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E&P Data Management Procedures and Techniques - GUPCO Model


Raouf Rateb Sarhan1, Ahmed Shalkamy2, Aly Soltan Aly2, Hassan Zaki Haggag2, Khaled Yassin Aly2, Waseem Hosny2

(1) Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company, Cairo, Egypt (2) Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), Cairo, Egypt

Data management is key to a successful exploration and production business. A clear vision is critical when dealing with huge data as in oil business. Investment decisions, drilling exploratory or development wells, production, reservoir management and processing are all areas where E&P Data Management plays a critical role.

In 34 years GUPCO, as a leading company in oil business in Egypt, has gathered enormous volumes of traditional E&P data types and media. In the era of information technology this needs to be stored and accessed digitally.

GUPCO has adopted this idea, defining procedures and techniques throughout the process. In doing so GUPCO has become a pioneer in applying such concepts in Egypt.

This has involved site assessment studies, planning, implementation, control & development. Techniques include standardization, data source definition, quality control, interfacing with other databases and transparency. This has been underpinned by training both for Data Management team members and data users.

The study illustrates GUPCO’s work in Data Management. It also shows how customer feedback is a major business drive and a success indicator. Customers include shareholders, management and E&P asset teams.

Many of these lessons learned throughout the whole process are discussed. Recommendations for better E&P Data Management in Egypt are stated.