20 February 2017
Coping with the adoption of the Oil Decrees in Lebanon, the International Society of Petroleum Engineers Branch from the Faculty of Engineering at Beirut Arab University organized a seminar on the topic, to discuss the means towards a successful management of the sector. The seminar discussed the adequate mechanisms towards cooperation among Lebanese universities, to offer relevant fields of specialization in harmony with the developments affecting the current status in Lebanon and the Arab World. The event was held on campus in Debbieh, and was attended by a large number of oil company representatives from Lebanon, the Arab countries and the world.
The event opened with a welcoming note by Dr. Ramy Harkous at the Faculty of Engineering, in which he stressed upon the importance of adopting the oil decrees. He described these as a ray of hope in the long tunnels of petroleum, since they represent an opportunity for seeing the rigs of international petroleum companies in Lebanese waters in the near future.
This was followed by a speech by Prof. Adel Kurdi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, who pointed out that most political and military conflicts in the world are caused by the sources of energy in general, and by oil and petroleum in particular. He also indicated the importance of OPEC in this regard. Prof. Kurdi also maintained that the countries producing the most are not necessarily also those with the greatest reserves, referring this to the absence of technology and to the local consumption.
In turn, Dr. Bassam Riashi, the head of the Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering, Lebanese University, explained the importance of the GOPELC Project towards the establishment of a master program in petroleum and oil treatment in Lebanon. He stressed that the joint Lebanese European Project reiterates the cooperation among Lebanese universities aiming at achieving a unified goal. He argued that if the petroleum sector is managed properly, it is possible to change the current image of Lebanon, and to resituate it as a decision-making agent that is free and independent on the map of developed countries. He expressed his wishes to see Lebanon reclaiming its previous status as the “Switzerland of the East”.
Mr. Ali Berro, legal affairs and petroleum policies expert, in turn dealt with a number of legal issues that would outsource the sea-blocs in Lebanon. He responded to a number of queries, promising future seminars that would throw further light on the current state of petroleum and oil in Lebanon.
The seminar also included a number of scientific talks presented by Eng. Hadi Hajjar, representative of Emirati ZADCO, and Mr. Walid Choueiry, representative of international KAPPA.
This was followed by an introductory talk by Hussein Mhanna, head of the branch, about the tasks undertaken by SPE BAU.
The event concluded with the distribution of shields of appreciation to both KAPPA and ZADCO, for their efforts and fruitful cooperation with the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Beirut Arab University.