2023 PetroBowl® Regional Qualifiers

Organization of the PetroBowl® Regional Qualifiers are planned collaboratively with SPE International and the Regional Directors who operate within each PetroBowl Super Region.

Each region will select up to five teams to represent them at the PetroBowl Championship. In addition to the teams from each region, the first and second place Chapters from the previous year’s Championship are also invited to defend their title. A total of 32 places are available for the Championship.

While COVID-19 remains a serious health and safety concern, Regional Qualifiers will be a mix of physical and virtual events depending on suitability for the region. We appreciate many teams want to return to physical games but the platform for the contest will be determined with the safety of our members, teams, and volunteers at the highest priority. All games will be run to the same standards though some variation in processes may occur depending on the event running with a physical or virtual format. 

Qualifying Teams will be invited to participate in the PetroBowl Championship which is due to take place physically as part of the 2023 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE). 


Sub-Saharan Africa SPE Regions

Nigeria Contest

(3 places available)

Qualifying Teams: 

  • University of Ibadan
  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun
  • University of Lagos

Event Date: 27-29 April 2023
Team Submission Deadline:
To be confirmed
Venue: Annual Student Technical Symposium and Exhibition (STSE)
Contact: spenc-secretariat@spenigeriacouncil.org
Event Website: Students Technical Symposium & Exhibition (STSE 2023)

Africa Contest

(2 places available – open to all non-Nigerian teams)

Qualifying Teams:

  • University of Mines and Technology 
  • Mbarara University

Event Date: 8-10 May 2023
Team Submission Deadline: To be confirmed
Venue: University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Contact: petrobowl@spe.org
Team Registration: Apply Now

Asia Pacific

Northern Asia Pacific and South Asia and the Pacific SPE Regions

Event Date: 8-9 July 2023
Team Submission Deadline: 8 June 2023
Venue: Trisakti University, Indonesia
Contact: petrobowl@spe.org
Team Registration: Apply Now

Europe & Russia

Europe, North Sea and Russia and Caspian SPE Regions

Europe Contest

(3 Teams qualify from Europe Games)

Qualifying Teams:

  • IFP School France
  • Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiești
  • University of Zagreb

Event Dates: 20-22 March 2023
ASEC 2023, Zagreb, Croatia
Time: 0800-1800 GMT (UTC +0)
Venue: University of Zagreb Student Chapter
Team Registration:

Russia and Caspian Contest

(2 Teams qualify from Russia and Caspian Games)

Qualifying Teams:

  • Baku Higher Oil School
  • Tyumen State University

Event Dates: 29-30 April 2023
Team Submission Deadline:
 16 April 2023
Team Registration: CLOSED

Latin America and Caribbean

All Latin America and Caribbean Regions

Event Date: 13 June 2023
Team Submission Deadline: 17 April 2023
Venue: Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Location: Trinidad & Tobago
Contact: petrobowl@spe.org

Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa SPE Regions

Event Dates: 30 July 2023
Team Submission Deadline: 3 July 2023
Venue: The American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Contact: petrobowl@spe.org
Team Registration: Apply Now

North America

North America and Canada Regions

Qualifying Teams:

  • Colorado School of Mines*
  • University of Oklahoma*
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • Marietta College
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

*Automatically Qualified as 2022 Champions

Event Dates: 25 March 2023
Team Submission Deadline: 11 March 2023
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Team Registration: CLOSED
Contact: regprograms@spe.org

Tips for Preparing for the Competition:

All our PetroBowl questions are written by SPE Members using reliable industry resources. Here is a suggested list of study materials which can help you prepare for the contest:

Academic: Technical, Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering

Non-Academic: Industry Statistics, History, Trivia, Current Events

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