Chair's Corner - February 2022

Chair's Corner - February 2022


At this moment in our industry, the biggest concern is that the world’s economy is yet to fully recover.

Even with the threat of the Delta, Omicron and forthcoming coronavirus variants, the world seems to have moved beyond the fears. A year ago, BP predicted that the world had reached peak demand because of Covid-19, the push for greener energy, and consumer behavior trends like working from home. Less than a year later, we have surpassed pre-Covid demand levels. As such, we’ve accepted that demand is back and poised to grow as the economy continues its recovery.

However, the more significant threat is in the supply part of the curve. To illustrate: Most investment banks expect to see oil reach $100 per barrel this year because the world’s spare capacity is almost exhausted. This implies that even the slightest geopolitical spark could send the oil price racing for $100. Think of Ukraine, Venezuela, Iran, the Houthis, Yemen, Libya, Kazakhstan and numerous other geopolitical hotspots. To re-secure the world’s supply, the industry needs capital, people, favorable policies and technology. Right now, these factors, save for technology, seem in decline because of one underlying factor: public perception. Where we go from here depends a lot on the reputation of what we do.


The Gulf Coast Section is healthy and looking forward to a promising year. We’re in the implementation phase of the membership committee report and we encourage all section members to renew their membership. For our friends and colleagues who lost their jobs during the pandemic, please note the SPE waiver initiative. It’s an initiative to help our friends, families and colleagues stay connected, educate themselves and be part of the global community during the pandemic.

Please take some time to review the many benefits of renewing your membership or becoming an SPE member:

  1. SPE webinars are free to members and include live presentations, on-demand online training courses, and videos sponsored by the SPE “Expert Hour” webinars are corporate-sponsored presentations that provide technical content to SPE members and non-members.
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Until next month, Nii Ahele Nunoo