Around 40 oil and gas students from across Europe have been shortlisted to take part in the inaugural Europe Petro League, a new competition launched by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section.
Round one of the competition saw panellists from Shell, Schlumberger and Gaffney, Cline & Associates judge essays from 15 teams. The top ten teams, which includes a team from Heriot Watt University, have made it through to round two which will see them battle it out in a day long event during Offshore Europe in Aberdeen.
The event will involve a further five stages of competition, including question and answer buzzer rounds and case study analysis. The teams will not only have a rare opportunity to demonstrate their technical knowledge in front of prospective employers, but will also be in with a chance of winning a £2000 prize.
SPE Europe Petro League project lead Oludare Elebiju said: “We are delighted with the level of interest in this brand new competition and the calibre of entries we received for round one was extremely impressive.
“The judges faced some tough decisions to narrow teams down to a shortlist of ten, however after careful deliberation we have selected finalists who showed a real understanding of the industry, the technical aspects and the considerations for the future.”
The next stage of the competition will be a day long event, which is free to attend, take place at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre on 4 September.
SPE Aberdeen Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair Nikhil Shindgikar said: “The students who have been shortlisted are not only in with the chance of winning £2000, but more importantly they have a fantastic opportunity to show off their skills and knowledge to potential future employers.
“Taking place during Offshore Europe also adds another level to the competition, as this high profile event attracts thousands of industry professionals from across the globe. We would encourage these delegates to come along to the Europe Petro League and see what the next generation has to offer.”
SPE Aberdeen hopes that the profile of the Europe Petro League will continue to grow after the event, with the competition being hosted every two years.
Press Release, August 6, 2013