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Mai El Ghandour

Mai El Ghandour is a journalist and an editor who's curious about how the world works. When she's not working, you'll find her immersed in a book.

  • RTA: How to Make the Most Out of Your Data
    Industry Insights

    RTA: How to Make the Most Out of Your Data

    Wednesday, 4th November 2020

    As we embark on the threshold of digital transformation, we are simultaneously gaining access to data more than ever before. However, are we making the most out of it to particularly understand the fluid flow in a reservoir? Here is where Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) shapes our datausageto unlock wellbore flow performance.

  • The Making of A Multilateral Gas Hub
    Industry Insights

    The Making of A Multilateral Gas Hub

    Tuesday, 6th October 2020

    It is often said that multilateralism is key to advance regional as well as global energy goals. When the East Mediterranean gas saga began to unfold a decade ago, a regional accord had to be struck and multilateral agreements were necessary in order for a gas hub to be conceived. An increasing number of cooperation opportunities were put on the table; from pipelines to “pipedreams”.

  • Robust Cyber Resilience in the Upstream Sector
    Industry Insights

    Robust Cyber Resilience in the Upstream Sector

    Monday, 7th September 2020

    With the world shifting towards remote working, increasing volumes of sensitive data in the oil and gas industry may be at risk.The digitization of the sector is becoming a double-edged sword, providing exciting opportunities but simultaneously posing a security threat. A cyberattack on the energy sector can, in fact, extend far beyond oil and gas production to hit the political and economic spectrum. Increasingly sophisticated cybercrime, often driven by nation-state actors with geo-political goals in mind, has become a national security threat and serves as an alarm bell for oil and gas companies to take action.

  • Joining the Petroleum Sector in the COVID-19 Era
    Industry Insights

    Joining the Petroleum Sector in the COVID-19 Era

    Monday, 10th August 2020

    When it comes to job hunting in the midst of a pandemic, the COVID-19 generation has seen it all. From interviews on Zoom, to the horror of maskless face-to-face interviews, and to the constant disappointment of rejection letters; there is no surprise that the current crisis will have a profound impact on all industries. However, the oil and gas sector can learn from this crisis. It can actually be acatalytic moment to accelerate permanent shifts, flatten hierarchies, reduce bureaucracy, and push decision-making to the limit. In short, paving the way for a new era of future opportunities.

  • Cooperation in Times of Social Distance: A Closer Look on JVs
    Industry Insights

    Cooperation in Times of Social Distance: A Closer Look on JVs

    Thursday, 9th July 2020

    As joint ventures (JVs) involve two or more businesses pooling their resources together, their goals as well as their risks become also commonly shared. However, overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis in addition to a global oil price war, oil and gas JVs are under the growing pressure from shareholders, governments, and the general public to adjust their business models and transparently compete in a new energy landscape.

  • Depicting A Contingent New Normal in the Oil Sector
    Industry Insights

    Depicting A Contingent New Normal in the Oil Sector

    Thursday, 11th June 2020

    In 2009, the internationally renowned economist, Mohamed El-Erian, coined the term New Normal: an economic alteration of normalcy in the aftermath of a global recession. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has posed a growth environment dampened by structural impediments, the world is yet to be taken aback by a possible new 'New Normal'.

  • Spearheading Digital Transformation: An Interview with Hoda Mansour, Managing Director of SAP Egypt
    Interview

    Spearheading Digital Transformation: An Interview with Hoda Mansour, Managing Director of SAP Egypt

    Monday, 18th May 2020

    Crisis and opportunity are two sides of the same coin. As digital transformation in the oil and gas sector takes center stage amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, everyone must rethink their business models. In this regard, one must wonder: is COVID-19 actually fast-tracking digital transformation? Egypt Oil & Gas interviewed Hoda Mansour, Managing Director of SAP Egypt to shed light upon the business trends emerging in the face of a pandemic.

  • Halliburton’s Women Sharing Excellence
    Events

    Halliburton’s Women Sharing Excellence

    Monday, 6th April 2020

    Halliburton held a Women Sharing Excellence (WSE) event under the high patronage of H.E. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, celebrating Women’s International Day on March 8 at the JW Mariott Hotel in Cairo, as Halliburton continues to build on its strong, diversified and inclusive culture.

  • The Fishbone Technology: To Use or Not to Use?
    Industry Insights

    The Fishbone Technology: To Use or Not to Use?

    Sunday, 1st December 2019

    The fishbone technology was pioneered by Shell, where it was tested in the Western Desert. But now that Shell is selling its Western Desert assets, should the fishbone technology stand the test of time and be leveraged by other operators?

  • The Effects of the Oil Curse on Venezuela
    Politics

    The Effects of the Oil Curse on Venezuela

    Sunday, 1st December 2019

    How can a country with the largest oil resources on the planet end up with the worst economic depression and humanitarian crisis in history?

  • Lack of Safety Driving Takes A Big Toll on Oil and Gas Workers
    Industry Insights

    Lack of Safety Driving Takes A Big Toll on Oil and Gas Workers

    Monday, 4th November 2019

    Last month, the Egyptian oil and gas sector was deeply shaken by a tragic incident that took the lives of four oil workers. The accident occurred when a vehicle carrying the workers hit an oil rig at the drilling site, leaving four dead and two others injured. This was not the first time that road safety was subject to skepticism in the oil and gas sector. Unfortunately, it might not be the last, either.

  • The Saudi Aramco Attack Explained
    Politics

    The Saudi Aramco Attack Explained

    Monday, 4th November 2019

    A burgeoning Middle Eastern conflict is putting the world’s energy security under threat. After Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, was hit by drones, the global supplies were bound to be disrupted and prices to skyrocket. The conflict has many ambiguous and cascading effects that are yet to be explained.

  • Eradicating Arrears and Establishing Mergers and Acquisitions
    Industry Insights

    Eradicating Arrears and Establishing Mergers and Acquisitions

    Tuesday, 1st October 2019

    For a long time, the government’s temporary inability to pay all its dues to foreign companies has directly affected business transactions in Egypt. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions were inevitably afflicted by these delays, too. However, as the government endeavors in reducing its arrears to International Oil Companies (IOCs), M&As are availing themselves of this opportunity.

  • An East Med Center of Excellence in the Making?
    Industry Insights

    An East Med Center of Excellence in the Making?

    Monday, 9th September 2019

    As energy ministers from the East Med Seven come together, a plethora of new developments in the region is on the horizon. Country members have set up the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) as a platform to manifest their strengths. The forum has been gaining momentum, so much so that countries outside the region have stated their interest to join. Can the EMGF possibly take a step further to leverage all interested parties’ resources and establish an East Med Center of Excellence (CoE)?

  • Geopolitics and Natural Gas Development in the Eastern Mediterranean
    Politics

    Geopolitics and Natural Gas Development in the Eastern Mediterranean

    Monday, 9th September 2019

    Within the past few years, the context of geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean region has drastically changed. Is there a hidden agenda behind the fundamentals of this newly formed gas market? Or is it just the simple truth that peripheral power prevails when consolidated?

  • Introduction of Europe’s Leading Independent Gas and Oil Company to Egypt
    Events

    Introduction of Europe’s Leading Independent Gas and Oil Company to Egypt

    Monday, 5th August 2019

    During his first visit to Egypt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mario Mehren reinforced Wintershall Dea’s commitment to the country. The company invited representatives from the oil and gas industry, German stakeholders and diplomats for a one-of-a-kind Gala Dinner at the monumental venue of the Citadel of Salah El Din in Cairo.

  • Getting Rid of the Elephant in the Room
    Industry Insights

    Getting Rid of the Elephant in the Room

    Monday, 5th August 2019

    Setting a robust national fuel price could be the first step taken towards a more sustainable future, however, there's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room.

  • A Hypothetical “Plan B” to Secure Downstream
    Industry Insights

    A Hypothetical “Plan B” to Secure Downstream

    Monday, 15th July 2019

    As Egypt paves its way to achieve natural gas self-sufficiency, could there possibly be another shortcut to secure the country’s downstream activities? One might think it is not necessary to explore another alternative with the booming natural gas discoveries. However, a plan B could be the safest bet to offer a myriad of possibilities for the petrochemical industry.

  • A Catalyst to the Modernization of JVs
    Industry Insights

    A Catalyst to the Modernization of JVs

    Thursday, 20th June 2019

    Joint ventures (JVs) can often be a conundrum, with complicated structures and shared management teams. However, with key human resource (HR) managers, more companies opt for collaboration to modernize their business landscapes. Find out here the best HR practices that optimize JV excellence.

  • A Future of Excellence Karim Badawi, Egypt & East Mediterranean Managing Director, Schlumberger
    Interview

    A Future of Excellence Karim Badawi, Egypt & East Mediterranean Managing Director, Schlumberger

    Thursday, 20th June 2019

    Karim Badawi, Egypt and East Mediterranean Managing Director of Schlumberger, talks to Egypt Oil & Gas about the professional development of the sector, especially on the Human Resources front.

  • Pipeline Integrity Management Systems: Stretching A Pipeline Through Its Lifecycle
    Industry Insights

    Pipeline Integrity Management Systems: Stretching A Pipeline Through Its Lifecycle

    Monday, 13th May 2019

    PIMS evaluates a pipeline’s integrity across its lifecycle, from identifying risks and hazards to managing testing and mitigations to streamlining safe operations. Through proper assessment methods, PIMS identify, validate, and utilize pipeline data in order to optimize the pipeline’s integrity.

  • Wild Well Highlights Well Control and Safety Solutions
    Advertorial

    Wild Well Highlights Well Control and Safety Solutions

    Monday, 13th May 2019

    Wild Well Control aims at promoting the newest technologies in well control to the Egyptian market, as evident by a series of workshops that were held on April 8, 10, and 11, to bring and share their experience with key operators in the petroleum sector, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

  • Weatherford Inaugurates New Facility in Egypt with Key Industry Leaders
    Events

    Weatherford Inaugurates New Facility in Egypt with Key Industry Leaders

    Monday, 13th May 2019

    Weatherford officially inaugurated its new facility and office space in Cairo in a ceremony held on April 30 that gathered the company’s global top management and key leaders of the Egyptian petroleum sector.

  • Weatherford Transformation Sees New Comprehensive Base in Egypt
    Events

    Weatherford Transformation Sees New Comprehensive Base in Egypt

    Monday, 13th May 2019

    The new facility in Kattameya is part of a transformation process by Weatherford that started two years ago. Spanning across 40,800 square meters and employing approximately 230 people, the cost-effective initiative is estimated to save approximately $1.5 million per year for one of the biggest international oil and natural gas service companies operating in the Egyptian petroleum sector.

  • Looking at Brownfields from an Economic Perspective
    Industry Insights

    Looking at Brownfields from an Economic Perspective

    Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

    Redeveloping mature fields can have an incredible economic value, only if they are managed efficiently. For this reason, oil and gas industry leaders need to shift their focus to improving efficiency rather than achieving growth, which is often driven just for the sake of boosting profits and gaining competitive edge.

  • Schlumberger Endorsing Female Talents in Oil and Gas: Celebratory Workshop Focuses on Female Empowerment and Work-Life Balance
    Events

    Schlumberger Endorsing Female Talents in Oil and Gas: Celebratory Workshop Focuses on Female Empowerment and Work-Life Balance

    Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

    Pictures of some of the most iconic women in the history of Egypt were seen at every corner of the room, as Schlumberger Egypt held a distinguished workshop promoting the empowerment of females working in the oil and gas sector on March 20 at the company’s headquarter in 6th of October City.

  • Embracing Young Female Talents and Investing in the Future
    Industry Insights

    Embracing Young Female Talents and Investing in the Future

    Tuesday, 12th March 2019

    In order to boost female participation and give women equal opportunities of building a successful career path, the industry has to ensure that female graduates are up-to-date and well trained, and emphasize how reskilling through a top-down approach can create a bigger impact.

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