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Oil-well management body may see first-ever Indian representation

Twesh Mishra New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 01, 2017

“IWCF is an organisation usually dominated by European representatives. Posts in the Middle East Branch have been traditionally held by representatives from the Middle East and Egypt.”



The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) may see its first ever Indian representation in the Managing Committee come January.

The IWCF Middle East Region Branch covers all oil-bearing countries in Africa, the Middle East (excluding Commonwealth of Independent States countries), Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. IWCF is the apex body dedicated to oil well management and control. The forum sets standards and issues certification for oil and gas well training and accreditation.

During the elections for the Vice-President at the IWCF Middle East Region Branch, an Indian representative has received the same number of votes as the leading candidate, according to an IWCF statement. These elections for the post of Vice-President in the IWCF Middle East Branch were held in October after a two-week campaign period.

The body is slated to hold another round of elections of December 13 between the top two candidates — Mohamed Baioumy Elgamal of Arabian Drilling Company and DS Rajput of South Asia Energy Services.

Speaking to BusinessLine, Rajput said, “IWCF is an organisation usually dominated by European representatives. Posts in the Middle East Branch have been traditionally held by representatives from the Middle East and Egypt.”

Rajput and Elgamal have got 16 votes each. Rajput said that he has surprisingly got support from Pakistan too, but missed out on support from all Indian voters. According to him, his candidature did not receive response from ONGC’s training division in Dehradun. But, got support from Oil India Ltd, whose training institute in Assam voted in his favour.

“This is the first time an Indian has an opportunity to represent at the IWCF Managing Committee. Well control technology and know-how has been oriented towards Europeans till now. We may have an opportunity to tweak them in our favour in the future,” Rajput added.

Published on December 01, 2017
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