The SPE Egypt Section has responded to the SPE young professionals' initiative by creating the Egyptian YEPP Section, a spectacular mix of male and female engineers from different specializations in the oil and gas industry. The goal of the YEPP program is to give a hand to young petroleum professionals in Egypt to help develop their careers. To achieve this goal, members are working on establishing a communication network for young professionals. The Egypt YEPP Board has been marketing the YEPP concept during the SPE monthly meetings, through e-mails and brochures, and through a shared booth with SPE at the Intergas Conference and Exhibition. The group is trying to establish YEPP contact officers at all companies and petroleum engineering schools in the region.
The 4th Mediterranean Offshore Conference and Exhibition took place in April in Alexandria, Egypt. The conference attracted high-level technical experts, key industry professionals, specialists, and decision makers in the upstream, downstream, and petrochemical sectors of the petroleum industry. Osama Taha (Pico Oil), Tamer El-Rayes (EDF), and Mohamed Ali (Halliburton-Landmark) from Egypt's YP program attended, helping design and prepare posters for the exhibition and working in the SPE booth, welcoming visitors and explaining the benefits of SPE to both young and senior professionals. Many visitors, especially young professionals, showed interest in SPE and YP Programs. Sameh Fahmy, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, visited the SPE booth and was very interested to hear more about the YP activities in Egypt and the Middle East region as well as future plans.
An SPE student chapter at Al-Fatah U. and a Young Professionals (YP) program have been established in Libya for the first time. The programs were created after a visit from 2006 SPE President Eve Sprunt with Ross Davidson, Director of Operations, SPE Office in Dubai. The 2006 YP Liaison and the Membership Chairpersons (Yosra Abugren and Piers Temple, respectively) accompanied Sprunt and Davidson in their visit to the students of Al-Fatah U.'s Petroleum Engineering Dept. They gave a presentation illustrating the importance and benefits of joining the SPE student chapter. The students were very enthusiastic about the visit and showed great interest in joining and becoming active members.
The SPE Libya Section has a fully functional student chapter at Al-Fateh University in Tripoli and a Tier 1 Young Professionals Section. A group of petroleum engineering (PE) students attended a specialized beam pumping training meeting in Tripoli presented by Lufkin, Norris, and Harbison Fischer. To share knowledge gained from the training with the rest of the PE students at the university, the chapter arranged a short beam pumping seminar by Professor Mohamed Ghareeb and engineer Nael Sadek. Participants discussed the applicability of beam pumps for Libyan wells and the use of automation techniques to acquire real-time data for monitoring and control.
SPE provides members many ways of volunteering their time to boost their skills and build relationships in the industry, but this month's featured young professional (YP) is someone who has made this approach his regular attitude. Mohamed Mahmoud Abd El-Rahman is a reservoir engineer at Sahara Oil & Gas Company (SOG). After graduating in 2012 from the Suez Canal University, he joined SOG, becoming the youngest engineer to work on a reservoir simulation study in the company. He was recognized by his director after proposing to drill a successful producing well in a new exploration prospect. Abd El-Rahman completed his master's degree in petroleum engineering at Cairo University and continues at SOG.
When the head of Libya’s state energy company visited Sharara oil field in early July, community leaders and workers crowded into a conference room to ask about jobs, training, and services for local people. Public acceptance is a major challenge for the siting of facilities. The offering of compensation to communities potentially helps to create the perception of a fairer distribution of local risks and nonlocal benefits. This may help to prevent or solve siting controversies. Anadarko Petroleum said late on 30 June that it has tested more than 4,000 active oil and gas lines and plugged another 2,400 inactive ones per a state order issued after a fatal home explosion in Firestone, Colorado, in April.
Conventional oil and gas discovered resources in 2019 are on pace to rise 30% from last year and reach their highest level since the beginning of the industry downturn. Here, a recap of the first quarter's 15 biggest oil and gas discoveries, which altogether are propelling the increase. The benchmark comes as operator Eni solidifies concession agreements and ramps up exploration and development in the North African country. The Apollonia tight-gas chalk play is located in the Abu Gharadig Basin in the Western Desert of Egypt. This has long been ignored as a gas play in the overburden, while the Jurassic and Cretaceous oil fields deeper in the basin have been explored and developed.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) A drillstem test was performed on the Zafarani-2 well--located about 80 km offshore southern Tanzania. Two separate intervals were tested, and the well flowed at a maximum of 66 MMscf/D of gas. Statoil (65%) is the operator, on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, with partner ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania (35%). The FA-1 well--located in 600 m of water in the Foum Assaka license area offshore Morocco--was spudded. The well targets Eagle prospect Lower Cretaceous resources. Target depth is 4000 m. Kosmos Energy (29.9%) is the operator, with partners BP (26.4%),
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Algeria awarded four of 31 oil and gas field blocks on offer to foreign consortiums in its first auction since 2011. Shell and Repsol won permits for the Boughezoul area in the north of the country, while Shell and Statoil won permits for the Timissit area in the east. A consortium of Enel and Dragon Oil was awarded permits for both the Tinrhert and the Msari Akabli areas. Circle Oil's CGD-12 well, located onshore Morocco in the Sebou permit, encountered natural gas at different levels within the Guebbas and Hoot sands. Wireline logging analysis confirmed a net 9.7 m of pay. The first test, over the Intra Hoot sands, flowed gas at a sustained rate of 2.21 MMscf/D through an 18/64‑in. The primary target, the Main Hoot sands, flowed at a sustained rate of 4.62 MMscf/D through a 24/64-in.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Kosmos Energy has made a significant deepwater gas discovery off Senegal. The Guembeul-1 well in the northern part of the St. Louis Offshore Profond license in 8,858 ft of water encountered 331 net ft of gas pay in two excellent-quality reservoirs, the company reported. The results demonstrate reservoir continuity and static pressure communication with the Tortue-1 well, which suggests a single gas accumulation. The mean gross resource estimate for the Greater Tortue complex has risen to 17 Tcf from 14 Tcf as a result of the Guembeul discovery, the company said. Kosmos, the operator, has a 60% interest in the well. Timis (30%) and Petrosen (10%) hold the remaining interest. In Salah Gas has started production from its Southern fields in Algeria.