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Letter from the Chair . . . John Jepson

We have good news to report this month:

At the Annual Technical Conference and Trade Show your Los Angeles Basin Section was awarded the prestigious SPE President's Award for Section Excellence. The award was presented to Vivian Bust at the Section Officers Workshop on October 1. The section received the award due to the excellent outcome of the first ever SPE/AAPG Western Regional Meeting in June and the ongoing public outreach programs to our local schools.

On November 10, the Section will host the first annual Petroleum Operations Day in Long Beach. The objective of this event is to educate teachers and local community leaders about the petroleum industry and how we operate in today's environmentally sensitive urban setting. They will learn about petroleum "from pore space to pipeline". If you would like more information about this event contact Scott Hara at (562) 495-9351 or by e-mail at or Don Clarke at (562) 570-9315,

The good news to all of you golfers out there is that the Los Angeles Basin Section will again host the Charity Golf Classic in June of 2001. Tim Ligget and Paul Frost will return for one more year and will organize a first class event. These guys always give 150% toward an exciting and rewarding tournament. When you see Tim, Paul and their committee members at the various events in the coming months tell them thank you from all of us at the SPE.

Has anyone seen my old computer? As you know, the section has a very active outreach program for local schools. We now have industry partners for 11 schools. Tim Ligget has an excellent idea; as we have gone through another industry cycle and oil prices are up, many companies are now upgrading their computer systems. What can you do with your old computer system? Consider donating it to your local school. We at the SPE can help set up the contacts and determine which type of computers the schools can use. One large local operator is currently replacing 2 dozen laptop computers. This is the perfect opportunity to improve the cooperation between the source of our future employees, our schools, and the local oil industry. Let us help you do away with this old system and put it to good use!

Dan Dudak, newly of the State Lands Commission, has volunteered to be our Section coordinator for the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County science fairs. Thanks Dan for stepping forward and volunteering your time.

Please remember to attend our Petroleum Forum meeting on November 14. Robert Visser will update us on the unique characteristics of Platform Osprey in the Cook Inlet of Alaska. See the other side for details.

Thanks to all of the local membership for continuing to support our section's activities. If you have an idea on how to improve the Section or know of an interesting speaker, please let me know by e-mailing at, or by phone at (714) 816-6847.




Board of Directors Meeting
Division of Oil and Gas Office, Cypress
Thursday, November 9, 4:30 pm

Petroleum Technology Forum
Long Beach Petroleum Club
Tuesday, November 14, 11:30 am


Petroleum Technology Forum

DATE: Tuesday, November 14, 2000
TIME: 11:30 am ­ Social
PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA
COST: $15.00 , $5.00 Students
SPEAKER: Robert Visser, Belmar Engineering
Osprey ­ A New Platform in the Cook Inlet of Alaska

The presentation describes the fabrication and installation of the Forcenergy platform Osprey in the Cook Inlet of Alaska. Cook Inlet has thirty foot tides and is covered with moving ice in the winter. Because there is no heavy lifting equipment on the West Coast, a novel self-erecting platform design was devised. Osprey will be used to drill exploratory wells into the Redoubt Shoal field with the first well to be spudded in early November. If successful, the platform will be upgraded to a production platform. If not, the platform can be relocated, one time, to another prospect

Robert C. Visser is a private consultant in Redondo Beach and is active in all aspects of offshore development. Prior to forming Belmar Engineering in 1981 he was with Shell Oil Company. He holds an MS degree in civil engineering from the Deft Technological University in the Netherlands.



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