“Easy oil” is gone! The recovery challenge grows as the industry moves towards producing from increasingly more difficult reservoirs. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has reached new levels of technology. And improved oil recovery (IOR) has made significant advances. Yet, current recovery processes and their applications still have serious technical, resource, and commercial hurdles. Surmounting these hurdles and pushing recovery to higher levels requires a new mindset – innovative solutions now and into the future.
SPE will conduct a forum 18-23 October 2015 in Cancun, Mexico to discuss methods to accelerate new technologies deployment, explore smart integration of disciplines and professions, and examine ways to make EOR standard in the field development cycle. All with a view to developing a new culture focusing on recovery from the beginning.
Forum participants from all corners of the oil industry, government, and academia will address such challenges as:
- Reservoir characterization issues
- Emerging technologies & new developments
- Improving research-to-field cycle of EOR projects
- Modeling phase behavior
- Non-conventional reservoir development
- Successful EOR implementation
- Effective monitoring and control
Application deadline is Friday, 31 July! For full details: SPE Enhanced Oil Recovery – The Future is Now!
Greetings! Please make plans to attend our upcoming SPE HSSE-SR Study Group Meeting on 30 June at the Petroleum Club of Houston. We are pleased to host Jack Hinton, Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) for Baker Hughes, and John Karish, Corporate Director of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) for Ensco plc, who will be discussing “Getting to Zero,” the journey to achieve zero workplace incidents. This event is the first in a series culminating in the “Getting to Zero” workshop at the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Please circulate this invitation to your personal network and mark your calendar to join us on 30 June.
Listen to a web event on “Human Factors/Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework” presented by Phil Grossweiler on 2 September. Oil and gas industry interest in applying human factors concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew resource management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. This presentation will discuss and suggest several key takeaways — potential “low-hanging fruit” where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.
Students from Montana Tech took the top spot at the inaugural Student Challenge at the 2015 SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference—Americas in Denver, which ran 16-18 March. The contest, which was sponsored by ExxonMobil, pitted six teams of five students against one another. The competition was modeled after the annual PetroBowl, held at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
“The HSE Student Challenge pilot enabled SPE to connect with a new group of environmental engineering students who were unfamiliar with SPE, and it provided an exciting, dynamic alternative to a traditional student paper competition,” said conference committee member Trey Shaffer.
Student teams from Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Montana Tech, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Oklahoma squared off in three rounds of questions about the oil and gas industry. Each round consisted of two sets of quick-answer questions separated by a series of questions requiring written answers. After some minor technical glitches and some discussion about rules, Montana Tech pulled ahead to victory. The members of the team each received iPads and were invited to sit on a discussion panel. At a movie night event, held in the evening after the Student Challenge, attendees watched Energy’s Crossroads: Pinedale, WY, a film from the Rational Middle series. The students from the winning team joined Jennifer Cross, sociology professor at the Colorado State University, and Gregory Kallenberg, the director of the film, on a discussion panel after the film.
Are you willing to share your knowledge with an audience of SPE members? If you are, we invite you to join Speaker Source, an online directly of E&P professionals who share expertise and experience with SPE Sections and Student Chapters.
Hear a web event on “Managing Project Complexity” presented by Howard Duhon on 23 June. Most projects overrun their budget and/or schedule significantly and/or produce less oil/gas than promised. The complexity of our projects and project design teams is at least partially responsible for project failure rates. An SPE Work Study group is presently addressing the impact of complexity and its contribution to project failures. This presentation will include preliminary findings from that study.
The SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Technical Discipline is pleased to announce the formation of a new technical section to give its members, regardless of discipline, an increased awareness and opportunity to network in the area of sustainable development.
This section seeks to:
• Exchange sustainable development technical information
• Support members in acquiring sustainable development competencies
• Raise awareness of the role sustainable development plays in the oil and gas industry
• Improve performance through better application of sustainable development principles and practices
• Liaise with and learn from other industry organizations
Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at monthly virtual meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members. Enjoy the convenience of online collaboration and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting each year. Learn more and join today!
Previously known as the Drilling Performance Simulation and Prediction Technical Section, the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section — or DUPTS — addresses major challenges affecting the safety and efficiency of drilling operations. Common global drilling troubles:
• Stuck pipe
• Borehole stability
• Gas kicks
• Lost circulation
• Hole deviation
The DUPTS goal is to align the industry’s effort to develop comprehensive solutions across drilling operations. Visit the DUPTS page for more details!
Hear a web event on “Scrubbers: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals and Performance Boosting with Inline Pre-Separation” presented by Danny Thierens on 17 June. In continuation with our theme on Scrubber Designs, this webinar will focus on high capacity internals advancements and services in which these internals may be applied. Enhanced separation efficiency and/or capacity can be further obtained when combined with a pre-separator upstream of the high capacity scrubber in the form of an inline cyclonic separator. Various concept and layouts will be presented and discussed.
Give others a chance to learn from your experiences, ideas, and best practices! Themed “Sustaining Our Future Through Innovation and Collaboration,” the 2016 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on HSSE-SR will take place 11-13 April 2016 in Stavanger, Norway. Papers are needed for the following technical categories:
• Health in Communities and the Working Environment
• Occupational and Process Safety
• HSE Management
• Social Responsibility
For more details, see the 2016 Conference Topics. Abstract submission deadline is 29 June 2015.