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August 2012 Newsletter

Message From the President

A big thank you to our two speakers at last month’s evening meeting, Brian Moffat on reservoir water geochemistry and Quentin Fisher on geomechanical models. Quentin presented work that is part sponsored by an LPS grant under our Iain Hillier award scheme.

At our next evening meeting, 10th September, we welcome another SPWLA Distinguished Speaker. Mike Webster will be talking about Production Petrophysics in a Mature Field Environment.

Planning is well advanced for our 18th September one-day seminar entitled “Practical Wellsite Petrophysics”. We will be hearing about all areas where petrophysics makes a positive and decisive contribution towards safe and successful wellsite operations and beyond. We have confirmed talks from Baker-Hughes, BG Group, Gaia Earth Sciences, Geoservices, Halliburton, Kirk Petrophysics, Perenco, Schlumberger, Tullow Oil and Weatherford. See the website for details.

It is nice to see that the industry focus on safety can have positive results as a recent report on the Rigzone Industry News web-site highlighted. Rigzone covered a report by Oil & Gas UK, which has shown that the UK’s health, safety and environmental record has improved in recent years. They found that:

Despite being a major hazard industry, in terms of non-fatal accidents the sector is the third-best performer in the UK. It has a better safety record that the public sector, retail and general manufacturing with only the finance/business and education sectors performing better.

A noticeable and steady reduction in the incidence of over three-day injuries, reaching an all-time low in 2010/11 – a reduction of almost 70 percent in the last 15 years.

Two years into a three-year program to reduce hydrocarbon releases (HCRs) by 50 percent, there has already been a 40-percent reduction in major and significant releases, giving confidence the target figure can be reached next year. Major and significant hydrocarbon releases in 2011/2012 are at an all-time low.

“The report serves to underline the fact that the UK has one of the most robust offshore health and safety regimes in the world. The reason it is strong is because we’re not complacent and we’re always looking for ways to improve or to make things safer,” said Robert Paterson, Oil& Gas UK’s health and safety director.

As petrophysicists we are in a unique position to be involve in every stage of the planning and execution process of drilling a well through HSSE & objective planning, selection of measurement tools and protocols, and contractor management (LWD, wireline, core & fluids). Wells cost money and have associated risk, but at every stage safety should be at the forefront of our decisions.

All the best

Mike Millar : LPS President

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