Milaha and Schlumberger held a virtual event to mark the commencement of operations of the first Qatari-owned offshore well stimulation vessel Halul-48, which symbolizes the strong capabilities of the Qatari supply chain infrastructure.
The collaboration between the two companies aligns with “Tawteen”, the Supply Chain Localization Program for the energy sector in Qatar, led by Qatar Petroleum. Commencement of operation of this stimulation vessel is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Milaha and Schlumberger in April 2019.
The establishment of the Halul-48 offshore stimulation vessel leveraged the respective expertise of both Milaha, the leading Maritime and Logistics Service provider in Qatar and Schlumberger, the leading provider of digital solutions and innovative technologies for the global energy industry.
In his speech during the commencement ceremony, Mr. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha President and CEO said: “This Qatar-owned, Qatar-flagged and Qatar-operated offshore oil well stimulation vessel is one of the centerpieces of the five-year joint development agreement between Milaha and Schlumberger.”
“This achievement demonstrates our commitment to enhancing a highly resilient and competitive supply chain and in line with our vision to be the partner of choice to our customers. This program was developed to complement the strategic objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 and we are very proud of our joint collaboration with our partner Schlumberger, and grateful to Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Gas for their support,” Al-Mannai added.
“Schlumberger is committed to enabling operational performance and efficiency through localization of supply chain by bringing best-in-class technology and expertise to the Qatari energy sector,” added Amit Singh, Qatar Managing Director at Schlumberger: “We are pleased to commence operations of Halul-48, the first Qatari owned offshore stimulation vessel. Schlumberger is proud of its collaboration with Milaha and looks forward to ongoing contributions to the “Tawteen” program and increasing local participation.”
Since the launch of Qatar Petroleum’s ICV program in February 2019, both Milaha and Schlumberger have demonstrated commitment to investing in local content by collaborating with in-country suppliers in oilfield-grade cement and equipment manufacturing, as well as supporting educational and development initiatives with operators and local universities. This strategical partnership will generate new opportunities to contribute to Qatar Petroleum’s local supplier development program.