SPE Opens Ukraine’s First Section for Development of Oil and Gas Professionals

The world’s largest professional oil and gas association – Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – has opened a Kyiv-based section at the initiative of Naftogaz of Ukraine NJSC and with the support of Ukrainian oil and gas production and service companies.

This initiative connecting Ukrainian oil and gas professionals to the international industry community will help strengthen our human-resource capacity through continued exchange of experience and expertise.

“Ukraine has immense potential to ramp up gas production, and we must make a good use of this potential. For this purpose, we need professionals. I strongly welcome growth of the professional community of oil and gas engineers, which will help develop true professionals in the industry and promote this profession in Ukraine,” said Yuriy Vitrenko, Naftogaz CEO, at the SPE Kyiv Section opening ceremony.

The newly established SPE Kyiv Section will be chaired by Sanzhar Zharkeshov, Deputy Head of Naftogaz Exploration and Production Division. The section officers also include representatives of the industry’s leading service companies Weatherford and Schlumberger. They will manage and operate the section as a volunteer effort for the development of the oil and gas industry.

Among SPE Kyiv Section’s nearest plans, there are several introductory sessions for sharing experiences and workshops by international leading experts. Alongside that, on 23-24 November, SPE Eastern Europe Subsurface Conference, an international professional conference on geological exploration, is taking place for the first time in Ukraine.


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Society of Petroleum Engineers is the world’s largest (not-for-profit) professional oil and gas association that helps professionals working in the oil and gas industry enhance their competence and consists of more than 140,000 members in 144 countries.

SPE has more than 200 professional sections and more than 400 student chapters around the globe. In Ukraine, there have long been working several student groups – SPE Student Chapters in Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, and Kharkiv, as well as one SPE Professional Section in Ivano-Frankivsk.


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