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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

Register today!

 

SPE Applying the Best Technologies in Extremely Sensitive Environments Workshop

27–29 May 2014
Quito, Ecuador | JW Marriott Hotel Quito

This applied technology workshop highlights state-of-the-art technologies and their impacting role on social responsibility strategies in extremely sensitive environments (ESE). This multidisciplinary workshop will deal with the most outstanding challenges and achievements in advanced Technology as they apply to Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE SR). Social Responsibility (SR) is rapidly becoming a central part of O&G operations.

Organizations must understand and communicate SR risks to stakeholders early in the project cycle so that a foundation of trust and good communication is established with the often critical stakeholders affected by development in ESEs. Many O&G Operators have recently learned that HSSE SR issues need to be at the front of the planning train in order to establish a sustainable development plan.

This workshop intends to explore and discuss some of these key technologies, what has worked, what has not worked, and areas where future technological innovation is necessary to strengthen our social license to operate in Extremely Sensitive Environments (ESE). It will also provide an opportunity to share and learn from the field experiences of successful industry players.

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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.

Welcome to New Technical Director: Projects, Facilities, and Construction

Howard DuhonI am very honored to serve as your new Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PF&C) Technical Director. There has never been a more exciting time to be a facilities engineer. Our projects are technically and socially complex and this complexity makes them the most interesting projects on the planet.

When I first joined SPE about 15 years ago, SPE was mainly focused on the reservoir, but that has changed dramatically. Thanks to the efforts of directors who proceeded me in this role (Ken Arnold, Paul Jones, and John Walsh) and those of many other volunteers, SPE now offers a host of services to the men and women who design, construct, and operate facilities.

I have spent the past 23 years in the oil industry (with 15 years in chemical plants before that). Much of my experience is in topsides process design. In recent years I’ve worked mainly in commissioning and initial startup planning. It will be my mission as the PF&C Director to use that background to guide SPE in the development of more services to facilities engineers. I will highlight some of those initiatives in future notes here. But for now, just a few words about what SPE already does for the PF&C community:

  1. Oil and Gas Facilities Magazine. This bi-monthly periodical, started two years ago, includes peer-reviewed articles, feature articles on a variety of topics, regular columns on water management and engineering culture. Expect much more in the way of how-to articles beginning early to mid-2014.
  2. Three Technical Sections on Separations Technology, Water Management, and Flow assurance (effective Jan 2014).
  3. A variety of workshops on topics such as Final Commissioning and Initial Startup, Water Management, Chemical Systems, and Flow Assurance.
  4. SPE recently rolled out Petrowiki. It contains the entire seven-volume Petroleum Engineering Handbook series including Volume III: Facilities and Construction Engineering.
  5. Social media tools to connect with other professions including the SPE LinkedIn site and SPE Connect.

We have come a long way and there is still a long way to travel.

  • Our projects are complex and we sometimes fail (on cost, schedule, and performance). We must do better.
  • I don’t think that we are training the next generation as well as my generation was trained. We must do better.
  • We have made great strides in personnel safety; perhaps less so in process safety. We must do better.
  • The local communities in which we install facilities frequently resist these developments. We must do a better job of engaging with local communities.

I look forward to serving as PF&C Director for the next three years and look forward to hearing your ideas on how SPE can better serve our community.

Join us in congratulating Andrei Popa on his distinguished achievement

2013 SPE Management and Information Technical 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.

Andrei PopaAndrei S. Popa, technology advisor at Chevron in Bakersfield, California, began his career at Petrom Romania in 1995. He joined Chevron in 2002 as a petroleum engineer and has progressed through various managerial roles, including subsurface team lead and i-field reservoir management program manager, to his current position. The author or coauthor of 27 technical papers and one book, Popa is serving as an SPE DL during 2013–14. Popa has received several honors, including the 2008 SPE Outstanding Young Professional Award and the 2013 SPE Western North American Region Regional Service Award. He earned a BS from the University of Ploiesti, Romania, and an MS and PhD from West Virginia University—all in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

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Join us in congratulating John Killough on his distinguished achievements

2013 Reservoir Description and Dynamics 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.

John KilloughJohn Killough, currently Michael and Heidi Gatens development professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, started his career as a senior research engineer at Exxon Production Research. He joined Arco Oil and Gas Research and Development in 1976 and became an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Houston in 1988. In 1997, Killough moved to industry as a senior research fellow at Landmark Graphics, and then worked as a technology fellow for reservoir simulation at Halliburton Energy Services starting in 2005. He joined Texas A&M in 2012. The author or coauthor of 50 technical papers, Killough is the recipient of two American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers awards: the Rossiter W. Raymond Award and the Alfred E. Noble Award. He has chaired or been a member of several SPE committees. Killough earned BA and MS degrees in chemical engineering and a PhD in mathematical sciences—all from Rice University.

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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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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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New Technical Section—Water Management and Handling

SPE has formed a new Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on water-related issues in the upstream oil and gas industry. The objective of this community is to expedite, facilitate, and provide a forum for discussion and cooperation on water handling and management.

The Water Handling and Management Technical Section will accomplish its mission through knowledge transfer at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members.

Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings for the most part, along with the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join today »