New Upstream Director Takes Up Challenge for Shell’s North Sea Assets
Wael Sawan took over the mantle of upstream director at Shell in July at a crucial time for the industry and the Dutch IOC. He talked with Hart Energy during the Offshore Europe conference.
Wael Sawan was handed the reigns by long-time incumbent Andy Brown, who is leaving Royal Dutch Shell after 35 years. Sawan is a Canadian citizen and currently executive vice president, deepwater. He joined Shell in 1997 and has held a variety of commercial and operational leadership roles across the upstream, integrated gas and downstream businesses.
Last year Shell took the final investment decision on seven investments in the UK that will see it drill 20 development wells, and up to five exploration and appraisal wells in the coming few years. To achieve this, they will commit roughly £600 million to £700 million (US$737 million to US$860 million) a year over that time. That list of upcoming projects is impressive yet challenging.
Shearwater gas hub will be modified, and a 23-mile pipeline from the Fulmar Gas Line (FGL) to Shearwater installed, enabling wet gas to flow into the Shell Esso Gas and Associated Liquids (SEGAL) pipeline. At the Penguins field development, Shell took the final investment decision to redevelop the Penguins oil and gas field in the UK North Sea using a floating production, storage and offloading vessel.
Based in London, Mark Venables has covered the energy and oil and gas sectors for more than 20 years. He had edited several magazines including Oil & Gas Technology, Engineering & Technology and Power Engineer as well as contributing to national newspapers, newsstand and trade publications.
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