awareness and prevention in our industry.

A Celebration of Innovation Award Winners at SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

CONTACT:   Jenny Chong, Senior Event Manager, + 60.3.2182.3000,

Perth, Australia ( 25 September 2012) –  The Innovation Awards Dinner was recently held in conjunction with the SPE/APPEA International Conference on HSE in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production on 11 September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference Dinner was the highlight of the conference, which provided a fantastic opportunity for teams to come together to celebrate their successes and acknowledge the work of their industry colleagues in a gala dinner setting.

Melody Meyer, president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company delivered a keynote on the fundamental role strong leadership plays in addressing health, safety and environment challenges.

With more than 1,500 attendees from around the globe and for the first time in the history of the SPE/APPEA HSE International Conference, awards were presented to recognise excellence and innovation in health and safety performance and environmental management at the conference dinner. These innovation awards serve to provide inspiration and to demonstrate how the industry is continuously raising the bar in health, safety and environmental performance, sharing best practice and providing inspiration to the entire industry.

Presenting one of the awards at the dinner was Dr. Harry Butler, a naturalist, conservationist and named  Australian National Living Treasure.

Listed here, are the commended winners for 2012 SPE/APPEA Innovation Awards:

  • Highly commended: Chevron Nigeria Ltd. – Workplace Wellness Initiative
  • Winner: Schlumberger – HSE for Youth
  • Highly commended: Oil Spill Response Limited – Freezing Moments
  • Winner: Hess Corporation, Bakken Project, UBU and The Risk Tool Box – Application of Energy Control and LOTO to Oil Pumping Units
  • High commended: Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd. – Gorgon Shore Crossing on Barrow Island
  • Winner: Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd. – Control Charts: An Innovative Approach for Ecological Impact Assessment of Rare Species
  • Winner: Woodside Energy Ltd – The Good Day Frequency: Woodside’s New Measure for Health, Safety & Environmental Performance

View a full list of 2012 SPE/APPEA International Health, Safety and Environment Innovation Award Winners »


SPE Awards

Congratulations to the 2012 International Award Winners: Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility

Please join SPE in congratulating the 2012 SPE International Award recipients. The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2012 International Award recipients at their recent meeting. Seventeen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. The winners were chosen from a pool of first rate candidates. SPE President Ganesh Thakur will present the awards to the winners at ATCE in San Antonio Texas.

Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award
Clarion E. Johnson, ExxonMobil, Fairfax, VA, USA

View a full list of 2012 International Award Winners »

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HSE Now − Beginning in Early 2013!

Collecting news, updates, and technical information needed by oil and gas professionals working in health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility (HSSESR), HSE Now will be published every month specifically for the web and mobile devices.

By scouring SPE and other key resources from around the globe, we do the research, so you don’t have to. You’ll get the information you need to stay up-to-date through fresh content that is relevant to you.

HSE Now will be free for SPE professional members who pick HSSESR as one of their technical disciplines. Subscriptions are also available for purchase.

CO2 Applications

Last year in this focus on CO2 applications, I (as others have) connected enhanced
oil recovery (EOR) as an enabling business foundation and a possible way forward
to accomplish carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a business investment. This year,
in an address to the CCS conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US Department of
Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy Charles McConnell encouraged the
CCS industry to help operators establish a salient business case between CO2 EOR and
usage and sequestration. Creating a technical lead in CO2 EOR and other usage technologies
establishes an opportunity to commercialize the technologies that could be
in high demand in the years to come, particularly in coal-reliant developing countries
such as China and India.

The technologies needed to accomplish carbon capture, utilization, and storage
(CCUS) require expertise in science and engineering that, in some cases, are not completely
matured or, at least, require a different focus and commitment in science and
business to affect CCUS. An acceptable return on investment will depend on economic
CO2 capture and largely on regulatory stability.

Administratively, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed a carbon
pollutions standard for new power plants, which will have to meet 1,000 lbm
of CO2 per electrical megawatt-hour produced. Older coal plants average approximately
1,768 lbm of CO2 per megawatt-hour but are exempt from the standard, as are
plants permitted to begin construction within a year. A typical natural-gas electricitygeneration
plant emits 800 to 860 lbm of CO2 per megawatt-hour.

Legislatively, the proposed US Senate Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 would
implement a credit system to reduce CO2 emissions. A study by the DOE and the Energy
Information Agency (EIA) to evaluate the effects of this policy concluded that virtually
no electrical generation will occur in 2035 from US coal plants that use CCUS
technology even though CCUS is awarded nearly a full credit under the proposed policy.
The policy predicts a significant shift in the long-term electricity-generation mix
in the US by 2035, with coal-fired generation falling to 54% below the reference-case
level. Combined heat and power generators fired by natural gas increase substantially
through 2020, and nuclear and nonhydropower renewable generation plays a larger
role between 2020 and 2035. The proposed policy could reduce US electric-power-sector
CO2 emissions to 44% below the EIA’s reference case in 2035. National average
delivered electricity prices could increase gradually to 18% above the reference case
by 2035. However, there will still be a need to use the CO2 from the gas-powered plants
in the US and coal-powered plants worldwide by CCUS or other methods. These conclusions
concur with recent reports published by some major oil and gas entities on
the future of natural gas for electrical generation in the US.

The need for pure CCS in developed countries such as the US may not be as great
as in developing countries; but, the US and other developed countries have the ability
and capability to implement CCS through CCUS.

Read the paper synopses in the July 2012 issue of JPT.

John D. Rogers, SPE, is vice president of operations for Fusion Reservoir Engineering Services. With 30  years of experience, he previously worked as a production/operations engineer for Amoco, as a research scientist for the Petroleum Recovery Research Center of New Mexico Tech, and for the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the DOE. Rogers holds BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from New  Mexico State University and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University. Rogers has  contributed to more than 30 publications and has served on several SPE editorial and conference committees. He  currently serves on the JPT Editorial Committee.