BY DANIEL CANTY
Oil first flowed from the Al Shaheen Field in 1994 and this important 20 year anniversary has given Maersk Oil good reason to celebrate more than two decades of partnership and collaboration with Qatar Petroleum.
Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, joined Jakob Thomasen at a commemorative town hall meeting to celebrate the 20th anniversary since first oil flowed at Al Sheen in Doha in early October.
H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Qatar Petroleum experiences the first class facilities at Maersk Training in Svendborg.
The Minister and his accompanying delegation were received by Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman of The A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Chief Executive of the Maersk Group and Jakob Thomasen, CEO of Maersk Oil in Copenhagen.
To mark the 20th anniversary since first oil was extracted from the Al Shaheen field, offshore Qatar, in May Maersk Group kicked off a series of celebratory events taking place this year, hosting a senior energy delegation from Qatar.
The delegation visited Esplanaden and Maersk Training’s facilities at Svendborg and was led by H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of the Board of Qatar Petroleum.
Maersk Oil and Qatar Petroleum joined together in 1992 to unlock the hidden potential of the Al Shaheen field. Transferring knowledge and experience from the Danish sector of the North Sea and, just over two decades later, the field has produced more than 1.4 billion barrels of oil and contributes over one third of Qatar’s daily oil production.
“Al Shaheen is a very large offshore oil field that stretches over a 2000 square kilometre area. Its size and varying geology and oil make it a highly complex field, one that was originally considered too difficult to develop,” says Jakob Thomasen, CEO Maersk Oil.
Dr. Al-Sada was received by Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman of The A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Chief Executive of the Maersk Group and Jakob Thomasen, CEO of Maersk Oil in Copenhagen.
“We were honoured to receive the Minister and his accompanying delegation, and I was particularly delighted that the Corporate Technology and Projects (CTP) team here in Copenhagen were able to present some of their work on Al Shaheen to our guests. It was good to see positive and engaging conversations,” Thomasen added.
In addition to the Ministerial visit, a Lego model of the Al Shaheen A-Location was commissioned earlier this year and has been distributed to Qatar Petroleum and relevant stakeholders. A commemorative book, in Arabic and English, celebrating the 20 years of partnership and success between Maersk Oil and Qatar Petroleum has also been produced, featuring exclusive interviews and archive photography (and the Guinness World Record certificate for the world’s longest horizontal well in 2010).
“The achievements of the past are considerable, but we were keen to show we are better prepared to face the future than ever before,” concluded Thomasen.
Maersk Oil Qatar’s brand new facilities glisten in front of an Arabian Sunset in 2009.
Maersk Oil’s CEO Jakob Thomasen (2nd left) pictured with Qatar’s former energy minister (4th from left) H.E. Abdulla
Al Attiyah at the facilities inauguration in 1998.
Maersk Oil Qatar employees in Doha, 1999.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (front left), the last of the family dynasty Maersk Group CEO’s touring the Al Shaheen facilities.
H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry with Maersk Oil CEO Jakob Thomasen at the Digital Core Lab inauguration in January 2014.
Maersk Oil CEO Jakob Thomasen peers through as microscope on a Maersk Oil offshore platform.
Maersk Group CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen receiving a commemorative gift from H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry during his visit to Copenhagen.
Inauguration ceremony of the Al Shaheen offshore facilities in 1998. Attended by H.E. Abdulla Al Attiyah, Qatar’s then Minister of Energy and Industry.
Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman of The A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc- Kinney Møller Foundation meets H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar.