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Then and Now - May 2010

May 1955 Within a couple of weeks of reports that a rich bed of uranium ore had been discovered on a ranch in Southwest Texas…hardware stores are reportedly selling out of Geiger counters, the Texas legislature puts forth an omnibus tax bill which includes a 5% tax on the value of any uranium ore produced in the state, and futurists predict that by the year 2000 the uranium atom will be supplying more energy than oil and gas. (Woa Nellie!) $ At the upcoming World Petroleum Congress in Rome, the planners reportedly plan to utilize a system of podium lights to alert the speakers as to the allotted time remaining for their presentation. If after the green, yellow and red lights have all flashed and the speaker continues on, the moderator is then equipped to disconnect the speaker’s microphone. (I …


SPE-GCS April e-Newsletter 2010

  SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: PetroleumETC PetroleumETC's Multiphase Measurement Roundtable will be hosted by Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX May 20-21. Our new partnerships provide a unique focus on multiphase research, testing, technology and demonstrations. Calendar Events for April 2010 Corporate Governance & Responsibility Through Partnerships Sponsor: General Meeting Speaker's Names: Fernando Paiva, Manager for Policy, Government & Public Affairs - Chevron Upstream Oil & Gas Days: Thur 8-April-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA Summary: Africa is facing many challenges in its social and economic development. Companies in all industries are increasingly evaluated in terms of how they contribute to this development. The concept of... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Sequestering Carbon Dioxide in a Closed Underground Volume Sponsor: Northside Study Group …


Chairman's Corner April 2010

Lessons from Geese Each member of the SPE GCS is important and has an impact on the Section. This month, I’m passing on “Lessons from Geese” as a reminder of what we can do when we work together (attributed to Robert McNeish, former Associate Superintendent of Baltimore Public Schools, 1972, as well as speech given by Angeles Arrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network and based on the work of Milton Olson). Lesson 1: Fly Together A group of geese flying together in perfect V formation is a marvelous sight. Research has shown that as each goose flaps its wings an intense uplift is created for the birds behind them. Further studies state that this teamwork adds 71% more flying range compared to a goose flying on its own. SPE GCS members share a common mission and focus. Our structure …


Then and Now - April 2010

April 1950 A total of 2,700 miles of new pipelines carrying crude oil (Longview, Texas to Lima, Ohio) and natural gas (Mercedes, Texas to New York City) will be served by microwave communication systems being installed by Motorola. (Can’t afford any interruptions in transporting Texas’ natural resources to those in-greats back east.) $ The science of cybernetics, constructing machines that think, is unveiled at a meeting at Oklahoma A & M (now known as Boone U or OklahomaState). $ A bill comes before Congress proposing the issuance of 2 ½ - cent and 7 ½ - cent coins. (These could come in handy for paying all of the individual taxes on a gallon of gasoline.) $ A controversy rages between Magnolia Petroleum and Socony-Vacuum Oil over the proper pronunciation of the flying horse used as a symbol for the Pegasus …


SPE Gulf Coast Section Resurrects International Study Group

After a brief period of inactivity, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section has reactivated its dormant International Study Group. Originally formed in 2003, this study group organized evening monthly meetings with panels of speakers discussing the topic of “How to Do Business in (country),” focusing on the differences and challenges of working in various geographic regions. In 2010, the newly energized International Study Group will focus on commonalities, enabling networking and sharing of experiences with engineers and managers of both National Oil Companies and Major Oil Companies headquartered outside the United States. The plan is to have foreign speakers come and talk to the Study Group when they come to Houston on business, or, alternatively, to use the latest videoconferencing technology for real-time presentations from around the world. Consequently, the International Study Group meeting time may vary, not …


SPE Gulf Coast Section Resurrects International Study Group

After a brief period of inactivity, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section has reactivated its dormant International Study Group. Originally formed in 2003, this study group organized evening monthly meetings with panels of speakers discussing the topic of "How to Do Business in (country)," focusing on the differences and challenges of working in various geographic regions. In 2010, the newly energized International Study Group will focus on commonalities, enabling networking and sharing of experiences with engineers and managers of both National Oil Companies and Major Oil Companies headquartered outside the United States. The plan is to have foreign speakers come and talk to the Study Group when they come to Houston on business, or, alternatively, to use the latest videoconferencing technology for real-time presentations from around the world. Consequently, the International Study Group meeting time may vary, not …


SPE-GCS March e-Newsletter 2010

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: PetroleumETC PetroleumETC's Multiphase Measurement Roundtable will be held in San Antonio, TX May 20-21 and hosted by Southwest Research Institute. Our new partnerships provide a unique focus on multiphase research, testing, technology and demonstrations. Calendar Events for March 2010 A Comparison of the Haynesville and Eagle Ford Shale Sponsor: Northside Study Group Speaker's Names: Richard K. Stoneburner, President and COO - Petrohawk Energy Corporation Days: Tues 9-Mar-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 Summary: The presentation will cover a case study on comparison of Eagle Ford and Haynesville operations and completions. Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Microsoft Office 2007 New Features Sponsor: Petro-Tech Study Group Speaker's Names: Jewel London, Master Instructor/Project Management Consultant - New Horizons Days: Tues 9-Mar-10 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM …


Chairman's Corner March 2010

"Invite Someone to a Meeting" Month When was the last time you invited someone to join you at an SPE Gulf Coast Section event? I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t done so either. When I moved to Houston, it took me a long time to find my way back to SPE. I was very active with SPE Delta Section in New Orleans, but when I came to Houston, the GCS was daunting. I went from a Section with one meeting a month to a Section with ten to fifteen. Which one do I attend? What do you mean it is an hour drive to get there? I read that 70% of people who joined a church did so because they were brought by a friend or relative. I wonder what percentage of SPE members were introduced to SPE by a …


Then and Now - March 2010

March 1950 Perforating Guns Atlas Corp. reports the development of a new radioactive well logging method which gives both a gamma ray and a neutron log from one instrument in a single run in the hole. (The key is slow-neutron detection.) $ Texas Tech’s petroleum engineering department reports plans to drill a duster on its campus in Lubbock. (That’s right….They are hoping for a dry hole so the students can use the wellbore for their experiments without being bothered by messy crude oil.) $ The U.S. Air Force makes great strides in refueling planes in flight using a new telescopic tube that can be poked into the filling spout by an attendant on a flying tanker. (How come no one has ever conceived of a mobile refueling/recharging system for automobiles?) East Texas crude oil - $2.65/bbl March 1970 Efforts to …


Distinguished Lecturer Ted Frankiewicz - Diagnosing and Resolving Produced Water Chemical and Mechanical Problems

Ted Frankiewicz has more than 30 years' experience with Occidental Petroleum, Unocal Corp., Natco Group, and, currently, SPEC Services. He has a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago, holds 15 patents, and has written more than 25 professional publications. At Unocal, he was responsible for developing the water treatment systems that were installed in the Gulf of Thailand to remove mercury and arsenic as well as residual oil from produced water. At Natco Group he developed an effective vertical column flotation vessel design and used CFD to diagnose problems with existing water treatment equipment, as well as designed new equipment. His combined expertise in oilfield chemistry, the design of process equipment, and the development of process systems has provided him with unique insights into the issues that challenge operators as their water production and water treatment …