Participants in the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) Youth Forum, the first in WPC's 71-year history, hailed it a success. It was held 17–20 October 2004 at the Beijing Intl. Convention Center, and more than 540 delegates, all under 35 years of age, participated in the program. In addition, 56 observers from 17 WPC member countries and 102 other participants took part as specially invited delegates. Participating in the opening ceremony and other forum activities were WPC officials, members of Chinese Natl.
The first SPE North American Young E&P Professionals Workshop was held in Keystone, Colorado, during 10–11 April. The event was attended by young E&P professionals from all over North America, including engineers (reservoir, facilities, drilling, completion, and production), sales representatives, land negotiators, and advisers from many companies. Participants from New Orleans to Calgary gathered to discuss their futures within the industry. Experienced members of the oil and gas industry also attended to present various topics that focused on how young professionals can guide their own careers and decide what their futures will hold regardless of industry cycles. The first day begin with an overview of industry statistics, including the staggering fact that approximately 60% of SPE members are age 45 or older.
Some 70 industry young professionals (YPs) attended an event in Luanda last July on ethical conduct and corporate responsibility in the oil and gas industry. The program, organized by the Angola YP Section, provided YPs with exposure to issues surrounding common situations they will face throughout their careers and also gave them an opportunity to build their networks with other YPs. The speakers were Eunice de Carvalho, Policy, Government, and Public Affairs general manager, Chevron, Luanda, and Madalena Fernando, API coordinator, Chevron, Luanda.
Russia only recently has begun developing young professionals (YPs) activities and programs as part of the global SPE educational effort. The Society stresses the need for technical competence through its fundamental mission and vision to disseminate technical information. At the same time, success in the oil and gas industry also requires people to be socially responsible, creative, motivated, enthusiastic, and exhibit a taste for excellence and a talent for innovation. That is why a YP workshop was held for disseminating four core values--learning, excellence, innovation, and social responsibility--during the second SPE Russian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (ROGCE) in Moscow last October. At the workshop, YPs and former SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni discussed these values, which have proved to complement technical competence in oil and gas industry managers and leaders.
Being the largest conference for SPE members, the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) offers a great opportunity for members to give back to the community that graciously hosts the conference for the week. SPE launched a new initiative called SPE Cares at the ATCE recently held in Dubai. As part of the launch of the program, the SPE Cares Work Group organized a "Give a Ghaf" tree planting event, with more than 70 volunteers representing 16 countries participating. The event aimed to preserve the Ghaf tree, a tree species indigenous to the UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. It is a drought-tolerant, evergreen tree that can survive harsh desert environments.
The increase in energy consumption in a region has often been shown to correlate with improvement in the quality of life there. There improvements may be attributed to many things, but on a local scale it is dedicated energy industry professionals like Pringle Egbe who make the difference. Egbe is a 33-year-old petroleum software engineer at CypherCrescent in Nigeria. Over the years, Egbe has demonstrated his passion and commitment in the activities of SPE with the Port Harcourt Section and the Nigeria Council. He has a keen interest in developing software and has applied his technological expertise to promote the use of social network communication for his section.
This past October, SPE Cares held its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) volunteering event in San Antonio, Texas. Since its founding in 2015, each year the SPE Cares group holds a community service event during ATCE to give back to the local community where the conference is held. The non-profit organization supported this year was the Hemisfair Park Conservancy. The group is dedicated to revitalizing and maintaining Hemisfair Park, which is a historic landmark in downtown San Antonio. Although the park is small, it frequently hosts events and contains many attractions, so there were plenty of projects for SPE Cares to help with.
When SPE’s international health, safety, and environment conference opens in April, it will bring together professionals from around the world. This gathering of professionals, on top of the technical information shared, is what makes the conference so important, said Jack Hinton, program cochair. Independent Project Analysis (IPA) partnered with the sustainability department of a major integrated oil company to study the effect of core sustainability practices on capital project outcomes. IPIECA has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Finance Corporation to develop a shared understanding of the implications of the UN SDGs for the oil and gas industry and how the industry can most effectively contribute. Water management for upstream will transform over the next few years.