As a Flow Assurance Engineer, I make sure that the underground hydrocarbon molecules flow through the pipes connecting the reservoirs to the processing equipment.
It’s a lot like being a plumber except that I work with oil and gas not just water. Sometimes the reservoir is under dry land and sometimes it is subsea.
I went to an all-girls’ grammar school in Wales and because I liked maths and chemistry, I decided that when I left school I wanted to be either be a Chemical Engineer or a Forensic Scientist.
I ended up choosing chemical engineering because it offered so many more career options.
No one in my family had been to university before so it was all a voyage of discovery.
Flow Assurance engineers are ‘integrators’, we can speak many different technical languages. We deal with pretty much everyone on a project, so we must be friendly people!
I work with a range of state-of-the-art software packages that make predictions of how fluids will behave based on information we collect and input.
If you like solving problems, then the subsea environment is the ultimate challenge! I had no idea that this is where I would end up when I started