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In May 2021, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announced an exploration of the benefits and opportunities of a merger creating the energy professionals' organization for the future. With unanimous consent from the AAPG Executive Committee and the SPE Board of Directors, a steering committee was created to explore opportunities to form a new combined organization in response to an evolving energy sector and challenging COVID-impacted market environment. We are developing a dedicated website that will serve as a resource for all members and a means to provide feedback as we explore this opportunity. In the meantime, any new information will be posted here.
Richardson, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma (25 May 2021) -- The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announce an exploration of the benefits and opportunities of a merger creating the energy professionals' organization for the future. With unanimous consent from the AAPG Executive Committee and the SPE Board of Directors, a steering committee was created to explore opportunities to form a new combined organization in response to an evolving energy sector and challenging COVID-impacted market environment. "Our two organizations have worked together side by side for many years on numerous initiatives and global events, notably the Offshore Technology Conference, International Petroleum Technology Conference, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, and the Petroleum Resources Management System. Joining forces would bring the best of both organizations together and provide additional value to engineers, geoscientists, and the broader energy sector," said Rick Fritz, AAPG President. The industry relies on subsurface geoscience and engineering teams rather than siloed disciplines.
The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) was founded in May 1871 in Pennsylvania, USA, to advance the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985. AIME's mission is to support its Member Societies. These funds provide support for forward-reaching programs including interdisciplinary projects and forums, awards, scholarships and grants.
The current era of unconventionals reflects the industry's opportunistic development mode, with the increasing focus on cash flow overgrowth. The journey started more than 15 years ago with technology that enabled the production and development of reservoirs once thought unrecoverable. Reserve was king and capital was easy to access. It has been a steep learning curve for the industry while growing production from 5 MM barrels per day to about 13 MM barrels per day and drilling about 200,000 horizontal wells across several basins. As technology and knowledge improved over the years, the definition of risk and opportunity in each unconventional play has undergone various phases.
As new technologies emerge and others mature, technical sections are expected to come and go. The topical focus of a technical section can become less relevant, obsolete or it can evolve over time and begin to overlap with another technical section or other member group. Technical Sections must adapt, redirect, or in some cases, disestablish. This is a normal and expected part of the technical section life cycle. Following are the guidelines related to maintaining healthy technical sections and ensuring they continue to address the changing needs of SPE members.
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