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Richardson, Texas, USA, (January 12, 2012) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announces it has attained record membership, reaching 104,762 members globally. The society has doubled in size in just the past 10 years, driving SPE to offer more programs and services to a truly diverse industry.
Individuals employed in the exploration for and production of oil and gas make up the largest percentage of the SPE membership at 75,395 members. Student members represent the largest growth, at 29,367. The SPE professional membership has grown by an average of 4.7% each year for the past decade. The membership is extremely diverse, with members in 118 countries.
“Our membership is growing in nearly every SPE region, including those in North America, although our greatest growth is outside North America,” said Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President and Vice President and Global Advisor for Reservoir Management for Chevron. “Many years ago, the SPE leaders had the foresight to see the expansion of the oil and gas industry globally and adapt our services and reach to ensure the long term success of the society.”
With diversity comes the challenge of how to reach and serve all of its members. To better extend its member services, SPE now operates offices in Calgary, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Kuala Lumpur, and Moscow, and offers technical conferences and workshops in locations across the globe. The society also publishes a suite of magazines, including the highly regarded Journal of Petroleum Technology; peer-reviewed journals; books for oil and gas professionals; and textbooks. SPE is also extending its reach to underserved segments of members, from young professionals with programs including global workshops and eMentoring, to specialty technical areas such as projects, facilities, and construction, adding a new magazine, Oil and Gas Facilities, this year.
“SPE’s mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence,” Thakur said. “Achievement of such a level of membership is a testament to how well we are fulfilling our mission.”
For information, visit www.spe.org.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 104,000 members in 118 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org.