UPES SPE Fest 2020

One must undergo challenges in order to know where he truly belongs. With a promise of adventure and an opportunity to experience knowledge, wisdom and cultural enrichment, the UPES SPE Student Chapter embarked on the beautiful journey of its UPES SPE Fest 2019 with the Inaugural Ceremony on February 13th, 2019. The theme of the fest was ‘Empowering The Unconventional’.

The Fest encompasses several features of interest, including lectures and talks by esteemed dignitaries from the industry and college faculty. In addition to these, several technical sessions are organized by various industrial professionals from the likes of ONGC, Schlumberger, etc. that test the participants’ technical understanding. Each year the fest witnesses a huge participation of local, national and international students.

The Fest incorporates a wide array of events, including: Amphora (An inter college quiz for various colleges of Uttarakhand), Barrel Wars (based on drilling, geology and chemical engineering), Breaking Bid (virtual optimization of petrochemical plants), Techuminati (technical paper presentation), Virtuoso (technical poster presentation), Noesis (quizzing event based on oil and gas domain), Source Code (coding event), Symposium (based on group discussion and debating skills), Mud Challenge (Drilling mud preparation event) along with various fun events like Petrabol, Petravolley and Treasure Hunt.

IOGCE-Distinguished Lectures: The basic idea behind IOGCE was to equip the students with the drifts and changes in the Oil and Gas Industry through distinguished lectures from people who know the working of the Industry. Immensely experienced delegates shared their invaluable knowledge on the conference topics and enlightened the attendees of the Indian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (IOGCE) during the SPE Fest, 2017. The conference was divided into two sub-sections: Upstream and Downstream.

Conference (Upstream)

The theme for the Upstream Conference was ‘Marginal Fields: A Way Forward’. First Speaker of the day’s session was Mrs Reba Devi, Executive Director, Indian Oil. Being the first speaker, she explained in detail the basics and the importance of Marginal Fields in the current challenging market. Her views opened the dais for the other speakers to put their points. Next up was Mr. Pranaya Sangwai, Business Unit Head, RIL. He focused on the commercial aspects and described how enhancing production from Marginal Fields can work in the favour of Oil companies during these tough periods. He also laid stress on the cluster development model where various companies that specialize in different parts of E&P join hands to minimize risk. Next speaker to grace the dais was Mr. D.S Rao, Former Executive Director, ONGC. He spoke on the ways in which we can increase production from these ‘Marginal Fields’. Mr. Ranjit Dutta, Deputy Chief Reservoir Engineer, OIL was the next speaker. He has been working with sandstone reservoirs of the Upper Assam Basin. He talked about the reservoir characteristics of ‘Marginal Fields’. Being skilled in reservoir simulations, he demonstrated some proven ways of recovery using Eclipse 100 simulation software. The last speaker in this esteemed gathering was Mr. Somnath Banerjee, Former Principal Advisor at HLS Asia Limited and also, one of the esteemed faculty at Petroleum & Earth Science Department, UPES. Sir spoke on new equipment’s that should be used to ensure better and safer recovery. He started with the advances in Wireline Formation Testing Technologies. He also spoke on the use of ICE Cores and how the optical properties of Oil can be used to effectively know about its properties.

This gathering offered a keen insight regarding ‘Marginal Fields’. The event was successful in enlightening the young minds and opening new doors of thinking for the attendees.

Conference (Downstream)

The Chemical Industry, including Petrochemicals, is central to the pursuit of a sustainably developed society. Without it, the prospects of sustainably meeting the needs of a growing global population are zero. The Downstream section of the Conference served as an opportunity to enlighten the to-be Chemical engineers that they are going to play a major role in the future. The topic chosen for this meet was ‘Integration of Petrochemicals and Refineries’.

The speaking panel was filled with esteemed personnel from the Industry and the Academia. First up was Dr S.K Gupta, Professor, UPES. He commenced his presentation by describing ‘Pareto Sets’ which is, when two solutions to a problem are equally good as they have a synchronous relation. He talked about FCC units and how the concept of jumping gene and Pareto Sets can effectively maximize gasoline yield and minimize carbon monoxide emissions. Our next distinguished speaker was Dr D.N Sarraf, Professor, DIT Dehradun. His talk focussed on process modelling and optimization. Next speaker of eminence was Dr R.P Badoni, Professor, UPES. He spoke about the challenges that are being faced by refineries and Petrochemical Industries and how integrating the two will be beneficial for both. We were proud to have with us Dr S.M Nanoti, Chief Scientist and Head of Separation Process Division CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun. He talked about the economic challenges faced while refining heavy crude as it produces less distillates and generates more residue. He enumerated the many issues faced by the Refining and Petrochemical Industries. The last speaker of the day was Mr. Jignesh Patel, Deputy Director, Caprolactum Plant, Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited. He stressed on the benefits of merging refineries and Petrochemical Industries as he believes that it would create a sustainable chain of production between the two. The Conference proved to be great opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and develop a deeper insight into the Oil and Gas Industry.