Workforce planning in the global oil and gas environment
A GE Oil & Gas case study

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Ge Oil Gas 18 Image 2In his role as a GE Oil & Gas Project Engineer, Simon Corrigan’s responsibilities on the Gorgon Project include reviewing the initial design and concept, as well as completing detailed designs of components and assemblies ready to be manufactured by GE. Working for GE Oil & Gas provides opportunities to work with colleagues across the world. Design engineers from Poland, Italy and Houston, as well as the UK, are working together in cross regional teams on the Gorgon Project to reach the highest operational standards. Working on such a prestigious project provides a sense of pride to Simon:

‘This project is complex, challenging and has taken me out of my comfort zone.’

Outside Engineering, many roles often carry high levels of responsibility as well. Elaine Buchan works in finance as an EPC Costing Analyst. EPC, Engineering, Procurement and Construction, covers the entire range of a project. Elaine’s role was to oversee the costings for the various stages of the bid process for the Gorgon Project. Her responsibility was to help ensure the success of GE Oil & Gas’ bid, as Elaine explains:

‘My work on the Gorgon Project was extremely varied from preparing pre-qualification documents through to costing the job. I was incredibly excited to be involved in such an important project for GE.’

GE Oil & Gas is also supplying subsea trees for the Gorgon Project. Subsea trees are huge assemblies of valves and spools that monitor and control gas flow. These were constructed at the GE Oil & Gas site in Aberdeen then shipped to Australia. According to Douglas Paul, Senior Logistics Coordinator responsible for the delivery of these trees:

‘These trees are a technological and engineering marvel and the logistics team is the safe pair of hands that ensures they reach their end destination securely.’

Ge Oil Gas 18 Image 41Douglas helped plan the transportation of the trees from the GE facility in Aberdeen to the harbour for their shipping to Australia. Preparations were made more than a year in advance, because the subsea trees are so large, roads were closed to the public to allow the equipment to reach the ships in the Aberdeen Harbour. More than 22 people from GE were involved in this logistics process, from loading and transportation, to offloading. From there, the trees were shipped by Chevron 12,000 miles to Australia, a journey taking around 6 weeks before final installation.

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