Cost Reduction of Well Construction on UK Continental Shelf
Since 2004, well construction costs in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have doubled, directly impacting drilling activity which is currently at an all-time low. However, collective industry efforts are already focusing in on how a reduction in core drilling costs of 50 per cent could potentially unlock around five billion boe of known reserves over the next decade. The significant work the industry is doing through the Technology Leadership Board (TLB) to address the well cost reduction challenge…
SPE Aberdeen Awards Students Bursaries
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has announced the recipients of its annual student bursaries programme for 2015-2016. In total, £7,500 was awarded to seven students attending Aberdeen, Robert Gordon, Dundee, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde universities. Almost 100 applications were received and for the first time this year, the shortlisted finalists were invited to present one of their answers from their bursary application to a panel of judges before the final recipients were selected.
Kondapi Named Subsea Director at Texas A&M
Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi has joined the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University as the director for subsea engineering. Kondapi brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the industry with FMC Technologies and KBR, where he focused on engineering and consulting projects worldwide. As the KBR Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston, he helped develop the first subsea engineering program in the United States. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Kondapi join Texas A&M’s subsea engineering program as director,” said Dr.
Focus on Statoil’s Mariner Project at Joint Industry Event
In a low oil price environment it is more important than ever for collaboration between disciplines to deliver value, as well as inspiring the next generation of geoscientists and engineers. Members of Statoil’s Aberdeen team are set to discuss exactly how important this is at a presentation jointly organised by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) in Aberdeen this month. Four of the operator’s young professionals will give an overview of how collaboration and the use of new technology in geophysics…
US Oil Scrambles to Retain Talent
After 20 years in the oil business, Craig Reed, 62, is thinking about winding down his career just as a second downturn in six years rocks the industry. Reed is part of the baby boomer generation that forms the backbone of the U.S. oil workforce and now weighs retirement as energy firms cut spending and shelve projects. That is a worrying prospect for company executives keen to keep their most experienced workers while they ride out the oil market slump. "Between the politics and uncertainty and cost cutting…
SPE Award for Survitec Group
Two safety and survival systems developed for use in the UK’s offshore sector by the Survitec Group were recognised for their industry-leading importance when they won the Safety Innovations Award in the recent Offshore Achievement Award organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The Safety Innovations Award recognises excellence in innovative technology and products that have been developed in the UK and which contribute to offshore safety. In particular, it looks at how they contribute to the overall objective of improving individual…
Black Fills ACE Winches’ New Management Role
ACE Winches has appointed Colin Black as chief commercial officer, a newly created board of management position. Black is responsible for leading and managing the firm’s overall commercial strategy and the management of the ACE Winch Academy. Colin Black stated: “ACE Winches has an enviable reputation as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and market leader in deck machinery solutions, and with my operational background I fully understand the demands of an industry facing the challenges of low oil price.
InterAct Appoints Lerma as Engineering Manager
InterAct, an Acteon company, has appointed Val Lerma, P.E., as engineering manager. Lerma will be based in InterAct’s Ventura, California, office and has more than 30 years of experience working with major and independent oil and gas operators, both on and offshore. She has experience in drilling, reservoir and production engineering as well as management roles and will enhance InterAct’s engineering capabilities. Lerma served as the engineering manager, business development manager and president of Orchard Petroleum Inc., and Orchard E&P, LLC.
Rawicz-12 Well Spuds
San Leon Energy, the AIM listed company focused on oil and gas exploration in Europe and North Africa, announces the spud of the Rawicz-12 appraisal well yesterday on the 742 km2 Rawicz Concession in Poland’s southern Permian Basin. The well, which is operated by Palomar Natural Resources (“PNR”), is targeting the previously-discovered Rawicz gas accumulation in the Permian Rotliegendes sandstones. The well is estimated to take 45 days to reach a total depth of 1,900 meters and is being drilled by Poland’s Exalo Drilling.
DSA Strengthens HSE Team
Drilling Services of America (DSA), the complete thru-tubing specialist, has added Dwayne Doucet as health, safety and environmental (HSE) director and Todd Whitley as senior technical advisor. Doucet will be responsible for the continuous development and implementation of HSE policies and procedures. He will oversee the company’s safety program and maintain a high level of awareness, knowledge and preparedness while creating a culture that priorities safety. Doucet has 11 years of experience as a corporate HSE manager within the oil and gas industry.
Phillips to Address SPE ICoTA Conference
Ian Phillips, chief executive of the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), will highlight how the pace of innovation in the oil and gas industry is significantly lower than in comparable industries at the 20th SPE ICoTA Well Intervention Conference in Aberdeen this week. Mr. Phillips will give the keynote address on Wednesday, 12 November, where he will highlight the contributing factors including the slow pace of technological uptake in the industry and comparatively low spend on research and development activity.
Students to Compete for SPE Energy Apprentice 2014
Around 66 students from universities across Scotland will compete to be named the 2014 Energy Apprentice in a competition organized and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Young Professional Aberdeen Section Committee. Sponsored by Total, the event will provide students with a unique opportunity to test their oil and gas knowledge and experience situations similar to those encountered in a graduate employment interview. Students will be challenged throughout four rounds which will include technical questions…
Trio of LR Senergy Experts Present at SPE
Three experts from global-leading energy services company, LR Senergy, have participated in the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) in Amsterdam this week (October 27-29) by presenting technical papers. Reservoir engineer Stuart Law will address delegates (Wednesday, October 29) with a paper entitled: Secondary Application of Low Salinity Waterflooding to the Forties Sandstone Reservoirs. Colin McPhee, who is global technical head of geomechanics & rock properties at LR Senergy…
New Category for 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards
The 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards have opened for entries today, with a new category added which will recognise investment into the future talent of the energy industry. The prestigious awards, which are organised and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section with the support of principal sponsor TAQA, have celebrated outstanding company success, safety and technology innovations and exceptional individual performance in the oil and gas sector for 28 years.
SPE Aberdeen Names Lowdon Chairman
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015. Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally. He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University.
RMSpumptools Appoints Boeri VP of Sales
RMSpumptools, specialists innovative artificial lift technology, has announced the appointment of electrical connector specialist Ted Boeri as vice president of global sales. One of the industry’s leading names in electrical connectors, Boeri will head up the Aberdeenshire-based company’s Electrical Penetrator division. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry and long-standing membership of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, he is a prominent figure within the sector.
SPE Aberdeen Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
2014 is a very special year for SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Aberdeen Section as it reaches its landmark 40th anniversary. To mark this and acknowledge the continuous efforts made by its members across the years, SPE Aberdeen will celebrate with a black-tie dinner on Thursday, 7 August, which will welcome an impressive line-up of key industry panellists who are attending the night’s celebration as a recognition of SPE’s immense contribution to the technical development and knowledge sharing of the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide.
SPE Aberdeen: Tackling the Offshore Design Challenge
An engineering expert is set to talk at a Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Aberdeen Section presentation this month, discussing the challenges associated with the analysis and design of offshore engineering equipment. Offshore marine equipment can be physically complex, expensive, safety critical and required to operate in harsh environments. This means that regulations for design and manufacturing processes can differ based on a number of factors, including project complexity and environment. Dr.
WRS Adds Johnson as President
Wellsite Rental Services, LLC (WRS), a rental equipment provider for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry, has appointed Mark Johnson as president. Johnson joins Wellsite Rental Services with more than 34 years of experience in the oil and gas, domestic inspection and rental markets. He will manage all business ventures including operations and sales, while developing the core business and expanding the company’s reach. The company said it will announce a broader product line in the near future, a venture that will be led by Johnson.
Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board
The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the organization and helps to provide resources to advance the Foundation’s mission to support the service of men and women in the United States Coast Guard. This year, the board welcomes three newly elected officers and four new members to its executive committee, as well as three new board members. Robert J.
Tendeka to Present at Next SPE Event
Advanced completion technology: past, present and future. Advanced completion technology covers a powerful range of equipment and techniques in the oil and gas industry and is set to be the focus at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section evening meeting later this month. Annabel Green, product line director at Tendeka, the provider of completions systems and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, is to discuss the developments in recent years and why technology in this field must keep up with the advancing pace of the subsea and drilling sectors.
Greene's Names Business Development Director
Greene’s Energy Group (GEG), a provider of integrated testing, rentals and specialty services, has appointed Tracy Cummins as director of business development within the rental and products business unit, announced President Frank Mathews. Based in Houston, Cummins will develop, review and report the rental and products business unit’s visions and strategies. He will also guide corporate decision-making regarding the implementation of strategic commercial and operational plans.
Offshore Achievement Awards Open for Entries
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has announced that entries are now open for the 2014 Offshore Achievement Awards. The awards, which are hosted by SPE Aberdeen with the support of principal sponsor TAQA, have recognized outstanding success and innovation in the oil and gas sector for over 27 years. Last year’s awards ceremony attracted a record attendance of more than 530 industry professionals. This year SPE Aberdeen has introduced two new categories, the Inspiring Leader and the Environmentalist awards.
EDS Makes Two Senior Appointments
Environmental Drilling Solutions (EDS), a provider of drilling waste management, solids control and backyard management solutions to the oil and gas industry, announced two senior-level additions to its management team: John Meckert as chief executive officer (CEO) and John Marty III as business development manager. Meckert joins EDS with 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily in oilfield services and drilling. He has spent most of his career at various divisions of Nabors Industries, the world’s largest land driller.
Braemar Adjusting Makes Several New Appointments
Braemar Adjusting continues its global expansion with the addition of one director in London, two directors in Houston and an energy adjuster in Singapore. Ian McInroy re-joins Braemar’s London office as a Director in October 2013 from a leading international insurance broking and consultancy group, where his primary responsibilities were to design risk transfer programs for offshore energy construction projects and advise clients on the terms and conditions of their energy contracts.
Forum to Focus on Sand Management
Energy industry professionals will gather in Aberdeen this spring for the sixth European Sand Management Forum. The conference and exhibition, organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Sand Management Network, will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center between March 26-27, 2014. The forum will focus on the importance of sand management within the oil and gas industry, addressing its challenges across a range of reservoirs and geographical locations and discussing its use in well and plant integrity.