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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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Latest News from the Section

Oxy Qatar and Qatar SPE Holds Workshop for Young Professionals

Mr. Giovanni Paccaloni with Oxy employees

Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar) and the Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers (QSPE) recently hosted a motivational workshop for Young Petroleum Professionals (YPPs) at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Center. The workshop, titled “The Impact of Intrinsic Motivation on Business Results," was presented by Mr. Giovanni Paccaloni, retired vice president of ENI and past president of The Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Paccaloni has conducted this workshop in countries throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and North America.

Mr. Paccaloni noted that the subject of intrinsic motivation is a business imperative today, as it is a precursor of passion at work and is conducive to creativity, innovation and higher performance. The workshop provided insight on technical competence and the passion to use competence to achieve excellent business results. It also explored the journey from technical competence to business excellence by creating an environment where intrinsic motivation and passion can flourish.

The workshop was well attended and well received by the participants. Attendees included students from Qatar University, Texas A & M University in Qatar, and other YPPs. Mr. Paccaloni also delivered a condensed version of the workshop to Oxy Qatar employees.

SPE Qatar holds Distinguished Lecturer event at the Sheraton Hotel


The photograph above shows Mr. Ken Hardman, QSPE Membership Chair, and Mr. Ziauddin after his presentation.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Qatar Section, which is chaired by Sheikh Faisal Al-Thani, deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, hosted an SPE “Distinguished Lecturer” at the Sheraton Hotel on 12th April 2016.

The lecture was entitled “Carbonate Matrix Stimulation – A Poorly Understood and Often Under-Optimized Technique”, and was presented by Murtaza Ziauddin , Advisor for Matrix Stimulation & Production Chemistry for Schlumberger in the USA.

Ziuaddin’s talk was particularly relevant to the Qatar hydrocarbon industry, as acid stimulation is routinely used to improve flow of both oil and gas from the reservoir rocks to the wellbore. He stated that stimulation treatments in carbonate reservoirs are generally considered low risk because production increases following these treatments are routine. The "success" of these treatments is therefore perceived to be high. However, Ziuaddin highlighted that, globally, many treatments realize only a small fraction of the true well potential. He went on to describe the challenges faced in designing an acid treatment, the current technologies available for fluid placement and proposed a design workflow to optimize the results.

The meeting was attended by over 40 participants and concluded with questions from the audience of SPE members.

Murtaza Ziuaddin  has more than 18 years of production engineering experience and holds both a BSc degree from the University of Houston and a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. He has co-authored three SPE books, authored 27 technical papers and holds 12 patents.


SPE Qatar holds Technical Presentation at the Sheraton Hotel

Michael Casper Gunningham, SPE Qatar Program Chairperson with Ali Al-Bunni, Technical Presenter

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Qatar Section, which is chaired by Sheikh Faisal Al-Thani, deputy managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar, held its latest technical meeting at the Sheraton Hotel on 22nd March 2016.

The meeting topic was entitled “High Definition Surveys – Better Understanding of the Reservoir”, and was presented by Mr Ali Al-Bunni , Drilling Survey Specialist for Schlumberger Qatar.

Mr Al-Bunni
has a Bachelors Degree from Damascus University and started his career as a Measurement While Drilling (MWD) engineer, before specializing in Directional Drilling (DD) and wellbore surveying. He joined the Schlumberger Qatar team in 2010 and is currently responsible for all wellbore surveying matters for Schlumberger’s clients in Qatar and Pakistan.

Ali stated that wellbore surveying is a critical topic, which has very high value, but that it does not always receive the attention that it deserves. His presentation described surveying best practices, and various surveying methods. He highlighted that wellbore surveys are usually used during drilling for well target sizing and/or for wellbore collision avoidance, but showed examples of how high definition surveys can be used to improve reservoir mapping, particularly when used with the latest Logging While Drilling (LWD) technology for Reservoir Mapping While Drilling (RMWD). Ultimately, this technology reduces uncertainty and leads to increased recovery from oil and gas fields.

The meeting was well attended and concluded with a large number of questions from the audience of SPE members.



Oxy Qatar Hosts Qatar SPE BOD Meeting

Doha, Qatar -- Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Limited (Oxy Qatar) hosted this year’s first board meeting for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Qatar chapter, chaired by Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani, Mearsk Oil Qatar Deputy Managing Director.

SPE Qatar’s mission is to collect, disseminate and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for the public’s benefit.  The society also seeks to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

Mr. Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar, commented on the company’s recent sponsorship renewal for three years: “Occidental has been supporting SPE Qatar for many years. Our employees are active members and participate in sharing knowledge or collaborating to organize events. On behalf of Oxy, we thank everyone involved in SPE Qatar as so much of it is done on a voluntary basis”.

Sheikh Faisal welcomed the board members and Young Professionals members.

Oxy Qatar is also a proud sponsor of the SPE Qatar Continuing Education workshop “The Impact of Intrinsic Motivation on Business Results” by 2005 SPE President, Mr. Giovanni Paccaloni. The workshop is open to all members of the petroleum industry and young professionals are encouraged to attend. It is scheduled for Tuesday, 5 April, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Education City, HBKU Student Center.


Intelligent Oil & Gas Field Workshop for Students 


TNO, one of Europe’s largest independent companies in the areas of technology development, and Texas A&M at Qatar’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student chapter organized an Intelligent Oil & Gas Field workshop 30 Jan. Intelligent Oil & Gas Field technologies are increasingly used by the upstream oil and gas industry to improve the performance and efficiency of oil & gas fields through a range of new technologies such as new well sensors and production methods. Especially in times of low oil prices, oil & gas companies around the world are seeking to increase the use of such methods to optimize their production and reduce costs.

In the workshop students learned about various aspects of Intelligent Fields including new sensor technologies, oil & gas well design, and IT systems. The students applied their lessons learned and worked in teams to develop their own intelligent field in a design contest. Anton Leemhuis, managing director of TNO’s Doha-based Middle East branch, said, “Intelligent Field technologies have been emerging over the last decade and are becoming commonplace in the industry. Technologies are available, but the key is to train people so they can use them well. Therefore, it is important to familiarize students with Intelligent Field technology at an early stage, as they are the engineers and industry leaders of the future.“

Looking back at the event, Elsiddiq Elyhafyan from Texas A&M at Qatar’s SPE said, “The workshop was lots of fun. We had a few very interesting lectures about the new technology used in oil fields, followed by a group exercise to find the best designs. I felt that most students actually learned a lot, and felt that this workshop gave them a very nice idea about upstream oil and gas.”

For more information about TNO please contact Anton Leemhuis, Managing Director Qatar Branch TNO, on +974 33573386 or