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Lisa Davis, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, meets with Houston Mayor Annise Parker at City Hall Monday after the company anounced the opening Siemens global Oil and Gas Headquarters in Houston April 6, 2015. (Michael Stravato/AP Images for Siemens)

Siemens Opens Oil & Gas Headquarters in Houston

At a City Hall meeting April 06, 2015 with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Siemens Managing Board member Lisa Davis announced the opening of Siemens’ new Oil & Gas Headquarters in Houston – serving the global Oil & Gas sector from the “Energy Capital of the World”. Davis, who leads Siemens’ oil and gas and power generation businesses, will be based in the West Memorial Drive office in Houston’s Energy corridor as will Siemens’ Oil & Gas and Marine Business Unit.Houston Texas modern skyline at sunset twilight from park lawn

“Our Houston location is critical for Siemens’ long-term growth as it brings us closer to upstream, midstream and downstream customers,” said Davis. “Siemens’ expertise in automation, electrical systems, data analytics, and service combined with our existing portfolio, including Rolls-Royce industrial aero-derivative gas turbines, and our agreement to acquire Houston-based Dresser-Rand, fortifies our position as the most complete, end-to-end rotating equipment and process automation provider in the market today.”

“Siemens is a great corporate partner and we welcome this addition to the energy corridor,” said Mayor Parker. “It represents strengthening of the company’s already very broad involvement in the Houston region. We feel the Siemens impact in everything from the well-paying jobs that keep our economy strong to the sustainable technologies that are helping to improve the environment and quality of life.”

Davis continued: “Nearly 2,000 Siemens employees work in the Houston area, including more than 300 veterans, and we are pleased to be an active corporate citizen and technology provider to the city and the greater Houston community.”

Siemens’ technologies can be found in projects across the city. Siemens provided Houston’s first light rail system, supplied building control systems at NRG Park and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, replaced over 10,000 traffic and pedestrian signals with LED technology, and led Houston’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit program involving 5.5 million square feet of facilities as well as upgrades to the city’s parks and sports fields.

About Siemens in Houston

Siemens’ footprint in Houston currently includes a broad range of oil and gas solutions, field service products, maintenance services for fossil-based energy and wind power, energy management, and building technologies business units.

Active in the life of the community, Siemens has partnered with the city and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability to support Houston’s Green Office Challenge, providing training and resources to help office building owners, property managers, management districts and tenants reduce energy consumption, waste generation and water use. And to help students prepare for the jobs of the 21st century, Siemens has made in-kind grants of hundreds of millions of dollars in product lifecycle management (PLM) software to area universities, including Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Southern University and University of Houston, among others throughout Texas.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 357,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at http://www.siemens.com.

About Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine

The newly formed Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine business unit supports its customers through electrification, automation and water treatment solutions. In October 2014, Siemens – a longtime solutions provider to both industries – rolled its oil and gas and marine businesses into one entity, enabling the company to better serve customers from both markets with crossover technologies. Siemens Oil & Gas and Marine is part of the company’s Process Industries & Drives Division.

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After an unsteady recovery from the global recession, the world’s largest economy now stands on firmer ground. The United States should see growth of about 3 percent in 2015 – 2016 – which would be its fastest within the past decade, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Projects Managers are feeling that growth spurt, too. The U.S. demand for project practitioners is expanding by more than 12 percent, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020, according to PMI’s 2013 Talent Gap Report.

In 2014, U.S. employment levels finally approached their pre-recession highs, according to a Deloitte report. Employers now intend to hire at their strongest rate in over six years, ManpowerGroup reports between 2012 and 2022, U.S. employment should increase by almost 11 percent, with healthcare accounting for almost one-third of new jobs – more than any other sector

Project managers in the United States – whose median salary rank third in the world after Australia and Switzerland – will benefit from a hiring push in project-rich sectors

“As companies look to gain efficiencies and improve their bottom line, the awareness of project management as a valuable skill and the demand for skilled project managers have definitely increase in the United States,” says Ruth Stevens, PMP , director, Grant Thornton LLP New York USA. Ms Stevens says she has notice an increasing number of job listing indicating that a PMP credential is either a “definite plus” or “required”

In addition to healthcare, Ms Stevens says financial services and insurance are among the largest, most visible sectors with a project manager demand. With construction jobs up to 6 million in June 2014 (up from 5.4 million in January 2011), that sector is also in need: A January 2014 survey of Associated General Contractors of America members shows that almost half (48 percent) were having trouble filling project managers/supervisor roles.

Source PM Network Jan 2015

Dirck Hornung, PMP  (www.oil-n-gas-network.com)

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The U.K. economy has been speeding up since 2012 – and looks to keep up the pace in 2015, according to PwC. Last year, not only did the U.K. unemployment rate hit its lowest level in six years, but the rate of employment equaled the record set in 2015.

                That’s good news for project practitioners in the United Kingdom, which is seeing a demand for almost 1 million project managers through 2020.

                The tech industry has been a particular beneficiary of the economic upswing, KPMG reports. More than two-fifths of all U.K. tech companies plan to hire by mid -2015.

                Project managers will need to handle the changes typical of the tech industry. “Change management skills are being asked for more and more,” says Paul Yeomans, managing director, Manifestly Important, York, England. “Project managers who are strong in this areas will be well placed to advance.” The construction sector also will see an expanding need for project managers, he adds.

                “The outlook is positive, with the jobs picture for project managers continuing to improve in line with the economic recovery,” Mr. Yoemans says.

                However, that also comes with an uptick in job competition, which Mr. Yeomans sees as the main challenge for job seekers. “it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to differentiate themselves with extra knowledge, skills and qualification.” he says.

Source PM Network Jan 2015

Dirck Hornung, PMP  (www.oil-n-gas-network.com)

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Latin America’s second-largest economy will be strengthened by ongoing economic reforms – especially in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to the International Monetary Fund. Project practitioners should reap the rewards.

“with the reforms and their implementation over the next year, there will be an explosion in the need for project managers in the energy and telecommunications sector.” Says Francisco Herrera, PMP, program manager, Coppel Sa de CV, Culiacan Mexico. This will lead to new infrastructure projects that will result in “exponential growth” for project management positions, Mr. Herrera adds.

That demand follows a maturing project management landscape. “More organizations recognize the project management is a necessary to achieve business results.” He says “The better prepared will have the best promotions, positions and salaries.”

Increased responsibility is reflected in salaries. In Mexico, a project manager who oversees an initiative with more than 20 team members makes 29 percent more than one with fewer than five team members. Moreover,  a project manager overseeing a project with a budget greater than US$10 million makes 64 percent more than one with a project under US$100,000, according to PMI’s 2013 Salary Survey.

There should be plenty of opportunities for practitioners to take advantage of those statistics. Last year, the Mexican government launched a US$590 billion infrastructure plan that includes 743 project in sectors such as energy, communications and transportation.

Source PM Network Jan 2015

Dirck Hornung, PMP  (www.oil-n-gas-network.com)


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A new ExxonMobil chemical project is creating thousands of jobs here in Houston. The project’s economic benefits study estimates the investment will result in about 10,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs in the community, while adding nearly $1 billion annually to the local economy. It’s part of a resurgence of growth driven by American supplies of natural gas, and it’s centered right here in Houston.

exxon5ExxonMobil is constructing a state-of-the-art campus in Houston that will be home to its Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals companies and associated service groups.

By bringing many global functional groups together, the campus will provide employees with the tools and capabilities needed today, and in the future, to achieve business objectives and accelerate the discovery of new resources, technologies and products. It will foster improved collaboration, creativity and innovation and enhance the company’s ability to attract, develop and retain the top talent in the industry.

The campus is located on 385 wooded acres immediately to the west of Interstate Highway 45 (I-45), at the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, approximately 25 miles from the cultural vibrancy of downtown Houston.

Designed to accommodate 10,000 employees, the campus will be constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Its design incorporates extensive research into best practices in workplace design and benchmarking from the world’s top facilities.

Sustainable design practices have been incorporated into every facet of the campus design and construction process. The campus will meet the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The office buildings are designed to harvest daylight and minimize water use, and are designed to be 40 percent more energy efficient than a typical office building. For example, offices will utilize window features that allow the optimal amount of sunlight into office buildings while minimizing radiant heat.

Appropriate water management is another key component of the campus sustainability program, and more than 80 percent of water used on campus will be non-potable. Potable water use will be at least 90 percent less than the national average for typical office buildings.

The campus will protect and enhance the biodiversity on the site, with approximately 80 percent of the campus to remain vegetated or covered by two lakes. In addition, re-vegetation programs will increase tree species from about 20 to about 90 species.

Community benefits
Already an integral part of the Houston community, ExxonMobil will continue to engage with business, community and charitable organizations across the greater Houston area. In addition, the campus will provide significant economic benefits for Texas and the local economy even after construction is complete.

Construction of the new campus began in 2011. Early site work included the construction of access roads and bridges, central utilities, computer support and parking facilities. The next phase of construction, the office buildings, with a focus on the buildings near the northwest garage, began in 2012. Work on the specialty buildings, including the Laboratory, Wellness and Energy Centers, began in the fall of 2012. By the end of 2014, seven office buildings will be open and approximately 3,600 residents will be working on campus. Work on the remaining office buildings, and specialty buildings will be complete in mid-2015.

A summary of major campus components includes:

  • Campus
    The 385-acre ExxonMobil Campus will feature multiple low-rise office buildings, a state-of-the-art meeting and training center, a laboratory, wellness center, a child development center, and dining and retail amenities.
  • Energy Center
    The Energy Center is designed to embody the company’s commitment to leading technology and engineering. A main feature of the center is a 10,000-ton floating cube that appears to hover over a plaza below, offering a spectacular view of the campus.


  • Laboratory
    The Laboratory will be a premier research and physical science facility designed to stimulate innovation and accelerate discovery.
  • Wellness Center
    A 100,000-square-foot Wellness Center will feature a three-story glass atrium, cardio and strength training facilities and classes, a basketball court, personal training services and healthy dining venues.
  • Office buildings
    Multi-story atriums in all office buildings provide a large-scale entry and gathering place for employees, encouraging collaboration and inviting natural light inside.  Bridges on the upper levels connect across the atria and allow ease of movement around the buildings.




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In the past, the majority of the wells in the GCC have been conventional wells, and therefore have been suspended at the end of their life-cycle but not fully abandoned.

However, as the easy oil is coming to an end and the GCC is drilling more and more unconventional wells, the know-how for fully abandoning wells is becoming increasingly important. Not only for safety purposes, but also to meet the increasingly stringent regulations in the GCC, with penalties including fines or even loss of operating licenses.

The Well Abandonment Summit 2015 has been developed to help NOCs & IOCs in the region find the most cost-effective ways to abandon these wells whilst adhering to regulations. The summit will address key areas including; the latest regulatory updates, how to suspend reservoir communication, avoid water contamination and decommission wells offshore cost effectively.

Why attend?

  • Suspend reservoir communication to avoid blow outs and environmental damage
  • Reduce water contamination possibilities through effective well sealing
  • Decommission offshore wells cost-effectively with rigless solutions
  • Interpret the latest regulatory framework in the GCC to ensure compliance and avoid fines
  • Link well design with legacy (post-abandonment)
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Three pumps over orange sky

Meet experts from the following departments:

  • Well Abandonment
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Completions & Workover
  • Fluids & Cementing
  • Operations
  • Offshore Decommissioning




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Unleashing Mobility Upon the Oil and Gas Industry

At a time of softening oil prices, the need to improve business processes and the efficiency of the organization has never been more pressing. One of the key ways that operators and contractors alike are discovering that this is possible is through mobile device usage, both within field operations and across the rest of the enterprise.

As the mobile IT industry shifts away from marketing applications and into enterprise apps designed for internal workflow, there is great opportunity for the oil and gas industry to take advantage. Enterprise mobility has been proven to help improve communication and collaboration among team members, rapidly delivering actionable information to the point of decision and increasing efficiency.

In a recent survey conducted by Oil and Gas IQ, of CIOs in the oil and gas industry, mobile technology was number 2 of the top ten priorities, and 55% of respondents felt it would greatly enhance their operations, however only 16% have employed a mobility strategy so far. We stand at the beginning of the implementation drive as currently only 1/3 of the top 50 oil and gas enterprises currently have apps.

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Key Topics to be addressed this year include:

  • How mobile device usage can help to cut costs and improve efficiency across the organization at a time of softening oil prices
  • Creating the business case and obtaining sign off for mobile device implementation and management
  • Customizing and deploying mobile applications across the enterprise for each part of your mobile workforce
  • Exploring the specific applications and challenges associated with oil and gas mobility implementation
  • Managing connectivity issues when providing access to real time data in the field
  • Smartphone vs. ruggedized devices: Which technology is most suitable for your remote or mobile workforce?
  • Enhancing the integrated operations of the digital oilfield. Connecting remote workers and streamlining workflow

To successfully achieve, develop and improve your company mobility strategy, we are proud to announce that the Oil and Gas Mobility Summit – the first and only event of its kind in North America – will be returning to Houston this May. This is a must attend event, for those eager to reach operational excellence!

As companies are dragged by the mobility drive, CIOs need to focus on key strategies:

  • Choosing the devices and platforms, enabling for broad adoption and needed hardening
  • Building a secure environment for mobility and re-architecting the enterprise architecture to integrate mobility solutions
  • Putting into place the device policies and governance to support mobility
  • Developing the mobility solutions, the connectors and interfaces
  • Administering a Center Of Excellence and a delivery model, integrating the 3rd parties mobile and information system
  • Maintaining and managing the mobile applications portfolio
  • Dealing with cultural change within the workforce, and ensuring the backing of management

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