On June 21, 2020, Managing Director of LUKOIL Mid-East Limited Egor Zubarev met employees, working on the shift basis at the West Qurna-2 oilfield.
Mr. Zubarev outlined efficient and well-coordinated work of the team in such difficult environment, and warmly thanked company’s employees, who, due to the pandemic, remained at the field for several shifts in a row.
Managing Director briefly spoke about himself, mentioning that he began his career in LUKOIL Group 20 years ago at the subsidiary LUKOIL-Komi on the north of European Russia. Later he held senior positions in Uzbekistan and Iraq. For the last four years Mr. Zubarev worked as Deputy managing director of LUKOIL-Engineering.
In his speech, Mr. Zubarev dwelt on such important issues as project performance over the past 6 years, prospects for its further development, the impact of the pandemic and falling oil prices on the implementation of production plans, and staff development.
He expressed hope that the new Iraqi government, together with oil companies, will work out solutions to overcome crisis in the country's oil industry.
According to him, the Company will continue nationalization of personnel. At the same time, highly qualified expat employees will get opportunity to move to the new projects abroad.
Today, LUKOIL Group's portfolio includes 22 upstream projects in 13 countries of the world. Most of them are very promising in terms of professional development and application of state-of the-art technologies. These are mainly offshore projects involving deep-water drilling.
LMEL Managing Director reminded employees that LUKOIL will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2021. He noted that the company has adopted an ambitious development program aimed at improving efficiency and sustainability of the business, and that the West Qurna-2 asset is an important part of this program.
Second part of the meeting was dedicated to questions and answers. One of the most popular questions was about switching to extended shifts during a pandemic.
According to Managing Director, this decision was based on the interests of LMEL employees and their families, and it was fully paid off. The extended shifts regime will be maintained until the epidemiological situation in the country normalizes.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Zubarev thanked employees for their questions and suggestions. He emphasized that he is open for discussion and suggested making such meetings regular.
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