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Then and Now - February 2012

February 1994 Industry experts predict that Mexico will face a shortfall of at least 8 tcf of natural gas during the period 1994-2010, due largely to slowing economic growth in Mexico, its inadequate natural gas infrastructure, and its current glut of unmarketable high-sulfur fuel oil which is co-produced with the natural gas. $$ How does the DOE view the future of natural gas vs coal vs renewable energy as per its 1995 budget? Their R&D budget numbers tell it all…natural gas $153 million, coal $128 million, and renewables $1.36 billion. $$ Marathon’s Sakhalin Island PSA (production sharing agreement) with the Russians is nearing realization. All that remains is approval by the Russian Parliament (OK) and agreements regarding the project’s tax, legal, and financial constraints (caveat emptor!). $$ In 1993, for the first time in history, the value of natural gas …


Then and Now - December 2011

December 1961 World’s first machine that makes line pipe while moving along a right-of-way is introduced in North Texas. On a project near Wichita Falls, 4,000 ft of 8-in. pipe was rolled, welded, and strung in 1 day. $ Blue Water Drilling is in the process of modifying a submersible drilling barge so it can drill while afloat. Look out deepwater…here come the semi’s, the tethered platforms, the spars, and who knows what else. $ Iraq’s fiery premier (No, not Saddam but Kassim) vows to “strike at” the three companies which produce Iraq’s oil if they don’t go along with his demand to drastically reduce the areas in the country in which they operate. $ Pressure maintenance programs spring up across McKenzie County, North Dakota in an effort to squeeze a bit more oil out of the Madison formation. (If …


Then and Now - January 2012

January 1962 Chrysler is starting the final evaluation of its gas-turbine passenger car, based on a successful run from New York to Los Angeles. $ The price of wildcat acreage under Cook Inlet, Alaska sky-rockets to $500 per acre. (The paperwork alone costs that much nowadays.) $ The U.S. and the state of Louisiana continue their clash over offshore boundaries. (The Supreme Court is likely to get involved.) $ Iraqis are reportedly miffed because their seizure of Iraq Petroleum operating areas did not lead to the expected rejoicing in other Arab lands, while the company is being pressured to surrender 20% of its ownership along with a larger share of its revenues. $ Shell sets a depth record of 20,800 ft for the Upper Gulf Coast with its Chapman #1 in Waller County (Right in our own backyard). East Texas …


SPE-GCS December e-Newsletter 2010

    SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: GATE, LLC GATE,LLC offers a wide range of skills and expertise in deepwater engineering including Chemical Systems Engineering, Commissioning & Startup, Flow Assurance, Materials & Corrosion and Waterflood. www.gatellc.com Calendar Events for December 2010 Career Mgmt: Ethics Training Seminar - 1 Hour Requirement for Texas P.E. Sponsor: Career Management Speaker's Name: David Howell, P.E., Director of Licensing, Texas Board of Professional Engineers Day: Wednesday 1-Dec-10 11:30 AM Location: SPE Houston Office 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075 Houston, Texas 77042 Summary: Due to the high demand for this event and limited seating at the physical presentation, a webinar option has been made available as well. Google Maps | Add to Calendar WEBINAR - Career Mgmt: Ethics Training Seminar - 1 hour requirement for Texas P. E. Sponsor: Committee - Career Management Speaker's Name: David Howell, …


SPE-GCS November e-Newsletter 2010

  SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Pearson Petroleum Reservoir Engineering Practice The Complete, Up-to-Date, Practical Guide to Modern Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Dr. Nnaemeka Ezekwe and Prentice Hall. informit.com/ph Calendar Events for November 2010 SPE-GCS 75th Anniversary party Day: Saturday 6-Nov-10 7:00 PM Location: Union Station Lobby - Minute Maid Park 501 Crawford Street Houston, Texas 77002 Summary: 2010 marks the 75thAnniversary of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section (SPE-GCS)! To celebrate 75 years of successful act... Register Google Maps | Add to Calendar International: Statoil – Global Business Strategy, Technology Developments & Collaborative Efforts Sponsor: Study Group - International Speaker's Name: Dr. Helge Hove Haldorsen, VP Strategy, Statoil Houston Day: Monday 8-Nov-10 11:30 AM Location: Petroleum Club of Houston 800 Bell, 43rd Floor Houston, TX 77002 Summary: In this presentation, Dr. Haldorsen will give a brief Statoil business …


SPE-GCS October e-Newsletter 2010

View this newsletter in your browser: http://www.spegcs.org/en/articles/view.asp?articleid=1055   SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: GATE LLC Systems Engineering Approach providing Deepwater Expertise and Consulting in Flow Assurance, Chemical Systems Eng., Materials & Corrosion, Waterflood, Final Commissioning & Startup, Reservoir & Production Eng. www.gatellc.com Calendar Events for October 2010 PF&C: Technology Showcase Sponsor: Study Group - Projects, Facilities and Construction Speaker's Name: Various Day: Tuesday 12-Oct-10 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: The Norris Conference Center, 803 Town & Country Lane, Houston TX 77024 USA Summary: Topside oil and gas production facilities have developed for over half a century as production first moved offshore on fixed platforms with pipelines to today’s floating structures with subsea... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Initiatives Impacting the Oil and Gas Industry Sponsor: Study Group - Northside Speaker's Name: Geoffrey …


SPE-GCS September e-Newsletter 2010

  SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: Hexion Are Your Fracturing Proppants Performing Effectively? Visit us at the SPE ATCE in Florence and attend our presentation of SPE 135502 on proppant selection in shale reservoirs. You will gain practical information from recent field studies and laboratory testing to improve well production. For more information, visit waterfrac.com or hexion.com/oilfield. Calendar Events for September 2010 Geosteering in US Shale Plays - Methods and Issues Discovered in a Multi-Disciplinary Approach Sponsor: Study Group - Drilling Speaker's Name: Gerry Drake, Project Geological Advisor - Anadarko Day: Wednesday 8-Sep-10 11:30 AM Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Drive Houston, TX 77060 Summary: Horizontal drillling has become common practice in today’s unconventional fracture and shale plays. Advances in drill bit technology, measurement while drilling, and geosteering have allowed... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Should You Trust …


Digital Energy Workshop Podcasts

Some years ago, the industry was challenged with target values that could be gained from the creation of Digital Oilfields.  Since then, a number of papers have been written about the value actually realized, but no survey or compilation has been created. This workshop compiled published reports on the value of real time data, and hosted presentations of case studies on its value and benefit. Watch the podcast sections below.   To save the PodCast: Right click the name below under Related Documents and choose 'save target/link as' These are very large files (approximately 50-100 MB each) and will take around 5-10 minutes on a high-speed connection. To view the podcast: Left click the files name to watch the presentation online. Alternatively, you can either download the podcast file to your video iPod or, you can load iTunes for free …


Regional Award Winner: Trey Shaffer

Regional Award: Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility   For the past twenty years, Trey Shaffer has focused on delivering a broad range of environmental consulting and construction services to clients throughout the Gulf Coast region of the United States.   He is currently responsible for leading a team of individuals at ERM who are focused on delivering a broad suite of environmental and safety services to a portfolio of multi-national key clients with an operating footprint in the Gulf Coast region.