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OTC NAMES 2018 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Honorees to Be Recognized 1 May at
OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon

Houston, Texas, USA (6 February 2018) – The 2018 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on Tuesday, 1 May at NRG Center in Houston.

During the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, the conference will recognize Brian Skeels for individual achievement, Shell and SBM Offshore for institutional achievement, Cesar del Vecchio for the Heritage Award, and present a Special Citation for Tom Sifferman.

Founded in 1969 and marking its 50th edition, OTC 2018 brings together industry leaders and professionals from more than 100 countries. Its large international participation provides excellent opportunities for global sharing of technology, expertise, products, and best practices that address current and future industry conditions. The event will be held 30 April–3 May at NRG Park.

OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals

Brian Skeels will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his extraordinary accomplishments in pioneering new subsea completions in record water depths and for the development of new tieback connections that have set and redefined industry standards. As TechnipFMC’s Technology Fellow, he serves as a technical subsea advisor for HPHT. Skeels is also a strategic planning specialist for frontier technologies and new business opportunities, including deepwater riserless light well intervention, ROV and remote robotics technology, and hydrate remediation programs.

Skeels has 36 years of experience in subsea completion and pipeline design and installation. He is a contributing author to nearly 40 industry related technical papers and articles, an innovator who holds 14 US patents for the oil and gas industry, serves as an educational lead within a state-recognized leading university, and is an instructor in company-lead learning program. He has presented, session chaired, conference chaired, or participated as an advisory board/program committee member for OTC, Deep Offshore Technology (DOT) Conference, World Oil HPHT Conferences, ASME (IPTI) Deepwater Conference, SPE Forum Series Conferences on Subsea Production, among others. He also pioneered designs in subsea completions which held world record water depths from 1986 through 2010 and established the first 10K psi and 15K psi subsea completions in the Gulf of Mexico.

OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations and Institutions

Shell and SBM Offshore will be presented the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of its successful development of the world’s deepest oil and gas project, the Stones field, using a leased FPSO, an industry-first pairing of a steel lazy wave riser system with the largest disconnectable buoy turret mooring system, and an artificial lift system designed for 15,000 psi.

Together, Shell and SBM also completed a successful safety milestone when the Stones FPSO project logged more than 18 million work hours in the construction phase with only one lost-time incident, a notable achievement for an endeavor of this scale.

In January 2018, Shell took over full operatorship of the Stones FPSO from SBM Offshore but continues their successful global collaboration in other offshore regions to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy.

OTC Heritage Award

The Heritage Award will be presented to Cesar Del Vecchio for his contribution to the safe and economic development of deepwater floating systems by establishing, proving, and gaining worldwide acceptance for the use of polyester mooring systems. His initial research in replacing all steel catenary systems with synthetic taut moorings is considered a breakthrough for floating production system technology by extending the range of moored floaters into deep and ultra-deep water, while reducing seabed footprint. Del Vecchio led Petrobras’ effort that used a full life cycle approach to design systems. Some of these systems have now been in service for more than 20 years. He currently works at Stress Engineering Services and continues to use his widely recognized experience with the integrity management of mooring systems for a variety of clients.

Special Citation

OTC will also recognize Tom Sifferman with a Special Citation, based on his lifetime of significant contributions to the advancement of production enhancement, complex rheology mitigation, and chemical flow assurance of difficult-to-handle reservoir fluids. A licensed professional engineer with 45 years of experience in the petroleum business, Sifferman received his PhD in engineering from Purdue University and has held a variety of responsibilities in drilling, completions, and production. He is an SPE Distinguished Member, a Fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He has authored 30 professional publications, holds 17 issued US patents, and has served as chair and organizer of flow assurance sessions for OTC since 2006.

OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon

The OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon recognizes the OTC Distinguished Achievement Award recipients, raises funds for a worthy cause, and provides an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to network with colleagues from around the world. The 2018 beneficiary of the luncheon is the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA). The organization is an all-girl, college preparatory magnet school in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) with middle and high school divisions. Launched in 2011, YWCPA focuses on college readiness and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with all core curriculum classes being either Pre-Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the OTC Sales Team at sales@otcnet.org or visit the website. Individual tickets can be purchased online for USD 85.

ABOUT OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (OTC)
Celebrating 50 years since 1969, OTC is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia. For more information, visit www.otcnet.org.

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Beneficiary Selected for OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon 2018

Houston, Texas, USA (5th February 2018) – The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) announces the 2018 beneficiary of the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon: Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA).

OTC will host the Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at NRG Center in Houston. The event recognizes industry achievements, raises funds for a worthy cause, and provides an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to network with colleagues from around the world.

YWCPA is an all-girl, college preparatory magnet school within the Houston Independent School District (HISD) with middle and high school divisions. Launched in 2011 with the support of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, YWCPA focuses on college readiness and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with all core curriculum classes being either Pre-Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement.

“OTC is honored to have the opportunity to support YWCPA’s efforts to promote STEM education among middle and high schools girls,” says Wafik Beydoun, Chairman, OTC Board of Directors. “There’s a steadily increasing demand for energy-related skills from tomorrow’s rapidly diversifying workforce, not just within offshore oil and gas field but society at large, and it’s important to invest in curriculum that will help meet this need. We’re excited that our support will provide more opportunities for these students and expect that we’ll see some of them at future OTCs.”

Over the past six years, OTC has donated a total of USD 1,600,000 to Medical Bridges; Offshore Energy Center; Engineers without Borders; Gulf of Mexico Foundation; the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA) Energy Education Center for the benefit of the Energy Institute High School; Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas; and Oilfield Helping Hands.

“This donation is such a huge honor for our girls. We teach them every day that hard work and dedication will pay off tenfold in their future, and this contribution really speaks to that,” explains April Williams, YWCPA’s Principal. “I cannot thank OTC and the advisory board enough for this investment. Because of it our students will be exposed to more STEM related curriculum, able to enjoy more hands-on technology in the classroom, and our teachers will have additional opportunities for more professional development that will directly impact learning for our girls. Choosing to invest in young women who will no doubt be future leaders in STEM is truly phenomenal.”

The academy also offers dual credit classes, which allow students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit. YWCPA’s students are required to pursue the distinguished graduation track, which is optional in most HISD schools. It also offers a Vanguard Neighborhood program with accelerated academics for gifted and talented students.

Sponsorship opportunities for the OTC Distinguished Achievement Luncheon are still available at various levels. To learn more, contact the OTC Sales Team at sales@otcnet.org or visit the website. Individual tickets can be purchased online for USD 85.

ABOUT OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE (OTC)
Celebrating 50 years since 1969, OTC is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston. OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia. For more information, visit www.otcnet.org.

MEDIA CONTACT
Offshore Technology Conference
Andrea Valencia
Marketing Manager, Offshore Technology Conference
+1.972.952.1112
pr@otcnet.org

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
  • CNOCC
  • Subsea7
  • Brazil – U.S. Business Council
  • Firjan
  • OceanPact

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OTC Brasil 2017 Advisory Committee Convenes in Rio de Janeiro

Featuring the participation of Christino Áureo, Brazil’s Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development; Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; João Carlos de Luca, Barra Energia-IBP President and OTC Brasil 2017 general chairman.

Richardson, Texas (2 August 2017)—The first OTC Brasil 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting happened on 25 July with several authorities, executives of oil and gas companies, and representatives of business entities in attendance.

Among them were Christino Áureo, Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development; Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; three Petrobras directors; and João de Luca, OTC Brasil 2017 Chairman. Their planning will contribute to the success of the 2017 event, scheduled for 24-26 October at Rio Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Christino Áureo stressed that OTC Brasil will be held at an opportune time when the State of Rio begins its path of fiscal rebalancing and gradual recovery of economic development from the homologation of the Tax Recovery Regime.

He said, “OTC Brasil is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the State with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime. We believe in crossing the oil and gas sector – the main one in the state.”

According to the secretary, it is important to ensure a favorable environment for investments in the state’s oil and gas sector. He believes it is important to create an environment of understanding, making clear that the state is investment friendly and that any distortions in the tax or environmental environment will be resolved with wide negotiation and responsibility of all the parties seated at the table.

OTC Brasil Chairman João Carlos de Luca said he believes this edition will be marked by the optimism of companies who can benefit from the positive changes in Brazil’s regulatory environment.

A committee, under the leadership of João de Luca, is currently finalizing the 2017 technical program. View the current program at www.otcbrasil.org.

 

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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IBP – Instituto Brasileiro de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis

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Tel: +55.21.2112.9079

 

 

OTC Brasil Names 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Winners to Be Honored 25 October in Rio de Janeiro 

 Richardson Texas, USA (2 August 2017) –OTC Brasil, 24-26 October 2017, will recognize Paulo Cuoto for individual achievement and Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System for corporate achievement.

The recipients will be honored during the awards luncheon on 25 October at Riocentro Exhibition and Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These achievements are truly significant contributions to the oil and gas industry in Brazil.

OTC Brasil provides an excellent technical program that addresses innovative technical advances and opportunities for the deep and ultra-deepwater offshore sector in Brazil, including the latest government regulatory changes and upcoming licensing presalt rounds. It also offers networking opportunities as well as contributions to social programs in Brazil.

“OTC Brasil is a symbol of the turning point about to occur in the state with the adhesion to the Tax Recovery Regime. We believe in crossing the oil and gas sector – the main one in the state,” said Secretary of State for Civil and Economic Development, Christino Áureo. “This event will be held at an opportune time when the state of Rio begins its path of fiscal rebalancing and gradual recovery of economic development from the homologation of the Tax Recovery Regime.”

 OTC Brasil Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals
Paulo Couto, TechnipFMC, will be recognized with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his significant contributions to the technical development and management of subsea systems in Brazil.

With a career of excellence since 1980, Couto is a groundbreaking researcher and leading innovator, recognized as a cornerstone of subsea engineering worldwide. He pioneered the development of sophisticated subsea systems in Brazil including deepwater trees, connection systems, manifold systems, control systems and subsea processing, and a global leadership role in lean product development and design thinking philosophies to the oil industry. Couto has dedicated his career to be a catalyst of innumerous developments and advances of subsea technologies.

Couto is the author of several technical papers for OTC and the Society of Petroleum Engineers and holds several patents in subsea technologies. In 1992, he received the Technology Award for Engineering Innovation from ASME, and has received four FMC Technologies’ Chairman Awards.

 OTC Brasil Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions

The Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, and Institutions recognizes Shell BC-10 Life of Field Seismic Monitoring System for their success in developing the deepest full field installation of a LoFS system in the world. The project was successfully deployed under a fast-track schedule and continues to deliver relevant reservoir behavior data after four years of operation.

This outstanding project, also known as Parque das Conchas (BC-10), covers the entire reservoir and consists of 14 seismic cables, totaling 99 km, and 11km of backbone cable connecting back to a small hub. It reduces emissions and the environmental footprint, and represents a technology showcase aimed at delivering business value by safely maximizing reservoir recovery factors.

For more information about the awards and to register for OTC Brasil 2017, visit www.otcbrasil.org.

Stay in touch with the latest OTC Brasil information by following the hashtag #OTCBrasil.

 

About the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Founded in 1969, OTC brings together industry leaders and professionals from more than 130 countries. Its large international participation provides excellent opportunities for global sharing of technology, expertise, products, and best practices. 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. Learn more at www.otcnet.org.

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. Learn more at www.ibp.org.br.

 

Media Contacts

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

Andrea Valencia, Tel: +1.972.952.1112,  media@otcnet.org

 

Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)

Tatiana Campos, Tel: +55.21.2112.9079, tcampos@ibp.org.br

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.

Estão disponíveis mediante pedidos: traduções em português e logo da conferência.
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.”

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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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Society of Petroleum Engineers Names Darcy Spady as 2018 President

Dallas, Texas (June 21, 2016) — The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces that Darcy W. Spady, P. Eng., managing director of Broadview Energy Asset Management, has been elected as 2018 SPE president. His term as president begins in September 2017. Spady is the first Canadian elected as president of SPE.

“I am honored to have been selected, and I look forward to being a great representative not only of SPE, but of Canada and Canadian technology as well,” Spady said when his nomination was announced.

Spady has been an active SPE member since graduating from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1986. He currently serves on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada; he is also a member of the Calgary Section and the newly formed Vancouver Section. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.

“Darcy has been an exemplary member of SPE for many years, and his professional service to the oil and gas industry will translate to a strong term as SPE president,” said Mark Rubin, SPE CEO and Executive Vice President. “Darcy understands the value of connecting relationships in the oil and gas business, and he will be a strong leader for our membership.”

Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in their wireline and pressure pumping segments, as well as with the Columbia Natural Resources / Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada and internationally. He has also served as CEO of Contact Exploration in Canada and Hungary and more recently as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation. His expertise of three decades in both the independent producer and service segments of the industry greatly enhances his role at SPE.

He also is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He has previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals and Poplar Point Exploration.

“Along with serving as the SPE president for 2018, I also look forward to working closely with Janeen Judah, the SPE 2017 president,” Spady said. “SPE has provided me with immeasurable professional growth, and now I am excited to give back to the organization by serving as president in 2018.”

At ATCE, Judah will begin her term as SPE president 2017, succeeding Nathan Meehan, senior executive advisor for Baker Hughes.

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Challenges Met With Optimism in Houston at the Second-Largest Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition

Houston, Texas (30 September 2015) — Registration totals exceeded expectations as 13,500 global exploration and production professionals gathered at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) flagship event the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston over three days this week 28-30 September.

“2040: The Journey and the Destination—Diverse Perspectives” was the Opening General Session theme on Monday. ATCE 2015 General Chairperson, Gustavo Hernández-García, director of operations for PEMEX E&P, introduced a distinguished panel of industry experts who discussed current trends and the recent challenges faced by the oil and gas industry. However, discussion stressed the resilience of the industry, the continued importance of fossil fuel energy to the world economy, and reassurance the industry will come through a difficult period and be stronger. Panel member Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology said the energy mix has changed little in the past 35 years. “It’s driven by security. Is energy affordable, available, reliable, and sustainable? A lower price over a long time extends the future of oil.” He adds, “I continue to believe that energy is the greatest industry on the planet. It underpins everything.”

2015 President Helge Hove Haldorsen focused his comments on “the new normal.” At the Opening General Session he said, “We need to continuously adapt, strengthen, and reinvent our industry because oil and gas will be needed for decades to come.” On Wednesday he wrapped up his presidential term saying, “We will see what the new normal will be.”

Nathan Meehan began his term as SPE 2016 president with his vision stating, “We are on a mission to educate and provide safe, affordable energy to improve people’s lives.” Meehan said his priorities for the year ahead will focus on stressing public benefit; mentoring the next generation; sustainability; as well as health, safety, and environmental issues.

The more than 400 technical presentations provided break-through and improved efficiencies for best practices for the oil and gas industry. The 500 exhibits offered promising new and enhanced products and services. Networking opportunities were expanded due to the Open Access Day on Wednesday where more than 400 people took advantage of the complimentary registration. The conference featured more than 45 technical sessions, 34 training sessions, and young professional and student events and activities.

Some new features of the conference included the ENGenious program, which resulted in standing room only presentations from innovative technology companies. Another new feature was the opportunity to access live-stream and virtual sessions for those who could not attend the conference.

Participating in ATCE were engineers, operators, scientists, managers, and executives involved in all aspects of the global petroleum industry. ATCE offered unique opportunities for people at all career levels – including young professionals and students – to meet industry experts, network with peers, and access new technologies.

ATCE 2016 will be held in Dubai 26-28 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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SPE Announces Open Access Day at ATCE in Houston for Wednesday, 30 September

Houston, Texas (25 September 2015) – The Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) is offering complimentary registration at its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston during Open Access Day on Wednesday, 30 September.

Complimentary registration enables attendance at technical sessions, the exhibition hall, and opportunities to network with other energy professionals. Additionally, attendees can increase industry knowledge and sharpen professional development during a special session, “Learn to Start your Own Business and Grow your Networking Skills,” with speakers J. Roger Hite, founder and principal of Inwood Solutions; C. Susan Howes, Chevron Global Upstream; and Peggy Rijken Chevron Corporation will moderate the event.

Registration for Open Access Day will begin online Tuesday, 29 September at 1400 hours and continue on-site at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Wednesday. Interested attendees can visit the ATCE website at www.spe.org/atce/2015/pages/general/registration.php

“The way to turn around the current downturn is to spark innovation in the upstream industry,” says SPE 2015 President Helge Hove Haldorsen. “By offering an Open Access Day at ATCE, SPE demonstrates to the industry that technical knowledge exchange and networking must continue even during hard times.”

Additionally, SPE is offering a virtual conference experience for those unable to attend the Society’s flagship event. This is a cost-effective opportunity to participate and access a wealth of knowledge for a small investment. Topics on the live stream range from technical sessions, speaker sessions and SPE’s President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting. To learn more about the virtual sessions go to www.spe.org/atce/2015/pages/schedule/virtual-sessions.php

For more information, visit  https://www.spe.org/atce/2015/

 

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