SPE Workshop: HSE and Sustainability - The Cornerstone for Efficient E&P Operations 14 - 15 Sep 2017 Radisson Hotel Santa Cruz, Bolivia


Wednesday, September 13

14:00 - 18:00

Thursday, September 14

07:00 - 17:00
08:05 - 09:00
Opening Keynote Address Urubó
Speaker(s) Luis Alberto Sánchez Fernández, Minister of Hydrocarbons, Bolivia
09:00 - 10:00
HSE Management while Drilling Exploratory Wells in Sensitive Areas Urubó
Session Chairpersons Roxana Pozo, YPFB Chaco; Marcelo Vargas, YPFB Andina

Drilling oil wells in sensitive areas and native communities requires state-of-the-art planning and coordination among all activities from a socio-environmental viewpoint. To minimize the impact on the environment and safety, cutting edge technology must be applied to waste management of oil-based muds (OBMs) and final disposal.



Gary Medrano, Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH Bolivia)


10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility in E&P Operations in Sensitive Areas Urubó
Session Chairpersons Gino Bianchi, GSI Environmental; Fernando Benalcazar, APD Proyectos Cia. Ltda.

E&P operations can often take place in sensitive areas. To develop these operations, we must create mechanisms to improve community relations.

This session aims to identify the challenges and opportunities of E&P activities with efficient risk management, its impact on community relations in sensitive areas, and on corporate social responsibility in these challenging, vulnerable, and unpredictable environments. 



Time Presentation

Indigenous Community Development Strategy, Sharup Rayo Community Shuar, Ecuador

Darwin O. Vega Cárdenas, Diego Paredes, Tecpetrol, Ecuador


Successful Management of Socio-Environmental Conflicts in Sensitive E&P Areas

Juan Cardenas, Fernando Correa, Mansarovar, Colombia


CSR: update on the Legal Framework Around the Globe: Best Practices and Controversies

Polina Chtchelok, Claudia Andrea Lopez, ESPCS Multidisciplinary Consulting SRL France

12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:00
Environmentally Friendly Technology in E&P Projects Urubó
Session Chairpersons Tiffany Bayly, SK Innovation; Gonzalo Morante, Walsh Perú

From the socioenvironmental standpoint, building onshore oil and gas facilities in sensitive areas requires careful planning and holistic coordination due to the logistical challenges in remote areas. The design and construction of facilities and its infrastructure must limit the environmental impact and incorporate the latest technologies to allow remote control and operation on well valves without disrupting the environment. It is essential to develop a philosophy, including the design of access roads, wells and processing facilities, to minimize the impacts of the construction. 

Time Presentation

Unitaite use in Deepwater Operations

Ghery Sotomayor, Dario Montes, American Gilsonite Company, USA


Implementation and Certification of a Greenhouse Gas Management System at Mansarovar Energy

Cristian Grisales, Fernando Correa, Mansarovar Energy, Colombia


Environmental Optimization for the Injection of Formation Water through Disposable Wells Integrating Geological Petrophysics Properties: A Study Case Applied to the Sub Andean Chimore Area

 Carola Guzman Castro, Henry Ivan Riveros Rodriguez, Escuela Militar de Ingeniería, Bolivia

15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00
Energy Efficiency in the Region - Break-Out Session Urubó
Session Chairpersons Fernando Correa, Mansarovar; Fernando Benalcazar, APD Proyectos

This session will analyze the dynamics of the energy consumption around the world. The oil prices and its impact on production costs creates the opportunity to innovate on pragmatic plans and programs to control risks and avoid accidents. 
Energy efficiency in the hydrocarbon sector also includes the application of new technology on solar and wind power for energy use optimization, which although it may require large upfront investments it will reduce the use of fuels in the long term. It also involves reducing gas flaring regularly in the operations, and the use of a lean system in the planning and maintenance stages. 


17:00 - 18:30

Friday, September 15

07:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 10:00
Optimizing Economic Resources and HSE Operations Successfully Urubó
Session Chairpersons Gonzalo Guillen, Cotas

The recent oil price fluctuations have impacted the E&P industry, specifically the development of new projects and activities. 


Time Presentation

Joint Initiatives for Environmental Licensing in the Brazilian Equatorial Margin

Sonia Lima, Premier Oil do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda M. E. Pessoa; A. Guedes, Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A.; C. H. Costa, Total E&P


Land Travel Management - A Tool for Roadway Prevention

Ludwin Pinto Caceres, Carolina Abril, Baker Hughes, Colombia


Contribuiting to the Environment while Having Significant Cost Savings

Rodolfo Barriga, Gonzalo Romero, Shell, Bolivia


HSE Economic Resources Optimization in E&P Bolivian Companies

Rafael Pelaez, Consultant, Bolivia



10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Learning from Past Experiences in the E&P industry: Accidents/Incidents and Best Occupational Health Practices Urubó
Session Chairpersons John Zambrano, Schlumberger; Edgar Zuleta, EZ Consulting Group S.R.L.

Learning and sharing lessons learned from past experiences is a commonly used strategy in the E&P industry to help avoid re-occurrences of undesirable events that affect people, the environment and assets and products.

Occupational Health events affect people in their whole wellbeing (physical and psycho-social) constituting a key element to be put high on the agenda.  This will enhance adequate (and proactive) assessment of risks that may affect our workforce, and implement proper control measures to prevent or mitigate those risks.

Time Presentation

Continuous Improvement in Road Safety. Study Case in Colombia

Mauricio Rodriguez, Fernando Correa, Mansarovar Energy, Colombia


Company Resiliency and Crisis Management

Alberto Casco, Cecilia Suaznabar, Cascon Consulting Group LLC, USA


Leadership Continuous Improvement: the Hidden Gap in your HSE Management System

Cory D. Shelton, Cecilia Suaznabar, Shelton Coaching and Consulting​, USA

12:00 - 13:00
13:45 - 14:30
Keynote Presentation Urubó
Speaker(s) Fernando L. Benalcazar, APD Proyectos, current SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-18

Presentation: Oil and Gas Operations – Integrating the Realities of the Social License


This presentation outlines the principles of sustainability pertaining to oil and gas operations, including SPE’s position on this matter, and several studies relating to sustainability, integrating the realities of the social license to operate and operations. It also details the required steps for the successful execution of any project facing challenging conditions. 

14:30 - 16:30
Process Safety Management and Cumulative Risk Assessment Urubó
Session Chairpersons Rafael Pelaez, Consultant; Mario Ballivian, BDA Law Firm

This session will explore best practices for engineering safety management, as well as the administrative processes that result from the assessment and management of cumulative risk, and will look at the prevention of catastrophic accidents.

Topics will include:

  • Structural collapses
  • Explosions
  • Fire
  • Loss of energy containment
  • Dangerous substances in the E&P industry. 


Time Presentation

Creating and Sustaining HSE/Process Safety Culture and Leadership

Steve Arendt. Victor Martinez Toriz, ABS Group, USA


Critical Risk Management for Wellsite Operations

Rogelio Miranda, Baker Hughes, USA


Energy Efficiency in Mansarovar Energy Colombia Ltd., Through Recovery of Byproduct Natural Gas for Steam Generation

Fernando Contreras, Fernando Correa, Mansarovar Energy, Colombia


PSM Implementation in the Organization 

Jaime Gonzalez, Pluspetrol Bolivia Corporation

16:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00
The Commitment and Involvement of Stakeholders to Achieve the Highest HSE Standards Today Urubó
Session Chairpersons Fernado Correa, Mansarovar Energy; Sergio Nava, YPFB Andina

Experience suggests that the performance of operational, administrative staff, and contractors is directly related to achieving HSE results. This session will discuss an approach that includes internal staff and contractors as key players. 

It’s possible to determine specific HSE requirements based on standards and risk procedures for compliance project activities. If met, this means that the project was developed with the highest HSE standards.

Optimal internal staff performance could be reached with an internal HSE management system that includes training, the application of Behavior Based Safety (BBS), audits, inspection, and incentives. Additionally, the optimal performance of contractors might include the implementation of a specific list of HSE requirements for each contracted service, instead of generic ones. Some of the most important requirements for contractors might include self-assessment of risks, a plan to control measures (including their equipment), and individual training. 



Community Engagement, Commitments and Partnership For Successful E&P Operations

Eva Calvimontes, Sergio Eduardo Ayala, Krish "Ravi" Ravishankar, Vintage Petroleum Boliviana, Ltd.​, Bolivia