Published on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

RGL sponsors winning student paper at SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference

Buenos Aires, Argentina – June 26, 2017 – In an ongoing effort to introduce innovative ideas that optimize production in the world’s most challenging reservoirs, RGL regularly sponsors student participation in technical events such as this year’s SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference (LACPEC). Reinel Echavez Marquez, one of RGL’s two sponsored students from the University of Oriente, Venezuela, was awarded second place in the Conference’s student paper contest.

Marquez’s, “New Methodologies for Petrophysical Characterization of Unconsolidated Sands” outlined methods for the experimental measurement of porosity, permeability, surface and interfacial tension of unconsolidated sands. One of the primary benefits of Marquez’s work is that his processes can be replicated using inexpensive equipment commonly found in laboratories and in some cases, field locations.

Marquez and fellow student Carlos Bravo Diaz were accompanied to the Conference by Alberto Uzcategui, a senior completions engineer on RGL’s business development team. Uzcategui’s goals were twofold, to support the introduction of innovative new ideas to key Latin American oil and gas industry players, and to better understand how RGL’s experience in the Canadian heavy oil sector might benefit Argentinian oil and gas producers. Uzcategui also introduced RGL’s proSERIES line of sand control solutions, including the proLAB™ Sand Control research and testing center and RGL’s newly launched proCOAT™ Electroless Nickel coating technology.

RGL is committed to continuing its investment in the education and research efforts of talented engineering students across the globe. RGL would like to thank the SPE for their continued support of university students and for hosting a technically superior event.

For additional information regarding the conference or the student paper contest, please visit the SPE website. To view research papers, or any of RGL’s sand control initiatives, visit or email

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