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Now accepting nominations for IPTC Education Week

The IPTC Education Week will be held 24 – 28 March 2013, organised for the benefit of 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in science, geoscience and engineering from qualified institutions across the eastern hemisphere. It is anticipated that some 75-100 of the best students will be selected to participate in the IPTC Beijing Education Week.

Deadline for submission: 1 August 2012

All Students Nominated Must:

  • Be enrolled in full time, undergraduate education until spring/summer semester 2013
  • Have excellent level of written and spoken English Language.
  • Must demonstrate in evidence that they are in top 20% of their class.
  • Have not participated at previous IPTC, AAPG, EAGE, SEG or SPE Education Programme.

Key Benefits of Attending:

  • Better understanding of the Oil and Gas Industry.
  • To work together on a joint technical project.
  • Opportunities for students to form new friendships and to network.
  • Interaction with major industry employers who are looking to recruit the best talents.

For more information about Education Week, please contact

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Workshop on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation held in Lima

An Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on Petroleum Reserves & Resources Estimation – PRMS Application Guidelines Document was held in Lima, Peru on 23-24 MaySatinder Purewal with EER (AS) and Victor Huerta with Repsol Peru were the co-chairs for this workshop that had 8 Technical Sessions and brought together 98 attendees from 16 countries.

Each session followed a format of “setting the scene” presentation followed by presentations on local/regional examples on reserves evaluations. Discussions were generated by tabling local reserves related issues including challenges to evaluation of reserves and resource volumes. Several authors of the Application Guidelines Document came to present at the workshop.

The workshop had two companion training courses: Managing your Business Using PRMS by John Etherington that had 14 attendees and Forecasting Production and Estimating Reserves in Unconventional Gas Reservoirs by John Lee with 11 attendees. The courses allowed participants to discuss the relevant issues to evaluate, classify, categorize, book and audit technical recoverable volumes of hydrocarbons, including discussion on regional and local case studies.

Some key points of the workshop:

  • Promote the adoption of PRMS as a standard to improve technical robustness of reserves evaluation and resources estimation processes.
  • PRMS principles, with guidance from AG and SEC regulations will eventually arrive to a unique framework to classify, categorize and report reserves.
  • The probabilistic approach has contributed to companies adoption of  PRMS standards in their business issues. Categorization of reserves is now better understood and clearly applied by probabilistic definitions.
  • Project-based system allows classification of reserves from resources depending on degree of maturity and commerciality criteria; in addition, estimated volumes are categorized based on range of uncertainty.
  • Current approach of reserves estimation allows aggregate recoverable volumes depending on defining “project scope”. A mega-project might add “reserves” from contingent resources of projects or sub-projects.
  • Even though PRMS was originally created to let companies manage their business, now it has been adopted by many governments as guidelines standard.
  • PRMS does not impose “decision gates” for timeline project maturity.
  • A good practice may be to  create “technical independent assurance” asa dedicated division in companies for internal reserves booking and auditing.
Top row, from left to right: John Lee, University of Houston (author); Aquiles Rattia, Repsol; Victor Huerta, Repsol Peru; Satinder Purewal, EER (AS) (author); Wim Swinkels, Shell (author); Henk Jaap Kloosterman, Shell (author); Elliott Young (author); Enrique Morales, SGS Horizon. Bottom row: John Etherington, PRA International; Brad Gouge, Murphy Oil Corp; David MacDonald, BP.
SPE Lima Section members who provided local support to the organization of the workshop. From left to right: Victor Huerta, Grethel Moreyra, Cinthia Marcelo and Ivan Miranda.

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
Student Paper Contest Winner

Congratulations to the July Student Chapter of the Month – University of Ibadan


This year, with more than 400 attendees and 20 student chapters represented, the University of Ibadan emerged as the winner at Petroquiz in Nigeria. Finalists were the University of Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Igbinedion University, and the University of Ibadan. Petroquiz tests students’ knowledge in reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, geology/geophysics, mathematics, SPE, and the general oil and gas industry.

ISPC Student Paper Contest

ISPC Student Paper Contest 2012 winner, Ogunleye Ayowole, is a bright example of a “Woman in Engineering” who is encouraging female student members.

Student Paper Contest Winner
Photo is of 2010-2012 University of Ibadan winners.


During SPEUI Week, the student chapter reached out to the communities at the Prem Dham Old Age Home and Chechire Home of the Challenged. This first, in a series of programs, was aimed to show love and care to individuals with disabilities in their community.

Career Development Presentations

Industry visits and technical presentations from Chevron, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and British Petroleum enlightened members on company recruitment processes and how to apply for jobs, and Schlumberger organized an internship test for qualified students as well. Students listened attentively while the Ambassador Lecture Programme ended the year with young professionals giving career development presentations, sharing their experiences with student members, and giving career advice.

Catch Them Young Program

The Catch Them Young Program was organized to awaken the interest of senior secondary school pupils in petroleum engineering. It was not all work; members and invited friends had a nice time easing off academic stress while enjoying barbeque.


The SPEUI members organized a rally to inform the university community about SPE. A touch of white or blue was chosen as the dress code and engineering overalls, hard hats, umbrellas, and goggles were also included.


Guest Lecturer Dr. Qin Wenting Speaks at University of Petroleum China, Beijing

On April 21, 2012, the SPE Student Chapter CUPB held a technical lecture titled “Water Cresting Control with Bilateral Water Sink Technique in Horizontal Wells for Heavy Oil with Bottom Water”. The guest speaker  was Dr. Qin Wenting, a graduate of Louisiana State University, and her main research interest included the exploration of heavy oil reservoirs with strong bottom water drives and enhanced oil recovery.

Dr. Qin introduced the Bilateral Water Sink (BWS), a new cold production technique to improve heavy oil recovery to the audience. The principle of the BWS method is to suppress water cresting by separately producing oil and water simultaneously from two vertically parallel horizontal wells completed in the oil and water zones.

Dr. Qin ended her presentation with a Q&A session.


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.


Promoting Careers in April at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas

On April 14th, the Career Guidance Seminar (CGS 2012) was held for the second year with more than 100 students in attendance. CGS was sponsored by an SPE  section and student chapter, and University Alumni Association. The theme was “Future of the Oil and Gas Industry”. The morning speakers gave presentations followed by a forum of panelists sharing their thoughts on opportunities and challenges in the oil and gas industry. After lunch, there was a breakout session that divided the participants into groups that were facilitated by YPs from SPE-KL to discuss different topics. Finally, there was a resume collection for students who wanted to submit their resumes to the many companies who were present.

During the week of April  9–12, the student chapter launched their concept of entrepreneurship. One of our goals was to have three outside vendors set up booths in the foyer for business. This helped students gain knowledge and increase their motivation to become entrepreneurs. The Chapter plans to organize similar events in the future to continually look for sponsors and establish relationships with these vendors. On the last day, Weatherford Malaysia hosted two sessions of talks and held interviews. Topics included “The Weatherford Graduate Engineer Program” and “Engineer: What Lies Ahead”? The first 24 applicants were interviewed for internship placement. Resumes were collected and final-year students will be contacted directly by Weatherford Malaysia for phone interviews.

SMK Tronoh, a rural secondary school, was chosen by the student chapter to receive an Educational Talk Day. Background and operations of the oil and gas industry were briefly explained to the students in hope that they will choose oil and gas as their future career.


Marietta Student Chapter Visits Drake’s Well

On April 10 and 11th, a group of Marietta College Society of Petroleum Engineers visited the Drake Well Museum. The chapter was shown a short video about Drake’s well and how it indicated the beginning of the modern petroleum industry in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859.

Along with visiting Drake’s well, the student chapter attended a Universal Well Services Hydraulic Fracturing seminar.  The topic of the seminar was the drilling and production process in the industry.


University of Oklahoma Student Chapter Stays Busy in April

April is always a busy month for members due to finals just around the corner. Everyone is gearing up for the last few rounds of tests and the summer. That is why OU SPE has worked hard to fit in social events that ease the strain on students. The annual OU SPE Graduate BBQ and Thunder Game Social were great events. The chapter wants to develop  members who become well-rounded professional engineers who communicate and relate to their colleagues effectively. One of OU SPE’s goals is for members to become excellent industry professionals, and that includes being effective leaders by being considerate of the many different personalities of fellow colleagues.

Ending the month was the MPGE Awards Banquet that recognized outstanding students and faculty members. Craig Koontz, an alumnus of MPGE, was a guest speaker. His speech focused on “Personal Attributes You Find in a Successful Leader”.  Chapter President and Vice President presented awards to four outstanding members and a check for $500.