SPE team visited Tashkent on 17–18 November 2014, consisting of SPE Regional Director Anton Ablaev, SPE Vice President Sales & Marketing Roberto Chiarotti, and representatives from SPE Russian Office, Claudia Rodionova and Antonina Kozmina. During their visit, the SPE team met with LUKOIL Overseas - the company that initiated Tashkent Section establishment.
Later SPE team attended the official opening ceremony for the SPE Tashkent Section, where Roberto Chiarotti presented SPE strategic priorities and emphasized the important role of Tashkent Section in the process of bringing international expertise into the Uzbekistan's oil & gas industry, upgrading scientific and technological knowledge and encouraging the development of students activity. The first Section's meeting was held half a year ago and it has since doubled the number of members - up to 100 professionals from such companies as LUKOIL Overseas, Schlumberger, Eriell, Weatherford, TNG Group and a range of Uzbekistan universities.
The next day SPE met with students from Tashkent Branch of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, and discussed the forthcoming SPE Student Chapter opening.