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From left to right John Fraser (Sparrows Group), Laura Steedman (BP), Ray Riddoch (Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited) Photo courtesy of SPE Aberdeen

Offshore Achievement Award winners Announced

Winners of the 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards were announced last night {22 March} in a celebration of industry talent, innovation and enthusiasm. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section revealed the 11 winners to an audience of more than 450 people, with categories covering technology innovation, company performance and individual achievement across the UK offshore energy sector.   Ray Riddoch, UK managing director at Nexen was named this year’s Significant Contribution winner thanks to three decades of shaping and influencing the offshore energy industry. Other

Last year’s OAA winners Photo Society of Petroleum Engineers

Finalists for 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards Announced

Finalists for the 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards, sponsored by TAQA, have been announced today {Friday 13 January}.   Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, the annual awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance.   This year’s shortlist comprises a wide cross-section of the offshore sector, with companies large and small, spanning a variety of sub-sectors, represented.   Categories including Innovator, Emerging Technology

Katy Heidenreich

Cost Reduction of Well Construction on UK Continental Shelf

cent could potentially unlock around five billion boe of known reserves over the next decade.   The significant work the industry is doing through the Technology Leadership Board (TLB) to address the well cost reduction challenge, will feature in a forthcoming event organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen section on September 21 at Aberdeen’s Douglas Hotel.   As one of eight MER UK government industry forums focused on maximising economic recovery from the UKCS, the Technology Leadership Board (TLB) has four priority themes: asset integrity; small pools; decommission

More Stim: jack-ups like the Maersk Gallant (seen from the business end) might soon be completing more wells with Fishbones stimulation technology. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland - Statoil)

Norway's Rising Subsea Stars

extend a series of nozzle-ended pipes (like the ribs of fish bones) from the casing along a length understood to be a max of about 10 m. Tiny discs prevent early deployment of the 18 millimeter rods which “wash” themselves into the reservoir using 3,000 dpi of pressure.   A Society of Petroleum Engineers paper at the end of May 2016 reported on Statoil’s first-ever pilot trial of the MST at the Smoerbukk South multilateral production well, where production was made possible in tight sandstone by the Fishbones completion, a feat “previously regarded as not feasible” due

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi (Photo: Texas A&M University)

Kondapi Named Subsea Director at Texas A&M

provide a program so that students truly understand the technical details of subsea engineering and the practical skills required for the industry. The college of engineering currently offers a masters of engineering with an emphasis in subsea engineering.   Kondapi is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and a founding member of the Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.   Kondapi received his Ph.D. from Tennessee Technological University and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Andhra University, all

Nicholas P. Boyaci (Photo: Borets)

Borets Appoints Business Development Manager

responsibilities have included implementing strategic plans for new service concepts and commercializing new technology.   Boyaci earned a degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. 

Photo: Proserv

Proserv Delivers Opening Phase of Record Contract

module which has been specifically designed to suit challenging environmental and operational conditions.     The company has won a string of industry awards in recognition of its people and outstanding achievements. Most recently, Proserv was named Great Large Company at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Offshore Achievement Awards in March. The accolade came shortly after Proserv was crowned Company of the Year at the 2015 Subsea UK Awards while just weeks before, two of Proserv’s promising young employees were recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2015 Oil

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL Targets Reduced Subsea Lead Times

standardization,” said Bjørn Søgård, Segment Director Subsea with DNV GL.   The standardization of steel forgings was  targeted as a high priority initiative in a report issued by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association in 2014 and also highlighted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The RP (DNVGL-RP-0034) has been developed through a joint industry project (JIP) involving 21 companies, representing steel manufacturers, subsea contractors and oil & gas companies. It contains requirements for qualification, manufacturing and testing, and complements existing industry

Ross Lowdon

SPE Aberdeen Names Lowdon Chairman

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015. Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally. He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University. Lowdon said, “The positive changes

Alfred William Eustes III

Can O&G Drilling Methods Help Mars Exploration?

search for oil and gas reserves continues, exploration and production activities are occurring in increasingly harsh environments and drilling is going deeper than ever before. An experienced petroleum engineer is set to explain exactly how far this could extend – namely to Mars - at a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen presentation and dinner meeting this month. Professor Alfred William Eustes III, a petroleum engineering and drilling specialist, will talk at the SPE Aberdeen monthly dinner and networking meeting on May 28. His involvement in drilling operations, coring and resonant

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