Maersk Oil in Qatar
- Production from the Al Shaheen field started in 1994 and it currently accounts for about 40% of Qatar’s oil output.
- The discovery was made in the 1970s and well known to oil majors, but thought to be impossible to develop commercially. The application of drilling, stimulation and completion techniques developed in the tight chalk reservoirs of the Danish North Sea were crucial to unlocking the field’s complexity.
- Maersk Oil is supporting Qatar’s development plans in terms of both natural and human resources. Qatarization is an integral part of that vision and 24% of the workforce is composed of Qatari nationals, half of whom work in technical fields.
Saleem Al-Yafei smiles as he looks out over a rare spot of early spring Copenhagen sunshine, and considers when he might best introduce his family to the city he is starting to call home.
Saleem is the first Qatari to take a full-time role at Maersk Oil’s headquarters, and he arrived for the two-year contract as global head of maintenance discipline in November 2014, just as the nights and temperatures were drawing in.
“Adjusting to the new surroundings hasn’t been too difficult, but being away from family is not easy. Nevertheless, when you look at the career development and the advantages, you tend to make some compromises,” Saleem says, thinking of his wife Jawaher – or “jewels” in English – and four children back in Doha. “The plan is to bring them here in the summertime.”
Maersk Oil’s employees come from around the world and its Qatari workforce reflects an aim to help build global experience and international learning by offering opportunities in different locations, encouraging diversity.