Society of Petroleum Engineers

Pakistan Section

SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. SPE offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the profession through our programs and activities and many of our accomplishments are driven by our dedicated members. Mission: To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Vision: To be a society of professional excellence, providing its members the highest quality lifelong learning, and continuous personal and professional growth. In 1957, the organization was officially founded as SPE, a constituent society of AIME. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985. Our history begins within the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME). AIME was founded in 1871 in Pennsylvania, USA, to advance the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. In 1913, a standing committee on oil and gas was created within AIME and proved to be the genesis of SPE. The Oil and Gas Committee of AIME soon evolved into the Petroleum Division of AIME as membership grew and as interest among the members was more clearly delineated among the mining, metallurgical, and petroleum specializations.

The petroleum membership of AIME grew significantly, leading to restructuring decisions that would shape the future of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The new society developed products and services to address the technical interests of its growing membership. Membership grew rapidly, doubling by the end of the decade. The first Long Range Plan was implemented, and helped the Society map out its future for the decade to come. The industry suffered a downturn and roughly half of all jobs were lost. However, SPE membership remained stable, even experiencing growth, throughout the decade. SPE became more culturally diverse as the growth rate of international sections increased. SPE also became more technologically far-reaching with the introduction of international Forums and the launch of SPE reached its highest number of members in its history, partly due to the high growth rate in the number of student members and chapters. Today SPE continues its constant search for new ways to meet member needs in all phases of their careers in all parts of the world. The first discovery of Natural Gas at Sui, in Balochistan, in 1952 helped build the young nation of Pakistan. Energy development in the country has been sustained with discoveries of Oil fields in the Potwar and Lower Indus (Badin) Basins and Gas field in the Middle Indus Basin. Milestones in the effort to maintain flow of oil and gas to the nation were discoveries like Dhulian (1961), Adhi (1978), Khaskheli (1981), Dhurnal (1984), Qadirpur (1990), Miano (1993), Rajian (1994), Bhit (1997), Sawan (1997), Zarghun (1998) and Chanda (1999). Parallel to this development, the acts and sciences or Petroleum Engineering evolved. The professional engineers associated with this development belonged to various engineering and science backgrounds. In 1986, it was felt necessary to organize all these professionals under the banner of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) that has been in existence in different parts of the world. The Pakistan Section of SPE was formed where the membership currently stands over 300. The Pakistan Section exists under the SPE International bylaws whose world headquarters is in the Richardson, Texas, USA. The yearly calendar of events for the Pakistan Section includes an Annual Technical Symposium, student scholarships and technical meetings by local and visiting professionals in Islamabad and Karachi. Besides this, SPE International sponsored distinguished lectures during the year in Pakistan where eminent academicians and professionals delivered lectures on new and innovative technologies and case histories. SPE Pakistan Section is continuing the mission of SPE and has been a pioneer & remains at the forefront of introducing & creating awareness about the new technologies to the Pakistan E & P Sector.

These include:
1. Unconventional Gas Seminars & Conferences
2. Courses on Tight Gas, Shale Gas & CBM
3. Advanced Drilling technologies
4. Reservoir Management & Simulations
5. Process Optimizations & flare reductions, etc.

The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshmoro, maintain a department o Petroleum Engineering that keeps a steady output of engineers to the domestic market. University of Karachi has commenced M.Sc. degree program in Petroleum Technology. The SPE feels its obligation of domestic academic institutions that will supply its nominations in order of merit from their respective department. We are pleased to announce that recently SPE Pakistan added new student chapter in NED University Karachi. Similarly, another student chapter in Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences & Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science & Technology, Nawabshah, Sindh has being established. We hope that these additions of more chapters will enhance the promotion of SPE activities in Pakistan.

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