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Sand management has been identified as one of the key issues in field development in over 70% of the world’s oil and gas fields. An effective sand management strategy is vital in maximising reservoir life.

The Sand Management Euroforum, which takes place next week 30-31 March, 2016, will address the progress being made in sand management strategies with presentations from leading operators and service companies in the sector.

The keynote address will be given by Shell’s Nicola Gordon, Vice President Cost Leadership and Continuous Improvement. Ms Gordon is a chemical engineer and was the first female to be awarded a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in 1980. Ms Gordon played a key role in leading Shell in Norway and from 2010 to 2013, held the role of managing director in Denmark. Her current role at Shell is based in The Hague and covers a global remit.

Ahead of the conference Ms Gordon said: ‘Leadership and courage play a key role in addressing the challenges that face our industry and I will be discussing these aspects in the context of the sand management professional at this year’s Sand Management Euroforum.

‘I am looking forward to sharing stories of my personal experience with sand management in the North Sea and beyond. I will use these examples to illustrate themes relevant to the challenges of today; getting everyone involved and connected to the overall purpose and seeing their contribution; pushing boundaries, taking risks, continuing to learn, pursuing creativity and innovation; finally, pragmatism, getting on with it and getting the right things done well.’

Industry leaders from Weatherford and National Oilwell Varco will also hold a pre-conference training course on 29 March, covering sand management from drilling through to production. Targeting drilling, completion, integrity and production engineers, as well as asset managers for sand-producing fields, the one-day course is ideal for those new to this discipline or looking for a refresher.

The biennial event, which is jointly hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Sand Management Network (SMN), takes place on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 March 2016 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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