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Learn more about training courses being offered. Learn more about training courses being offered. This course covers the fundamental principles concerning how hydraulic fracturing treatments can be used to stimulate oil and gas wells. It includes discussions on how to select wells for stimulation, what controls fracture propagation, fracture width, etc., how to develop data sets, and how to calculate fracture dimensions. The course also covers information concerning fracturing fluids, propping agents, and how to design and pump successful fracturing treatments. Learn more about training courses being offered. Current and future SPE Section and Student Chapter leaders are invited to engage and share. Every attendee leaves energised with a full list of ideas and a support network of fellow leaders. Those sections and student chapters actively participating in this workshop have consistently been recognized with awards as the best in SPE. SPE Cares is a global volunteering drive aimed at promoting, supporting and participating in community services at the SPE section and student chapter’s level. On its official launch this year at ATCE Dubai, SPE Cares will conduct a “Give a Ghaf” Tree Planting Programme to help preserve Ghaf’s cultural and ecological heritage. The Ghaf tree is an indigenous species, specific to UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is a drought tolerant, evergreen tree that can survive a harsh desert environment. The initiative not only aims to hold events/activities at ATCE, but also recognise community service that SPE members are already conducting in their respective student chapters and professional sections. The KEY Club, open daily, is an exclusive lounge for key SPE members. The lounge is open to those with 25 years or more of continuous membership, Century Club members, current and former SPE Board officers and directors, Honorary and Distinguished Members, as well as this year’s SPE International Award Winners and Distinguished Lecturers. DSATS (SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section) will hold a half-day symposium featuring keynote presentations on urban automation. This symposium will explore technologies being used in developing smart cities through the automation of their infrastructure, transportation systems, energy distribution, water systems, street lighting, refuse collection, etc. These efforts rely on many of the same tools needed for drilling systems automation yielding increased efficiencies, lower maintenance and reduced emissions. Their knowledge and experience can guide the path being travelled by the oilfield drilling industry.
Both platforms offshore assets were shut in following a leak in ExxonMobil's 100,000 B/D pipeline system. Qatar Petroleum will delay its North Field LNG expansion in Qatar with startup in 2025. Its Golden Pass project in Texas remains on track. The startup of the deepwater field marks the beginning of production from the massive Stabroek Block, which contains an estimated 6 billion BOE. ExxonMobil estimates that at least 5 FPSOs will be producing more than 750,000 BOPD from the Stabroek Block by 2025.
Asia is set to increase its decommissioning activities as more fields are reaching the end of their economic life in the years to come. With limited experience, increased complexity and the involvement of multiple stakeholders, the implementation of an effective decommissioning and abandonment plan requires thorough verification, extensive collaboration and detailed planning. As the region advances its decommissioning activities, it is critical for industry to progress discussions and harness collective efficiencies to develop a roadmap to ensure the right technologies, capabilities and knowledge are deployed whilst maintaining a healthy balance sheet. This session will engage leaders in the region to discuss opportunities and challenges, share experiences and lessons learnt, and deliberate how stakeholders can work together and focus on what can be done to keep the integrity of the environment and the decommissioning journey safe, efficient and effective. The current presentation date and time shown is a TENTATIVE schedule.
SPE, through its Energy4me programme, will present a free one-day energy education workshop for science teachers (grades 8–12). A variety of free instructional materials will be available to take back to the classroom. Educators will receive comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its importance while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production. Energy4me is an energy educational public outreach programme that highlights how energy works in our everyday lives and promote information about career opportunities in petroleum engineering and the upstream professions. SPE’s Energy4me programme values the role teachers and energy professionals play in educating young people about the importance of energy.
Appomattox begins production below cost and ahead of schedule in another optimistic sign of the offshore sector’s rebound. Shell made its sixth discovery from the Norphlet formation in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, where the firm’s newly arrived Appomattox platform just 13 miles away presents a tieback opportunity.
The video features some of the leaders who helped the nation respond to the event. On 20 April 2010, a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon, drilling at the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 crew and caused a major oil spill. The accident and spill forever changed the industry. Research suggests that the formation of the deep plume was unrelated to the addition of subsea dispersants.
The video features some of the leaders who helped the nation respond to the event. On 20 April 2010, a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon, drilling at the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 crew and caused a major oil spill. The accident and spill forever changed the industry. The response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was affected by heat. This paper evaluates the association between environmental heat exposure and self-reported heat-related symptoms in US Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon disaster responders.
Energy companies began preparations to resume oil and gas production in the US Gulf of Mexico a day after Tropical Storm Cristobal blew through with high winds and heavy rains. The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced the grant awards for eight projects focused on strengthening safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry. As a result of its investigation into the incident and its findings, the bureau recommends that operators increase scrutiny in the design, placement, and maintenance of their subsea infrastructure. Study Says Taylor Oil Spill Is up to 1,000 Times Worse Than Rig Owner's Estimate A new federal study estimates that, each day, about 380 to 4,500 gal of oil are flowing at the site where a company's oil platform was damaged after a hurricane. Up to 1,000 gallons of oil per day are being removed from the site of the Taylor Energy spill, says the owner of the company that installed a containment system.
An investigator from the US National Energy Technology Laboratory examines the role remotely operated vehicles played in flow rate estimation from the Macondo well. Various incidents that took place between Transocean, the owner of Deepwater Horizon, and BP, the company that leased the rig for use at Macondo, illustrate the gap between work-as-imagined in the drilling program and work-as-done by the well operations crew. The presence of slug flow in the riser of the sunken Deepwater Horizon could make a significant difference in financial penalties for BP in the wake of the Macondo incident, an expert said. Several different factors contributed to the Macondo accident, according to an analysis by the CSB. The understanding of decision-making processes is critical in ensuring project success and safety.
After suffering major setbacks, Chevron’s massive Big Foot project finally achieved first oil last November in the US Gulf of Mexico. With the setbacks in the rear-view mirror, project personnel spoke about the challenges. Air Products, BHGE, Norsafe, and Sofec won contracts for Eni’s Coral South FLNG project in Mozambique. A routine maintenance project became more complicated when an ROV inspection exposed unexpected trenching that reduced the holding capacity of the system. As many platforms begin to produce beyond their design life, maintenance of mooring systems becomes more critical.