Oil and Gas


The United Arab Emirates has proven crude oil reserves of around 98 billion barrels (or 10% of the world’s reserves) and boasts substantial reserves of natural gas, accounting for approximately 3.2% of world reserves. The bulk of the oil and gas wealth is concentrated in Abu Dhabi, which contributes approximately 90% of the total oil production of the country and holds over 90% gas reserves. 

In the coming years, natural gas will play an increasingly important role in the UAE’s development – particularly as a fuel source for power generation, petrochemicals and manufacturing industry. The UAE has also taken the lead in developing an intra-Gulf gas network that may eventually link up with the Indian subcontinent. 

The backgrounds of employees in the oil and gas industry vary, but specialists are often either qualified engineers (mechanical, chemical, civil or other) or scientists such as geologists or geochemists. Other scientific disciplines, such as physics and chemistry are also well represented throughout. There is work offshore on rigs, on ships, on FPSO’s; and onshore at terrestrial wells or at company headquarters as well as research and development hubs. 

Technical careers in the Oil and Gas industry are often subsequent to degrees in the following disciplines: 

Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics, Safety and Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Materials Engineering. 




Career Opportunities:

Drilling Engineer: Develops, plans and costs drilling activities.  A Drilling Engineer can be involved throughout the lifecycle of a well, from the initial design through to its abandonment. 

Reservoir Management Geologist: supervising a small team to build and maintain field reservoir models. It also involves supervising interactions with other organisational functions such as ‘Well Planning’ to advise on the placement of new wells, which allow the oil to be extracted. 

Chemical Process Engineer: Process Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and improvement of large equipment and facilities used for processing and producing oil and gas either onshore or offshore. 

Chemist: Within the oil and gas industry, Chemists can work in a variety of roles within Operators, specialist chemical companies, well services companies, consultancies, etc.  Chemists can work both onshore and offshore. 

Completions Engineer: Responsible for developing plans to improve the production from a well.  A completion engineer designs and monitors the installation of well completions and helps devise methods to improve oil and gas well production. 

Draughtsperson/ CAD operator: The role of Draughtsperson/CAD Operator tends to be found in engineering design offices in both large and small companies.   They produce technical drawings and designs using traditional draughting techniques or by using computer aided design (CAD) software. 

Mechanical Engineer: Mechanical Engineers are typically involved with the design and developing procedures for maintenance of mechanical and rotating equipment and machines. 

Offshore Installation Manager: The OIM is responsible for managing the offshore operations on the platform or vessel, including the health, safety and welfare of all personnel onboard.  

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Key Employers:

1- Al Jaber Precision Engineering & Contracting L.L.C.


2- Atlas Metal Industries 


3- Voith Middle East FZE 


4- Fanoy Gas L.L.C 


5- Raycom Engineering Systems Middle East FZE


6- Rigzone Mechanical Equipment L.L.C 


7- INFIELD Electromechanical Works L.L.C.


8- Sigma Engineering Works LLC 


Source: http://www.oilandgasdirectory.com


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