Every year, SPE recognizes members who have made an exceptional effort to ensure the technical excellence of the society's peer-reviewed journals. For their contributions, the following individuals are recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Technical Editor Award. SPE created A Peer Apart in 2007 to recognize dedicated individuals who have been involved in the peer review of 100 or more papers. Members who commit their time to peer review papers make substantial contributions to the industry's literature by helping to ensure that the papers published in SPE's technical journals are of the highest quality. In 2018, six individuals joined the group, bringing the total membership of A Peer Apart to 167 dedicated members.
Data Gumbo hired Sergio A. Tuberquia as its new chief commercial officer. The company has developed a blockchain-as-a-service platform to streamline smart contracts management for industrial customers. With more than 20 years experience in enterprise software sales, and architecting and implementing smart oilfield solutions, he joins the company on the heels of its recent $6-million equity funding round co-led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and Equinor Technology Ventures. Prior to Data Gumbo, Tuberquia was founder and CEO of Equipcast, a machine-learning-based smart oilfield solution that provides production optimization. Before Equipcast, he led the go-to-market strategy for GE Oil & Gas Predix-based Field Vantage Solutions Americas, GE Intelligent Platforms for Oil & Gas, and Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine Systems Predictive Equipment Health Management for Oil & Gas.
Klemens Katterbauer is a research assistant and PhD candidate in Petroleum Engineering (within Earth Science & Engineering program) at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (founded by Saudi Aramco) focusing on Multi-Data reservoir history matching utilizing ensemble Kalman-based techniques. His work has been presented at several conferences amongst others at the IPTC 2014 and the OTC Asia 2014 and in an invited talk at the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M. Klemens has come 2nd place in the IPTC YP Poster competition in 2014, 2nd place in the graduate division at the Middle East & South Asia Student Paper Contest 2013 and 2014.
I am honored to be recognized at an international level by my peers for my years of service to SPE. My involvement with SPE has greatly expanded my professional network, which has led to some amazing opportunities in my career. Favorite volunteer activity: Perhaps, my favorite endeavor was serving on the organizing committee for an SPE Applied Technology Workshop on Deepwater Operations – Post Drilling & Completions held in 2012. My message to young professionals (YPs): Take an active role in any professional organization to which you belong. I felt grateful to the colleagues and friends who initiated and supported the nomination.
Data Gumbo hired Sergio A. Tuberquia, SPE, as its new chief commercial officer. The company has developed a blockchain-as-a-service platform to streamline smart contracts management for industrial customers. With more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software sales, and architecting and implementing smart oilfield solutions, Tuberquia joins the company on the heels of its recent $6-million equity funding round co-led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and Equinor Technology Ventures. Previously, he was founder and CEO of Equipcast, a machine-learning-based smart oilfield solution that provides production optimization. Before Equipcast, he led the go-to-market strategy for GE Oil & Gas Predix-based Field Vantage Solutions Americas, GE Intelligent Platforms for Oil & Gas, and Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine Systems Predictive Equipment Health Management for Oil & Gas.
Saudi Aramco has begun moving toward the production phase of its ambitious plan to develop its enormous hoard of unconventional gas resources. During a panel session at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Dubai, Khalid Al-Abdulqader, general manager unconventional resources for Saudi Aramco, said the company is letting two contracts for development drilling in North Arabia. That is one of three early areas within Saudi Arabia where it is focusing on developing gas from reservoirs where fracturing is required to produce from various degrees of tight rock. Commercial scale production of gas from the areas could come as early as 2021, he said when asked during the session. Afterward, he qualified that while it is a reasonable estimate, it is too soon to be making commitments.
Where will the next big idea come from? A number of oil and gas giants are looking to the stars. Not literally, but independent and national oil companies, including ExxonMobil and Aramco, are convinced that valuable synergies can be gained by working closely with other industries facing similar challenges. Solutions for more reliable offshore operations can also be adapted for land-based operations, especially those taking place in remote, unexplored environments or harsh climates. One less traditional topic being explored is cybersecurity.
Oil and Gas Facilities magazine extends its sincere appreciation to everyone who provided a technical review for at least one peer-reviewed paper during 2015. Many of our reviewers contributed their expertise to more than one paper during the year. We recognize the time commitment these individuals have made in agreeing to review papers and appreciate the impact that their efforts have had on the published papers throughout the year. Volunteers such as these individuals are essential to ensuring the journal publishes manuscripts of high quality and lasting value. Thank you to our dedicated reviewers for their contributions.
With initial results indicating that the Middle East-North Africa region holds significant unconventional resources and with rising local gas demand, operators have begun assessing the viability of tight gas and shale gas projects. The following is a roundup of unconventional exploration and appraisal activities in several countries in the region. Despite its prolific oil output, Saudi Arabia faces challenges in meeting its economy's voracious appetite for gas to fuel power, petrochemical, and desalination plants. The country has begun investigating its large unconventional deposits and their potential for fueling long-term growth for its booming population.
The inaugural SPE Kuwait Oil and Gas Show and Conference (KOGS), held 7–10 October 2013 in Kuwait, attracted more than 3,000 delegates representing major oil and gas companies from all over the world. The event, under the patronage of Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, carried the theme "The Power of Collaboration…People and Technology in the Oil and Gas Industry," Hosnia Hashim, KOGS conference program chairperson and vice president of operations at Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), said that the gathering allowed exploration and production professionals to network with colleagues from around the world and celebrate key successes in the industry. "For the first time ever in Kuwait," she said, "we launched a technical event with outstanding participation, having received more than 520 papers, from 104 organizations and 69 universities, from 37 countries." In his opening remarks at the Conference Opening Ceremony, Kuwait Deputy Premier and Minister of Oil Mustafa Al-Shimali, reiterated Kuwait's unflinching commitment, in its capacity as a main oil producer, to ensuring regular supplies to world markets. "This conference is timely and logical, as the Kuwait oil sector is undertaking plans to ensure that it meets and fulfills its international role as a reliable supplier. We have allocated billions of US dollars to reach production capacity of 4 million BOPD by 2020. An international exchange of technology and experience is critical to realizing these plans," Al-Shamali said.