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Greening the Oil and Gas Industry
It is fair to say that the Oil and Gas industry does come under a lot of pressure from the environmental lobby groups. By the very nature of our business, from extracting oil through to the consumer using it in their cars, we are seen as the “bad boys” of industry. However, this is not an accurate picture. Since the world’s understanding of how fossil fuels effect the environment has changed – really since the 1970s - our industry has taken steps to “green” what they do. Where changes can be made, without affecting the end product, they are. This is particularly true when it comes to recruitment for Oil and Gas companies.
One of the iconic images of the Oil and Gas industry is the offshore structures that we use to house equipment and staff as we drill for resources. These structures, as you would expect, have a shelf life. Although many millions of dollars goes in to making them safe and secure while operational, similar amounts, if not more money is pumping into decommissioning them. We cannot have an ocean filled with old, decaying offshore structures. As such we make sure that we decommission in a safe, environmental friendly way. Rigs to Reefs is a programme that sees the rig turned into a haven for sea life at the bottom of the ocean. They are blown up, to fragment the structure, and the remains of the rig will go to the bottom of the ocean floor and provide an environment for marine life to flourish. Finding professionals able to do this means that Oil and Gas recruiters have been busy bringing new skills into the sector.
Another initiative is to ensure that all waste discharges from the rig are filtered before they are returned to the ocean. This takes out the majority of toxic fluid before it goes back to into the marine environment. By the nature of the drilling, not all the fluid extracted can be filtered but by committing to do this the Oil and Gas industries show a responsible attitude towards the environment.
In order to continue the good environmental work and best practice within the industry a raft of new jobs were created for Environmental Scientists within the sector. This boom in Oil and Gas Recruitment is no surprise. Combining an understanding of the fragile eco-systems in which we work and the needs of the industry in which we operate, these jobs help the industry as a whole maintain their commitments to the environment and the regulations set up to protect it.
Lastly, the Oil and Gas industry is committed to changing to ensure value for shareholders going forward. While peak oil is still some time away, the industry is already planning how they will replace lost revenue from dwindling hydrocarbon sources. As the primary suppliers of energy we are looking at other energy sources. It makes sense to keep the skill and knowledge that has been accumulated over the years from exploration and channel it into new technologies.
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