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Mozambique’s First Student Chapter and Petroleum Master’s Degree

Petroleum engineering students at the University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique recently started the country’s first SPE student chapter. The chapter comprises 44 members and includes the first class of students to enroll in an advanced-degree petroleum engineering program at an institution in Mozambique.

The formation of UEM’s master’s degree program in petroleum engineering was made possible with help from Anadarko Petroleum and various partners within Mozambique. Anadarko worked alongside UEM faculty and professors from US universities with active petroleum programs to develop the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree curriculum at UEM. The company also provided funds for substantial infrastructure upgrades to the university’s engineering department.

Anadarko’s P.K. Pande, Roger Reagan, and Tom Griffith, as well as professors from US universities—Erdal Ozkan, Colorado School of Mines; Turgay Ertekin, Pennsylvania State University; Tom Blasingame, Maria Barrufet, and Walt Ayers, Texas A&M University; Lloyd Heinze, Texas Tech University; Tom Holley, University of Houston; and Mauricio Prado and Mohan Kelkar, University of Tulsa—have been involved in the development of the program.

The program, which began its inaugural session in February 2014, is a 2-year course of study, and includes instruction in eight subjects, technical seminars, and a research dissertation project. Prior to admission into the program, participating students take a 1-year prerequisite petroleum engineering core program in basic petroleum concepts.

Aberdeen YPs Collaborate With Multiple Organizations on Soft Skills Event

Young professionals (YPs) from the SPE Aberdeen Section participated in the section’s first interdisciplinary networking and professional development event, held on 22 October at the offices of Centrica Energy in Aberdeen, UK.

SPE YPs attended three short presentations—alongside YP members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers—geared toward building nontechnical professional skills.

“This event is particularly significant, as young professionals organized it for young professionals,” said SPE Aberdeen Chairman Ross Lowdon. “And I am very proud to see SPE linking up with other industry bodies in order to make this event truly interdisciplinary.”

The three speakers for the evening included Ian Sharp, chief operating officer of Fairfield Energy; David Lynch, vice president of BP Reservoir Management North Sea; and Andy Ewens, AMEC regional operations director. Presenters provided insight into their own backgrounds and revealed how soft skills such as networking and effective communication have been important throughout their careers.

The presentations were followed by an icebreaker session, allowing attendees to practice their networking skills.

Maputo Hosts First SPE HSE Conference in Africa

Africa’s first SPE health, safety, and environment (HSE) conference took place 15–17 September at the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique.

With the support and participation of Mozambique’s national oil company, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, and the Instituto Nacional de Petróleo (National Petroleum Institute), the continent’s first SPE HSE conference hosted 120 delegates from 17 countries who shared knowledge and experience on matters relating to health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility. Members of the recently established SPE Maputo Section volunteered their efforts to ensure the conference’s success.

Aligning with the conference’s theme of “Protecting People and the Environment: Getting It Right for the Development of the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa,” panel sessions focused on topics of regional importance such as Ebola, safety, cultural heritage, and the challenges associated with oil and gas projects in or around historical or archaeological sites. Industry experts presented approximately 30 papers over the course of nine technical sessions.