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PEMEX facing Gasoline Crises

March 17th, 2019|Categories: News|

PEMEX Faces Theft of Fuels from Pipelines Written by Oscar Villa, Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar Despite of being one of the top oil companies in Latin America, Pemex large scale operation is not safe from corruption and theft. The Mexican oil company has been facing the hazardous issue of individuals stealing oil and gas from its many miles of pipelines, for as long as anyone can remember. The thieves, or so called “Huachicoleros” main objectives include stealing fuel from different pipelines by drilling holes on the pipes and then extracting the gasoline from them.  Indeed, Mexico’s politicians and [...]

Unconventional ways of getting an Internship

March 3rd, 2019|Categories: Interviews, Professional Development|

Getting Your Foot In the Door: A Summary Written by Roberto Paredes, Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar On February 21, 2019, TAMU-SPE hosted  it’s inaugural workshop featuring unconventional methods of kick-starting one’s career, and was of valuable importance to our members. “Getting your foot in the door in the Oil and Gas Industry” was presented by our esteemed speakers,  Mr.David Hamilton from Denbury Resources, Ms.AlexSandra Martinez from DeGolyer and MacNaughton and Mr.Ivan Mith from BP, who shared their personal stories and experiences on how to overcome the seemingly many obstacles students encounter while looking for employment opportunities in the [...]

Complementing a Petroleum Engineering degree: Part 2

February 9th, 2019|Categories: Professional Development|

Complementing a Petroleum Engineering degree: Part 2 By, Sriniketh Sukumar Disclaimer: The content in this article does not constitute formal academic advice and should not be treated as such. Always check with your academic advisor(s) before registering for courses or planning out your degree. Are you looking to push your limits beyond the BS PETE degree? Looking to add value to your career without taking on significant additional cost? Consider doing a minor! In our previous post, we shared our views on some of the easiest and most beneficial minors for PETE majors. You can read it here: [...]

Process Safety Management Application to Oil and Gas Production: A Quick Primer

February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Process Safety Management Application to Oil and Gas Production: A Quick Primer By Russell Pinheiro Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russell-pinheiro This article highlights three process safety accidents at upstream production sites (Table 1) and summarizes the key requirements of the 14 Process Safety Management (PSM) elements under OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.119 rules. Following the Bhopal gas tragedy in India (1984), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the PSM rules in 1992 to protect US workers, contractors, and the plant from the consequences of a catastrophic release of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals [1]. Those releases [...]

To Raj, upon his graduation

December 17th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Congratulations and good luck Raj! Written by Sriniketh Sukumar On behalf of all of TAMU-SPE, The Well Log would like to thank Raj Gautham Viswaprabarakan for everything he has contributed and all the excellent initiatives he took over the course of his time at Texas A&M that has been invaluable to both the Well Log, as well as our TAMU-SPE as a whole. Raj graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Geology this December. For the benefit of those who don’t know him, Raj was one [...]

Interview with Mr. Mark McLane

December 15th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Interview with Mr. Mark McLane Interviewed By: Sriniketh Sukumar and Raj Gautham Viswaprabakaran "Don’t close any doors shut. You never know what opportunities may open up to you." Mark A. McLane is a Partner in the international consulting firm of Rose & Associates, LLP. He has a diverse technical and business background spanning more than 25 years in the petroleum industry. He joined Rose & Associates in January 2000 after three years with Pioneer Natural Resources and 17 Years with Exxon Company, U.S.A. He has co-authored several technical papers, served on the Professional Ethics/Registration [...]

Interview with Dr. Marcel Grubert

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Interview with Dr. Marcel Grubert Interviewed By: Sriniketh Sukumar and Oscar Villa "Professional Development is an iterative process where gaining valuable information about the industry is the key to success" Dr. Marcel Grubert is an Unconventional Resources Advisor at OptaSense - Oil Field Services. He supports DAS/DTS flow profiling and hydraulic fracture applications on- and offshore. He was previously a Well Performance expert and Matrix Stimulation Technology team-lead at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. Dr. Grubert has over 12 years of expertise in well production optimization and surveillance, DTS/DAS, multiphase flow & metering, stimulation, [...]

Top 3 Fracking Myths

November 18th, 2018|Categories: Technical|

Top Three Myths on Hydraulic Fracturing Written by Ellin Belz You don’t have to be a petroleum engineer, geologist, or roughneck to have heard of fracking. Our media is saturated with a variety of claims about fracking practices, and, for better or worse, it seems like everyone has an opinion on the matter. After countless hours spent scouring online resources and major media news outlets, I have noticed three common misconceptions about fracking. In this article I share a brief overview of what exactly fracking is and dispel some common myths associated with the practice. Hydraulic Fracturing, or [...]

How to get the most out of my degree plan?

November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Professional Development|

Optimizing a Petroleum engineering degree Written and Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar We’re all engineers in the making, and engineers like to optimize resources. An engineering degree plan comes with certain subtleties and nuances that are often overlooked. So, let’s discuss how we can optimize the resources provided to us in college to optimize our degree plan to better suit our needs. With registration time coming up in the next few weeks, this is the perfect time to talk about this! Some of the stuff discussed here is well known, and some, not as much. So this one's for [...]

Power Swtich Conference (Part 2)

October 28th, 2018|Categories: Interviews|

Battle For Energy (Part 2) Written and Edited by Sriniketh Sukumar We continue our discussion of where the future of energy lies from where we left off last time, which discussed the role played by solar and nuclear energy. That article can be found here.  Without further ado, then, let's discuss the outlook for oil and gas in the future, as well as some interesting exchanges during the discussion panel after the end of the presentations. Oil and Gas: Mr. Greg Leville, CTO for Conoco Philips and experienced in unconventional resources represented the oil and gas industry. Mr. Leville opened [...]

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