SPE Technical Events

“Qatar Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers hosts SPE Award Night”

On Sunday 15th of November, Qatar Section held its first Award Night event at the Sheraton Hotel Doha, which was attended by many oil and gas professionals and students from across Qatar.
Speaking at the event, Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al-Thani, SPE Qatar Section Chairperson, Deputy Manager Director of Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ), said: “2015 was certainly a very successful year for the Qatar Section as the section received SPE Gold Standard Award, in recognition of its exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation.”
In September 2015 Sheikh Faisal Bin also became a recipient of the SPE Middle East Regional Service Award as an acknowledgment of his exceptional contributions to the SPE at section and regional levels and recognition of his devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of technical expertise.
The event was opened by Mr. Nayef Mohammed Al-Hajri, Asst. Manager Offshore Operation Oversight/Excellence, Qatar Petroleum (QP) who presented on the topic of “Development of Knowledge / Best Practices Sharing Platform”. Mr. Nayef Mohammed Al-Hajri explained how Qatar Petroleum has formed several best practice forums to share knowledge and experience amongst companies operating in Qatar. For example Offshore Operations forum was launched in order to achieve operation synergies and operation excellence. 
Mr. Mike Gunningham, Program Chair of SPE Qatar Section, Head of Subsurface Support Team, Maersk Oil Qatar, presented “A Celebration of Success – SPE Qatar Section 2015” highlighting Section achievements of this year. Since January 2015 Qatar Section had 17 events and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs declared the section to be in top three among 25 Professional Societies in Qatar.
To mark all these achievements Sheikh Faisal presented Qatar Section Awards to the following section’s outstanding professional members and students: Mr. Jassim Al-Khori – MOQ, Mr. Ali Al-Mana – QP, Mr. Mike Gunningham – MOQ, Mr. Haytham Al-Meer - Qatar Gas, Mr. Elsiddig Elhafyan – student Texas A & M University, Mr. Ali Al-Obaidli – student, Qatar University, in recognition of their enthusiasm and great efforts in developing and conducting section’s programs and promoting SPE values and mission.


   
   

Qatar Shell hosts Society of Petroleum Engineers - Qatar Section Board Meeting

Qatar Shell hosted the third Board meeting for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Qatar Section at Shell’s Doha headquarters on Tuesday, November 3rd.

In welcoming all the committee members, Rob Sherwin, General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Deputy Country Chair at Qatar Shell, said, "We are very pleased to host the third SPE Qatar Section Committee and engage with its members. At Shell, we are proud of our commitment to the SPE Qatar Section and the value it brings to our engineers. This is a great opportunity for industry experts to meet in order to share knowledge and best practices while developing SPE Qatar Section plans.”

Qatar Shell is an active SPE Qatar Section Board member. As a demonstration of its long-term commitment, Qatar Shell signed a three-year sponsorship with the SPE to support special activities and events organised by SPE Qatar Section. 

During the meeting, SPE Qatar Section strategic plans and a 2016 schedule of events were discussed, as was the upcoming International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), taking place in Doha in December 2015. Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani welcomed Exxon Mobil, Total, RasGas and Dolphin Energy representatives who just joined SPE Qatar Section Board for their first Board meeting.

Energy Industry Professionals Gather for SPE Qatar Section Technical Event

On Tuesday 27th of October, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar Section held its monthly Technical Presentation at the Sheraton Hotel Doha, which was attended by more than 70 local oil and gas professionals and students.
The title of the presentation was “The Inflow Performance Curve: A simple technique to define the well performance or is it?", presented by Mr. Fraser Ross, Head of Reservoir Studies at Qatar Gas. This presentation demonstrates the magnitude of the errors involved when steady state techniques are applied to transient conditions, shows typically how the analyst can misapply the IPR concept and suggests some techniques to account for the transient state.

 




 
   

Qatar Section opens its 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Season

On Monday 7th September 2015, Qatar Section held its first Distinguished Lecture of 2015-2016 season, at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, which was attended by local oil and gas professionals and students.

The title of the presentation was Uncertainty assessment with reservoir simulation models - Practical Guidelines”, presented by Mr. Anil Ambastha, the reservoir simulation unit lead with Chevron Nigeria.

The presenter, Mr.Anil Ambastha, provided systematic and practical guidelines for uncertainty assessment work using reservoir simulation models for brownfield environment. The session stressed the importance of engagement of all operations and facilities personnel in developing an adequate forecast problem description and economic success metrics.

 


 
   

Distinguished Lecture Presentation on 26th of May 2015

On Tuesday 26th of May, Qatar Section held the latest in the series of Distinguished Lectures at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, which was attended by local oil and gas professionals and students.
The title of the presentation was “Comparing Formation Evaluation Measurements Made through Casing with Openhole Logging Measurements”, presented by Mr. James Hemingway, a Petrophysics Adviser with Schlumberger Houston, USA.
Speaker, Mr. James Hemingway, explained how introduction of new cased hole logging enabled measurements previously only observed in openhole. Such cased hole logging is particularly important due to the increasing number of horizontal wells, especially in unconventional reservoirs, which led to a trend whereby the majority of new horizontal wells is not logged.
The event was very well attended and generated significant interest among the participants.

   

 


SPE Qatar Section First Women Event “Engineer Your Horizons”

On Thursday 7th of May, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar Section held the first women event “Engineer Your Horizons” at the W Hotel Doha, which was attended by local female oil and gas professionals and students.
This was a great opportunity for female professionals to network and gain soft-skills that could help to optimize their day-to-day performance.
Deputy SPE Qatar Section Chairperson Jassim Al-Khori greeted all participants and talked to Al-Rayyan TV who covered the event. The coverage can be found here.
After the opening there was 3 hours interactive session presented by “Empower World” International Coaching Federation Jeanine Bailey and Marie Quigley. As a result of this session, participants got to know one another, discovered their own personal version of success and balance, understood what was the most important to them, identified the areas of their life they would love to develop even more, committed to a new way forward to achieve a fulfilling life and much more. After lunch break Qatari Life Coach Mr. Ajayan Al Hababi talked about dreams and challenges everybody faces and participants had an opportunity to have one on one sessions with him after the end of the event.

 

   


Qatargas hosted the second SPE Qatar Section Steering Committee Meeting of the Year

On Tuesday, 5 May 2015, Qatargas hosted the second Steering Committee Meeting for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Qatar Section chaired by Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani. The meeting was held at Qatargas’ Doha Head Office
To welcome all the committee members, Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Thani, Qatargas Chief Operating Officer Engineering and Ventures said, "We are very pleased to host the second SPE Qatar Section Committee and welcome all the members to our offices. This is a great opportunity to once more bring together the industry experts to share knowledge and best practices while at the same time to continue developing SPE Qatar Section Strategic Plans and discuss all organisational issues. At Qatargas we are also proud of our women engineers and the role they play within our team and fully support the SPE in promoting women professionals to network and develop their careers in this field.”

Qatargas is an active SPE Qatar Section Steering Committee member and sponsor of SPE Qatar Section Activity as well as an active supporter of the various activities and events organised by SPE International. During the meeting SPE Qatar Section Strategic Plans, end of the Year Event and Events Schedule were discussed in length among many other topics.

SPE Qatar Section Monthly Technical Presentation 28 April 2015

On Monday 28 of April, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar Section held the latest in the series of Technical Presentations at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, which was attended by local oil and gas professionals and students. The title of the presentation was “Surfactant and Polymer-Based EOR Methods for Low-Permeability Strongly Oil-Wet Carbonate Reservoirs”, presented by Mr. Martin V. Bennetzen, EOR Team Lead, Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre (MO-RTC). Speaker at the learning event, Mr. Martin V. Bennetzen, explained how surfactant and polymer core flood laboratory tests were performed on oil-wet limestone rocks from the Al Shaheen field, offshore Qatar. The main outcome of his work was an evaluation study of different enhanced oil recovery strategies that may assist in unlocking significant volumes of additional oil from certain types of reservoirs with very positive commercial impact.

Petroleum Engineering Student at Texas A&M University Qatar wins Regional Paper Student Contest.

On March 8, 2015, Ahmed Rauf, senior Petroleum Engineering student at Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMQ) and Iman Tawfig Madhoun, student from Qatar University, represented Qatar at the regional Student Paper Contest in Manama, Bahrain, held in conjunction with the 19th Middle East Oil and Gas Show (8-11 March 2015).

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) coordinates 14 regional Student Paper Contests around the world annually. These contests involve research, internship experience or personal projects. Students compete against other students from their region for the opportunity to advance to the International Student Paper Contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Ahmed Rauf won the first place in the contest and Iman Tawfig Madhoun won the third place. Having won the regional competition Ahmed Rauf will now represent the entire Middle East and North Africa region at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) 2015 to be held in Houston, USA.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar Section, sposored Ahmed’s and Iman’s trip to Bahrain. This is a remarkable achievement and reflects the support of universities faculties and SPE Qatar Section. Ahmed Rauf is also president of Texas A&M University at Qatar’s SPE Student Chapter that recives regular sponsorship and support for events and contests from the SPE Qatar Section and local industry partners.

Another competition, called the PetroBowl, was held at the same time in conjunction with the 19th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference in Bahrain. The PetroBowl matches Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter’s teams against one another in a fast-paced quiz competition covering technical and non-technical aspects of the oil and gas industry. Similar to the paper contest, regional qualifiers earn teams a place in the International Petrobowl competition held at the Annual Techincal Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). The team from Texas A&M University at Qatar earned second place in this year Middle East and North Africa regional qualifier competition and therefore earned a place in the International Petreobowl to be held in Houston, USA, in September 2015. They will represent the entire North Africa and Middle East region in the International Petrobowl 2015 and have high hopes resting on them.

 

MORTC hosts the first SPE Qatar Section Steering Committee Meeting

 

Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre hosts the first SPE Qatar Section Steering Committee Meeting of the year.

On Wednesday 25th of March , the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Qatar Section which is chaired by Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al-Thani, held the first Steering Committee Meeting of the year at Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre (MO-RTC).

"It's such a great opportunity to host SPE Qatar Section Steering Committee at MO-RTC. SPE is well known of being the largest individual-member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. As an industry we play an important role to enhance SPE members industry experience and to help them achieve their true potentials" said Jassim Al-Khori, SPE Qatar Section Deputy Chair, and MO-RTC Technical Manager.Committee members had an exciting tour through MO-RTC laboratory and listened to a presentation about the centre. MO-RTC in Qatar – Maersk Oil’s first global research and technology centre – supports the aim of maximising Al Shaheen field’s long-term production potential. The pioneering work that takes place in the centre will help to improve oil recovery rates by focusing on research that creates practical and applicable solutions to clearly defined problems in oil and gas production.

The ground-breaking centre is a part of 10-year, US$100 million investment in applied research in Qatar. With its focus on increasing oil recovery and protecting the marine environment, MORTC will continue to pioneer new technologies and harness the best talent to support the same. Through close collaboration between academia and the energy sector, the centre will help develop the capabilities of Qatar’s people and institutions, support Qatarization and ensure a competitive, diversified and knowledge based economy. MO-RTC embodies Maersk Oil commitment to a sustainable development and achieving the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

During the meeting SPE Qatar Section Strategic Plan and Event Schedule were discussed in length among many other topics. The Society of Petroleum Engineers has more than 124,000 members in 135 countries participate in 190 section and 295 university chapters and they are united by the SPE vision to enable the global oil and gas exploration and production industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world's energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.In Qatar, there are over 500 professional members and over 200 student members at Qatar University and Texas A&M University, Qatar. As one of many sections worldwide, SPE Qatar Section'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 benefits; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

 

Distinguish Lecture Presentation on 1st of March 2015

On Sunday 1st of March, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar Section held the latest in the series of Distinguished Lectures at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, which was attended by over 55 local oil and gas professionals and students. The title of the presentation was “Moving the Frontiers in Artificial Lift Technology in Mature Field Operations”, presented by Mr. Siegfried Muessig - Technology and Quality Manager at RAG, Vienna, Austria.

Speaker at the learning event, Mr.Muessig, explained how the premature abandonment of mature fields that still contain significant oil and gas reserves can often be avoided through the application of novel technology and approaches in particular artificial lift techniques. The presentation provided a case study showing the process of combating the loss of reserves and valuable energy resources and gave a detailed insight of potential technical solutions and their commercial impact.

The presentation featured question time and dinner.

Technical Presentation , Tuesday 17th February

On Tuesday 17th February, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar Section, held a Technical Presentation at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, which was attended by many oil and gas professionals and students.

The title of the presentation was "Advanced Technique in Designing an Inflow Control Device Completion for the Development of a Giant Offshore Oilfield in the UAE", presented by Mr. Sofiane Bachar - Senior Reservoir Simulation Engineer with Qatar Petroleum International. This topic looked at how an advanced technical design of downhole equipment could improve production from oil wells. This technology had been implemented for oil well development in a giant offshore field in the UAE to maximize asset value and oil recovery.

Also Michael Gunningham, the Programme Chairman of the Qatar SPE Section, who works for Maersk Oil Qatar, made a short presentation prior to the Technical Presentation highlighting the benefits of volunteering for SPE and encouraging professionals and students to get involved in the global SPE network and the Qatar Section in particular.

The presentations featured question time and dinner. Photos from the Tech Presentation on 17 Feb can be viewed below.

 

  

 

SPE President on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

SPE-Qatar Section Board and Committee arranged the talk of SPE President on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 19:00 hours at The Diplomatic Club in the West Bay.   Only 30 attendees showed up for this event out of which 3 were SPEQ board members.  In this meeting Jeff focused on below topics :

  • Petro Wiki - The SPE info database

  • Informing the public via SPE.org - " Energy For me "

  • Only 10% of SPE income is from memberships

  • Industry Themes mentioned :

           - Unconventional Transformation 
           - De
ep water / Subsea
           - Technology
           - EOR
           - Skillser Shortage

   

ME HSE conference opening session


The Minister of Energy and Industry Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada formally inaugurated the SPE Middle East Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainable Development Conference & Exhibition (MEHSE) at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) on 23rd Sep 2014.The three-day industry event organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is supported by QP as the host organisation.  Picture above , shows the Jeff , SPE Presient along with Dr.Al-Sada cutting the ribbon for the oppening day.
as conference delegates consisting of HSE experts and industry professionals from all over the Middle East region.
Held under the patronage of al-Sada, MEHSE 2014 focuses on a comprehensive range of topics related to health, safety and environmental issues, social responsibility and sustainable development. QP has a strong presence in MEHSE 2014 in line with its commitment to effectively address all HSE issues related to its operations as well as to continuously improve the sustainability performance of Qatar’s oil and gas industry.
Many QP offi cials led by Saif Saed al-Naimi, conference chairman and director of QP’s HSE Regulations & Enforcement Directorate, played a key role in the development of the event’s conference programme. Speakers at the event will discuss an extensive range of topics, including oil spill management, eff ective safety programmes, climate change, water conservation and occupational health management. In addition to its contribution in the conference, QP is also taking part in the exhibition that is being held on the sidelines of the conference. The QP stand highlights the corporation’s comprehensive operations, including the activities of its Industrial Cities Directorate and the training programs of the Ras Laff an Emergency & Safety College (RLESC). Picture below shows Jeff with the Minister at the ME HSE conferance openning session.