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Welcome to SPE Qatar Section Webpage!

This website aims to provide the Qatar’s most comprehensive source of information about petroleum engineering, including news of forthcoming SPE meetings, seminars and workshops and details of support for students and the programs for young E&P professionals.The SPE Qatar Section works closely with industry, government, professional institutes and academia to advance the learning of its members in all aspects of the energy industry; offshore, onshore and internationally. Our aim is to enhance members' industry experience and help them achieve their true potential.

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2016 SPE President


Nathan Meehan

Senior Executive Adviser

Baker Hughes  

D. Nathan Meehan, 2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) president, is senior executive adviser at Baker Hughes, advising executive management on reservoir and geoscience issues. Previously, he was president of CMG Petroleum Consulting, vice president of engineering for Occidental Oil & Gas; and general manager exploration and production at Union Pacific Resources.

Meehan earned a BSc in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He previously served as chairman of the CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation and as director of the Computer Modelling Group, Vanyoganeft Oil Company, Pinnacle Technologies, SPE Board of Directors, and JOA Oil & Gas BV. He served on advisory boards of The University of Texas and the University of Houston and currently serves on the EME industry relations board at Pennsylvania State, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Advisory Board of World Oil. He is the recipient of the Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in Petroleum Engineering and the Degolyer Distinguished Service Medal and served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is a licensed professional engineer in four states and has published scores of papers.

SPE Qatar Section Chairperson


Sh. Faisal Bin Fahad Al-Thani, Phd

Deputy Managing Director

Maersk Oil Qatar AS 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dr. Faisal Al-Thani is the Deputy Managing Director for Maersk Oil based in Doha, Qatar.   Prior this, he has held the position of Deputy General Manager seconded by Qatar Petroleum to Anadarko Qatar Energy,  BP and ARCO.  His background is in Petroleum Engineering and Project Finance Management.  He has published a number of papers in the area of Risk Management and has co-authored a book in Corporate Risk Management (first & second edition by Wiley publication) The author of A guide to Risk Assessment book . Chairman of the Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers and Board member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers ( 2005-2009 ). Chairman of Doha petroleum club . manager of Maersk oil research and technology center Doha , Qatar .

Dr. Al-Thani is a Fulbright Scholar of the University of Colorado Boulder; holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa; an MSc in Project Management from University of Bath; and a PhD in Project Finance in the oil & gas industry from Leeds University.  He has been involved in the oil and gas industry for the last 30 years having started as Wellsite Petroleum Engineer in Qatar Petroleum and have moved in various other functions including reservoir engineering and petroleum planning, economics and contracts.



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  • The Qatar Section has earned the Gold Standard Award for 2015!


    The Qatar Section has earned the Gold Standard Award for 2015, in recognition of its exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation.
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