Autumn 2019

Maiden offshore role on the Ivory Coast

When ScanTech Offshore recently completed a well testing support contract off the Ivory Coast the team was joined by 20-year-old field operator Mhairi Forsyth on her very first offshore job.

Mhairi joined ScanTech Offshore at 18 as an energy engineering apprentice and took on an offshore role earlier this year working as part of a team tasked with operating and maintaining energy sector equipment for the oil and gas well test market around the world.

The Ivory Coast job required the team to be stationed offshore for 28 days providing well test support in the form of heat and fire suppression during the well testing operations. This means supervising the constant flow of water and compressed air which suppresses the heat released by the flare and enables the rig to continue to operate during testing.

Mhairi says:

‘I was there throughout the contract, dragging around hoses, running up and down ladders and connecting various fittings in extremely high temperatures that, at first, I simply wasn’t used to. This really is a physically and mentally demanding job at times.

It is rare to get the opportunity to go offshore doing the technical job that I do. There also isn’t a huge number of women in my type of role at the moment, so when people first meet me they’re often surprised, but there are lots of  women offshore in various other job positions, and they are inspirational to me.’

 

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