Director's Blog

July 2015

Fareed Abdulla Dear Colleagues,

First of all I would like to wish all SPE members and your families a very Happy Eid celebration.

I am delighted to inform you all that SPE has been awarded the 2015 Getenergy Awards’ Special Association Award celebrating excellence in education and training for the global oil and gas industry. The Special Association Award recognises SPE’s contribution to advancing education and training with the development and implementation of the Competency Management Tool.

Furthermore, I am pleased to announce a new Section in the region, the Baghdad Section. This is another significant milestone for SPE Middle East and North Africa where our membership is always growing and the level of member involvement is high. With the Baghdad Section established in June, we have now 4 Sections and 5 Student Chapters in Iraq.

September will host three important conferences in the region: The fifth edition of the SPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference and Exhibition (14–16 September) and the SPE Middle East Intelligent Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (15–16 September) will both take place at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.

Also, the fifth SPE North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition will take place 14–16 September in Cairo, Egypt.

By attending the upcoming SPE events you are able to engage in high-profile networking, forge new business relationships, learn the latest best practices, and keep up-to-date with industry trends.

The annual SPE Regional Honors and Awards ceremony will also take place in Abu Dhabi on 15 September 2015 at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. The regional awards recognise members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level.

Do you specialise in Enhanced Oil Recovery? If so, the SPE EOR Conference taking place alongside OGWA, 21–23 March 2016 in Muscat, is currently calling for papers. Submit your paper proposals before 5 October 2015 to have the opportunity to present your technical achievements to other industry professionals at this event.

Best wishes,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director - Middle East and North Africa
P.S. Registration for ADIPEC 2015, 9-12 November, will be open soon. Visit for more information.