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OTC Brasil Brings Together Professionals and Students from the Oil and Gas Sector at Industry Resumption Time

Pre-salt lucrative potential, regulatory changes, partnerships, and new technologies were some of the conference highlights.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (25 October, 2017) – The fourth edition of OTC Brasil demonstrated the optimism that oil and gas executives and professionals around the world have for the industry’s rebound. More than 8,500 professionals representing operating and service companies gathered at the event. The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and the Brazilian Institute of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (IBP), organized the event, which was held 24-26 October in Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro.

Key executives attended a panel session on Thursday afternoon which focused on the upcoming pre-salt 2nd and 3rd bid round sessions occurring Friday. Solange Guedes, Petrobras E&P Executive Director, led a panel that included the participation of Wael Sawan, Royal Dutch Shell Deepwater Executive Vice President; Bernard Looney, BP Upstream Chief Executive; Tomas Garcia Blanco, Repsol E&P Vice President for Europe, Africa and Brazil; Michael Hourcard, Total E&P Americas CEO; Anders Opedal, Statoil Executive Vice President and Statoil Brazil President; and Thore Kristianssen, Galp E&P COO.

The conference was also pleased to receive Fernando Coelho Filho, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy. The Minister emphasized the government’s efforts to bring Brazil back on the road to success. “There are still many things to be done, and having industry events such as OTC Brasil shows we are on the right track. The energy industry in Brazil is going to get greater by the end of this week,” he said.

The good prospects for the pre-salt were also highlighted during OTC Brasil. In the panel “Pre-salt development – 1 billion bbl cumulative production: concepts, implementation and first results”, Joelson Mendes, Petrobras Executive Manager,said “Pre-salt reservoirs exceeded expectations.” According to Joelson, the area is very profitable and offers low production costs, with significant competitive advantages for the companies. Currently, the exploration in the region accounts for 51% of the state company production, while the other 49% goes to post-salt and offshore operations.

Other special events included the Distinguished Achievement Awards with keynote speaker Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; and a luncheon with keynote Andrew Brown, Shell’s E&P Global Director who talked about competitiveness in deepwater and shale markets. According to Brown, despite the differences, both areas are substantially improving.

João Carlos De Luca, OTC Brasil general chairman, said that the conference was a success and timely for the second and third rounds of the pre-salt, “I am sure that OTC Brasil has generated great opportunities for the entire oil and gas value chain and has enshrined this moment of resumption. The event was a stage for top executives of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to network and advance the development of new businesses and strategic partnerships that are bound to happen among the consortia participating in ANP’s bid rounds,” De Luca concluded.

The international exhibition featured 120+ exhibitors from 20 countries.

OTC Brasil 2017 sponsors included:

  • Petrobras
  • Total
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Fluor
  • Statoil
  • Baker Hughes – a GE Company
  • Chevron
  • TechnipFMC
  • Repsol Sinopec
  • Saipem
  • ExxonMobil
  • Vallourec
  • Galp/Petrogal
  • Queiroz Galvão
  • Flutrol
  • Aker Solutions
  • Subsea7
  • Brazil – U.S. Business Council
  • Firjan
  • OceanPact

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Petrobras Executives to Discuss Brazil’s Licensing Pre-Salt Rounds at OTC Brasil

Brazil is now the largest oil producer in Latin America, ahead of Mexico and Venezuela*. As a result of the government’s energy reforms, OTC Brasil is a timely venue for investment opportunities in the country.

Richardson, Texas (15 September 2017)— Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO, Solange da Silva Guedes, Petrobras E&P Executive Director; and other executives, will emphasize the country’s many offshore opportunities when they speak at the opening plenary session of OTC Brasil 2017, 24– 26 October in Rio de Janeiro.

“OTC Brasil 2017 is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the state with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime,” explains Áureo.

With the theme, “Transforming Today to Power the Solutions of Tomorrow,” OTC Brasil includes 180+ high-quality papers, 26 technical sessions and 16 panels sessions covering fieldproven technologies; pre-salt reservoirs; and challenges in drilling, completions, and subsea processing. Presented papers are included in the multi-society library, OnePetro.

“This year OTC Brasil will be marked by the optimism of companies who can benefit from the positive changes in Brazil’s regulatory environment,” said João Carlos de Luca, OTC Brasil General Chairman.

In addition to the technical program, the conference offers three topical luncheons with E&P business leaders focus on Brazil’s licensing pre-salt rounds, Libra development, market access, fiscal terms, and resources offering the most productive return on investment.

Other activities include the Youth Professional Program and the Distinguished Achievement Awards. Paulo Couto, TechnipFMC, and Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System will be recognized for individual and corporate achievements respectively. Awards will be presented by Pedro Parente.

For the first time, OTC Brasil will be held alongside Rio Pipeline, featuring a shared international exhibition with groundbreaking technologies, products, and solutions from Petrobras, Baker Hughes, a GE company; Chevron; Total; Shell; and other leading companies from around the world.

OTC Brasil has been held biennially in Rio de Janeiro since 2011. The conference is organized by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP) and supported by 15 engineering and scientific organizations who work cooperatively to develop the technical program.

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*Source: National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP)

About the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC), OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia. About the Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP) Founded in 1957, IBP is a private, non-profit organization focused on promoting the development of the Brazilian oil, gas and biofuels industry in a competitive, sustainable, ethical and socially responsible environment. Today, IBP congregates more than 240 associated companies and professionals, and it’s recognized as an important industry representative for its technical knowledge and fostering the debate of big industry issues. Organizer of the main oil & gas shows in Brazil, such as Rio Oil & Gas and OTC Brasil, IBP also develops technical courses and it´s also responsible for standardization, certification of inspection services and technical publications.

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LACPEC Returns to Argentina, Home of the Second Largest Unconventional Gas Resource In the World

Featuring the participation of 2017 SPE President, Janeen Judah, Chevron; SPE South America and Caribbean Region Director, Anelise Lara, Petrobras; and General Chairperson Santiago Martinez, YPF.

Richardson, Texas (27 February 2017)—With a long tradition as the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) foremost event in the region, the Latin America and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC) returns to Buenos Aires, Argentina from 17-19 May 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center.

Under the theme “Creating Opportunities Today for a Better Tomorrow,” LACPEC continues its tradition of unveiling the latest technological breakthroughs and cutting-edge research to meet the existing, emerging and future technical needs for the upstream petroleum sector.

“This year’s LACPEC will be an incredibly valuable event because it provides actionable insights, expert know-how, and strategic partnership potential to capitalize on the region’s oil and gas opportunities,” said 2017 SPE President, Janeen Judah, Chevron. “I look forward to attending LACPEC, which will be my first South American visit as SPE president.”

The conference aims to accelerate the learning experience for delegates with a multi-disciplinary technical program of more than 160 papers on timely topics such as unconventional resources, EOR, IOR, HSSE, heavy oil, mature fields, flow assurance, well construction, and reservoir management.

The executive plenary, panel sessions and keynote luncheons are designed to share business intelligence strategies, best practices and new technology advancing the region.

LACPEC also includes a regional exhibition highlighting the newest technologies and solutions to streamline operations, reduce costs and time, and keep employees safe. Special events at the conference will include the regional student paper contest, a young professionals session on building competencies for a successful E&P career, and two training courses focused on optimizing shale gas and tight oil fields and modern production data analysis.

Delegates can take advantage of early registration, saving up to USD 200. Discounted airfare is also available when flying United Airlines. Presented papers will be published to OnePetro®. Simultaneous translation in English and Spanish is available during the technical sessions.

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Están disponibles bajo petición: traducción en español y logo de la conferencia.

About the Society of Petroleum Engineers
SPE is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 164,000 members in 143 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing publications, events, training courses, and online resources.

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Chevron Commits $800,000 for SPE Student Programs


SPE Student Members

Students from SPE Suez University Student Chapter (Egypt) take a selfie together with a member of SPE Gubkin University Student Chapter (Russia) during ATCE 2014.

DALLAS, Texas (Jan, 12, 2017) –
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces that Chevron Corporation has committed $800,000 over four years to support SPE’s programs that are dedicated to increasing student participation and advancing energy education

Chevron will be the sole sponsor of the student dues program, which provides support for college students to join SPE’s global network of student chapters. SPE has nearly 69,000 student members in 130 countries.

Also, Chevron will support the Energy4me program in which teachers and students gain invaluable knowledge about the oil and gas industry. Students learn skills on how to think, problem solve and adapt to changing conditions – competencies required to be a successful engineer. The program also educates teachers on using hands-on activities to illustrate technical aspects of engineering.

“As a not-for-profit organization, SPE counts on the generous support of companies such as Chevron to offer valuable programs to our professional and student members,” said Mark Rubin, SPE CEO and Executive Vice President. “The future of the industry relies heavily on the young professionals and students coming up in the ranks, and Chevron’s generous donation ensures students both develop their skills and benefit from SPE’s global resources.”

Steven Shirley, Chevron Global Upstream Exploration Portfolio Manager, agreed that education opens the door of opportunity.

“At Chevron, we plan and construct long-term projects that require a highly skilled workforce,” Shirley said. “By encouraging students to participate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related studies, we’re helping to develop the industry experts we will need in the future.”


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 168,000 members in 144 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses and online resources.

Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif.

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Technology Innovation is the Focus at ATCE

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Houston, Texas (27 August 2015) – Ideally timed and located, Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition SM (ATCE), 28-30 September will be in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center anticipating 10,000 oil and gas professionals from across the world. The event will highlight more than 400 technical presentations and 300 exhibits which offer the latest technologies, best practices, and future trends of the exploration and production industry.

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Taller Inaugural de la SPE en Soluciones Effectives en Manejo de Agua para Operaciones E&P Llega a Lima, Perú

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Richardson, Texas, USA (17 Agosto 2015) – Profesionales de Exploración y Producción (E&P) compartirán sus experiencias en operaciones de manejo de agua, en el taller inaugural de la Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Water Management for Oil and Gas: Best Practices and New Technologies Workshop, los días 3-4 de septiembre en el hotel Swissôtel, Lima, Perú.

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SPE Workshop on Effective Solutions for E&P Water Operations to be Offered 3-4 September in Lima, Peru

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Andrea Valencia

Richardson, Texas, USA (19 August 2015) – Exploration and production (E&P) professionals will share their expertise regarding water management operations at the Society of Petroleum’s (SPE) inaugural Water Management for Oil and Gas: Best Practices and New Technologies Workshop, 3-4 September in Lima, Peru at the Swissôtel Lima.

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Programa Técnico de Excelencia Preparado Para LACPEC en Quito, Ecuador del 18 al de Noviembre

Society of Petroleum Engineers
Andrea Valencia

Richardson, Texas (10 de agosto 2015) – La Conferencia de Ingeniería de Petróleo para América Latina y el Caribe (LACPEC) organizada por la Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) se llevará a cabo del 18 al 20 de noviembre en el Centro de Convenciones Quorum en Quito, Ecuador.

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Program Tecnico de Exelencia Preparado Para A LACPEC em Quito, Ecuador

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Richardson, Texas, EUA (31 de julho de 2015) – A Conferência dos Engenheiros de Petróleo da América Latina e Caribe (LACPEC) organizada pela Sociedade dos Engenheiros de Petróleo (SPE) será realizada de 18-20, Novembro em Quito, Equador. No famoso evento de exploração e produção da região, os participantes podem planejar para se familiarizar com os locais culturais de Quito herança, visite o Centro do Mundo, e outras atracções turísticas.

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