OnTheJob Interview – BJ Staal

1.     What’s your name and where have you been living so far?

My name is BJ Staal and I have been living in Europe, South America, SE Asia, and Middle East and for the last 12 years in Egypt.

2.     Where do you currently work?

Currently, I work for Apache Egypt in Cairo in the Joint Venture (JV) as the Sr. Drilling Engineer. I am providing technical and operational support for 19 drilling and 15 work over rigs, which operate in the Western Desert.

3.     What are you working on this and next week?

We are drilling a horizontal well, which faces some wellbore stability issues due to the stress orientations in the field. I am working on a new directional plan to overcome this problem. Next week will be easy; I will be on days off.

4.     What is the biggest challenge in your job or working field?

The biggest challenge is to convince your local partners that what we should be doing is in the best interest of the JV and to make them believe that it is their idea.

5.     What do you like most of working in the energy field?

Our profession makes it possible to work all over the globe. I like most that we have this diversity in people and places. Every country brings it own challenges and different people’s backgrounds make it never a dull moment.

6.     With whom would you like to have dinner? Where would you eat and about what would you like to talk?

I would like to have dinner with a very good friend of mine, Faris Farrag. He runs an aquaponics farm in Egypt. We would eat his produce, fish and veggies, and talk about future energy, food and water security.

7.     The website www.globalenergyprofs.com is a platform for the global community of energy professionals. What do you expect from such a platform?

With all the different platforms around, it is not easy to stand out from the rest. The key is to keep people interested and promote interaction with the various sectors of the energy world.


BJ Staal is senior drilling engineer for Apache Corporation. bjstaal@ttru-ltd.com