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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 or visit the website. Individual tickets can be purchased online for USD 85.

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


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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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A OTC Brasil Concede O PrêMio MáXimo Da Entidade Para Antônio Carlos Capeleiro Pinto E Para A Empresa Subsea7

Richardson Texas, USA (31 de Agosto de 2015) – Criado pela prestigiosa OTC, o Prêmio Realizador de Destaque será concedido pela OTC Brasil 2015 ao profissional Antônio Capeleiro Pinto por suas realizações individuais e à empresa Subsea7 Buoy Supporting Risers (BSR) por suas realizações corporativas. Continue reading

Technology Innovation is the Focus at ATCE

Society of Petroleum Engineers
Samantha Sipowicz, APR
Public Relations Manager
+1 713 457-6872

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

Society of Petroleum Engineers
Andrea Valencia


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

Society of Petroleum Engineers
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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JPT Delivers Worldwide

Ganesh ThakurHi SPE Members –

During my travels, members in some of the outlying areas of the world tell me about problems they have in getting JPT delivered to them. I wanted to take a moment to talk about what we’re doing to ensure delivery of JPT to every member.

  • Hand-delivery of JPT–We hand-delivered more than 1,380 issues in June!
  • Seeking private vendors who can provide the best service.
  • Obtaining written confirmation from the vendors to track deliveries.

To further help us ensure the timely delivery, we are seeking JPT monitors. A JPT monitor would be responsible for notifying SPE via a simple email, when they receive their monthly issue of JPT. These monitors will help us be more proactive in identifying potential delivery problems.

A few alternate ways to read the latest issue of JPT:

I’d like to end this note by thanking you for your time! Of course, I’m always interested in your thoughts and ideas: leave them in the comments. Want to be a JPT monitor? Send us a note to


Ganesh Thakur

Congratulations to the 2012 International Award Winners

Please join SPE in congratulating the 2012 SPE International Award recipients.  The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2012 International Award recipients at their recent meeting. Seventeen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. The winners were chosen from a pool of first rate candidates. SPE President Ganesh Thakur will present the awards to the winners at ATCE in San Antonio Texas.

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Society of Petroleum Engineers and dmg events to partner on Canadian events

SPE introduces international heavy oil conference to be presented alongside Global Petroleum Show, Gas & Oil Expo

Richardson, Texas, USA, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada (October 25, 2011) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and dmg events (Canada) inc. have announced plans to conduct the new SPE  International Heavy Oil Conference alongside two of the industry’s major exhibitions, dmg’s Global Petroleum Show (even years) and Gas & Oil Expo (odd years), beginning in 2012.

The SPE International Heavy Oil Conference was developed to respond to SPE members’ interests in a focused heavy oil technical conference in Canada.  The agreement with dmg events will give SPE members an opportunity to participate in an annual conference and simultaneously attend Global Petroleum Show and Gas & Oil Expo, two of the largest exhibition events presented in Canada for the energy industry.
“Canada is an important region for SPE and heavy oil is an important and complex topic for our industry,” said Alain Labastie, 2011 SPE President and Engineering Advisor, TOTAL.  “To better serve our members, we are bringing an annual heavy oil technical conference to Calgary.  It is an ambitious undertaking, but one we know will bring great value to our members.”

The Global Petroleum Show is one of the largest international energy exhibitions held on a bienniel basis, bringing together some 60,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies to network, collaborate and source new business opportunities.  Gas & Oil Expo is  held every two years and focuses on oil and natural gas technologies and services, with 20,000 registered attendees and 700 exhibiting companies.
“We are excited at the opportunity to have the SPE involved with Global Petroleum Show and Gas & Oil Expo,” said Mark Carr, President – Energy, dmg events.  “Our exhibitors and attendees, many of whom are SPE members, will embrace the chance to network and collaborate on the topic of heavy oil at these events.  The SPE conference will bring a higher level of technical understanding and innovation that is available in the global oil and gas industry.”

SPE has also announced that K.C. Yeung, Manager of Oil Sands Technology at Husky Energy, will chair the Program Committee for the 2012 SPE International Heavy Oil Conference held in conjunction with the Global Petroleum Show, June 12-14. Mr. Yeung has been involved in heavy oil and oil sands reservoir engineering, R&D, and project development in Canada since 1977.  He has given numerous courses and lectures on heavy oil recovery methods and steam-assisted gravity drainage worldwide. He was 2005-06 President of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association; 2007 Chairman of the Petroleum Society of CIM; and 2005-08 Chairman of the Computer Modelling Group Foundation; and serves as 2006-12 Technical Conference Chairman of the World Heavy Oil Congress.  Mr. Yeung is a member of the SPE Canada Board of Directors.

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About dmg events

dmg events (Canada) inc. is an international trade show and conference organizer, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daily Mail Group Trust (DMGT).  dmg events (Canada) inc. produces ten major energy events around the globe, including the renowned Global Petroleum Show,  Gas and Oil Expo, World Heavy Oil Congress, ADIPEC, Gastech, Oil Sands Trade Show, International Pipeline Exposition, and Global Energy Career Expo, Global Clean Energy Congress and Heavy Oil Latin America Congress.  Visit