Working in offshore oil exploration companies in Norway (North Sea). Jobs and expected earnings

Tough men wanted for hard jobs on oil platforms

Offshore oil platform recruiting agency in Emden offers 500 offshore positions and 1000 calls in eight days. Many people want to look their professional fortune at sea on offshore oil drilling platforms. The requirements for the candidates, however, should be recognized as hard.

Emden: The demand is so great that we got within a week over 1000 call.

Offshore platform workers of the Phillips Group boasts a gas and oil transport system in the North Sea off the Norwegian coast. It belongs to the Ekofisk area development, which currently includes 29 individual offshore oil exploration platforms.

But the potential offshore job candidates required: You may not get seasick, have no fear of flying and must be absolutely free from giddiness. Such kind of requirements for offshore job candidates due to the fact that working offshore always associated with:

  • That it goes without saying that you cannot imagine seasick sailor or any other seasick offshore worker and not only on oil platforms;
  • Frequent flights to the platform and back to the shore;
  • Many offshore platform jobs are supposed to be done at altitudes. (Such as scaffolding jobs, derrickman jobs, painting jobs, Crane Operator and assistant crane operator and many other offshore jobs.)

The workplace is located in the North Sea off the Norwegian coast. And the only spoken language on board of oil platform is English. As the cover letter and the subsequent recruitment reviews - Accordingly, the application process runs in English. On his application also just Tobias Voigt works from Aalfeld near Hanover. "My school English is still really good," says the 26-year-old offshore job candidate. The qualified car mechanic in 2005 was unemployed. Last Voigt had worked in the glass industry as a machine operator.

"Of course the money in my application plays the main role. But I see that offshore oil platform is the opportunity to develop my skills and experience also. "About 250 of the 1,000 offshore job candidates, following an initial assessment of the Emden employment agency with the requirements of the oil rig operator.

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Maritime romantics have no chance with this offshore oil vacancy. "We do not provide any dream vacation on a Caribbean island. This is hard and dangerous physical work, you could even be blown by the wind off the oil rig, You must be very fast, the drill can not stand still for long." Because on an oil rig there is no cocktail with colourful umbrellas or picturesque sunsets. Instead, wait twelve hours heavy drudgery - and the 14-days at a time. The work on oil platform never stops and is also conducted in wind and any other weather, even in night. The weather as a rule is rough. High waves, rain and strong winds determine hard life on board of offshore oil platform.

"Of course I am far away and completely new to everything about these working conditions" says Voigt candidate. "But I think I'll handle it and have no problem with the hard work on offshore oil platform". Also, the height and the flights with the transport by helicopters he looks calmly: "I served in army as parachutist."

The growing importance of the North Sea in offshore oil sector and job market

In terms of the crude oil, the world's largest oil fields are known in the Persian Gulf (In the field of Burgan, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait at Amadi, more in the Gulf of Mexico).

Since the oil Kriese 1970 and the boycott of OPEC countries Search the Western states increasingly in the domestic areas for this precious resource. The largest previously known natural gas field in the world was found in Slockteren near Rotterdam in 1966 and released simultaneously run on the North Sea. The North Sea reserves are currently estimated at about 1 trillion Barell, which would at least guarantee the industrialized countries with a stagnant population stock up for the next 50 years not saying about generating thousands of oil jobs. The territory of North Sea includes about 600,000 square kilometres. The sea of the North Sea was 15,000 years ago, about 150 meters lower than today. Over a period of several million years, also changed the structure of the Meesresgundes the North Sea and offset by shifts or earthquakes, oil deposits in the submarine base. Technique that finds its base on the ocean floor is basically fluidic, tidal and weather-sensitive, especially in the North Sea is dominated by blowing sand, pebble and rocky soils the seabed.

The main technical problems arise thereby:

  • Material wear due to corrosion.
  • Wear of human labor by climatic and physical stress.
  • the removal of sharp waste products through design work.
  • technological peculiarities due to the versatile layering of the sediment.
  • costly materials testing and laboratory tests.
  • the enormous financial costs for the installation of pipelines.
  • the environmental impact of the oil production site North Sea.
  • not least the lack of general guidelines for approving the conclusion of Leasingund leases.

Since the first oil crisis in 1970, the marine technological research focused despite enormous disadvantages of location on the North Sea. The proportion of offshore income climbed abruptly from zero to 1977-21% in 1980 to 33% in 1990 and had first reached 50%.

The world market share of production in the North Sea oil production was in 1977 already at 19%; for gas he reached a value of 15%. In 1970 came American drilling teams 300 km off the southwest coast of Norway on a vast oil field. It was named Ekofisk. Soon followed by others. In no time Norway was one of the richest countries in Europe. The first oil in the British sector was recovered from the Argyll field and began to flow in 1975. The first fields were opened up, lay in shallow waters (50-100 m deep). However, when prices increased in the 1970s and the technology improved, it was both possible and worthwhile to develop oil fields in deeper waters (up to 200 m deep). There have even been surveying the west of the Shetland Islands, where the water depth is 400 m, announced.

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The North Sea is today one of the world's largest mining areas in the oil industry. However, exploration, production and transportation of oil have consequences for the sea. In 1999 alone reached, according to estimates by the Oslo-Paris Commission (OSPAR), about 9,000 tons of oil into the North Sea. As discovered in the sixties and seventies in the North Sea oil and gas, is one of the largest investment projects in industrial history developed. Today, the North Sea is one of the world's largest mining areas in the oil industry. Currently, there are more than 450 oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. Most of them in the English sector, followed by the Norwegian, Dutch and Danish sector. In last place is the German sector, where currently two platforms are.

A total of approximately 300 million tons of oil and 100 billion cubic meters of gas from the North Sea were promoted in 2000. Stavanger is the centre of the Norwegian oil industry since the 70s, many new jobs created in the oil and gas production from the bottom of the North Sea. Today, Norway is the largest oil and gas producer in Europe. By comparison, in 1978, was in the Middle East 24 oil fields in southwest Asia 51, 40 in Africa and in Europe only 17-4 of which were in Norway. Right there we discovered on the international Oil production conference, which met in London in 1985, the future of the North Sea. In the program of the ECD (Economic Corporation and Development), "The emergence of the Northern Sea as a major oil and gas Producing region is the most important petroleum industry development to Occur During the decade of the 1970's," it says, the North Sea is one of the most important oil and gas suppliers of raw materials of the future.

High paying offshore oil and gas jobs. The salaries you can expect working offshore

It is hardly possible to make correct statements about the earning potential of oil rig jobs. Generally salaries on offshore oil rig are quite high paying due to the particular circumstances and dangers of the life on the board of offshore oil platform. Compare to same jobs on the "mainland" on offshore oil rig jobs are often twice paid as a rule, so if you go offshore you can expect a very good pay for oil rig jobs as professional: Maintenance supervisor, Warehouse Foreman, Storeman, Welder, Chief Electrician, Pipefitter, Motorman, Materials man, Assistant mechanic, Foreman, Rigger, Electrician, Drilling Foreman, Assistant Driller, Radio operator, Painter, Rope access tecnician, Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Materials man, Tower climber, Derrickman, Electronic Technician, Pumpman, Plumber, Directional Driller, Electronic technician, Chief mechanic, Scaffolder, Mechanical, Seismic Driller, Toolpusher, Driller.

The lowest earning potential in oil rig jobs is, of course for the service staff of the accommodation operation and the kitchen: Galleyhands, Stewards, Kitchen cleaners, Laundrymen, Waiters, Cooks. Although for these jobs often are hired no experience unskilled personnel in room service or kitchen help - worker can expect a gross monthly salary of 2,500 euros. This course is also important to note what reward standard depends on the region in which the offshore rig is located. The examples here are based mostly taking into account offshore jobs on oil rigs in the North Sea. A chef and cooking reached there quite often a monthly salary of 4,000 euros gross.

Also the Driller can expect a monthly salary of at least 3,000 euros gross per month. The wage increases commensurate with experience and field of activity, so that you can earn up to 5,000 euros per month gross doing job of offshore oil driller.

Mechanics and technicians on an oil rig come about on a monthly salary of 4,000 euros gross. With several years of experience in wage can often be at 5,000 euro gross per month and more.

Trained engineers are paid on an oil rig usually excellent. You can expect a gross salary of at least 6,000 to 7,000 euros per month. Engineers who have worked for several years on an oil rig, can make legitimate hopes to get a job as Drilling supervisor. This one typically earn more than 10,000 euros gross per month.

For the earning potential in oil rig jobs, the more experience and the responsible task, the greater the merit. Nevertheless, the wages in oil rig jobs are also available for supposedly "simple" activities up and surpass that of comparable jobs in a normal operation usually always. Thus, they are caused by a very good entry-level and basic salary for oil rig jobs, any interested addition to the good opportunities for advancement.