12 members of SPE Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Student Chapter had their first geological trip at Miri, Sarawak from 11th until 14th of January 2018 consisting of 2nd and 3rd years of Petroleum Engineering students of the said institution with one accompanying staff from The School Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS).
With the objective of exposing the participants to geology concepts, they learn numerous technical geological knowledge which includes:
Throughout the trip, these 13 people had covered:
At Kampung Bakam outcrop, there is a flat layer of clay and sandstone with a distance of 3.7m from the entrance. Members used auger, a manual hand coring equipment and drilled up to 133cm (52 in.) depth into the bed to see its sedimentary structure but could only find clay and no rigid bedding structure. This place is is said to have the same characteristics to one of the hydrocarbon fields in Sarawak, leading the members to seek for oil seepage. Across the floor of the outcrop, a small stream comes from the higher part of the outcrop creating modern ripples.
At the coastal road, the 52°NW dipping outcrop lays flat on the surface of Earth and participants are seen standing on the outcrop 5m from the entrance.
At the strand of Bungai and Peliau beach, expecting to see strands of dipped beds from the remnants of eroded beds from Tusan, participants could only find sand sediments with a loose conglomerate sample alongside the beach as the weather was raining heavily and the tide rises.
Reaching Tusan cliff, knowing that a landslide had happened 2 days before the arrival, members gave extra precaution going down the cliff. The situation worsens when a tide is rising and an approximate wave of 2m can be seen from afar but resides slowly reaching shallower area nearing the cliff. Due to this weather, auger coring could not be done. A 32°W dipping bed is seen and ancient beds and sedimentary structure can be logged until 143cm here. Members logged the area as sandstone and clay inter-bedded sandstone with visible fractures. At another point at the cliff, a 217cm log can be done where the bed is clearly dipping towards the sea and a laminar structure with erosion occurred.
At Lopeng outcrop, quickmud (similar to quicksand) nearly along the 38.2m outcrop dipping 76°W overfills the area due to human activity where the sediments become soft and bubbly with visible small channels. A fault and disconformity are obvious at this outcrop where beds are seen to laterally disconnect due to the geological happenings. At a distance of 4.1m from the entrance, the outcrop is logged with clay and interbedded sandstone with medium grain size sands and a loose shell-like fossil is found.
Lambir outcrop is quite hidden into the road as it is seen as a disposable garbage area by modern human activities. This place of 42m elevation above sea level is expected to be cleared by the government as it might no longer posses any geological findings. Older and younger sediments at this area shows different occurrences where the older one at a length of 61.5m is filled with mudcrack and burrows alongside the clay and sandstone beds, and an obvious hummocky cross-stratified bedding; concluding that this was a shallow marine environment. Spending nearly 2 hours here, participants gathered a number of fossils traces and very visible burrows on loose samples. Dipping 20°SE are beds of clay, sandstone and interbedded clay and sandstones.
A documentary of this trip can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pavDPbh1Nik&t=21s with credits to the videographer, Izzat Isa.
This trip could not be possible without the help of the Board of Directors of SPE HWUM SC in organising, planning and carrying out the event itinerary before, during and after the trip.
An educational visit to Curtin University Malaysia hosted by Felicity Valerie Karim exposes the students to the facilities of Petroleum Engineering students in Curtin University Malaysia and wishes to have future collaboration between the two SPE student chapters.
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Headline crude prices for the week beginning 17 September 2018 – Brent: US$78/b; WTI: US$68/b
Headlines of the week
As weather systems batter the Atlantic and Pacific – Hurricane Florence hitting the Carolinas in the US and Typhoon Mangkhut cleaving its way through East Asia – the oil industry is watching for signs of continued turbulence, worried that it could add to a market jittery over upcoming Iranian sanctions. Particularly in the Atlantic, where the 2017 hurricane season was very disruptive over crude production in the Gulf of Mexico. A year later, with growing onshore production, the risk of disruption is now higher than ever, with tropical storms liable to cause major flooding in major shale basins like the Permian.
While destructive, the typhoons of the west Pacific generally do not have a large impact on crude prices. The major crude production areas of Southeast and East Asia tend to be relatively insulated from the direct path of storms, which will already have had their strength sapped after hitting the Pacific bulwark of the Philippines. The refining centres in Japan, South Korea and China do get impacted, but preparedness tend to dull the impact. However, the situation is different in the Atlantic. Two weeks ago, when Tropical Storm Gordon whipped its way through the Gulf Coast, WTI prices leapt in response as offshore rigs shut down and evacuated workers. Traditionally, the hurricane seasons of past will largely be confined in impact to WTI prices, but the increasingly international reach of American crude now has a direct discernible impact on the global Brent benchmark as well.
After Florence and Gordon, there are three more storms brewing in the Atlantic. Even though Gordon proved weaker than expected, some 160,000 b/d of production was shut down for over a week, while Florence avoided major output areas. Up next is Hurricane Helene, which looped back towards Europe after developing in West Africa. Hurricane Isaac headed straight towards the Caribbean, where refining infrastructure has been fragile due to PDVSA’s chronic woes, but has now weakened into a tropical depression. Tropical Storm Joyce started out looking like a direct threat, but now appears that it will peter out in the middle of the Atlantic without making landfall.
The Atlantic hurricane season is now at its peak, and will continue until the end of November. For now, the 2018 season does not look to be as disruptive as 2017 or even 2016, which is why the WTI discount to Brent has dropped down to US$10/b, down from US$7/b when Gordon started threatening. Major weather prediction agencies have also revised their forecast for storm numbers down, with the Colorado State University cutting its prediction of named storms from 14 to 11 in August. There is still time for a major hurricane to develop, but for now, the 2018 Atlantic season looks to be relatively benign for crude production and prices.
The impact of Atlantic hurricane seasons on GOM output
The Oil and Gas sector is still recovering from some difficult times in the recent past and has adapted a high-performing culture to generate more from less. That has also translated to replacing the older, expensive resources to younger, cheaper talents and leveraging the gig workforce.
Thus having a few decades of experience in your kitty might sound like a huge advantage but in reality, this might become a burden if you are in the job market and competing with your younger counterparts, especially in this dynamic energy industry. The reputation of being redundant and lack of acceptance of newer skills can precede you and shroud the recruiter’s decision.
However, there is always a demand for experience in the job market and the top oil and gas companies are in a lookout for personnel, who have relevant prior experiences and are ready to adjust to the evolving changes in this industry.
Upskilling to remain relevant in this industry is crucial for the ageing workforce but when you are seeking a new job, everything zeros down to getting an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to the recruiter.
The first hurdle is to have a cracking resume or curriculum vitae that get shortlisted for the next round.
Here we share some tricks to age-proof your resume and check all the right boxes in a recruiter’s mind within the first 6 seconds of their short attention span.*
1. Be creative to attract attention
The best weapons you have are the skills that were acquired during the long tenure spent in this industry. It can easily become a drawback for your resume if you tend you write extensively about all these skill-sets and fail to understand what the specific job opening demands from its candidates.
It is advisable to select your skills carefully and highlight them with more visuals and fewer words. Use graphs and percentages instead of long sentences to make your resume stand out. Try to feature them on the front page and showcase only the relevant skills for the job you are applying.
2. Downplay on dates
Now, this can be a little tricky but not difficult. Do not unnecessarily highlight personal information like age and if needed move it to an obscure corner of your resume where there are lesser chances of it to be noticed.
While, for some jobs, the academic credentials are necessary to be mentioned, we recommend to feature these on the front page with the degree and university name but try and avoid the graduation dates. The recruiter might indulge in quick math to estimate your age. Also, when you mention the job history, maintain the chronology but avoid mentioning the start and end dates.
Please note that none of the above implies for you to submit misleading information to your prospective employer at any given stage of the recruitment process.
3. Highlight the recent and relevant experiences
There has been a massive shift in oil and gas processes, equipment and technology in the last few decades. Improvements in drilling mechanism, data-collecting sensors, technology to improve worker’s safety, etc. have changed most upstream and downstream jobs.
You might have also gone through this age of transformation but your resume might look dated if you end up mentioning the entire history.
Keep it crisp and recent; bypass mentioning any experience that may not be relevant today and does minimal value-add showcasing your talent for the new job. If you have moved out of oil and gas industry sometime during your career, keep it off the resume unless that experience adds value to the current job opening.
You ideally should be showcasing all the accolades that came your way throughout your professional life. Craft your messaging around mentions about the impact of your performance on the employer’s top-line and bottom-line results.
Having said this, under no circumstance should you use incorrect career or skill information in your resume.
4. Speak the language of the recruiter
Pick terminologies mentioned in the job description and highlight them in your resume. Try to tailor-make the resume to befit the job description and hence easier for the recruiter to understand your relevancy.
Keep working on your resume on a constant basis and it will become an easy task to quickly modify the variable content based on each new application.
5. Provide Social Media Coordinates
Provide the LinkedIn, Twitter and other relevant Social Media coordinates in your resume. There is a high possibility that you will be scrutinized on your social media activity and hence it is good to keep your professional social platforms details updated on your resume.
This also signals about your ability to stay relevant with the time by adopting digital communications.
Update your profile picture and preferably get it done by a professional photographer who focuses to capture your positive attitude and energy.
Maturity and leadership skills come organically to older workforce due to their extensive experience; And half the job-search battle is won if that can be captured in your resume and featured to the potential employers.
While it is discriminating and unethical to deny a job due to your age, there are several instances of biased recruitment in every industry, including oil and gas.
Bonus Tip: It is said your network is your net-worth these days. Connect with other energy sector professionals and share your experience with the community to increase your professional network.
We wish you all the best in your next job search!