Category Archives: Middle East, North Africa and India

SPE Awards

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The President’s Award for Section Excellence recognizes SPE sections who display exemplary efforts in technology dissemination, section operations, member benefits, society and community benefits and innovation. The awards are presented to an officer of each section during the President’s Luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

SPE Awards

2012 President’s Award for Section Excellence

  • Aberdeen
  • Bangalore
  • Bergen
  • Roswell
  • Samara
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Vietnam
  • Warri Nigeria

SPE Awards

2012 Most Innovative Sections

  • German
  • Gulf Coast
  • Port Harcourt Nigeria
  • South Saskatchewan

SPE Awards

2012 Most Improved Sections

  • Evangeline
  • Korea

2012 Honorable Mention

  • Atyrau- Kazakhstan
  • Mumbai

Indian Institute of Technology Madras Announces International Workshop

Indian Institute of Technology Madras announces the International Workshop on Natural Gas-Hydrates: Exploration and Production.

“What We Learnt and the Path Ahead”
7-9 August 2012
IIT Madra Research Park, Chennai, India
Inauguration of SPE Student Chapter IITM
Under the patronage of Satish Pai, Vice President, Operations:  Schumberger Oilfield Services
By way of IITM Alumni Affairs

 

 

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Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mojtaba Pordel Shahri! He has been awarded the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship.

Mojtaba received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. He has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering. Mojtaba is currently conducting research on the prediction of reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

Congratulations again, Mojtaba!

 

SPE Announces 7 New Student Chapters

We welcome the following new student chapters to SPE. Congratulations!

  • Escuela Militar de Ingenieria in Bolivia
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil
  • Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria
  • Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil
  • Indian Institute of Technology in India
  • Makerere University in Uganda
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Mehran Students Take Final Field Trips as Undergraduates

SPE Mehran Student Chapter arranged field trips for the final-year students. While visiting the Sawan gas field, the students were briefed about the gas-processing plant there, including its working capacity and criteria. Mr. Gul Hassan Dars briefed students about the history of the field.

Twenty five final-year students also visited the Kadanwaari Gas field. Students visited the sampling laboratory, central control room (CCR) and processing plant. Technical personnel at the field told the students about the plant operation, gas composition and equipment used at the field.

Mr. Nisar Shaikh of New Horizon Exploration and Production Limited donated several technical videos and presentations to SPE Mehran. Student chapter thank the NHEPL for the generous donation.

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Middle East Technical University Students Enjoy Land-to-Sea Field Trips

The Middle East Technical University-Cyprus (NCC) and the Middle East Technical University-Ankara student chapter members visited the only underground gas storage facility set up by TPAO in Turkey. The trip was invaluable for teaching the students about production, storage, filtration, usage and the future of the industry in Turkey. Members also benefited by bonding with another university chapter that has a similar focus.

On May 6, over 50 attendees watched “live” drilling operations at Turkyurdu in Northern Cyprus.

Wearing their chapter’s newly designed T-shirts, the students celebrated the arrival of a sucker rod pump on campus at the university in Northern Cyprus as over a 100 people participated in the celebration. They are the only university in Cyprus to have installed such equipment on campus. The pump was donated by Turkish Petroleum Cooperation, TPAO.

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SPE Middle East PetroBowl Hosted by British University Student Chapter

The annual SPE Middle East Students PetroBowl was held in March 2012 at the British University in Egypt for the first time. Petrobowl is a college-bowl-style student competition which brings together the most outstanding students from universities around the Middle East and North Africa. Competing teams were challenged to answer both technical and nontechnical questions relating to the petroleum industry. Students got opportunities to network, exchange knowledge, develop relationships and establish partnerships.

The questions challenged the engineering skills of the students while at the same time fostering an interest in the unique and rich history of the oil industry.

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SPE President and Middle East Sections Meet in Mumbai During 2012 OGIC

2012 SPE President Dr. Ganesh Thakur released SPE New Delhi section newsletter during the section officers’ meeting held on March 30 in Mumbai alongside 2012 OGIC. Nearly 50 officers representing all the Indian sections were present. Sections shared their best practices, and SPE President Dr. Thakur gave an elaborate presentation about SPE to the officers. SPE Staff from the Middle East also gave an informative presentation about SPE programs, regional awards, scholarship program, website hosting and membership builder tool. SPE New Delhi section shared that they were the first section to adopt the new website hosting service. Great job, New Delhi section!

From left: Ashutosh Pasricha, Sukhvinder Sodhi, 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur, Jayant Malhotra, Rahul Bali

 

Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

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2012 Winners

African

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Ayowole Onoopemipo Ogunleye
University of Ibadan

Asia Pacific

Zi-chen Xu
China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Undergraduate

Fajril Ambia
Bandung Institute Of Technology, Indonesia
Postgraduate

European

Antoine Bouziat
Institut National Polytechnique De Lorraine
Undergraduate/Master’s

Jafar Fathi
University of Stavanger
PhD

Canadian

Vivek Swami
University of Calgary
Undergraduate/Master’s

Seyed Reza Etminan
University of Calgary
PhD

Gulf Coast

Kyle Matthews
Louisiana State University
Undergraduate

Manuel Cossio
Texas A&M University
Master’s

Mahdy Shirdel
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Middle East

Bahador Vakilinia
Islamic Azad University
Undergraduate (1st place)

Mohamed Khaled
Suez Canal University
Undergraduate (2nd place)

Reza Keshavarzi
Islamic Azad University
Master’s (1st place)

Rayah Al-Hattali
Sultan Qaboos University
Master’s (2nd place)

Uchenna Odi
Texas A&M University at Qatar
PhD (1st place)

Rocky/Mid/Eastern

Oliver Wilson
University of Tulsa
Undergraduate

Riteja Dutta
Pennsylvania State University
Master’s

Yahya Hashemian
University of Tulsa
PhD

South America & Caribbean

Ricardo de Freitas Filho
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Undergraduate

Nara Policarpo
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Master’s/PhD

Western

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Salem Al-dousary
Stanford University
Undergraduate/Master’s

Michael Krause
Stanford University
PhD


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