IFP School, France
Grace Murungi is “fanatical about energy generation”. As a Rwandese growing up in a region with constant power cuts, she dreamt of contributing to the creation of a constant energy supply which sparked her interest in engineering. Grace later obtained a BSc. Hon. Electrical Engineering degree at the University Of Cape Town, with a Dean’s Merit scholarship.
Grace then joined Schlumberger Oilfield Services as an Artificial Lift Field Engineer based in West Africa. My role involved design, installation/retrieval of Electrical Submersible Pump and Gas Lift Systems in offshore and onshore environments. Grace felt privileged to be aligned with a leader in oilfield cutting-edge technology, inevitably developing interest in oil and gas as a source of energy. The rigorous training equipped her with strong technical skills and a high degree of integrity.
Artificial Lift requires a combination of Electrical and Reservoir Engineering. To enhance her skillset in reservoir engineering, I have enrolled at IFP School in France to pursue MSc. Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering.
Grace has said that she is honored and very grateful to SPE International for the Imomoh Scholarship. “The financial support is a great contribution towards my tuition, without which this opportunity to amass knowledge in a field I am very passionate about may not have come to fruition.”
Grace firmly believes in the enormous potential of the energy industry to increase Africa’s fortunes, albeit facing a key challenge of shortage in the local skilled workforce. She hopes to contribute to harnessing this potential by becoming a leading industry expert in oil and gas enhanced well performance and production optimization. Grace is focused on leading innovation and long range project planning thereby providing new technology solutions that will make the capitalization of the substantial reserves in the emerging market in East Africa efficient and cost effective.