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Sylvain Degraeve


Sylvain Degraeve - Exploration Production - Total

Sylvain Degraeve, Crisis and Emergency Management Advisor (Total E&P Angola)

Sylvain  is an engineer and senior international expert in risk, emergency and crisis management, who holds a degree from the INHSJ (National Institute for Higher Education in Security and Justice). He has been a senior officer in the fire department for 37 years, and works as a technical advisor for the highest State authorities (SGDSN, National Defense and Security Department, Ministries, Paris Police Department, Loiret department authorities, etc.).

In 2011, he took on the position of Crisis and Emergency Management Advisor and Duty Manager 24/7 (4*4) for Total Exploration & Production in Angola, a position he still holds today. In this capacity, he introduced an Incident Management System for the management of the affiliate’s emergencies and crises.



  • When off rotation, Sylvain still volunteers as senior officer and expert within the Loiret (45) department’s fire and rescue unit, in France.
  • He has also been serving as a technical expert for the AFNOR (French standardization association) since 1997.
  • He is a senior advisor for the French National Firefighter Federation (FNSPF), particularly as regards chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives defense (CBRNE).



  • He regularly publishes feature articles and contributes to the drafting of standards pertaining to PPE, firefighting, explosions and CBRNE for the AFNOR.
  • He participates in drafting operational rules and procedures for firefighters on behalf of the FNSPF and Ministry of the Interior (civil security).
  • The last publication he co-authored for Total was ”New Offshore Medical Evacuation Strategy Using Intervention Vessels (Total E&P Angola)”presented at the SPE International Conference in Abu Dhabi on April 28, 2018 (SPE-190625-MS).


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