Soft Skills - The opportunity to work in the Arctic.
For a fresh-faced petroleum engineering graduate, a young professional with a few years in the industry, or even an experienced manager wanting a new career challenge, emerging oil and gas regions present exciting opportunities. Indeed, they are hot spots with huge demands and favorable offers. Among these regions is northern Norway. As North Sea production crosses its peak, attention turns increasingly toward the far north. An estimated 20% of the world’s undiscovered but exploitable oil and gas may be in the Arctic, according to recent geological surveys.
Statoil is one of the leading producers in the Arctic region. In 2009, the company launched a corporate initiative to establish sustainable petroleum activities in the area. Statoil currently employs more than 900 personnel at different locations in northern Norway. The office responsible for exploration activity and field development in the far north is situated on a beautiful island in the city of Harstad.
“There is a large amount of exploration in the region and I expect lots of exciting projects,” says Douglas Gilding, a young reservoir engineer from the Netherlands.
“In general, people at Harstad are positive about exploration activities. They see work opportunities and a brighter future for the area,” says Vebjørn Thingnes, one of the many young Norwegian geologists working for Statoil in Harstad. “Being open to possibilities will lead you to challenging tasks here. That is how you learn.”