On October 1, 2013, C-FER’s Managing Director was honored at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition with the SPE Production and Operations Award. The award, presented at a banquet held at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, acknowledges outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of production operations technology.
“When I started my career in the industry, I benefited from the knowledge that people such as Buford Neely, Joe Clegg, James Lea and Sam Gibbs shared in the papers they published in the early 80’s. When I went to graduate school at TU in the early 90’s, I had James Brill and Ovadia Shoham as professors. Over the years, I also had the opportunity to interact often with John Patterson. These people have become true legends in the area of Production Engineering,” comments Francisco. “It is a great honour for me to be now included in a list of award recipients that includes these outstanding individuals.”
Francisco stresses that he had the luck to be involved in very interesting and technically challenging projects, and the privilege to work side-by-side with very talented and skilled people. He acknowledges that “all these special people, first at Petrobras and more recently at C-FER, certainly had key roles in the contributions to petroleum engineering for which I am being recognized by this award. So, this honour also belongs to them.”
SPE international award winners are nominated and selected by industry peers. The Production and Operations award recognizes contributions in areas such as artificial lift systems, well operations and optimization, and well surveillance and data management.