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21 Apr
2014

Localisation is over
Posted by: Georgina Enzer


Localisation is over
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Localisation is an outdated word in the Middle East oil & gas industry; instead we should all be talking about in-country value. Where the concept of localisation hints at inserting nationals into a company’s employee infrastructure with little effort at finding a qualified employee, but rather just a local employee, in-country value is something that is much, much broader.

In-country value promotion is usually a government-driven initiative that is designed to include locals at all ends of the oil & gas value chain, from the company that makes nuts and bolts, to the percentage of local companies an EPC contractor employs, and to the support that an IOC provides for oil & gas supplier SMEs in-country.

Where Saudi Arabia has stuck to the employment quota option, where a percentage of every company’s employees must be Saudis,... more...

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03 Mar
2014

Pipeline security is an issue
Posted by: Georgina Enzer


Pipeline security is an issue
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Attacks on oil & gas pipelines in Iraq, Yemen, Algeria and Egypt have stepped up since the beginning of the year, causing the upstream industry major headaches.

While the obvious concern is staff safety, and loss of revenue due to downtime while pipes are fixed, the impact of supply chain breaks also causes the industry problems.

Pipeline attacks, particularly where the pipeline is breached, impact all stakeholders in the supply chain from infrastructure owner to consumer.

There is a cost in terms of loss of supply, downtime, repairs, maintenance issues, and of course the speed at which these repairs can be made, especially if getting surveyors/engineers to the scene is potentially dangerous to human life. So, what can be done to combat these attacks and the growing threat to personnel in the field? It seems that the answer partially lies... more...

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09 Jan
2014

Boom or Bust?
Posted by: Georgina Enzer


Boom or Bust?
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

The Oil & Gas industry in the Middle East is in the process of undergoing a sea change, with many regions’ conventional oil and gas reserves facing depletion. In the US, it is easy to turn to fracking with its abundant water supply and 20-odd years of experience, however, in the Middle East region, it is not so easy to tap these unconventional reserves.

Saudi Arabia has announced that it has massive unconventional gas reserves, this would ease its reliance on oil for energy, and therefore boost crude oil exports, bringing in more revenue.

However, the question is, how long will it take to get the shale gas out of the ground, bearing in mind that infrastructure must be built to access those very remote gas fields. The second question is how are they going to frack those gas reserves without the billions of litres of fresh water needed to... more...

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27 Sep
2011

MEOS 2011 - Brilliant Fact of the Day
Posted by: Arabian Oil & Gas Staff


MEOS 2011 - Brilliant Fact of the Day
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

MEOS Day 2: Fact of the Day

There are 32,000 trillion cu ft of unconventional gas in the world, 3,300 trillion of which is in the Middle East.

Source: H S Al Manwani, Saudi Aramco
 

 

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09 Jun
2011

Big debate: How do you solve a problem like OPEC?
Posted by: Patrick Osgood


Big debate: How do you solve a problem like OPEC?
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

In a comment piece today, I make the case for OPEC's impending implosion, following their disastrous meeting on Wednesday in which the member countries could not agree over oil production, despite predictions they would do so.

Following news that Saudi Arabia is ready to pump as much oil as the market needs, I say:

"the largest member of OPEC is simply ignoring the cartel’s inactions that these days pass for decisions, despite the obvious rage this will cause and the risk it poses to the integrity of the cartel itself. It would be difficult to imagine a more stark rejection of... more...

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19 Apr
2011

Is Dubai wise to diversify its power generation?
Posted by: Emran Hussain


Is Dubai wise to diversify its power generation?
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy is planning to reduce the Emirate's dependence on gas consumption for its electricity genertion needs from 90% to 70% as part of its plans to diversify its energy sources.

Nejib Zaafrani, CEO of the Council's planning body said that it is is studying plans to start producing power from clean coal and solar energy by 2020 and from nuclear plants by 2030.

Whilst Dubai is a rich hub of business and real estate activity, it hardly produces enough oil to support its burgeoning infrastructure - the Emirate produces less than 4% of the UAE's oil.

We'd like to know whether or not you believe the initiative taken by Dubai to broaden its energy sources serves as a model for the rest of the Gulf region. If you live in the region, would you support such policies in your country, and what, if any steps is your government taking to diversify... more...

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09 Dec
2010

How will oil at US$90 affect Oil & Gas industry?
Posted by: Emran Hussain


How will oil at US$90 affect Oil & Gas industry?
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

As crude hovers near the US$90 mark, OPEC members seem to be quite comfortable with allowing the price to finally hit this ‘magic’ number. According to analysts $90 per barrel will not trigger the pumping in of extra oil into the market as the oil cartel is reluctant to fiddle with its official output targets.

If the world’s major oil producers are unlikely to budge on production quotas, there is sure to be a knock-on affect on worldwide oil and gas development and the Middle East would be no different in this regard, although the hydrocarbon-rich region could certainly absorb the blow.

World oil demand is being led single-handedly by China’s massive economy with its voracious energy demand. This could see global demand grow by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) to over 86 million bpd bringing it back up to the pre-economic-downturn levels seen... more...

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06 Jul
2010

Royal prerogative: Is Saudi Arabia's King right?
Posted by: Daniel Canty


Royal prerogative: Is Saudi Arabia's King right?
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has been quoted in newswires ordering a halt to oil exploration operations, in order to save the hydrocarbon wealth in his Kingdom for future generations.

But exploration itself is all about learning more, investigating the resources and reservoirs, and looking for new finds. The "E" in E&P doesn't necessarily drive the "P", or does it? 

On the one hand, exploration activity conducted now might represent something of a bargain, still way below the crazy costs which materialised when oil was $147 a barrel, when every man and his dog wanted to know whether there was oil beneath his feet.

However, once a resource is known about, there will be the overwhelming temptation to start pumping it out the ground, flooding national coffers with petro dollars, which in turn can stimulate massive public spending... more...

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31 May
2010

NEW VIDEO: Deepwater Horizon survivor account
Posted by: Arabian Oil & Gas Staff


NEW VIDEO: Deepwater Horizon survivor account
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

This video features the Deepwater Horizon tragedy survivor Mike Williams being interviewed on US television show 60 Minutes. The clips have attracted nearly 40,000 views since it was first posted earlier this month.

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11 May
2010

New BP Video: ROV conducts key subsea operations
Posted by: Daniel Canty


New BP Video: ROV conducts key subsea operations
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

A remotely operated vehicle uses a saw to cut a ruptured pipe in preparations to stop a leak at the site of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, May 3, 2010.

The ROV was critical in completing the subsea operations and stopping one of the three leaks. Video provided by courtesy of BP.

BP and the US Coast Guard are spearheading what is thought to be the largest ever oil spill response operations out of Louisiana on the Gulf of Mexico. Their mission to clean up millions of gallons of oil which have gushed into the sea following an explosion and fire which destroyed the Transocean semi submersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon.

Have you been... more...

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18 Mar
2010

Video: Huge gas blowout in Alaska
Posted by: Peter Ward


Video: Huge gas blowout in Alaska
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

 

This gas blowout in Alaska is one of the most fierce caught on camera. This shocking footage shows the importance of blow out protection and the dangers the drilling sector faces every day.

 

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11 Mar
2010

Video: US refinery explodes
Posted by: Peter Ward


Video: US refinery explodes
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

In March 2005 several explosions and a fire occured during the startup of the isomerization unit at the BP Texas City refinery. The below video explains how and why the accident happened and what could have been done to prevent it.

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07 Mar
2010

Video: Tanker engulfed in perfect storm
Posted by: Peter Ward


Video: Tanker engulfed in perfect storm
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Mother nature can be an oil tanker's worst enemy, and this video footage shows just why. Ignore the horrendous Bulgarian folk music and what you'll see below is truly breathtaking. As Alan Partridge would say: crash, bang, wallop - what a video.

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01 Feb
2010

Video: World's largest jack-up rig
Posted by: Kevin Baxter


Video: World's largest jack-up rig
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Our friends from Maesrk have kindly provided us with a virtual tour of the world's largest jack-up structure.

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24 Jan
2010

Video: Texas oil spill
Posted by: Kevin Baxter


Video: Texas oil spill
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

Footage from the recent oil spill at Port Arthur in southeast Texas. Great news to hear that no-one was injured in the ollision that caused the spill or that no wildlife is believed to have been effected. 

 

 

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14 Jan
2010

Salt caves offer UK solution for gas storage
Posted by: Kevin Baxter


Salt caves offer UK solution for gas storage
Mohammed Al-Ghareebi from PDO says the in-country value approach has really paid off for Oman.

A quirky story today’s edition of the UK newspaper The Times reports that a company called King Street Energy to develop ten underground salt caverns in the North West of England into an enormous gas storage facility.

The ambitious plans has won backing by the British government, who are looking for ways to increase gas storage facilities in the UK.

At present the UK only has the facilities to store 5% of annual gas consumption whereas France and Germany has enough storage for 20%.

If any of our readers can think of a better or sillier way of storing gas then please leave a comment.
 

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