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May 1997 NEWSLETTER

MEETINGS THIS MONTH
L.A. Basin Board of Directors May 7
Petroleum Technology Forum May 6
Environmental & Study Group Forum May 21

 

GREETINGS FROM THE CHAIRMAN

The recent membership barbeque was quite successful and a lot of fun. Almost 100 members turned out (not a bad turnout for a total membership of 700, especially on a day when exploding tank trucks tied up the freeways). There were almost twice as many tickets sold, so thanks to those who purchased extras. There were so many door prizes (including $250 cash and tickets to the Long Beach Grand Prix) that probably a third of the attendees won something. Not a bad investment for $10. Many thanks goes to Jeff Blesener, Ray Brister, Bruce Hesson and Ed Santiago. They are the ones whose enthusiasm and hard work have sustained this event three years in a row. Finally, thanks to Mike Nye and Weatherford who hosted, cooked, and performed the other thankless tasks for any successful barbeque. The meat was excellent!

One of the activities supported by the barbeque took place the following day when our Section supported the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Read Bruce Hesson's description of the event in this Newsletter. I was in the audience along with many parents (though I wasn't able to gather eggs!), and was most impressed by the positive response and goodwill this event generates. Thanks goes to those super volunteers, Ray Brister of Thums, and Bruce Hesson and Ed Santiago of the D.O.G.G.R. Just think of how many more regulations these two could have generated or enforced if they weren't busy helping the S.P.E.?

Another volunteer, who has touched us all, that I would like to thank is Carol Rawnsley, the Editor of this Newsletter. For over 7 years, she has typed, pasted and laid out every article, advertisement and insert we all read each month - now she seeks retirement from these chores. Since the Newsletter is the conduit of information that helps this Section communicate with the members, her efforts have greatly helped this Section fulfill its mission of disseminating information. Thanks Carol, we appreciate your contribution.

Should you, the interested member, want to have a similar impact on the Section and wish to join the desktop publishing business, there will be an opening for Newsletter Editor. The presses start rolling in August. The editor has much discretion on presentation and format. If you are organized, enjoy working with graphic documents, and want to make a difference, please call me.

Spreading information is not the only function of this Section. We also encourage members to spread little white, dimpled balls using the correct tools such as wedges and woods. If you like puttering around, then don't forget the Golf Tournament on Friday, May 9th. See you there.

Mitch Findlay

Chairman

 

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FORUM MEETINGS

PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM

Bruce Hesson, Chairman, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (562) 590-5311
Ron Behrens, Program Chairman, Chevron Petroleum Technology Co. (562) 694-7813
Ed Santiago, Treasurer, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (562) 590-5311
John Thompson, Secretary, The Gas Co. - (310) 578-2689

 

LUNCH MEETING

DATE: Tuesday, May 6, 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. MICHAEL SMITH, SPE DISTINGUISHED LECTURER

TOPIC: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF DECISION ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

Decision analysis is rapidly becoming a common problem-solving tool in the petroleum industry. As a problem-solving approach, it involves far more than the use of decision trees to calculate probabilistic economics. It is a methodology of correctly framing a problem, effectively dealing with uncertainty, and involving all the pertinent people in this evaluation and decision. Most importantly, it stresses clear communication during all stages of the process. The decision analysis process provides a systematic procedure that has been proved practical and efficient in tackling even the most complex problems.

This presentation presents an overview of the decision analysis process and tools and focuses on some practical oilfield applications. Specific examples include an analysis of produced water treatment and disposal strategies, a recovery process screening effort for the development of a new reservoir, and evaluation of development and expansion strategies for a major EOR project.

Michael Smith is a petroleum engineering advisor at Chevron Petroleum Technology Company in La Habra, California. He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from California State University and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California. He has applied decision analysis techniques to Chevron's operations worldwide.

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL & STUDY GROUP FORUM

CO-CHAIRS

Vivian K. Bust, Mission Geoscience, Inc., (714) 955-9086
Scott Hara, Tidelands Oil Production Co., (562) 436-9918
Ed Mayer, Consultant, (818) 796-4437
Allan Spivak, Intera-Duke, (310) 979-4777

DINNER MEETING

DATE: Wednesday, May 21, 1997
TIME: Attitude Adjustment 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Speaker 7:15 P.m.

PRICE: $20.00

RESERVATIONS: On or before May 19 to Ed Mayer's answering machine (562) 624-3377

PLACE:
Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, California

 

TOPIC: UTILITY INDUSTRY DEREGULATION AND FUNDING OIL PROPERTY REDEVELOPMENT

MODERATOR: VIVIAN BUST, MISSION GEOSCIENCE, INC.

SPEAKERS: MR. B.J. ATKINS, President of Atkins Environmental HELP, Inc.

Regulatory Survival: How to Beat the Utility Company through Self-Generation

Deregulation of the utility industry has compelled operators to evaluate cost-effective power source alternative - utility companies or self-generation. Key issues associated with the permitting process for self-generation will be discussed.

MR. BILL BATER, Assistant Vice President and Environmental Analyst, Wells Fargo Bank, Los Angele

Use of Oil Field Property as Collateral for Loans

Even with operating cost reductions, marginal oil properties may be candidates for land redevelopment. Practical aspects and criteria for funding oil property redevelopment will be addressed from a banking point of view.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

23 April
API Community Energy Night
Red Lion Inn, Bakersfield


2 May
3D Geologic Modeling, PTTC
USC, Los Angeles

5-8 May
Offshore Technology Conference
Houston, Texas

11-18 May
SPE Forum Series in Asia Pacific
Nusa Dua, Indonesia

14-16 May
Annual Meeting, Pacific Section of the AAPG
Bakersfield, CA

15 May
Legal Aspects of California Oil Production, PTTC
USC, Los Angeles

18-21 May
SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting
Casper, Wyoming

2-3 June
SPE European Formation Damage Conference
The Hague, Netherlands

8-11 June
SPE Petroleum Computing Supershow
Dallas, Texas

24 June
Advanced Internet Workshop, PTTC
USC, Los Angeles

25-27 June
SPE Western Regional Meeting
Long Beach, California

15-16 August
SPE Applied Technology Workshop
Houston, Texas

Call SPE Richardson, for details @ (800) 456-6863



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