Local news from the Society of Petroleum Engineers


SPE Student Chapter Tyumen State Oil and Gas University Talks Technology

The fifth annual conference “Modern Technologies in the Fuel and Energy Sector in West Siberia” took place in the Tyumen Science Park building (Tyumen, Russia). The conference was hosted by Tyumen State University and supported by SPE.

Petroleum industry students and young professionals from Moscow, Ufa, Almetievsk, Tomsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen and Pavlodar (Kazakhstan) attended the Conference.

Students and young researchers presented their works in Oilfields Development and Well Drilling sections.  Jury of the University professors and Tyumen Section representatives selected the winners in the following categories:

«Innovative approach» – Sergey Petrenko (Krasnodar)

«Topicality» – Maksim Faizullin (Tyumen)

«Best presentation» – Ksenia Ivanova (Tyumen)

«Applicability» – Maksim Tsyganov (Tyumen)

«Originality» – Nikolay Glavnov (Tomsk)


SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum – Beijing (CUPB) Welcomes Alain Labastie, SPE President 2011

On April 20, Alain Labastie and Sheng Ding (SPE Section Chair, Northern China International) visited CUPB.

A presentation was given on “The Oil & Gas Industry: What’s next?”.  The speech was divided into four parts:

  • the trend in energy demand, where Alain suggested that with the rapid development in developing countries, the demand of petroleum would keep increasing with little influence from the stimulus of price.
  • reservation and protection of energy, where it was highlighted that the hydrocarbon would stay as an integral part of energy and would not cause a big energy crisis
  • the current situation and outlook of petroleum production: technical problems currently exist during the oil and gas extraction process, and this will continue to cause an imbalance between the production and demand of petroleum until 2020.
  • climate safety, where Alain gave a clear energy classification and proposed his own suggestion for future oil and gas extraction after talking about the green extraction in France.

After the speech, Alain answered questions on hot issues including Libya, graduate employment and the extraction of petroleum.

To conclude the visit Zhang Laibin, Headmaster of CUPB, expressed his warm welcome and congratulations to the achievement of SPE in recent years. He said that the visit from Alain Labastie and Sheng Ding was an important part of the internationalization strategy of CUPB.

The Chapter said “The visit of Alain Labastie is an encouragement to the research and communication work of our university in the field of petroleum and also a support to the work of our SPE student chapter. Our student chapter won the top 16 in the International Oil Knowledge Contest last year and was awarded Chapter of the Month for January 2011.  All these awards are enhancing the reputation of our university in global oil industry as well as increasing our international standards.”

Front row (L-R): Ankun Zhao; Xiaogang Li; Dan Luo; Hu Jia; Yuxuan Liu. Back row (L-R): Cathy Xue (SPE Young Professionals Officer); Mitch McCue (SPE Sponsorship Chairman); Jerry Ray (Judge); Philip D Fader (Judge); Ron A. Kasberger (SPE Chairman); Yula Tang (SPE Program Chairman)

SPE Chengdu Study Group Announces Subregional Student Paper Contest Winners

On April 25, Chengdu Study Group held the first sub-regional SPE Student Paper Contest in cooperation with Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) and Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT).

A total 18 students took part: 12 from SWPU and 6 from CDUT.  Participants were split into three groups so there were individual competitions at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

The competition gave students the opportunity to improve their English and presentation skills, showcase their research achievement, and compete against other students from Chengdu region for the opportunity to participate in the SPE Regional Student Paper Contest held at the 2011 Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The selection criteria were based on the performance of students during presentation. A scoring sheet, provided by SPE Asian Pacific, was used by each judge to evaluate each student’s performance.

The Judging Panel then announced the winners:

Southwest Petroleum University:

  • Dan Luo, (BSc)
  • Yuxuan Liu, (MSc)
  • Hu Jia (Ph.D)

Chengdu University of Technology:

  • Ankun Zhao (Msc)
  • Xiaogang Li (Ph.D)
From left of the first row: Cathy Xue (SPE Young Professional Officer), Jing Li (SPE Casher), Yula Tang(SPE Program Chairman), Daishiyu Song, Yuxuan Liu, Liyan Liu, Hu Jia, Jinman Li, Jie Tu, Yuzhi Deng, Shuang Xie, Xiaogang Li From the left of the second row: Nayun Zhou, Junkun Hu , Mitch McCue (SPE Sponsorship Chairman), Jerry Ray (Judge), Philip D Fader (Judge), Ron A. Kasberger (SPE Chairman), Jingdu Yu, Jianjiang Lv, Dan Luo, Qin Li, Ankun Zhao
The Chengdu Study Group would like to give special thanks and acknowledgment to Shell, Chevron and SWPU, who provided the judges for the Contest.  Their contribution and support was fundamental to the organization and smooth running of the contest.

SPE Student Chapter Tulsa University Wins University Award

Congratulations to the Tulsa Chapter, who received first prize in Tulsa University’s “Finest Organization” Award for 2010-2011.

Student organizations within the University are assessed based on outstanding membership involvement, programming, community service, and student benefits.

The prize was $500 from the Tulsa University Student Association.


SPE Student Chapter Istanbul Technical University Hosts a Section Meeting

Orgainised by the Turkey Section, and in a joint effort with the ITU Petroleum and Natural Gas Department, the ITU Chapter hosted a meeting with the SPE Saudi Arabia Section and the SPE Turkey Section.

The conference contained presentations from both sections.  Mrs. Ulku Kalfa from the Turkey Section gave information about the “Batı Raman CO2 Injection Project & EOR Activities in TPAO”.   Dr. Ghaithan Muntashiri from the Saudi Arabia Section spoke about “Water Shut-off with Polymer Gels in A High Temperature Horizontal Gas Well”.

Lunch followed the conference.


SPE Student Chapter University of Oklahoma Raises Over $17,000 for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.

At the University of Oklahoma Relay For Live event, teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

The University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter has participated in the OU Relay for Life event for at least five years.  For the past three years they have steadily increased the amount they been able to raise. This year, the SPE Relay for Life team raised over $17,400.

Funding came from:

  • Contacts within the oil & gas industry
  • Donations from generous alumni (some as recent as 2010 graduates)
  • Several corporate sponsorships
  • Creating and selling Engineers’ Club t-shirts
  • Selling homemade cookies in the Students’ Union a few weeks before the event

The Chapter had a full team of 15 students this year – SPE members ranging from freshmen to graduates. Halliburton  donated coveralls for each team member.  The team won the American Cancer Society HOPE Trophy for the third consecutive year.  The award is given to the team that raises the most funds, has the best participation during Relay for Life, sells over 20 Luminarias, and has a full team (15 members).

New this year, the Chapter also helped to organize a benefit concert in Norman featuring the band Fiawna Forte on April 1, sponsored by Gray Wireline.

What a fantastic achievement everyone!

Congratulations to SPE May Student Chapter of the Month – NED University of Engineering & Technology!

The NED student chapter of the month has been keeping busy engaging its current members and recruiting new ones. Here are some of their recently organized events:
Spring picnic 2011 was held at the Shamsi Farm House, with the students also organizing a fundraiser in which they sold T-shirts with the SPE Logo and NED University’s logo.

External Recruitment Drives were arranged with presentations that introduced SPE and describing how SPE interlinks both oil and gas industry personnel and students. The sessions have been a huge success with many, many attendees becoming new members on the spot. They also carried out the Active Members Recruitment Campaign, which was made available at the chapter’s website www.nedspe.com with online submissions.

A session was conducted recently by NED SPE Student Chapter regarding “Mind Sciences” to brief the students about fourth dimension personification. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Abeer-ul-Haq Usmani, who emphasized ways of expressing creativity and innovation.

The speaker Mr Moin Raza Khan with faculty and chapter officers.

“Energy Awareness Week” was held earlier in the year to make students aware about energy resources, conservation, role of fossil fuels in future and the environment.  The schedule included an opening by Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, Dean CEA (Civil Engineering & Architecture), NED University of Engineering & Technology and numerous presentations by professors and industry professionals. The crowd engaged in debates on topics  “Will Alternative Fuels Replace Fossil Fuels?” and “Is Global Warming a Myth?”.  The event was covered by leading newspapers and TV channels in Pakistan.


Dr. Hashmat Lodi during his opening speech.
Dr. Murtaza Khan presenting memento to Mr Fasih-uz-Zaman.

Congratulations SPE Student Chapter NED University of Engineering &a


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 UTT Relaxes with a Day of Fun and Games

The University of Trinidad & Tobago Chapter attended a lecture titled “Pre-Sports Technical Session on Sand Control and Erosion” by Mr. Ashley Graham of BPTT. Mr. Graham spoke about the effects of sand erosion and mitigating strategies before the students attended the annual Sports Day. Participation among members was high, and the chapter also hosted a booth to provide refreshments for everyone.

In addition to this, the Chapter also held a “Pre-Exam Fun Day” so the students could have a brief break from the stress of studying by playing games.  Participants engaged in table tennis, shuttle runs, marble pitching, dodgeball and other games. Medals were presented at the end, and a fun time was had by all.

Photos are from the Pre-Exam Fun Day.