Category Archives: Middle East, North Africa and India


Annual Open Sports Day Held By SPE Student Chapter KSU

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual open sports day on October 14 at the Sports Arial Dome at King Saud University. More than 50 students attended along with 6 faculty members.

The students were randomly divided into teams of 6 players. Every team played 6 games in football, basketball and volleyball. The teams who got the highest score made up the top 3. There were also separate tournaments of table tennis and handball.

Eng. Abdulbari Arefi in his speech emphasized the importance of these social activities as they strengthen the social bond between the SPE KSU members and the faculty. He previewed some of the programs the chapter will hold in the near future and encouraged the students to participate. Finally, Arefi congratulated KSU for being the SPE Student Chapter of the Month of October.


SPE Student Chapter KSU Attends SAOGE

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) attended the 3rd Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition on October 10. Seven students represented KSU at the conference, having traveled from Riyadh City to Dammam City. Sponsoring companies were impressed by the way King Saud University students handled scientific questions and debates. The chapter is poised to participate in many more events in the coming months.


SPE Student Chapter KSU Hosts a Welcoming Party

On 9 October, SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual welcoming party along with the celebration of being the Chapter of the Month for October!

This was also a congratulatory event for the petroleum and natural gas engineering department for attaining ABET accreditation. During the party, the vice president of the engineering college gave a speech along with the chairman of the petroleum and natural gas engineering department. SPE Student Chapter KSU President, Sayed Hassan Mohamed, also spoke. KSU student chapter spokesmen Sami Talbi presented on the chapter’s plans and the opportunities for the students to get involved. The presentations ended with the cutting of the cake by the guest of honor but the celebrations continued.


Indian School of Mines Soccer Night

To promote healthy teamwork and as a bid to ease some stress among the burgeoning students of ISM, the SPE ISM chapter organised a football match under floodlights between BG Warriors and Shell Super-kings, the names chosen very germane. The game was played on 21st September at 21:30 IST in the Upper playground of the campus. It was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Mandal, the faculty sponsor of the chapter. The game went on for about an hour but could find no clear winner as both teams matched each other stroke for stroke. The game went into extra time and finally after two hours of competitive and enjoyable football, Shell Super-kings defeated the Warriors by 3-1 in extra time.

The game rejuvenated the students and left some happy memories for all the final year students participated. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed respite to the students from their intense academic schedule.

SPE UPES Student Chapter Alumni Interaction Program

On 13 September 2010, Mr. Ruchir Srivastav, University Alumni and currently current employee for  Reliance Industries Limited, E&P visited campus. He interacted with the students  and shared his corporate and technical experience. Mr. Srivastav gave a lecture on Well completion and various technologies involved in it. He also shared his memories of last years at University. Later he answered various queries of students related to technology and career prospects.  There was 70 members at the meeting.

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King Saud University is October Student Chapter of the Month

Congratulations to King Saud University SPE Student Chapter for being selected Student Chapter of the Month for October!

King Saud University Student Chapter has been on the go with new programs, field trips, sporting events and all kinds of things.  They recently developed a new program that chooses a member and an administrative each month based on specific standers that a member or an administrative must achieve to be honored. The SPE-KSU member for August is Yazeed S. Alowaisi and SPE-KSU Administrative Person of the month is Abdullah A. Al-Abdusalam.   Earlier in the year around 15 students and 4 faculty attended the Ganadriah, a heritage and cultural festival.

20 student chapter members participated in the Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition and its associated events that was held in Al-khobar city. There was a geological trip to (Dammam Dome) where students visited the well-known prosperity well and the details of its discovery and the geological beds that lie in its formation.  Then the students headed to another geological site to review the geological characteristics and the types of the rocks along with the theories of the Composition and sedimentation.  The trip was very interesting and fun providing information on the geological history of the eastern province, history of the sediment oil and its migration.  12 students attended petroleum engineering courses at  Saudi Aramco participating in seminars and paper contests. During their kick-off meeting for this year the chapter president gave a speech about the chapter’s previous activities and showed a video highlighting the chapter’s main events.  The chapter organized its first Ramadan Iftar this year.

Once again Congratulations Students at King Saud University Student Chapter –  SPE October Student Chapter of the Month! We wish this very active chapter continued success!

Rajiv Gandhi College Student Chapter Inauguration

The Society of Petroleum Engineers- Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering students’ chapter inaugurated the chapter office for the current academic year (2010-2011) in the gracious presence of industrial experts from ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) and esteemed academicians of the institution.  Our students were fortunate in having guest lecturers from  Shri S.V. Rengachari ( Basin Manager, ONGC) & Col Jitendra Prasad (Head, Regional Lab, ONGC). Mr.Emmanuel Singh (Secretary, SPE Chennai Section) addressed the freshmen on SPE section & chapter operations thereby encouraging their involvement in the society. The inauguration programme was followed by technical presentations by students of the department and technicultural skit by the students in the penultimate year. Being one of its kinds in chapter’s path, the events were considered a success.

150 members attended this along with fifteen guests and fifteen faculty members.

2011 winning sections

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The purpose of the SPE President’s Award For Section Excellence is to recognize SPE sections whose efforts in member programs, technology dissemination, and cooperation with other SPE sections distinguish them. Because the award recognizes exceptional merit in a number of areas, it is not required that an award be given every year; up to six awards may be given annually. Learn more.

2011 winning sections

2011 Winning Sections



Gulf Coast

LA Basin


Saudi Arabia


2011 Most Improved Sections

Calgary and Port Harcourt (tie)

2011 Most Innovative New Program

Ghana and London (tie)

Previous Years

SPE UPES Student Chapter Holds a Guest Lecture

SPE UPES  Student Chapter hosted a guest lecture given by Mr. Santanu Hati, Chief Engineer (Production) at ONGC Ltd, Mumbai. At the event, there were approximately 230 attendees present. The event started with the faculty interaction in which a discussion was held with the faculties of the petroleum department. This was followed by a student interaction session in which Mr. Santanu Hati addressed the students on ‘How to Write a Technical Article’. In his talk, he quoted the importance of writing technical papers and shared his experience on the benefits of writing. He also mentioned emphasized the opportunities SPE provides globally in presenting technical papers. Later, Mr. Hati visited the various facilities at the university campus.