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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 …


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.  


Anthony Martin - Distinguished Lecturer - Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Mature O&G Formations

"Northside: Distinguished Lecturer - Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Mature O&G Formations" Hydraulic fracturing has been described as one of the three most significant technologies to be developed in the upstream oil and gas industry in the last 50 years (the other two being 3D seismic and horizontal wells). However, the traditional approach to hydraulic fracturing has been that it is a technology best applied to new wells, drilled into low permeability formations. It is true that fracturing has been highly successful in this environment - but it is also true that fracturing can be both technically and economically successful in a very wide range of reservoirs, including depleted, oil and gas assets. Various strategies such as skin bypass fracturing, batch fracturing, screenless frac-packs, coiled tubing fracturing and neutral density proppant fracturing can be combined with complimentary techniques for zonal isolation, …


SPEGCS eNewsletter November 2008

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: GeoSteering LLC Calendar Events for November 2008 Distinguished Lecturer - Hydraulic Fracturing Technologies for Mature O&G Formations Sponsor: Northside Study Group & SPE Distinguished Lecturer Series Speaker's Names: Anthony Martin , Business Development Manager, BJ Services Days: Tue 4-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 1:00 PM CDT Location: Greenspoint Club 16925 Northchase Dr Houston Texas 77060 Summary: Hydraulic fracturing has been described as one of the three most significant technologies to be developed in the upstream oil and gas industry in the last 50 years (the other two being 3D seismic and horizontal wells)... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Data Mining and Analysis Using the Microsoft Office Platform Sponsor: Petro Tech Study Group Speaker's Names: Tyler Chessman, Technology Specialist Microsoft Days: Tue 11-Nov-08 11:30 AM - to - 12:30 PM CDT Location: Marriot …


SPEGCS Nomination Request - Board of Director Positions

In November of each year, the Nominating Committee, led by the Immediate Past Chair, and with recommendations from the Succession Planning Committee, prepares a slate of one candidate each for the Gulf Coast Section Board of Director positions of Vice Chair, Secretary, Vice Treasurer, and three At-large Director slots.  If you have ideas of who should be nominated or considered for these positions, send your suggestions no later than November 15th to Allen Shook at ashook@bluerockenergycapital.com.  Self-nominating is accepted.   The Nominating Committee will present the slate to the Board at the December 18, 2008 Board meeting. If approved, the slate will be printed in the February 2009 SPE-GCS newsletter.  Unless members nominate additional nominees by February 15, 2009, all the nominees on the slate will stand as elected.  For more details, refer to the section By-laws posted at www.spegcs.org.


Gulf Coast Section Highlights 2007 - 2008

Last year, the GCS’ 14 study groups again held a great lineup of topical luncheons, dinners, and technical workshops. More than 6,000 people attended the 84 events during the program year—the work of the study groups is critical to our mission to disseminate technology. The Study Groups and committees also held seven large conferences and symposia, some with exhibitions, drawing more than 1,500 attendees. Our Continuing Education Courses were as popular as ever, with 540 people attending eight short courses and seminars. The Young Professionals group held 25 social and technical events with 575 participants.   But, it was not all work and no play. We held three large social events—the tennis tournament, golf tournament, and sporting clays tournament. These three events attracted 1,800 participants, plus hundreds of volunteers and sponsors. Our Tennis Tournament is now in its 25th year, …


SPE-GCS May e-Newsletter 2008

SPE-GCS e-Newsletter May 2008 SPE-GCS e-Newsletter Sponsored by: PetroSkills PetroSkills: PetroSkills' training programs are directed by industry experts to ensure proven, business relevant, and practical best practice methods. Training that fuels the petroleum industry. Calendar Events for May 2008 PERPETUATING HOUSTON as the ENERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Sponsor: Joint Meeting with MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas Speaker's Names: Lane Sloan, Greater Houston Partnership Days: Thu 8-May-08 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST Location: Petroleum Club, 43 Floor, ExxonMobil Building 800 Bell Street Houston Texas 77002 USA Summary: Houston has deep roots in energy, with almost 50% of its economy driven by the energy sector. The 20th century was dominated by fossil fuels, particularly hydrocarbons after World War II. Hydrocarbons were cheap, making it difficult for... Register | Google Maps | Add to Calendar Barnett Shale Completion Evolution - Utilizing …


SPE Awards

SPE awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry, the engineering profession, or to SPE. We are pleased to announce the Gulf Coast Section Region awards winners. The awards for those who are members of the Gulf Coast Section will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 22 at the Rice Hotel. Please congratulate the following Gulf Coast Section members, and let them know how proud we are of their accomplishments: HSE, Security, and Social Responsibility Tom Knode, Halliburton Drilling and Completions W. David Norman, Chevron Projects, Facilities, and Construction Melissa Cummins Blanscet, BHP Billiton Management and Information Mehrzad Mahdavi, Schlumberger Reservoir Description and Dynamics Mike Black, Greystone Production and Operations Jorge Manrique, Shell Outstanding Young Member Service Gabrielle Guerre, ExxonMobil Regional Service Robert Bruant, BP Distinguished Corporate Support Grant PrideCo