George - Senior Project Engineer

Location: Sharjah

Year joined in: 2007

Position joined as: Graduate Electrical Engineer

What is your degree in?
I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Science in Power and Energy, after which I completed a degree in Business Management from Balamand University in Lebanon.

Why did you choose Petrofac?
In 2007 the oil market was booming and it was a great opportunity to join a leading company growing quickly in line with the needs of the industry. Petrofac's graduate programme, though still in its developing stages at the time, opened the doors for graduates to implement their knowledge and ideas in the energy sector.

What is your role at Petrofac?
As a Senior Project Engineer I am working on the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP). I am responsible for managing a team of Petrofac employees, sub-contractors and also the procurement and delivery of material needed to ensure the continuous operation and export of oil.

How has your career developed?
I joined Petrofac as a graduate electrical engineer. Over the next few 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 and progressed to my current role as an Senior Project Engineer in our Engineering & Production Services business.

What is the most exciting project you’ve been involved in so far?
I would definitely say the ICOEEP project, through which we export in excess of 1.5 million barrels a day. Working on this project has its own challenges that force us to continuously find innovative solutions to obstacles. For example, recently the 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 Golden Rules of Safety by eliminating the high risk lift, it also reduced the cost by almost 65%.

How has Petrofac supported your on-going training and development?
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. I was nominated for the awards because my team introduced our client to a PQsensor, which allows on-line harmonic measurement using a Capacitive Voltage transformer. This solution was subsequently adopted by our client for future projects.

Petrofac has also supported my career progression in different parts of the business, which has provided me with lots of exposure to several areas of the oil and gas industry.

Are there any travel opportunities? If so, where to?
From day one with Petrofac the nature of our work required me to be mobile, this included going to fabrication shops, vendor and site visits, inspections and client meetings. I travel regularly to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

What would you say to someone considering joining the graduate programme at Petrofac?
Take advantage of every second you have in the programme and accept any challenge thrown at you!

I enjoy my career and each day at Petrofac. It is helping me develop both personally and professionally and I hope to continue my career progression in Project Management to deliver successful projects and enhance the company’s reputation.