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The oil and gas industry has picked up on the benefits of digitization and artificial intelligence (AI) in its day-to-day activities, and the health, safety, and environment (HSE) sector is no exception. While AI brings clear benefits, the risks that come with those benefits remain unclear. While touting the advances of technology in HSE at SPE’s Virtual Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), Olav Skar, director of health, safety, security, and wells at the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), said, “I also see risks, and I remain concerned that we do not truly understand them.” Skar spoke at ATCE on a panel that included Mohamed Kermoud, Schlumberger’s global vice president for HSE, and Philippe Herve, the vice president of energy solutions at SparkCognition. The panel was moderated by Josh Etkind, Shell’s Gulf of Mexico digital transformation manager.
Offshore Gulf of Mexico (GOM) facilities remain evacuated on Thursday following the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, while more oil and gas production has been shut in. Based on operator reports from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), 228 production platforms (36% of 643 manned platforms in the GOM) remain evacuated. Personnel from two nondynamically positioned rigs remain evacuated (20% of 10), and four dynamically positioned rigs (25% of 16) remain off location. Approximately 85% of oil production and 58% of natural gas production in the Gulf is shut in, up from Wednesday’s levels of 67% and 45%, respectively.
Godfrey Edezu was born in the rural village of Ayivu, Maracha district, Uganda. His decision to study Geosciences was deeply rooted in earlier inspirations by the science teachers and fascinations to understand the extraction of natural resources from the earth. This career journey was well supported and perfected by his active involvement in SPE activities and leadership from the year 2012. Special thanks to the founders of SPE International whose benefits to world population speaks for itself. In 2013, Godfrey participated in SPE Africa region's Student Paper Contest and in 2014, he was also selected to participate in a group project during IPTC education week.
Decisions in E&P ventures are affected by Bias, Blindness, and Illusions (BBI) which permeate our analyses, interpretations and decisions. This one-day course examines the influence of these cognitive pitfalls and presents techniques that can be used to mitigate their impact. Bias refers to errors in thinking whereby interpretations and judgments are drawn in an illogical fashion. Blindness is the condition where we fail to see an unexpected event in plain sight. Illusions refer to misleading beliefs based on a false impression of reality. All three can lead to poor decisions regarding which work to undertake, what issues to focus on, and whether to forge ahead or walk away from a project. Strategic thinking and planning are key elements in an organisation’s journey to maximise value to shareholders, customers, and employees. Through this workshop, attendees will go through the different processes involved in strategic planning including the elements of organisational SWOT, business scenario and options development, elaboration of strategic options and communication to stakeholders. Examples are provided including corporate, business unit and department case studies. This seminar will teach participants how to identify, evaluate, and quantify risk and uncertainty in everyday oil and gas economic situations. It reviews the development of pragmatic tools, methods, and understandings for professionals that are applicable to companies of all sizes. The seminar also briefly reviews statistics, the relationship between risk and return, and hedging and future markets.
The normalization of deviance is a major organizational cultural issue that is modeled and enabled by poor leadership and filters down through the organization with disastrous consequences for safety and operations. Safety technologies, procedures, policies, and programs have all evolved, yet there still remains a lot of work to do in many industries and workplaces to transform safety behaviors and attitudes.
Thank you for attending the SPE Workshop. The oil and gas industry is moving towards deepwater exploration as cost optimisation, through a period of low priced oil, has ensured deepwater explorations and production become more viable. Currently, offshore production facilities in Myanmar exists in both shallow and medium water depths; however, the potential of frontier deepwater exploration are available within the Myanmar offshore blocks. This workshop provided a unique platform for industry practitioners and subject matter experts in E&P and operations to discuss opportunities, emerging technologies, holistic approaches to E&P and more. The workshop also provided an insight on how the industry can rejuvenate both onshore production and operations.
SPE Technical Reports address areas where SPE membership and the public would benefit from understanding the current technology and challenges. Each report is the result of broad-based input from subject-matter experts. Draft Technical Reports are prepared by a committee and posted for SPE member review and comment for at least 30 days. Comments received are considered in finalizing the report for submission to the SPE Board of Directors for approval for publication. Any SPE member can propose development of a Technical Report to the SPE Board of Directors.