AFPC has continuously been able to implement Shell’s state of the art technologies and methodologies. This includes the introduction of new petroleum engineering software and evaluation techniques, assessment of improved oil recovery mechanisms,

standardization of the manner in which new wells are drilled etc. but has also included the set-up of a modern technical study center in Syria in 2001,

the introduction of management systems to ensure optimum maintenance and integrity of production facilities, the introduction of an HSE management system, the introduction of performance management, the introduction of minimum technical and operational standards for a wide variety of activities etc. etc.

It is through this knowledge transfer from Shell that AFPC’s performance is currently recognized as among the best in the industry, not only within Syria but also internationally.

Technical Study Center (TSC)

The Technical Study Center (TSC) was established in 2001 and is located in a separate building in Damascus.

The TSC has a number of study teams comprised of a mix of national and Shell staff covering all Petroleum Engineering disciplines. These teams are performing comprehensive integrated studies. (Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir Engineering) for all AFPC fields; in the process of conducting these studies expertise is transferred to national staff. Since 2001 most of AFPC’s fields have been studied in great detail, which has led to the drilling of an additional 115 wells and the identification of an additional 120 mln bbl of oil. The Center is unique in the region

Data management & Information Technology (IT):

Quality IT services including data management and data transfer are essential to keep a company like AFPC operating - both data transfer from the field to the Damascus head office and vice versa and communication both within the company and to the outside world. This is secured through fiberglass cabling between the field and the Damascus head office and state of the art e-mail and telecommunication services.

Like other companies in Syria also AFPC has been suffering from the US sanctions that were introduced in 2004. These sanctions have limited the application of new IT technology, forcing AFPC to focus on software and hardware from non-US sources.