SPEI Board Interview: Cesar Patino: New prospects for South America and Caribbean to showcase at OE

27 Jul 2017

SPE Offshore Europe 2017
Cesar Patino
New prospects for South America and Caribbean to showcase at OE

Cesar Patino will join the SPE board of directors in October 2017, representing South America and the Caribbean as regional director. The Colombian has a background in petroleum engineering and a portfolio of projects from more than 20 years working in Europe, Africa and the Americas. He is currently involved in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and is based in Bogota with Ecopetrol.

Ahead of SPE Offshore Europe, Cesar was invited to participate in board discussions and is excited by the continued successes for well-known Americas players such as Brazil and Mexico and new prospects for nations including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.

He understands the importance of maximising recovery from mature oil fields such as those in the North Sea, and knows the development of technologies are vital to reservoir modelling, water and gas injection and thermal stimulation. They are also crucial to lowering costs per well and Cesar expects key discussions on these topics at OE.

He said: “I have been working around Colombia on different projects and many involve people who have previously gained specialisms in the North Sea. I’ve also been working to analyse the technology trends we can use to develop oilfields and increase recovery factors. We have collaborated with people from Aberdeen to make our fields more economical and this has been beneficial. Solutions such as clustering offshore areas and joint area development are ways the South American business strategies are growing.

“We have taken excellent examples from the North Sea. Barranquilla, a city on the Colombian coast has learned lessons from Aberdeen’s development as a centre of oil and gas expertise by inviting delegations from the city to our country. Knowledge gathering is important and discussions between government, academia and industry can shape discoveries and legislation. I look forward to these continuing at OE.”

“There are positives in exploration and production in many countries. Wells are being drilled in the shallow water basins on the east coast of South America, in the Caribbean Sea and onshore prospects, including Colombia, Peru and Chile. With Ecopetrol we are also in evaluation about deepwater frontiers with Anadarko at South Caribbean Colombian areas.”

Cesar suggested field data could be shared after a timeframe where it is no longer commercially important in a bid to open up innovation and understanding. He said the crew change across the industry offers new ideas and transparency through the use of technology.

“There are a lot of opportunities to apply existing technology trends in our region,” added Cesar. “Big data analytics from various fields and connectivity through the Internet of Things open up pathways to greater familiarity globally, creating more efficient, cost effective and safer operations.

“South American governments are showing they are willing to be open with the world. NOCs Pemex, Ecopetrol, Staatsolie, PetroEcuador and Petrobras have partnered with overseas firms and many other nations have made themselves more attractive. Industry regulators have changed their strategies, including ANH Colombia, PeruPetro, ANP Brazil and  Comision Nacional Hidrocarburos in Mexico. These open further chances to be active globally. I’ll be pleased to have some more of these discussions at OE.”

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