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‘What reservoir fluid information is needed for Field Development? How should we plan to collect it? How can we check the data quality and correct it where necessary?’ These questions will be addressed by Brian Moffat, of Petrophase, at the SPE London evening meeting, at the Geological Society, Piccadilly, on 26 March. His pre- dinner presentation, ‘Reservoir Fluid (PVT) Analysis - Value to Appraisal/ Field Development Planning’, will also provide interesting examples of how to avoid misinterpreting data.

Brian has more than 25 years’ experience in the chemical and oil and gas industries. After starting in PVT laboratory development and operating wellsite sampling and analysis, he managed reservoir fluid research and technical support in PVT, NMR, fluid flow in porous media, gas condensate recovery, oil migration and geochemistry. He later worked as a Petroleum Engineer before founding and becoming MD of petroleum fluids consultancy Petrophase, in 2004, with a vision to link disparate disciplines under Petroleum Fluid studies and provide a service to the industry solving problems with reservoir fluids. By combining joined-up thinking with expertise in PVT, thermodynamic modelling, sampling, geochemistry and petroleum engineering, Petrophase has achieved several world first solutions, delivered great financial benefit to its clients and won four industry awards.

Following the networking buffet, SPE Distinguished Lecturer Fraser Lawson, of Tullow Ghana Ltd, will demonstrate some of the significant technical challenges facing extended reach drilling (ERD) in deepwater Ghana, in his presentation ‘Tullow Ghana – deepwater ERD experience’.

ERD already carries a well-understood list of technical challenges that if not adequately addressed can easily result in failure to complete the well. In a fast-track deepwater development the complexities and risk exposure for any operating company are further increased. Three key challenges - hole cleaning, borehole stability and well bore surveying - are discussed in some detail in the presentation, which also highlights the importance of


“Dr Kets absolutely did justice to the topic and am glad I did not miss this event,” said Mohammed Said, a second-year Petroleum Engineering student.

Our Eid Social, on 26 October, was a fantastic success with a full-house attendance at the Spice Quarters restaurant, Leeds. The dinner provided a social networking platform for members and non-members, and also the opportunity for SPE to join in the celebration of the Muslim festival, Eid Adha. As it happened to coincide with the première of the James Bond movie Sky Fall, the event ended with a trip to Vue cinema.

The Ambassador Lecture Programme (ALP), on 16 November, was organised in association with SPE YP London to allow SPE young professionals to share their career development experiences with the students. Committee members of the University of Manchester SPE Student Chapter joined us for the event. YP London Chair Nick Curum, Petroleum Engineer at BG Group, and Kanad Kulkarni, a PhD student at London South Bank University, were the main speakers. Nick emphasised the need for students to identify which jobs they want to develop their careers on and the qualifications required for these jobs. He also added that further postgraduate studies may not necessarily be required by every job. Following the two-hour presentation and Q&A session, there was a further hour of networking and refreshments.

On 22 November, 28 of our third-year and MSc student members attended the PETEX 2012 Graduate Career Fair programme. SPE London, in association with CiPEG, subsidised the total cost of attending with an overnight stay in London and free tickets to the successful event. Hafiz Karim, our Chapter’s Social Secretary, commented: “It was an excellent opportunity for our members to



engineering to reduce risk and maximise the probability of success, and demonstrates how, despite the ERD operational difficulties encountered by Tullow Ghana, the field was delivered on target with ‘best in class’ deepwater drilling performance.

Fraser Lawson has over 25 years of international well engineering experience, including various ERD and deepwater projects. He holds BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Civil and Petroleum Engineering, and is a Chartered Engineer. He is currently Well Engineering Supervisor for Tullow Ghana Ltd.

Before dinner: 5-6.30pm Dinner: 6.30-7.30pm After dinner: 7.30-9pm Booking:; tel: 07736 070066; Cost: £34 for SPE/PESGB/EI members, £44 non-members, £19 unemployed members, £5 students booking by Friday 22 March (£19 after).

Aberdeen SPE Distinguished Lecturer Fraser Lawson will repeat his presentation (see above) at the SPE Aberdeen evening meeting, on 27 March (6.30- 8.30pm), at the Douglas Hotel.

Edinburgh On 9 April (6.30-8.30pm), a ‘Sand Special Night’ technical presentation and networking buffet for Edinburgh members will feature presenters from Senergy and Yala Peak. Venue to be confirmed at: (Aberdeen Events).

Bookings for Aberdeen and Edinburgh meetings:; tel: 01224 495051; Further information at:

experience an event involving a range of businesses in the UK petroleum industry, both large and small. Equally importantly, the social side of the trip was successful and gave students time to take their minds off university work!” Abdirahman Adam, our Treasurer, added: “This provided a great opportunity for us to network with the big personalities and players in the industry. And we surely did!” Our sincere thanks to Dr Rachael Spraggs of CiPEG, University of Leeds, for providing us with the free tickets to the event.

Further activities have included attending BP and Chevron recruitment sessions, as well as our football team’s (Roughnecks) ongoing participation in a weekly football league - they are currently second in the league table. We now look forward to organising further high-quality and educational activities for our members during 2013.

University of Leeds Student Chapter Committee: President - Saddam Al-Sadi Secretary - Muftah Emhemed Treasurer - Abdirahman Adam Social Secretary - Hafiz Karim Sports Secretary - Ragheb Ebrahim Publicity and Marketing Officer - Abu Hafiz


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