2013 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Attracts More Than 12,000 Attendees: Largest Exhibition in Show History

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (2 October 2013) The Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) 2013 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) was held this week in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and brought together 12,028 oil and gas professionals from around the world.

“This year’s ATCE ranked as the highest attended since 1999,” said Egbert Imomoh, 2013 SPE President. “The event capped a year of tremendous success for SPE with a growing global membership, increased technical content, and strong financial performance.”

The exhibition, encompassing 150,500 ft², featured 552 companies. Exhibitors came from 17 countries including Angola, Germany, France, Kuwait, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, China, Argentina, and The Netherlands, to showcase the latest technologies and services at one of the leading technical conferences in the E&P industry.

The technical program consisted of more than 350 peer-selected technical papers and represented all six SPE disciplines with an expanded focus on the projects, facilities, and construction (PFC) discipline. In addition to the comprehensive technical program, 21 training courses were held in conjunction with the conference.

Monday’s opening general session, “Deepwater Exploration and Development—Challenging the Limits,” which addressed the challenges, risks, and opportunities associated with deepwater projects, was streamed live around the world for the first time. The panel of government officials and top industry executives discussed safety and costs, as well as the technology, workforce competency, and integration of products and services required for future activity. Joe Bryant, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Cobalt International Energy, moderated the panel which consisted of:

  • John Gremp, chairman and chief executive officer, FMC Technologies
  • Lars Herbst, Gulf of Mexico regional director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • John Hollowell, executive vice president, deepwater, Shell Upstream Americas
  • Morrison R. “Moe” Plaisance, vice president regulatory affairs, Diamond Offshore Drilling
  • Richard Ward, president, completions & production, Baker Hughes

SPE’s Annual Banquet and Reception, which was held on Tuesday night, honored individuals for their contributions and service to the oil and gas industry.

On Wednesday, President Imomoh presented the State of the Society at the President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members. Also during the luncheon, Imomoh passed the gavel to 2014 SPE President Jeff Spath.

Also on Wednesday, SPE and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) held the Energy4me “Energize Your Classroom” Teacher Workshop and the High School STEM Event. The teacher workshop, sponsored by ExxonMobil, gave more than 50 teachers (grades 4-12) an opportunity to learn comprehensive, objective information about energy and its importance, while participating in activities that can be applied to the classroom. More than 125 local high school students, who participated in the STEM event, saw firsthand the exciting opportunities available in the oil and gas industry through hands-on experiments and a tour of the exhibition floor.

The 2014 conference will be held 27-29 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Matthias Bichsel, projects and technology director for Shell, will serve as the 2014 general chairperson. For more information, visit www.spe.org/atce.


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