Eilyn is based in Mexico where she is responsible for client liaison and data management – promoting Petrolink technology across Latin America.
In this short interview, we look back at her seven years with us, while also reflecting on the challenges the industry faces and her view on how to support Young Professionals.
How did you get started at Petrolink?
I started at Petrolink in 2013, since then I have developed both personally and professionally within a multi-cultural global team.
I started as an Information Management Specialist, integrating, validating, and analyzing geological and reservoir information to identify development opportunities for our clients.
After 4 years of coordinating this department, I helped develop a product for the Mexican NOC to assist in compliance with the regulatory agency. We conducted an extensive review of the laws, regulations, and general administrative provisions that governed the sector in Mexico.
Our work ensured the organization and monitoring of regulatory information for our clients. Later, I was given the opportunity to join the Sales department to contribute to the growth and development of new businesses in Latin America, participating mainly in the markets of Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador. In each position, I have had the support of an excellent team to fulfill our goals.
Drilling is an area close to your heart through your involvement with the SPE’s (Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section) DUPTS – what are the big concerns you hear from fellow Young Professionals (YPs)?
Eilyn is Young Professionals Liaison of the SPE Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section (DUPTS).
Eilyn keeps learning different topics inside and outside of the industry. One of the activities that she likes to take part in is Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Currently, she is part of the steering committee in one club in Mexico City.
The current situation has indeed made our community uneasy. Nevertheless, collaborative and innovative thinking has prevailed in the YP community and most are willing to prepare themselves and adapt to these challenging times. Many YPs have shared their knowledge in the O&G community- inside and outside the SPE through webinars and courses. They have also strengthened their technical skills by taking advantage of the massive provision of free or very low-cost training programs provided by experts.
Today, there are great challenges to developing drilling and production activities profitably, now more than ever, the DUPTS must continue to create spaces for technical exchange with the support of experts in AI, ML, data mining, and analytics. There is great satisfaction in having participation worldwide. This is an indication that we are moving forward in the right way to continue innovating and optimizing in this new reality. I continue to be excited there is a greater world to explore within this business.
How can the industry work on engaging young professionals in the sector and work to attract more?
The industry´s engagement begins long before professionals start in the labor market. The collaboration between universities, operation companies, service companies, and the SPE is key for the training of future professionals to meet the best standards for the industry, here the Student Chapters play an important role.
Particularly, I have taken advantage of and valued the synergy that the SPE has with the industry because it has allowed me to exchange knowledge and collaborate in the programming of events that contribute to the professional growth of members.
The industry must continue to provide the next generation of YP´s with technological knowledge in its training programs to break barriers that could slow the development or discovery of opportunity areas in this industry. The early approach with the companies opens doors to have better opportunities to start, stay, and advance within our specialty area.
An industry that is open to change, with the desire to fully leverage the resources provided by digital technology to optimize its processes, remains attractive for those thinking about entering the sector. Advanced training and competitive remuneration programs will continue as good incentives for attracting more professionals to this market, despite the situation that we face.
The industry is going through unprecedented challenges where you see the opportunities as the world adapts to a new normal?
Great challenges make us more creative; we think of strategies driven by our desire to continue supporting our clients and to keep their projects profitable.
The current conditions have caused us to migrate, in large part, to remote work. I am pleased with how smooth the transition has been – throughout we have continued to use technology and tools to add value across each project. I think that all companies that achieve progress in the implementation of emerging technologies such as AI, big data, and others, will have great opportunities and will allow the industry to reach new heights. We must continue to move towards digital transformation if we want to have greater profitability, efficiency, operational security, improved communications, all while having less impact on the environment. The key is to continue working on process automation; the industry must take advantage of this situation to prepare their teams at a technological level, while culturally, we must be flexible and learn quickly. There will always be room for optimization, and this is precisely what we focus on at Petrolink. Although nothing is permanent, we cannot go back to old practices when we see positive results in the new way of managing the business.
Mexico – Looking ahead
The Mexican market was beginning to enjoy somewhat of a renaissance having been opened back up to externals players. How do you think the further inward investment will be encouraged?
So far out of all the Latin American countries, Mexico has remained one of the most resilient in terms of operational continuity. Mexico has great potential and we have seen it with the recent discoveries made by large operators in both shallow and deepwater. According to reports published at the end of last year, by the Mexican Association of Hydrocarbon Companies (AMEXHI), Mexico has achieved a significant increase in 2P reserves.
Although the global O&G market has taken a huge blow which will inevitably cause a delay in planned activities; the need for sustainable exploitation of resources could incentivise drive greater investment in the region. There is no doubt that many drilling operations will be rescheduled in the medium term, especially in deepwater, however, there are some onshore and shallow fields which remain profitable.
National and International operators will have to define new strategies and business models with their partners and service companies. Stakeholders should prioritize activities to ensure operational continuity to reach new levels of efficiency once the O&G market stabilizes and the health emergency is controlled.
The prospective resources and reserves remain and are waiting for profitable conditions to return to continue with planned exploration and extraction plans. The private sector and government will need to work hand in hand to meet significant challenges in the years ahead.
What would you say your career highlight at Petrolink has been thus far?
I have taken most satisfaction from building a deepening knowledge of the regulatory processes thought the well life-cycle. Witnessing the successful application of these methodologies by clients has been proved very rewarding.
In a similar vein, I would like to highlight the approach within the drilling domain where, with the help of experts, I have learned about the processes for quality control, operations monitoring in real-time and the analysis of data. All of which has allowed me to add more value to our clients in a tangible way.
What keep you excited to continue innovating at Petrolink?
I feel pleased to be part of a company that gives that flexibility to continue generating value, a company that has created an entire infrastructure to make solutions based on new generation technology. It is a joy to see that we are making progress in automating processes and that we are going to continue supporting this market to reducing costs, ensuring safer operations, and create a future of greater productivity for our clients.