Category Archives: Asia Pacific


SPE Student Chapter CUPB Competes at Petrobowl

The China University of Petroleum – Beijing hosted the “New Field” Petrol Bowl on the March 26.  Many distinguished guests attended the competition.

Twenty competitors participated.  The competitors formed four teams via drawing lots.  The competition consisted of self introduction, required questions, elective and risky questions, which truly simulated the competition environment of “Petro Bowl”.  Through the event, which adopted the “knockout” system, the competitors showed their ability of English expression, professional knowledge and self charm.  The observing students learned a lot knowledge from the activity, and they were also impressed by the competitors’ outstanding performance.  The chapter is proud of using a new way providing an academic atmosphere for the students.

After two hours of fierce competition, the “Derrick” won the first prize.  Contestants will later be selected to represent the University and attend the 10th “Petro Bowl” at ATCE 2011.



SPE Student Chapter PETRONAS Visits Kencana

The PETRONAS Chapter organised a trip to the Kencana Fabrication Yard. The trip enabled students to have practical exposure in a fabrication yard that manufactures and assembles different parts of production facilities, process skids, drilling rigs and various kinds of platforms.

Students were given an overview of Kencana Petroleum operations undertaken at its fabrication yard.  The students were impressed by the company’s profile and projects that had been accomplished.  They found the completion of world’s tallest self-elevating, re-locatable wellhead platform (150m) project extremely interesting.

An informative tour was given around the Yard, which included the CPP (Central Processing Platform), Engineering Offices, Jackets and Piles yard, and the Construction yard.  Engineers leading the tour were happy to answer questions.  For most of the students, it was the first time they had observed these things, and they enjoyed relating their experience to theory learned in class.

Chapter selects contestants for the next Asia-Pacific paper contest

On the 5th and 6th of March, CUPB held their sixth SPE thesis competition.  Pr. Zhao Xionghu, the Dean of the Postgraduate Office, along with teachers from the Petroleum Engineering Department, were the judges.

Nine graduates and three undergraduates entered the semi-final, with eight participants going through to the final.  In the final, the contestants had to deliver an English speech about their thesis, and answer questions raised by the judges.  This gave them the chance to practice their English language and presenting skills.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

First place: Li Qiu and Sheng Mao

Second place: Ma Mingbo and Chen Hao Xu Xinchen

Third place: Cao Jie, Xie Quan and Yuan Jianbo

These students will have the chance to go to India to participate in the next SPE Asia-Pacific Regional Student Paper Contest.











SPE Student Chapter Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Recruits New Members

The PETRONAS student chapter recently organized and held an “Education and Exposure Week”.  The main objectives of this program were to:

  • Cultivate and foster the interest and awareness of the oil and gas industry among the UTP student community.
  • Promote the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS student chapter.
  • Provide a platform for experienced personnel in the oil & gas industry to share their experiences and knowledge with students

The week resulted in over 270  students signing up to be members of the student chapter.

Guest Speaker Ms Zahidah Bt Mohd Zaid from PETRONAS Research Private Limited was invited to give a talk on “Enhanced Oil Recovery.”



SPE Student Chapter Palawan State University Donate to Tagabinet School

The Paskong Handong SPE PSU Student Chapter Outreach Program is an annual event held to bring benefits to the indigenous people of Palawan. Gifts, school supplies, canned goods and clothing were given this year to children at the Tagabinet Elementary School in Puerto Princesa City.  Tagabinet is a small community at the foot of the mountains, with no electricity supply. The photos below show the cheer the PSU Student Chapter brought to these children.  What an accomplishment!

SPE announces New Student Chapter of the Month

Way to Go to SPE January 2011 Student Chapter of the Month – University of Petroleum China, Beijing!

Our New Year Student Chapter of the Month, University of Petroleum China, Beijing (CUPB) has been a very busy chapter.

They had chapter representatives participate in the monthly meeting of SEP-NCI in Lido hotel.  The corporate SPE members were managers and technicians were from Schlumberger, Newfield, Corelab, Petrofac, ExxonMobil and other notable petroleum companies.  The theme of this meeting was “The Application of Geomechanics in Research of Shale and Gas”.  The speaker was Dr. Zheng Zhiqiong. The General Manager, Sales and Marketing of North Asia of Baker Hughes, Inc.  The meeting enable participating students to learn how to improve their standards in making wise career goals. 

Members of this chapter attended The 2nd Oil & Gas Horizons” meeting held at Gubkin University in Moscow Russia.  The president of CUPB Chapter made a presentation on their chapter including their outstanding accomplishments.  During the essay contest at this event, Shang Yun, Wang Ping, and Li Qiu from CUPB, all won awards! 

CUPB Student Chapter hosted the technical lecture “Wellbore Cement Integrity Issues in Carbon Capture and Storage”.  Petromentor International Education Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Supported this event where Professor Mileva Radonjic from Louisiana State University presented the lecture.  Dr. RAdonjic gave detailed introduction to the process, summarized the risks and actively discussed the topic with the attending students. 

Last month CUPB hosted a two day visit of visitors from Malaysia University of Technology (UTM).  Chen Mian, the dean of the Petroleum Engineering Department, and Liang Yongtu, the Deputy Party Secretary of the department met the guests in the international center.  The event included personal introductions, lively visits, speeches and taking photos.  Communication included discussion of traditional culture and petroleum engineering knowledge.  They visited labs on heavy crude oil refining, hole stability, oil/gas field development, gas preservation, transportation, oil geology and related topics.

University of Petroleum China, Beijing is definitely expanding their knowledge and growing their chapter!  Congratulations, once again CUPB on being SPE January Student Chapter of the new year! 

Keep up the Good Work!!

View the International Student Paper Contest Winners

2011 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Parag Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

2nd Place –  Jeffrey Adams, Texas A&M University

3rd Place – Rodolfo Oliveira, Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Sneha Panchadhara, Louisiana State University

2nd Place-  Guenther Glatz, Stanford University

3rd Place-  Varun Pathak, University of Alberta

PhD Division

1st Place –  Zhouyuan Zhu, Stanford University

2nd Place – Abelardo Barreto, Universidade Estadual Norte Flumnese

3rd Place-  Livia Moreira, Yale University

View past years’ winners.


2010 SPE Chili Contest Held by Student Chapter CUPB

On October 30, 2010, five members of SPE Student Chapter CUPB participated in the “2010 SPE Chili Contest” held in Youhuameidi Villa, Beijing, China.

The 2010 SPE Chili Contest, sponsored by the SPE North China International Section, is held twice a year. It promotes communication and cooperation between the oil companies and the SPE Student Chapters with fun activities.  The SPE members who took part in this activity were mainly managers and engineers from Schlumberger, Weatherford, Baker Hughes, Anadarko, and other well-known oil companies.