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SPE Aberdeen’s 40th anniversary - watch this space!

In preparation for SPE Aberdeen’s 40th anniversary next year, a group of board members is developing a programme of celebrations to mark the occasion.

SPE Aberdeen Chairman Anthony Onukwu says: “The Aberdeen Section was launched in July 1974, with a membership of only seven. Today, we have more than 2500 members and have plans for future growth. We are looking forward to announcing a series of events for 2014, to celebrate our very special milestone.”


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Where were you educated? Your qualifications?

I graduated with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Kazakh-British Technical University. I have also completed two MSc courses: one in Petroleum Engineering, from Imperial College London, and one in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management, from the University of Aberdeen.

Why did you join the industry?

I first got to know about the oil industry when I was at school and heard that the huge Kashagan field had been discovered. From then, I was fascinated by the fact that fluids extracted from formations thousands of feet underground affect the lives of almost every person in the world. I wanted to become part of this intriguing industry.

What do you like most about your job and what would you change?

I like the fact that I work with different people and on projects around the world. One thing I would change is some people’s negative perception of the work that we do in our industry.

What has been the best moment of your career so far? The moment when I first saw oil coming out of a well. What kind of future do you think the industry faces?

A very challenging one, with a growing demand for oil, shortages in supply, climate change and environmental concerns. But it will also be a very interesting time, when the young professionals of today will have the opportunity to shape the industry and affect the lives of millions.

How do you like to spend your leisure time?

With my family and friends. I also like to play futsal (indoor football) and enjoy reading books. What makes you angry? Dishonesty and hypocrisy. What makes you happy?

Enjoying the simple things in life, such as discovering new places and seeing something for the first time. Who inspires you? Why?

I am inspired by many people, from the likes of Einstein, Mandela and Steve Jobs, to people who spend their free time helping to raise money for good causes. They have all taught me something and help me in my everyday life.

What value does the SPE offer you and how/why do you contribute?

SPE offers great benefits for its members, such as access to thousands of research papers, networking opportunities, participation in conferences and seminars, to name a few. I started volunteering three years ago, when I joined the London YP Committee, and have helped to organise a lot of events since. I believe volunteering is great way to give something to the industry that does so much for all of us.

What is your dream job?

The one that challenges me every day, gives me the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge, and helps me to develop personally.


60 Seconds with a Young Professional…

Nurzhan Kairbayev Reservoir Engineer, Senergy, London SPE YP London Committee Chair

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