Revolutionizing the Role of Service Companies at MSGBC 2023

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As the oil and gas sector undergoes transformative changes, the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2023 conference – taking place in Nouakchott on November 21-22 – will host a panel discussion on the innovations shaping the service industry, with a focus on key projects, recent contract awards and advancements in digital and automation technologies.

The session will open with a presentation from Jason Robinson, Director of Business Development – Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East at TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, exploring the role of seismic and geophysical data of the MSGBC subsurface terrain in evaluating oil and gas formations for future drilling operations.

Moderated by Laura Sima, Associate Director, Upstream Solutions Research at S&P Global, the panel features Robinson; Cheikh Benhmeida, CEO & Owner of SEPCO; Ben Sayers, Partner at GeoPartners; Khady Ndiaye, Vice President & Senegal Country Manager for Kosmos Energy; Fernando Siqueira, Country Manager for MODEC; Sopiribo Ideriah, Group Managing Director, West Africa at SLB; and Alan Corbett, Vice President, sub-Saharan African at Baker Hughes.

From the Grand Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) LNG Project in Senegal and Mauritania, to the Sangomar Oil Field Development in Senegal, to Projects Nour and AMAN in Mauritania – the MSGBC region offers a diverse array of energy ventures for local and international service companies. Opportunities span engineering, procurement, construction, drilling and project design services, along with low carbon technologies for companies specialized in environmental services, green electrolysis and associated power infrastructure.

Among the recent contracts awarded in the region are a multi-year Master Service Agreement secured last July by Genesis, a subsidiary of Technip Energies, for Woodside Energy’s offshore Sangomar project. Last month, Swiss subsea construction company Allseas inked a contract with bp to complete pipelay works for the GTA development.

With an emphasis on technology and innovation, the panel will delve into the application of specialized technologies involving artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to enhance exploration, drilling and production processes. MSGBC countries have the unique opportunity to build a technology-forward oil and gas industry, with AI algorithms able to analyze seismic data to pinpoint drilling sites, predict equipment failures and enhance maintenance scheduling, thereby reducing downtime and costs.

As the region approaches first oil and gas production, local and international service providers have the capacity to reduce costs, enhance safety and increase productivity in drilling, maintenance and inspection. By establishing an attractive operating environment for service companies, MSGBC countries can ensure a prosperous, efficient and sustainable oil and gas sector from the outset.

Under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, and in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, the Mauritanian Oil and Mining Company, Petrosen, COS-Petrogaz and the African Energy Chamber, MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2023 is the gateway to engaging with the region’s energy future. Join us in Nouakchott on November 21-22 to be part of industry-advancing discussions. Register for the event at to stay ahead of the sector’s latest developments.

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Onur Yilmaz

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