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WPC Youth Forum Calgary 2013

WPC Youth Forum Calgary 2013

 Why REGISTER today.



For the first time,the largest global gathering of young professionals

in the oil and gas industry will be hosted in Calgary, Canada – in the

heart of Canadian energy innovation. Space is limited so register now for your spot at the 4th WPC Youth Forum.

The solutions to today’s energy challenges will be developed by students and young professionals, like you, around the globe and the Youth Forum is the place to bring these bright minds together. The Youth Forum program has been developed around three core pillars – Business Leadership, Technical Innovation and Sustainability, with an exciting line-up of dynamic and high-profile speakers including;

  • Hon. Alison Redford, Premier, Government of Alberta;
  • Jeff Lehrmann, President, Chevron Canada Ltd.;
  • Nishi Vasudeva, Director of Marketing, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. and;
  • Zhou Jiping, President of the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC).

Why ATTEND or SEND your team:

We want you to register today and access industry leaders and technical expertise through technical tours, courses and presentations. Participate in leadership development and network with senior industry leaders, experts and peers. Expose yourself and your team to global perspectives and contribute in sessions that challenge conventional thinking and inspire new ideas. Attract and collaborate with Canadian and international students and gain experience, technical hours and new skills.


  • 1,500 international delegates:

–          Young professionals ages 20-35

–          Industry leaders, experts and non-industry stakeholders

–          Dignitaries, executives and policy makers

  • Host to the WPC Annual Executive Council:

–          200 global industry and government leaders from the WPC Executive

  • Students from each WPC member country and each Canadian province/territory
  • Register for; a tour of the Canadian oil sands, revisit Calgary’s 1988 Olympics or tour the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Need more information? Take a look at our Youth Forum website here: http://www.wpccanada.com/youthforum/ or connect with us as chair@WPCYouthForum.com

On behalf of the 4th WPC Youth Forum Organizing Committee, we want you to join us on October 22 – 25,2013 in Calgary, Canada.

Register today!

An Interview with Mr Maciej Librant – Petroleum Geo-Services

An Interview with Mr Maciej Librant – Petroleum Geo-Services

The first guest of YoungPetro’s Ask Me Anything column is Mr Maciej Librant, Petroleum Geo-Services geophysicist. Together with AGH UST Students Association “Geophone” we were honoured to organise a meeting with this land and marine seismic specialist.

YoungPetro: Tell us about your first steps in the industry.

Maciej Librant: Just after my postgraduate geophysics studies at the AGH UST I was working for three years mainly in the Sahara Desert engaging in land seismic. I was responsible for correct and accurate work of data collecting equipment. Then I got an offer from CGGVeritas to join them. The whole recruitment procedure was undoubtedly curious. It covered a conversation with psychologist in Geneva and two meetings in Paris. Eventually, I rejected it due to conditions of this proposition. I wanted to be at home more frequently. Hopefully, I encountered a headhunter from PGS, passed the interview in Krakow, signed a contract and that’s how I’ve been practising an extremely interesting job for 5 years.

YP: What’s PGS and what are your main responsibilities?

M.L.: Petroleum Geo-Services is a multinational company headquartered in Norway which operates marine seismic in vast regions of the World. It holds both offshore and onshore data processing facilities.
We work in 12/12 system (twelve hours of work and twelve of rest and recreation which can be spent variously – at the gym and other onboard leisure, but mainly on sleep). Currently I swim in the North Sea on PGS Apollo vessel that has in its equipment maximum of 12 streamers. We take seismic images using air guns and dynamite as a source of seismic waves. Waves after reflection under the seabed are received by hydrophones which are part of 10 cables of total 8 kilometres long (approximately 5 miles). The next step is seismic record check based on special software able to display and filter seismic data in many ways.  My other responsibilities are usually linked with IT problems. I have to cope with overloading of the system. Generally I have to admit that PGS is a very serious business that takes care of its employees and guarantees support in need.

YP: What are your favourite activities onboard?

M.L.: From time to time when weather is fine we have motorboats training. They’re not compulsory but clearly give  me a lot of fun, provide steering course on different propulsion boats, and give me breath from daily routine.

YP: Summer’s issue topic is women in the industry. How does a female geophysicist meet such difficult and extreme conditions onshore and offshore?

M.L.: Very well! Actually I have to admit that women are often better than men, despite the conditions. For 2 years I had a female boss – an extraordinarily talented specialist. There was also a situation when my coworker got pregnant, therefore she could no more work on ship. Although she was so good at her job she got an offer from PGS to work remotely via Internet. At her home whole initial data processing system was installed. That’s how she could combine maternity with work. In our profession gender doesn’t matter.

YP: What incredible stories could you tell us?

M.L.: The most eeriness thing on the ship was dynamite. Naturally it’s very unstable but effective, that’s why it is still in use in land seismic. But when air guns didn’t exist or were uncommon it was successfully applied offshore. Rarely  uncontrolled explosions happened onboard. But as far as I know no one got hurt also property losses weren’t so enormous. The most unfortunate situation I have experienced was the entanglement of measurement cables. The whole crew with no exceptions for 12 hours a day and one and a half week had dragged partially cables out of the sea and unknotted them. It was terribly tedious and harsh work. Working on a seismic ship demands responsibility. If we make a mistake, the whole measurement might go wrong and that’s a loss for the company. The time of a usual trip is 5 weeks on a ship. Weather conditions do not pamper you – storms, unfavorable currents. And if little marine creatures called barnacles would pin to cables and measurement apparatus you have to remove them manually at sea. It’s bound with cessation of normal operations. The job necessitate fortitude, but most of all it’s incredibly fascinating.

YP: Do you have any advice for future geophysicists you could share?

M.L.: First of all if you have some problems with English – do not hesitate. It’s an international language and language of the industry. Its knowledge is equally important as basics of the mathematics in regular life. Being operational in Linux at least at the same level as in Windows system is superbly useful. All of computing programmes are open-source, thus it would help you resolve IT problems. Never forget to sleep and eat properly. It gives you essential power for the next effective day. Overworking is not an option because it lowers your abilities. You have to count in working more than 6 months a year remote from your home. It’s good to be a positive man to overcome such separation.

YP: Would you choose the same path of career if you could?

M.L.: It’s philosophical question and the answer depends on perspective you look at every pros and cons of such a job. As a confirmed and subjective optimist I can frankly say that this career gave me a lot of adventures some might read about only in books. I would remember the service for my whole life.

YP: At the end maybe could you partake some trivia about Petroleum Geo-Services?

M.L.: PGS has by this time unbeaten the Guinness World Record in the biggest object moving on the Earth category. It’s our vessel with a dozen or so eight kilometers cables. Crazy, isn’t it? Just as crazy as people who work here. Enthusiastic companionship with whom you will never be bored.

YP: Thank you very much for this conversation. I hope you unveiled to our readers some mysteries of your work. Comment and share it!

Feel ready to manage oil company?

Feel ready to manage oil company?

Today, I would like to introduce you to ‘Quest for Oil’. This strategy game, made by Maersk Group, takes you on a quest for one of the most indispensable resources – oil!

 It isn’t a game from the top shelf – it cannot be compared to these top – sellers…but it is really well done and a solid product.

What makes ‘Quest for Oil’ so special? It’s the first game of its kind related to the oil industry. Nobody before Maersk had done something like that. In ‘Quest for Oil’ gamers have a chance to broaden their knowledge and use their skills from the very beginning of seeking for reservoirs to producing oil.  In ‘Quest for Oil’ Maersk gives us a possibility to pursuit of oil in two scenarios- in the deep waters off Qatar and the North Sea. The second option is an easier one.

What will you face in the contest against your computer opponent? First of all you need to choose a proper area to start searching for reservoir. Next, you will be testing your geological knowledge. What does the underground like? Where is the trap and reservoir? After aiming the reservoir, let’s do wells! It isn’t as easy task as you may think! You need to control temperature and pressure to avoid eruption and further costs! Setting up and otimizing production is the last thing before starting extraction of oil. Now, let’s find another reservoir and produce 1 000 000 barrels of oil in the North Sea or 2 000 000 in Qatar before your opponent.

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, about ‘Quest for Oil’:New times calls for new measures, and we want to use the computer game to tell the story of an extremely innovative business, which the entire world depends on, in a new and engaging way. We wish to engage in dialogue about oil and energy business through gamification and at the same time give all interested the best opportunity to experience the underground.

And just the last tip from YoungPetro: don’t pay extra money for targeting trap and reservoir! The game gives much more fun, if you test yourself and analyze rock formations. 🙂

Download ‘Quest for Oil’ | MAERSK GROUP

Seadrill orders four new ultra-deepwater drillships for delivery in 2015

Seadrill orders four new ultra-deepwater drillships for delivery in 2015

Seadrill Limited  has entered into  contracts to build four new ultra-deepwater drillships. Two of them will be built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard and the other two at the Samsung yard, in South Korea. The project value price is estimated to be below US$600 million per unit.  Delivery of the 4 units is scheduled for the second half 2015.  Seadrill has in addition received fixed priced options for delivery of two further units for delivery in the first half 2016.

The drillships will have a hook load capability of 1,250 tons and a water depth capacity of up to 12,000 feet targeting operations in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and West and East Africa.

Ultra deepwater production is estimated to increase from around 1 million barrels per day today to 5 million barrels per day over the next 6 years. In order to reach this target significant new development drilling capacity will have to be added. At the same time, the industry faces a situation where approximately 49% of the current floater fleet is older than 20 years.

John Fredriksen, Chairman of Seadrill Limited, says: “We have been able to use the current weakness in the shipbuilding industry to order drilling units at very attractive price levels. At the same time we are securing future growth by continuing to build a homogenous fleet with all the operational benefits which come from fleet standardization.

Read more: Seadrill Ltd.