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Kuwait Oil Company's Responsibilities under the KPC's Umbrella involve the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas within the State of Kuwait. The Company is also involved in the storage of crude oil and delivery to tankers for export

KOC Holds 1st First Oil & Gas Techathon

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) successfully concluded the first KOC Oil & Gas Techathon, organized in collaboration with its academic partner, the Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences, and Engineering (RISE) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK).


The country-wide technology marathon took place on November 14th-16th and brought together 76 participants, of which one third was comprised of women. Each of the 12 competing teams was composed of oil and gas professionals, including employees of KOC, as well as students and graduates of computer science, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geology, graphic design, and business studies, coming from AUK, Kuwait University, and a number of private universities in Kuwait. Over a period of 48 hours, the teams worked to devise solutions for challenges related to the oil and gas sector. The main topics of challenges were oil and gas operations, drilling operations, and HSSE (Health, Safety, Security, and Environment). Throughout the event, subject matter experts (mentors) guided the teams and answered their questions. Among the mentors was Mohamed Malek, a digital architect from Microsoft. 


The closing ceremony on the evening of November 16th announced three winning teams:  iLana Team (1st place), A-Team (2nd place), and Cruel Oil Team (3rd place).
iLana Team tackled three challenges related to gas turbine compressor health, pipeline failures, and errors in electric submersible pumps. A-Team proposed a solution for the predictive maintenance of electric submersible pumps, while Cruel Oil Team came up with a solution for the foresting of gas flaring pollutants concentration.
Bader Al Attar, DCEO Planning & Finance Directorate at KOC expressed his appreciation for the Techathon challenge. “I praise the ability of young people to devise innovative solutions that are applicable to actual challenges in the oil and gas industry. We would definitely love to repeat this experience again at KOC,” he said.
During his closing remarks, Ali Al-Nakib, Corporate IT Group Manager at KOC, said, “This event is the first of its kind introduced by KOC, and I promise you it will not be the last. I cannot stress enough on the importance of this event to KOC as it shows how committed we are towards our community. It also promotes innovation in the oil and gas sector and the crowdsourcing of ideas.”



Dr. Rawda Awwad, President of AUK, upheld the mutual values and principles shared between AUK and KOC. “In its mission to enable our students to achieve broader community discovery and exploration, AUK has found an important collaborative partner: Kuwait Oil Company. Among others, KOC’s values reflect the principles that we as an institution are also trying to uphold: caring for people, partnership, integrity, and innovation. That level of collaboration that you see today—between the private and the public, the individual and the community—is an unnegotiable key-stone. This is how we move forward, and how “we” all can make a difference,” she said.  
Dr. Amir Zeid, Dean of the AUK College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), praised the partnership between AUK and KOC as well as the diversity of the participants. “We are pleased to be the academic partner with KOC for this event. We are looking forward to a long-term partnership with KOC for more events and research initiatives,” he said.



Prior to the announcement of the winners, each team presented and demonstrated their solutions to a judging panel composed of Dr. Adel Al-Abassi, former Deputy Managing Director of Technology Research & Management at KPC, Anaam Al-Jenaa, Team Leader of Information Technology Operations at KOC (IT Group), and Toufic Halabi, Microsoft Regional Energy & Resources Lead. The judges then convened to select the three best teams based on specific selection criteria.