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JANUARY 1997 NEWSLETTER
Meetings this Month
Board of Directors Jan 8
Petroleum Technology Forum Jan 14
Environmental & Study Group Forum-No Meeting
PTTC Technology Workshop Jan 15
GREETINGS FROM THE CHAIRMAN ···FORUM MEETINGS
Depending on when you read this letter, let me wish you a happy holiday
season, or else, I hope you had a great holiday season.
Before we ring in the new year, perhaps a review of events that affected
your local section of the SPE might be of interest. The local chapter of
the API shut down, but donated $6,000 to our the Los Angeles Basin Section
for additional scholarship support. We then funded 3 new scholarships of
$1,000 each to our member's local high school students. The 2nd Annual
Membership cookout was attended by 130 members (our current membership role
hovers around 700) and generated $4,000 more for the scholarship fund.
Our section granted $6,400 to local college students as scholarships.
Cal Poly Pomona closed their petroleum program. Fortunately, California
State University, Long Beach, under Dr. Torabzadeh started a program and
a student SPE section. We have already granted scholarship funds to the
The USC Engineering department continues their strong program in petroleum.
Now, the department is hosting the new PTTC program. The PTTC had their
opening ceremonies in mid December. Over 200 people from the DOE, California
Energy Commission, the Division of Oil and Gas, and engineers from both
independent and large oil companies attended. The PTTC's goal is to disseminate
information from government and companies of all sizes. With the continuing
change of demographics in the Los Angeles Basin where independents are replacing
majors, an agency willing to help smaller companies exchange R and D information
can fill a real local need.
Our section also contributed to the spread of information this year by adding
a new column "As Heard in the Patch" to our newsletter. Terry
Woods, the editor, is helping to share local success stories we should all
find of interest. Finally, no list of achievements would be complete without
mention of our web page. Larry Gilpin has done a wonderful job in providing
pertinent information and links to other resource sites. For those not on
line, perhaps Santa brought you the right machine, modem, and internet provider?
The new year should be interesting and fun(?) Our finances are robust enough
that we can consider expanded scholarship support. Sam Sarem is looking
into a 5 year plan for the Section's finances. If you have any ideas or
opinions on how the Section handles its resources, let Sam know.
There is a new column this month listing upcoming events that might be of
interest to the members. If you know of any upcoming pertinent event, call,
fax, or e-mail me with the details.
Finally, our Section hosts the Western Regional Meeting in June. This happens
once every 3 years, and there was originally talk of not hosting the event
due to our diminished capacity as an active oil province. We have 6 months
before show time, so if someone comes asking for your help or support, please
say "yes, and what else can I do". This newsletter will keep you
informed of developments for the WRM and other activities.
Enjoy the holidays, and get ready for another good year in the patch.
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PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM
Bruce Hesson, Chairman, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (310)
Ron Behrens, Program Chairman, Chevron Petroleum Technology Co. (310) 694-7813
Ed Santiago, Treasurer, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (310)
John Thompson, Secretary, The Gas Co. - (310) 578-2689
DATE: January 14, 1997
TIME: Registration: 11:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: 12:15 p.m.
Finish: 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Reservations not required.
PRICE: $15.00/general - $5.00/students
SPEAKER: MR. DALE F. BROST, "SPE DISTINGUISHED LECTURER"
TOPIC: MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PRODUCED WATER
All oil field operators are aware of the critical need to monitor and to
control the oil content of produced water. Clean, oil-free water is absolutely
essential to protect the environment and to reduce maintenance problems
in downstream facilities (filters, softeners, steam generators, injection
wells, etc.). Recently, new analysis instruments have been developed that
can determine oil content online without sampling or operator intervention.
Results are available in real time and can be used to alarm operators of
system upsets or to automatically adjust operating parameters through process
control. This lecture describes the current technology in produced water
monitoring instrumentation and shows how it can be applied to automate water
plant operations. A variety of on-line analyzers are reviewed critically,
with comments on calibration procedures, maintenance requirements and suitability
to different types of produced water streams. Examples of successful field
installations will be discussed.
Dale earned his B.S. degree from Loyola University and his Ph.D. degree
from Baylor University, both in chemistry. In the past 16 years, Dale has
worked on the development and field application of new technology for oil
field producing operations. His experience included both R&D activities
and field assignments in EOR, chemical treating, well stimulation, and produced
fluid analysis. Since 1989, he has worked at Texaco's E&P Technology
Division, where he currently is Senior Research Associate. His activities
are devoted to the evaluation, development, and field application of new
instrumental techniques for monitoring produced water. Dr. Brost holds
five patents in on-line analysis instrumentation.
ENVIRONMENTAL & STUDY GROUP FORUM
Vivian K. Bust, Consultant, (714) 786-1185
Scott Hara, Tidelands Oil Production Co., (310) 436-9918
Ed Mayer, Consultant, (818) 796-4437
Allan Spivak, Duke-Intera, (310) 979-4777
NO MEETING THIS MONTH! BE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE PTTC TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
SEE DETAILS IN THIS NEWSLETTER
AS HEARD IN THE PATCH
Earlier this year, Torch Operating Company completed the takeover
of the local Unocal properties. The impact of Torch's presence has resulted
in a strong contribution to the area industry. Current activity includes
new well drilling coupled with a strong workover schedule to define remaining
reserves in the Brea-Olinda Field. The most significant reward, thus far,
to Torch's efforts to increse production have resulted rather quickly from
upper Miocene completions in their Wilmington Field offshore wells. Beginning
in August of this year, Torch will forcuse on upper zone completions on
wells that Unocal had left shut-in for a number of years on Platform Esther.
The target wells exist on a structually up-dipping trend just adjacent
to a northeasterly fault line. After four new completions in existing wellbores,
th Platform's production has increased from 900 BOPD to 1900 BOPD. Two
more wells will soon be completed along this trend with another four candidates
due at a later date. Torch's early goals in 1997 will be to shift emphasis
to Platform Eva with hopes of similar success. In addition, a good activity
level should remain throughout 1997 in the Brea-Olinda Field. Through aggressiveness
and continued success, the outlook for Torch in the L.A. Basin looks very
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The Los Angeles Basin Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers was
able to offer four $1,600 scholarships for the 1996/97 school year. Petroleum
programs eligible for these awards are California State University, Long
Beach and the University of Southern California. Students were selected
based on their excellent scholastic achievement, SPE involvement, school
and community volunteer work, and petroleum industry experience.
On December 3rd, two students from California State University, Long Beach
received their scholarship awards at the Petroleum Technology Forum luncheon.
Their Program Chairman, Professor Torabzadeh, was also in attendance.
The following are brief biographies of these recipients.
Mercedeh Tootoonchi is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering
enrolled in the petroleum option. She has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering
and currently serves as the Vice President of the SPE student chapter at
CSLB. She is a member of several student organizations and has industry
experience involving the processing and manufacturing of petroleum products.
Todd Bustillo is a senior in Mechanical Engineering with the petroleum
option. Todd currently serves as the President for the SPE student chapter
and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, the Honorary Engineering Society. Future
plans include employment in the petroleum industry, specifically in the
area of drilling and tool design.
Two students from USC, who were unable to attend the award ceremonies, will
also receive awards. Below are biographies for these recipients.
Nicole Godejohn is a senior in Chemical Engineering with the petroleum
option. She is the secretary of the SPE student chapter and a member of
the Tau Beta PI Honor Society, Captain of the Water Ski Team, and several
other school organizations. Nicole has accepted a position with Mobile
Exploration and Production in Bakersfield as an operations engineer. This
was her second scholarship from the LA Basin Section.
Joseph Durham is a junior in Chemical Engineering with a petroleum
option. He is the Vice President of the student chapter and a varsity member
of the swim team. Joseph has summer work experience with Texaco in Kern
River and would like to work as a reservoir engineer upon graduation.
Funds for these scholarships come, in part, from Richardson, Texas through
annual membership fees. But his only accounts for about 20 percent. The
remainder of the scholarship money was raised through our annual fund-raisers,
such as the Annual BBQ and the SPE/API/Desk & Derrick Golf Tournament.
The Los Angeles Basin Section would like to thank our membership for making
these events a success, which in turn allows us to provide these scholarships.
NOTICE OF UPCOMING EVENTS
SPE Intl. Thermal Operations and Heavy Oil Symposium - Bakersfield, California
SPE Intl. Symposium on Oilfield Chemistry
SPE/EPA Exploration and Production Environmental Conference - Dallas, Texas
SPE Production Operations Symposium
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium - Dallas, Texas
SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference
Offshore Technology Conference
SPE Forum Series in Asia Pacific
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting
SPE Applied Technology Workshop
Call SPE Richardson, for details (800) 456-6863
SPE NATIONAL AWARDS
Nominations are now being requested from the section membership for thirteen
national awards that will be presented at the October, 1997 Annual Technological
Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. The awards are listed
below with a brief description of its significance. I hope you will focus
your nominee selections within the membership of our Los Angeles Basin as
we are rich in members who have distinguished themselves with achievements
and contributions in the categories described by these awards. I have provided
a nominating form at the bottom of this notice which you can use to make
your selections. Please submit your completed form to me at the address
below no later than January 31,1997. The section board will compile all
the nominations and submit its recommendations to the SPE headquarters office
and its nominating committees for their final selection. The SPE Board
of Directors will approve these nominations during its June, 1997 Board
Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal - Distinguished achievement in techniques
for finding and producing petroleum.
Lester C. Uren Award - Distinguished achievement in petroleum engineering
before age 45.
Drilling Engineering Award - Distinguished achievements in drilling
Production Engineering Award - Outstanding achievements in production
Reservoir Engineering Award - Outstanding achievements in reservoir
DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal - Distinguished service to SPE,
and professions of engineering, geology, and the petroleum industry.
Public Service Award - Distinguished service to a country, state,
community, or the public through excellence in leadership, service, or
Distinguished Service Award - Outstanding Service to SPE.
Honorary Membership - Outstanding service to SPE and/or distinguished
scientific or engineering achievement.
John Franklin Carll Award - Contributions that further petroleum
engineering through advancement of the profession or application of engineering
Distinguished Member - For achievements or service to the SPE worthy
of special recognition.
Young Member Outstanding Service Award - Contributions to public,
SPE, industry, profession by members under age 36.
Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty
- Superiority in classroom teaching.
SPE NATIONAL AWARDS NOMINATING FORM
Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal _______________________________________________________
Lester C. Uren Award ______________________________________________________________
Drilling Engineering Award __________________________________________________________
Production Engineering Award _______________________________________________________
Reservoir Engineering Award ________________________________________________________
DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal ________________________________________________
Public Service Award ______________________________________________________________
Distinguished Service Award ________________________________________________________
Honorary Membership _____________________________________________________________
John Franklin Carll Award __________________________________________________________
Distinguished Member _____________________________________________________________
Young Member Outstanding Service Award ___________________________________________________________
Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty __________________________________________________________
If you would like to recieve additional information on the rules and
qualifications for the above awards, please contact me at (310) 590-5740.
Gregory Scott, Awards and Nominations Chairman
c/o California State Lands Commission
200 Oceangate, 12th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
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