Youth will help in­dus­try reach po­ten­tial

Wi­dad Had­dad, VP and GM of the UAE, Oman, Ye­men and Le­banon for Emer­son, says youth are vi­tal

Oil & Gas Middle East - - ADIPEC REVIEW -

What have you no­ticed in the dig­i­tal/au­toma­tion seg­ment of oil and gas?

A lot of cus­tomers are try­ing to re­ally see how they are go­ing to do it. In the past, it was a the­ory, a con­cept. Ev­ery­one was talk­ing about it as the fu­ture.

Now, it’s re­ally no longer the fu­ture, it is now, and a lot of the oil and gas pro­duc­ers are ac­tu­ally im­ple­ment­ing a lot of the things we were talk­ing about a year or two ago.

The way I see it, a lot of the trends in digi­ti­sa­tion that are adding value to the hu­man re­sources side of these busi­nesses are at­tract­ing a lot of at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially from the safety side.

The drive for au­toma­tion started to cut costs dur­ing the down­turn. How might sta­ble oil prices im­pact its up­take?

Ei­ther op­er­a­tors re­duce cost im­me­di­ately, at the start dur­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of the project, or they get smarter and build tech­nol­ogy into their op­er­a­tion that is go­ing to serve them on a long term ba­sis as they start op­er­at­ing the pro­duc­tion.

Digi­ti­sa­tion is help­ing find so­lu­tions that are cut­ting long term costs, and if you add these up, they add up to huge num­bers, keep­ing in mind that most of these op­er­a­tions will run for decades.

It’s kind of shift­ing the mind­set to the longer term sav­ing, whereas be­fore, the fo­cus was on short term savings.

What is the im­por­tance of bring­ing youth into the oil & gas in­dus­try?

We’re see­ing a chal­lenge here, as in the rest of the world, where the age­ing work­force is get­ting close to re­tir­ing.

We’re see­ing a big part of who­ever ran these pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties start­ing to get close to re­tire­ment, and we have to de­velop the younger gen­er­a­tion to be up­skilled. Tech­nol­ogy is help­ing with that.

The younger gen­er­a­tion is needed ac­tu­ally for two rea­sons: One is to back­fill the gen­er­a­tion that is re­tir­ing. Things need to keep run­ning and that gap needs to be bridged quickly, but also, the newer gen­er­a­tions tend to be faster at adapt­ing newer tech­nol­ogy. They grasp it fast, it is kind of in­tu­itive for them.

So when com­pa­nies like Emer­son come up and cre­ate new tech­nolo­gies, we think of that fu­ture gen­er­a­tion. We think that it is a gen­er­a­tion that is savvy in tech­nol­ogy that is go­ing to run with what­ever we are of­fer­ing, and that is some­thing ben­e­fi­cial for us. It is also ben­e­fi­cial for trans­form­ing a fa­cil­ity or pro­duc­tion into a more dig­i­tal space.

With­out the younger gen­er­a­tion we will strug­gle to go as far as tech­nol­ogy can take us.

Wi­dad Had­dad says youth are the key to tak­ing the in­dus­try for­ward

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