GREETINGS FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Can't we all get along!
With the passage of California's Proposition 209, affirmative action as we know it will be changed. Recent events suggest we might not be ready to face this new world order.
On election day, audio tapes were released recording high officials with TEXACO destroying documents relevant to an anti-discrimination lawsuit. To make matters worse, the officials are recorded ridiculing minorities and religious preferences. BUSINESS WEEK then reports such comments reflect a climate of widespread racism within the oil industry (11-18-96).
Now that all Californians are equal before the law, maybe we are more enlightened in matters regarding racial equality. I think of myself as open minded and forward looking (after all, I did vote for Clinton). But, even I was once accused (long since dismissed) for using racial slander. The lesson to be learned from TEXACO's indiscretion (besides asking who might be taping your conversations) is that we must all be vigilant in how we relate to our fellow workers, subordinates, and members of the public. We need to discern the difference between polemically and politically correct speech.
On a more positive note, as an example of how our local industry has turned around, there are four new jobs advertised in this newsletter. This is the most solicitation run at one time. It is nice to have marketable skills. We have also posted these ads and current job requests on our home page (www.laspe.org). As a new service to members, we will post job ads here first as they are received, rather than waiting till the next newsletter.
Speaking of The WEB, we can now can offer personal monthly notification of upcoming meetings through E-mail or Fax. Just leave a message at email@example.com requesting e-mail or fax back. Or, if you have a strong opinion on the newsletter, including this column, you can find my E-mail address there too. Can we make communications any easier than this?
Finally, this is the time of year to nominate yourself, a coworker, or anyone you feel is worthy of recognition by the awards given through the SPE. Greg Scott will handle nominations. Give him a call with your nomination. You will please at least three people. Such a nomination would make a nice Christmas gift . . . For those who may remain nominationless, have a nice holiday too.
PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM
Bruce Hesson, Chairman, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (310) 590-5311
Ron Behrens, Program Chairman, Chevron Petroleum Technology Co. (310) 694-7813
Ed Santiago, Treasurer, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (310) 590-5311
John Thompson, Secretary, The Gas Co. -
DATE: December 3, 1996
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: MATTHEW MIKULICH, SPE
TOPIC: APPLICATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL SEISMIC
TECHNOLOGY TO RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT
The role of three-dimensional (3D) seismic technology has grown dramatically from a purely field development application to wider use in the evaluation of exploration acreage. The application of this technology to exploration acreage is expected to continue to grow, but application to reservoir management is an area in which the technology may currently be underutilized. This could be due to the rapid development of the technology and a lack of experience in and understanding of the potential uses of the technology and how to value it. Some uses include describing the reservoir in detail, particularly when this description is integrated with geostatistical estimations of reservoir parameters, fluid prediction, and fluid contact identification; identifying and exploiting bypassed reserves; identifying and monitoring horizontal wells; predicting hydrocarbon in place and proved reserves; and reservoir monitoring of primary production and EOR techniques.
The oil industry has had some success in using 3D seismic data in all these reservoir management areas. The industry is beginning to view the acquisition of a 3D seismic survey as an investment in the future of the reservoir rather than simply as a cost, and 3D seismic data have been demonstrated to be key factors in the evaluation and prediction of reservoir profitability. As a result, 3D surveys have become a critical part of the development plan for retained fields. Examples are shown to illustrate several of these concepts.
Matthew Mikulich currently is chief geophysicist at Chevron Corp. In San Francisco, California. He also is chairman of the Advisory Council for the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah, an appointment he has held since 1993. He has held several posts since joining Chevron in 1971. Mr. Mikulich holds a B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Illinois Benedictine Collage, an M.S. degree in physics from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. degree in geophysics from the University of Utah.
ENVIRONMENTAL & STUDY GROUP FORUM
Vivian K. Bust, Consultant, (714) 786-1185
Scott Hara, Tidelands Oil Production Co.,
Ed Mayer, Consultant, (818) 796-4437
Allan Spivak, Duke-Intera, (310) 979-4777
Warren Hildenbrandt, Consultant, (818) 992-0477
NO ENVIRONMENTAL MEETING IN DECEMBER
PACIFIC ENERGY ASSOCIATION
DATE: Wednesday, December 4, 1996
TIME: 12:00 - 4:00 P.M.
COST: $60.00, includes course materials
PLACE: Elk's Lodge, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach
TOPIC: Complying with Today's Emission Regulations
Please reserve your placement by calling the P.E.A. Office at (310) 594-8729, as soon as possible.
SECTION OFFICERS WORKSHOP
DURING 1996 ATCE IN DENVER
This year's Section Officers Workshop had an innovative format. It was started by three panelists reviewing the details of the best practices of their Sections: Hans Lorup of Stavanger Petroleum discussed their highly professional Newsletter; Roy Williamson of the Permian Section talked about their newly created Internet/Home Page and I talked about the Programming in our Section. I highlighted our very successful Gem sessions (those presented by our Environmental and Study Group Forum) that have improved the attendance by 178% during the past two years with an average attendance of 43 and a high of 110. In addition, I spoke about our last three crowd-getting Community Relations Banquets and our upcoming plan to have a geologist from the White House as Community Night after-dinner speaker. The presentations were followed by many questions and answers. As many as 20 questions were asked about our programming, mostly on the format used, how we picked our topics and speakers and how much we charged. While the talks about the Newsletter and Internet were very interesting, I believe our Section is doing as well as they are. Nevertheless, there were some good suggestions that will be passed on to our Newsletter Editor and Webmaster.
Next, Region Director Mike Gatens reviewed the following SPE Vision and Mission statements and urged the section chairmen to help SPE achieve these goals:
SPE VISION: To be the preeminent technical society of the worldwide oil, gas and related industries in the provision of services to its professionals.
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide the means for collection, dissemination, and exchange of technical information concerning the development of oil and gas resources, subsurface fluid flow, and production of other materials through wellbores for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities through its programs for interested (and qualified ) individuals to maintain and upgrade their individual technical competence in the aforementioned areas for the public benefit.
He then introduced another SPE Director, Laura Hyman, who discussed SPE's new Scribe Program. That program is established to give financial support for dissemination of the best local section practices to other sections through audio and video taping of the activity and making them available to all other sections. I asked Laura if they would consider videotaping our 'Gem' sessions during the WRM in June. The answer was a definite yes. However, they need a detailed funding request from us in the near future.
Then the audience was broken into small discussion groups, each with an appointed Scribe, in a number of tables around the room. The Scribes recorded the discussions and briefly reported the results to the entire group. The suggestions will be discussed at our next local section meeting.
Next, Leanne Helgaas, SPE Sections Affair Manager thanked the large audience and the speakers and panelists for their participation and interest.
AS HEARD IN THE PATCH
Downhole video logging has been used extensively for nearly two years at Stocker Resources, Inc. In the L.A. Basin. To date, over 150 surveys have been performed, resulting in quite a large video library as well as valuable information from which to make daily well work decisions.
Nearly 50% of the video logging has been associated with evaluation of shut-in wells for return to production. For these wells, the tool is used to assess general casing integrity as well as production potential to identify oil and water entries. There have been several instances of increasing the oil rate and decreasing the WOR in wells which have been returned to production after doing work based on video log results.
Casing evaluations (e.g., for sand entry, suspected casing damage) comprise 40% of the remaining video log work at Stocker and fishing operations include 10% of the work. To date, a 70% success rate of obtaining a good video log has been achieved, which is outstanding, considering the amount of prep-work often needed in order to provide a clear picture. Future video logging enhancements which have been recognized and suggested by Stocker include increasing the higher end of the temperature tolerance to log deeper wells and combining a spinner tool to the camera assembly to detect fluid rates.
INTRODUCING "THE 1997 SPE WESTERN REGIONAL MEETING"
Dear SPE Members:
The Los Angeles Basin Section is excited to host the 1997 SPE Western Regional Meeting (WRM) which will be held from Wednesday, June 25 to Friday, June 27 at the World Trade Center Hilton in Long Beach, California. Save room in your schedule because this will truly be a memorable convention.
The theme is "A New Dawn in the Old West" which reflects the advanced technologies and business innovations we are applying in our mature oil and gas fields in Alaska and California. In keeping with the theme, our convention will be introducing new approaches to technology transfer which will open your eyes to new opportunities and contacts and optimize your valuable time.
New Technical Program Format
The technical program is designed to appeal to SPE members and to specific target groups which are under-represented in SPE considering their involvement in the industry, including small independent oil operators, environmental professionals, field operations personnel (field superintendents and foreman), geologists and geophysicists, and academia.
The new format will allow members to give either a conventional paper or 15 minute paperless "gem" presentation. The "gems" will consist of recent field applications of new environmental or operational technologies. Since our 'Call For Abstracts' Letter was sent late, we have extended the abstract deadline for "gem" presentations until December 6, 1996. We encourage you to submit an abstract about your "gem"!
Special Workshops and Classes
For the first time, focused workshops and classes will run concurrently with the technical sessions.
The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) and SPE are jointly sponsoring a class on thermal recovery using horizontal wells, specifically "Understanding Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Single Well SAGD" for Wednesday morning to be given by Dr. Ben Nzekwu of SAGD Technologies. Dr. Nzekwu is the pioneer of the Single Well SAGD process.
An "Advanced Drilling and Workovers" Workshop is being planned for all day Thursday which will feature recent field applications of extended reach drilling, multi-lateral drilling, coiled tubing drilling and workovers, and horizontal well completions and formation damage control. A primary objective is to promote future contacts with other engineers working internationally.
For the managers, we will be conducting a workshop on "Strategies for Obtaining Community and Government Agency Approvals for Your Projects" for all day Thursday. Our technically-oriented industry has much to learn on how to address public concerns about our projects.
The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) is sponsoring a workshop in the Exhibit Area to inform producers of the resources and programs available for improving oil and gas recovery. The PTTC, the BOAST reservoir simulation programs, the DOE Reservoir Class Projects, and the national lab projects are a few excellent examples of DOE-
sponsored activities. Independent producers are especially encouraged to visit their booth.
A field trip will be conducted showing the L. A. Basin geology and urban operations. An Internet course at USC will be scheduled. Other classes on the drawing board will emphasize new and practical topics such as presentation software like Powerpoint, an updated introductory environmental course on regulations and operations, and a rock-oriented formation damage course on how drilling, workover and injected fluids geochemically react with formation sands and fluids and how to prevent and treat adverse reactions. Other ideas for classes are welcome.
The exhibit area will be open on Wednesday and Thursday and will be the central hub of the convention. We plan to hold an evening reception on Wednesday and a luncheon on Thursday in the exhibit area. A golf tournament is planned for Friday June 27 at 1 PM at the fabulous Pete Dye-designed Cypress Golf Club in Los Alamitos. Exhibitors will be given priority to secure foursomes to the tournament. To receive information about exhibiting at the convention, please contact Mr. Bill McFarland at 310-624-3337.
We Will Be Ready!
The 1997 WRM will be a state-of-the-art convention which will raise the awareness and value of our professional society to a much larger segment of the industry. We plan to provide more details as soon as our technical program is completed. Please look us up on the Internet at www.laspe.org or call me at 310-436-9918.
I'll Be Back!
Scott Hara, 1997 WRM General Chairman