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Making connections at OTC 2014

The Global Edge recently made an appearance at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). It’s an annual conference in Houston that concentrates on offshore resources for oil and gas, specifically drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection.

Our purpose in attending the event was to glean more knowledge about our industry and make new business connections for the company.

Here are stories from three of our recruiters about what attending the conference meant to them.

Making the Best of Things – Naomi Borg, Business Development Manager, Australia

We all know that the OTC is the busiest function in Houston (over 2000 exhibitors, over 50,000 attendees). We also know that it’s one of the greatest networking events in the States for the oil and gas industry, definitely in Houston – arguably the world.

And we also probably know – it’s exhausting. People get tired. Participants can be daunted.

But for all your professional networkers out there – don’t lose your sense of humour – and never fail to spot a potential opportunity amongst all the madness.

On the second day of this largest of functions in this largest of industries, I was scheduled to attend the “Australian Breakfast”. The breakfast was set to begin at 7:30 am, thus I arrived 7:00am sharp. However – there was a minor spanner in the works. I had booked online which meant I had to stand in line with a print out of my registration confirmation. The small problem? The registration line didn’t open till 7; 30am. The start of the breakfast? Also 7:30am. Did I mention the length of the line? Well it was L-O-N-G!! Like Black Friday shopping line long.

People were becoming – how can I say this succinctly – cranky. And yet all I could hear around me was Australian accents. My remark – well it sounds like we’re all going to the same place, so let’s all relax.

But the gentleman right in front of me (the only person in front of me) with the strongest of Aussie accents – well low and behold – he was from Perth – and he was the MD of just the massive Australian/ American Petroleum company I was hoping to make contact with during my stay in Texas.

God bless Texas – and God bless the OTC.

Danielle Jeftha  – Recruitment Consultants, Cape Town

It was my first visit to the Houston and what better reason than to attend OTC.  It was on my connecting flight over here from Amsterdam that I realized just how big OTC is – yes I even got a few business cards while standing in line at Immigration!   When I arrived at OTC, as a novice in the industry I found it particularly daunting and in one word “huge”.   It was a real eye opener for me to see just how big our industry is and it made me so excited!   What fascinated me the most was 3D models and technical things (though I have no idea how they work). To see models of things such as “Christmas trees” and drills made the new language I had been learning the past few months come to life.
Naturally, I started in the South African corner, spoke to a few people from SAOGA (South African Oil and Gas Alliance). It was great to see a few familiar faces and friendly and to be introduced to a few contacts in South Africa which may be very interesting.
I come away from OTC with some good leads, spoke to some amazing people, some of which are currently recruiting in Mozambique and other parts of Africa.   All in all, a good day at the “office” for me. Impressed, amazed and extremely excited about our industry.

Gracie Gutierrez – Recruitment Consultant, Houston

Wow- As newbie in the industry and first time at OTC I can truly say it was an exciting and overwhelming experience. It can really test your confidence and ability. It’s a mad house really. Once I took some time to take it all in, got familiar with the layout and worked on my “pitch” the day flew by!
So my day went a little like this….
I had a lunch seminar, Midstream Gas Monetization, that originally seemed to peak an interest… but after having lunch and giving it a fair chance, I was anxious to get back to where all the action was happening.  I was able to catch back up with Andy, who is a go-getter, straight to the point kind of guy; Grant, our silent superstar; and Monika, who happens to be soft spoken, yet aggressive- ALL awesome.
I then observed as they took their approach to develop new business development leads. At this point in the day I was ready, or at least felt more comfortable to approach some of the companies that I knew could be potential clients. Once those doors were opened, I felt I had nothing to fear.
The REAL bummer was that once I had gained my confidence, it was time to call it a day. Although nothing can prepare you for your first time at OTC, there is a lesson to be learned. Study the map beforehand, and plan to spend two days next year!

Yes, this is a blog about texting and driving

Are you sick of all of the advertisements, admonitions, etc. about texting and driving?

Good! Maybe you should stop texting and driving then.

“But that could be my spouse on the phone, or my recruiter providing feedback on my latest interview!” you might protest.

Those could be your famous last words, unfortunately.

You have the privilege of operating a vehicle that at least weighs a ton or more…and you’re going to endanger yourself and others by worrying about what’s on a the screen of a phone that doesn’t even weigh 5 ounces?

These days, if you hurt yourself or kill someone while texting and driving, not only will you face fines and possible jail time, but don’t expect any sympathy for what you’ve done. In the eyes of many, texting and driving is just as bad as drinking and driving, if not worse.

I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes how awful texting and driving is. The Global Edge Consultants lays out very clearly in its employee handbook that texting while driving (or using any handheld device while on the road) is prohibited.

If someone needs to use the phone on the road, it’s safest for them to just pull over to the side of the road and handle their business there. Many clients and candidates understand that their call may go unanswered for a while because an employee is in transit and can’t talk on the phone at that moment.

Nothing is worth risking your life, or the life of someone else by engaging in texting and driving. IT CAN WAIT!

Elizabeth ChapmanMarketing/IT Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge at the Africa Oil and Gas Awards Conference

The Global Edge Consultants recently attended the Africa Oil & Gas Awards Conference 2013.

Topics focused around oil & gas potential along the southern and west African coast. Issues were debated such as the contentious fracking project in the Karoo basin where it was clear that consensus from both environmentalist and key players to first confirm the actual recoverable shale gas reserves instead of relying on estimates by the US EIA.

The general consensus was a positive attitude regarding the potential of Oil & Gas in Africa by both existing oil companies and emerging independents such as Sunbird Energy, Pan African Oil and Nectar Petroleum. In the end, everyone wants a slice of the relatively unexplored African pie.

Gijsbert Bakker
Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

E&P spending trends upward in United States

Ernest & Young recently reported that U.S. oil and gas investments have been at its highest peak in at least a decade.  What’s contributed to this fact?

One of the main reasons is the tight oil and natural gas liquids activity that is happening here on our very own soil in the United States.

With tight oil and natural gas liquids development, there are a lot of risks involved for E&P companies.

Experts have to be precise on the tight oil drill spot and the extraction of natural gas and then turning it to a liquid form is a complex process.

Because of the complexity of these two developments, the major exploration and production companies have to invest more money and time.  Studies indicate large U.S. oil companies increased their E&P spending by 20% from previous year.

While oil companies are seeing an increase in their spending, they are experiencing a 58% decrease in their after-tax profits due to the cheap rates for natural gas.

It would be ideal if our vehicles can operate on natural gas because there’s an abundance of it! Unfortunately for now, we will continue to pay soaring gas prices to make up the cost to produce what we essentially need every day by the oil & gas E&P companies.

Vickie Nguyen
Senior Resourcer
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

The big South African question: To frack or not to frack?

Enough energy to last South Africa the next 400 years?

This was confirmed by economists last year after the US Energy Information Administration confirmed that there is possibly about 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas reserves in the Karoo Basin in central South Africa. Of this amount, more than 390 trillion cubic feet is technically recoverable.1

This ranks South Africa as having the 8th largest reserve in the world according to their June 2013 report on Technically Recoverable Shale Oil and Gas Resources (see table).

South Africa is the largest economy in Africa, besides wage disputes in the mining sector it continues to show political and economic stability even during the current economic recession creating a favourable climate for foreign investment.

Shell is eager to start fracking in the Karoo, having applied for the rights to explore almost 100,000 km2. At the moment, the project is pending the outcome of an Inter-Ministerial Task Team investigating the environmental and economic impact of Hydraulic Fracturing.

Farmers are especially concerned about contaminating their water supply. During a recent interview with the GM of Shell South Africa, Mr Bonang Mohale, it was confirmed Shell is committed to the Karoo project.2

Last week, the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs declared fracking a water-controlled activity. This confirmed the South African government is one step closer to finalizing its regulatory framework in order to ensure operators frack in an environmentally safe manner.

Although it remains a controversial topic whether or not the government can guarantee the water supply will not be contaminated in the Karoo Basin, there are also environmental benefits.

Currently the country’s energy demand is over 77% based on coal, boasting a couple of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world.3 Coal is used not only for electricity, but also for producing synthetic fuels via Sasol’s coal-to-liquid (CTL) process and in total accounts for 86% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Turning to electricity and fuels derived from natural gas could potentially reduce the country’s current carbon footprint by more than half.4 However the question remains, should South Africa turn to fracking or not?

Considering the economic viability of the process, the employment opportunities, the economic growth potential and opportunity to switch to cleaner fuels, South Africa is very likely to risk a share of its water supply…

Feeling thirsty already?

Gijsbert BakkerRegional Director–Sub-Saharan Africa
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full-service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

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 [1] http://www.bdlive.co.za/articles/2012/03/02/karoo-s-shale-gas-to-boost-economy-says-report

[2]http://ewn.co.za/2013/09/09/Shell-committed-to-Karoo-project

[3]http://www.energy.gov.za/files/coal_frame.html

[4]http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Energy-and-Environment/Energy-Balances-and-CO2-Implications/#.Ui4dfTY_C1M