Tremendous Success at the Inaugural SPE Heavy and Extra Heavy Oil Conference—Latin America

MEDIA CONTACT:  Andrea Valencia

Richardson, Texas (7 October 2014) – The inaugural Society of Petroleum Engineers Heavy and Extra Heavy Oil Conference—Latin America on 24–26 September 2014 in Medellín, Colombia was a successful 3-day event, exceeding the expected attendance with nearly 500 participants who learned about technological advances, opportunities, and challenges in heavy and extra heavy oil exploration and production.
Executives and professionals from more than 100 companies representing 13 countries attended the two plenary sessions, and 75 technical presentations simultaneously translated in English and Spanish. The conference was preceded by an SPE Training Course titled “An Overview of Heavy Oil Recovery” taught by 2010 SPE President, Behrzooz Fattahi.

The two plenary sessions that addressed the future of the heavy and extra heavy oil industry as well as the experiences with the Performance of Inflow Control Devices in Latin America have the following facilitators and speakers:

  • Cesar Patiño, Ecopetrol and Chairman of SPE Colombian Section
  • José Luis Bashbush, Schlumberger and Conference Chairman
  • Leonardo Meneses, Mexican CNH (Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos)
  • Francisco Alberto Porturas, Halliburton
  • Ramón Homero Correa, AGIP Oil Ecuador
  • Ruben Figuera, PDVSA
  • Mauricio Alfonso Vargas, Schlumberger in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador
  • Francy Edith Ramirez-Arroyave, Ecopetrol
  • Cesar Anebal Calvachi-Guerra, Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd
  • Carlos Andres  Izurieta, AGIP Oil Ecuador BV
  • Francisco Jose Paz, Petroamazonas EP
  • Roberto Peñaranda, Repsol
  • Jorge Alberto Flores, Pacific Rubiales Energy

The Regional Distinguished Corporate Service Award was presented to PDVSA and accepted by Rubén Figuera, director of Heavy Oil Projects, Carlos Márquez, and Geragg Chourio from PDVSA. The award recognizes corporations that support and contribute to SPE activities in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

“We were jubilant with the results of the inaugural SPE Heavy and Extra Heavy Oil Conference—Latin America,” said José Luis Bashbush, conference chairperson and Schlumberger Latin America technical director.” The event proved to be a success by attracting nearly 500 delegates and more than 10 universities in Latin American and the Caribbean. This type of conference exposes students to technologies and SPE activities. We hope the student participation inspires them to be part of the future of SPE and the petroleum industry.

The conference technical content was filled with many original presentations that brought new information for the development of heavy and extra heavy reservoirs. Highlights include:

  • Silas Rodrigues, Clariant S.A: Green products for reducing the viscosity of heavy oil
  • Rodolfo Camacho, PEMEX E&P: New model to interpret tests of pressure in naturally fractured reservoirs
  • Eric Delamaide, IFP Technologies (Canada) Inc: The state-of-the art in polymer EOR application for heavy oils, helping break long standing paradigms about the exclusive application of either cold production or thermal EOR for the production of viscous oils

The technical papers presented at the conference are now available in the multi-society online library, OnePetro; an online library of technical literature for the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

The Program Committee and SPE leadership thanked delegates for attending this year’s conference and invited them to attend the 2016 SPE Heavy and Extra Heavy Oil Conference—Latin America. The conference will rotate to another country in the region.


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