The Egyptian General Petroleum Corp., Schlumberger and Sensia (Rockwell automation + Schlumberger JV) have inaugurated the Egypt Production Digital Center (EPDC) during an event hosted by Petrojet at its headquarters in Cairo.

Schlumberger and Sensia were selected as the performance partner of choice throughout Egypt’s oil and gas digital journey and to bring the digital transformation vision to reality. The EPDC project is a key enabler for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources’ Modernization Project, Karim Badawi, Enterprise Digital Performance Director at Schlumberger, remarked. He added that Schlumberger’s partnership with Sensia promotes Egypt’s digital transformation journey for the benefit of everyone.

“Schlumberger’s purpose is to create amazing technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all. Schlumberger has been in Egypt for almost 80 years and we feel very proud to be a strategic partner of choice for the sector,” Badawi stated during his opening speech.

EPDC aims to digitize production data from Egypt’s producing assets. Now, through EPDC, the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and all its joint ventures (JVs) are all interconnected with a strong production data management system covering all Egypt’s assets.

Alan Rentcome, CEO of Sensia, commented: “Egypt’s O&G operations can be complex, You have 40 JV’s and more than 5000 wells. These operations produce a huge amount of data on daily basis, getting the right data to the right people at the right time is key to gaining critical insights into the business performance.”

For his part, Abed Ezz El Regal, Chairman of EGPC, stated “it is an honor to share our ultimate goal to have a fully automated process for all activities of EGPC and the whole sector.”

Through EPDC, EGPC will have a full and live spectrum of Egypt’s various operations, production, forecast, sales, contracts, and with direct integration to Egypt Upstream Gateway (EUG) at their fingertip. Thus, reducing the time to insightful decision-making.

Badawi elaborated that “the positioning of Egypt as a regional hub is something which we are all very proud to be part of and EPDC is one of the key enablers to bring out the production of Egypt and to help realize the success of the self-sufficiency goal in terms of gas.”

The event also highlighted Egypt’s digital transformation journey and explored EGPC’s vision, business drivers, and collaboration. It also dived into other topics such as  the expansion of data integration for JVs through  Avocet platform as well as access to real time optimization  through the ConnectedProductionTM Internet of Things (IoT) platform both part of the Sensia’s digital solutions portfolio