An informative seminar on Asset Integrity Management (AIM) was hosted by TÜV Rheinland experts and representatives of Oil and Gas Skills (OGS) in downtown Cairo on April 11, 2018. Together with OGS, a subsidy of the Government Authority Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) controlled by the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, TÜV Rheinland welcomed in excess of 140 participants made up of both junior and senior managers as well as technical engineers from HSE, inspection, maintenance and asset integrity departments.
The seminar was planned as a platform to announce the alliance between TÜV Rheinland and OGS, to present joint capabilities, and introduce new and innovative TÜV Rheinland technologies and AIM solutions to the Egyptian market. OGS and TÜV Rheinland have partnered to cooperate in providing Egyptian oil and gas, petrochemical, and refinery sectors with a comprehensive scope of asset integrity and process safety management services. Based on this cooperation, TÜV Rheinland and OGS can respond to any technical and commercial inquiry and deliver services to the customer's doorstep in Egypt.
Speakers from TÜV Rheinland provided informative talks on the relevant AIM topics. Daniel Balos, renowned RBI expert, presented specialised assessment and analyses, RBI, and fitness for service portfolios, all of which currently have large potential in Egypt. Fred Gabriels, Managing Director of TÜV Rheinland Sonovation, introduced cutting edge inspection and integrity services for offshore wells, available only through TÜV Rheinland. Mark Skelton, Principal Consultant from TÜV Rheinland Risktec, presented a comprehensive portfolio of our risk and process safety solutions.
Other speakers included Industrial Services managers and experts Essam Sadik, Galal Soliman, and Benedikt Anselmann. Additional topics including HAZOP frequency, turnaround plans and frequency, new advanced inspection methods, principles of process safety, and non-destructive testing tools were presented and discussed with seminar delegates. Benedikt Anselmann, Regional Stream Manager of India, Middle East and Africa of TÜV Rheinland Industrial Services, summed up, “The purpose of an Asset Integrity Management concept is to increase the asset availability and minimise operating risks to the optimal as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) level.”
The event was well received and provided a unique opportunity and an open environment in which key personnel from the oil and gas, petrochemical, and refinery sectors could gather together for informative presentations, participate in face to face discussions with TÜV Rheinland experts, and take advantage of follow up answers to their questions.
In highlighting its capabilities and innovative techniques in all AIM disciplines, TÜV Rheinland was able to set a new milestone in an important and promising market. The distinguished speakers emphasised the importance of the Asset Integrity Management (AIM) concepts in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries. In the course of the seminar TÜV Rheinland has demonstrated how its global knowledge and expertise could assist Asset Owners and Operators in implementing the asset integrity and process safety measures to protect workers as well as equipment and the environment, and to ultimately increase the value and availability of their assets.
From left to right: Galal Soliman (OGS chairman), Osama Kamal (Former Petroleum Minister), Tarek El Rifai (TÜV Rheinland Egypt Business Development Manager), Essam Sdik (TÜV Rheinland Country Manager)
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