How has your career developed?
I joined Petrofac as a graduate electrical engineer. During the early years, I developed my knowledge of solar energy and became the subject matter expert on solar power in the electrical department. By the end of 2012 I joined our Offshore Projects and Operations business as a project engineer. I was interested in the holistic operations function and through this interest and desire to learn I progressed to my current role as an Operations Manager.
What is the most exciting project you have been involved in so far?
Definitely the ICOEEP project, through which we export in excess of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day. Working on this project has its own challenges, its isolation and being in Iraq, forces us to continuously find innovative solutions to challenges. In this project we applied for two EVE [internal ‘Excellence – Values – Energy’ awards] applications.
The first application was when our client wanted us to move a Single Point Mooring (SPM) to a storage yard. The SPM is built and designed to be lifted using a high capacity crane. We implemented an innovative method of lifting the SPM using a boatlift instead of a traditional crane. Not only did this novel method comply with our safety standards by eliminating the high-risk lift, it also reduced the cost by almost 65%.
The wining application was for actions taken by the team which averted a regional economic and ecological disaster. It all started when a Petrofac watchkeeper identified a fire at a nearby client accommodation platform, Petrofac and our subcontractor (SmitLamnalco) immediately enacted the Emergency Response Plan and deployed a firefighting and rescue operation to the scene. Some 90 people were rescued, and a regional economic and ecological disaster averted.
Have you enjoyed training and development support at the Company?
Petrofac has a unique graduate programme that includes both technical and soft skills training. The programme equipped me with the right skills and mindset to be a finalist in our EVE Awards, Innovation category in 2012, Highly Commended in 2016 under Innovation category, and Winner in 2019 in the Responsive category.
Petrofac has also supported my career progression in different parts of the business, which has provided me with lots of exposure in several key areas of the oil and gas industry.
I have been offered the opportunity to attend various training courses which helped me acquire the required skills for my role. Most recently the MLDP programme helped me widen my views with respect to leadership and strategies in our business.