Category Archives: Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility

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Nominations: 2015 International and Regional Awards

Help us recognize excellence in our HSSE-SR discipline!

The Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility Award of SPE recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the field of environmental protection, health, or safety in oil and gas exploration, drilling, or production operations.

Deadline: 15 February

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Distinguished Lecturer: Oil Field Chemicals and Global Issues

Extracting hydrocarbons from subterranean formations is a prolonged operation stretching over several decades. Dur­ing this period, a bewildering variety of chemical additives are used to address various needs of the oil well operations. This talk hopes to bring awareness to the status of OFC use, to stimulate a healthy discussion, and to propose unifying global approval requirements for OFC use by all nations based on a cradle-to-grave holistic approach. Join B. R. Reddy as he discusses the topic.

January 12, 2015              Great Yarmouth, UK
January 14, 2015              Milan, Italy
January 15, 2015              Hanover, W. Germany
January 19, 2015              Pointe Noire, Congo
January 22, 2015              Kampala, Uganda

Web Events

Web Event: Safety Culture

Attend a web event on “Safety Culture Before and After Bhopal” presented by Howard Duhon on 11 March. This webinar will tackle some challenging questions such as – ‘How is safety culture different today?’, ‘What impact did Bhopal have?’, and ‘Did it have more impact on design or on operations?’

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Director’s Note: Public Acceptability

Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment.  One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering—PUBLIC ACCEPTABILITY.  Many project delays are the result of non-technical issues.  For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straight-forward path to address these issues early in the project life cycle.  Some ideas to better prepare the industry include:  (1) dealing with sustainability issues beyond regulatory requirements, (2) recognizing issues outside the workplace or outside the normal bounds of exploration, development production, which will require attention, and (3) understanding that what works changes from place to place.  In June 2015, the first SPE Health and Social Responsibility Forum will be held in Miami, Florida.  This forum will explore the role of the oil and gas industry in community health and include experts from outside the industry in health, technology, and academia.  Health impacts are a very real community concern.  The issues can range from the impact of noise and emissions associated with high volume unconventional development in the US to dealing with the health issues created when an oil company brings in people to remote places with few medical professionals.  These issues can have a profound impact on pubic acceptability of our industry.  One can lead to fights over drilling bans.  The other can mean lost time for workers out sick or caring for their loved ones.  Both point to the local nature of issues in this realm.  This is not a generic issue but a very specific sustainability issue that can significantly impact projects and local perceptions.  SPE will offer its first sustainability training program at its 2015 E&P HSSE Conference—Americas in Denver, Colorado.  My priority is to instill in operations leaders that sustainability needs to be integrated into the very way they think about their projects.

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

Web Event: Human Factors

Attend a web event on Human Factors in Drilling: Are there practical tools for use at the wellsite? presented by John Thorogood on 12 November. The purpose of the webinar is to present the concept of Threat and Error Management to the audience, to engage with them and to seek their feedback as to whether this approach is viable in today’s operational climate.

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Web Event: Occurrences

Attend a web event on Meeting the Challenges of Effective Occurrence Investigations presented by Maury Hill on 5 November. Occurrences (accidents and incidents), whether they take place in the transportation industry, health care settings or in highly industrialized plants, occur regularly and all too frequently, sometimes with fatal and disastrous results. Occurrences place a great burden on organizations, their workers, and at times the general public. This web event will be of interest to all those interested in developing an effective investigation system, and in developing skills in effectively investigating the causes of accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions in their environment.

SPE R&D Competition: Help Spread the Word

The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.

The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.

Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.