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Chairman's Corner December 2009

Have you made an energy presentation at your child’s school? If so, did you know that Energy4me will donate a complimentary Oil and Natural Gas book to the primary, intermediate, secondary school, or school organization on your behalf? Go to www.energy4me.org to find out how. This Web site is also a valuable source for information and materials to help you develop presentations for any group from primary students to adults. It’s one of my first sources for presentation materials. Also still available for presentations is the “Magic Suitcase.” These suitcases, containing experiments highlighting basic petroleum engineering concepts, are useful for career fairs, scouting events, and classroom presentations. You can check out a suitcase from one of the Suitcase champions located around Houston; go to the Magic Suitcase committee page on www.spegcs.org to find the champion nearest you. Whom do I …


Then and Now - December 2009

December 1959 Recently it was “Cash for Clunkers”, but in 1959 a stimulus offered to buy more gasoline was “Stamps for Gasoline Purchases”. (For those too young to remember, including most of the newsletter staff of course, redeemable trading stamps were given for gasoline purchases at many “service stations”.) $ A well-known petroleum economist, peering into the future, foresees natural gas as the number one problem of the oil industry. Since at that time oil paid far more than its proportionate share of the cost of oil and gas production, as natural gas usage increased, the burden on the oil producer would become disproportionately greater and ultimately oil would become less and less able to compete for the energy dollar. $ The “electronic computer” is definitely finding a home in oil-processing operations, as several operators have successfully simulated complete refineries …


SPE-GCS November e-Newsletter 2009

SPE-GCS e-newsletter November 2009 SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Enersight – WellSpring Evaluating multiple development options for Shale Gas, CBM, Thermal or other resource plays? Simplify your life with WellSpring. WellSpring integrates rig scheduling, flow constraints and economics in a visual environment. Focus on your decisions, not your spreadsheets. To learn more visit www.enersight.com Calendar Events for November 2009 Continuing Education - Oil Patch Orientation Sponsor: Continuing Education Speaker's Names: John Farina, Marty Stetzer, Ron Hinn, Ken Arnold & Susan Howes Days: Tue 3-Nov-09 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM ADT Location: Hilton Houston North, 12400 Greenspoint Drive, Houston TX 77060 Summary: This seminar is the most popular SPE program. The course is designed as non-technical audio-visual guided tour through the oil patch, illustrating the basic equipment and techniques used in the... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Northside Group: …


Chairman's Corner November 2009

Young Professionals - Are You Missing Opportunities and Fun? What is a Young Professional (YP)? Do you know about the Gulf Coast Section YP program? Have you attended any YP events? YP programs identify, engage, and develop SPE members 35 years old and younger, as well as other industry newcomers, by providing relevant technical education and networking opportunities. To be designated a YP, there is nothing to join—it’s automatic with your membership. The GCS has 3,000 members classified as Young Professionals. Our YP board consists of 16 SPE GCS members with less than 10 years of experience, with a new board selected each year. This group develops YP events including professional development dinners and networking socials which give you opportunities to expand skill sets and build relationships with others in the oil and gas industry. The YP board also develops …


Then and Now - Nov 2009

November 1959 On the heels of their success in using microbes to help locate oil deposits, Louisiana State University researchers have begun investigating the use of microbes to “refine” oil by converting its impurities. (Way to geaux Tigers!) $ The race to build the world’s largest supertanker is on, as a 104,520-ton American vessel is superseded by a 106,500-ton Greek vessel, with a 110,000-ton vessel under construction. $ The Cuban government surprises oil men by sealing the office files of all foreign oil exploration companies, stating that the move was preliminary to drafting a new oil law. (How much oil production was affected you ask. Would you believe Cuba’s total oil production of 600 bbl per day?) $ Operators off California’s coast northwest of Santa Barbara now have assurances that an errant missile from a nearby missile range will not …


SPE-GCS October e-Newsletter 2009

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: GeoSteering LLC: We provide real time well placement, geosteering of horizontal wells, using our state of the art software Rigcomms, from clients offices or from our premises. www.geosteering.com Calendar Events for October 2009 Young Professionals: 2009 Petrobowl Sponsor: Young Professionals Study Group Days: Mon 5-Oct-09 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM ADT Summary: The SPE-GCS Young Professionals Committee is hosting their 8th Annual PetroBowl in conjunction with the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) on Monday, October 5, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana... Register | Add to Calendar General Meeting: Crossing the Technology Chasm Sponsor: General Meeting Study Group Speaker's Names: Steve Jacobs, President - RMI Days: Thurs 8-Oct-09 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street , Houston Texas 77002 USA Summary: Steve Jacobs is President of RMI, a …


Chairman's Corner October 2009

One Team, Sharing Our Strengths   One of my responsibilities as chair is developing a theme for the Section year. During the past year, I have had the luxury of leading the Long Range Plan Committee, which gave me the opportunity to review annual reports in detail and discuss the future of the GCS with many Section leaders and members. These reviews and discussions led to the theme: One Team, Sharing Our Strengths. What does “One Team, Sharing Our Strengths” mean? “One Team” helps us remember that no matter how many different study groups, committees, board members, support staff, and volunteers the GCS has, our high-level goals are the same. Although each group may set its own objectives, venues, teams, and speakers, we work together with our focus on the mission of the GCS. “Sharing Our Strengths” highlights how the …


Then and Now - October 2009

October 1959 The Justice Department bows up to resist the planned merger of Superior Oil and Texaco. (Fast-forward fifty years and they are both merged out of existence.) $ Our continent’s most northerly wildcat is on the drafting table, as Round Valley Oil of Calgary announces plans to drill a well 1,700 miles north of Winnipeg and 800 miles from the North Pole. (Would you believe the Claus #1?) $ A new well log based on the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance is announced by a cooperative research program of California Research Corp. and the Byron Jackson Division of Borg Warner (as in the precursor of BJ Services). $ Ties between the chemical and oil industries will grow closer in the next 10 years according to J. Peter Grace, president of W.R. Grace & Co. (Fast-forward thirty years and witness …


Understanding and Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Offshore Drilling Discharges

Andy is consulting environmental scientist and team leader of the Water Science and Technology Team within the Environmental Unit of Chevron Energy Technology Company. His team advises Chevron operations worldwide on the environmental impact of discharges, wastewater treatment and overall water management. Individually, Andy has participated and led efforts on environmental and regulatory issues associated with the discharge of drilling and production effluents in Africa, Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caspian region.   Andy has chaired the API Production Effluent Toxicity and Synthetic Drilling Mud Toxicity Work Groups, and served on the Science Review Board of the MMS Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Environmental Monitoring Program. He currently co-chairs the OGP Offshore Environmental Monitoring Task Force and is active in programs assessing offshore environmental impacts in Angola and Nigeria.   Andy received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry …


SPE-GCS September e-Newsletter 2009

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Hexion - Events and announcements for September and October 2009 SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Are Your Fracturing Proppants Performing Effectively? Besides proppant size, strength, and density, there are many other important factors to consider such as: proppant fines, proppant flowback, cyclic stress, embedment, and scaling. Visit us at SPE ATCE in booth 1631 to learn more or visit hexion.com/oilfield Calendar Events for September 2009 MST (Multizone, single trip) Completions, DeepWater Case History Sponsor: Northside Study Group Speaker's Names: Jack Sanford, Completion Engineering Consultant - ENI/Noble Days: Tue 8-Sep-09 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060 Summary: Multizone single trip systems are currently being evaluated for deep water lower tertiary (LT) trends where multiple sand-control completion intervals are required. However, this technology can be... Register | Google Maps | …