By Mariana Somensi

The Egypt Oil & Gas (EOG) Technical Committee gathered at the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation’s (EGPC) headquarters on April 24th to discuss ways of addressing the challenges and needs of the Egyptian oil and gas sector alongside EGPC.

The discussions that took place during the meeting follow EOG Technical Committee’s mission to unify the industry’s voice and work in parallel with the government to enhance the well-being of the petroleum industry. The committee is composed by exploration and production companies, service companies, government entities, and leading industry experts, who together find potential solutions for the sector’s roadblocks.

Abed Ezz El Regal, Committee Honorable Chairman and EGPC CEO, suggested having a Listening Session to analyze the insights of previous conferences and roundtables promoted by EOG as a road map for improvements supported by EGPC. “The aim of this is to listen to the complains and suggestions of the joint ventures and see what EGPC can do to follow such recommendations or to fix the problems they face,“ Ezz El Regal pointed out.

The idea was well received by the committee members. “I take it [the Listening Session suggestion] as a unique opportunity for us as a committee to further define our role and demonstrate how we can bring value to EGPC and the entire local industry,” Sami Amin, Committee Member and Managing Director at Subsea 7, commented.

Ezz El Regal further highlighted the importance of having the industry share both successes and obstacles from oil and gas activities. “We always share the successful stories, we never share the challenging ones, which are more important. We will never succeed without looking at the roadblocks. If we share them, we will save a lot,” he stated.

Upstream Operational Excellence Convention

Building on the achievements of the first edition of Upstream Technical Convention, the EOG Technical Committee further discussed the agenda and the format of the 2nd Upstream Operational Excellence Convention, which will be held in Cairo in November 2018.

“This year our plan is the same as what we have done on the other edition, but we will add two more aspects to it: We will have one day specialized for young professionals and people development. We would also like to include an Operation Excellence Award Gala Dinner for joint venture companies, mainly,” Mohamed Fouad, EOG Technical Committee Co-Chairman, stated.

The 2nd Upstream Operational Excellence Convention targets increasing awareness and finding solutions to meet the expectations of the Ministry of Petroleum’s Upstream Performance pillar.

Field Workshop

During the meeting, the committee additionally addressed the EOG inaugural workshop for operations best practices, which is proposed to be held in September at the Qarun field. “What we have seen is that we usually include office-based engineers and experts in our conventions, but this time we need to include people in the field … to participate in discussing the best practices in the field to reduce cost and increase efficiency and safety,” Mahmoud Shawkat, Committee Member and Director Sales & Marketing – Egypt, Sudan & South Sudan – at BHGE, noted.

“We have selected Qarun [as the field where the workshop will take place] and we will invite all the surrounding companies in the Western Desert to participate. In the workshop, we will ask every company to give examples of two cases of fields that have improved in their performance,” he added.

The field workshop will include discussions on optimization, well uptime, technical improvements, water handling, chemical usage, operational issues, and other technical aspects of field engineering. The unique papers submitted for the field workshop will be developed into ideas to be presented during the 2nd Upstream Operational Excellence Convention in November.

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