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IPOH, Feb 17 -- Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) made history when it became the first team from Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region to finish runner-up in the World PetroBowl Championship 2020.
UTP, in a statement today, said that its five-member team, comprising Abdul Haziq Abdul Yazid, Low Han Lun, Felicia Lam Gui Fang, Cheah Jason and Lim Yi Jie, had also finished runner-up in the PetroBowl Asia Pacific Regional Qualifier 2020 (PetroBowl APRQ).
Organised by the SPE, the PetroBowl competition pits SPE student chapter teams against one another in a fast-paced quiz competition covering technical and non-technical aspects of the oil and gas industry, with this year’s competition conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the World PetroBowl Championship 2020, UTP defied the odds to oust triple PetroBowl world champion Colorado School of Mines USA 30-20 in a hard-fought first-round battle before resoundingly dispatching the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from Saudi Arabia 70-50 to move into the quarter-finals for the first time in its history.
UTP continued its relentless march into the final by disposing of University of Uyo Nigeria in the last eight and Venezuelan Petroleum Engineering School, University of Zulia in the last four to set up a showdown against three-time PetroBowl World Championship winner Oklahama University (OU) USA.
After a gruelling battle in the two-round quiz in the final, UTP’s fairytale run finally came to an end, but not before it gave the favourite a run for its money.
UTP team captain Abdul Haziq was full of praise for his teammates despite falling short at the final hurdle.
“We are thrilled and proud of this achievement. We have certainly distinguished ourselves from the rest and proved that we are a force to be reckoned with by defeating some top teams en route to the final.
“The time difference certainly took a toll on us as the quarter-finals began at 8 pm (Malaysian time), followed by the semi-finals and then the final was at 5 am the next day. We were sleep-deprived as we had to stay up all night to prepare for the final.
“OU also had an advantage over us as one of their team members is a PhD candidate and had captained its team to victory in 2016. Even though the overall score didn’t favour us, we managed to defeat OU in round two of the final,” said Abdul Haziq.
“The team put in countless hours year-round in preparation for the competition, and I’m glad their hard work paid off,” said Juhairi Aris Muhamad Shuhili, the team’s advisor.
Since making its debut in PetroBowl in 2017, UTP has established itself as a formidable force in the world of student-level competition in petroleum engineering.
This can be attributed in part to the strength of UTP’s petroleum engineering programme (currently ranked 21st in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds).