Oil & Gas

The French Oil & Gas Industry on display at ADIPEC

YASMINA OUARI - 04-nov.-2019 09:06:54

The French pavilion, organized by Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will gather 44 companies, of which 10 are first time exhibitors, this year at ADIPEC trade show, the world’s 2nd largest event in the O&G sector, from November 11 to 14, 2019.    France’s exhibiting companies will represent every part of the sector, showcasing all the expertise and quality of French know-how when it comes to equipment and fittings for oil and gas, exploration, production and processing of hydrocarbons, as well as services and consulting to companies, and new technologies.   For the first time at ADIPEC, Business France is launching an award competition to showcase the latest and most advanced French technologies leading the industry into the future of Oil & Gas: sustainabilty, digitalization, efficiency, to reward and celebrate the companies that contribute to embed innovation into every part of the Oil & Gas operations. The selection will be made by leading members of the O&G Industry in the Middle East : ADNOC, TOTAL, TROUVAY CAUVIN, EVOLEN, IFPen. The most innovative and promising French company will be granted by an award ceremony, on November 12th at 4 P.M. on the French pavilion – located Hall 9 (9256).   The French Oil & Gas service and supply sector developed a global footprint with more than 90% of its turnover generated by exports. Becoming one of the world’s leading exporter with Norway and the United Kingdom, this remarkable performance has been achieved through the high level of technical expertise of French companies. Sustained by ambitious programmes, French companies tend to invest significantly in research and development, to guarantee a strong capacity for innovation and meet the needs of an ever more ambitious sector.    Frederic Szabo, Managing Director, Business France Middle East commented : « the oil and gas construction projects planned in the GCC are expected to pledge USD 660 billion by 2025, including USD 29.6 billion for the United Arab Emirates, with USD 3.7 billion injected into the expansion of the Upper Zakum deposit, the 2nd largest in Abu Dhabi and the 4th largest in the world. These are just some of the opportunities prompting French companies to participate in this international exhibition ».   The French position in the O&G is also the result of other factors, especially the role of global players in the energy sector such as Total and Engie, renowned research institutes, IFPen and IFREMER, as well as the existence of several large engineering companies and contractors such as Technip. The French ecosystem is also well represented by major French companies and international leaders in the sector that have been active in the Middle East for the past 80 years and now firmly anchored in the region, such as CGG, Air Liquide and Vallourec.   This year, the French exhibitors at ADIPEC will represent a full range of activities in the sector and put the spotlight on France’s research and technological expertise. The business service and consulting sector will be well represented with companies providing expert skills to tap the full potential of oil and gas fields using 3D models and simulations. Specialized products, equipment and services for the O&G sector will also be introduced : focusing in the treatment of metals and high-performance components for the O&G, the manufacture of industrial valves, oil and marine products in corrosion-resistant alloys, designing and manufacturing pressure transmitters, accident and leak prevention on infrastructures, will all be showing their expertise at ADIPEC.    The French pavilion is organized in partnership with Trouvay Cauvin, specialist in custom-made solutions designed to optimize execution in key project stages, and with the support of Air France. It will be located in Hall 9, stands 9230 to 9239, 9250 to 9258, 9330 to 9340 and 9351 to 9359.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas  Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr     


Arkema to further extend its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the acquisition of ArrMaz

Rejula ARUN - 09-juil.-2019 13:55:14

United Arab Emirates - On July 1st  2019, Arkema completed the acquisition of ArrMaz, a global leader in specialty surfactants for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure markets with a strong presence in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to this acquisition, Arkema will support the development of its customers in the region with top quality technical and logistics services.  ArrMaz offers tailored and sustainable solutions for the specific and ever-changing needs of its customers in a variety of industrial markets. In Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ArrMaz offers a wide range of additives in the mining market to help optimize grade recovery and process performance in mining operations. It operates a new state-of-the-art plant located in Al Jalamid, producing specialty surfactants to support the growth of the Saudi phosphate industry.   “ArrMaz is very excited to be joining forces with Arkema. ArrMaz Gulf Chemicals has been serving the Kingdom’s growing phosphate industry since 2010, and the combination of Arkema’s and ArrMaz expertise will enable us to create new solutions for our valued customers and new opportunities for our dedicated employees in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Dave Keselica CEO ArrMaz “Leader in specialty surfactants, we have been active in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2014 serving major customers for the domestic market and exporting oilfield chemicals to neighboring countries. This acquisition will boost Arkema position in the region.” stated Jean-Francois Chesneau, Global President of surfactants and additives, Arkema  In the region, Arkema is operating a blending plant and storage in oil additives. More broadly, the Group is involved across the oil and gas value chain, from offshore production to refineries, shipping and sales at the pump. For example, our Rilsan® biobased polyamide 11 and our Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are used in the transportation of oil and gas, and our sulfur-based chemical expertise enables desulfurization in the final step in the refining process. The Group also provides products for the odorization of natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to make them detectable in the event of leaks. Finally, its range of products includes custom solutions for drying and purification with the Siliporite® molecular sieves as well as polymerization initiators such as Luperox® organic peroxides.  “Arkema has been supplying the oil and gas, petrochemicals and construction markets of Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years and has developed strong relationships with key customers. With the acquisition of ArrMaz, Arkema will further strengthen its presence in the Kingdom.” said Abdelkader KADRI – CEO Arkema Middle East With Arkema’s strong expertise in specialty surfactants and formulation, this acquisition will combine two organizations that are highly complementary and will support customers’ development in this region.  A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.  www.arkema.com   CONTACTS Abdelkader Kadri : +971 48 75 17 01 abdelkader.kadri@arkema.com  


Digitalization at the forefront of the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days

Rejula ARUN - 18-avr.-2019 11:51:36

PRESS RELEASE   Digitalization at the forefront of  the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days    United Arab Emirates; April 2019: Business France jointly with EVOLEN, and the French Business Group hosted the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days in the beginning of April in Abu Dhabi. Launched under the patronage of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, the two-day forum focused on Digitalization, Energy Efficiency, New Technologies for Gas Processing and Plant Operations. The topics presented in a series of presentations of new solutions by the French innovative companies participating, towards ADNOC Group’s Key decision makers.   Since 2015, the UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days has become an essential rendez-vous between UAE and France in the Oil & Gas sector. This year with the support of Total in the UAE as gold sponsor and Schneider Electric as silver sponsor, over 10 companies were represented to showcase the latest technology and industry innovations.     The forum took place in two distinct locations bridging the topics with live demonstrations. On the first day of the event took place at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, next to the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex where ADNOC subsidiaries are located. On the second day, French companies met ADNOC operational teams in the Ruwais Industrial Area where hydrocarbons are processed.    The historical ties between the United Arab Emirates and France having served as a strong base in bilateral cooperations in an important number of domains, is particulary prevalent in Oil & Gas field. The strong innovative capabilities of the French industry in Energy, Oil and Gas sectors will help to strengthen business relationships between Emirati and French organizations.   With Digitalization as the overarching theme, the forum covered Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics/Maintenance. Sessions on Energy Efficiency included details on Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Management software and tools, Energy optimization in Gas Processing and the Best Available Techniques (BAT). The sessions focused on New technologies for Plant Operations delved deeper into the technical aspects of the technology and management side of the industry.    Following the successful sessions in 2015, 2017, and 2018 under the framework of UAE France strategic dialog,  the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days aims to highlight the strong innovative capabilities brought together by two forward thinking nations.   - END         -  Note to Editors  ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.    About EVOLEN: EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 individual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables.  EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies. The French hydrocarbons industry has many strengths, notably its great capacity for innovation, which has enabled it to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of quality and safety. Moreover, its technologies and know-how are being applied intensively to new sources of energy.   ABOUT THE FRENCH BUSINESS GROUP:  The French Business Group is a dynamic and independent non-profit organization committed to promote business relations between the United Arab Emirates and France. It has nearly 200 members and represents sectors such as Oil & Gas, construction, defense, aerospace, aviation, hospitality, finance and telecom. The main missions are to promote bilateral trade, represent and serve the interests of its members and enhance Franco-Emirati connections.   ABOUT TOTAL: Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. It is present in the UAE since 1939 across all elements of the energy sector. Total is in partnership with ADNOC and the majority of Abu Dhabi’s oil, gas and energy companies. It has interests in several joint ventures, plus operational presence through its affiliates Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, Total Solar Middle East, Total Marketing Middle East blending plant, Total E&P UAE Unconventional Gas B.V. and via its trading branch TOTSA.   Championing civic responsibility for future generations through the Total Foundation and promoting one of the key pillars of its societal activities, Youth, Inclusion and Education, Total is committed to the development of youth in the country.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina OUARI  Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97  Mail : yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr    


French Pavilion back to ADIPEC and set to explore Oil & Gas opportunities in the region

Rejula ARUN - 29-oct.-2018 06:35:18

- 51 French companies to be represented at the key global event in Hall 9 at ADNEC from the 12th to the 15th of November 2018.  United Arab Emirates- 2018  – Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be hosting 51 leading companies from France at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in November. Business France will be hosting the French Pavilion in partnership with RACE (special cluster for cutting-edge energy, oil and gas and renewable energy from France), Axelera (competitiveness cluster involved in chemicals, environment) and EVOLEN (French association of companies & professionals related to the Oil and Gas industry & energy). France recognizes that ADIPEC is one of the world’s largest, most important and influential oil and gas events that brings together industry stakeholders and experts to share knowledge and exchange of ideas. In recognition of the global significance of this event, France is once again committing its support by gathering renowned French companies on a national pavilion in addition to new comers.   “ADIPEC is the ideal springboard to introduce French Oil and Gas companies to the region and we are proudly supporting the exhibition by bringing a large number of industry experts and innovators to showcase their products, services and know-know. France’s oil industry posts over 90% of its turnover abroad, making it the world’s second-leading exporter, tied with Norway and the United Kingdom. Bolstered by ambitious research and development programs, the high technological expertise and innovation capacity of French companies account for the nation’s stellar performance”, commented Marc Cagnard, Managing Director of Business France in the Middle East. With an estimated total value over USD $660 billion for the 2015-2025 period; France will be providing solutions and services that meet operators’ needs including the optimization of tanks, development of reserves, precision tools for wells and surface units, facility surveillance equipment and systems, environmental protection and more. The French experts in the Oil and Gas industry will be at the exhibition and are looking forward to meet with the potential partners and customers to further foster partnerships and create continued opportunities for growth. During the show AUGIER Energy the worldwide leader in Energy Distribution & Transmission  for medium voltage solutions for long distances up to 50 kilometres, will be hosting a stand. AUGIER Energy, locally represented by  FALCOR Enginneering will be revealing the company’s latest advancements in design of cost saving systems dedicated to power supply remote receptors in Oil & Gas sites.. Their international clients will also have a chance to discover the latest in economic and efficient solutions for all electrical power supply projects. “We are very excited to return to ADIPEC 2018 which is the most important international exhibition in Oil & Gas segment. Our team of experts are eager to meet with regional colleagues and visitors to extend collaboration opportunities. In the recent years, we’ve grown and strengthened our products and services to maintain our market leadership and to provide our clients unrivaled solutions – which we will reveal at our stand,” said Djewed HARIZ, Head of International Sales, AUGIER Key products and innovations AUGIER Energy will be showcasing include the installation of an intermediate voltage transmission network with 950 V - 3200 V - 5500 V- 6600V, which reduces the cable cross-sections, costs, facilitates installation and allows multiple receivers to be powered for distances up to 50km. Additionaly, powering pumps, sensors, lighting, signaling, video surveillance systems, radars over long distances and other solutions will be on display reinforcing AUGIER Energy’s expertise in the industry. Renowned for their reliability and creating some of the most economical and secure products in the world of electrical supply, AUGIER Energy will also talk about their prestigious UAE projects including transformers installation for TAKREER Refinery which has been lead over 35 years, Outdoor lighting for 74km Ruwaiss Highway and the secure fencing of the Fujairah Military Airport. Note to Editors: ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr Exhibitors at Business France pavilion: · 2B1ST CONSULTING: consulting, data processing and services in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries. www.2b1stconsulting.com • 3X ENGINEERING: pressurized repair systems for water, oil and gas pipelines. www.3xengineering.com • AMACH CONSULTING: professionals at the service of companies for their hydraulic equipment and machine-tools. www.amach.fr • AMETHYSTE: decision-making assistance software for controlling risks in industrial environments. www.amethyste.fr • APIX ANALYTICS: new generation of gas analyzers. www.apixanalytics.com • AQSEPTENCE: separation, water and environmental technologies. www.aqseptence.com • AUGIER: power transport and distribution. www.augier.com • BARRIQUAND: heat exchangers and industrial sterilizers. www.barriquand.com • BIO-EX : latest generation of ecological foam concentrates for use in firefighting. www.bio-ex.fr • BUREAU VERITAS MARINE OFFSHORE: classification of ships and offshore units. www.bureauveritas.fr • CENTREXPERT : company dedicated to converting machines and equipment, allowing them to be used in ATEX zones. www.centrexpert.com • CHAMPALLE ALCEN: products and services for the O&G, nuclear power and energy storage industries. www.champalle-alcen.com • CHROMATOTEC- AIRMOTEC: gas analyzers. www.chromatec.com • COLAS ENVIRONNEMENT : Rehabilitation of polluted sites and soils. www.colas-environnement.com • CRYOSTAR SAS: cryogenic equipment for industrial and natural gas. www.cryostar.com • CURISTEC : well integrity and reservoir management solutions. www.curistec.com • DG SKID : Automation, Control, Monitoring and related fields. www.dg-skid.com • DORIS ENGINEERING: offshore engineering. www.doris-engineering.com • DRILLSCAN: software that models the mechanical and directional behavior of drill bits. www.drillscan.com • DRILLSTAR: oil-drilling equipment. www.drillstar-industries.com • EFINOR : metal working : engineering, manufacturing and maintenance. www.efinor.fr • F2A : design and manufacturing of aeraulic & acoustic solutions dedicated to HVAC professionals. www.f2a.fr • FEBUS OPTICS: fiber optic cable installed along pipelines to measure temperature and distortions. www.febus-optics.com • FILTRATION SA : industrial filtration. www.filtrationsa.com • LAFARGE MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA: transport infrastructure equipment and materials. www.lafarge.com.eg • MARECHAL ELECTRIC: industrial power connections. www.marechal.com • MECANIC SUD INDUSTRIE: specific integration and machine-tooling in cutting-edge industries. www.mecanisud.fr • METROLOG : design and manufacturing of flow, pressure and temperature downhole memory gauges for the oil and gas industry. www.metrolog.com • NEXSON GROUP: welded heat exchangers, pressure gauges and filtration systems. www.nexson-group.com • OCEA: tank bottoms. www.ocea.fr • ONIS: shutters for the oil industry. www.onislineblind.com • OPENFIELD: well bottom instrumentation equipment. www.openfield-technology.com • POLE AVENIA: French competitiveness cluster in the area of geosciences and underground energy sources. www.pole-avenia.com • PONTICELLI: construction and maintenance of industrial pipes. www.ponticelli.com • PORCHER : technical materials allowing cutting-edge companies in the fields of aerospace and defense, automotive, construction, energy and sport. www.porcher-ind.com • PROTEM: portable or transportable milling and welding machines. www.protem.fr • SERCEL: design and manufacturing of seismic equipment and well instruments. www.sercel.com • SKF MAGNETIC MECHATRONICS: magnetic bearings, high-speed motors and electronic controllers. www.skf.com • SRI (SUD ROBINETTERIE INDUSTRIE): manual and motorized valves. www.sri.fr • TECHNOGENIA: tungsten carbide anti-wear products. www.technogenia.com • TELEPHONES LE LAS: telecommunications in critical environments. www.lelas.fr  


3rd UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days Abu Dhabi, June 25-26, 2018

Rejula ARUN - 03-juil.-2018 15:25:03

United Arab Emirates; July 3 , 2018: Business France jointly with EVOLEN, and the French Business Group hosted the third UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days from June 25th to 26th in Abu Dhabi and Ruwais. The two days forum included ADNOC and its subsidiaries, as well as several ADNOC partners including Mudabala Petroleum. This event was launched under the patronage of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates. Following the successful sessions in 2015 and 2017, under the framework of UAE France strategic dialog,  the third UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days aims to highlight the strong innovative capabilities of the French industry in Energy and Oil and Gas sectors and to strengthen business relationships in the fields of Oil and Gas, Refining, Petrochemicals, Energy and new technologies, between Emirati and French organizations. Marc Cagnard, Managing Director at Business France in  the Middle East commented: “We are very excited to be hosting the third edition of the connecting days initiative. France and the UAE have a long standing relationship when it comes to the Oil and Gas industry and this event further reinforces the two nations’ commitment to creating forward thinking, long term and sustainable solutions as well as spearheading innovation whilst developing the technology for the future.” Key topics that were covered on the first day included the Oil and Gas industry as a whole with particular focus on Downstream, Refining, Petrochemical, Fertilizer and Gas Processing whilst the second day was dedicated to operational managers and engineers of a wide range of French industrial manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, dedicated to Oil and Gas operations and maintenance, directly with the End Users, Managers and Engineers. French companies were showcasing their know-how in terms of innovation, artificial intelligence and digital technologies designed to improve automation process and operational efficiency in Oil and Gas processing. Note to Editors ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. About EVOLEN: EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 individual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables. EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies. The French hydrocarbons industry has many strengths, notably its great capacity for innovation, which has enabled it to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of quality and safety. Moreover, its technologies and know-how are being applied intensively to new sources of energy. " The French industry has a long tradition in the Oil and Gas sector, exploration, production, midstream, refining and petrochemical. Thus despite the fact that we do not produce in our own country. The success factor is due to innovation and technology ; we strongly believe in innovation as a key differentiator. Innovation and technology are now used for the development of new energies", commented Romain Provost, General Delegate Middle East and Renewables, EVOLEN. ABOUT THE FRENCH BUSINESS GROUP: The French Business Group is a dynamic and independent non-profit organization committed to promote business relations between the United Arab Emirates and France. It has nearly 200 members and represents sectors such as Oil & Gas, construction, defense, aerospace, aviation, hospitality, finance and telecom. The main missions are to promote bilateral trade, represent and serve the interests of its members and enhance Franco-Emirati connections. ABOUT TOTAL: Total is working with the majority of the UAE’s oil and gas operating companies and is ADNOC’s largest partner.  Through on-going investment in technology and sharing it’s local and international expertise and know-how, Total has forged ahead to help Abu Dhabi reach its crude oil production target, while continuing to broaden its energy portfolio. “We are proud to participate in the 3rd UAE France Oil & Gas Connecting Days symposium, as an opportunity to share the French companies’s technical know-how and innovation, which is not only limited to the oil & gas sector” said Hatem Nuseibeh - President Total E&P UAE and Total Country Chair in the UAE “ Total’s commitment in the UAE covers not only operations in the oil and gas industry, but the whole energy spectrum including LNG, solar and renewables”. ABOUT SCHNEIDER: “UAE energy, oil, and gas firms are at the global forefront of leveraging digital technologies to transform their exploration, refining, and petrochemicals operations,” said Hanan Darwish, Cluster President – Gulf and Pakistan, Schneider Electric. “In the highly competitive energy sector, digital platforms enable oil and gas firms to interconnect digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, to drive digital oilfields.” During Oil and Gas Connecting Days, Schneider Electric was sharing best practices as a French-headquartered multinational firm that works with 20 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. In the UAE, Schneider Electric has co-innovated with ADNOC on its Panorama Command Center, which provides real-time visibility and optimizes operations across 16 operating companies. About Trouvay & Cauvin Group Trouvay & Cauvin Group is your single point of contact for global steel solutions for both greenfield and brownfield projects, either offshore or onshore. The steel requirements of Oil & Gas projects are so complex and critical that they can only be met by an experienced specialist with unique capabilities and knowledge such as Trouvay & Cauvin. The 3rd UAE France Oil & Gas Connecting days was a well-organized affair with valuable insights to various facets of the ADNOC downstream companies. There was a high level of interest shown by the attendees especially and we look forward to many more similar interactions with them. For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr  


Business France debuts inaugural FRANCE PAVILLION at OGWA 2018

Rejula ARUN - 08-mars-2018 06:59:30

Leading French oil & gas companies to exhibit the latest sector innovations from March 26th to the 28th in Muscat, Oman on Stand 4410   United Arab Emirates- March 8, 2018:  Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is launching the first French pavillion at OGWA 2018, the oil and gas sector’s largest event in the Sultanate of Oman. A renowned list of leading French oil and gas companies will be represented in the pavilion extending the latest knowledge, technologies and business opportunities to the attendees. The expertise, technological skills and innovation capacity of France’s firms continue to reinforce the international reputation when it comes to supporting the oil and gas industry, placing the country high in rankings of European exporters and a desired partner for regional initiatives. In France, the oil and gas sector is fueled by excellence with one or two global leaders in most segments. Major players such as TOTAL which operates alongside numerous suppliers of equipment and services to the industry, will be one of the main exhibitors. Many other global giants such as CGG, and TECHNIP will also be present. Generating 27% of the country’s GDP, but contributing 70% of its budget revenue, the hydrocarbon sector remains a key driver of Oman’s economy, in spite of an active policy of diversification. Despite the oil crisis, the government has maintained its ambitious investment and production targets (which it intends to attain through the use of the latest oil production technologies), with the country exceeding the one million barrels per day threshold for the first time in its history in 2016. Now more than ever, the Sultanate of Oman is seeking to expand its activities both upstream and downstream, and to also develop its expertise in the two sectors. These are compelling reasons for French specialists to be present at OGWA, to learn about the country’s potential and identify prospective partners and end customers. The French companies in attendance at OGWA are fully aware of the challenges posed by this high-potential market and are eager to present products and solutions that will undoubtedly meet the requirements of local operators: Conduit repair systems (water, gas, oil and electricity), water treatment equipment, catalysts, adsorbents and services for the O&G industry, superior-quality lifting, stowage and mooring accessories, etc. With 300 exhibitors confirmed aimed at receiving 11,000 visitors, OGWA is the ideal springboard for French companies keen to tap into the potential of the regional market. Exhibitors at the French pavilion: AMETHYSTE: Decision-support software for industrial environmental risk management. www.amethyste.fr DRILLSCAN ENERGY: Engineering and services for hydrocarbons. www.drillscan.com PARIFEX: Engineering for the O&G sector. www.parifex.com PCM MUSCAT LLC: Manufacturer of industrial pumps for oil and gas. www.pcm.eu.fr PONTICELLI FRERES: Rigging/lifting, industrial piping, metal fabrication, mechanical engineering and machining. www.ponticelli.com Note to editors: ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr     


Fight against counterfeit: Vallourec launches “Valguard”, a high- performance solution for forgery-proofing its certificates and products

Rejula ARUN - 14-nov.-2017 14:10:07

Boulogne-Billancourt and Abu Dhabi, 14 November 2017 - During the Adipec 2017 conference, which is being held this week in Abu Dhabi, Vallourec, a world leader for premium tubular solutions, is today introducing Valguard, an innovation enabling all users of Vallourec tubes to verify their authenticity. Valguard firstly allows for the forgery-proofing of certificates concerning Vallourec tubes by means of a QR code, and secondly makes it possible to forgery-proof the products themselves, through the use of a special marking technology. Counterfeit is a major issue that affects many sectors including industry and, in particular, premium seamless tubes. Vallourec takes this matter very seriously given the critical nature of the applications and projects for which the tubes are intended to be used. Two years ago, the Group put in place an in-house anti-counterfeiting committee to centralize information and take action against counterfeiters. It also conducts awareness-raising campaigns, primarily as part of the Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting1, which it co-founded, and through international conferences alongside major players such as Interpol or the Emirates Intellectual Property Association. Vallourec’s Valguard solution ensures the security of documentation describing, in particular, the mechanical and metallurgical properties of each tube. The Group’s IT teams have developed a specific signage system that will now be included on all Vallourec tube certificates. Using just a smartphone, all holders of a new certificate will be able to check the coherence of their document and contact the Vallourec customer service in just one click for a more detailed expert appraisal. Valguard also relies on cutting-edge technology, close to that used in the aerospace or healthcare sectors, based on a "Vallourec DNA" tracer. Industrialized and qualified by the Group’s research laboratory in Aulnoye-Aymeries (Northern France) and by the Quality teams, this solution makes it possible to check the authenticity of a tube, using a specific sensor linked to a mobile app. The two Valguard functions will be deployed from the end of 2017 and are designed for use across all tubular solutions: process applications, petrochemicals, industry, mechanics, oil and gas, line pipes, power generation. About Vallourec Vallourec is a world leader in premium tubular solutions for the energy markets and for challenging industrial applications such as oil and gas wells in harsh environments, new generation power plants, daring architectural projects, and high-performance mechanical equipment. Vallourec’s pioneering spirit and cutting- edge R&D continually open new technological frontiers. Operating in more than 20 countries, its 19,000 dedicated and passionate employees work hand-in-hand with their customers to offer more than just tubes: they deliver innovative, safe, competitive and smart tubular solutions to make every project possible. Listed on the Euronext in Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120354, Ticker VK) and eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD), Vallourec is included in the following indices: SBF 120 and Next 150. In the United States, Vallourec has established a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program (ISIN code: US92023R2094, Ticker: VLOWY). The parity between the ADR and an ordinary Vallourec share is 5 for 1. vallourec.com Follow us on Twitter @Vallourec 1 https://fight-fake.org/about     For more information, please contact: Investor relations  Alexandra Fichelson  Guilherme Camara  Tel: +33 (0)1 49 09 39 76  investor.relations@vallourec.com Press relations Héloïse Rothenbühler Tel: +33 (0)1 41 03 77 50 / +33 (0)6 45 45 19 67 heloise.rothenbuhler@vallourec.com Individual shareholder relations Toll-Free Number: 0 800 505 110 actionnaires@vallourec.com  


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