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SPE Asia Pacific Conference To Be Held in Bali

This year’s SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) will take place in Bali, Indonesia, for the first time.

To be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center on 20–22 October, the conference will highlight the theme of “Sustain and Gain: Bending the Curve.” It will discuss challenges affecting the region, such as increased demand for energy, management of mature fields, and development of unconventional resources.

Pertamina, Indonesia’s national oil company, is the official sponsor of 2015 APOGCE and SKK Migas, the country’s oil and gas regulatory body, is the official supporter. The conference is co-­organized by the Society of Indonesian Petroleum Engineers.

SPE representatives recently met with Amien Sunaryadi, chairman of SKK Migas, and Dwi Soetjipto, president director and chief executive officer of Pertamina, to formalize both organizations’ support of the conference.

Competition Draws Students to HSE Conference

Students from Montana Tech won the inaugural Student Challenge at the 2015 SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference–Americas held in Denver in March.

The contest, sponsored by ExxonMobil, pitted six teams of five students against one another. The conference was held 16–18 March, and the Student Challenge was on the second day. The competition was modeled after the PetroBowl held at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

“The HSE Student Challenge pilot‎ enabled SPE to connect with a new group of environmental engineering students who were unfamiliar with SPE, and it provided an exciting, dynamic alternative to a traditional student paper competition,” said conference committee member Trey Shaffer.

Student teams from Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Montana Tech, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Oklahoma squared off in three rounds of questions about the oil and gas industry. Each round consisted of two batteries of quick-answer questions separated by a series of questions requiring written answers. Montana Tech pulled ahead to earn the most points and victory. The members of the team each received iPads and were invited to sit on a discussion panel.

At a movie night event, held in the evening after the Student Challenge, attendees watched “Energy’s Crossroad: Pinedale, Wyoming,” a film from the Rational Middle Energy Series. The students from the winning team then joined Jennifer Cross, sociology assistant professor at the Colorado State University, and Gregory Kallenberg, the director of the film, on a discussion panel. The students helped fuel discussion for more than an hour after the movie.