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  • Entrepreneurship in the Oilfield

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 06/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will focus on entrepreneurship in the oilfield, from germinating an idea, to pilot testing, raising capital, and scaling.

    This webinar will focus on entrepreneurship in the oilfield, from germinating an idea, to pilot testing, raising capital, and scaling.

    Omar Abou-Sayed

    CEO, Advantek Waste Management Services

    Mr. Abou-Sayed's experience spans the global energy, chemicals, oilfield services, and clean tech industries. He has worked in a variety of engineering, business, and organization-wide leadership roles within SuperMajor oil companies, blue chip management consulting firms, private equity funds, and venture-backed startups. He currently serves as CEO of Advantek Waste Management Services, a private equity backed industrial waste management company which operates primarily in the oil and gas market. He also acts as President at Advantek International, a global oilfield consulting firm focused on hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, and data analytics and artificial intelligence applications within oil and gas. Omar began his career at BP, where he held a variety of engineering roles. Omar holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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  • The Future Role of Oil

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/15/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Dr. Iskander Diyashev

    One idea: Our industry is in the new era of greater competition and must become more efficient to continue to prosper. Only about 15 years ago "peak oil" theories were quite popular and accepted by the general public.  Another school of thought, based on the concept of resource triangle, stated that as technology develops and as prices increase, vast amounts of hydrocarbon resources will become commercial. Oil and gas prices did increase and this led to the unconventional oil and gas revolution. Recent analysis of resource potential based on technical data collected for North American basins (S.A.Holditch et al) showed that we may think of hydrocarbon resources as being essentially infinite for practical purposes.

    However  the cost of the resource development, as expressed by the production activation index (the CapEx required to create production stream of 1 stb/day) increased over the decade  from about  1000-10,000 USD/bopd range for conventional oil, up to 15,000 USD /bopd, and more in some cases. Maintaining production levels with unconventional resources requires continuous drilling. The rapid rate of decline of unconventional wells translates to roughly a three-fold increase in the cost of generating a unit of energy compared to conventional wells. At this order of magnitude of energy cost, other sources of energy and combinations of technologies become competitive with conventional fossil fuel based energy and transportation.

    3/4 of all the oil that we produce is used for 3 purposes: ground transportation, heating and electricity generation, and jet fuel. In this lecture we will discuss competitive technologies, their technical limitations, their progress in application and market penetration trends. These competitive technologies are solar power, electric automobiles, and magnetic levitation trains. The  high energy density of gasoline made conventional internal combustion engine cars prevalent at the turn of the  20th  century. But today, the higher energy efficiency of electric cars and improvements in battery technology are making electric vehicles competitive. We review how the future may look like and how our industry may adapt and change.  As the transition starts there will probably be long term demand destruction trend in OECD countries.

    It is likely that the industry will experience significant downward oil price pressure as alternative technologies become more competitive. We need to train young engineers in energy engineering rather than just petroleum engineering.

    Dr. Iskander Diyashev

    Instructor, Petroskills

    Dr. Diyashev is an instructor for Petroskills since 2008. The PetroSkills Alliance is a training organization for the 30 member companies representing more than 40% of the world’s oil production.

    Dr. Diyashev had taught numerous classes in the fundamentals of petroleum, reservoir, and production engineering. The advanced level classes that Dr. Diyashev has instructed include oil and gas reserves evaluation, well test design and analysis and gas reservoir management.

    Prior to his current job with Petroskills, Dr. Diyashev worked in various engineering and leadership roles for S.A. Holditch and Associates, Schlumberger, Sibneft, Geo-Alliance and NRK-Technology. 

    Dr. Diyashev served on the SPE International board of directors in 2006-2008, and participated in various SPE technical and organizing committees for SPE conferences. Dr. Diyashev holds Ph.D degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University (1998) and BS and MS degrees in Physics (Molecular and Chemical Physics) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  

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  • Non-Technical Risk

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/17/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    More information to come!

    More information to come!

    Fernando Benalcazar

    Speaker

    Mr. Benalcazar is an experienced professional in the extractive industry with a career that has taken him to the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Over the last 26 years, he has held Senior Management positions and has served as a Board Member and Director in Joint Operating Companies (JOC). He is skilled in Operations and Asset Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity and Emergency, Corporate Governance, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Additionally, Fernando has a complete understanding of current business needs related to operations, services, administration and sustainable development.

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  • Wellbore Integrity Restoration: New Life for Old Wells

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/09/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Greg Galloway

    As wellbores age, the potential for loss of wellbore integrity due to challenges such as, corrosion, stress, fatigue and other factors increase. Stimulation and tertiary recovery methods such as CO2 floods, as well as the introduction of disposal into depleted zones can negatively affect the wellbore by introducing conditions outside of the initial well design criteria. In a given field, many if not all wells will experience similar issues because the well design and life-of-well conditions are similar. Restoring wellbore integrity is a viable alternative to plugging and abandoning these compromised wellbores. 

    Both current and potential issues in production casing and tubing strings can be identified through a number of methods ranging from abnormal annular pressures to cased-hole logging techniques designed to measure the in situ casing dimension, cement presence and bond quality. 

    Once the wellbore condition has been identified, decisions can be made on the best method to restore that wellbore’s integrity. These solutions range from cement squeezes to seal the leak, to patches of various configurations to repair leaking connections, or long sections of the affected casing, to cementing a new string of casing or tubing into the wellbore. 

    This presentation will focus on identification of wellbore conditions and methods you can employ to restore wellbore integrity, thereby restoring production, maximizing recoverable reserves and preventing potential damage to people or the environment.

    Greg Galloway

    Product Line Manager, Weatherford’s Solid Expandable Systems

    Mr. Galloway's career has focused on drilling optimization and increased efficiency and has been involved in the early development of several oilfield technologies. He is Vice-Chairman of the AADE Deepwater and Emerging Technologies committee where he also served as Chairman. Greg held roles with SPE as a board member, has served on many industry programs, workshop steering committees, and session chair. 

    Greg has a Petroleum Technology Degree, has authored over 30 technical papers and is named inventor on over 25 patents related to drilling optimization, drilling with casing, expandable tubulars and particle-impact drilling.

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  • How to Build and Manage a Team of Community Liaison Officers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/09/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    More information coming soon!

    More information coming soon!

    Clare Bebbington

    Consultant

    Ms. Bebbington runs her own non-technical risk consultancy advising international companies, industry associations and civil society organizations. She has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, much of it managing non-technical risk for major investments in challenging political and security environments. She has led Fellowship programs in good governance and the rule of law for the next generation of young leaders from the Former Soviet Union, is a founding trustee of a major cultural heritage project in Iraq and a member of the External Advisory Panel of Oxford University’s History Faculty.

    Dr. Emma Wilson

    Director, ECW Energy Ltd.

    Dr. Wilson is an independent researcher and consultant, director of ECW Energy Ltd., Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, and Associate of the Consultation Institute, UK. She has over 20 years’ experience of researching and consulting on energy and extractive industries, community relations, indigenous rights and corporate responsibility. A fluent Russian speaker, she combines academic publishing, based primarily on field work in Russia, Greenland and Norway, with consultancy work for industry, including impact assessment and social audit of industrial facilities, mainly in Central Asia. She has also worked on energy-related projects in Africa and the Middle East.

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  • Liquid Entrainment in Gas

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/20/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Liquid entrainment in gas has been studied for decades particularly with respect to impact of liquid load on separation vessels; yet there are still gaps in our understanding and predictive capabilities specially at field-like conditions.

    Liquid entrainment in gas has been studied for decades particularly with respect to impact of liquid load on separation vessels; yet there are still gaps in our understanding and predictive capabilities specially at field-like conditions. This presentation will go over some of the challenges and efforts being made to close those gaps along with suggestions for future work.

    Dr. Ivan Mantilla

    Senior Process/Facilities Engineer, Chevron Energy Technology Co.

    Dr. Mantilla's areas of expertise include multiphase flow in pipes, liquid in gas entrainment experiments and modeling, wet gas flow modeling, multiphase flow conditioning, fluid separation and produced water treatment. He received his Ph.D and M.Sc. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa and his Bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from “Universidad Industrial de Santander,” Colombia. Before joining Chevron in 2008, he worked for the Colombian National Oil Company (Ecopetrol) in optimization, expansion, design, construction and operation of surface facilities for oil and gas fields from 1990 to 2004.

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  • CCS and Mid-century Strategies for the Energy Transition

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/19/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Dozens of leading studies (IPCC, governments, think tanks, NGOs) analyze what needs to be done to manage climate change risk and limit global temperature rise to 2C or 1.5C by 2050. ERM has reviewed a range of these studies and found that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) arises in all of them as a key response option necessary to achieve the outcome. ERM will summarize the energy transition pathways suggested by such studies, highlight the role of CCS in them and contrast that outlook with the status of CCS today.

    Dozens of leading studies (IPCC, governments, think tanks, NGOs) analyze what needs to be done to manage climate change risk and limit global temperature rise to 2C or 1.5C by 2050.  ERM has reviewed a range of these studies and found that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) arises in all of them as a key response option necessary to achieve the outcome.  ERM will summarize the energy transition pathways suggested by such studies, highlight the role of CCS in them and contrast that outlook with the status of CCS today.

    Lee Solsbery

    Technical Director, Energy and Climate Change, ERM

    Mr. Solsbery joined ERM in London and over 18 years worked from the U.K., Singapore, Norway, Netherlands and now Houston, Texas. He has provided climate risk advice to industry clients in oil & gas, mining, power generation, cement, transportation, pulp and paper, agriculture, energy-intensive manufacturing as well as multi-sector conglomerates. Lee was one of four ERM co-authors of the TCFD Technical Supplement on Scenario Analysis to assess impacts of different energy transition pathways. Among other projects, he is currently supporting oil and gas firms on Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) analysis of CO2 reduction options, scenario analysis to model climate risk and regulatory issues for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

    Lee served four terms on the Board of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and one term on the Technical Advisory Group to the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund. Lee previously worked nine years at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris where he was: Energy Policy Desk Officer for four IEA countries, then Executive Assistant to the IEA Executive Director, then Division Head for Energy and Environment where he co-founded and co-managed the OECD/IEA UNFCCC Climate Experts Group. He led the IEA’s input to the UNFCCC and IPCC and other international bodies dealing with climate change. He has participated in the Rio Earth Summit and in 19 of the 24 UNFCCC COPs to date.

    Trey Shaffer

    Senior Partner, ERM

    Mr. Shaffer helps clients with a broad range of sustainability, environmental and safety challenges. Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the HSSE-SR Technical Director from 2014 to 2017.  During his term on the SPE International Board of Directors, Trey chaired the SPE Climate Change Task Force and assisted the Board of Directors in developing a Climate Change Strategy for SPE. In 2016, Trey was elected as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section and completed his term as Chair in August 2017. He will serve the Gulf Coast Section as Past Chair through August 2019. In 2010, he was recognized by the SPE Gulf Coast Section and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the area of HSSE-SR. He was the co-chair of the SPE International 2016 HSSE-SR Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Trey supports numerous SPE activities globally and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1987. He lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters.

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  • Lost Circulation - A Challenge We Must Address

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Salim Taoutaou

    Lost circulation is the most troublesome and costly problem in the drilling operations, cost of material, non productive and lost rig time and lost holes amounts for more than 2,000 M$/year. Lost circulation can be categorized into induced losses, and losses occurring in naturally fractured formation. Although some progress using different lost circulation materials and different placement techniques has been done; curing losses is still an art and not a science. This presentation will cover the lost circulation challenges during the drilling, cementing and the consequences on the long term integrity of the well; and the  solutions related to preventing the losses to occur as well as the mitigation measures to combat the losses when they happen. In addition newly developed solutions, techniques and diagnostic tool to mitigate lost circulation will be presented.

    Salim Taoutaou

    Cementing and Well Integrity Technical Advisor, Schlumberger (Paris)

    Mr. Taoutaou manages the global development of the well integrity cementing domain strategy, providing optimal well integrity cementing solutions for clients. Through his 21 years in the oil and gas industry, he has held various positions in the North Sea region, the Middle East and Asia. He has authored more than 46 international journal and conference papers, he is the holder of six patents and was the recipient of the SPE 2014 Asia Pacific Regional Technical Award in Drilling Engineering. Salim Served as the SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2017-2018 season. He received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Guelma University, Algeria.

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  • Novel Approaches for Solving Flow Assurance Problems

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 02/28/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    ​When developing new fields, O&G companies may face many challenges regarding production and flow assurance. It is common that further investigation and R&D efforts are required and, as a result of this activity, new models to represent those new problems are developed. A natural way forward after experimental investigation and modeling activities is the implementation of such models in simulators, to ultimately be used for design and troubleshooting. However, commercial tools are generally “black-boxes” and do not provide the necessary customization flexibility to the end user, which prohibits them from testing new models within a reasonable timeframe.

    When developing new fields, O&G companies may face many challenges regarding production and flow assurance. It is common that further investigation and R&D efforts are required and, as a result of this activity, new models to represent those new problems are developed. A natural way forward after experimental investigation and modeling activities is the implementation of such models in simulators, to ultimately be used for design and troubleshooting. However, commercial tools are generally “black-boxes” and do not provide the necessary customization flexibility to the end user, which prohibits them from testing new models within a reasonable timeframe.

    In that light, this presentation will focus on a new framework that enables expert users to implement new models over a base 1D multiphase flow solver through its dedicated plug-in architecture. As an example of this framework, the implementation of hydrate formation, transport and agglomeration models and how other flow assurance problems such corrosion, erosion, wax deposition can be tackled using its current modeling capabilities, will be presented.

    Vinicius Girardi

    Business Development Manager, ESSS

    Mr. Girardi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Petroleum Engineer Degree at PUC-Rio. Vinicius’ experience spans over 10 years in the use of simulation for engineering applications, ranging from 1D multiphase flow to reservoir modeling. Vinicius has worked at ESSS since 2011 and has fostered partnerships between Oil & Gas companies, Universities, Research institutions and ESSS in order to develop R&D projects related to simulation and new software technologies.

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  • Insights from Engagements with 144 Safety Functional Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 02/20/2019 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    SPE presents this webinar to share the findings from in-depth interviews with 144 senior safety functional leaders (> 70% VPs of Safety or above) from 120 corporations which collectively employ more than 6.8 million employees and with combined revenues of US $4.2 trillion, operating across a wide range of industry sectors.

    SPE presents this webinar to share the findings from in-depth interviews with 144 senior safety functional leaders (> 70% VPs of Safety or above) from 120 corporations which collectively employ more than 6.8 million employees and with combined revenues of US $4.2 trillion, operating across a wide range of industry sectors. Over 20% of the survey participants represented oil and gas companies.  The findings from the survey are a synthesis of insights from this extremely-well informed body of individuals on the changing stakeholder expectations related to safety, key cultural challenges, the total scale of their economic investment in safety and value derived from it, the role of technology in safety, trends in contractor safety, the role of leaders in defining safety culture, and their future investment plans for safety.

    Brian Kraus

    Global Managing Partner for Safety Transformation Services, ERM

    Mr. Kraus specializes in the design, development and deployment of large scale programs and initiatives to drive rapid transformations in HSE culture and performance. He has been instrumental in developing a range of innovative approaches to deliver sustained behavioral change on the frontline, coaching leaders on practical actions they can take to deliver up to 80% reductions in incident and accident statistics, and broader operational performance improvement. Brian has worked closely with senior leaders of the world’s most successful companies, their leaders on the frontline and HSE professionals over 20 years working in this field. He has written widely on HSE performance improvement and delivered inspirational keynote addresses on this topic at seminal events. He is a graduate engineer with a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. He previously worked in industry and as a strategic management consultant.

    Trey Shaffer

    Senior Partner, ERM

    Mr. Shaffer helps clients with a broad range of sustainability, environmental and safety challenges. Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the HSSE-SR Technical Director from 2014 to 2017.  During his term on the SPE International Board of Directors, Trey chaired the SPE Climate Change Task Force and assisted the Board of Directors in developing a Climate Change Strategy for SPE. In 2016, Trey was elected as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section and completed his term as Chair in August 2017. He will serve the Gulf Coast Section as Past Chair through August 2019. In 2010, he was recognized by the SPE Gulf Coast Section and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the area of HSSE-SR. He was the co-chair of the SPE International 2016 HSSE-SR Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Trey supports numerous SPE activities globally and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1987. He lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters.

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