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September 1998 - NEWSLETTER

SPE LA BASIN SECTION NEWSLETTER,

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome back from a long hot summer. We hope you survived the heat, vacations, restructurings, and avoided any subpoenas from Kenneth Starr. September is the month when the local chapter of the SPE starts its new season. This month, you will also notice some changes in the Section Newsletter.

The issue is only four pages long. Last year, the average issue was about 11 pages long. The previous issues were professionally produced and bulk mailed. The printing costs were high, but shipping 3rd class mail helped reduce some costs. But, the main use of The Newsletter is to disseminate information in a timely manner. Delays in printing and shipping sometimes resulted in late deliveries. What good is a Newsletter if IT arrives too late to inform the membership of activities?

This issue was mailed First Class. This change in postage should help improve delivery time. Did your copy arrive before September 1st? Let the editor know if IT did not.

The issue has a lot fewer items of discussions. We have stripped the Newsletter to its bare essentials. Only items having to do with the immediate section meetings and membership will be mentioned. There are no more advertisements either. We all owe a great debt to the many loyal advertisers of past years. However, the costs of printing and shipping still cost over twice the amount that advertising produced. We might consider limited advertising in future issues. Let us know if this is of importance to you.

Finally, a smaller issue means the staff of the local Section just did not have the time to produce a larger Newsletter. We all have day jobs that demand most of our attentions. Every column or article in each issue takes anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to write, edit, send, and format for the Newsletter. Short issues mean less production time and quicker delivery. We all win!

All members should benefit from the earlier delivery. But to really get the first word on what is happening in The Section, sign up for email delivery of this Newsletter. Just send a note to Larry Gilpin at website, requesting monthly notification of all events listed in each issue. Email versions should be ready 10 days prior to the mailing of the hardcopy. You can request email only or email and hardcopy issues. Since almost everyone has email, what is one more message in your mailbox? But, at least, our issue will be of substance, not just SPAM.

We look forward to a new season. We hope you do too.

Mitchell Findlay
Editor

UPCOMING EVENTS SEPTEMEBER

L.A. Section Board of Directors, September 2

The Desk and Derrick Club of Long Beach, Annual Business Meeting, Members Only, September 9, 1998

New Technology and Environmental Forum, September 16

PTTC West Coast Technology Center, Feedback to Regulatory Agencies, Valencia, CA (213) 740-8076, September 17

Petroleum Technology Forum, September 22 (note the new meeting place this month only)

SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, September 27 thru 30

 

PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM

OFFICERS 1998-1999

Ed Santiago Chairman DOG (714) 816-6847

John Thompson Program Gas Co. (562) 578-2641

John Jepson Treasurer DOG (714) 816-6847

Kirby Lindsey Secretary THUMS (562) 624-3347

 

DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 1998

TIME: Social 11:30

Lunch 12:00

Presentation 12:30

PLACE:Phil Trani's Restaurant

3490 Long Beach Blvd.

Long Beach, CA

NOTE: New location for this meeting only.

COST: $15.00 member, $5.00 students

RESERVATIONS: Call John Jepson at (714) 816-6847 by September 18. Please indicate your choice of chicken, pasta, fish or seafood jambalaya

SPEAKER: Leif Larsen, a SPE Distinguished Lecturer

TOPIC: Performance Prediction and Testing of Multilateral and Horizontal Wells

The choice of a multilateral well versus Vs horizontal well versus a vertical well is never made without proper pre-evaluation of costs, risks and benefits. "Proper pre-evaluation" depends on the case under consideration but should include the factors learned in previous "post-evaluation" of similar well cases. The productivity index alone cannot judge a successfully drilled and completed well. Reservoir capabilities often determine whether a better than expected, or poorer than expected well will result. Testing procedures and analyses techniques of pressure-transient data will be discussed.

Leif Larsen is a staff engineer in the Production Technology Department of Statoil, Stavanger, Norway. Mr. Larsen specializes in pressure-transient analysis and inflow performance prediction. He has authored numerous papers on behavior of multilateral, branched and multifractured deviated and horizontal wells. He holds BA and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from University of California at Irvine before returning to Norway in 1975.

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM

OFFICERS

Vivian Bust ENV America Inc. (714) 653-6329

Michael Hagood ARCO Environ. (213) 486-3685

Scott Hara Tidelands Oil Prod.Co.(562) 436-9918

Ed Mayer Consultant (626) 796-4437

Allan Spivak Duke Engineering (310) 979-4777

 

DINNER MEETING:

DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 1998

TIME: 6:00 pm - Social Reception

6:30 pm - Dinner

7:00 pm - Speakers

PRICE: $20, pay at the door

PLACE: Petroleum Club of Long Beach

3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA

RESERVATIONS: On or before September 15th at Ed

Mayer's THUMS voice mail (562) 624-3377

MODERATOR: Vivian K. Bust

TOPIC: E&P Practices in Sensitive International Areas

PANEL:

Mr. Norwood Davis, PE, Director of Corporate Environment, Health and Safety Integration

Duke Energy Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina

Mr. Norwood's presentation is entitled Environmental Issues in the International Energy Industry.@

Duke Energy Corporation is a global energy company with more than 20 Billion dollars in assets. Duke provides electricity service to almost 2 Million customers, operates pipelines that deliver 12% of the natural gas consumed in the US and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids.

Ms. Nancy Pfeffer, Senior Policy Consultant

ARCO Corporate, Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Pfeffer's presentation is entitled AA New Standard for Rainforest Development.@ She will discuss E&P activities in Ecuador with emphasis on environmental sensitive drilling practices and ARCO's approach to relations with indigenous people.

Ms. Pfeffer is an environmental professional with seventeen years of industry and consulting experience. In her current position of Senior Policy Consultant, she analyzes environmental policy issues of interest to ARCO Corporate. Her previous positions within ARCO include Manager, Environmental, Health &Safety Auditing for refining and marketing operations and Air Compliance Supervisor for ARCO's Los Angeles Refinery.

 

LOS ANGELES BASIN SECTION 1997-1998 OFFICERS

CHAIRMAN, AND DIRECTOR THRU 1999

ED SANTIAGO

CA STATE DIVISION OF OIL & GAS

(714) 816-6847

 

VICE CHAIRMAN, 98

VIVIAN BUST

ENV AMERICA

(714) 653-6329

 

SECRETARY

 

TREASURER

MEI CHANG

CHEVRON PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY CO.

(562) 694-9280

 

JUNIOR PAST CHAIRMAN

SAM SAREM

IMPROVED PETRO. RECOVERY CONSULTANTS

(714) 692-1198

 

SENIOR PAST CHAIRMAN

MITCHELL FINDLAY

FIRST ENERGY SERVICES

(805) 387-9300

 

DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

 

AWARDS & COMMUNICATIONS

MITCHELL FINDLAY

FIRST ENERGY SERVICES

(805) 387-9300

 

CAREER GUIDANCE-COCHAIR

GREG SCOTT

CA STATE LANDS COMMISSION

(562) 590-5740

 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS & DIR. 98

SCOTT HARA

TIDELANDS OIL PRODUCTION CO.

(562) 495-9351

 

COMPUTER CHAIRMAN

FRED CROSBY

CROSBY CONSULTING

(562) 431-5086

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION & DIR. 98

BRUCE DAVIS

CHEVRON PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY CO.

(562) 694-7154

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT

TIM LIGGETT

IRWIN INDUSTRIES

(562) 427-0946

 

INTERNET WEBMASTER, DIRECTOR 00

LARRY GILPIN

PUMP AFFILIATES

(714) 847-7119

 

LACES & DIRECTOR TILL 00

JALAL TORABZADEH

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

(562) 985-8181

 

MEMBERSHIP COCHAIR & DIR. 99

JEFF BLESENER

DEPT. OF OIL PROP. CITY OF LONG BEACH

(562) 570-3905

 

MEMBERSHIP COCHAIR & DIR., 00

RICH FAULK

NALCO/EXXON ENERGY CHEMICALS

(310) 639-1553

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY & ENVIRONMENTAL

ED MAYER

CONSULTANT

(626) 796-4437

 

OCEC DELEGATE

HARRY STAUBS

OCEC DELEGATE

(310) 830-9128

 

PROGRAM & DIRECTOR TILL 98

ED SANTIAGO

CALIFORNIA STATE DIVISION OF OIL & GAS

(714) 816-6847

 

PTTC REPRESENTATIVE

HOOSHANG KARABAF

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

(213) 740-8076

 

SCHOLARSHIP & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

JOHN JEPSON

CALIFORNIA STATE DIVISION OF OIL & GAS

(714) 816-6847

 

SCIENCE FAIR LIAISON

SHAHED MESHKATI

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

(213) 740-0016

 

STUDENT LIAISON

KEVIN O'MALLEY

PACIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

(626) 351-4814

 

PUBLICATIONS MENTOR

LYMAN HANDY

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

(213) 740-0322

 

US COUNCIL & DIRECTOR 99

WES WISDOM

TIDELANDS OIL PRODUCTION CO.

(562) 436-9918

 

WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR

KHALID AZIZ

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

(650) 723-9116


Editor: Mitchell Findlay
Tel (562) 692-4474 Fax (562) 692-9299
mfindlay@mindspring.com

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