Category Archives: Production and Operations

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Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Speaker:  John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron

When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40

In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart.  The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it.  Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today.  The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.

Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group

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Register Today for 18 March SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Total Systems Approach to Flow Assurance in an Existing System
Presenter: Lynn Frostman, Baker Hughes

When: Tuesday, 18 March from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50

This overview presentation will cover a holistic approach to analyzing and mitigating flow assurance concerns in existing fields. The program will consider an example offshore system from reservoir to sales point, and present a “Flow Assurance 101″ primer. Specific attention will be given to the inter-relationships of the flow assurance risks and the impact of mitigation strategies on the total system.

Program Agenda
1100–1130—Registration and Networking
1130–1300—Lunch
1200–1300—Presentation and Q&A

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Web Events

SPE Web Event—Social Investment Performance, 29 April

Sonia Gupta and Alison Colwell will discuss successes and challenges in determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impact. Learn more »

Web Events

Managing Dual Careers—Work-Life Integration in a 24⁄7 World

Modifications to career planning that better balance specific opportunities with flexibility and leverage the 24/7 technology-enabled work-styles can build and retain a more diverse, highly motivated workforce. Join Eve Sprunt on 27 March for an important discussion the dual-career workforce. Learn more »

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Join SPE’s New Technical Section for Flow Assurance

SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on flow assurance, a key area of interest for facilities engineers. This new section seeks to further the objectives of SPE in the free discussion of matters relating to flow assurance, to establish consensus on industry best practices, and to promote these practices widely.

Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops.

Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join today.

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Join us in congratulating Craig L. Cipolla on his distinguished achievement

2013 Completions Optimization and Technology Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Craig L. CipollaCraig L. Cipolla is senior completions engineering advisor at Hess in Houston. Before this, he was chief engineering advisor for Schlumberger–Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring and Optimization, vice president of stimulation technology for Carbo Ceramics, and vice president of engineering for Pinnacle Technologies. His prior positions were with Union Pacific Resources, CER Corporation, and Dresser Titan. Cipolla has coauthored more than 65 technical papers and served as an SPE DL during 2005–06. He earned BS degrees in engineering and in chemistry from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas and an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston.

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Alhanati

Join us in congratulating Francisco J. Alhanati on his distinguished achievement

2013 SPE Production and Operations Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Francisco J. AlhanatiFrancisco J. Alhanati,
managing director at C-FER Technologies, in Edmonton, Canada, began his career in 1983 as a petroleum engineer at Petrobras. In 1997, he joined C-FER Technologies (originally the Centre for Frontier Engineering Research) and became director of exploration and production in 2006 and managing director in 2013. The author or coauthor of 16 SPE papers and coauthor of a chapter in the SPE Handbook on PCP (progressing cavity pump) Systems, he also served as an SPE DL during 2008–09. He served as chair of the SPE Brazil Section during 1993–94, served on various SPE committees and subcommittees, and taught several courses throughout the world on PCP and ESP (electric submersible pump) systems. Alhanati currently serves on the JPT Editorial Committee. He earned a BS in civil engineering from Instituto Militar de Engenharia, an MS in mechanical engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.

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Technical Director’s Notes: Productions and Operations

Shauna Noonan

Welcome to Production and Operations (P&O).  I am honored to serve as your SPE 2013–2015 Technical Director for the P&O discipline.  I have spent 20 years of my career doing all aspects of production engineering around the globe and as Technical Director have the responsibility for ensuring that P&O has quality coverage across SPE meetings, publications, and member services programs.  I am also looking for new events, programs, and training that will meet the needs of SPE members with interest in the P&O topics. To see the latest discussions and to converse with other  P&O peers, check out SPE Connect and join the Production Technical Community.

Below are the four primary topics covered under the P&O technical discipline within SPE, with exception to that used for the SPE P&O International award*. Please note that most of the surface (or seafloor) equipment and facilities used for production is now covered under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction technical discipline.

Enhanced Operations—Artificial Lift
This includes:

  • beam and related pumping techniques
  • electric submersible pumps
  • hydraulic and jet pumps
  • plunger lift
  • gas lift
  • progressing cavity pumps
  • hybrid lift technologies
  • gas well deliquification methods

Well Operations, Optimization, and Stimulation
This includes:

  • well candidate recognition
  • downhole intervention and remediation including wireline and coiled tubing
  • hydraulic fracturing (design, implementation and optimization)
  • acidizing
  • downhole produced sand/solids management and control
  • downhole produced water management and control
  • downhole fluids separation and disposal
  • well performance modeling and tubular optimization
  • well lifecycle management and planning

Well/Reservoir Surveillance and Monitoring
This includes:

  • production logging
  • borehole imaging and wellbore seismic
  • downhole and wellsite flow metering
  • downhole monitoring and control
  • production data management
  • integrated modeling

Production Chemistry and Metallurgy
This includes:

  • downhole inhibition and remediation of hydrates, scale, paraffin/wax and asphaltene
  • well fluid analysis
  • downhole corrosion inhibition and management (including H2S and CO2)
  • downhole chemical treatments and fluid compatibility

*The SPE International Production and Operations Award does not include the topics of hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, and downhole sand control. These are covered under the SPE International Completions Optimization and Technology Award, which was first awarded in 2009.

Shauna Noonan
Completion Technology Manager, Global Wells; ConocoPhillips