Industry Leaders Top the Agenda at ATCE 2017

The Opening General Session of this year’s SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) presents a topic that touches everyone in the E&P industry, both professionally and personally. Titled “Sustainable Oil and Gas: Improving People's Lives,” top executives from inside and outside the upstream business will discuss how they are delivering a sustainable future.

Speakers include Lorenzo Simonelli, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Baker Hughes, a GE company; David Hager; CEO of Devon Energy; Franklin M. Orr of Stanford University; and Deborah Wince-Smith of the Council on Competitiveness; and Khaled Abdullah Al-Buraik, Saudi Aramco SAOO. Eithne Treanor of ETreanor Media Management will moderate.

Simonelli, BHGE
Hager, Devon Energy
Orr, Stanford University


Wince-Smith, Council
on Competitiveness
Saudi Aramco SAOO




Simonelli is one of the executives who is thinking long-term about his company’s role regarding sustainability. On 3 July, General Electric completed its buyout of Baker Hughes, creating the world’s second-largest oilfield service company. Simonelli previously led GE’s transportation business. He is now at the helm of 70,000 employees who operate in more than 120 countries.

During the opening session, Simonelli and fellow industry leaders will discuss how to continue to leverage new technologies and develop new ones to improve unit drilling and completion costs, increase recovery efficiencies, lower operating costs, and total risks.

The session will be held 9 October at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The conference runs from 9–11 October. Registration is available.

The event is designed to accelerate the application of innovations in every technical discipline. ATCE is the event of choice for those seeking education on current and future technologies that help find and produce hydrocarbons faster, more efficiently, safer, and more cost effectively.

Industry Leaders Top the Agenda at ATCE 2017

18 September 2017