The winning team of the inaugural Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Europe Petro League was announced yesterday, with prizes presented on Wednesday 4 September during Offshore Europe.
The new student competition, organised by volunteers from the SPE Aberdeen Young Professionals committee, saw ten teams of students studying oil and gas related subjects compete to be named as the winning team.
Team KAMA from University of Aberdeen scooped the top prize of £2000, by impressing a judging panel of leading industry professionals with their extensive technical knowledge of the oil and gas industry. The day long competition saw case study analysis rounds and quick fire question and answer rounds.
Oludare Elebiju, SPE Europe Petro League project lead, said: “We would like to thank all of the students who entered this year’s Europe Petro League. The enthusiasm and determination of each team has truly contributed to the overall success of the competition. It is clear from the high level of interest we have received that the event has a long future ahead.
“The winning team KAMA, has proven that they deserve the title and the students have really impressed the judges with their knowledge. They are not only taking home the prize money but also, more importantly, new connections made within the sector will increase their chances of employment when they complete their university courses.
“Offshore Europe has provided an excellent forum for the Europe Petro League competition to be held, and given it the exposure needed to become a major student event that we aim to hold every two years.”
The final was judged by a panel of leading industry experts that included Hugh Rees, subsurface manager at BP, Alan Johnson, principal petrophysicist at Shell, John Harris, president of Gaffney, Cline & Associates and Nikhil Shindgikar, section head of green well services chemicals and REACH for Europe & Africa at Schlumberger.
Brenda Amanda from team KAMA commented on their success: “We are delighted to have been awarded first place in this highly competitive and challenging competition. Our whole team is delighted to be recognised for our hard work and time spent preparing for each round.
“The Europe Petro League has allowed us to present our abilities and knowledge of the industry in front of key industry professionals, and will be an excellent addition to our CV’s. The networking opportunities have been highly beneficial and we hope that the connections we’ve made will eventually lead to job offers after graduating.
“We are thankful for the support and guidance received from Aberdeen University School of Engineering, which has contributed to our success in this competition. We would definitely recommend that students consider entering the next Europe Petro League as it has been a thoroughly worthwhile and highly rewarding experience for the whole team.”
Press Release, September 05, 2013