Daniel WATOUKOULA

Congo Operations Deputy Manager

After acquiring his initial experience in Algeria, Daniel joined Perenco Congo, where he has worked on many sites: platforms, terminals and FPSO. A “memory man” for Perenco, he has accompanied the Operations Manager in Congo since 2003. He more specifically oversees operations on FPSO Conkouati and coordinates facilities’ maintenance.
 

What is your background? What is your career pathway at Perenco ?

I am an engineer specialised in the automation of chemical and petrochemical processes.
I followed a work-and-study programme at the National Institute of Hydrocarbons and Chemistry of Boumerdes in Algeria and in various Sonatrach sites. That way I had the opportunity to visit Oued El Hamra pumping station near Hassi Messaoud in the desert, to work at the Arzew refinery and then in Algiers’. During my last year I was posted to the STAH Mereksen gas liquefaction plant by the Libyan border.
When I graduated in 1988 I started working in Elf Congo facilities at the Emeraude site as an instrumentist. Subsequently I was assigned to the Tchibouela site for the commissioning of two TAF1 and TAT platforms and then to the Sendji site and finally to the Djeno Terminal. This career pathways has enabled me to gain a good knowledge of local facilities.

In 1991 I joined Amoco as a production operator for the commissioning of Yombo. Then I was assigned to FPSO Conkouati laboratory and then to process. I was the first Congolese to step aboard! I was then assigned to the instrumentation department until I became an instrumentation and automation supervisor. In 2001 I was assigned to the subsidiary’s headquarters as a maintenance coordinator.
In 2002 Perenco acquired the assets of CMS Oil and Gas. I was thereby appointed as manager for Yombo operations and in 2003 promoted deputy to the operations manager (DO) of the subsidiary; this is still my role to date.
 

What does your job entail and which challenges do you face ?

As deputy to the Operations Manager, my role consists in controlling the production profitability and securing the safety of our operations. As a matter of fact, I am responsible for monitoring all the operations, logistics and storage. I am also in charge of Maintenance.
I collaborate more particularly with all the superintendents and the Marine teams for Yombo facilities.
I visit sites from time to time. This reminds me when I worked offshore.

How would you describe the company ?

Perenco is a dynamic company with a well-proven know-how. I am proud of my company.
 

Which corporate value(s) do you most admire at Perenco ?

Integrity.

What would you say to convince someone to join Perenco ?

Perenco is a company that trusts individuals and their potentials. Perenco offers the opportunity to develop and to achieve your goals.

Staggered questions
  • What is your favourite word ?

     Love
     

  • And the one you hate ?

     Lies

  • A remedy against stress ?

    Music

  • In a football team, what position would you play ?

     Winger, or right-back

  • What is your favourite acronym ?

    None.
     

  • A personality you love to follow.

    Our CEO

  • What do you miss the most when you are far away ?

     My wife

  • How do you stay connected to your loved ones ?

    I call her... it is warmer.

  • Your favourite country ?

    Congo

  • Your favourite holidays ?

    Relaxing in family