News from SPE ATCE 2012: Conference opens in San Antonio with focus on "Unconventional Wisdom"
BY PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
SAN ANTONIO -- After exotic Florence and Denver, the SPE annual technical conference and exhibition (ATCE) returns to San Antonio, adjacent to the booming unconventional Eagle Ford shale play. San Antonio is the place where Texans began their battle for political independence from Mexico. This week, delegates to the SPE conference are thinking about how unconventional shale plays may help the U.S. reduce its dependence on international sources of oil and gas.
The opening general session on Monday morning features a panel discussion on "Making Unconventionals Unconventionals". The panelists are Mark Albers, ExxonMobil; Timothy Dove, Pioneer Natural Resources; and Steve Holditch, Texas A&M University.
Popular sessions on Monday include the Student PetroBowl and the international student paper contest. The technical proceedings will include more than 400 technical paper presentations on every phase of oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. There is also special emphasis on expanded technical content for projects, facilities and engineering and construction. More than 400 oil and gas equipment manufacturers and service companies are exhibiting their latest technologies on the exhibit floor.