The second day of the convention held a series of technical workshops, offering insights on wide-ranging topics, such as safety, platform priorities, operational efficiency and asset management. Each workshop included four presentations delivered by industry experts.
Safety & Environment
The first technical Session included four presentations on safety and environment management processes.
Ella Hilali, Risk Management Engineer at DNV, spoke about the defining principles of an inherently safer design. These principles, she noted, would eliminate the need for safety systems and procedures at later lifecycle phases.
Then, Mazen Al Omari, Marketing and Sales Director at Nesr, addressed a major environmental issue in a presentation entitled “Oilfield Produced Water Re-use for Drilling and Completion”. Omari explained that processing the produced water could not only offset the industry’s demand for freshwater but also empowers it as a water supplier.
Moving forward, Mohamed Gaber, Processing Piping and Pipeline Design Engineer at Petrojet, made a presentation on “Flare Gas Recovery Multi-Approaches”. Gaber remarked that 5% of Egypt’s energy needs will be covered by capturing the flare gas. Hence, he proposed three methods to recover gas: Liquid- Ring Compressor (LRC), Multiphase Pumping (MPP) and C3 recovery.
The technical session ended with a success story when Radwa Taman, Senior PhD Chemical Engineer at Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), delivered a presentation on GUPCO Risk Management Process- success story. Taman gave a detailed description of the company’s risk management project, highlighting its major role in preventing major accidents, hydrocarbon leaks as well as decreasing the number of fatalities.
Setting the Platform of Priorities
The second technical session that was launched on the second day of the 4th Upstream Technical Convention revolved around the theme of “setting the platform of priorities” in the oil and gas industry. The session witnessed four consecutive technical presentations.
The first presentation was introduced by Dragon Oil’s Performance Lead & Senior Petroleum Engineer Eman Sayed Shahin. She talked about the success story of advanced reservoir management through classical reservoir modeling and real-time monitoring system integration. Sayed reviewed the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company’s (GUPCO) case study, which is a joint venture between Dragon Oil and the Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC).
For the next presentation, El Hamra Oil Company’s General Manager & Managing Director Mark A. Reis talked about the use of a screening model to manage the development of a production enhancement program at IPR Energy Company.
Meanwhile, American University in Cairo (AUC) Petroleum Engineering Professor Moustafa Oraby discussed the issue of reducing uncertainty in water saturation calculations in the oil and gas industry.
Moreover, EGPC’s Operation Team Leader Safwat Ghazaly discussed approaches for unlocking tight gas reservoirs using long section horizontal wells.
Operational Excellence, Cost Efficiency, and Optimization
With a prominent group of the industry’s leading minds ready to present their ideas, the Third Technical Session of the 4th Upstream Technical Convention kicked off, specifically focusing on operational excellence, cost efficiency, and optimization.
It is worthy of noting that the audience had the opportunity to be enlightened by experts from both Egypt and abroad. Speakers at this session were from companies including Schlumberger, 3M Oil and Gas Company, Weatherford, and Khalda Petroleum.
For those who always seeking to learn and grow in the industry, “Continuous Rod” presented by Don Connally, Global Product Line Manager – Reciprocating Rod Lift, provided the audience with interesting industry-related insights. Contributing his knowledge and expertise to the technical session, Mohamed Ibrahim, an Application Engineer from 3M Oil & Gas, also delivered a presentation entitled “A step Change Approach to Sand Control: Economically Unlocking Reserves with Downhole Ceramic Sand Screens in X field, Nile Delta, Egypt”.
Moreover, known for its years of experience and notable accomplishments, the audience was happy to listen to Schlumberger’s Coiled Tubing Technical Engineer Roshdy Shalaby, who delivered an informative presentation about the “Successful installation of thru-tubing gravel pack using real-time downhole measurements.”
Mahmoud Salama from Khalda Petroleum also gave an eye-opening presentation titled “A More Efficient Way to Meter Gas Lift Wells”.
Transforming Asset Performance Management
The fourth technical session discussed the topic of transforming asset performance management. The first presentation entitled “Unleashing the Next Generation of Asset Performance Management (APM) Opportunities: Predictive and Perspective Analytics” was introduced by Enppi’s Cost Control Specialist Marwa Ghareib. She explained the importance of APM to avoid unexpected equipment breakdowns. “APM with Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics will accelerate the digitalization of Oil & Gas sector and help refiners to not only remotely monitor asset health, but also improve asset reliability by providing early warning notification and diagnosis of equipment issues days, weeks or months before failure,” Ghareib concluded.
The second presentation was entitled “Western Desert Brownfields Digitalization” presented by Agiba Petroleum Company’s Production Assistant General Manager Ahmed Sabaa, who discussed how digitalizing the brownfield can reduce costs and maximize its recovery. He pointed out that digitalization improves asset utilization and reduces the downtime related to planned and unplanned shutdowns.
DNV’s Development Manager Osama ElSaadawy presented the third presentation discussing “New Recommended Practice from DNV to help accelerate uptake of digital twins”. Through his speech, he introduced the new DNV-RP-A204 and how it could be implemented. At the end, a presentation about “Digitalization” was delivered by Farah Shoukry, a petroleum engineer from Halliburton. She showcased some solutions to digitalize exploration and production practices.