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Fostering a Technical Culture in the Middle East

Andrew Vaughan, Shell vice president for Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Syria, and country chairman for Abu Dhabi, discusses how his company is promoting technology and innovation in the Middle East.

Developing new technology and attracting and retaining talent are key issues facing the energy sector. How is the situation with Shell? What are you doing to meet these challenges? 

Developing and applying new technologies is critical for the industry if we are to develop the resources needed to meet growing energy demand. Population growth and rising standards of living will see energy demand grow by around 50% in the next 35 years. As oil and gas become harder to find and develop, we will need better technologies. In addition, we will need to find solutions for increased energy efficiency and the growing impact of CO2 on the climate. Shell is one of the world’s biggest investors in research and development and our proprietary technologies are applied in our ventures across the globe to meet tomorrow’s energy challenges.

Attracting and developing new talent is critical. At Shell, we have already made huge progress in the region. About 85% of the employees in our operated and nonoperated joint ventures in the Middle East are nationals. A number of Shell staff are working alongside staff of national oil companies in partnership in the Middle East or are seconded to work outside their Middle Eastern country of origin. Youth in the Middle East offer a huge potential, and the measurement of our success going forward will be how we leverage that to the maximum.

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Fostering a Technical Culture in the Middle East

Abdelghani Henni, JPT Middle East Editor

01 May 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 5

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