SPE Hosts Successful 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, Netherlands (29 October 2014) – The 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) was held this week in Amsterdam bringing together 7,600 oil and gas professionals and 350 exhibitors from around the world at one of the leading technical conferences in the exploration and production industry.

“This year’s ATCE offered nearly 400 peer-selected technical papers representing all six SPE disciplines,” said Jeff Spath, 2014 SPE President. “Gathering here in Amsterdam provided a global perspective reflecting SPE’s success with its growing membership, increased technical content, and strong financial performance.”

At Monday’s Opening General Session, panelists from ExxonMobil, the International Energy Agency (IEA), Pemex Exploration and Production, and Technip discussed the multidimensional challenge of providing and sustaining affordable energy for the world. Chris Beeson, analyst at the IEA said, “We should always remember that there are currently more than 1.3 billion people in the world without access to modern energy sources. It will take a continued international commitment to address this.”

Also on Monday was the SPE Sustainability Task Force’s panel session “People, Profit, Planet: Advancing Practices that Balance Economic Growth, Social Development, and Environmental Protection Today and in the Future.” Moderator and task force chair, Johanna Dunlop, global citizenship manager at Schlumberger, said the goal of the session was that the operations people would go away from the session with an enriched view of how these topics can be managed and how they impact business performance.

Mexico’s approaching historic opening to international investment was a featured topic at a breakfast Tuesday. “We have great expectations for undertaking these reforms,” said Lourdes Melgar Palacios, undersecretary of hydrocarbons for the Mexican Secretary of Energy. “We have everything we need for Mexico to become an energy hub bridging North and South America.”

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

On Wednesday, President Spath presented the State of the Society at the President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members. Also during the luncheon, Spath passed the gavel to 2015 SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen.

Also on Wednesday, SPE held the energy4me “Energize Your Classroom” workshop for teachers and students to learn comprehensive, objective information about energy and its importance, while participating in activities that can be applied to the classroom. They participated in hands-on experiments and toured the exhibition floor.

The 2015 conference will be held 28-30, September in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Gustavo Hernandez at PEMEX will serve as the 2015 general chairperson. For more information, visit ATCE 2015 Houston.


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