Who am I ?


I’m Dr Mohamed Said Beghoul. I have 33 years of experience in Oil and Gas Exploration and Development activity. I received my geophysics engineer diploma in 1977, from Boumerdes University, and joined Sonatrach Exploration Division in July 1st, 1977 as log analyst: logging field supervision, petroleum geology and reservoir evaluation. From 1982 through 1985, I managed the Logs interpretation service of Sonatrach Exploration.  From October 1985 through June 1990, I was detached by Sonatrach to France for completing a petroleum geology-geophysics PhD. After earning my doctorate in Jun 1991, from Strasbourg University (France), I joined back Sonatrach Exploration as head of Reservoir & Reserves Evaluation Department I developed. In February 1994, I was appointed Exploration manager for the Oued Mya District. In 1995, I performed, as project leader, the International Algeria Well Evaluation Conference (WEC Algeria 95’) with the Schlumberger collaboration. In 1998, I was appointed Exploration Director of the Eastern part of Algeria mining domain (Berkine, Oued Mya, Illizi & Amguid-Messaoud basins). Many exciting new oil & gas discoveries have been made by my team till December 2002. I was also President of the Algerian-Libyan Alrar-Wafa gas field committee and President of the Management Committee of many Sonatrach-IOC’s Associations. From January 1st, 2003 to January 1st, 2005, I was selected as President Director General (CEO) of HESP logging company- Halliburton Entreprise de Services aux Puits (a Joint Venture between Halliburton Group & ENSP, a Sonatrach subsidiary in Hassi Messaoud). In January 1st, 2005 I joined back Sonatrach Exploration Division as Exploration advisor and President of the Management Committee of Sonatrach-Sinopec Association for 2 PSC Contracts. In May 2006, I joined CNPC International Algeria Exploration as General Manager’s Advisor, in Algiers. I left CNPC in July 2010. Since 2011, I was associated with INSIM (International Institute of Management) and the Algerian Petroleum Institute (IAP) as teaching expert. I’m a fellow of the AAPG, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and was a member of the AIG (Algerian Gas Industry Association). I’m author of more than 50 oral communications and publications in different magazines, newspapers and national or international Oil& Gas Conferences. I published my first book concerning the history and perspectives of the Algerian Oil & Gas industry, entitled :«Pétrole algérien: les barils de la peur», Saint Honoré Editiond, Paris (France), July 2021.