Graduate engineers working for oil giant BP have attended two of the region’s major players in the oil and gas industry to learn more about the work they do.
The visitors from BP’s Challenger programme visited GE’s Oil & Gas’ Wellstream site on Walker Riverside, Newcastle and also its PII Pipeline Solutions base in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Robert Watts, Louis Doyle, Darius Kermani and Martyn Chapman are all working on BP’s early career training scheme at sites around the UK.
The visit gave them an insight into the work GE are carrying out in preparation of the In-Line Inspection (ILI) of BP’s North Sea CATS pipeline. The day began at the Cramlington site and combined classroom presentations with hands-on engineering experience. The graduates met apprentices and witnessed equipment in action. They then moved on to the Newcastle site where engineering manager Peter Robson gave a presentation. This was followed by a tour of the subsea flexible pipe manufacturing facility.
Kevin Johnson, PII Cramlington site leader, said: “GE Oil & Gas is always excited to work with people in their early career, set to fill the engineering skills generation gap; especially customers, as it gives both parties the chance to learn about how the other operates. There are many similarities between BP’s Challenge programme and GE’s internship and apprenticeship scheme, so being able to work with those with similar goals is beneficial for all involved.”
Robert Watts, BP Challenger and subsea pipelines operations engineer, added: “Opportunities like this are always fantastic for engineers in their early career so we are very grateful to GE Oil & Gas for giving us the chance to see the work done in the fields of pipeline inspection and flexible pipeline manufacturing.”