chevron at offshore europe 2015

Chevron Upstream Europe (CUE) recently took part in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 2015 Offshore Europe event, held from September 8-11, in Aberdeen.

A number of Chevron employees from a range of disciplines participated in the four-day event and welcomed visitors, from all corners of the globe, to the Chevron stand to learn more about the company. This year’s event saw the second highest attendance in its long standing history, with more than 55,000 attendees from over 100 countries, descending on Aberdeen.

Throughout the event, CUE’s managing director Craig May, along with Leadership Team members including Richard Hinkley and Tony McGarva, held meetings with a range of key stakeholders, from Regulators and Trade Associations to Coventurers and Government, who all visited the striking exhibition stand which showcased Chevron’s global position and capabilities.

Daniel Tee, gas controller, works with visiting pupils

Daniel Tee, gas controller with Chevron Upstream Europe’s Business Services function, puts visiting school pupils through their paces with Chevron’s ‘3 Minute Challenge’.

Tony McGarva, CUE’s manager of Business Services, said: “The Chevron stand was purposely designed to ensure we had profile and presence but it also provided us with a platform for a number of important engagements with our key stakeholders which added a lot of value to our participation at the event. I would like to thank everyone who supported our involvement for their commitment and hard work – they were a great example of company ambassadors, helping make the event a success and make Chevron’s presence impactful.”

Representatives from Chevron’s recruitment function, alongside colleagues from Supply Chain Management, were also present and kept busy with streams of visitors interested in finding out how they could work with, and work for, the company.

The 2-storey exhibition stand also provided networking opportunities where CUE representatives hosted an invite-only reception on the opening evening of the show for a number of key stakeholders from industry, government and the media.

The theme of the bi-annual event was ‘Inspiring the Next Generation’, which allowed the industry to address the technical, business and people challenges it faces now and into the future – and highlight the importance of attracting and encouraging the next generation of talent into the industry.

A point reinforced by Michael Engell-Jensen, Executive Director, International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) and Keynote Chairman, who said: "The event’s keynote speakers provided the next generation with plenty of inspiring reasons to join this industry. But, as Professor Brian Cox mentioned, we also need to provide students with pathways to a career in oil and gas.

"I would like to see industry develop multi-year programmes to encourage schoolchildren to consider a career in this sector. And, for our newly qualified graduates, who have been caught out by the current economic difficulties, I am supportive of industry exploring ways to allow them to get work experience, something many graduates say would help them get their first job in the industry," he added.

Steve Garrett, manager of Chevron’s Aberdeen-based Global Technology Centre, who co-chaired a session on ‘Maximising Recovery: from Basin to Pore Scale’, said: “The session I was involved with provided a ‘one-stop shop’ opportunity to prime participants on the wide range of challenges which need to be addressed to realise the goal to Maximise Economic Recovery from the UK North Sea, a strategic imperative highlighted by the 2014 Wood Report.. Participants included the Oil and Gas Authority, operators, contractors and academics, with a high energy level in the session for students, young professionals and experienced practitioners alike.

“I also participated, on behalf of Chevron Technology Ventures, in a venture capital ‘speed dating’ event with many developers seeing engagement with operators, helping connect CUE with providers of solutions to challenges in offshore asset integrity and materials,” added Steve.

On the final day of the event, CUE played their part in inspiring the next generation by hosting pupils from schools across Aberdeen City and Shire and talking to them about the career opportunities that exist in the industry. A number of employees explained their background and routes into the industry before putting the pupils through their paces with CUE’s ‘3 Minute Challenge’.

“Having an interactive activity on the stand was great as we were able to give the students a real opportunity to learn and relate to the basic processes involved in the full life cycle of recovering North Sea oil and gas. Judging by their enthusiasm and energy, I am hopeful we have encouraged them to consider the industry as a potential career in the future,” said Daniel Tee, gas controller with CUE’s Business Services function.

For video of the show highlights, and papers and presentations from the technical sessions, visit the SPE Offshore Europe 2015 website.