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East meets West 2018

East meets West 2018

From the 10th to the 12th April AGH UST SPE Student Chapter organized ‘East meets West’ International Student Petroleum Congress and Career Expo. Around 200 students and university representatives from numerous parts of the world, as well as E&P companies were gathered in Kraków for the 9th time.

Thanks to SPE International, for the second time in a row the congress could host European Qualifier for SPE Student Paper Contest and Petrobowl. The winner of SPC Undergraduate was Yasir Yousuf Thara from Middle East Technical University for the presentation ‘Development of a Physical Hydrodynamic Hydrocarbon – Trap Model’. In the Postgraduate category the first prize went to Pierre Hacquard representing IFP School for the paper titled ‘New Generation of Uncertainty Analysis in Basin Modelling’. The best from PhD category was Alsu Valiakhmetova from Heriot-Watt University, who gave a speech about ‘Phophonate/Ca/Mg Precipitates for Application in Scale Inhibitor Squeeze Treatments’. All the winners will participate in the International SPC at the ATCE in Dallas.

Traditionally, in the Poster Session selected students could present the results of their researches and compete in the contest. This year, thanks to Orlen Upstream, Shell and PGNiG the contest was supervised by representatives from the industry. Every contestant presented bright and innovative ideas. Rasoul Foroutan from TU Clausthal was announced the winner, second prize received Stefano Tagliaferri from Technical University of Denmark and third prize went to Evan Jonathan Gowidjaja from TU Clausthal.

Emotions were running high during Petrobowl Contest. It gathered over 20 teams from Europe and Caspian Region. Congratulations to NTNU, Herriot Watt University, Technische Universiteit Delft, TU Clausthal and the winner- University of Stavanger, who will represent the region at the ATCE!

Thanks to delegates from Shell, MIT Forum Enterprise, MOLGROUP and NOV congress participants could hear very interesting debate about ‘Innovative solutions in Oil and Gas industry’. The panelists could share their ideas about current situation and future of our industry.

The congress would not be so successful without partnering companies: Shell, PGNiG, LOTOS, EuRoPol GAZ, MOLGROUP, Orlen Upstream, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Gaz system and City of Cracow. Their support enabled AGH UST SPE Student Chapter to organize the Congress, gave students the opportunity to find out about the chances of employment and take part in the recruitment organized by Schlumberger and Halliburton.

The idea behind the first ‘East meets West’ Congress was to gather people from different parts of the world and it is still the clue of the event. Smiles on participants’ faces were for organizers a true reward for the year of preparations. Next year it is going to be the 10th anniversary of the Congress. AGH UST SPE Student Chapter invite everybody to spend this SPEcial time with them.


On Stream

On Stream

Polish Companies Will Enter a Fast-Growing Market

The Mars Shipyards & Offshore Group with extensive experience in offshore products and services and the LOTOS Petrobaltic, which one has been operating in the area of exploitation and production of hydrocarbons so far, will start cooperation in the scope of recycling of the drilling and production platforms as well as each kind of facilities, located on the depleted reservoirs. All of the upstream businesses of the  LOTOS Petrobaltic will be taken over by a newly established company- LOTOS Upstream. It is estimated, that the global expenditures on the liquidation of offshore platforms raised from $3.24 billion in 2013 to $4.3 billion  in 2015 and they will raise even to $40.6 billion in 2040 according to some predictions. At the moment, there is 629 out of almost 3000 of American offshore platforms intended for liquidation.

Venezuela Implements a New System of Cryptocurrency from the Oil Reserves

After loud announcements, the Venezuelan Government launches the Petro- cryptocurrency claimed to be backed by the country’s oil and mineral reserves, with expected value $60 per token and the total value of cryptocurrency predicted at $60 billion. The Petro’s pre-sale started on February 20th  and ends on March 19th.  82.4 mln tokens were made available and only a first day of the pre-sale brought $735 million. However, according to many analytics, the Petro seems to be a last resort of Venezuelan Government, which attempts to pull the failing country (with public debt at about $150 billion) out of the depths of economic crisis as well as to skirt U.S. financial sanctions. The same analysts says, that the Petro won’t bring real benefit either to Venezuela’s economy or its people. These more skeptical doubt, that the currency will thrive, because of lack of trust in government, which can have too much space to manipulate the token.

Commotion in the Eastern Part of the Mediterranean Sea

Freshly discovered reservoirs of natural gas in Cypriot economic waters have escalated the conflict between Cyprus and Turkey. Turkish warships have even temporarily blocked operations on ENI’s drilling rig in the first half of February and has triggered widespread criticism of the international community. President Erdogan has warned Cyprus as well as Greece against violation of Turkish economic waters. The source of conflict is national diversity of the island’s inhabitants. Turkey does not recognize the independence of the Cyprus, expresses doubts about the fair distribution of potential profits, claims that the rights to these reservoirs belong to the Turkish Cypriot and it is opposed to gas exploration until the Cypriot conflicts are resolved. It is worth to highlight, that some interest in offshore natural gas reservoirs in the Mediterranean Sea was also expressed by Polish Oil and Gas Company but for now it prioritizes the internal market.

Oil & Gas Horizons Х

Oil & Gas Horizons Х

Registration for the X International Youth Scientific and Practical Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” is open


From 12 till 15 November, 2018, at the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University) the X International Youth Scientific and Practical Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” will be organized by the Gubkin University SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Student Chapter.


The scale of the Congress is growing every year, and the geography of the participants is expanding. This year will be the tenth anniversary for the “Oil and Gas Horizons”. In 2017, the Congress participants became 107 students, undergraduates and postgraduates from 38 universities in 23 countries.


The program of the Congress includes paper contest, intellectual game PetroOlympic Games, motivational training, Technical Case, as well as excursions around the city. The event provides a unique opportunity for students of the world’s leading universities studying in various areas of the oil and gas industry to share their knowledge and experience with each other.

The work of the Congress will be attended by experts from the faculties of the University, as well as from leading oil and gas companies.

Within the framework of the Student Paper Contest, the following sections are provided:

  • Geological Sciences;
  • Drilling and Completion of Wells;
  • Oil and Gas Fields Development;
  • Oil and Gas Chemistry;
  • Health, Safety and Environment;
  • Petroleum Economics and Management;
  • “Smart”Technologies for Oil and Gas Industry.

There are also 3 additional sections:

  • Competition of postgraduate work (PhD);
  • Competition of works of young specialists;
  • Section of poster presentations.

The Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons”, in addition to a lot of experience and bright emotions, give participants a lot of new acquaintances, both with experts of the oil and gas industry and with the same students from all over the world. Winners of the competition of scientific works and intellectual game will be awarded with valuable prizes from sponsors and partners of the Congress.

The official language of the Congress is English.

Do not miss your chance to present scientific work at the largest international youth event of Gubkin University, submitting a thesis before August 20, 2018 on the Congress website: oilandgashorizons.ru

If you have any questions, please contact:

The official e-mail address of the Congress: ogh@gubkin.ru

Eleonora Belova

President of Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter

E-mail: eleo.belova@yandex.ru

Tel. 7-916-130-18-87

Polina Lektova

The main organizer of the Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons”

Vice-President of Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter

E-mail: letkovap@mail.ru

Tel. 7-915-360-35-48