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PROCUREMENT IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR

Boston Consulting Group (1 SEPTEMBER 2020)

In this episode, Julian talks to Arun from the Boston Consulting Group about the changing nature of procurement in the oil and gas sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They look at how COVID-19 has brought about greater digitalisation to the procurement sector and how many governments are adopting greater degrees of centralisation in their procurement strategies. Arun also touches on some of the success stories in the GCC.

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Arun Bruce

Managing Director & Partner, Dubai

Boston Consulting Group

Arun Bruce is the head of the Operations practice and leads Boston Consulting Group's work in procurement in the Middle East. Arun joined BCG in 2003 and has worked across India, Europe, and the Middle East. He is a deep expert in procurement and cost reduction topics, and has worked across many industries on these topics.

Arun used to be a part of the India leadership team for the Industrial and Consumer Goods practices. Now he focuses his work on conglomerate, telco, government clients in the Middle East helping them transform their businesses, using procurement as a key lever.
 

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DIGITALISATION IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

IHS MARKIT (17 AUGUST 2020)

In this episode, Julian and Vinod from IHS Markit discuss how digitalisation is taking hold in the energy sector.

They explore how digitalisation within the sector compares to other industries and what technologies will play a major role in helping push it within the industry.

They also look at how the global pandemic will impact the industry in terms of digitalisation and in what ways will it evolve post COVID-19.

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Vinod Raghothamarao

Director of Consulting of Energy Wide Perspectives & Strategy

IHS Markit

Vinod Raghothamarao is a consulting director at IHS Markit. Based in Dubai, he advises public and private oil and gas clients across the world and manages consulting projects, with project scope spanning supply chain market intelligence, technology and digitalisation, strategy, due diligence, operations & procurement, market assessment and sizing, investment evaluation, opportunity identification and screening.

He has more than 18 years of global consulting experience across energy, mining, industrial and technology sectors. Vinod Raghothamarao holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from NIT Surathkal, India and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from ESADE Business School in Barcelona Spain.

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THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE OILFIELD: TECHNOLOGY

Weatherford Series: episode 2 (7 July 2020)

In the second of our series of Weatherford podcasts, Julian Walker talks to Dean Bell about how the digital transformation in the oilfield is occurring through technologies that didn’t exist three years ago, including Vero for connection integrity and Centro to combine data management, visualisation and real-time remote engineering capabilities.

The podcast also discusses how Weatherford is looking to deliver next-generation automation technology to the production ecosystem with its ForeSite system.

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Dean Bell

President - Drilling, Evaluation & Intervention

Weatherford

Dean Bell is President, Drilling, Evaluation & Intervention having joined Weatherford International plc in 2016 as Vice President, Intervention Services and Drilling Tools. Previously, Mr. Bell was Vice President of Drilling Tools and Remedial Services for Europe and Africa at Schlumberger based in Paris and spent 22 years with the company.

After time as a field engineer in MWD/LWD/Directional Drilling, his career spanned Operations Management positions in Central Asia, Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as General Management roles in Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Indonesia. Mr. Bell received a B.A.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and has attended Leadership and Negotiation Executive Education at Harvard Business School.    

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OIL MARKET INSIGHT

Kpler (25 JUNE 2020)

The latest Pipeline Podcast sees Julian Walker sit down with Kpler's Head of Research, Alex Booth, to discuss the latest developments in the oil markets – specifically looking at OPEC supply and the impact of the OPEC+ production cuts.

The episode touches on why crude inventories have continued to build up and what this means for the market. The podcast also looks at the situation in terms of crude imports in China, India and Latin America.

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Alex Booth

Head of Research

Kpler

Alex Booth is Head of Research at Kpler where since September 2018 he has developed the market analysis and research function, as well as contributed to the growing presence of Kpler in the industry. Prior to joining Kpler, Alex spent 11 years delving into the fundamentals of the crude oil and products markets for the trading operations at Citibank and BP.

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THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE OILFIELD: STRATEGY

Weatherford Series: episode 1 (3 June 2020)

In this first of a series of Weatherford podcasts, Julian Walker discusses with Frederico Justus from Weatherford how the digital transformation is taking place in the oilfield and Frederico talks about the strategies, opportunities and challenges this transformation presents for Middle East operators.

Weatherford sees a lot of opportunities today for digital transformation and it has a clear strategy on digitisation and this growing 4.0 industry.

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Frederico Justus

President, International Operations

Weatherford

Frederico Justus is President, International Operations, at Weatherford International plc. He also serves on the Company’s Sustainability Committee, helping to provide a diverse perspective of sustainability needs across the organization.

In his more than 18 years in the oil and gas industry, he has worked across the globe. Under his leadership, Weatherford gained positive offshore market share distribution in the West Coast of Sub-Sahara Africa, won the biggest wireline contract ever executed in Kuwait, and also reduced non-productive time in the complex Saudi Arabia market by 50%.

Frederico graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree with specializations in Strategic Marketing from Stanford University and an Integrated Reservoir Management degree from the Institute of Petroleum and Imperial College, London.

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