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UPES SPE Fest 2014 – Student Petroleum Conference

UPES SPE Fest 2014 – Student Petroleum Conference

When: 6th – 9th February 2013

Where: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, India

Abstract submission: 20 December 2013 (Registration file)

Website: UPES SPE Student Chapter

E-mail address: spe.upes.pr@gmail.com

Facebook: UPES SPE Student Chapter


UPES SPE Student Chapter is pleased to invite you for UPES SPE FEST 2014 to be held in February 2014. We are very excited and feel privileged to host this event, and we look forward to welcoming you in University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) at Dehradun for this gala affair. 

Student Paper Contest

Competitions will be held in two different categories: Upstream and Downstream and only papers from undergraduate and post-graduate students will be accepted.

Technical categories:

  • Drilling & Completion
  • Field Development & Production Operations
  • Onshore/Offshore Projects, Facilities & Construction
  • Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)
  • EOR & IOR Techniques
  • Integrated Reservoir Description & Dynamics
  • Production Optimization
  • Reservoir Characterization
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Deepwater & Subsea
  • Gas Supply & Gas Technology
  • Well Stimulation
  • Refinery Heavy End Up-gradation
  • Trends in Refinery Product Specification
  • Energy Optimization in Refineries
  • City Gas Distribution
  • Refinery Integration with Petrochemicals      


Entrance fee to the Contest is USD 75 for international participants and INR 1200 for national participants. The entrance fee will have to be submitted only when the participant is notified of abstract selection and he/she is coming to the main event.

The abstract (up to 300 words) with entry form should be sent to spe.upes.pr@gmail.com.

Please contact the organizers for all necessary documents.

Asia Pacific SPE Student Chapter Conference 2013

Asia Pacific SPE Student Chapter Conference 2013

When: 3rd – 6th December 2013

Where: Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Perak, Malaysia.

E-mail address: speinvitation@gmail.com

Website: http://www.speutp.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apsc13

Asia Pacific SPE Student Chapter Conference 2013 (APSC’13) is third edition international conference which will be held in the beautiful campus of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). Founded by SPE Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Student Chapter (SPE-UTM-SC) in 2011, the first edition of this conference was being held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and was named as Southeast Asia SPE Student Chapter Conference 2011 (SASC’11). Due to the overwhelming participation from more than 10 universities across Asia Pacific, including Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Australia, the delegates from participating universities were determined to make this an annual event with the condition: It will rotate among different universities.

The second edition is held in China University of Petroleum (Beijing) Petroleum, and the conference was renamed as Asia Pacific SPE Student Chapter Conference. At that time more Chinese Universities have participated in the conference.

This year, SPE-UTP-SC successfully bided to be the host of third edition of Asia Pacific SPE Student Chapter Conference. Sponsored by Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Shell Malaysia, SPE-UTP-SC successfully invited 15 universities from 6 countries to take part in this prestigious conference, including Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and nonetheless, Malaysia.

In APSC’13, delegates will not only be exposed to the beneficial career and technical talk hosted by sponsoring companies, they will also take part in the conference with the title: ‘Future Collaborations between Asia Pacific SPE Student Chapter’. To ensure the delegates to have an unforgettable memory in this event, SPE-UTP-SC have also prepared a Cultural Night Dinner which features cultural performance in Malaysia, and also a trip to Gua Tempurung, a beautiful natural cave in Perak for all delegates.

With the theme of ‘Engagement Strengthening Enhancement’, SPE-UTP-SC is confident that through the programs of APSC’13, they can achieve the goal to Engage with the sponsoring companies, Strengthen the bond among the SPE Student Chapters in Asia Pacific, and to Enhance the image of SPE-UTP-SC, UTP itself and ultimately, Malaysia.  

The latest information and changes will be posted in our official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/apsc13

See you in Malaysia!

18th edition of EuroPower Conference- report

18th edition of EuroPower Conference- report

From the 20th to 21st November the 18th edition of EuroPower Conference took place in Warsaw. For 18 years, the Conference has been the place where people from the energy sector have a chance to meet and discuss. Among invited guests, there are chief executive officers, members of boards and representatives of companies from energy sector. Those guests represent many important Polish companies like: PGNiG, Orlen, GazSystem, PGE, Dalkia Warsaw and many more. This is also the place where authorities from this industry can exchange their knowledge and experience with people who work in the government administration.

The EuroPower Conference was divided into discussion panels. Each one took up relevant topics in terms of energy sector. Speakers received questions from moderator, exchanged opinions with other participants of discussion and also answered questions from the audience. 

The subject of each discussion panel insisted on the energy future of Poland. Participants discussed significant role of coal in energy production. They looked for new solutions related with limitation of fossil fuels contribution. Participants also talked about new technologies which are launched in energy market gradually. They considered possible development of innovations in Poland and discussed potential advantages and disadvantages of launching new products.

The EuroPower Conference was a great opportunity to meet current trends in energy market. It was also an occasion to find out about projects connected with the industry. The Conference helped in better understanding of the Polish energy market and let all participants to come to know about new improvements.  

Pirates Looting Cargoes With AK-47s Threaten African Oil

21 November, 2013 News No comments
Pirates Looting Cargoes With AK-47s Threaten African Oil

Nigeria, Gabon, Ghana and other countries around the Gulf of Guinea, produce more than 3 million barrels of oil a day, or about one-third of Africa’s output, according to data compiled by BP Plc. The region’s crude, often so-called sweet grades that are refined into high-value motor fuels, is shipped to refiners in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea are also leading liquefied natural gas exporters.

This year, piracy has spread through the region from Nigeria, where theft from ships has long been common, and ships are being attacked further offshore, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Boardings or hijacks have been reported off Togo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“They just pushed me into the cabin with the guns in my chest and they told me to stay silent,” Varma said in a phone interview from India. “They were threatening, they were showing the guns, pointing at us. They took everything — everything that we had — including clothes, toiletries, electronics.”

West African nations made some progress on fighting piracy after agreeing on a Code of Conduct to help protect trade and shipping, said Simon Bennett, a director at the International Chamber of Shipping, which represents companies controlling more than 80 percent of the world’s merchant tonnage. Last month, politicians agreed to develop coordination mechanisms in 2014, the United Nations Office for West Africa said.

Read more here…
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Will robots replace humans in our industry?

20 November, 2013 News 1 comment
Will robots replace humans in our industry?

Our industry has relied on human acumen and insight to progress and stand consistent in operations and executions. Using this very intellect, humans have designed robots. Robots are the strategic locus for almost every scientific and technological operation in today’s world. Robots are today the talk of oil and gas industry .They execute a range of tasks, each under different conditions, using sensors that can measure changing parameters and yielding reaction studies. Hence, robots, by definition, are the closest emulation of a human.

Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) have become an important tool in drilling, development and repair offshore already, but now Automated Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are all set to gain the market. While we use ships and huge investments to explore oil and gas today, we are looking for even more cost effective, safer and environmentally friendlier technologies with the rise in subsea environment exploration.

Liquid Robotics, Inc., an ocean data services provider, developed its own Wave Glider, the first wave-powered marine robot that functions as a persistent and versatile platform for scientific, industrial and defense applications. They have collaborated with the oil giant Schlumberger as a joint venture and are exploring its use in areas of seismic, subsea and environmental monitoring. The Wave Gliders collects information on ocean currents which give crucial data for deciding where to build an offshore oil rig, provide seismic monitoring and detect seepage from oil drilling. The high tech robot comes with flash storage, a dual-core ARM processor running open Linux software, a battery pack, sensor arrays, a GPS unit and wireless and satellite communications systems that beams data to servers in the cloud. A pair of solar panels powers the equipment while an undersea fin array taps the up-and-down motion of ocean waves to propel the Wave Glider.

Robotic Drilling Systems, on a different mission, is designing a series of robots to take over the repeatable tasks now done by deckhands, roughnecks, and pipehandlers on a rig. Its blue, 10-foot-tall robot deckhand has a jointed arm that can extend about 10 feet, with 15 or so interchangeable hands of assorted sizes. The robot is anchored in place to give it better leverage as it lifts drill bits that weigh more than a ton and maneuvers them into place. The company is also collaborating with researchers at Stanford University on a three-fingered robot hand embedded with sensors that give it a touch delicate enough to pick up an egg without crushing it.

Robots do have an edge over conventional means due to the high amount of quality, efficiency and safety they facilitate even in hazardous environments. The dilemma, rather, lies in whether their replacement to humans is really possible. As for now, the future is uncertain. The developments taking place today is shading off few of our doubts that could answer the question of their application in our industry for the exploration, drilling, transportation and even refining. The “robotic” revolution may just be the next big thing the industry would witness. Do you think we would go robotic any soon?

Illustration by Ted McGrath



Ask Fair Recruitment Expert!

Ask Fair Recruitment Expert!



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Oil & Gas Festival 2013 Student Congress

Oil & Gas Festival 2013 Student Congress



When: 20th – 22nd November 2013

Where: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ogfest2013


Oil and Gas Festival 2013 is a new brand event held by SPE UTM Student Chapter. The aim of this event is to give deeper understanding to every participant towards the latest development and technologies in oil and gas industries.

With the theme of “Human Integrity, Empowering Technology & Environmental Tranquility”, it reflects what oil and gas industry needs nowadays. In recent years, the oil and gas sector is the mainstay of Malaysia’s growth and it contributes approximately 20% of national gross domestic product (GDP). However, there are still challenges and obstacles that need to overcome such as the potential of new enhance oil recovery technique (EOR), deep water development, high pressure and temperature environment, and high concentration of carbon dioxide in the reservoir.

We do believe that this festival will open up the minds of university students and make them aware of the need to develop new technologies in order to shape our future, as well as sustaining environment. Moreover, this event will bring together students and experts related to oil and gas industry to present their results, and exchange experience, ideas, and solutions regarding oil and gas problems in theoretical and practical aspects by discussions, seminars, company workshop, and refreshing competitions as well as to strengthen the kinship and friendship among students.



Petrodrive is a programme designed to introduce and give exposure about oil and gas industry to Matriculation students around Malaysia. The main objective of this programme is to attract students‟ interest towards oil and gas industry.


Go Green Charity is a programme that we specially designed to give back to Mother Nature. Basically this programme is to plant mangrove trees along the seashore at targeted place. Besides to preserve the natural habitats of flora and fauna in Malaysia, this programme is made to raise the awareness of protecting environment among the committee members.


The Society of Petroleum Engineers UTM had come up with revolutionary method to further enhance the much needed soft skills of its member by doing this programme. The camp emphasize on a single objective which is to further enhance its members soft skills that would make them an ideal human capital.


Furthermore, SPE UTM organises the Conference, which is connected with student competitions.

First of them is Petrobrain– fast-paced quiz competition with questions technical and non- technical questions.

Paper Presentation Contest is designed to discover and honor outstanding papers in the field of Oil&Gas Industry.

Field Development Project is a competition which requires participants to develop given oil and gas field in an structured way to produce the hydrocarbon reserves optimally!

Another competition is Mud Innovation Competition which requires experiment and presentation of participant’s mud to the judges. Certain chemicals will be given as the essential materials on making the mud.

The last proposal from SPE UTM is Green Photography Contest!

Please come and join Oil & Gas Festival 2013 now! For more information, please visit the link below:


Autumn Issue of YoungPetro

Autumn Issue of YoungPetro

The newest YoungPetro issue is available! This time we give you a lot of career hints in two interviews- with Katarzyna Cevallos Navarrete from Weatherford and Michael Lewis- CEO at Discovery GeoServices!

We also invite you to take a look at the new section in the magazine: ‘How it Works?’. This time, Maciej Wawrzkowicz teaches us about drilling mud!

From the technical side- YoungPetro publishes scientific articles written by Ma Shian Ee and Yap Sze Yong from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Abdelrahman Ibrahim El-Diasty from the American Uniersity in Cairo and Stepan Shpakov from Tyumen State Oil and Gas University. We also present you reports from student conferences in Krakow and Johor Bahru!

That’s just the little piece of the autumn issue! Find out more in the section: Previous Issues.

IADC Critical Issues for Unconventionals Europe 2013- report

IADC Critical Issues for Unconventionals Europe 2013- report

It was two amazing days in beautiful city called Warsaw, many interesting lectures about unconventional resources of oil and gas, provided by the best of the best professionals, coming from all over the world – it could be the last sentence of our report from IADC Critical Issues for Unconventionals Europe 2013 Conference.

Taking part in that event was a great opportunity to find out what is going to be important during exploration and exploitation of unconventional resources in Europe. There is a vast variety of problems which could occur during every single process, because unconventional resources demand unconventional methods.  Usage of those unconventional methods requires continuous increase of skills and knowledge people who are using them. At the conference all of participants could take part in the discussion, they could ask questions and share their experiences connected with topic of ongoing lecture.

Lecturers from companies such as Chevron or Schlumberger shared with other participants whole cross-section of challenges which occurred during their work with unconventional resources in US and Europe. They have also shown differences between exploration those resources in the US and Europe. Due to professionals discussion it seems that exploitation of European basins would be tougher not only because of different geological conditions but also because of more restrictive law.

For us, students it was a great opportunity to find out on which particular issue we should focus during our education. That event broaden our horizons in every single piece of unconventionals, such as: HSE, technical or social issues.

How to write Oil & Gas Graduate CV?

How to write Oil & Gas Graduate CV?

Step first: Priceless tips about preparing CV from Fair Recruitment Experts!


 Read – use – achieve success!

There are thousands of publications available in the web advising on how to write good CV. However, in many cases tips are different and mutually exclusive.I think that main reason behind these differences is the fact that the one, good CV form for all, does not exist. Depending on seniority level, type of work or sector, employers require specific forms of CV. For me good CV is a successful one and the success is when after sending the CV to employer, candidate is invited for job interview. Professional Curriculum Vitae is the first impression you make on your potential employer and for this reason, it is worth to put some effort to make it as good as possible.

In this article, I would like to present on how to write a CV for oil & gas and engineering graduates.

Before you start

As mentioned, the CV is the first impression of your person for employer. It is also the first step in whole recruitment process. Therefore, before making it, the most important and key aspect is to check relevance of your knowledge and experience to requirements set by the employer. I strongly recommend, that before applying for particular position, you should compare the Job Description with your own resume. If you decide, that your background and skills are close to that expected by employer, my advice can be only one- apply!

CV Layout

During our meetings with students and graduates, many of them ask us how to make that CV will be more visible to potential employers. Usually, they ask about specific graphic forms and extras. That is wrong direction. Strange and unique graphic forms of CV, various colors, large photos and different fonts do not help your CV in any way.
Certainly, such kind of decorative CV may help if you are applying for creative jobs like graphic designer or marketing/PR specialist but, it is not suitable for oil and gas professionals or engineering graduates at all. More importantly, such unspecific CV may even be the reason of rejection as some recruiters may see it as signal that candidate does not follow the rules, which in case of oil and gas are very important, if not crucial.

Considering the amount of time and money invested in training to transform fresh graduates into profitable employees, it is understandable that recruiters look for candidates aware of their goals, willing to stay with company as long as possible.
I think, that it is worth to follow few simple rules as CV of oil and gas graduate should be visible not because of layout but because of content. The most important principles are simplicity and transparency, therefore we advise use of verified forms of CV layout as these are also used by recruiters, especially within technical recruitment area.

The most important issues, you should keep in mind before sending application documents for chosen position:

 –  Spelling and grammatical mistakes should be absolutely avoided. Such omissions suggest that you do not pay attention to details and are first sign of your negligence. Such mistakes may cause a lot more questions from recruiters during interview or in worst case scenario, be the reason for rejection. Therefore, we advise to read the printed CV few times before sending it. It is also worth to ask a friend to read it in order to find all mistakes.

– Photo, in general there are couple theories regarding this topic. One of them says that appropriate picture added to resume helps in remembering the candidate and reduces the distance between recruiter and candidate during either phone or face to face interview. The recruiter has impression that he knows the person, at least by sight. On the other hand, you really do not know who screens your CV and what impression it can make on this person. Certainly, funny, naked and holiday photos should not be a part of professional CV. If you think that your photo can make positive impression on person reading the CV, feel free to add it, if not there is no need for that. For example, in Fair Recruitment all Cvs forwarded to our clients are without any photos in order to provide equal chances to all candidates who are considered in particular recruitment process. The only exception is when employer requires Cvs to have photo included, which is quite popular in case of offshore companies.

– Contact data should be on top of the CV. You should provide all telephone/mobile numbers and email addresses. As to emails, funny email addresses may create negative impression. While using funny, private e-mail, it is worth creating different one to use while sending applications and for other professional activities. Following scheme can be useful: first name initial + surname or last name, which is close to model used by companies. It definitely looks better than your nickname. As to residential address, it is not mandatory but from our perspective it is worth to add it because sooner or later during the recruitment process, employer will ask about it. When you are looking for the job in company which is located in the city where you live at the moment, it could be additional advantage. Remember, that in case of two or more similar Cvs, the employer will consider candidates’ location as additional criteria in favor of local candidate.

– Information about employment or educational record should be arranged in reverse chronological order. This is standard, period. Any other form of providing information in resume may result in omitting of relevant information

– Using the same font guarantees that CV will look the same on all computers.

File format also should be common. The best at the moment are .doc and .pdf. We do not recommend the newest version of MS Word because there are chances that some companies do not use this software. While sending your resume to recruitment agency, do not use secured .pdf. Usually agencies use own CV Layout and need to convert your CV, so it must be easy to edit.

I think that based on above information you should not have any problems avoiding most common mistakes regarding the form of CV. Now I would like to present the most important issue,

The content of graduate CV:

Education should be described in details. You need to put information about name of university, major, specialization. In case of university career, as long as it is related to the job you apply for, it is worth to put information about relevant courses and master thesis topic. In case of earlier education, information about school is sufficient and there is no need to describe high school courses in details. The only exception to that rule is, when you finished technical college or trade school with profile relevant to industry sector.

– Definitely including information about Grade Point Average is a good idea. Employers always look for the best students and good GPA can be the key factor influencing employer’s decision. Question about GPA score is one of the most popular in case of graduate recruitment, so sooner or later you will be asked about it. I think that it is worth to also include diploma examination grade, the diploma thesis grade and master thesis diploma. Usually they are higher than GPA and can make a good impression.

Language knowledge is essential for employers. Despite the fact that knowledge of English is a standard, its level should be described precisely. You can use standard gradation like fluent, advanced, intermediate or use the The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is popular mainly in continental Europe. Information about level of technical English and any other foreign languages you know, will be also highly appreciated and may be decisive for recruiter’s decision.

– Apprenticeship while studying is a very important factor, influencing employers’ decisions of inviting candidate for the interview. Therefore, we recommended to include such information in CV. Please remember to include information about your responsibilities during the apprenticeship, company name and other data, which might be useful for potential employer.

– Participation in extracurricular activities and courses. It is perfect when such activities are in the line with the job offer or company business.

– Participation in student associations, scientific societies, conferences. Together with apprenticeships, extracurricular activities and courses, conferences are the signal for the employer that candidate is interested in the sector and willing to learn.

– Specific software or methodology knowledge. If during studies or through extracurricular activities you acquire knowledge about specific software or methodology, it has to be visible in the CV. However, the information should also be specific about the level of knowledge. During interview, the recruiter will ask about it and therefore it is better to provide detailed information beforehand, so you would not be surprised by questions about the software/methodology relevant, to let’s say, proficient level.

– In case of some work experience connected to the industry, it is essential to describe all responsibilities. In case of holiday work or part time job, which is not connected with our education, it is worth to briefly inform about it. Generally all employers like hardworking peoples.

All these rules have one in common, Curriculum Vitae has to be true. Apart from obvious ethical reasons, you should remember, that all information provided in resume can be easily verified either during interview or through references check. Therefore, you should estimate your knowledge and skills in particular subjects. It is much better to lack some skills and confess to it, than lying about their knowledge.

Just imagine situation: your resume says, that your English is fluent however, during interview it turns out to be basic or pre-intermediate. The first thought of company representative would be “if for that candidate this is fluent English, I do not even want to know what intermediate means in other topics”

I hope that presentation of most important issues related to writing good CV will be helpful. Starting with relevance check, through layout and content, ending on spelling and grammar all above information form a basic compendium for those making the first step in their professional career. Based on my advice, you should be able to create resume that will catch recruiter’s attention and you will be invited for interview. However, our practice shows, that even the best CV does not guarantee such invitation in case of each recruitment process. Nevertheless, you should stay positive and keep trying, especially, that oil and gas industry is very close to face the problem of growing demand for professionals. Wishing you all the best!

Jakub Pawłaszek

Managing Director of Fair Recruitment


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