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Vol 29 ● Issue No-2 ● March/April 2011
- Earth Hour 2011- It’s time to go beyond the hour - ADCO Completes First “Long” Horizontal Well and Breaks World Record for DTS Installation - Multiphase Pumping in ADCO - Labourers’ welfare promoted - New Book on ADCO - Farewell, Kamal - ADNOC CEO & ADCO CEO Visit SE FFD Projects - ADNOC Deputy CEO visit to Asab FFD - Shareholders’ visit to South East / 10 million MHRS LTI Free - Bab Water Flood Health Check - Learning by Doing - Bab staff visit Schlumberger’s Middle East Learning Centre - Awarding an ADCO female engineer - CITD announces the Delivery of The eWell Delivery Process Phase 1 and eWellFile - Watch out for the coming events - Sharing Success: A Step in the Path of Knowledge Sharing - R&D General Management Committee Meeting - Young UAE firefighters start their careers - ADCO Promotes Emiratisation in the Fire And Rescue Service Department - Environment Day - Hoist project workshop held - Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) for Sustainable Future - The 16th Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run - ND-34 begins a New Era in Shah Field - Cheetahs in the UAE - Bu Hasa remembers 2010 Welfare and Sports events - “The BIG Green Help” Initiative - Ahmed Ally Retires - Mabrook - Congratulations, Mohamed - Congratulations, Laila - Congratulations, Mahdi - Recipes from our Falcon Club Chef - FIND THE WORDS - SUDOKU 25 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 38 39 39 39 39 40 41 41 21 22 23 23 24 17 18 6 8 9 9 10 11 12 14 16 2 4
Through the stand. it is about highlighting the possibilities for change and encouraging long term actions that will reduce the carbon footprints of individuals.Never waste food! . 2 3 .m.By Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy (HSED). companies. marking their dedication to sustainable development and joining other citizens in adopting low-carbon practices by switching off the lights in a decisive display of climate action.Buy energy efficient appliances for your house.Hang out your clothes to dry. glow sticks and balloons were much appreciated by the public.Unplug the lap-top computer when it is fully charged.Re-use stuff when possible .Arrange your social gatherings outside when the weather is nice.Put your computer in ‘sleep’ mode when you go for meetings or lunch . coordinated the provision of 200 chairs for the Dubai Drumming Community who performed at the Corniche for the event. These use a quarter of the energy.. During the day. Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney. as well as the provision of 100 lanterns for the Echo chichi walk that inaugurated the event.Only do the washing when you have a full load . and nations. But remember to close them when you leave. groups. Yas Marina Circuit and others) joined for Earth Hour 2011 and ‘flicked the switch’ on their signature landmarks. pens. Guests love picnics on the beach or in the park . Time to buy a new pair of shoes? . most water evaporates.m.Get a really cool solar powered mobile phone charger . 2011 from 8:30p. Furthermore.uae. brochures. what is unequivocally the greatest threat to the planet today is absolutely vital. anyway . Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 4. where giveaways such as T-shirts.Bye-bye hose! Wash the car with a bucket. the resting place of the UAE’s founding father. Jumeirah Emirates Towers. in case there is a sandstorm . the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque and other iconic UAE landmarks (Emirates Palace. at local time in each country. ADCO sought to promote its image and its role on environmental issues and within society through sharing details of ADCO’s Sustainability Report for 2009. even when they are not switched on ? .Cook with lids on: it uses less energy and the food still tastes good. governments.Take advantage of the cool weather and open the windows. General Relations Division’s Public Affairs. in liaison with Health. Safety and Environment Division and General Services Division had Go beyond commitment the Hour.Water the garden at night. The world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. coloring books.panda. along with others. Why use a dryer when you have the sun? .Eat less meat to reduce your ecological footprint . asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. This saves energy and it is good for the computer too .Keep the A/C at 24 degrees and turn it off when you leave the house . please visit: http://www.Replace all your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.When leaving your home. permanent basis. so our role in addressing ADCO was proud to support the Earth Hour and was committed to partnering in initiatives that promote environmental awareness and sustainability.Turn on the water heater half an hour before you need the shower. ADCO Tower and its compound participated in Earth Hour 2011 while staff and customers were encouraged to join in. to 9:30p. Make your Earth Hour is not just about one night. Aldar Head Quarters. To get more details on Earth Hour. About Earth Hour Earth Hour is a global event organised by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually.org/earth_hour/.Refill your water bottle instead of taking another plastic bottle that you know won’t be recycled anyway . Listed below are some of the commitments you can make and practice on a permanent basis: . Why get involved ? The UAE has one of the highest ecological footprints per capita. TVs and air-conditioners .Unplug all appliances when not in use. a gazebo was set at Al Sahel Court at the Corniche. . Burj Al Arab. Did you know desalinated water is really energy intensive . on both the date of Earth Hour and on a continuing. ISSUE 2 ADCO stand ADCO e mployee s and the ir familie participa s ting in th e walk ADCO Building before and during Earth Hour Earth Hour Time line for 2011 Earth Hour 2011 took place on March 26.Open the blinds to use natural light and turn off electric lights . saving money on your electricity bills. switch off all lights.500 cities and towns in 128 countries across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour 2010. This attracted many visitors who came to enjoy different types of entertainment like Henna tattoos and clowns. there is no need to heat water 24/7 . did you know that appliances use a lot of energy.
who says “I am so proud of the team and really look forward to seeing the results of this exciting combination of technologies. that has resulted in a truly world class drilling performance. The well trajectory was exactly on plan. a phased approach was adopted. the far end of the Emirates Palace grounds are about 10. reducing costs. commented.000ft. “It really was a truly integrated effort by the whole team. Imagine trying to insert a 6” piece of rigid pipe 10. This DTS technology is exciting as it is cheaper than running conventional production logging tools (PLTs). hence increasing the amount of oil that could be extracted from the reservoir. to continuously determine where the water was going and whether it was functioning as intended. whereby the lessons learnt from this well would be incorporated into the subsequent wells. ‘Fariq Wahid’ demonstrated once again by ADCO !” The main beneficiary of this first well will be the SE Asset. surface hook ups and overall field footprint. but the learning will be applicable to a number of other reservoirs across ADCO’s Assets. Baker.000ft from the ADCO Tower in Abu Dhabi! In order to minimise operational risks.000ft! However. VP Development (SE). The potential benefits were: • to improve injectivity and areal sweep efficiency in the field. • to reduce rig times and hence reduce HSE risks. To give you an idea of scale. Drilling longer horizontal wells has the potential to reduce well numbers. Thanks again to the whole team. • to minimise the number of injection wells in the field. • to deploy a fibre optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system to continuously monitor the water injection profile. As Chris Kuyken. There were multiple challenges in delivering a 10. The completion was run into the well without any problems and we are now looking forward to hooking it up and benefiting from the results. hence reducing field development costs and also increasing oil recovery.000ft into the ground and then pushing it a further 10. in other words. drill and complete an injector well of 10. The purpose of this recordbreaking well was to design. Initial attempts at pursuing this prize have been targeted at the Thamama A in Asab. horizontal well in the precise location required in the reservoir along with all of the complicated completion hardware. An integrated subsurface / drilling approach was essential for delivery of a successful long 4 ISSUE 2 5 .000ft with a DTS system to test the relevant completion technology.000ft horizontally to exactly the right place in the reservoir. the well was executed almost perfectly.” By Mark Laws (TC-D&D) Several billion barrels of oil are present in ADCO’s low permeability reservoirs. The previous record was less than 7. K&M and Tendeka. One of the multiple challenges facing ADCO was that no-one had ever run a DTS string this far into a barefoot horizontal well before. VP of Drilling. including the excellent support we had from our main service providers. due to the excellent teamwork and planning. It is also safer as fewer well interventions are required. it could have a huge impact on the way we develop our tight reservoirs across ADCO and I am convinced it will add huge value to us all. This is fully recognised by Salem Al Bakr.horizontal well. as shown below. of course. If successful.
the current Beda Qemzan development project is based on multiphase pumping. The pioneering work for this type was carried out by the Institute Francais du Petrole (IFP) as part of a joint industry project. which could come from a high pressure oil well. the Ram multiphase pump unit. Once again. many Divisions across the Company have been involved in these technologies such as EUFR. The fluids can then be transferred. its driver and associated equipment were all mounted on a flat bed truck.Eng) Another type of multiphase pumps currently being investigated are multiphase jet pumps. There is no one solution that will be suitable for all applications. Hisham gave an overview of state-of-the-art multiphase pumping. was used successfully in flowing wells with low wellhead flowing pressure in the oil rim. The topic of his presentation was “Multiphase Pumping. Because of the high 6 ISSUE 2 7 . We are very fortunate to have an active SPE Section here in Abu Dhabi.8 MMOPD project. this was an industry first. Bab Reservoir & Operations as well as Operation Support and Engineering Projects. Phase I was developed using twin screw multiphase pumps. capital and operating costs as well as improved recovery. There are several types of multiphase pumps. it is not suitable for Qusahwira. Hence. This type of pump does not need a power source. separated and processed in the central facilities. The project is now being implemented and will be ready for commissioning in 2012. known as the Ram pump. Hisham also highlighted ADCO accomplishments in this area. Each type has its own operating envelope and application domain. gas lift or a gas injection well. it was decided to make the pump mobile. it has come of age and is now considered in many oil-producing areas of the world as state-of-the-art and best practice New developments are routinely screened for potential use for multiphase pumping. Although multiphase pumping is a relatively new technology. Phase II development involved two rotodynamic pumps also operating in series. these being organised by the members of the Section committee. for the 1. Thus. operability. For example. In this technology. to the Abu Dhabi Section of the SPE on the 16th of March. In order to allow the pump to be used for different wells. The Section regularly arranges meetings on a wide range of topics which are of interest to the professional community in the oil industry. using diverse technologies. a single machine (multiphase pump) is used to boost the pressure of the combined fluid stream: oil. multiphase pumping was considered for both Qusahwira and Bida Qemzan. which is a relatively young technology. ADCO had gained considerable experience with the various technologies used in multiphase pumping. known as the Poseidon project. Huwaila / Bu Hasa Reservoir & Operations. Over the last decade or so. multiphase jet pumps have the potential to produce some of the inactive wells. The first type of multiphase pump to be developed was the rotodynamic type. By Hisham Saadawi (TC . Should This be Your First Choice?” In his talk. who do the hard work on a voluntary basis. Multiphase pumping can offer numerous advantages in terms of HSE. Another application of multiphase pumps has been in the Bab Field where another type of pump. gas and water. Under the right conditions. VP – TC (Eng). This was the first time that two multiphase pumps had been installed in series. The studies indicated that while it is feasible for Bida Qemzan. but requires a motive fluid. The first field test of the prototype pump was carried out in an oil field in Tunisia in 1991. ADCO began investigating the use of multiphase pumps in the 1990s and the Huwaila Field was developed almost entirely using multiphase pumps. it was necessary to install two pumps in series.pressure required. Over 100 members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers attended the SPE Distinguished Lecture delivered by Hisham Saadawi.
Head of the Business Conduct Compliance Unit and Reda Morsi. entitled ‘Labour 8 Conditions’. and Public Affairs would like to invite all employees. All materials should be sent to alwaha@adco. Abdul Munim Al Kindy. Manager. Mr. Kamal returned to Egypt on 10th February. by the end of May 2011. the committee developed a draft document. on the issue. which was then reviewed by the CEO. Production & Facilities Engineering (ADNOC). Supply Chain Management Division are now including this document in each new tender invitation package to ensure that the drafting of ADCO’s contracts addresses all of ADCO’s labour welfare requirements and leaves no room for interpretation. The document covers key labour welfare issues. which took the ADCO story up to 2003. to submit any memories they may have about their careers in the Company. camp facilities. has recently retired after nearly 32 years of dedicated service to ADCO and to ADNOC. Kamal Morsi. Legal Adviser. Following the incorporation of his comments. Based on the above. One of Supply Chain Management Division’s objectives is to ensure that ADCO’s reputation as a caring company is maintained by applying the highest standards in health. This document will be updated through subsequent revisions to include any changes to labour welfare. working schedules. This will use material from the earlier book ‘Under Desert Sands’. payment of agreed wages. whether with many years of service or recently joined. and will then look at the events and changes of the last eight years as well as future plans. off days. Emirates Identity Card and others. such as payment to contractor’s personnel. the Contract Administrator assigned by ADCO for each contract will develop an appropriate audit plan. to check if any violations result from a lack of compliance by contractors. safety and environment as well as the rights of workers. also the story of its employees. leaves. Vice President (Supply Chain Management) and comprised of Ahmed Tolba. which was completed at the end of January for implementation. medical treatment. in any event. Following several meetings. was established to develop a document which consolidates all of ADCO’s requirements with regards to labour welfare. A farewell party was held for him at the Falcon Club on 30th January attended by the Executive Team and other members of the Extended Management Team. in line with the UAE Labour Law and ADNOC directives as well as other applicable standards and regulations. this was then submitted for final approval. in coordination with the Business Conduct Compliance Unit. current developments and future of ADCO later this year. living conditions and overall workers’ welfare. overtime. and Santosh Kumar. transportation. a committee led by Aref Al Sayed. Please let us have them as quickly as possible and. ISSUE 2 9 . end of service benefit. Team Leader Contracts (Process). In line with directives from our Chief Executive Officer. We wish him and his family a happy retirement and good luck in their future endeavours.Public Affairs are planning to publish a new book on the history. obviously.ae ADCO has re-affirmed its commitment to the terms of the UAE Labour Law for exercising strict supervision over compliance by contractors with ADNOC’s codes of practices and contractual standards relating to safeguarding workers’ rights. The story of ADCO is.
VP-E&P (SE) and. to tour the site and get an update on the recent construction activities. Mr. SVP-SE Asset. Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi commended ADCO on its achievements and progress. On behalf of SVP-E&P Mr.E. to inspect the installation of equipment and other current construction work. assuring the ADNOC CEO that ADCO will spare no efforts to achieve its target and that it was fully committed to meeting instructions from Government and ADNOC with respect to boosting production target rates while fully complying with the ADNOC Corporate HSE Objectives. H. Ahmed Najeeb.E. ADCO Operations and Project Management Teams from South East Fields. led by the ADCO CEO. On 25th January 2011. followed by a detailed presentation by Sharif Al Olama. from the Project Management Team. H. also emphasising the importance of the development of UAE nationals and integrating them into the projects. He assured the ADNOC delegates that ADCO is taking every step to deliver the projects on time and within budget in the best interests of ADCO and its shareholders. The visit concluded with a tour around the construction sites at both Asab and Shah. ADCO CEO. Eng. SVP-E&P. Project Manager (Asab). giving a number of examples of UAE nationals being given leading roles with respect to the current SE projects. The CEO welcomed the visit and explained the key activities under way in the SE Fields as well as recent achievements by the Engineering & Projects functions in ADCO. Vice President SE E&P. Ahmed Al Hammadi. Saleh Al Wahedi. The visiting team was received by Mr. Eng. their respective progress. the party then visited construction activities at the Sahil CDS. Adnan Al Shebli. Project Manager (Sahil/Shah). 10 ISSUE 2 11 . the VP – EP (SE). Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi. Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy. The programme started with an opening presentation from our CEO. Senior Project Manager (Asab). H. Sharif Al Olama. Yousef Omair bin Yousef paid a site visit to SE FFD Projects locations on 9th February 2011. Abdulla Al Zaabi. VPO-SE. After the presentation. He also noted that the ADCO E&P training programmes prepare young engineers to be internationally certified and accredited by reputable international Engineering Bodies. welcomed the ADNOC CEO and presented the status and progress of ongoing activities and projects. In response.E. Both the VP-E&P (SE) & the VPO (SE) confirmed ADCO’s commitment to this objective. H.E. before going on to visit Asab.As part of ADNOC’s commitment to the fulfillment of Government directions and in order to follow up on existing Major Projects and ongoing operations activities in South East Fields. the ADNOC CEO. our CEO pointed out that ADCO is a leader in the development of UAE nationals. Omar Suwaina from ADNOC visited the SE Fields to oversee the progress with respect to South East Full Field Development projects. Mohamed Al Qubaisi and Mr. and Omar Al Naseri. Sharif Al Olama. Saleh al Wahedi. so that they can obtain hands-on experience. took the lead in presenting all the ongoing projects and The ADNOC CEO emphasised the importance of integrating UAE nationals in all aspects related to the ongoing projects. Mr.
Saleh Al Wahedi. Senior Project Manager (Asab). Sharif Al Olama.500 people working on the project. SE. John Barry – Country Chair. Shell Middle East and Dr. Adnan Al Shebli. attended on behalf of the CEO together with the accompanying Shell Representatives Mr. dedication. the Asab FFD EPC Contractor. The Shell Representatives expressed their appreciation of all the efforts and the work activities on site. Petrofac. The Asab Full Field Development (FFD) Project. attended by all Project members and held on 7th February 2011 at the Asab FFD Construction Site. is pleased to announce that it has achieved the 10M MHR LTI Free milestone and has completed 26% of construction activities. honesty. with a fullyfledged Project Management team. Adnan Al Shebli. ADCO’s largest project to date. The achievement of 10 Million Man-hours without LTI is a result of their hard work. Ahmad Najeeb. Senior Vice President. took the lead in the celebration and ensured that an expression of appreciation on the achievement was disseminated to all the workers for their efforts in maintaining a safe working environment. the Safety measures being implemented and the role of ADCO’s Construction team in managing the work. we appreciate all efforts by every single man at work who contributed to this achievement and believe that the prevailing team work spirit at site is what has led us to this success”. commented. team spirit and their pursuit of a single goal: “Working Safely”. Operations and Contractors) for their efforts towards this achievement. and Ibrahim Moosa. Abdulla Al Zaabi and Serag Bebars then took the visitors on a site tour around the new Central Degassing Station. “We are very proud to reach the 10 Million manhours without LTI and will work hard to keep it that way. Mr. Mr.achievement. and the ASAB FFD Project management team invited ADCO Management and Shareholders to attend a celebration of this 12 ISSUE 2 13 . Ahmad Al Hammadi. Mark Milford Power – Vice President. ADCO Senior Management and Shareholders commended all the involved parties (Project Management team. Vice President E&P – South East. There are currently around 7. It was also noted that an effective system was in place with respect to co-ordination with Operations. Operations Manager FFD. Shell Abu Dhabi who were on a tour of the South East Fields. Petrofac’s target is to ensure that the people behind the achievement are rewarded by all means. On behalf of SVP Engineering & Projects. led by Vice President Operations.
ADCO has a strategy in place to re-use all of this water by pumping it back into the reservoirs from where it came. who are recognised as one of the most experienced operators of high water cut fields in the region. evolving and future technologies to enhance asset performance. It also provides a base line for future reference that enables performance improvement monitoring. a radar plot was used to serve as a reference for performance monitoring and improvement. The results from the Bab health check have been shared throughout ADCO. to assist with pressure maintenance and sweeping oil to the producing wells. Bu Hasa and Asab and this trend is expected to continue over the coming years. These discussions culminated in the Bab team carrying out a water flood “health check” in November last year to assess the status of their current water flood operations. Health Check Assessment Results - Baseline Figure 1. Indeed.e. develop or operate phase. like all sensible patients. Many of the fields in Oman. as shown in Figure 1. which have a wide variety of reservoir conditions. initially once a year. Each of the spokes of the radar plot represent The scores displayed in the radar plot range from 1 being the lowest to 5 being the highest. to produced water re-injection. This is no easy task so a number of pilot projects have been ongoing to demonstrate that this approach can be effectively managed and sustained. Water Flood System An alysis To manage the evaluation of all aspects of waterflood performance. water flooding in Bab enters a new era as the volumes of water to be handled will greatly increase. Figure 2. This is the systematic identification and removal of waste from a process which was spearheaded by the automotive industry (Toyota) and was adopted by the oil industry. Understanding injection and production conformance and areal and vertical sweep will become essential in order to maximise oil recovery. However. It is highly recommended that other Assets pursue the same sort of initiative. It was done with the aim of developing an action plan to optimise water flood performance. to production and processing. “Lean” however may be an unfamiliar term to most of us. through the reservoir. the health check also reviews the potential application of existing. A score of 3 is considered the minimum standard at which a successful water flood project should operate.3). PDO/Shell were used as technical advisers for this exercise. Summary The Bab health check has concluded that water flood management in the Bab Field has been perfectly adequate until now. Bab Plot ar essment Rad Baseline Ass a specific performance measure. The health check delivers a prioritised plan that specifies actions and how to follow these up. the Bab team was pro-active and started discussions with neighbouring Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Shell has developed a web-based tool. have been undergoing water flooding operations for almost 50 years so PDO are regarded as experts in managing these sorts of field. the Bab team has already planned another check up in November 2011 to assess the progress that has been made with following up the actions from the baseline check. and with the introduction of PWRI. Foreca sted Water Prod uction in ADCO For the baseline assessment of the Bab water flood (Figure. addressing reservoir. Different modules of this tool are available to address an asset’s life cycle either at the screening.By Medhat Abdou (Bab) Produced water volumes are predicted to increase significantly in ADCO as our fields begin to mature. which is the current norm. It is recommended that the water flood health check results should be used to address the identified issues and to develop a comprehensive water flood management plan. What is a Water Flood Health Check? A water flood health check is a two day exercise that takes a multi-disciplinary Asset team through all aspects of their water flood. which is regarded as one of the most efficient oil companies in the world. 14 15 . The methodology follows the product flow from the water source and injection. should be an integral part of it. It is important to note that the assessment for Bab is calibrated against future water flood requirements. In order to ensure they are prepared for the future. especially in view of the required change from aquifer water injection. i. Most of these measures are fairly self-explanatory. The health check delivers an overview of the status of the water flood Health Check Water Flood Figure 3. in the first instance by Aera Energy in California. The results are considered normal for water flood operations at the early stage and would compare well with the initial assessment results in PDO water flood fields. hence significantly increasing the amount of oil we eventually extract from our fields. Based on their extensive use of this process. Follow-up health checks at regular intervals. against critical activities. wells and facilities to ensure that all key development issues are covered in their plans. There are already signs that water cuts are beginning to increase in the larger assets like Bab. with more and more wells cutting water. ISSUE 2 Being an environmentally conscious operator. Besides processes and modelling tools. against the requirements for produced water re-injection. A score of 0 means the metric is not applicable.
International Women’s Day. Ghaniya. The tour was executed over a period of 3 separate days in order to be able to accommodate as many Bab staff as possible. We were greeted warmly by Amir Habib (Clients Training & Universities Relations Manager). but the future looks bright. Ghaniya Bin-Dhaeer Al-Yafei.Mrs. Carbon Management as Mitigation of Climate Change and for Enhancing Oil Recovery (CCSEOR). integrated life-cycle sub-surface field development planning and hands-on training (from reservoir modelling and simulation through well planning) is also possible. We were taken around a life-sized drilling rig and witnessed students making “real time” decisions based on simulated drilling results being fed back by the rig’s computer. one of ADCO’s female engineers. the organisers said that Ghaniya was “way ahead of other competitors in her category. and also included many other categories. presenting the award to Mrs. to develop the will to excel and to forge ahead for peak performance. Further on. Hanif Hassan. held in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. has been chosen by Middle East Excellence Awards Institute affiliate Datamatix as the winner of the Technology and Engineering award in the 10th annual Middle East. Dr. in Chemistry from the UK’s Oxford University and an MA in Energy Economics from Webster University of St. not only because she is technically qualified. it is felt that there is significant potential to use these facilities to further enhance ADCO’s staff development programmes. VPD-Bab. both as a steering committee member and as a speaker on her current subject of interest. ISSUE 2 17 . One particular area of potential is the possible using the facilities for on-boarding of new staff. after a safety briefing.E. She has a BSc. More discussion is still required. which was attended by over 150 women from throughout the region. both internally and with Schlumberger. in the United States. The emphasis at the MLC is very much on learning by doing and there was real energy in the atmosphere that you could sense from both the students and staff. is an ADNOC Secondee who joined ADCO in early 2008 after having worked in ADNOC for over 17 years as a reservoir engineer and then a reservoir engineering specialist. She took part in a panel on the topic at last year’s ADIPEC and also in the World Future Energy Summit. and ADIPEC. Minister of Health. Ghaniya also frequently gives talks on leadership and mentoring to the Arzanah College for women at the Petroleum Institute and has now been asked to talk to the male students as well. the seismic acquisition facilities (including a large pool for simulating marine seismic acquisition) as well as the field production operations facilities. in particular field and production engineers. Her objective in doing this is. section of the Global Women Leadership Awards in Technology and Engineering. were escorted around the facilities. logging. sponsored by ADCO. Announcing their selection. Although the MLC facilities focus considerable attention on operations in the field. in part. a Coiled Tubing unit. and continues to monitor their progress so that they may contribute effectively to the chapter’s work. there was no set upper limit. Amir Habib indicated that although the facilities catered for around 800 training days for members of the ADNOC Group in 2010. covering the spectrum of E&P activities from drilling. It was inaugurated by H. ADCO Senior Geophysicist Antonio Vizamora seized the opportunity at one point while standing next to the seismic vibrator truck to explain some of the principles involved in seismic acquisition. to help to prepare the young engineers for a smooth transition into their working careers in the industry. In 2008 she organised a ‘Women in the Oil and Gas Industry workshop’ with SPE. Seven other ADCO female engineers were nominated by their Line Managers. She was awarded the prize. Training programmes could be created to suit ADCO requirements. business and the media. with the aim of exploring potential opportunities to enhance ADCO’s use of these facilities for training of its own staff. In short. including academia. and an MSc. out of a total membership of 20. She has taken it upon herself to be a ‘Role Model’ . 16 As the first female Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Abu Dhabi Chapter in 2009-2010. She is currently the Chairman of the Regional SPE Awards Committee and is an active member of the International Society of Core Analysts. We felt as though we were witnessing actual drilling from the comfort of our lecture theatre chairs. After lunch all of the participants gathered together with MLC experts to discuss in more detail potential opportunities for cooperation.” We saw first hand the learning in action and the overall experience had the look and feel of real operations in the field. Al-Yafei By Medhat Abdou (Bab) Staff from both Bab Field and Bab Development recently visited Schlumberger’s Middle East Learning Centre (MLC) in Shamkha.to guide young women engineers to gain confidence. a task with which she has also been assigned by ADNOC. we were guided through a logging unit. Ghaniya has represented ADCO in many international workshops and conferences. but also because she is a great advocate of the progress of women in the oil industry. The guided tour of the facilities was arranged by Medhat Abdou. and members of his team from Schlumberger and. testing and completions to field operations and even seismic acquisition. Other opportunities discussed range from CAMS through to even late career development programmes. Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi. the first Emirati female reservoir engineer in the UAE. The awards ceremony was held at the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai on 8th March. LouisMissouri (Vienna-Austria Campus). The facilities themselves are quite impressive and mostly life-sized. she increased the number of young women SPE Chapter board members from 1 to 6.
classify.g. this has been a dream for quite a long time. leading to improved data quality. was to bring together five main Drilling processes and improve their delivery though the use of an automated solution. be it from source systems like FINDER. reduction in rig movement time (a major cost saving). automatically taking into consideration natural and man-made obstacles and buffer zones to ensure selected wells are drilled. developed by Corporate Information Technology Division in conjunction with ADCO Business Units. the numerous smaller manual processes associated with Well Planning and to utilise the capabilities of the new ADCO GIS to add a mapping analysis and rig move optimisation module. In his opening address. a corporate document management system that enables Asset/Drilling teams to scan or upload. improvements in business process management through workflow management with automated notifications. Drilling Material Forecasting. the development of the rig move optimisation application. the first phase of the new ADCO eWell Delivery Process (eWDP) and eWellFile Application. and search for their well documents based on corporate business and security rules. Kablawi for the eWDP. Another key feature of the eWDP is that of data integration. Y. back in 2009. and included presentations on the systems as well as live demonstrations of the two new systems which were made by the CITD Project Managers. eWDP involves five key processes. Mohamed Akoum. For many of our colleagues and information workers. delivering fit-for-purpose solutions on standard platforms that meet not only today’s business requirements but also set the foundations for future ones. EDM or PIES or data and information added by users. The eWDP live system demonstration was ably supported by Tawfik Dayazada from Technical Services Function and Samer Ashour from Bu Hasa Asset with Ayman Abu Nimry. VP (CIT). attended by the ADCO Executive Team. CITD – GIS. We thank all the business focal points for their dedication and contributions to achieve this important ADCO milestone.” The achievements are a testament to the commitment and drive of ADCO’s CITD to develop strategic. A major new feature was the development of the new rig move optimisation application which integrates the DWS and the new ADCO mapping capability e-MAP. The vision. major cost savings in terms of man-days saved. The major benefits to be gained from the eWDP can be viewed from a number of perspectives and include: the automation of a manual process. business-driven product offerings that meet the core business needs of the whole of ADCO. Many have been waiting to see this vision turn into reality and the synergy between CITD and the business experts from the various business units has made this happen. One benefit of the Logging Services Management module is that it enables contract administrators to assign / allocate different types of logging services against existing contracts and automatically see The optimisation also takes into consideration the location of the rig to the wells and the drilling period when calculating the best scenario. material and stock utilisation. one base platform from which future phases of the eWDP and other workflows can be developed. the opportunity was taken to incorporate. eWellFile a single point of truth In his opening address. a web-based GIS tool used within the eWDP. Finally in January 2011.” eWellFile is the first result of a long-term ADCO Business and CITD strategy and plan to deliver a uniform Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) capability across ADCO. the adjustments in the total value. a reduction in time in data gathering. e-Prognosis and e-Drilling Programme. eWellFile is a web application that enables easy access to the current and historical sub-surface documents. integration of existing applications. CITD makes this dream become a reality with eWellFile. stock control checks for Drilling and tie-in materials and enables business analytics to be performed to provide the optimum drilling schedules to be calculated. like DWS. Drilling and Workover Schedule. also demonstrating the new Rig Move Optimisation application. eWDP is not just a process eWDP is more than just a process. the VP(CIT) said: “eWDP is one of the important automation initiatives for ADCO. validation and control. Muwakki for eWellFile and A. importantly from a technology view. This is a completely new application which can calculate the shortest path a rig or rigs have to follow. all integrated and automate in one common and logical sequence. whenever possible. When defining the workflow and vision.In a ceremony held on 20th January 2011. the VP(CIT) said: “An electronic solution to manage the well file documents has been an ADCO dream for many years. it is an entire business cycle and way of work for many professional staff and engineers here in ADCO. enhancements to existing applications. production of timely reports to make informed decisions. eWDP will eventually link to the new eWellFile application allowing users access to records and documents about a well. The launch was presided over by Mr. 18 ISSUE 2 19 . Tie-In. the sharing of data and information. They can spread cost evenly and ensure that contract values are not exceeded. two new IT Solutions were launched. eWDP also incorporates data integrations e.
documents containing the term ‘porosity’ may be found. CITD has initiated a new project in 2011 to scan. eWellFile is linked to ADCO eMAP. de-duplicate and classify all well files for all Assets. Decrease the demand and cost for additional physical and electronic storage space and paper consumption 6.2nd . Improve work force productivity through crossAsset information sharing and collaboration 5. maps. all problematic well reports produced in 2010 could be found.11th May Global Space & Satellite Forum 2011 . the SVP(CS). and approval of documents through an electronic document review and approval workflow The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre will hold the following events in May and June 2011: What’s Coming Next? eWellFile eWellFile is being gradually rolled out to the remaining Assets in Q1 & Q2. yet simple. 2011.18th May Middle East Communications 2011 .11th June Shams Festival 2011 . surveys. June: . MS Office. PDF. the VP(DD) and the VP(BS) expressing their thanks to CITD for delivering what are seen as key business enablers for ADCO to achieve its Vision 2020. drawings. The solution provides a corporate standard Well File structure for all Asset teams to store. records.g. studies. May: . a document type search for SCAL reports within a given field or well can be undertaken. For historical paper well documents (backlog files).6&7) from 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM .6th May ADCO Family Day (Halls. The inauguration concluded with the SVP(TS).The documents can be used for research and analysis to optimise field development and subsurface production operations and to create a collaborative environment for better and quick decision making. Automate the tracking. 5.g. programmes. Allow sub-surface engineers to make informed and accurate decisions by referring to one version of the truth 3. Summary of Benefits of the eWellFile System: 1. Phase Two of the project will deliver a set of applications related to the well programme like well prognosis.9th . photographs in any format. Full text searching is also possible so. eWellFile is now being populated and will require all trained sub-surface engineers to contribute to it to make it of value. Protect critical and expensive document assets from being destroyed or lost 2. reports. The SVP(SS) thanked everyone involved in the development work and to the business for supporting and helping CITD deliver two truly world class applications.17th . Improve work force productivity by searching and retrieving documents within seconds 4.6th . drilling cost sheet. and additional business reports and supporting processes. users can search for well-related documents in eWellFile based on Geographic data like offset wells. control and security.31st May The Financial Technology Market (MEFTEC 2011) eWDP-Phase Two As Phase One covers most of the planning modules. for example. In addition. The project team is determined to continue with their momentum and will maintain the same collaborative spirit to complete this huge project effectively and efficiently. eWellFile has powerful. distribution. documents.9th .30th . 7.18th May Cards Middle East 2011 .27th May Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Concert 2011 .9th June Beauty Secrets Show 2011 20 ISSUE 2 21 .4th May 2011 World Robot Olympiad UAE . Within eMAP. GOOGLE-like search features that enable users to have instant access to their documents. etc. drilling programme. A user can search using different criteria e.11th May Interiors UAE 2011 -16th . Improve compliance with the corporate governance and standards through strict document classification. index and retrieve all forms of content e. eWellFile can be accessed from eServices on ADCONet.
congratulated the new staff and welcomed them to ADCO family. and Mr. please have a look at the workshop presentations on the R&D website (http://adnocresearch) which is accessible from within all the OPCOs. welcomed the ZADCO CEO and the workshop participants. the R&D Oil SubCommittee held a workshop on 20th January 2011 to present the Wettability Characterisation R&D project to ADNOC and OPCOs experts to present the project’s developed methodology and findings. Abdullah Al Minhali. Mr. Mairza Al Hendi. ISSUE 2 Group photograph with the Vice President. 33 UAE trainee firefighters formally signed their employment contracts with ADCO on 5th January. explained all the clauses in their employment contract and also answered questions from the new employees.the Oil Sub-Committee Chairman and ADCO’s SVP. 2011 in ADGAS. in addition to ADNOC senior management. ADCO. which began in October 2010. PI. He encouraged them to continue their good work and promised them that ADCO was committed to support them to any extent.By: Marwan Haggag (Bab) In line with its commitment to share R&D knowledge among the OPCOs. which rotates between the operating companies. 2011. the discussions that followed the presentation and the feedback received after the event. the Oil Sub-Committee Programmes Coordinator. the Oil-Sub Committee Chairman. presented the progress in ongoing R&D projects and received feedback and input on the present and future directions of research. the Vice President. Fareed Abdulla. Shawket Ghedan then presented the research project’s developed methodology and findings. telling them not now to rest on their oars. The workshop took place in ZADCO’s offices with participation from ADNOC. He stressed that R&D knowledge sharing and integration is a crucial element and an integral part of the Oil SubCommittee strategy and process. Ibrahim Al Qubaisi. Jebel Dhanna Terminal. He then outlined some of the achievements of the Sub-Committee and encouraged the OPCOs to take advantage and make use of the outcomes of the various R&D projects. Dr. Fareed Abdulla. During the meeting both Mr. Marwan Haggag also presented an outline of efforts being made by the Oil Sub-Committee in integrating the research projects outcomes and knowledge in the work of the ADNOC OPCOs. as long as they show a strong desire to succeed in their careers. the Gas Sub-Committee Chairman. The semi-annual meeting. The General Management Committee expressed their support for and appreciation of the efforts from both committees. Jebel Dhanna Terminal Having successfully completed the first phase of their training programme. was attended by the OPCOs CEOs. For more details. He also noted the involvement of Petroleum Institute students in carrying out the research. The Human Resources representative. but had only just begun. ZADCO and the Petroleum Institute. said that the success of the project was evident from the interest it had triggered and because of its potential impact on the industry if further research is undertaken. ADMA-OPCO. In his closing remarks. The workshop’s success was evident by the high level of attendance. as their journey of training and work had not come to an end. 22 23 . The 13th R&D General Management Committee Meeting took place on 10th February. In a speech to mark the occasion. Marwan Haggag. He noted that such research projects present an excellent opportunity for closer collaboration between the OPCOs and PI. In his opening remarks.
These young firefighters have begun six months of rigorous training which combines English Language skills with practical firefighting drills and parades. the Senior Vice President. ADCO has recruited forty young Emirates into its vibrant Fire and Rescue Service Department.Firefighter-trainees on parade By Walid Ben Zeglam (Jebel Dhanna) By Ebrahim Baglar (Jebel Dhanna) As part of its focused commitment to the Emiratisation policy and its support for local society. Mairza Ahmed Al Hendi. The area chosen was the beach between the DAS contractor’s camp and the sewage treatment plant. The SVP (TPO) encouraged them to uphold the good name of their country and avoid any act that is against company policy. Abel Delport. Both the SVP and VPT encouraged them to abide by ADCO’s HSE policy and procedures at all times. the Chief Fire Officer (JD) Azeez Ola-Ojetola. Senior Environment Protection Engineer. These were removed. and the animal was then returned safely to the sea. as well as from the CNIA. Ateeq Belal Al Qemzi. entangled in seagrass and plastic fibres. reports. He noted that the training is being delivered by a certified Fire Training Specialist. welcomed the trainees and informed them of their roles and responsibilities to their fatherland. In his own speech. took part. with the support of other competent Senior Fire Officers. Thanking members of the senior management team for their visit. a beach cleaning campaign was held on 26th January 2011 at Jebel Dhanna. He stressed that they should follow all the instructions given by the trainers and that they should always demonstrate a high sense of discipline. Jebel Dhanna Terminal. A number of employees from ADCO and contractors. In an address to the new intake at Jebel Dhanna fire station. He reminded them of the consequence of any act of indiscipline or breach of company policy. assured ADCO Management of their commitment to providing the new recruits with the highest level of professional training in line with international standards and best practices. During the clean-up. Mr. encouraged the participants to view 24 their training programme as a great opportunity to enhance their career growth and to look to the future. On the occasion of the National Environment Day. the Vice President. Terminal and Pipeline Operations (SVP-TPO). He urged them to put in their best and to excel in their training activities. Walid Ben Zeglam. a young turtle was found on the beach. Mr. 25 ISSUE 2 . outside the JD Terminal fence.
the scope of work. The tendering process got under way in February this year. The Hoist is an approved global technology. either between locations in the same field or between fields. and now accounts for 70 per cent of relevant operations. • Using Hoist to manage any increase in workover operations. At the beginning of 2010. This was endorsed at a presentation to Shareholders on 5th and 6th October 2010. Beginning with three units. A Hoist unit is a work-over unit used for repairs and light work-over of production wells. • Less time required for moves. mainly for maintenance and work-over wells. the company is now using 26. 26 ISSUE 2 27 . rising to 30 per cent of the total relevant activities. • Use Hoist to achieve 2% inactive string (as per Shareholder & senior management instructions). There is considered to be considerable potential for the use of Hoist technology in ADCO as the number of work-over operations increases. • The area required for Hoist is half of that required for a rig. compared to 30 per cent for conventional drilling rigs.• A high potential impact on the number of new Rigs required during 2013-2015 & in the future. • Potential savings through using Hoist instead of a rig in maintenance wells (approximately US $20 million. then spoke about the relevance of the Main Tender Board to the project and about ways in which Hoise can be used within the ADCO environment. was attended by the SVP (TS). Brad Kerr. addressed a workshop on 2nd February to present Drilling Division’s strategy and way forward with respect to implementing the new Hoist project. Andrew Parkinson. and the organisation of the Hoist unit. resulting in approval being given to launch it as soon as possible. Yousef AlHammadi. It is often fitted with a telescopic or folding mast. allowing it to work on wells which have no production derrick. which is used around the world. the Hoist Team from Drilling Division visited PDO (Oman) to examine using Hoist in work-overs operation and other activities. He was introduced by Chris Kuyken. the VPs of the Asset teams and employees from Technical Support and outlined the status of the project. The team spent 7 days in a PDO field (Jibal) focusing on Safety. Mr. • Compensating for any delay in the arrival of new rigs from China in 2011-2012. held in the ADCO auditorium. replacing rigs which are more expensive and slower to move. Use of Hoist is increasing. using only one Hoist for the next 5 years). the Project Manager. following instructions from senior management to look for cheaper technology. then summarised the importance of using Hoist. who explained the benefits of using the Hoist & the importance of using it in our environment. The workshop. It can be used for a variety of types of work as required. PDO has been using Hoist units since 1993 for work-over and selected re-entry operations. The following tangible benefits to ADCO’s business have been identified for the project. implementation features for this year and the Top 11 ‘must-do’s’. Senior Vice President (Technical Services). ADCO’s Hoist project coordinator. asking all participants to collaborate in ensuring the success of the project. VP-DD. A presentation on Hoist was given to the Executive Team on 22nd September 2010.
(NGV is fuel efficient. ADCO is planning to conduct joint pilot tests with ADNOC for Distribution to assess the CNG cars operability and effectiveness in desert terrain conditions. a) Fewer emissions: Compared with vehicles fuelled with conventional diesel and gasoline. 4. several alternate fuels such as natural gas. While emissions from an individual vehicle may be minimal. their usage is limited. b) Lower operational and maintenance costs: The fuel cost for NGV vehicles for the same distance is around 30 percent cheaper than petrol vehicles to refuel.currently estimated as 5. Further. it will result in less wear and tear on the engine. Natural Gas is second only to hydrogen in emitting very low levels of carbon dioxide when burned and also it contains no particulate matter. A switch inside converted cars allows drivers to switch from gas to petrol and viceversa. Natural gas is odourless. To meet the Abu Dhabi Government commitment. c) Natural Gas Vehicles Safety: Natural gas being lighter than air.0 ADCO initiatives on NGV The use of natural gas in vehicles presents an opportunity to minimise the impact on the environment through the reduction of emissions and demonstrates ADCO’s efforts to implement the Government of Abu Dhabi commitment to diversify into other alternative fuels for sustainability. Abu Dhabi Executive Council set a goal of having 20% of the 28 ISSUE 2 29 . This conversion is completed in half a day at conversion centers. d) Duel fuel vehicle: Once converted to operate on Natural Gas the vehicle will be dual fuel as the petrol fuel system also remains in operation. NGV conversion will be offered to the general public. the conversion kits are inspected and certified by third party in accordance with international standard. taxi companies. Abu Dhabi Government cars converted to run on CNG by January 2012. NGV conversion facilities are initially offered to fleet vehicles. colourless and noncorrosive and lighter than air.0 CNG Conversion kit Converting petrol-driven vehicles into natural gas is a simple process which involves installation of a few additional components such as a gas storage cylinder. The use of local natural resources available will present a sustainable fuel solution for the transportation sector. instead of forming a dangerous flammable pool on the ground like other liquid fuels. ethanol and bio-diesel have been used. a multi-point injection system and electronics to take account of the different ignition properties of petrol and natural gas. ADNOC for Distribution. ADCO has converted 25 Saloon cars so far into CNG in its Abu Dhabi transport fleet. 2. the cumulative emissions from a fleet of vehicles will have a serious impact on air quality.0 Vehicular pollution . ADNOC set up 16 NGV filling stations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and 4 in Sharjah. environmentally friendly and offer relatively low cost of ownership). 5. 3. Upon building additional filling stations and conversions centers.0 Benefits of NGV cars 1. Among all.0 Why Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)? In order to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Comprised mostly of Methane. As Four Wheel Drive (4WD) cars constitute the majority of the light vehicle fleet.0 Abu Dhabi efforts towards alternate fuels As a part of its Alternative Fuel Strategy.a cause of concern Vehicles are one of the major sources of air emissions and various pollutants emitted from vehicle exhausts lead to adverse health effects.8 billion cubic metres. As bio-diesel and ethanol are currently expensive and are competing with food sources. ADNOC-FOD. 6. natural gas being the cleanest burning fuel has become popular alternative to petrol and diesel. in the event of an accident. With two fuels on board. is also operating 9 vehicle conversion workshops for the conversion of existing petrol vehicles to run on natural gas. a vehicle can go double the distance. Natural Gas is a fossil fuel which is found naturally in the underground environment. natural gas simply dissipates into the air. public utilities companies and governmental agencies. Further as natural gas burns so cleanly due to high octane rate of about 120. natural gas vehicles produce significantly lower amounts of harmful emissions. Abu Dhabi is fortunate to possess the world’s 5th largest reserves of natural gas .
Al-Ain. in addition to the personal donations made by participating ADCO employees. ADCO management approved a donation of Dh 30. that the word ‘Run’ is used merely as a convenient label for the event. after 143 days the cancer returned. At seven o’clock. it was a celebration of one 30 ISSUE 2 31 . This was the culmination of a fun and rewarding occasion. Those who finished the course (and this was the vast majority) were awarded a certificate from ‘The Terry Fox Foundation’. the event has raised a total of Dh 7. When the idea of a run was first suggested to him. walk or ride. which was to raise money for cancer research. Since the first Terry Fox Run in Abu Dhabi.000 participants of all ages and from all walks of life. A carnival atmosphere soon developed. stroll. bringing together the city’s diverse population of all ages. ambulances parked in lay-bys to assist those with blisters. He was just 18. Of the money raised by the Terry Fox Run this year. participants started arriving and registration opened. in 1995. whilst some rollerbladed and a few even ‘ran’ the course in wheelchairs.the more serious athletes amongst us ran. What impressed me most about the 16th Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run was that rather than it being a day of sadness at a young man being snatched away at such an early age. opposite ADCO headquarters. 1981.By Paul A. but that those participating could run. Two years later. I was also impressed by the cross-section of Abu Dhabi’s community that was participating. Freeman (Bu Hasa) The largest community-oriented event in the Abu Dhabi calendar is the annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. however. he insisted there should be no winners or losers. So let Terry Fox be an example to us all of how an ordinary person can become extraordinary in the face of adversity. He ran a marathon distance every day and hoped to run coast-to-coast across Canada. took place on 18th February 2011. An enduring memory will be a father gliding along on rollerblades.25 km return journey) was fabulous.000.bathed in the gentle warmth of the February sun . This non-competitive aspect of the Terry Fox Run is a major contributing factor to the event’s enormous popularity. The event has also raised awareness of cancer. but his legacy. the 16th Terry Fox Run got under way and the blue-shirted participants streamed past the start line.5 km route (a 4. As the posters informed us. we could ‘run. The run. with plenty of water distribution points. (or) jog’. Shortly after ten o’clock. pushing his son before him in a pushchair.7 million. now in its 16th year. Who was Terry Fox? Terry Fox was Canadian. Terry died in June. walk. However. and helped de-stigmatise this terrible disease human being’s courage. and the happy banter of those around you keeping you entertained. This non-competitiveness is in keeping with Terry Fox’s wishes. lives on as an international fund-raising event for cancer research. I must point out. Yet the vast majority of participants walked. The organisation along the 8. leaving participants with a lasting sense of achievement. But let us not forget the main purpose of the day. fitted with a prosthetic leg. attracting more than 15. Volunteers organising the run began turning up around five o’clock on a chilly Friday morning at the restaurant quarter of the Corniche. Along the Corniche . This money has supported 35 research projects carried out by UAE University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Tawam Hospital. Terry began his ‘Marathon of Hope’ to raise money for cancer research. In 1977 doctors discovered a malignant tumour in his right leg and amputated the limb just above the knee. the Terry Fox Run. with a DJ playing popular music and the Abu Dhabi Police Band entertaining the crowds. Most participants bought a distinctive blue ‘Terry Fox–30’ T-shirt (reminding us that it was thirty years since the cancer activist’s untimely death) and the DJ led those of us taking part in a pre-run warm up to music.25 km outward journey and a 4.
of vehicle incidents or of HIPOs. the work will make a major contribution to the country’s future energy needs. 32 ISSUE 2 33 . The sub base of the rig. Don By Don Smith (Drilling Division) Drilling rig ND-34. of objects being dropped. ND-34 was released from Bab 873 on 11th December 2010 and began to be completely disassembled for its move to the Shah field to begin a three well programme for the Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company. At During the whole process. the Abu Dhabi Gas Development team and contractors. owned by the National Drilling Company. Planning meetings were held every morning to plan the day’s assignments and to ensure that safety issues were fully explained and understood. has moved from the Bab field to begin working with the Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company on the Shah Deep Gas Development in the Shah Field. with the rig move commencing on 4th January 2011. the same time. there were no reports of first aid being required. with an expected production of 50 billion mmscf of gas per day upon completion in 2013. from the dismantling of the rig in Bab through to its re-assembly at the Sy-501 well. This took nearly twelve days. a distance of 176 kilometres over sand tracks was covered on its way to the new location. was also moved. Abdel Nasser Abu Aishah. The gas itself has a high H2S component. NDC. Mohammed Sarhan from Civil Equipment Services and the Shah Field Services Staff. requiring the use of 9 D-8 caterpillars and 10 heavy duty KW transport trucks. was present on site to assist the NDC Rig Manager and the ADCO Drilling Supervisor in managing all HSE issues. with the Sy-501 well being spudded on 12th February. The project is expected to last for around three years. Overall. During rig up. however. with each load carried averaging around 20 tonnes. ADCO’s Drilling Division played a major role in planning for the rig move. SE. of up to 26 per cent. Rig up operations began on 25th January. weighing 365 tonnes.120 kilometres were driven by the heavy equipment during the rig move. rig acceptance and the spud of SY-501. along with personnel from NDC.Smith. Overall. Other ADCO personnel involved included ADCO DOM. presenting a major safety risk not just to personnel directly involved but also to field project construction teams working near the drilling of these planned wells and to the environment. a senior HSE Adviser from ADCO. despite the fact that it was the first rig move in which many of those taking part had been involved. a total of 21.
four cubs have so far been born. presumably very useful when running at high speed. it may be possible. • whilst running. Indeed. The Cheetah is an unusual cat. Although they were long thought to have become extinct in the vast deserts of North Africa. in south-eastern Abu Dhabi. although recently they have been unconfirmed sightings in Baluchistan Province of western Pakistan. some animals may later be released into the wild. it has declined markedly across much of its range. have released several animals into a large enclosure in the centre of the island. It is thought that only about 10. The last known Arabian cheetah was shot in Saudi Arabia in 1950. where the Tourism Development and Investment Company. Re-wilding means that these cubs will be raised as if they were in the wild. Intriguingly. A combination of hunting. this species has unusually low genetic variability. they use their long tails like a rudder (on a boat) to keep their balance. Marius is a leading expert on re-wilding of large mammals. This success is a significant milestone for Marius Prinsloo and his team of scientists. this team are among the leading experts on re-wilding and everyone hopes for a successful outcome. • Cheetahs have semi-retractable claws. There are healthy populations of both within the National Park. in specific on the island of Sir Bani Yas.still exists in Iran. in many respects: • it is easily tamed and was popular as a pet in the Middle East and on the Indian Subcontinent. 34 • even though at least six races are currently recognised. TDIC. However. The re-introduction of Cheetahs there would help restore the balance of the natural ecosystem. And what a sight that would be! By Stephen L. It has been recorded as reaching speeds of up to 120kmph over short distances. mountain plateaus and the more traditional savannah landscapes of East Africa. though they may have hung on in Oman until around 1970. where they are living successfully. It is now thought to be extinct on the Indian sub-continent. through the Middle East. James (HSED) The beautiful Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is an unusual member of the cat family.000 animals are today found in the wild and captive breeding is very difficult to achieve. This is a fantastic achievement for TDIC and its team who are in charge of Conservation and Agriculture on Sir Bani Yas. including deserts. Cheetahs’ natural prey species include many species of gazelles and smaller prey. cheetahs have once again been roaming in Abu Dhabi. The recently re-introduced population of Arabian Oryx are in no danger from this fleet-footed predator. but all kinds of secondary evidence point to it having once been present. not far from ADCO’s Qusaihwira oilfield which contains some of the best preserved natural desert habitat in the entire country. since they are too large for Cheetahs to prey on them. One possible area could be the Umm Az-Zamul National Park. recent research has proved that small populations still survive in the wilderness of western Egypt and northern Niger. to see Cheetahs once again. If the experiment continued to be successful. and across to India & Pakistan. This population has recently been studied intensively by scientists. Proof of Cheetahs existing in the UAE is sketchy. including the Arabian peninsula. desert landscapes of the UAE. Within the last fifty years. human population expansion and decrease in populations of their main prey species are to blame. a small population ISSUE 2 35 . however. such as the Arabian Hare (Lepus capensis). Human contact is kept very limited and the scientists use the cubs’ natural instincts as far as possible in every facet of their lives. roaming the wild. Its former range was over most of Africa. It has recently been the location of the very successful Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) re-location project. • it is the fastest land animal. This is a long and difficult process and there is no guarantee of success. Recently. The Cheetah can live in a wide variety of open habitats. Within the next few years. Further study may indeed reveal the Cheetah to be more widespread in this region than previously thought.
filled with fun and entertainment. External trips and competitions are more useful and enjoyable. In particular. Everyone was delighted by the activities. The excursions arranged during the year included the following trips. Getting together with the employees and family outside ADCO. the 2010 is over. In total. plus family members. and Lutfi Kadora and Mohammed Younis. Bu Hasa employees thank the SVP. It is appreciated if it is with a pleasure trip and it is amazing when it is with family. produced the following results: • Best wishes to Bu Hasa Welfare & Sports Committee and their team members. VPO and Divisional Managers for their support. • Field-based employees need to have break from the desert. and of course. Chairman of the BWSC 2010. the BWSC organised numerous outings and trips in 2010 to keep them active while enjoying their rest days with their family members.• • • • • • • • • • • Dubai Mall / Burj Khalifa / Dhow Cruise Dinner JAL Fujairah Resort & Spa Mubazzara Resort Dreamland Aqua-park The Egyptian-European-Russian Circus A dinner on the yacht ‘Shuja’ Hilton Ramadan Iftar Atlantis Aqua-park & The Lost Chambers Ferrari World. Abu Dhabi Hotel Trips Trip to Atlantis / Wild Wadi in Dubai A survey to measure the performance of the Social & External Trips Club. Spending enjoyable time with family in fun events. about 300 employees. • Excellent experience and helped us display social and community relationships. The arrangements made by BWSC were wonderful. Hope they will arrange good trips during 2011. As part of its efforts to promote social activities and to enhance the quality and well-being of both short-cycle and long-cycle employees. are thanked for their efforts in arranging and organising the events. • Good coordination and dedication shown by the organisers. we still remember the pleasant memories shared by Bu Hasa employees and their families and colleagues as a result of the varied activities organised by the Bu Hasa Welfare & Sports Committee. However. the Committee’s representatives for the External Activities & Trips Club. opportunity to enjoy the lovely scenery and outings all over the UAE. Ebrahim Al Salemi. These included a variety of games and entertainment activities for all age groups. • Thanks to BWSC and Bu Hasa management. 36 Among participants’ comments were: • The events were perfectly organised and there were no confusions and we enjoyed it very much. • Building good relations with colleagues. enjoyed more than 10 trips last year. ISSUE 2 37 . There were a large number of participants in all events. • Well organised and high quality places.
on the birth of his first baby boy. Ahmed joined ADCO in 1980 and worked in various capacities. on the wedding of his son. maintaining excellent customer relationships and practicing safe work practices. . Take the time to sit down and enjoy your food on the premises instead. Abu Dhabi. these being key factors in the overall development of warehouse management during the three decades of his service. on 21st April 2011. giving him the opportunity to work with people of various nationalities and to gain a lot of knowledge and experience. Mohamed on 14th April 2011. on the occasion of the wedding of his daughter. avoid buying take-away meals.Reda Nabulsi. (CITD). Bab & Gas Operations.By: Hanan Khattab (HSED) Waste – When you eat out.Aymen Helmy Ali. To Laila Khaled Aoudi. Mohamed. Masoud Al Kathiri then wished Ahmed a very happy retirement and presented him with a gift as a token of appreciation. Leena. on 15th March 2011. on 11th March 2011. for completing her Master’s degree in Business Administration with honours from Abu Dhabi University. (PMC) Mahdi Hassan Al Khaja. on the birth of his daughter.Jamal M. To Mohamed Jamal Salman. Dr. Accountant. he said. 38 In return. was awarded a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Abu Dhabi University in early 2011. Salman. for completing his Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from Al Hosn University. the appearance of containers made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) allowed the production of ‘disposable’ items. and is now closely connected to the recent fashion among consumers for eating on the move. the W & L Manager spoke of the contributions that Ahmed had made to the Company. would remain in his memories for ever. when taking your lunch break or while dining outside. ISSUE 2 Document Controller Engineering & Projects (BAB). Malak. eat in! The volume of waste generated by household packaging has risen by 5 times.Hamza Bazaraa. especially non-recyclable plastic. finally as Senior Warehouse Supervisor in Warehouse & Logistics Management department (SCMD) at Bab13. Your Big Green Help At work. General Services Division. on the birth of his son. which. E&P (TC) Quality Department. especially UAE nationals. 39 . Congratulations to: . the training and mentoring of new recruits. hosted a lunch on behalf of Ahmed which was attended by all employees in Bab13 and also a number of guests. . Warehouse & Logistics Manager. During the 1970s. and by as much as 50 times in the case of certain materials such as plastic in the last 30 years. By Abdul Jabbar (SCMD) Ahmed Mohammed Ally retired in February 2011.Mohamed Fawzy Abou El Azm. noting that he had spent almost half of his life in Bab13. Ahmed expressed his thanks. Technical Centre (Operations). E&P (TC) Quality Department. to be thrown out after a single use only. In a speech given on the occasion. He also expressed his gratitude for the cooperation and support that he had received from ADCO Management and employees. including contractors. on 26th February 2011. . Solution Quality Analyst. Ali. which produce large quantities of waste. after more than 30 years of service. Masoud Al Kathiri. HRD. . The trend towards the use of such items has intensified over the past few years. such as the planning and organisation of storage facilities. On behalf of all.
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