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Sylvia Garcia is a Houston Woman of Excellence

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Sylvia Garcia, Consultant Services Manager for OPC USA, has been nominated as a 2017 Woman of Excellence Honoree by the Society of Professional Women in Petroleum (SPWP).

Awarded by the Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW), a Woman of Excellence Honoree is a woman who has demonstrated excellence in her profession and the community, and one that leaves a lasting impression on those organizations she serves and the people she helps.

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The FHPW is recognised as an excellent place for Members to grow in professionalism and to expand their circle of influence.  For over 31 years, FHPW has served as a unifying organization for Houston area organizations including the Society of Professional Women in Petroleum (SPWP).

The SPWP said “Our 2017 Woman of Excellence Honoree is a motivated professional who single-handedly leads the operations of her company in Houston. This woman is fiercely loyal to her family and friends, always going out of her way to connect and lend a hand. She loves to travel and experience adventure, including enjoying the outdoors as a very skilled fishing enthusiast – topping most men in this area!  She has a passion for her community – volunteering at Scouts Honor dog rescue for many years, and supporting the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch in conjunction with OHH.  It is our pleasure to congratulate the SPWP 2017 Woman of Excellence, Sylvia Garcia.

Sylvia_Garcia_smallSylvia, who has been Manager of Consultancy Services for OPC since 2014, said “I am really honoured and humbled by this amazing recognition – you have no idea how surprised I was to hear of my nomination. Strong, dynamic and inspirational women have preceded me and I hope to continue promoting professionalism and success of our generation of younger women.

Sylvia will receive the award at the FHPW annual gala on September 16th in Houston.   For more information about the event and about OPC services in USA, contact Sylvia:

Sylvia Garcia
Consultant Services Manager
OPC USA

Tel: +1 713-973-2151

Email: sylvia.garcia@opc-usa.com

 

OPC upskills Kazak operating company

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Technical staff at a leading operating company in Kazakhstan are more knowledgeable and better able to interpret well test data thanks to a series of training courses run by OPC.  The series of three training courses covered key technical topics within well testing including Well Test Interpretation, Well Integrity and Wireline Intervention. The courses were hosted and operated by OPC Kazakhstan using training facilities in Aksai using experienced visiting lecturers including OPC Managing Director Piers Johnson.

Piers said “The course was well organised and the attendees were all enthusiastic and engaged well. We were able to examine data provided by the company so the attendees could see a practical application of what they were learning.”

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OPC was one of three training providers asked to tender for the project and was selected in no small part thanks to the positive feedback of previous training.  Piers explains “One of the company engineers had studied the Reservoir Geoscience & Engineering Masters course at the IFP in Paris where I lecture on well test interpretation.  Thanks to his recommendation, OPC was chosen ahead of some world-renowned experts on well test interpretation.”

The client invested in the training in order to upskill their technical staff and OPC will be offering ongoing mentoring and support to the attendees as well as to the client as a whole.

PierswebCheck out the full range of OPC training, mentoring and knowledge transfer services on our website

Contact Piers on +44 20 7428 1111 or by email .

 

Reserves and Development Plan Review

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Projects completed 2017

Reserves and Development Plan Review

OPC performed a review of the reserves and development plan for a Gas Field, offshore Africa. The workscope included a reviewing of multiple static and dynamic models, and producing a range of production forecasts.

Region:   Africa

Office:    OPC London

Time:     3 weeks to complete

Skills:   Geosciences (Geophysics & Geology), Field Development Planning and Reservoir Engineering

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For further details, please contact:

MattThompsonMatt Thompson
Team Leader
Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited
Tel:   +44 20 7428 1111
Email:  london@opc.co.uk

Petrophysical Interpretation for North Africa

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Projects completed 2017

Petrophysical Interpretation for North Africa

OPC performed a petrophysical interpretation of a well in North Africa, with a complex multi-mineral lithology. The work was carried out with a view to re-considering the conclusion reached by the previous interpretation work performed.

Region:   North Africa

Office:    OPC London

Time:     3 days to complete

Skills:   Geosciences (Petrophysics)

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For further details, please contact:

MattThompsonMatt Thompson
Team Leader
Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited
Tel:   +44 20 7428 1111
Email:  london@opc.co.uk

Ramadan Kareem

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OPC would like to extend our Ramadan Kareem wishes to all clients, consultants and connections.  We hope you have a blessed Ramadan.

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High Level Screening Study for Conceptual Completion Design

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Projects completed 2017

High Level Screening Study for Conceptual Completion Design

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OPC performed technical assistance in a high level screening study of sand control methods for offshore wells in the Middle East. As part of the work, OPC also made recommendations regarding core testing and core acquisition programmes.

Region:    Middle East

Office:    OPC London

Time:     4 weeks to complete

Skills:   Geosciences and Drilling & Completions Engineering

The report referred to the image shown below from Price-Smith et al, 2003 (SPE: 85504)

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For further details, please contact:

RileycropPiers Johnson
Managing Director
Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited
Tel:   +44 20 7428 1111
Email:  piersjohnson@opc.co.uk

Production Modelling & Forecasting

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Projects completed 2017

Production Modelling & Forecasting

OPC consolidated multiple production models from different operators to create one combined model. This model was subsequently used to assess the incremental benefit of developing “small pools” surrounding existing infrastructure.

Region:    UKCS

Office:    OPC London

Time:     2 weeks to complete

Skills:   Reservoir Engineering and Production Engineering

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For further details, please contact:

RileycropPiers Johnson
Managing Director
Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited
Tel:   +44 20 7428 1111
Email:  piersjohnson@opc.co.uk

Modelling and simulation review – development plan

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Projects completed 2017

Modelling and simulation review

OPC has successfully completed a full static and dynamic modelling and simulation review in order to assess the feasibility of the operator’s appraisal and development plan.  The scope of work also included a detailed evaluation of the development concept, appraisal well design and production modelling.

Region:    Middle East

Office:    OPC London

Time:     3 weeks to complete

Skills:   Integrated Geosciences (Reservoir Modelling) & Reservoir Simulation, and Reservoir Engineering

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For further details, please contact:

RileycropPiers Johnson
Managing Director
Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited
Tel:   +44 20 7428 1111
Email:  piersjohnson@opc.co.uk

ConvEx featured at AlMansoori Technology Day, Abu Dhabi

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ConvEx, the innovative forecasting solution for unconventional reservoirs, received significant interest from attendees at the AlMansoori Technology Day in Abu Dhabi on the 16th – 17th April 2017.

The Technology Day provided an opportunity for the AlMansoori Group, OPC’s partners in Abu Dhabi, to not only showcase their capabilities but also promote innovative and new technologies to the ADNOC Group.

The event, held over two days at the ADMA/ZADCO offices in Abu Dhabi was frequented by personnel from all areas of the ADNOC group and included a technical conference with presentations by AlMansoori and its partners.  The event was officially opened by Mr. Yasser Saeed Al-Mazrouei, CEO of ADMA/ZADCO who took the time to tour the exhibition to see for himself the technology on offer.

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OPC’s Middle East manager Riley Smith said “We were delighted to play a key part in this unique event.  It brought together innovation, technology and forward thinking and gave not only OPC but all who attended the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas on how we can work together with technology to successfully meet ADNOC’s targets in what remains a difficult time for the industry.”

In keeping with the theme of the event, OPC presented a new software application called ConvEx which significantly improves the accuracy of well surveillance analysis and forecasting production in unconventional reservoirs. ConvEx allows the user to derive a unit rate drawdown response function interactively with the well bottom hole pressure data and surface flow rate measurements which can then be used for future production forecasts.  This is particularly useful in unconventional reservoirs where there are no or few build ups just producing data. There will be an SPE paper released soon on ConvEx, should you require more information please contact Piers Johnson.

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Riley added “I presented a very brief overview of ConvEx and was pleased to see it generated a lot of interest, including from Mr. Yasser Saeed Al-Mazrouei which was of great encouragement.”

The event also provided an opportunity for the many partners of AlMansoori to meet and learn more about each other’s services and possible opportunities to collaborate. Riley Smith commented “The range of oilfield services available amongst the group of companies is staggering, we have identified a number of projects across the region and we are certainly looking forward to providing our subsurface expertise to one or more of these exciting opportunities”

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Companies based in Abu Dhabi interested in OPC services should contact:

Fawaz Al-AmodiFawaz Al-Amodi
Marketing Manager
AlMansoori Specialist Engineering
Tel: +971 566 854 863
Email: falamodi@almansoori.biz

For outside of Abu Dhabi, please contact:

RileycropRiley Smith
Middle East Manager
Oilfield Production Consultants (OPC) Limited
Tel:   +971 562 789 820
Email:  riley.smith@opc.co.uk

OPC presents at SPE Well testing workshop Dubai

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Piers Johnson from OPC played a key role at the 2017 SPE Well testing workshop in Dubai. The workshop, Well Testing – Technology, Operations, Sampling, and Reservoir Characterisation in the Current Price Environment, is the leading event for well testing in the SPE annual calendar.   Piers presented on two distinct topics:

  • Unusual Derivative Responses from Layered and Water Edge Drive Reservoirs
  • A Common Framework for Analysis of Well Test and Surveillance Pressure and Rate Data

The second presentation was based on the work of Mike Levitan, OPC Consultant, and explains how deconvolution can be applied to unconventional reservoirs as well as conventional reservoirs.  In unconventional reservoirs the reservoir volume investigated by a typical well test is confined to immediate vicinity of the well (as little as a few feet).  For this reason traditional well testing does not allow reliable assessment of the well long-term production capacity and is not a practical and proper approach for unconventional reservoir/well evaluation.   Mike’s framework involves an analysis technique based on pressure-rate deconvolution that is applicable for both well test and surveillance data.  This approach does not rely on any automatic pressure-rate deconvolution algorithms which are often too restrictive and not robust enough for surveillance data acquired in the course of routine production operations.

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Piers said “I was delighted to have been invited to present at the workshop and to have the opportunity to share Mike Levitan’s new framework.  I am particularly excited by this new framework as it can significantly increase the accuracy of the reservoir description, and therefore production forecasting in unconventional reservoirs and can deliver results far quicker than traditional models.”

Piersweb“Attendees at the workshop were very interested in the new framework.  Mike will be publishing a full technical paper in the next few months but I would encourage anyone interested in the topic to contact me quickly as we are already scheduling projects into the summer of 2017.”

Contact Piers on +44 20 7428 1111 or by email .

 

OPC attends EGYPS 2017

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Riley Smith from OPC attended EGYPS, the Egypt Petroleum Show which took place in Cairo on the 14-16 February 2017.  The event was the largest oil & gas industry gathering North Africa has ever seen and was an excellent forum for discussing opportunities in the Egyptian market.

EGYPS was a very timely event for OPC following our registration as an approved vendor with the Egyptian Ministry of Oil & Gas in November 2016.  This not only allows OPC to work more efficiently in Egypt but also provides our clients with cost recovery capability, in a market which is flourishing following several large gas discoveries including the super-giant Zohr gas field by ENI in August 2015..

As part of the registration process, OPC has formed a partnership with Elba Group, a local services company providing us with access to local support, infrastructure, environmental and logistics services in order to provide a more comprehensive service to OPC clients in Egypt.

RileylogoRiley Smith, OPC Manager – MENA, said “EGYPS was an excellent event which gave me the chance to meet with many companies interested in Egypt’s potential.  Having already met a number of senior government officials, it was great to meet with a number of operating companies looking at the opportunities available.”

Riley added “Our registration gives us access to the Egyptian Information Centre enabling us to provide comprehensive, expert and speedy services to companies seeking to enter the market. I would encourage any operators attending EGYPS who are perhaps seeking to evaluate opportunities in Egypt to get in touch with us as we can without doubt provide an unrivalled level of support on assessing these blocks”

Contact Riley Smith for further details

 

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New contracts update

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While the overall effect of the low oil price has been to dampen activity, OPC has been winning a large number of new contracts thanks to focusing on clear benefits to customers:

  • Expert knowledge of subsurface engineering
  • Flexibility to deliver projects, contract personnel and/or training
  • Cost effective rates given current market conditions
  • Integrated well services and field development partnerships

Middle East manager, Riley Smith said “Given the current market conditions, operators are looking for partners that can provide flexible, low risk and cost effective services.  This is excellent news for OPC as our model of a core engineering team supported by specialist consultants is particularly competitive at present.  We are able to deliver projects at day rates that are approximately 30% lower than three years ago due to the current market conditions and flexibility of our consultants.”

Shown below is a selection of new business wins over the last quarter:

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For more information on OPC services, please contact:

Piers Johnson
Managing Director
Tel: +44 20 7428 1111

 

Consultants’ Corner – free time edition

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As part of our E&P consultant market report, we asked consultants who are not actively consulting in the E&P market to tell us what was keeping them busy and to send us a photo of them doing it!

We had a great response and we are delighted to share photos of the following intrepid consultants:

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Gary Much is the Champion of Champions for North East of Scotland 

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Giles Smith has started an online business, got married and traveled the world.

 

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JM Picq is cruising..

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Joost van Breemen is restoring

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Liviu Bordeanu is training Chinese engineers

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Spencer Qualm is enjoying San Francisco

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Dave Bodecott continues to play in his spare time whether working or not.

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Fred Rittelmeyer is helping to drill fresh water wells in Madagascar

Thanks to everyone that sent in photos.  Please keep us updated with your activities – we do enjoy hearing and seeing what you are up to!

 

39% rate cut to get back to work

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Consultants who were active in the E&P sector in 2013 but not currently working due to the cutbacks in the industry would take a day rate that is 39% lower. This was one of the key findings of the OPC Consultant Market Report 2016.

Our research asked those consultants not currently working (but were keen to return) what day rate they would want from a new position.

  • The average day rate wanted now is $790
  • The average day rate in 2013 was $1,285
  • This represents an average reduction of 39%

A few consultants claim that they wanted the same rate as they earned before the oil price crash. However, most have been flexible with their rates to reflect a lower demand for their services.

The report from OPC obtained data from nearly 500 E&P consultants in October 2016 and provides a detailed insight into the current state of professional consulting in the sector.

Only 27% of our survey base of consultants are actively working on projects in E&P – a stark demonstration of the severe reduction in the use of professional consultants since the start of 2014.
The reduction in day rates means that using consultant skills is now a very attractive proposition for many oil and gas companies.

RileylogoRiley Smith, Middle East manager said “Operators are looking for partners that can provide flexible, low risk and cost effective services. This is excellent news for OPC as our model of a core engineering team supported by specialist consultants is particularly competitive at present. We are able to deliver projects at day rates that are approximately 35% lower than three years ago due to the current market conditions and flexibility of our consultants.”

Comments from consultants included:

“At the end of the day anything moderately reasonable has to be considered.”

Please click here to see the full report which is freely available for everyone to view.

55% of consultants are not currently working in oil industry

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55% of consultants who were working in the exploration and production sector in 2013 are no longer working in the oil industry. This was one of the key findings of the OPC Consultant Market Report 2016.

The report from OPC obtained data from nearly 500 E&P consultants and provides a detailed insight into the current state of professional consulting in the sector.

workingpieOf those that were working as consultants in 2013 (prior to the oil price drop in 2014), only 27% are still working as consultants in E&P. Another 18% have taken permanent or staff positions in the oil industry (not necessarily in E&P).

11% have found work in another industry and the largest percentage in our survey, 44%, are not currently working in paid employment at all.

This indicates a very large drop in the utilisation of professional consultants within E&P. Of the 55% that are currently not working in the industry, 68% hope to return when the sector recovers but 32% say they will not return.

These 32% have either found new professions, are retraining for another career or have retired. The most common industries for those leaving oil and gas are:

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  • Construction
  • Marine
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Farming
  • Business Services

Some are contributing to society in other ways. For instance, Fred Rittelmeyer is helping to drill fresh water wells in Madagascar (see photo).

We asked consultants how the downturn has affected their views of the industry. Many now have a more negative view, for example:

“It has only made me even more cynical, because I am old enough to have seen it all before. Short term hemorrhaging of talent to satisfy stockholders, then panic as the upturn arrives and all the people have gone, leaving only graduates to carry the load. It happened before, and it will happen again. The industry never learns.”

Click here to see the full report which is freely available for everyone to view

Day rates are 27% less than 2013

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Consultants working in the exploration and production sector in October 2016 are charging on average 27% less than in 2013.   This was one of the key findings of the OPC Consultant Market Report 2016.

piersThis fact comes as no surprise to OPC Managing Director Piers Johnson.  “I don’t know any consultant who hasn’t had to reduce day rates over the last two years.  The pressure on costs from operators has been pushed onto the consultant community and we’ve all had to reduce rates.”

The report from OPC obtained data from nearly 500 E&P consultants in October 2016 and provides a detailed insight into the current state of professional consulting in the sector.

In a remarkable co-incidence on percentages, only 27% of our survey base of consultants are actively working on projects in E&P – a stark demonstration of the severe reduction in the use of professional consultants since the start of 2014.

down27We asked just the consultants who are still working in the industry what their current working rate is and what it was in 2013.  The average day rate now is $1,109. The average day rate in 2013 was $1,520.

This represents an average reduction of 27%.  Virtually every consultant still working in the industry has needed to reduce rates. Only 5% of those still working have maintained the rates that they were charging in 2013.

Barry Shaw, Chief Operating Officer for OPC commented:  “The industry has entered into an unusual period where the rates contractors are willing to work for is often below the total remuneration package enjoyed by equivalent engineers in full time employment. This is contrary to the established industry norms and presents an excellent opportunity right now for operators to access top quality expertise on a temporary or variable basis at a cost equivalent to or below the equivalent for full time employees.”

The full report is freely available for everyone to view – just complete your name and email address below.

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E&P Consultant Market Report – 2016

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Recent reports have estimated that around 350,000 jobs have been lost in the oil & gas industry since the oil price slump of 2014.  As a specialist within the exploration and production (E&P) sector, OPC has commissioned this survey specifically to quantify the impact upon the employment of consultants in the E&P sector.

Specific information identified in the survey includes:

  • Percentage of consultants still working in the E&P sector
  • Labour rates of those still working
  • Labour rates wanted by those not working
  • Number of professionals lost to the sector & what are they doing now

The survey is free to view and download – please add your name & email address below to see full details.

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Positive outlook at ADIPEC 2016

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Despite the continued depressed oil price, sentiment among visitors and exhibitors at the ADIPEC conference in early November was distinctly positive.

Riley Smith and Piers Johnson from OPC were among the 100,000 visitors to the 19th ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference) from 7th to 10th November and met with operating companies planning projects for 2017.

Riley said “ADIPEC provides a unique opportunity for us to meet with all the major E&P players across the Middle East and further abroad. This year the general consensus was that 2017 will be a much better year than 2016.  There is a sense of enthusiasm about the industry and from all accounts the budgets for next year are already preparing to bring online new projects and activities”

OPC’s partner in Abu Dhabi, AlMansoori Specialized Engineering, had a major presence at the exhibition and supported Piers and Riley with several meetings with new contacts in the region.

Piers said “This was the busiest and most interesting ADIPEC that I have attended. It was very useful to spend time with the management from AlMansoori and we have identified several projects that we hope to be able to support during 2017.”

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Riley added “Given the current market conditions, operators are looking for partners that can provide flexible, low risk and cost effective services.  This is excellent news for OPC as our model of a core engineering team supported by specialist consultants is particularly competitive at present.  We are able to deliver projects at day rates that are approximately 30% lower than three years ago due to the current market conditions and flexibility of our consultants.”

This message was clear from the keynote address provided by Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, said: “The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Strategies for the New Energy Landscape’ is appropriately timed given the challenges, opportunities, and expansion we’re experiencing today. Operators are now required to improve their cost structures and be very disciplined in their investment choices.”

adipeckhyberThe 19th annual ADIPEC in 2016 was the largest event to date, bringing together more than 2,000 exhibiting companies, 25 country pavilions, 850 speakers, 8,500 delegates, and 100,000 attendees from more than 125 countries.

Contact Riley Smith for more details on OPC services

Egyptian registration provides cost recovery capability for OPC clients

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OPC is delighted to announce its successful registration as an approved vendor with the Egyptian Ministry of Oil & Gas.  This registration enables operators to recover the costs of using OPC services in Egypt against their operations, in a market which is flourishing following several large gas discoveries including the super-giant Zohr gas field by ENI in August 2015.

As part of the registration process, OPC has formed a partnership with Elba Group, a local services company providing us with access to local support, infrastructure, environmental and logistics services in order to provide a more comprehensive service to OPC clients in Egypt.

Riley Smith, OPC Manager – MENA, recently visited Egypt and said “Egypt is an exciting country for us, we have spent a significant amount of effort establishing our presence there. During my visit I was fortunate enough to meet with several senior officials of GANOPE, EGPC and EGAS, the three regulatory bodies under the Ministry of Oil & Gas as well as numerous operating companies. There is a real appetite from the government to attract new foreign companies who can add value to the supply chain in terms of technology or expertise. We have a great local partner and through this partnership we have inherited very strong relations with the 3 regulatory organisations and we intend to support them where we can, both in helping attract new operators to the country through the bid rounds but also support them in the training and development of their own staff.”

ganopeGANOPE currently have a bid round underway and the blocks available offer some exciting exploration opportunities, the increase in Egyptian E&P activity has caught the eye of companies throughout the world.  Our registration gives us access to the Egyptian Information Centre enabling us to provide comprehensive, expert and speedy services to companies seeking to enter the market either through the exploration licence rounds or through a farm-in to existing production.

RileylogoRiley added “Whilst in Egypt I was given a presentation by the GANOPE technical team on the 10 blocks on offer in the current bid round, 5 blocks in the Southern Gulf of Suez and 5 blocks in the Western Desert region, all of which looked to be promising prospects, and I would encourage any operators looking into Egypt to get in touch with us as we can without doubt provide an unrivalled level of support on assessing these blocks”

Contact Riley Smith for further details

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The information on Egypt below is republished from World Oil magazine October 2016

Egypt

The largest oil producer that is not an OPEC member, and is the most populous Arab nation, Egypt has seen significant industry advancement, despite the downturn. The Arab Republic of Egypt’s energy sector has been flourishing, particularly in the deep waters of the Mediterranean.

Eni discovered super-giant Zohr field in August 2015, in the Nile Delta region’s Abu Madi West license. Initial estimates indicated that the field was holding approximately 30 Tcf of gas. Eni’s historical find is recognized as a “game changer” for Egypt’s energy supply, as the country has been faced with energy deficits over the last several years. Consequently, Egypt had ceased all gas exports. Expected to come online by 2018, the deepwater Zohr discovery is considered the largest gas find in the Mediterranean Sea.

In February 2016, Eni completed drilling of the Zohr-2 well, the first appraisal well of the Zohr discovery. The well, situated in the Shorouk Block, is about 1.0 mi southeast of Zohr-1. In a water depth of 4,800 ft, the appraisal well was drilled to 13,684 ft and encountered 1,614 ft of continuous hydrocarbon column in a carbonate sequence, with excellent reservoir characteristics—1,000 ft of net pay. The company’s appraisal plan consists of drilling three further wells to fully demarcate the field.

Eni (50% stake), with BP Egypt (50%), made another important gas discovery in May, in the Baltim South Development lease, also in the East Nile Delta. Drilled in a water depth of 82 ft, the Baltim SW-1 exploration well reached a TD of 12,303 ft, and encountered approximately 205 ft of net gas pay in high-quality Messinian sandstone.

egyptatollBP announced the discovery of Atoll in March 2015, and has since made significant progress in its development. The Atoll-1 deepwater exploration well—found about 50 mi north of Damietta City—had been drilled using theMaersk Discoverer semisubmersible, in a water depth of 3,028 ft. It reached a depth of 20,997 ft and encountered about 165 ft of gas pay in high-quality sandstones.

Atoll Phase One is now reportedly in an early production scheme, related to the recompletion of the exploration well as a production well, as well as the drilling of two additional wells and the installation of tie-ins. The wells are being drilled by Ensco’s DS-6 rig which arrived in Egypt, in May.

The increase in Egyptian E&P activity has caught the eye of companies, including Apache Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell. Their JV in Egypt’s Western Desert reportedly made plans to begin production of unconventional gas back in June. Shell is the unconventional gas pilot project’s operator, with a 52% interest; Apache retains the remaining 48%. Full development of the field—which lies in Egypt’s Northeast Abu Gharadig licensing area (partially owned by state-run Egyptian General Petroleum Corp.)—will have to be negotiated with government officials.

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Thibault Grand returns as Consultant Services Leader

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A familiar face has returned to the OPC London office.  Thibault Grand who worked for OPC from 2012 to 2015 has returned to lead our consultant services division.  Thibault will be based at our London office and will oversee the sourcing, selection and appointment of expert consultants for projects with OPC clients.   Our consultants are seconded into clients’ organisations on short, medium or long term assignments either as individuals or part of an integrated team.

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Thibault said “I am delighted to return to OPC.  Since leaving last year, I have gained valuable experience resourcing for skills in other industries and am very much looking forward to applying these techniques in the E&P sector.”

While the market for consultant services remains challenging, there have been some positive signs in recent weeks.  Thibault added “In my first week I have already met with a number of large IOCs and it has been encouraging to have identified a number of contract opportunities for experienced consultants.”

All live opportunities are posted on the OPC jobs page and any interested consultants are encouraged to apply online or contact Thibault on +44 (0)20 7428 1111 or email thibault.grand@opc.co.uk.