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An Engineer’s Problems at Work Is Your Engineering Job Making You Sick? What To Do With Your Rivalry With Another Engineer at Work An Engineer’s Guide on How to Make Difficult Decisions 5 Ways to Inspire Engineers Using Criticism 4 Steps on How Engineers Can Deal With Mental Health Problems at Work
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Why a PhD in Engineering Systems Management Should Be on Your Radar Engineering Researchers from UAE Trailblazing in Cancer Treatments, Energy Harvesting and Robotics Lab on Locale - BAUER KOMPRESSOREN Online Breathing Air Quality System! Operational Excellence and Safety Continue To Be a Key Driver in Oil and Gas Sector Record Oil Output From US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to Keep Global Markets Well Supplied
Lastly, we have prepared helpful articles to help you deal with different kinds of problems at work. Find out what to do when your engineering job is making you sick and what to do when you have a rivalry with another engineer at work. Read our guide on making difficult decisions at work and ways to inspire your colleagues using criticism. Lastly, read our easy guide on dealing with mental health problems at work. So go ahead, scroll through our pages and read the latest stories that put the spotlight on the power and water industries. Get updated with the news and be informed with our inspiring stories that are slowly changing the way we live today. Enjoy this month’s GineersNow: Oil and Gas Leaders.
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Contents An Engineer’s Guide on How to Make Difficult Decisions
Engineering researchers from UAE trailblazing in cancer treatments, energy harvesting and robotics
Record Oil Output From US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to Keep Global Markets Well Supplied
5 Ways to Inspire Engineers Using Criticism
Ready To Take The Next Step In Your Engineering Career? Why A Phd In Engineering Systems Management Should Be On Your Radar.
4 Steps on How Engineers Can Deal With Mental Health Problems at Work
Qatar Petroleum Signs Guiding Principles to Reduce Methane Emissions Across Natural Gas Value Chain
40% of Energy Companies Believe Digitization Can Save 16% or More in Operating Expenses (OPEX), According to AspenTech Research
ADNOC Announces Strategic Move Downstream 44 Operational Excellence and Safety Continue To Be a Key Driver in Oil and Gas Sector
Control Valves for New Algerian Gas-Fired Power Stations
Lab on Locale - BAUER KOMPRESSOREN Online Breathing Air Quality System!
The Success Story of SNC-Lavalin
Is Your Engineering Job Making You Sick? Here’s What You Should Do
Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas to Increase Gas Production from Khor Mor Field by 25% in 2018
Have Rivalry With Another Engineer at Work? Here’s What To Do About It
His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, To Attend EIC Connect Oil, Gas & Beyond 2018
ENOC Group Awards EPC Contract For Jet Fuel Pipeline to Al Maktoum International Airport
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An Engineer’s Guide on How to Make Difficult Decisions Engineers make difficult decisions everyday. Here’s how to handle that.
There will come a time in an engineer’s career that he or she will be bombarded by challenges that require difficult decisions. It could be matters on management or application of engineering principles that will make the engineer think twice about which path to take. You are bound to reach that stage whether you like or not, especially when you are holding a management position. And for you to prepare yourself for that, you have to be reminded that your decision should dwell upon the idea that you have to make things better than when you have found them. It’s also worth noting that your task is to conquer that challenge by at least deciding – having no decision at all is a lot more risky than letting the problem solve itself. Conventional knowledge tells us that if one is a leader, he or she must be responsible for all the decisions that he or she makes. This is how engineers should think. Taking responsibility for decisions – no matter how difficult they are – is first step for engineers in making difficult decisions, especially that the work involves a lot of risks in many aspects. If you are not willing to accept the feedback, results, or consequences of that decision, you will have a hard time confronting other challenges to come. 10
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But how should engineers really make difficult decisions? What principles should you follow? Listed below are four which are anchored in leadership: Create a stable and safe environment Before the difficult decision is made, you have to make sure that everyone who will be affected by that decision has an assurance that they will not be accountable of the outcome. And that you are the person in front to take care of how the decision ends. People always come first When you embrace a people-first culture in your decision, moreover in your company if you are an engineering manager, such will yield better results than prioritizing something else. Stay grounded Do not let ego get in the way. If somebody suggests something that might help the situation more than you can, accept it and take responsibility for it. Making a difficult decision is already a task in itself; doing it with arrogance doesn’t help. Be transparent and honest It has to be made. You should tell the truth even when it’s not convenient, because the lies will never make the process of deciding easier – maybe it will but only for a short time and could have huge costs.
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Engineering researchers from UAE trailblazing in cancer treatments, energy harvesting and robotics Researchers from American University of Sharjah’s (AUS) College of Engineering are benefitting from the university’s new research agenda, with students and faculty working on research projects likely to have a global impact. The patron of the university, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS, has publicly committed to supporting research initiatives at the university by opening up additional areas of graduate study and creating a world-class research 12
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environment. He said at a university event held for AUS alumni in January: “Our focus will be on interdisciplinary programs such as biomedical technology, smart cities, material science, environment and artificial intelligence. This also means creating an attractive research environment that helps AUS attract distinguished faculty and students.” For Dr. Ghaleb Husseini, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Research in the College of Engineering, this commitment to research has
comes to cancer research, the best results are generated when working across different disciplines in this way. We are fortunate that at American University of Sharjah we have this level of diversity in talent, as well as laboratory equipment that is truly world-class.”
allowed him to pursue a project that will positively influence the way in which many cancers are treated. Dr. Husseini is leading a research initiative at AUS where chemotherapy treatment is applied directly to the site of a cancer. The groundbreaking treatment sees only the site of the cancer itself impacted by the drug, thereby reducing many of the adverse side effects traditionally associated with chemo, such as hair loss, immune system compromises and nausea. The breakthrough has been facilitated by the resources available at the university, including a Drug Delivery Laboratory, just one of the
49 engineering laboratories located at the university. Dr. Husseini says of his work at AUS: “The size and resources of the university’s engineering college allows us to engage in interdisciplinary research projects, drawing on the expertise of faculty across many fields of engineering, including chemical, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, computing and others. For complex problems, it is essential to have this spectrum of knowledge and understanding, bringing it all together to tackle problems that just a generation ago seemed intractable. When it
The College of Engineering is also home to one of the world’s most efficient energy harvesting chips, which gathers energy from the air and converts it into easily accessible battery power. The device works by harnessing electromagnetic radiation from different sources and then reusing it to energize low-power circuits. The chip is reported to be one of the best when it comes to efficiency, and is one of the smallest of its kind to date. The project was led by Dr. Lutfi Albasha, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, with several graduate and undergraduate engineering students supporting him on the project. Like Dr. Husseini’s chemotherapy research, this project is set to have real benefit on large parts of the population, with potential uses of the chip including being placed in medical chips that monitor blood sugar levels in people with diabetes; powering wireless sensors on bridges, roads and buildings to monitor structural safety; and improving the battery life of mobile phones. In the field of robotics, a team of researchers from the College of Engineering has been successful in creating a robot that can detect pipeline leaks. Using an algorithm Oil & Gas Leaders • April 2018
that enables high accuracy localization, the robot overcomes navigation problems often associated with in-pipe inspection robots. Wireless communications have also been added to the robot, allowing an operator to use the device remotely and receive real-time data, making it easier to find and repair leaks. The project received AED 1 million last year, when it won the UAE AI and Robotics for Good, National Category. The commercialization of projects like this are likely to receive a boost when the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, being built adjacent to the AUS campus, opens. The park will be home to a number of knowledge-intensive businesses, leveraging the intellectual and academic capabilities of the university. The park is seeking to attract businesses operating in fields of importance to the UAE economy, including water technology, renewable energy, transportation and logistics, production, design and architecture, environmental technology and digitization. Through the park, research projects at AUS will be given increased opportunities for investment and development, making
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the benefits of AUS felt more widely in the community. AUS Chancellor Dr. Björn Kjerfve says of the university’s research direction: “Now is an exciting time to engage in research at AUS. Our university is home to some of the region’s best research facilities, allowing our talented faculty and their students the opportunity to embark on ambitious research projects that have a tangible impact on the way we all live our lives. With the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the university’s research agenda will continue to grow, as will the impact of this research. I look forward to seeing many of the research projects we currently have underway at the university come to fruition, and to launching new research initiatives that will help to make the UAE known globally for its research capacity and capability.” For more information about the AUS College of Engineering, including the research projects it is currently pursuing, visit www.aus.edu/cen.
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Record Oil Output From US, Brazil, Canada and Norway to Keep Global Markets Well Supplied
Oil production growth from the United States, Brazil, Canada and Norway can keep the world well supplied, more than meeting global oil demand growth through 2020, but more investment will be needed to boost output after that, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on oil markets. Over the next three years, gains from the United States alone will cover 80% of the world’s 16
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demand growth, with Canada, Brazil and Norway - all IEA family members - able to cover the rest, according to Oil 2018, the IEA’s fiveyear market analysis and forecast. But the report finds that despite falling costs, additional investment will be needed to spur supply growth after 2020. The oil industry has yet to recover from an unprecedented two-year drop in investment in 2015-2016, and the IEA
“But as we’ve highlighted repeatedly, the weak global investment picture remains a source of concern. More investments will be needed to make up for declining oil fields - the world needs to replace 3 mb/d of declines each year, the equivalent of the North Sea - while also meeting robust demand growth.” Boosted by economic growth in Asia and a resurgent petrochemicals industry in the United States, global oil demand will increase by 6.9 mb/d by 2023 to 104.7 mb/d, according to the IEA. China remains the main engine of demand growth, but more stringent policies to curb air pollution will slow growth. The increasing penetration of electric buses and LNG trucks will have a bigger impact on curbing consumption of transport fuels than the electrification of passenger vehicles.
sees little-to-no increase in upstream spending outside of the United States in 2017 and 2018. “The United States is set to put its stamp on global oil markets for the next five years,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director.
In the United States, fueleconomy standards for passenger cars will curb gasoline demand with growth coming from the petrochemical sector, which is thriving thanks to low-cost ethane. New global petrochemicals capacity will account for 25% of oil-demand growth by 2023. Meanwhile, a new marine fuel rule with lower sulfur content that will come into force in 2020 is creating uncertainty in the market. Global oil production capacity is forecast to grow by 6.4 mb/d to reach 107 mb/d by 2023. Thanks to the shale revolution, the United States leads the picture, with total liquids
production reaching nearly 17 mb/d in 2023, up from 13.2 mb/d in 2017. Growth is led by the Permian Basin, where output is expected to double by 2023. The path is clear to get those additional barrels to world markets. As a result of new investments in pipelines and other infrastructure that ease the current bottlenecks, US crude export capacity reaches nearly 5 mb/d by 2020 and Corpus Christi solidifies its position as the primary North American crude-oil outlet. Virtually all of the OPEC output growth comes from the Middle East. In Venezuela, oil production has fallen by more than half in the past 20 years, and declines are set to accelerate. Sharply falling production in Venezuela will offset gains in Iraq, resulting in OPEC crude oil capacity growth of just 750,000 barrels a day by 2023. Unless there is a change to the fundamentals, the effective global spare capacity cushion will fall to only 2.2% of demand by 2023, the lowest number since 2007. Oil 2018 also examines a variety of other topics including crude quality issues arising from the rapid increase in US production, changing trade flows and a growing global refining capacity surplus. Global oil trade routes are moving East, as China and India replace the United States as top oil importers. With seaborne oil traveling longer distances, energy security, one of the IEA’s core missions, will remain as critical as ever.
5 Ways to Inspire Engineers Using Criticism Find ways to up your inspire your employees who don’t respond to other means. provided. Find it a priority to always thank them for their contributions and praise them for what they have delivered. Always let them know that you value them before you point out any mistakes. Nobody likes a conversation that starts negatively.
Get to the point
Criticism is not always such a negative thing. There are ways where you can guide your employees by using an honest, direct, yet respectful approach. With the right process and usage, criticism can be an effective tool to inspire your employees. Supervisory roles require constant feedback, and there are some times where you just can’t get the message through. There are people who need to be critiqued in order to tackle and overcome areas of improvement. Here are some ways you can guide these type of workers into being more efficient in improving themselves.
Listening is important While pointing out mistakes is effective in telling your employees what to work on, listening is just as important. Often times, employees are affected by multiple stimuli 18
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which causes them to not be at their best. Talking to them and hearing them out can help you understand what causes these things and allows you to create an environment for them to grow.
Don’t point fingers Let’s be honest, there are times where you think it might be better to just put the blame on someone. But that’ll just get you nowhere, and it might strike a big blow to your team’s morale. Instead of saying “You always don’t submit your reports on time,” you can say “Your reports need to be turned in in X days, otherwise we won’t be able to move forward.” This removes any negative criticism while still getting the message delivered.
Always add positive reinforcement It’s not nice to hear criticism right away when feedback is
Criticism is about being as direct as possible. You won’t get anywhere by flowering up your words and by beating around the bush. Instead of saying “this needs work,” tell them which part needs what. As an example, “your presentation needs a little work” might translate better as “your presentation needs facts presented in a way that’s easier to understand.” This removes the “guessing game” factor from their improvement and sets them to a more forward course.
Always schedule a follow-up Feedback is not over on the first conversation. You’ll always have to give your employee time to work on their improvement. If you notice a positive change in their actions and results, be sure to give them a pat on the back or a simple “Good work!” If they don’t show any change, then you’ll know that it’s time to take the next step or to look at other ways to handle it.
Ready to take the next step in your engineering career? Why a PhD in Engineering Systems Management should be on your radar. To be a great engineer, there is obviously a whole range of technical skills and competencies you must possess, depending on your area of specialization. However, as engineers climb the corporate ladder, the emphasis on technical skills starts to taper off, replaced by an increased demand for managerial and financial skills â€“ the type of skills you need to lead people, oversee complex projects, and keep budgets on track. Nowhere is this more important for engineers than in the GCC, where government and private investments into infrastructure and other largescale projects are seeing an increased demand 20
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for engineers who not only possess technical expertise, but who also know how to lead and manage. This demand has seen the College of Engineering at American University of Sharjah (AUS) launch a new PhD program in Engineering Systems Management. The program has been specifically designed for engineers who are ambitious to expand their technical role into a management position, or open up new career paths in other engineering fields.
However, the new PhD is not just for those engineers looking to progress in the corporate world. With international recognition and accreditation , the program is also ideal for those looking to further their academic careers in engineering. With world-class research facilities on offer (including 49 engineering laboratories), AUS is seen as a regional leader in scientific and engineering research, making it a popular destination for graduate study. American University of Sharjah currently offers seven undergraduate engineering degrees, and eight engineering master’s programs, with the PhD in Engineering–Engineering Systems Management (PhD ESM), the first PhD to be offered by the university. This particular field was selected by the university as its first doctoral program largely because of the need in the UAE, and neighboring countries, for the knowledge and skill-set afforded by the program. As governments invest in creating knowledge-based economies driven by innovation, this program will help to address
research, knowledge and skills gaps, and generate a cohort that can lead scientific and engineering advancements in the region. Key components of the program have therefore been mapped to areas where there is the greatest regional demand for expertise, including supply chain management, sustainable construction, project management, smart cities management and engineering management. Emphasis is placed on delivering students with broad competencies that can be applied across a multitude of jobs and that will be increasingly relevant as the world of work changes. Such skills include financial knowhow, leadership and networking. Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of the College of Engineering at AUS, is confident of the role the PhD will play in the region’s continued economic development. He says: “Governments across the GCC are committed to a large number of nation-building projects, Oil & Gas Leaders • April 2018
from vast infrastructure developments, to national health care initiatives. All these projects need engineers, across all engineering specialties. What these projects also need, however, are engineers with the leadership expertise to deliver these projects. The PhD in Engineering–Engineering Systems Management can specifically address this need. “Having world-class engineering programs available at this level will also help to foster a culture of scientific endeavor. It is important that people looking to pursue programs at this level are given the opportunity to do so here in the Middle East, and not have to travel abroad to Europe or America. Making this program available in the UAE, and having it informed by regional experience and understanding, is essential to ensuring participants of the program are being given the expertise needed to make a positive impact in the region and meet the specific environmental and economic challenges that we are faced with in the Middle East.” The PhD consists of core courses, including methodological courses related to aspects of theoretical and applied research. In addition, students are required to undertake six elective courses, which are selected according to
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student interests. Students are also obliged to complete a doctoral dissertation, allowing them to pursue cutting-edge research and generate original scientific work that can be published in academic journals. Faculty from the College of Engineering will work side-by-side with PhD students, acting as mentors as students navigate the program. Dean Schoephoerster says that the university is now accepting applications for the PhD, and that anyone with a strong academic background in any engineering field should think about applying: “AUS prides itself on diversity, and we are looking for candidates for the PhD program from a wide range of engineering programs and careers, from the Middle East, and further afield. We also hope to see a large number of female engineers apply for the program. Nearly 39 percent of the students in our master’s degree programs in the College of Engineering are women, and we would like to see similar figures reflected at the doctoral level.” To find out more about the PhD in ESM, including admission requirements and course structure, please visit our website: www.aus. edu/cen/phdesm.
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4 Steps on How Engineers Can Deal With Mental Health Problems at Work Do something about it before it gets worse.
Not much attention is given to mental health as compared to physical health in the workplace. When you’re depressed, stressed, or overly fatigued, you are most likely just to shrug it off rather than talk to your boss or human resource manager about it, because the odds are that you cannot catch a break anyway due to company policies. For engineers, this can be really damaging
Check if the workplace is mental-health friendly
Even as students, engineers already experience different kinds of mental health problems. With the overwhelming academic requirements, this is a common phenomenon. It becomes a more pressing problem when it carries over to work. The job of an engineer is still so mentally draining, and some could not handle it.
Take time away from work
So what should you do? Here are four steps:
Find a therapist Or perhaps a friend or a counselor that could help you go through the process of releasing that tensions. Because the workplace of engineers might not be the best place to seek for this kind of assistance, go find a therapist or a mental health professional outside of work. Someone that could suggest you what’s the best thing for you to do. 24
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One can only assume that engineering workplaces aren’t mental-health friendly. But what if yours is? Ask around and do your homework of finding out if your colleagues and boss are willing to discuss mental health. This is still taboo for many, but at least try.
You have vacation leaves at work, use that to take a break and get an escape from work. Perhaps what keeps you in that mental health state for a long time is that you have been feeling burdened due to the workload, and you have been thinking about them a lot. So it’s a good suggestion to take time away from work – this is something that your therapist would say.
Find another job if necessary Upon coming back from that break and that didn’t work, perhaps it’s not you – it’s the engineering job itself or it’s your boss. This is a big step to take but you also have to take care of your mental health in the long run. Make the change.
The Success Story of SNC-Lavalin Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global, fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. With over 14,000 employees in the oil and gas business and 10 regional offices in the Middle East, the company has successfully delivered first-class projects across all four sectors - providing comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, procurement, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients in the oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power industries. In this exclusive interview with Donal J. Dempsey, General Manager, Oil & Gas, SNCLavalin, learn more about his leadership style, the history of the company, its latest technologies and product innovations, the future expansion plans of the company, their methodologies in creating innovative solutions for clients and the company’s top projects.
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A Brief History of The Company, Its Challenges, and Success Stories Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, procurement, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients in the oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power industries. We have been in the Middle East for over 40 years, successfully delivering first-class projects across all four sectors. We have over 14,000 employees in oil and gas, with hundreds of ongoing projects and 10 regional offices in the Middle East. Work sites include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Iraq, with engineering centers in Saudi Arabia, UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah) and Qatar, supported by a high value engineering center in Mumbai, India. Abu Dhabi is the regional headquarters for the overall EMEA region.
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In 2014, we acquired Kentz and its subsidiary Valerus. The addition of Kentz to SNC-Lavalin significantly expanded our regional footprint. In terms of people, we almost quadrupled in size in the region in the past three years, so it’s clearly been significant in terms of scale, especially in Saudi Arabia. It’s also given the enlarged company the ability to self-perform multi-discipline construction and inject an additional level of technical competence. As a top-tier EPC contractor and one of the largest international contractors in the region, we can deliver complex projects safely, reliably and cost-effectively, meeting local resource requirements without compromising schedule or quality.
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factors at the heart of the strategic rationale driving the July 2017 acquisition of Atkins. Atkins is an international consulting, engineering and project management company. With the combined capabilities and geographic presence of our two organisations we now have over 50,000 people serving clients across the globe, 20,000 of which are in Middle East, Africa and India. The acquisition of Atkins enhanced our offering across the Oil & Gas sector and what’s really exciting is that we’re now able to give our clients independent advisory and consulting, design and specialist engineering, and comprehensive EPCM & EPC, fabrication, completions and commissioning, O&M, and project development services. 2017 also saw the launch of our new Training Centre in Muscat, Oman bringing our global project commissioning and completions experience to the benefit of both Omani
trainees, and projects within Oman. By bringing these skills into the country, this program provides not only highly skilled jobs locally, but ensures that Oman retains the ability to undertake these key processes with well-trained Omanis in the future. SNC-Lavalin has an active presence in Oman and in 2017, we were awarded both a fiveyear commissioning framework agreement by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), and an EPC contract by Salalah Methanol Company LLC for the construction of an ammonia plant. We have continued our commitment to creating and accelerating opportunities for local workforces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well. In December, we proudly signed a memorandum of understanding to support Saudi Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (“IKTVA”) program, which applies to Saudi Aramco suppliers and drives the localization of oilfield services and equipment value chain, to strengthen and diversify the Saudi economy; transfer technologies, skills and knowledge through training and development; and create thousands of new jobs for the growing Saudi population.
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The experience gained in Saudi Arabia and Oman puts SNC-Lavalin very much at the forefront of driving In-Country Value (ICV) here in Abu Dhabi with ADNOC. This is further complemented by Abu Dhabi being our EMEA headquarters as well as having three well established offices in the UAE.
The Future Expansion Plans of The Company We combine engineering expertise, deep industry knowledge, digital technology and data across the entire asset lifecycle, to improve and consolidate the design, planning, construction, operation and maintenance of physical assets. The application of our digital services and tools results in the transformation of data into insight, which drives: • Enhanced engagement, decision making and planning • Improved uptime, security and safety • De-risked projects and reduced CAPEX/OPEX From immersive technology such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, to 5D building
information modelling (BIM) and remote operations, intelligent process control and predictive maintenance, we have a full range of digital services and tools to help clients across the industry and around the world. Together with SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins and Houston Offshore Engineering subsidiaries, we can now deliver offshore projects ranging from conceptual studies to maximize value early in field development to full detailed design and engineering support for construction. Spanning all kinds of fixed and floating structures, our services cover some of the most critical disciplines in offshore. For example, for Premier Oil we fast tracked the execution of a 150 MMscfd production facility in 63 weeks compared to a typical schedule of 4-5 years, and trained the local workforce to operate it, at the Solan field, West of Shetland.
At the other end of the scale, as the world’s brownfield offshore facilities age, need revamping or retiring, late life management and decommissioning have become a major focus. We have worked in decommissioning and re-use since the 1990’s and have continuously updated our methods since; we continue to work with our offshore clients on ways to extend the life of their offshore assets and develop the plan and commercial model for decommissioning. Our integrity, modifications and operations (IMO) services have been deployed with clients in the Middle East, North Sea and Canada, and combine our engineering expertise with our field services personnel working on these facilities.
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Some Notable Projects of The Company Sadara Completions and Commissioning, KSA: In-plant services for the new Sadara Petrochemical plants in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia; the largest petrochem plant in the world to be built in one phase. Khazzan Gas Development Oman: We have been involved in this project since BP signed an agreement to explore and develop Block 61 in 2007. Extensive work was undertaken during the conceptual design and feasibility stages. Following successful well testing, we were appointed to carry out the geotechnical assurance for ground investigations that were needed for the pre-FEED and FEED of the central processing facility together with the gas gathering and export system, well sites, residential camps, roads and airstrips. Khurais Water Injection Pump Stations (WIPS) Facilities for Saudi Aramco: Installation of two water pumps to provide 2MM BPD to
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the Khurais field in addition to the revamp of four existing water injection facilities for the Ghawar field in Saudi Arabia to inject an additional 2.1MM BPD. We provided detailed engineering, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning and start-up assistance. Pearl GTL Project, Qatar: At the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) Project at Ras Laffan, our scope included Temporary Diesel Power Generation for the Pearl GTL Site Temporary Accommodation Camp; EPIC Scope for a 13,000m2 Office Complex including services; Early Works Temporary Facilities Support Services; EPC scope for the combined potable water/fire water storage and pumping systems, and EPC scope for a Modular Waste Water Treatment Plant (12,320m3 per day) for a 35,000-man construction camp. We also carried out engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) under a 3 year framework contract for all services relating to plant changes, minor, base and medium projects for Qatar Shell GTL Limitedâ€™s onshore and offshore Pearl GTL facilities.
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We have a long-standing relationship with ADNOC. ADNOC and its group of companies, including ADNOC gas processing, onshore, offshore, LNG, refining in addition to its JV partner Borouge, are key clients for us and we will continue to pursue FEED, PMC and EPC projects with them in the future. We’ve also worked with ADNOC Offshore for a number of years. Our continued relationship has allowed our companies to work together to realize the full benefits of utilizing advanced structural analysis techniques to support safe life extension.
The Methodologies in Creating Innovative Solutions For Our Clients In the Oil & Gas sector, we’ve been able to offer
customers more pre-engineered and modular solutions that are less specifically tailored, are compliant from a safety, technical, operability and maintainability perspective, and are significantly cheaper, sometimes by as much as 30%. These solutions help achieve much greater speed to market and at a lower cost, removing unnecessary levels of complexity without impacting the quality of delivery and output. As we have observed, despite the low oil price environment, governments have prioritised energy investments to meet rising energy demand and maintain potential of existing assets. Additionally, there is a gradual shift towards alternative sources of energy, such as shale and solar. It is therefore more imperative for the energy industry to have access to innovative, robust but, above all, affordable project delivery options, such as modularisation and standardisation, to enhance all aspects of project delivery. Oil & Gas Leaders • April 2018
The Leadership Style of Donal J. Dempsey One of the most important things for me is respect which some people from time to time can forget especially when they move up the ranks. Everyone on our team contributes to our success from those on the shop floor to the top senior management including all our office support staff. Additionally, one area that sometimes is overlooked is that of spouse’s support. The oil and gas industry can be very demanding where people can be called upon to make sacrifices in terms of time or travel and being away from home. Having supporting spouses and recognising what efforts they have to go to, is also an important item. It’s a team effort at SNCLavalin. My overall leadership style is very simple and that is “don’t ask anyone to do something you are not prepared to do yourself and if you have to, do it respectfully”.
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Two other important initiatives which form a key part of my leadership focus is Inclusion and Diversity and Early Career Training & Development. We have a fantastic diversity programme within SNC-Lavalin group but in particular we have a very progressive programme here in the UAE which I am proud of. We don’t lead it, our female staff are fully empowered but we support and contribute. Apart from being the right thing to do, diversity breeds innovation and different aspects of thinking. When I first joined our company there were not a lot of young engineers, so I have keen interest in trying to do my part to support the next generation that will take our place in the future. We have had some fantastic graduates (some even as Interns) join our company where we have seen them grow and develop over the years. “I am proud of the fact that some of these graduates have moved around with me on some of our earlier projects, and bring new and fresh ideas with them, whilst learning their trade.”
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Top Iconic Projects of SNC-Lavalin Oil & Gas Middle East • Master Services Agreement with Chevron for Systems Completion Support - Global • Five-year commissioning framework agreement by Petroleum Development Oman - Oman •
Confidential Client Kazakhstan – Modular Refinery for Gasoline and Diesel Products including Hydrocracker – Exclusive agreement from Basic Engineering to EPC
• Confidential Client Oman – Chlor-Alakli-EDC VCM-PVC Plant – Exclusive agreement from Basic Engineering to EPC • Confidential Client UAE – 100k BPD Topping Refinery – Exclusive agreement from FEED to EPC • FEED for 500K BPD Oil Processing Facility in Saudi Arabia being executed from Abu Dhabi • FEED conversion to EPC contract by Brahms Oil Refineries – Guinea • Asphalt production facility contract by Saudi Aramco – Saudi Arabia • EPC control system upgrade contract for GASCO Habshan - UAE • $800 million EPC project in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia • Wastewater treatment project for Qatargas Laffan Refinery 2 - Qatar • 100K BPD Oil processing facility at Exxonmobil’s West Qurna 1 field – Iraq • Three-year construction and procurement services contract by Saudi Aramco - Saudi Arabia Donal Dempsey with Canadian Delegation presenting at ITHRA trade meeting in Muscat
• Three-year onshore maintain potential program contract by Saudi Aramco - Saudi Arabia
About Donal J. Dempsey Originally from Ireland, I studied Industrial Engineering & Design and then Process Instrumentation & Controls at the Cork Institute of Technology. I started my career in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry spending three years in Ireland, mainly with Jacobs Engineering.
Thereafter we targeted core work in Canada where we won our first PMC and engineering project for Kearl 1 Oil Sands in Alberta – I was spending a lot of time in and out of Calgary. We were also looking at Australia where we won major contracts on Gorgon LNG portfolio. My first time to Australia was only intended to be for a few days but it ended up being a few weeks, with significant travel back and forth over the next two years on our EPC projects.
My wife (then to be) and I had a keen interest in travelling and, at the age of 24, we decided to move to the Far East with Kentz Engineers & From 2007, we started to reorganise the Constructors in 1996 with our young daughter. company into business units to better spread and grow our capability and experience. In 2008 we floated on the AIM stock exchange, We moved to Thailand for a waste water EPC graduating to the FTSE in 2011. After spending project, and spent some time in our Malaysian two years on a target EPCM project in South office. We were so green but learned fast Africa, I relocated to Dubai as the Regional and really enjoyed the people, culture and camaraderie at Kentz. At that time I was one of Director for EPC Business Unit for the UAE, Oman and Iraq. the youngest engineers; everyone else was a good ten years ahead of me. In 2014, Kentz was acquired by SNC-Lavalin. It was a very complimentary collaboration In 1998, we moved to Abu Dhabi where I as the combined company had a full service started in the oil and gas industry and where offering from front end to EPC to operations we resided for nearly nine years, and where and maintenance, including capital financing. our son was born. We are proud to have In January 2017, we reconsolidated all legacy watched and been part of the UAE’s growth company business units into one country P&L, and development into a global, cosmopolitan, and I was asked to take up the role of General open, collaborative and progressive society. Manager for UAE, Oman, Iraq and the “Stans”. I am very proud to have been asked by SNCI held various roles including project engineer, engineering manager, commissioning manager, Lavalin to take up this role as its an exciting time to be involved in consolidating the and site manager before moving in to Project Management. Most projects were for ADNOC. company and moving forward to even more successes. We moved to Qatar in 2007 where I took up a Regional Engineering role for the Middle East. We have thoroughly enjoyed the last 22 years as international expats and I believe it has had It’s very difficult to explain in this short a big influence on our family. We see that our narrative the next five years as it was kids are much more “citizens of the world” transformational for Kentz and it was a privilege to be part of it. We bid and won major compared to us at that age. It has also created a career exposure that is often quite difficult to EPC projects in Qatar and globally from the get otherwise where it has allowed me to grow engineering hub we set-up in Doha with over 350 engineers at peak. I spent significant time and develop professionally. If I had to do the over three years recruiting in most of the major same again, then the answer would definitely by be aa “Yes”. “Yes”. cities in India. It’s a lovely country and I really love their open, collaborative and welcoming culture.
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Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas to Increase Gas Production from Khor Mor Field by 25% in 2018 Pearl Petroleum, the company consortium led by Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas of the UAE, has signed a 10 year Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to supply and sell the additional quantities of gas that it plans to begin producing later this year in order to boost much needed local domestic electricity generation. The GSA was signed on 30th January 2018 by the KRG Minister of Natural Resources Dr. Ashti Hawrami, CEO of Crescent Petroleum Mr. Majid Jafar and CEO of Dana Gas Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward, to enable an increase in delivered gas production from the Khor Mor Field by an anticipated 80 million cubic feet of sales gas per day before the end of 2018, from the current level of 305 million cubic feet per day. All contractual conditions precedent for the agreement have since been satisfied and consequently the project work has now commenced. In August last year, Pearl Petroleum reached a full and final settlement with the KRG of the arbitration between them, including receiving $1 billion in cash from the KRG for past receivables and committing to expand their investment and operations in the region. These expansion plans include a multi-well drilling program in both the Khor Mor & Chemchemal fields, as well as installation of additional gas processing and liquids extraction facilities. The fields are operated jointly by Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas on behalf of Pearl Petroleum. The initial phase of this expansion is through a fast-track debottlenecking project, whereby Pearl will increase daily production of natural gas and condensates from the Khor Mor Field by around 25% later this year which will deliver much needed gas to fuel additional affordable power generation for the benefit of the local 36
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population and Iraq as a whole. This accelerated debottlenecking project represents an important first step in the overall plan to increase gas production by a further 125% within 2 years after that to eventually reach around 900 million cubic feet per day of gas production, together with associated liquids. Total investment to date exceeds $1.3 billion with total cumulative production over 228 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), which has resulted in billions of dollars of fuel cost savings and economic benefits for the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as a whole. Operation fulltime staff numbers are close to 500 with over 80% localisation, and training programmes to increase this figure further. In addition, Pearl has contributed to local communities with support for local power generation, education and healthcare facilities, as well as support programmes for internally displaced Iraqis. Dana Gas has previously announced that the appraisal programme has to date resulted in proven certified reserves of 15 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas and 310 million barrels condensate. Dr. Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said: “The Kurdistan Region of Iraq holds potentially more than 200 tcf of gas and the KRG is committed to playing a positive role in the growing gas and electricity needs of Iraq and the region. We are pleased to see the further commitment of expansion and investment by the companies and the anticipated growth in gas supplies will make a positive contribution to the growing domestic needs for more electricity.” Mr. Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum and Board Managing Director of Dana Gas,
commented: “The gas sales agreement marks an important milestone in our tenth year of continuous production, and the beginning of a new chapter of expansion in operations and production which will see a further investment of over $600 million over the coming few years and a more than doubling of production. The gas we have produced has led to significant fuel savings and social and economic value for the economy, and we hope to grow this in the years to come from the significant resources of these world class fields, for the benefit of the Kurdistan Region and all of Iraq.” Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward, CEO of Dana Gas, added: “We and our partners in Pearl Petroleum are proud to be the largest investors and producers in the gas sector of the Kurdistan Region. Despite all the challenges we have maintained
our production levels and operations and now with the settlement of all past receivables last summer and continuous payments since then, we look forward to significantly growing production to meet the growing demand for gas and electricity in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as a whole.” Pearl has also implemented a corporate social responsibility program to support local communities, including providing school supplies, drinking water treatment, generators and fuel enabling 24-hour electricity for local villages, mobile medical units, and youth sports facilities, as well as financial support for 1,000 orphans from the Chemchemal area in partnership with a local charity Foundation. These initiatives are assisting the local communities in improving their standard of living, health, well-being, security and stability and the development of human capital. Oil & Gas Leaders • April 2018
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His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, To Attend EIC Connect Oil, Gas & Beyond 2018 The UAE Ministry of Energy, His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei will provide the opening plenary speech at this year’s EIC Connect Oil, Gas & Beyond conference and exhibition on 17 April at Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi. This is the second year in a row that the event has welcomed HE Suhail Al Mazrouei who, schedule permitting, will also take the time to meet and greet delegates and exhibitors. Joining His Excellency Suhail Al Mazrouei on stage for the opening addresses will be Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the UAE, Philip Parham. They will discuss the outlook for the UAE energy industry, identifying technologies and services required by the UAE and GCC’s oil and gas, power, and renewables sectors as well providing advice for overseas companies looking to establish themselves in the region. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) continues its long-standing support of the EIC’s flagship UAE event and will provide a briefing session on its In Country Value programme explaining the opportunities and benefits it provides suppliers. ADNOC representatives will also host a specially commissioned stand in the exhibition area where delegates can find out how to register and work with company as well as ask any other questions they may have about one of the region’s biggest energy firms.
Other major players active across the Middle East who will provide updates on their latest projects and supplier requirements include BP, McDermott, Petrofac, SNC-Lavalin, TechnipFMC and Wood. Spain’s Cepsa and Italy’s Eni, both of whom have recently bought into ADNOC offshore concessions, have also been invited to speak at the event. As well as taking part in briefing sessions, representatives from many of the major operators and contractors involved will take part in over 200 one-to-one appointments with individual delegates throughout the day. The exhibition will host 25 of the UK’s premier energy service companies and is expected to attract procurement specialists from around the Middle East looking for innovative products and solutions which can add value to their companies’ projects. In addition to a high-level speaker and exhibitor line up, EIC Connect Oil, Gas & Beyond, also benefits from the sponsorship of regional energy companies including Dragon Oil and Shell as well as one of the world’s leading oil and gas industry news and business intelligence sources, Upstream, who, through this event, are supporting the development of the GCC’s energy industry and its local supply chain. To book your place at one of the UAE’s foremost conference and exhibitions or find out about sponsorship opportunities please visit www.theeic.com/EICConnect/OilGasBeyondUAE.aspx Oil & Gas Leaders • April 2018
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Qatar Petroleum signed a set of Guiding Principles on reducing methane emissions across the natural gas value chain stretching from production to the final consumer.
gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while addressing climate change.
Since natural gas consists mainly of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, its Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar Petroleum role in the transition to a low-carbon future President & CEO, signed the Guiding will be influenced by the extent to which Principles document at a special ceremony methane emissions are reduced. in Doha attended by Royal Dutch Shell CEO Mr. Ben van Beurden, whose company is a On this occasion, Mr. Mark Radka, Head of signatory to the principles. the United Nations Environment Program’s Energy and Climate Branch, had earlier Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi reaffirmed Qatar commended the Guiding Principles and Petroleum’s continued commitment to the said “Numerous studies have shown the further reduction of methane emissions importance of quickly reducing methane and said “this was part of our wider emissions if we’re to meet growing energy environmental responsibility enshrined demand while achieving climate change in our corporate values and operational and clean air goals. We’re delighted that standards.” Qatar Petroleum has has joined this effort as they provide an excellent framework for Commenting on the signing, Mr. Al-Kaabi cutting methane emissions across the entire said “As the world’s leading liquefied natural natural gas value chain and reporting on the gas producer, we have always held on to reductions achieved.” the highest of environmental standards and practices, including building the Jetty BoilThe Guiding Principles were developed Off Gas Recovery Project, one of the largest in collaboration with the Columbia environmental investments in the world and University, the Environmental Defense the biggest of its kind.” Fund, the International Energy Agency, the International Gas Union, the Oil and Gas “By signing the Guiding Principles on Climate Initiative, the Climate Investment reducing methane emissions across the Funds, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the natural gas value chain, we are sending Sustainable Gas Institute, the Energy and a stronger message of our continued Resources Institute, the University of Texas commitment to be a responsible at Austin, and UN Environment. environmental steward by running our operations safely while minimizing The principles aim to continually reduce environmental impacts. We take this methane emissions, advance strong responsibility seriously and we are pleased performance across gas value chains, to join our international industry peers in improve accuracy of methane emissions adopting the guiding principles to help data, advocate sound policies and achieve global climate goals,” Mr. Al-Kaabi regulations on methane emissions, and concluded. increase transparency. With this signing, Qatar Petroleum becomes Current signatories to the Guiding Principles the first Middle East national oil company are BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Repsol, to join the wider efforts by the global Shell, Statoil, Total and Wintershall. energy industry to ensure that natural
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40% of Energy Companies Believe Digitization Can Save 16% or More in Operating Expenses (OPEX), According to AspenTech Research asset optimization strategy and a pragmatic execution roadmap is attractive to an industry at the threshold of business and technology disruption. Other key findings include: Analytics adoption is growing rapidly, with 51% of upstream/midstream firms and 40% of downstream companies currently using or testing data analytics. - Maximizing uptime is the top benefit seen from analytics, 72% of respondents agree, followed by equipment monitoring (68%), reduced maintenance costs (68%); automated operations (62%); expanded remote operations (61%); flow assurance/safety (60%) and reduced capital expenses, or CAPEX (58%). However, getting started with advanced analytics is a challenge: - Lack of expertise is cited as the top barrier to adopting data analytics, with over a third of respondents reporting no data scientist personnel in the organization. Almost half – 49% of EPCs and 45% of upstream/midstream companies – say lack of in-house expertise is their top barrier to realizing the benefits of analytics. Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), the asset optimization software company, today announced the results of a recent survey of over 400 energy industry managers and executives about the impact of analytics and big data on the energy business in the next 24 months. The data confirmed that improving reliability is the key objective for upstream and downstream companies as well as the engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) firms that serve them. To achieve greater asset availability and utilization, organizations are undertaking digital transformation initiatives that use advanced analytics and machine learning to drive significant increases in asset reliability and performance. Survey respondents indicate clear and compelling interest in the potential of analytics to drive operational excellence. 40% of companies believe that digitalization can save 16% or more of operating expenses (OPEX). The potential to achieve high returns on assets with a relentless focus on operational excellence, a holistic 42
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Supporting Quotes John Hague, Senior Vice President and General Manager, AspenTech APM Business Unit “Digitalization is not new – oil and gas companies have been capturing production, equipment and other data for over 35 years. What is new are the performance improvements made possible by advanced analytics enabled by machine learning in combination with rich process knowledge and the application of these transformative technologies to asset optimization – without employing an army of data scientists. This is how digital transformation achieves results today.”
Survey Methodology In 2017, AspenTech and Petroleum Economist conducted a survey of over 400 energy industry managers and executives about the impact of analytics and big data on the oil & gas business in the next 24 months.
ADNOC Announces Strategic Move Downstream The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, today, its intention to move further downstream, as the company pivots to take full advantage of the rising demand for higher value refined and petrochemical products, particularly in the growth economies of China and Asia. Speaking at CERAWeek, a leading gathering of the energy industry, H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State
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and ADNOC Group CEO, set out ADNOC’s strategic ambitions to become a major global downstream player, with the operational flexibility to respond quickly to shifting and emerging market needs. At the center of its new downstream strategy, ADNOC intends to create the world’s largest integrated refining and chemical site in the world, in Ruwais, UAE, where it will triple petrochemicals’ production to 14.4 million tonnes, annually, by 2025.
H.E. Dr. Al Jaber announced plans to host a Downstream Investment Forum, in Abu Dhabi, on May 13 and 14, where ADNOC will unveil significant co-investment opportunities to strengthen and grow its downstream portfolio. “We will unveil significant co-investment opportunities for all partners, ready to work alongside us at a special event this coming May, as we transform our Downstream portfolio domestically and internationally.” H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said.
“The steps we have taken so far have laid a solid foundation for powering the next phase of our growth,” said H.E. Dr. Al Jaber. “And the biggest opportunity for that growth is downstream, particularly in petrochemicals, where demand is expected to climb 150 percent by 2040, driven by the growth economies of Asia.”
While developing downstream has become a key strategic priority for delivering on the goals of ADNOC’s 2030 smart growth “I would like to extend an invitation, to those strategy, H.E. Dr Al Jaber said the company who are keen to join us on this journey, to is also building on its strong legacy as a attend the ADNOC Downstream Investment leading, global upstream player. Forum, where we will unveil our roadmap, signature projects and detailed investment He cited the reconfiguration of the former plans. As we begin this next phase of our ADMA offshore concession into multiple development, we welcome existing and concession areas as an example of how prospective partners to join us in creating an expanded approach to partnerships smarter growth for our long-term mutual has allowed ADNOC to attract additional benefit.” upstream partners who bring strategic value add to the table – in terms of market access, H.E. Dr. Al Jaber explained ADNOC’s capital, technology and expertise. downstream strategy will build on the progress ADNOC had made in 2017, In support of ADNOC’s upstream expansion as it accelerated its transformation and strategy, H.E. Dr. Al Jaber noted that a series sharpened its focus on its strategic pillars of new blocks are to be made available of people, performance, profitability and for commercially competitive bidding, in efficiency to both unlock and create an unprecedented opportunity, for both maximum value from its resources and existing and new partners with best-in-class assets. exploration technology, to unlock untapped resources in one of the world’s largest In addition to aligning its group of hydrocarbon super-basins. companies under a single, unifying brand, he said ADNOC opened up opportunities Organized by IHS Markit, CERAWeek takes across its upstream and downstream place annually in Houston, Texas. It brings businesses to new categories of partners together 3,000 global industry leaders and and investors, including public and private policymakers, from more than 60 countries, financial institutions. ADNOC also took across the entire energy value chain, to steps to enhance and optimize its capital exchange knowledge and insights on energy structure by leveraging, for the first time, markets, industry trends, technology and the global capital markets, including issuing strategy. a US $3 billion bond against one of its large crude oil pipelines – the biggest nonVisit ADNOC’s Downstream Investment sovereign bond sale in the Middle East – Forum site for more information. and successfully listing ADNOC Distribution on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX), in what was the largest IPO in Abu Dhabi in a decade.
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Operational efficiency and safety are of paramount importance for companies across all sectors. Only when organisations decide to build long-term stability and sustainability into their operational strategies and invest into safety culture that focuses on reliability, workforce competence and operational readiness, will they be equipped to weather the downturns and capitalize on upswings in a measured and profitable way.
Izzard, Managing Partner of the Procyon Group, adds that there are many facets to Operational Excellence and some companies focus only on what they view as their key areas. “In reality, a business is an integrated system and ALL parts need to work at the highest level of performance if OE is to be achieved. OE is not a short-term project, it is a journey that requires clarity of direction and a permanent culture change to be successful” said Mr Izzard.
With these challenges in mind, key players are meeting in Bahrain at two of the region’s leading events, OPEX MENA and the Gulf Safety Forum, organised under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, co-hosted by the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) and with Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) as principal sponsor.
On 28th and 29th March, representatives from diverse industry sectors including oil, gas, petrochemicals, construction and manufacturing will gather at the Gulf Safety Forum to discuss strategies for continuous improvement of safety procedures as well as share successful case studies and roadmaps towards achieving the goal of zero accidents. Phillip Townsend Associates will be participating Gulf Safety Forum once again and present on a topic that they believe is of the utmost importance - the Process Safety Benchmark program developed jointly with the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) technology alliance of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Mark Eggleston, PTAI Director of Middle East & Europe, stresses that the Process Safety Benchmark helps companies understand how well they are implementing industry guidelines on Process Safety. Results can help participants target and prioritize areas of needed improvement. The forum will also cover Regulatory Environment & Safety Standards, Workforce competence and Behavioral Safety amongst other important subjects. The events will provide opportunities for one-to-one discussion with leading experts thus providing a platform for gaining and sharing knowledge related to improving operational efficiency and safety, both at leadership level and in manufacturing operations.
On the 26th and 27th March, participants will discuss best practices for creating competitive advantage and maximizing profitability of their assets. This is the fifth edition of the OPEX MENA conference and includes presentations by leading operators Bapco, Petro Rabigh, S-Chem, Saudi Aramco, Sipchem, Satorp and Tasnee as well as cutting-edge consultants and service providers such as DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Honeywell, Solomon Associates, Dekra, Schneider Electric and Wood. Solomon Associates, who are holding a workshop at OPEX MENA, believe that as the world becomes a global marketplace, market forces will lead to a unprecedented focus on controllable costs and this will require a change in philosophy. “Successful companies will be prepared for change management and the remainder will try to react. Investment in maximization of value through effective use of management systems and reliability agendas will grow substantially” says Kevin McQuillan, Senior consultant at Solomon Associates. Alan
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Control Valves for New Algerian Gas-Fired Power Stations Algeria is rich with an abundance of natural gas resources. Over recent years the country has had an aggressive power generation program to develop and build new power stations in a relatively short timescale. To accomplish this, projects were awarded to global EPC’s largely located in South Korea. One such project is the Kais Power Station, a combined cycle gas-fired power plant located in the North-East of Algeria. This plant’s construction includes; a combined cycle gas-fired power plant with gas storage facilities, combustion chambers, powerhouses, substations, a cooling tower and the installation of gas turbines, generators and other related facilities. Weir’s UK-based team (Weir Valves & Controls UK), were engaged to supply a total of 100 control and butterfly valves for the project. This order (worth approximately $1.1m) was awarded to Weir due to their capability to manufacture the valves both in South Korea and the UK, whilst adhering to specific project requirements and in a short lead-time. In addition, the customer was pleased to find that Weir Flow Control South Korea had already been engaged by other EPC’s for the Kais project and so they were already familiar with the project specifications and Algerian regulations.
From the start, project management and design of the valves was managed by Weir’s UK-based experts whilst Weir Flow Control South Korea was used as a manufacturer. This approach allowed the end-user, customer and client to frequently inspect the valves in South Korea and benefit from regular communication from local Weir experts. The total scope of the project was; 20 butterfly valves and 80 control valves (64 manufactured in Korea and 16 manufactured in the UK). The valves were specified for a range of services for the turbine island, including both ‘standard service’ valves for relatively simple services through to specifically designed ‘severe service’ trims for the most arduous of conditions. At Weir, our customers benefit hugely from the company’s global capability; Weir employs 14,000 people in over 70+ countries, globally. We have experts in almost every country our customers are based. This offers the power and resource of large multinational and the local service and expertise that is needed when creating expert engineering solutions. If you’d like to learn more about Weir’s global network or the full portfolio of products offered by Weir Flow Control, get in touch with your local expert today.
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Lab on Locale - BAUER KOMPRESSOREN Online Breathing Air Quality System! AIR supports life. It surrounds us. Normally odourless & colourless - - air is primarily made up of nitrogen & oxygen with small amounts of other substances such as argon, carbon dioxide, water vapour, various trace gases, and sometimes even “smog”. This is the air we breathe. Compress that air and it transforms to the product known as Breathing-Air. This too supports life - - during activities such as medical treatments, fire-fighting, sport diving, hazmat work, and so on. Just as we are concerned with the purity of the water we ingest - - we are concerned about the purity of the AIR we breathe, be it naturally occurring or compressed. Besides pollutants that may be drawn from ambient air, a number of additional pollutants may be added during 50
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compression. These may include by-products such as lubricant vapours or odour. Let‘s talk for a moment about the origin of these nasty irritants or, in the case of carbon monoxide (CO), deadly substances. The source may be ambient air surrounding the compressor. It could be from cleaning solutions (VOCs) or even the pleasant smelling oven exhaust from nearby cooking (CH4, CO, and Hydrocarbons). Other risks include oxygen (O2) depletion resulting from leakage of an inert gas such as nitrogen (N), or hazardous levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) released by concentrated sources in the vicinity (e.g. dry ice). A poorly maintained compressor could itself produce a toxic oil mist. It is at the compressor outlet that purification processes are intended to prevent contaminated BreathingAir from reaching you, the user.
So, at BAUER KOMPRESSOREN what do we do to assure you that the Breathing-Air produced by our compressors is always reliably pure? Well, plenty! Besides cutting edge compression and purification technologies, we now introduce LabOnLocale-365®.
laboratory. With LabOnLocale-365® that laboratory is attached right to your compressor, performing analysis on demand, within minutes, any time, and 365 days a year. No more need to send samples away or to wait for reports.
LabOnLocale-365® is offered in two This ISO accredited & patented product, configurations; factory integrated into the BAUER developed by U.S. based X-zam Labs, performs 2 Unicus-4i or added as an aftermarket accessory functions:for any Bauer model. Every LabOnLocale-365®, no matter which version, takes advantage of 1. We, at BAUER, strive to provide constant cloud technology where user settings can be analysis at all times during compressor operation. adjusted, air quality data viewed, and air quality LabOnLocale-365® analyses the Breathingreports downloaded from anywhere and at any Air at five minute intervals, providing air quality time. www.LOL365.LabOnLocale.com data to as many personnel as required. In the event that the air does not meet regulations, an There are a multitude of LabOnLocale-365® e-Alert is sent to those same individuals and the analytical configurations and regulations to which compressor circuit is interrupted as well. This it can test. The typical Breathing-Air version can provides for reliable, safe, Breathing-Air at all analyze for CarbonMonoxide (CO), CarbonDioxide times. (CO2), Methane (CH4), Oxygen (O2), Humidity (H2O), Nitrogen (N2), Oil Mist, and Particles. 2. Most Breathing-Air regulations require periodic Proudly, the instrument can be tuned to test to analysis, such as before/after compressor nearly any worldwide ISO Breathing-Air regulation maintenance, and performed by an accredited including NFPA-1989 & EN 12021.
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Is Your Engineering Job Making You Sick? Here’s What You Should Do There’s something you can do about your work-related stress.
When you are an engineer with a very demanding job, you are most likely to experience stress all the time. And it is a bad thing because it is proven in research studies that the human brain and body have trouble distinguishing between the kind of stress caused by real danger, like a house being on fire, and perceived danger, like a boss with lots of demands. But no matter, stress has a negative effect on your body especially if you are an engineer. There are so many sources of stress in engineering like the work environment and the demands of the job, which could release hormones and chemicals to speed up your heart rate, increase blood pressure, and stimulate your muscles. Under such circumstances your bodies become more alert and responsive, which is rather normal. But if it becomes a regular thing, it isn’t healthy anymore – the body cannot sustain that level of readiness for long periods of time and is susceptible to breaking down. That could manifest in many ways like chronic headaches, nausea, insomnia, even heart attacks, hypertension, and stroke. It is now obvious that the direct link of the work stress to your body is scary. So what can engineers do about this? Just two things: 52
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Identify the sources of stress The key to solving this problem is to monitor your activities and check which ones are making you stressed. List down all your daily activities and identify where you having difficulty dealing things with. It takes about a week for you to be able to identify your biggest sources of stress. Look for patterns. Remember that it can be the job itself, that you are not fit for that kind of engineering job.
Make the adjustments Once you have pointed out which things are making you stressed at work, make the necessary adjustments. You can change the way you work your body and mind, set boundaries that serve you, and give voice to your thoughts. Manage what needs to be managed. If everything seems to be out of place, it is a career mismatch. It’s best to leave that job. You can also take this route if you feel like there’s nothing you can do about the sources of your stress anymore.
Have Rivalry With Another Engineer at Work? Here’s What To Do About It Don’t let it become toxic!
Competition is present in everyday life. Like people trying to get that best seat in the bus or inside the classroom, guests checking in hotels with the best views, or even men aiming for the love of a woman. There are countless ways that competition manifests in our world – according to social scientists, it is one of the most basic functions of nature and a biological trait that coevolved with the basic need for human survival. The engineering workplace has its fair share of competition not only as an organization but among the engineers within the company. More often than not, the rivalry comes from the desire to be promoted first faster than everyone else, which is not at all a bad thing. Research suggests that competition increases the levels of chemicals like testosterone in the body, preparing the body and mind and pushing the employees to go the extra mile and achieve results. This is the healthy kind of competition, but there is also the toxic one – a rivalry which could result to unethical decisions and ways as well as create conflict. If you are one of those engineers who feel that there is some kind of competition going on, the first thing to do is to make sure that it all ends well for the people involved. It doesn’t have to reach a point wherein it becomes toxic. Here are other tips:
Don’t get distracted and stay confident There is no reason to fret. As already established, competition is part of everyday life which also happens in the workplace. Accept the reality of it. But as a response, you still have to stay focused in your job as an engineer.
Find allies Once the competition becomes a big issue where you work, it’s better to find those who are in the same side as you. This should grow your reputation and cultivate strong relationships with other coworkers.
Step back It is necessary that engineers who are competitive in nature also have to stop for a moment. Do this to realize if all of what’s happening amid the competition is heading towards your career goals.
Don’t take things personally What happens in the workplace, stays in the workplace. Think of that as much as possible and keep a genuine relationship with your rivals. It is possible to be friends with your enemies. Oil & Gas Leaders • April 2018
ENOC Group Awards EPC Contract For Jet Fuel Pipeline to Al Maktoum International Airport “Awarding the construction contract is a milestone that underlines our commitment to fuel Dubai and the nation’s economic growth as it will play a vital role in meeting the growing need for aviation fuel seamlessly.”
ENOC Group, through its subsidiary Horizon Terminals Ltd, awarded the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract for a 16.2-kilometre jet fuel pipeline that links its storage terminals in Jebel Ali with Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai South, to Dubai-based Albanna Engineering. The construction of the pipeline is expected to be completed in 24 months and will be operational in the first quarter of 2020, in time for Expo 2020 Dubai. Upon completion, the pipeline will carry 2,000 cubic metres of jet fuel per hour to DWC, which is billed to be the world’s largest and will receive a significant share of international visitors to the Expo.
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Eventually, DWC is expected to become the world’s largest airport with an annual capacity exceeding 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo. His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: “The jet fuel pipeline to DWC is a strategic infrastructure project that aligns with the growth vision of Dubai and supports the preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai. Set in the heart of the new aviation and logistics hub, Dubai South, the airport will serve as a global aviation centre, and we are setting the benchmark to offer jet fuel services to a large number of international carriers using the airport.
Mr. Saeed Ahmad Mohd Saleh Albanna, Chairman, Albanna Engineering, commented: “We are proud to have won this challenging contract from ENOC. This award confirms our position as a regional leader in the pipeline construction sector in the UAE and affirms the leading role of Albanna Engineering in the hydrocarbon sector as an EPC contractor.”” Set to meet the demand for jet fuel at Dubai Airports up until 2050, the pipeline will be equipped with state-of-the-art safety features including a leak detection system, complete automation control and quality control, among others. ENOC currently supplies jet fuel to Dubai International Airport through a 58-kilometre pipeline that has a storage capacity of 141,500 cubic metres.
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