Earlier this year, offshore drilling operations began for the first time off the coast of Lebanon. Today, hear from the first woman to join the operation, Sara El Boustani.

In February 2020, history was made off the coast of Lebanon as the drill ship Tungsten Explorer began drilling operations in the area for the first time. President Michel Aoun addressed the nation, which was “going through the harshest economic and financial crisis of Lebanon’s modern history,” hailing the country’s first exploration as a “historic” step that would “represent a cornerstone to rise from the abyss” and transform the economy.”

On board the Tungsten Explorer, the crew included one woman, Sara El Boustani. A graduate of Lebanese American University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics, Sara is an operations engineer. Her job duties include assisting the rig manager and country manager with the planning and implementation of major maintenance and upgrade projects, preparing budgets, and developing standard benchmarks for tracking rig operations performance

Today, hear from Sara as she shares her experience offshore for the first time, what her job is like on a daily basis, and advice for those concerned about working in a male-dominated environment.

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