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Florea Minescu, a longstanding SPE member and senior scientific researcher in the upstream sector, died 8 November 2021. Minescu was a professor at University of Petroleum and Gas in Ploiești, Romania. He graduated in drilling and exploitation of oil and gas reservoirs in 1971 and was employed at Research and Design Institute for Petroleum and Gas of Câmpina as a junior scientific researcher from 1971 to 1975 in the laboratory of Physical Parameters of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. In 1975, he joined as a teaching assistant in the Drilling-Extraction department at Institute of Petroleum and Gas Ploiești. He then advanced through the teaching degrees in the university education system to become a professor.
Ştefan Traian Mocuţa, SPE, died on 28 October 2015 at age 83. An SPE member since 1994, he was awarded the SPE Regional Service Award for South, Central, and East Europe in 2004 for his contributions to the establishment and development of the SPE Romanian Section. Mocuţa was a member of the SPE Enhanced Oil Recovery European Steering Committee and was actively involved in the SPE Romanian Section’s technical activities. He spent more than 40 years of his professional career in the field of petroleum reservoir geology at the Institutului de Cercetări şi Proiectări Tehnologice (ICPT), Câmpina, Romania, where he advanced to the position of senior fellow, and also held several managerial positions, including general manager. He completed more than 200 studies on petroleum reservoirs in Romania, Egypt, Jordan, Ecuador, Libya, and Hungary. Between 1994 and 1996, Mocuţa served as a senator in the Romanian Senate, focusing on political and social issues. In 1996, he returned to ICPT as adviser. He also taught at the Petroleum Gas University of Ploieşti. For his contributions to the petroleum industry, he was awarded the Diploma of Excellence in Research by ICPT Câmpina. Mocuţa graduated with a degree in geology from the Petroleum, Gas, and Geology Institute in Bucharest and received a PhD in geology from the same institute.
Editor's column With sadness, we note the loss of two members who mentored countless students and colleagues during their distinguished careers on different sides of the globe. Kermit Brown, a longtime professor at the University of Tulsa and the University of Texas, died on 10 December at the age of 86. Ion Cretu, a professor and leader in the Romanian scientific community, died on 15 November. He was 76. Colleagues speak warmly of both men and the influence they had on them and others in the profession. Brown was honored at last year’s SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition with the JPT Legends of Production and Operations award. He was a noted authority on artificial lift and changed the way the industry viewed that technology, and contributed to the industry as an educator, researcher, and consultant in a career that spanned more than 50 years. He wrote portions of the Gas Lift Manual that transformed the way that technology was used and became the gas-lift authority in the industry. His book on nodal analysis is still widely used by those both inside and outside academia. It was at the University of Tulsa that Brown had his biggest impact. Colleagues say he changed that school’s petroleum engineering department forever through his bold and innovative leadership. He started a doctoral program there, and he created a research model that other universities would later adopt. Brown developed a consortium in which oil companies would contribute a small amount of money each year and university faculty and students would conduct research of specific interest to the industry. The program put the department closer to the needs of oil and gas companies, benefiting students greatly in the process, and reduced the school’s reliance on government funding. Thorough his leadership, the University of Tulsa began its first research program, called the Tulsa University Drilling Research Project. Cretu began working in 1958 with the Oil, Gas, and Geology Institute in Bucharest and then for the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti as a lecturer, associate professor, and, beginning in 1978, as professor in the Department of Hydraulics, Thermotechnics, and Reservoir Engineering. He held numerous positions at the university during his academic career, including head of the department, vice dean and dean of the Well Drilling and Reservoir Exploration Faculty, and vice rector of the school. He supervised more than 45 doctoral trainees at the university. He was well known in the Romanian scientific community, was widely published, and was active in the International Association of Hydraulic Research, the Romanian National Committee of World Oil Congresses, and the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Geology. Cretu also served as president of the SPE Romanian Section.
Turta, A.T. (Alberta Research Council) | Chattopadhyay, S.K. (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)) | Bhattacharya, R.N. (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)) | Condrachi, A. (Oil and Gas Research Institute (Petrom)) | Hanson, W. (Bayou State Oil Corporation)
Abstract Picture of Alex Turta (Available In Full Paper) Alex Turta is a project leader for Improved Oil Recovery at Alberta Research Council (ARC) in Calgary. His research interests include primary recovery of heavy oils, waterflooding of light oils, and thermal recovery methods for heavy oil. He has extensive experience of heavy oil exploitation, from laboratory to field pilots, and has undertaken international consultancy for thermal pilot evaluation. He assisted in the development of the enhanced oil recovery evaluation software PRIze. Alex holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oil and Gas and Petroleum Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, and worked previously at the Research and Development Institute for Oil and Gas, Campina, Romania. He is a co-inventor of the THAI and CAPRI processes for heavy oil recovery and upgrading, and is a member of SPE, the Petroleum Society and the Canadian Heavy Oil Association. Picture of Dr. S. K. Chattopadhyay (Available In Full Paper) Dr. S. K. Chattopadhyay is Chief Chemist for the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd., India, working at the Mehsana Asset. He joined ONGC Ltd. in 1983 as a Graduate Trainee in Chemistry. Over the last 24 years at ONGC, he has gained experience working at different offshore and onshore production installations, the LPG/CSU/C2-C3 process control laboratory, onshore drilling rigs, the in-situ combustion process monitoring laboratory and, presently, he is working in a multi-disciplinary team for the monitoring, interpretation and process control of the commercial in-situ combustion process at the Balol and Santhal Fields of the Mehsana Asset, India. Dr. Chattopadhyay has presented several technical papers on the in-situ combustion process at various national and international conferences and symposiums. He graduated with a Ph.D in chemistry from the University College of Science, Calcutta University, India. Picture of R. N. Bhattacharya (Available In Full Paper) R. N. Bhattacharya is the General Manager (Reservoir) for the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd., India, working at the Mehsana Asset. He is presently working on the company 's commercial in situ combustion scheme in Western India. Mr. Bhattacharya has had experience working on different assets and projects for ONGC, including overseas projects. He has over 30 years of oil industry experience as petrophysicist, reservoir engineer and in contract monitoring. Mr. Bhattacharya earned an M.Sc (physics) in 1972 and M.Sc. (geophysics) from Banaras Hindu University, India. He studied reservoir engineering at the India School of Mines (ISM), India, the University of Austin and Stanford University, USA. He is the author of several technical papers and numerous technical reports. Picture of Alexandru Condrachi (Available In Full Paper) Alexandru Condrachi is a Reservoir Engineer for PETROM S. A. Member of OMV Group, E&P Central Region Division, Ploiesti. He earned a B.C., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania. Picture of Wayne Hanson (Available In Full Paper) Wayne Hanson has been with the Bayou State Oil Corporation (BSOC), Bellevue, Louisiana since 1980. Initially, he served as a Petroleum Chemist, and starting from 1990, he has been Supervisor of the BSOC In-Situ Combustion Project.