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My Year as Your 2018 President





Thank you, it's been a great ride!

Wow. One hundred twenty-four speeches and counting, 39 countries visited, millions of excited volunteers (estimated from good feeling that I have had).

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Petroleum Resources Management System - 2018 Update

Dear Colleague,

The Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) is a system developed for consistent and reliable estimation of hydrocarbon resources that our SPE Technical Committee and the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee have been supporting and periodically making revisions to since 1965.

Our Latin America and Caribbean region has contributed to the 2018 updates. We have been involved with government reporting, financial institutions, and securities regulations resulting in a series of guidelines for our industry values that are based on reserves, contingency, and prospective resources.

I invite you to continue to advance your expertise by reading the latest copy of the PRMS.   

Cesar Patiño, Ecopetrol
SPE Regional Director

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2018 SPE Outstanding Student Chapter Award Recipients Announced

Forty SPE student chapters across the world have won the 2018 Outstanding Student Chapter Award. The award recognizes chapters whose programs, activities, and levels of participation distinguish them from other chapters.

The Outstanding Student Chapter award will be presented to the winning chapters during the Student Awards Luncheon at the 2018 SPE ATCE to be held 24–26 September in Dallas, Texas.

See award recipients and learn more about SPE student chapters.

Making Gender Diversity a Reality in the Oil and Gas Industry

Big! That’s how SPE Women in Energy Committee Chair, Nihal Mounir of Advantek International, describes the movement SPE has initiated to support women.

Despite the great strides made toward gender equality over the last century, there are still areas where women are under-represented in the workforce of the oil and gas industry. Therefore, the SPE Board of Directors approved a standing committee to address this crucial issue. Read more.

SPE Announces the 2018 Recipients of the Legends in Artificial Lift Awards

2017 SPE President, Janeen Judah of Chevron, will conduct the awards presentation honoring the recipients of the Legends in Artificial Lift Awards during the SPE Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition-Americas, 28-30 August 2018. 

View the award recipients.

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ATCE 2018 Focuses on Effective Use of Data Analytics

E&P companies are exploring ways to effectively use big data to enhance operations. To help industry professionals, SPE is also focusing on digital transformation at the Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) 2018, taking place 24–26 September in Dallas, Texas.

Register by 20 August to save USD 100 on full conference registration.

Plan to Attend the SPE Workshop: Advances in EOR/IOR Technologies

14–16 November 2018 | Manta, Ecuador

This workshop is a popular option for professionals looking to further develop their technical knowledge on EOR/IOR technologies, mature fields, optimizing operations, and reducing costs.
Deciding between exploration and EOR projects as a method to find more oil can cause a dilemma. The workshop’s goal is to promote the development of tools to facilitate the decision-making process, and the feasibility of using proven technologies to increase recovery.
Attendees qualify for 2.0 SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU). Learn more.

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