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Join Oil & Gas Horizons IX !

Join Oil & Gas Horizons IX !

Submission of abstracts for the IX International Youth Scientific and Practical Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” is open.

From 28th till 30th of November, 2017, the IX International Youth Scientific and Practical Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” will be held at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. The congress is organized by Gubkin University SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Student Chapter.

 Annually participants of the Congress are students, postgraduates and young specialists from all over the world. In 2016 the Congress gathered 150 participants from 37 universities of 18 countries.

The program of the Congress includes scientific paper contest, intellectual competition “PetroOlympic Games”, motivation training, career pathway fair, as well as excursions to petroleum companies and sightseeing tours in the city. The event gives students from world leading universities, majoring in different spheres of petroleum industry, a unique opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with each other.

The expert commission of the Congress will consist of professors of the university and representatives of the largest oil and gas companies.

The student paper contest will include the following sessions:

  • Geosciences;
  • Drilling and Completion;
  • Oil and Gas Field Development;
  • Oil and Gas Chemistry;
  • Health, Safety, Environment;
  • Petroleum Economics and Management;
  • Alternative Energy Sources;
  • Offshore and Arctic Petroleum Engineering.

There are also 3 additional sessions:

  • PhD Paper Contest;
  • Young Professionals Paper Contest;
  • Poster Session.

Apart from getting great experience and vivid emotions, participants of the Congress “Oil and Gas Horizons” will have a chance to network with the experts of petroleum industry and also with students from all over the world. The winners will receive valuable prizes from the sponsors and partners of the Congress and additional benefits for admission to the Master programs at Gubkin University.
Don`t miss a chance to present your scientific research on the largest international youth event of the university. Submit your abstract until 1st of September at the site of the Congress: oilandgashorizons.ru.

If you have questions you can contact :

Official e-mail 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

Danil Remezov

Chief organizer of the Congress «Oil and Gas Horizons»
Head of Public Relations Committee of Gubkin University SPE Student Chapter

E-mail: danil.remezov@mail.ru

Tel. +7-910-140-66-46

 

 

International Oil and Gas Majoring Students Forum “New Generation: Across the Universe”

International Oil and Gas Majoring Students Forum “New Generation: Across the Universe”

From 11th till 17th of September, 2017 the 2nd International Oil and Gas Majoring Students Forum “New Generation: Across the Universe” will be held at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University).

The goal of the Forum is to gather the most outstanding students of different oil and gas majors from the world’s best universities to give them a unique opportunity to share their ideas and experience and to solve the problems of world student society as well as to determine the future tendencies of the scientific and technical development of the global oil and gas industry.
For the 2nd year the Forum is supported by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), World petroleum Council (WPC) and International Gas Union (IGU).
Last year the rector of Gubkin University Victor Martynov, deputy minister of Education and Sciences of the Russian Federation Veniamin Kaganov, president and chairperson of the Board Directors of PetroSA company Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, president of Schlumberger company Gokhan Saygi, vice-president of Weatherford Russia company Fayaz Kamalov took part in the Opening Ceremony of the Forum. The vice-president of the World Petroleum Council Anatoly Zolotukhin was the moderator of the Forum.
“Gubkin University is unique in our country and in the entire world just as unique as the petroleum industry. This event has a great value for making contacts and further collaboration. Hopefully, we will manage to solve the current problems of the oil and gas industry, as well as get acquainted with Moscow and culture of Russia. Surely, after this event you will wish to learn more, visit cities and countrysides of our great and immense Country,” – deputy minister of Education and Science of Russian Federation Veniamin Kaganov said. In 2016, the Forum was attended by 117 students from 52 countries and 40 universities from all over the world. Through six days delegates took part in different activities: solving a business case from Schlumberger, attending plenary sessions, conducting dialogue with oil and gas companies and government representatives in a press conference “Development of the youth BRICS tendency in the oil and gas industry”, visiting “Career Pathways Fair”. A fruitful cultural program followed: visiting the Moscow Kremlin Museums, ice skating class, the festival “Cuisines of Russia” and “Miss University 2016” Annual Competition. One of the significant events became the trip to Gubkin University “Zaluchie” camp, where guests saw real Russian winter, got acquainted with nature of a protected forest, had fun and made friends.

This year the Organizing Committee promises to increase the level and scope of the event, so don’t miss this opportunity – the registration is already open on http://across.gubkin.ru/

Also, the Organizing Committee will be glad to consider proposals on cooperation.

Please don’t hesitate to contact: universe.gubkin@gmail.com

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4th Annual Student Energy Conference

4th Annual Student Energy Conference

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4th Annual Student Energy Conference
8th
– 12th March, Zagreb, Croatia
Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb

University of Zagreb SPE Student Chapter

This March, Zagreb was the heart of the SPE Student Community. From March 8th to 12th University of Zagreb SPE Student Chapter organized a wonderful event entitled 4th Annual Student Energy Conference. Aim of the Conference was to bring students and young professionals to share knowledge and discuss the latest trends and achievements in the oil and gas industry. The day before official start of the Conference, Chapter hosted Ice-breaking games and Meet&Greet Dinner.
The extensive Conference programme was divided into three days of lectures and workshops held by industry professionals with expertise in oil and gas industry, University professors and students from different Universities. Fourth day of the programme was reserved for field trips where students could choose between field Trips to offshore jack-up drilling rig „Labin“ and field trip to „Omisalj“ Oil Terminal.
On the opening ceremony day, welcome speech was given by the President of SPE Student Chapter Croatia, Mr. Mario Jukic. Also, a warm welcome to all participants was delivered by the Faculty’s Dean, Mr. Zoran Nakic; the President of SPE Croatian Section, Mr. Vladislav Brkic; Mr. Matthias Meister, SPE Regional Director for South, Central and East Europe; John Gasparac, PwC Croatia, Country Managing Partner; Andrija Mikulic, the President of City Council; Helena Beus, City of Zagreb Department for youth and the Vice-rector of University of Zagreb. The opening Ceremony was embellished by the SPE Student Chapter’s Men Choir, which performed several traditional Croatian ballads.
After the inauguration, Conference began with the Panel session on the topic „Future of Petroleum Industry: New Solutions to Old Challenges“. Moderator prof. Daria Karasalihovic Sedlar raised interesting questions to each of the panelists. Case focused on Croatian industry, nevertheless, this was interesting discussion to each participant in the lecture hall. Panel was followed by interesting presentations from HEP Gas Supply Ltd., Plinarco d.o.o., PPD d.o.o. and INA d.d. companies. At the end of the day, we had a unique chance to make a Zagreb City Tour under professional guidance.
Second day, the presentation were given by presenters from MB Geothermal, INA d.d., Baker Hughes, Eni Croatia B.V., Schlumberger, University professors and students from different Universities. Every lecture was an interesting dose of information connected to our sector. What really got my attention was the lecture held by Ivan Kurchatov from Gubkin Russian State University about “Comparative analysis of development concepts of the “A” field located in the East Siberian Sea”. His presentation was also appreciated by the organizers for what he received first place in the paper contest. The good spirit of the lectures was Matthias Meister, the regional SPE Director for South, Central and East Europe. His attitude and professionalism were the best possible examples on how knowledge can be shared by real SPE Professional from Baker Hughes Company.
Except the part with lectures, each participant had the opportunity to take part in workshops. Everyone could choose between Technical Workshop “Kappa – Pressure Transient Analysis (Saphir module)” and Soft Skills Workshops “Enhance Your Strengths, Learn from Your Weaknesses” and “Tips and Tricks for Effective CV Writing”. Soft Skills Workshop learnt immense amount of advices about effective CV writing from Ana Boric – HR Partner for INA Company.
The third day of the Conference began with presentation given by University professor and students from different Universities. After a coffee break, two intellectual battles started up: Poster session and PetroTournamentcompetition. During the closing ceremony organizers declared the results of the paper and poster competition. Both winners were from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. Winners of PetroTournament were from the University of Zagreb. After the announcement, participants could attend Technical Workshop “PETREL – Well to Seismic Tie and Horizon Interpretation”.
This Conference was held for the fourth time in Croatia and attracted by the size and quality of organization from the leading industry professionals and University professors. Organizers are the real pride and joy for the SPE community. The event is a chance to spend time with amazing people from almost every continent. More than 360 participants attended the Conference, with over 50 foreign participants.
The Conference was held under the high patronage of the President of Republic of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and the Mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandic. The organisation of the Conference was financially supported by PwC Croatia, INA d.d., Plinacro d.o.o., Janaf d.d., PSP Okoli d.o.o., PPD d.o.o., the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, SPE Croatian Section. GasinfoService and YoungPetro were the media patrons of the Conference.

The only thing that’s left to say is to invite you all to join this wonderful event next year! The fifth edition of this successful Conference will be held in March 2018 in Croatia. Check out their SPE Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SPEZG for more information and to see more photos from the Conference!

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4th Annual Student Energy Conference in Zagreb

4th Annual Student Energy Conference in Zagreb

You want to go to the Conference, but don’t know where??

Our friends from Croatia, University of Zagreb SPE Student Chapter, organize 4th Annual Student Energy Conference from 8th to 12th of March, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia. Conference will collect students and young professionals from all around the world to discuss the latest achievements and energy trends in the oil and gas industry.

What they offer this year is kind of different than it was so far. If you apply, you could enjoy a conference completely organized by students which will be straight profession-related with numerous experienced professionals from Croatian and International companies. Conference holds three workshops, panel session, two field trips (jack-up drilling platform and oil terminal), Zagreb city tour, team building activities and much more… It is up to you to discover the rest of it!

CHECK OUT THEIR PROMO VIDEO (acting SPE.ZG members): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA14U6Kx5Ak&feature=youtu.be

INFO & REGISTRATION:  http://spes.rgn.hr/asec/

CONTACT: spe.zagreb@gmail.com

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15th of February

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1st of February

 

Oil Prices are above 50$ a barrel after OPEC deal

Oil Prices are above 50$ a barrel after OPEC deal

Agreement to cut production between OPEC members was a suprise in oil sector. It caused price rise of black gold, but will it last for long?
Enthusiasm for the proposed deal finally cooled down and after a while and turned into wary skepticism. Lack of faith in this deal is quiet understandable. Deal is full of exemptions and conditional allowances. Ground of agreement rests on good will of Saudi Arabia. OPEC leader wants to pull the other members behind it in a fight to rescue prices from further stagnation. The cut is also evidence of the changing conditions within Saudi Arabia itself, which after a two-year strategy of maximized production is at a cross-roads, financial stress and general instability.

The goal of the cut is to bring the OPEC production level from 33.24 mln bpd (level at the time of the meeting) to a level between 32.5/33 mln bpd. This agreement is an important sign of changing priorities within Saudi government. There are some politicians in UAE that hope to see their country in other field than oil sector and begin more diversified economy.

The Saudi commitment to cut production is shared by only ten other members of the organization: there are several important exceptions that will, in effect, render the cuts largely symbolic, at least as far as the supply-demand balance is concerned.

Nigeria has been allowed to continue pumping, as it deals with violence in the Niger River Delta. Libya is also exempt, as its oil industry slowly finds its feet amidst civil war. Questions linger over how Iraq, which has enjoyed freedom to pump what it wants since 1991, will be brought back into an OPEC system of production management. Iraq’s energy minister has acted defiantly, arguing that OPEC figures under-estimate Iraq’s current production levels. This indicates that Iraq, in the middle of its on-going struggle with ISIS, will fight tooth and nail for its existing market share, as well as the freedom to continue pumping what it wants. Russia also will not participate in any cuts and there is huge chance that production cut but OPEC members will be replaced by non-OPEC countries.

To sum up these cuts are about moving the market and sending a message of unity and puropse. Even slight cut of 240,000 barrels per day will show us that OPEC is prepared to influence prices. They lead us to political strategy of Saudi Arabia and changing balance of strength in structures of OPEC. After the first rise in Oil price let’s wait for the further effects of this deal.

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Militians from Niger Delta strike again

Militians from Niger Delta strike again

Niger Delta Avengers, are the group of local militians in the region o Niger Delta. They had claimed the responsibility for latest attacks in the oil and gas area. On June 3rd, crude oil pipelines were attacked and once more, Avengers are admitting they took part in this assault.

A group of militians sneaked through marshland to bomb two pipelines. One owned by Royal Dutch Shell and the second held by Italian ENI. Both firms confirmed the attack, but ENI said it didn’t contribute to any supply disruption. Unfortunately Shell confirmed spill from its pipeline.

Strikes by the Avengers has considerably cut the amount of oil in global markets. What are they trying to achieve by assaults like this? These people want to drag attention to local situation in Niger Delta. They seem to be more interested in undermining the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Dolapo Oni, oil and gas analyst or Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Inc. says:
“These guys are not stealing crude. They just bomb the pipelines and they run away. “

These attacks have been influencing Nigeria’s oil infrastructure for months. The production dropped from 2.2 milion barrels a day to 1.4 million barrels a day. That’s he worst result in last 20 years. After the attack on Chevron infrastructure they announced another attacks, but still local oil companies weren’t secured enough to stop another assault. Continued violence and lack of safety may cause evacuation of staff that would cripple already low production of oil.

Nigeria’s oil market is facing rough times. Companies are losing millions of dollars every day and at the moment the situation is not looking good. At any moment we might hear about another attack.

Platform in Niger Delta attacked by local militians

Platform in Niger Delta attacked by local militians

A newly formed group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers attacked a Chevron’s Okan offshore facility on May 4th at 11 PM.

“Okan offshore facility in the Western Niger Delta region was breached by unknown persons.” – said Chevron in a statement to Reuters

Assault led to a spill and US company was forced to shut the facility. In Friday Chevron said that 35,000 barrels a day of its own net production was affected. Okan offshore platform feeds crude and gas into the massive Escravos export facility, which is also owned by Chevron and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
Fortunately no one was hurt during the invasion. A spokesman for the Nigerian Navy said the attackers used dynamite to damage the platform and that they attacked an oil and gas collection point of the area.
According to Bloomberg Nigeria is producing oil at its lowest levels in two decades. For the first time since 1994 production is below 1.7 million barrels per day. Country’s economy is struggling the downtrend in energy prices and attacks in the north by the Islamists.
Attacks on the pipelines and violence rose in Delta when authorities issued an arrest warrant for Tompolo (Niger Delta ex-militiant leader – Government Ekpemupolo), who said:

“The President should allow people of the Niger Delta Region to know peace, otherwise he will not know peace as well.”

Niger Delta Avengers has already announced another attacks. What is really worrying is that this region will continue to be very dangerous for next year or maybe even longer. The country that was Africa’s biggest crude producer is slipping back into chaos.

Read more:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/001fabc6-13af-11e6-91da-096d89bd2173.html

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/chevron-platform-in-niger-delta-attacked

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-09/oil-union-says-workers-evacuated-as-niger-delta-security-worsens

Norway wants to become a major natural gas deliverer in Europe

Norway wants to become a major natural gas deliverer in Europe

Norway has got a chance to become a major natural gas deliverer in Central Europe. Now the most important thing is positive reaction of European Commission. Tord Lien, norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy is cofident that his country is ready to become essential natural gas supplier to Europe for many decades.
In European Union many people see this move as a plan to reduce dependence on russian natural gas. Many countries in Europe are tired of games with Russia. They are looking for a strong, safe and certain ally to leave their main gas supplier. In that case Norway is a very attractive and trustworthy associate. Nevertheless nothing is official and Norway waits to see specific decisions from Europe.
These days European countries are looking for a way out from russian authority in gas sector. New polish government is interested in diversification of gas suppliers to Poland and analyzes project about collaboration with Norway, which was rejected years ago. Many things changed in last few years and now norge gas is much more eye-catching than earlier. What’s interesting is that for the first time in lithuanian history Russia will not be primary gas supplier for this country. Rokas Masiulis, Energy minister in Lithania during an interview with Reuters says that in 2016 Gazprom lost their gas monopoly to Statoil.
Without clear decisions from european and norwegian side we can only debate about these ideas. We see that Norway has got a lot of friends in European Union and this move might be attractive for both groups. Now we have to wait for more informations in that important case.

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Sources:

http://biznesalert.pl/norwegia-chce-byc-glownym-dostawca-gazu-do-europy-momentum-dla-polskiego-projektu/
http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/norway-sees-political-risk-over-future-european-gas-demand-318483

U. S. lifted a four-decade oil export ban

U. S. lifted a four-decade oil export ban

The United States decided to make a historic move and lifted a forty-year long ban on oil export. Mentioned restriction was a response to the Arab oil embargo in 70s which caused heavy shock to US economy. This was a solution to keep oil price on a relatively constant level in the future and also to secure the energetic sector of the country. Latest increase in oil production was the main reason why congress decided to lift the oil export restriction.
The United States currently generate about 9.2 million barrels of oil a day, about half of which is shale production, but the US also imported about 7 million barrels a day this year. With the world flooded in crude, nobody expects much demand for US exports. While new oil exports are not likely to amount to much immediately, they would provide another challenge to already sick OPEC. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been allowing the market forces to set prices for the past year, abandoning its previous policy of manipulating prices through the use of output quotas. That policy has cut into some US production,but the world is still overproducing by more than 1 million barrels a day.
This move is definitely an improvement, but is unlikely to have an influential impact on the global oil market. Andy Lipow of Lipow Oil Associates argued that the benchmark of the US crude is too close in price to the Brent’s. “The narrow price gap doesn’t encourage exports from the US to other parts of the world when transportation costs are factored in”, Lipow said.

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Sources:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/congressional-leaders-agree-to-lift-40-year-ban-on-oil-exports-1450242995

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35136831