Well-connected with excellent companies along the value chain of hydrocarbons

Partnerships with leading-edge oil and gas companies, service providers and component suppliers complement key aspects of the Department Petroleum Engineering DPE.

As practical skills have to be acquired through learning-by-doing, internships play an important role in the bachelor program. Nevertheless, relationships between DPE and oil (related) companies not only increase the number of internships and thesis topics for students, but also lead towards software sponsoring and enable joint research projects.

Logo of OMV


Austria, Vienna


With Group sales of EUR 19 bn and a workforce of around 22,500 employees in 2016, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria's largest listed industrial companies.

In Upstream, OMV has a strong base in Romania and Austria and a balanced international portfolio. 2016 daily production stood at approximately 311 kboe/d.

In Downstream, OMV has an annual refining capacity of 17.8 mn tonnes and more than 2,000 filling stations in 10 countries as of June 2017. OMV operates a gas pipeline network in Austria and gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2016, gas sales volumes amounted to around 109 TWh.


OMV Headquarters


Our Partnership

OMV is one of our major industry partners and key investor of our Petroleum Engineering department. 

Since new technologies are crucial for OMV’s success, we continuously collaborate in research and development projects. 

Since 2014, OMV is constantly looking for excellent Petroleum Engineering students and offers a scholarship to the best ones. With this “OMV Excellence Master Scholarship”, the students get the unique possibility to receive financial support during their studies, as well as an OMV mentor, a guaranteed internship at OMV and thesis support. Besides the transfer of know-how and in-depth business insights, the students can start building a great professional and personal network already during their studies.


Logo of RAG


Austria, Vienna


RAG Austria AG is Austria’s largest gas storage company – making it the country’s biggest energy storage provider – and one of Europe’s leading gas storage facility operators. The company develops pioneering energy technologies that act as partners to renewables. Its portfolio of business activities also includes gas production, supply and trading, as well as the use of gas as a transport fuel. RAG has developed and operates its own storage facilities at Puchkirchen and Aigelsbrunn. A joint venture between RAG, Gazprom and Wingas operates the Haidach gas storage facility, and another, with Uniper, runs the 7Fields storage facility. Both facilities straddle the border between the provinces of Salzburg and Upper Austria. 

Through its own storage capacity, which now totals about 6,3 billion cubic meter, and its activities as an operator, RAG makes a major contribution to security of supply in Austria and Central Europe as a whole. RAG is currently one of the largest technical gas storage operator in Europe. The company sees itself as a partner for renewables and also develops geothermal energy and research projects such as Underground Sun Storage.


RAG Underground Sun Storage

Karin Lohberger

Our Partnership

RAG has been operating closely with the University of Leoben on particular research projects for decades. RAG provides students with the opportunity to work as an intern or on a final diploma thesis.


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TDE Group

Leoben, Austria


TDE Group delivers customized solutions for performance analysis and process optimization as one of the leading companies for the upstream oil and gas industry.  Since the beginning of the millennium the group’s international subsidiaries provide a global coverage enforcing the vision to increase efficiency and improve safety.

TDE Group

TDE Group GmbH

TDE Group GmbH

Our Partnership

The location of TDE Group is ideally situated in the town of Leoben, which enforces the connection between the University and the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Since the foundation of the company, TDE Group continues to provide the institution with support for research projects, internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.


Logo of Petex


Created in 1990, Petroleum Experts (Petex) is a research and development company that encapsulates innovative engineering research into software. Petex develops the Integrated Production Modelling software (IPM). The IPM suite of tools GAP, PROSPER, MBAL, PVTP, REVEAL and RESOLVE can be run together seamlessly, allowing the engineer to design complete field models. With the Reservoir, Wells and Complete Surface Systems model completed and the production history matched, the production system can be optimized and production forecasts run.

The company's donation of IPM suite of tools worth 1.81 million euros will enable students and researchers to dynamically model oil reservoirs, production and injection wells, and surface pipeline networks as an integrated production system.


Logo of Schlumberger


Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry's most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production, and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions that optimize hydrocarbon recovery to deliver reservoir performance.

Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London and The Hague, and reported revenues of $27.81 billion in 2016.


Logo of Halliburton


Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With more than 65,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in approximately 80 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the life-cycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field.


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Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes, a GE company, is the world's first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services, and digital solutions. Backed by the digital industrial strength of GE, the company deploys minds, machines and the cloud to break down silos and reduce waste and risk, applying breakthroughs from other industries to advance its own. With operations in over 120 countries, the company's global scale, local know-how, and commitment to service infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup - inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world.