The Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professional (SPE YP) yesterday held its bi-annual SPE Brunei National Student Paper Contest at the Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB). The event was held in collaboration with the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre under the Ministry of Education.

Split into three categories, the competition carries the theme ‘Oil and Gas and Beyond: The World’s Insatiable Demand for Energy.’ It aims to instil in students the importance of energy in the context of Brunei’s development as well to raise awareness of the Society of Petroleum Engineers amongst students.

“It is hoped that such event will help students to think out of the box on how we can fuel the world’s seemingly never-ending demand for energy not just through the current oil and gas dominated industry, but also through other alternative renewable ways,” said SPE YP Chairperson Lame Kok Ding.

“We also hope to promote creative writing and innovative thinking among students as they are the leaders of tomorrow,” he added.

This year’s contest saw participation from almost 200 students from both government and private secondary schools and pre-university institutes. As with past events, the first two categories were in writing formats where students were required to write an essay of the given topic, while the third category (for pre-university students) involved a presentation based on the topic given.

The judges for Category C presentation comprised the Head of Energy Efficiency and Conservation and Renewable Energy in Energy Department, Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO), Abdul Salam bin Haji Abdul Wahab; Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sdn Bhd (BSM), Pengiran Shamhary bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha; and Dr. David Hassell, an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Petroleum and Engineering in ITB.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Young Professional was established in 2007 with the aim of reconnecting younger members in SPE Brunei Section, reaching out to local community by supporting local secondary and tertiary educational institutions and encouraging professional growth.