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dmg :: energy’s ‘Rig Day Out’ geology, reservoir management, exploration, drilling and downhole technologies...all manners of instruction. The trained instructors were adept in delivering an interactive but casual discussion of the value of safety, why we need energy, the future of oil and gas, understanding the subsurface, and how to drill wells. Ayman also oriented the team about Baker Hughes’ massive investment in education and training to develop the region’s budding talents. He gave an invaluable insight into the breadth of specialised industry training covered for local talents in a bid to bridge the gap of the ‘great crew change’.

In June of this year, the energetic crews behind ADIPEC and Pipeline gained first-hand industry knowledge as they ventured out to where no dmg staff members have ever gone before - a working drilling rig and multimillion dollar oil and gas training facility.

Team dmg :: energy, headed by Simon Mellor, synergised its partnership with Baker Hughes, one of the biggest oilfield service providers, for a basic understanding of this buzzing sector. “This exercise has helped staff gain a valuable insight into the workings of this complex and multi-faceted oil and gas industry. Staff new to the industry need to gain a clear understanding of how the market works in order to sell, write and market events to delegates effectively,” said Simon. “Thanks to Kimon for coordinating the access to the facilities by agreeing to support Baker Hughes with branding at the forthcoming ADIPEC event. A good example of how to stretch the training budget and gain real hands-on, valuable industry training for staff and colleagues,” added Simon. Located on a 25-acre site at the TechnoPark in Jebel Ali, the Baker Hughes complex includes the Middle East Asia Pacific (MEAP) Region Headquarters and the Eastern Hemisphere Education Centre, as well as an operations building and a manufacturing plant. More than 800 full-time employees work at the site, and the education centre has the capacity to train up to 300 Baker Hughes students simultaneously, covering exploration, production and HSEQ.

“The oil industry is facing a talent crunch as old school oilmen retire without the succeeding line of new blood,” says Ayman. “Education is the key to unlocking new opportunities. This is our goal to help fill the gap through education.” Later on, after an entertaining and educational hour of drilling 101 with one of the facility’s drilling experts, Anwar Al-Saleh, the enlightened Team dmg :: energy suited up in full battle overalls and safety gear as they were toured around the massive complex. The workshop visit was an eye-opener on how multifaceted, precise and interesting it is to work in this oftenneglected field of expertise. A Baker Hughes rigman demonstrated downhole tools, wellhead equipment, and everything used to measure the reservoir. Baker Hughes, which is known for its manufactured drill bits, showcased its drill bit arsenal in various shapes and forms to dig deep into the hydrocarbon-rich Middle East geology. Last but not least, the team boarded one of the facility’s land drilling rigs in operation along with wireline and in-situ units. For some it was a surreal experience, while for others it was just another photo opportunity to wall off. To cap a very stimulating morning, the team was treated to a nice cafeteria lunch hosted by Baker Hughes, digesting the positives vibes of a rich learning experience. “It was extremely useful to see first hand the equipment and training facilities,” says Glenn Freeman, editor of Pipeline Magazine. “The onsite tour was also a great opportunity to personally meet the people who make the oil and gas industry progress forward through education and training.” Article supplied by David Manuel, Staff Writer, Pipeline Magazine.

Ayman Maher, Eastern Hemisphere Education Centre Manager at Baker Hughes hosted the enthusiastic Team dmg :: energy for a morning full of intelligent interaction in a classroom setting. During the classroom session, Ayman and his team of skilled instructors provided a very practical fundamental of how things work to non-technical oil and gas professionals. From the dmg lowdown | 27

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