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Message from the Chairperson

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the programme committee, I would like to invite you to submit your paper proposal for the . All presentations at this conference will be published as SPE papers available to all participants.

Last year’s drop in oil price must not be followed by isolation. More than ever, it is of great importance to share experiences and technologies in order to meet the current industry challenges. By presenting our ideas and results in speeches and papers, we may all be able to find smarter solutions and turn declining curves upward again.

The SPE Bergen Section has been at the forefront of organising this event since the first seminar 22 years ago. This year, the section and SPE International will collaborate to deliver a more diverse programme and international audience. SPE is renowned for bringing technical professionals together, and is including this key event in its 2016 calendar to focus on the life cycle of a well. We are facing challenges to drill more advanced wells and to complete them intelligently, to extend their lifetimes, and increase their production. We also need safer, more economical options to address abandonment challenges.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the technical and non-technical challenges across a broad spectrum of expertise. Your proposals will add value to the robust programme we anticipate for 2016.

SPE welcomes contributions from

  • Oil and gas professionals, experts, and managers
  • Service, supply, and consulting companies
  • Universities, research centers, and institutes
  • Professional societies and labour unions
  • Local, national, and international governmental organisations
  • Government regulators
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Health, safety, and environment professionals and representatives

Please take this opportunity to share your experience, concerns, ideas, solutions, and best practices by submitting a proposal by Wednesday, 31 December. On behalf of the programme committee, I encourage you to help us make this a memorable and valuable event.

We look forward to meeting you in Bergen in 2016!


Thorbjørn Kaland, Chairperson