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  • SPE Vietnam Golf and Tennis Tournament

    ​The SPE Vietnam section would like to thank everyone who participated in its 2017 Golf and Tennis charity tournament. We have been able to successfully host this tournament for the 18th year and would not have achieved this feat without your support. Thanks once again for participating and we hope to see you again next year.​
  • Serge Hayon will be SPE Vietnam Co-Chairman

    Serge Hayon has degrees in both geology and petroleum engineering from Curtin University. He started his career as a student working for Chevron Australia. Next, he moved to a niche software company called Technoguide which developed PETREL software, building expertise in reservoir characterization through several roles. After few years, he was technical manager for PETREL within South East Asia region and left a couple years after Schlumberger acquired Technoguide. Starting with Murphy in 2004, he has been with them since. Serge was lucky enough to work on several developments in Malaysia during a big growth period for the company. Currently, he has moved to Vietnam to continue his regional subsurface role as well as focus on developments in Vietnam. Serge would like to become an active member of the SPE community in Vietnam. Particularly he would like to promote and help young engineers looking at getting into the industry. It's an opportunity to help and give back through his experience and contacts in the industry.


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Nov 2017 Technical Talk presentation - Pham Van An, download here
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On Tet occasion, SPE Vietnam Section gave 300 gift sets worth 150 mil. VND to underprivileged families in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province, wishing them a prosperous Lunar New Year #SPECares


SPE YPs Bowling 

Jan 2018 
Superbowl, L5, Diamond Plaza 


SPE Vietnam Technical Talk

SPE Vietnam Jan'18 Technical Talk was presented at VPI Hanoi by Dr. Tran Nhu Huy from PVEP POC, with the topic

"Fractured Granite Reservoir Characteristics in eastern edge of Cuu Long Basin, offshore Vietnam


SPE Vietnam Scholarship Giving Ceremony.

Back Khoa University, 13 Jan 2018.
HCMC University of Science, 18 Jan 2018
PetroVietnam University, 20 Jan 2018
Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, 02 Feb 2018

Congratulations to all scholarship awardees.




2017 Northern Vietnam Petrobowl Contest

In Saturday, December 2, 2017, HUMG SPE Student Chapter and HUST SPE Student Chapter had cooperated in holding the 2017 Northern Vietnam Petrobowl Contest.

This event was the chance for SPE’s members from the two universities to exchange Petroleum industry’s knowledge, to network with each other and to meet professionals from the industry.


SPE Vietnam December Technical Talk

SPE Vietnam December Technical Talk was presented by SPE Distinguished Lecturer, Brian Tarr from Shell International, with the topic

"Robust Kick Detection -  First Step on Our Well Control Automation Journey


SPE Continuing Education | Members in transition

Arguably this is the best SPE non-technical event organized by CE&YP this year. Not just because of a great number of participants, the quality of the sharing by invited speakers, but also by a hot Q&A session whereby real connections were made. Our appreciation goes to the 3 speakers who spent their time to share with us their own experiences during their transitioning.

This closed out the series of soft-skills training & sharing for 2017.

A lot more to come in the coming year. Stay tuned!


SPE Vietnam November Technical Talk

SPE Vietnam welcomed more than 60 oil and gas professionals attending our November Technical Talk with topic "Sanding issue of gas condensate well and How to operate the well efficiency" presented by Sr. Production Engineer, Pham Van An from KNOC.


SPE Appreciation

We would like to offer our appreciation to Mr. Doan Viet Trung in regard to the contribution towards our sections activities and his representation as an exemplary SPE Vietnam member.

In 2017, we appreciate the contribution from his company, EastSea Star Software Co., Ltd. (ESS), to SPE Vietnam Section. Throughout the year, thanks to his encouragement, there have been 12 ESS both former and current employees registered for or renewed SPE Professional membership. This accounts for about 50% of ESS staff which is nonpareil exemplar in Vietnam. His contribution towards the SPE Technical Talk in August 2017 is greatly appreciated. Also, one of his employees, Tran Van Tu, has devoted a significant amount of time and effort to the SPE community as Technical Program Co-chairperson and SPE 2017 Golf & Tennis Committee Member.

With all of the aforementioned contributions, we SPE Vietnam would like to thank Mr. Trung and ESS for his continuous support, and looking forward for our further cooperation.

Best regards,

Serge Hayon
SPE Vietnam Section


In 28th Oct '17, SPE Vietnam, in conjunction with HCMUS SPE SC, organized a technical talk by Mr. Pham Van Vinh, Lead Drilling Engineer of Phu Quoc POC with the following topics:

Topic #1: A lucky career path story in drilling operation
Topic #2: The drilling rigs and their application in oil and gas industry

This event is a sequel to another technical sharing by Mr. Vinh at Bach Khoa University in 9th September '17, following by another sharing coming soon at PetroVietnam University.

During this talk, Mr. Vinh shared with HCMUS students about his career, the hardship he had to overcome in order to enter and succeed in Oil and Gas industry. According to him, apart from technical expertise, the key element for his career success is genuine attitude towards his work and its outcome. This attitude comes from one's willingness to learn and excel from hard work, and more importantly, sincerity. Additionally, another integral factor to his success is the ability to take advantages of opportunities when they arise.

Also, amidst the general industry downturn, he encouraged students and graduates to embrace persistence. Mr. Vinh has experienced 03 downturns in his careers; however, as our industry is cyclical, the storm will past. When it does, those who sail through it will get their rewards.


[YPs] Millennials – The Downturn Survivors

SPE Vietnam YPs invited 5 speakers to chair the discussion about how to survive the downturn. The speakers were those who graduated from the last 03 years and managed to land a job in O&G industry. The students and young professionals who attended did benefit from this sharing regarding how to make your job application stand out, and job interview experiences.

After the success of YPs talk "Millennial - The Downturn Survivors" in HCMC, the speakers were invited to deliver this topic again in PVU this morning. Organized by SPE Vietnam Young Professionals and SPE PVU SC.

Speakers: Phuc Truong, Phu Nguyen, Nghia Tuan Tran and Le Anh Tu Nguyen


SPE Vietnam Charity Golf & Tennis Tournament

The SPE Vietnam section would like to thank everyone who participated in its 2017 Golf and Tennis charity tournament.

We have been able to successfully host this tournament for the 18th year and would not have achieved this feat without your support.

Thanks once again for participating and we hope to see you again next year.​


SPE Vietnam Field Trip

SPE Vietnam Field Trip was organized from 6th - 7th October in Vung Tau. This occasion brought together students from PVU, HCMUS and HCMUT SPE Student Chapters. The 03 chapters visited Halliburton Warehouse, following by Team Building on Vung Tau beach.


SPE Ambassador Lecturer Visit to HUST 

After nearly a year working as trial-mode, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) SPE Student Chapter is approaching final steps to become an official student chapter in Vietnam. The ALP Visit was held at HUST by Ambassador Lecturer - Le Anh Tu Nguyen as part of continuous support from SPE Vietnam Section to the establishment of HUST SPE Student Chapter. 


SPE Ambassador Lecturer Visit to HUMG 

SPE Ambassador Lecturer Le Anh Tu Nguyen Visit to HUMG SPE Student Chapter was held in 1st October. The visit disseminated HUMG students the benefits of being an SPE members, as well as to fortify relationship between SPE Vietnam and SPE HUMG.


SPE Vietnam Soft Skills Training 

More than 200 SPE students members and volunteers gathered on 30th of September 2017 in our major event "SPE Soft Skills Training". Enormous thanks to the Student Chapters, speakers and the organizing committee for their meritorious contribution to make this event a success.



SPE Vietnam September Technical Talk

A hotly debated topic we had on 28th September during SPE Vietnam Technical Talk with topic "Sand Conglomeration Technology for Optimized Production" presented by Liu Hai from Schlumberger.


Thank you Timur

SPE Vietnam section would like to thank Timur Manapov for his service with the section for the last 3 years. Your leadership has steered our organization to great heights and positively impacted the SPE community in so many ways. We wish you and your family great health and look forward to meeting you again!


Timur Handover ceremony to New Section Chairman - Dr. Do Van Khanh


Ambassador Lecturer Visit to PVU

In 16th Oct 2017, SPE Ambassador Lecturers Tu Nguyen of Repsol and Phuc Truong of Idemitsu had visited PetroVietnam University (PVU). The visit had provided PVU students 1st and 2nd year students with SPE missions and visions, as well as the numerous benefits of being an SPE Student member. We hope to see a new batch of many PVU SPE student members coming soon. 


SPE Aug Technical Talk

This August, SPE Vietnam Technical Talk was organized as below:

Topic: Applying Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) in Reservoir Characterization and Comparison of different Machine Learning Algorithm Speaker:
Trung Doan, Reservoir Geoscientist, EastSea Star Software.

Follow our updates for the upcoming technical talks.


SPE Dinner

On 25th August2017, SPE Vietnam Dinner was organized. This social event was participated by more than 20 former and current officers. The recent activities was reviewed, along with the planning for coming major events such as G&T. Also, the dinner was the good chance to celebrate the recent SPE President's Award for Section Excellence. This spurred-on the recently joined committee members to continue upholding section's reputation. Moreover, many milestones in the past and the hardship of establishing and maintaining the section from its early day was highlighted by the Section's founders.


Petroleum Career Orientation Day

On 19th August 2017, Bach Khoa Ho Chi Minh SPE Student Chapter organized Petroleum Career Orientation Day with the main objective is to disseminate general knowledge of Vietnam Oil and Gas Industry to the first and second year PE students. The event was contributed by SPE speakers from Schlumberger, Halliburton, Idemitsu, Repsol and Bohler Pacific. More than 60 attended students from BK HCM, HCM University of Science and PetroVietnam University were exposed to insights about working life in both operator and service companies, as well as the career prospects upon the completion of their undergraduate study.