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What are the risks in the Oil and Gas industry?

The risk of Drilling in the oil and gas industry Working on a drilling platform far from shore is often dull and routine until something goes wrong. Being isolated at sea during a blowout is a horrific scenario, add fire and you have the disaster witnessed on Deepwater Horizon. Even without fire, a seafloor leak of gas can destabilize the rig as the buoyant properties of the water changes. When wells blowout on land the crew and support personnel can evacuate to a prescribed location to take stock of the situation. Emergency responders are able to rally quickly to a land-based emergency. While land blowouts can still be life-threatening the dangers at sea are multiplied. Many old rig-hands lost fingers and toes either throwing a chain around the pipe while making a connection, mashing digits while racking pipe, engaging tongs, slips, and falls. Common injuries occur just because of bad body position. Fire from leaks, faulty equipment, and smoking has claimed its share of workers. The size and weight of materials needed to drill wells cannot be imagined by people who have never witnessed a well being drilled. What is apparent is that even with strict safety guidelines, a human[…]

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interview tips for oil and gas company jobs

Some people wanted to know what kind of technical questions that oil & gas companies might ask during an interview for a process engineering role at a refinery. Here some information from the experts: 1. What do you know about our process? 2. What do you know about our refinery? 3. Why should we hire you? 4. A certain supermajor might ask how a fin fan heat exchanger works and what sort of things could decrease efficiency. Or to draw and describe a distillation column and internals. Know unit op basics: key operation variables, what makes them go bad and how to fix it at a basic level. This helps to know the keywords. 5. Be able to draw PFD and talk about your problem-solving approach. 6. They will certainly test you on typical process engineering fundamentals, but not necessarily topics you would have learned at university. Be prepared to explain your thought process (and maybe even calculate) on questions relating to: Pump sizing, NPSH, cavitation Pressure drop in pipe flow (Bernoulli) Heat exchanger design and selection Ideal gas calculations Vessel inerting/purging method and calculations and of course, distillation operation and improvement They may also get you to present the[…]

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