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ITS students attend an international oil and gas conference in Saudi Arabia

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Certificate of participation from the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) 2024 Education Week to Samuel Zagota (center). 

ITS Campus, ITS News – Students from the Department of Marine Engineering at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) became the only ITS representatives at the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) 2024 Education Week. After competing with thousands of applicants, Samuel Zagota managed to becomepart of the 100 students from around the world who attended the international conference.

IPTC is an international oil and gas conference which this year was held on February 10-15 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. With the theme Shaping the Future of Energy, the conference focused on giving students exposure to the oil and gas industry. “During the five days, I and other participants were required to actively participate in discussions, solving cases, and exchanging insights with experts,” said the student who is often called Zagota.  

Samuel Zagota (far right) with the team from various countries.

The 2020 student continued, and the participants were also allowed to visit world-class oil and gas companies located in the Dhahran Techno Valley (DTV) research institution. These companies are Air Products, Baker Hughes, and NESR, as well as a visit to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. “We learned various innovations that are developing in the oil and gas industry, especially the application of artificial intelligence,” he added.

Zagota explained that the 100 participants from 33 countries were divided into 14 groups to complete a case study challenge given by Schlumberger. In the case study, participants were challenged to come up with ideas to increase oil and gas production by drilling new wells based on available geological data. “To develop these ideas, we were facilitated to use Schlumberger’s software,” he added.

Samuel Zagota (third from right) receives his award after placing third in the case study competition.

In completing the case study, Zagota worked with six other participants from Mexico, Argentina, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, and Azerbaijan. Thanks to good cooperation, Zagota and his team managed to analyze suitable locations for drilling new oil and gas wells. “With the assessment based on the largest investment value, our team got third place,” Zagota added.

Participated by students with various backgrounds such as Chemical Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum, and Machinery, the student who currently serves as President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers  ITS SC revealed that he was the only participant with a marine background. Even so, his long experience of being involved in oil and gas organizations on campus and the oil and gas competitions he has participated in, helped him to be able to discuss with other participants. (*)


Reporter: Tyara Novia Andhin
Editor: Fauzan Fakhrizal Azmi

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