The MOIG Management Committee is very delighted to welcome Moncef Saidi, new member appointed by ETAP instead of Yassine Mestiri, who had recently retired. Moncef is a petroleum geochemist. He was educated at the University of Tunis from 1980- 1993 where he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology specialized in Organic Geochemistry. He joined ETAP since 1987 as young laboratory engineer. From 1992 to 2008 he was in charge of the organic geochemistry Laboratory of ETAP. From 2008 to 2011 he acted as Laboratory deputy manager and from 2011 to 2016 as Petroleum Servicing Director in charge of of Laboratories and Petroleum Data Base of ETAP and since 2016 he is promoted as Exploration Central Director.
Moncef main interests are source rock and oil characterization, oil/oil and oil/source rock correlation, reservoir geochemistry and basin modeling. He was involved in almost all the projects/studies concerning source rock and oil characterization as well as basin modeling in Tunisia. He was a leader of several fieldtrips regarding to petroleum systems in Tunisia. During the last 15 years he supervised more than 100 research projects (Master degree Projects, and PhD thesis) in collaboration with the Tunisian universities and has authored and co-authored more than 50 technical papers in the National and International Meetings/Conferences. He was a leader of 15 geological field trips for the account of petroleum companies and 12 for the account of ETAP (Field trips post EPC conference). The MOIG Management Committee Members Would like to thank Yassine Mestiri for its support and efforts towards the MOIG over the last past years.
As a part of the visit to Istanbul and Ankara in Turkey, several meetings were performed between the Chairman and Director of MOIG and Turkish Petroleum, Shell Shipping & Maritime, Europe & Africa, Meke Marine, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communication representatives.
The main objectives of these meetings were to exchange information related to oil spill preparedness and response, continue development of MOIG in full collaboration with the Turkish members as well as promote the forthcoming regional workshop on Oiled Shoreline Cleanup and Skhira Tier 1 Oil Spill Response Exercise scheduled to be held over 10-11 October 2017 in Sfax and TRAPSA Terminal in Tunisia. We had the great pleasure to meet with senior representatives from Oil& Gas and Government in Turkey. MOIG has long history and maintains a solid relationship with Turkish members through several workshops and oil spill response exercises organized over the last years in Turkey. The MOIG Management Committee Members firmly believe that Turkey is ideally located to service the environmental protection needs beyond its own coastline and neighboring countries in the Mediterranean region.
We are very delighted with the outcome of these meetings, MOIG and Turkish members agreed to further strengthen cooperation, exchange information and work together towards common objectives related to oil spill prevention, preparedness and response in the region.
The MOIG Management Committee Members would like to thank Turkish members for their warm welcome and high cooperation during the visit. A special thanks to Turkish Petroleum and Meke Marine for facilitating meetings with Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and Ministry of Transport Maritime Affairs and Communication and affording the oppurtunity to MOIG to introduce its activities.