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Issue 3 / 2010 The FMC Customer Support Eastern Region internal magazine
Work/Over Joining theteam on the right foot
FMC CS ER gives top training to newly hired engineers page 5
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Technical Service Engineer Raymond Bertelsen relaxes at high speed page 11
Trygve Arnesen comes on board at FMC as Director of Aftermarket Eastern Region page 6
start As I interact with my colleagues around the region, I hear a common refrain: “I am so busy!” This represents a very good kind of busy. Yes, things are going well for FMC Customer Support and the future is very bright. And it will stay that way as the company has won a number of new contracts. As the workload increases, our recruitment for new employees also steps up pace. In fact, if you look at the Milestones column on page 8, you will see that we have had 30 new hires in Bergen alone in the last few months! One of these is the Director of Aftermarket in our region – Trygve Arnesen. You can learn more about his background and his plans for the company’s future on page 4.
Subsea school: subsea structures One of the nine sections of the FMC Customer Support’s Subsea School program focuses on subsea structures. Here is an overview of the main themes by instructor Trond Ståle Olsen. What do the subsea structures include? Subsea structures are the hubs in the subsea infrastructure. The purpose of a manifold is to gather together all the wellstreams and send them in the right direction. To prevent the manifold from disappearing, a foundation system must be provided. Protection structures are a natural part of this. What does the subsea structures course cover? The subsea structures course has been developed to make the participant aware of the various questions that must be answered before we can design a manifold system, including
foundations and protection structures. The purpose is not to give the right answers but to ask the right questions. We also discuss the meaning of life, or more precisely, why we do subsea. The history of subsea structures within FMC is covered, together with an attempt to see what the future will bring into this area.
Has FMC made any advances in the later years? The knowledge of designing manifolds and foundations has been utilized in development of the processing stations FMC has built – first, the Tordis Station and, later, the Pazflor Stations. In the future, more and larger processing stations will be built, and they will all be based on the philosophies evolved from the design of production manifolds. This has proved that the foundation technology we are using is not only suitable for production templates, but also may be used for any type of station located on the seabed. This could open up for new opportunities outside the traditional oil business. /
Parallel with this growth, we are also expanding both our office space and workshop facilities here in Bergen with the purchase of a new site, not far from our main location in Ågotnes. See page 3 for more details.
A retrofit of the first FMC choke
But let’s make sure that we all continue to set aside time to relax and recharge outside of work. Supporting a healthy work/life balance is important to FMC, so we highlight in each issue of Work/ Over the variety of ways that our employees choose to spend their “time out”. Read about Raymond Bertelsen’s “daredevil” escapades on page 11. Perhaps you want to try them yourself?!
The choke, which has a good track record, was ordered on a Gullfaks FCM because neither overhauled chokes nor new chokes of the old type were available. As a result of the retrofitted choke, FMC was able to reduce the overhaul job’s lead time and thus could commit to an earlier delivery date – a delivery date that was met.
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FMC has done its first retrofit of a FMC choke into an existing flow control module (FCM), which was in for an overhaul at FMC Customer Support in Bergen.
Persons involved / The retrofit choke was designed and produced by the FMC Emerging Products & Technology department in Houston, and the FMC CS Engineering department, in cooperation with Kongsberg product groups, did all interface engineering. Two employees in Bergen – Geir-Arne Nesse, Product Support Lead, and Stian Fjell, Discipline Specialist – were key personnel involved in pulling this off.
“The workshop organization, which was working with a very tight schedule, did a tremendous job building the FCM. And, thanks to good planning, they completed it without any major problems.”
How it was done / All engineering and scope definition work was done up front. This meant it was “plug and play” for the workshop organization when the choke arrived on site at Building 9, ready to be assembled into the flow control module and then for final testing. Sverre Undeland, Manager Overhaul and Re-certification, says,
Plans for the future / FMC has furthermore done a lot of work to identify how to retrofit other flow control modules. It is a good measure for reducing lead time, taking advantage of the company’s increased control of the supply chain and, at the same time, providing the customer with a good product. “The experience and lessons learned from this job will now be analysed so that we can act more quickly when our customers order the next job of this kind. We hope to get more jobs like this,” says Undeland. /
New employee awarded “Best Student” honour Frank Robert Bakke, who began at FMC Customer Support in Bergen this August as a Project Engineer, has received the honour of being named the Best Student 2007 - 2010 in the bachelor’s degree program for underwater technology at Bergen University College. Established by NCE Subsea, SpareBank1 SR-Bank and the Underwater Technology Foundation, it was awarded for the first time this September in Bergen at the Underwater Technology Conference. To qualify, the candidate must be ranked amongst the top 25 percent of the class. The winner is then selected by his or her peers as the student who force for professional development. “It is a great honour, and I thank my they believe has contributed the most to the community and been a driving classmates for voting for me,” says
Bakke. He adds, “Subsea is the future, and there is a need for many skilled workers in this industry. Everyone in my class got a job after finishing their studies.” The underwater technology program’s first class of students graduated with their bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2010. The three-year program provides an introduction to planning, operation and maintenance of underwater installations. /
Team building in Aberdeen On Friday the 9th of July, the Aberdeen FMC CS base held its second annual Base Activities Day. Despite the lack of sunshine, the event was again another great success. Approximately 60 employees participated in the event, which was loaded with team building activities. Teams were decided at the beginning of the day by the pulling of names out of a hat, with a base support team member leading each one. To add to the “clash of the clans” feeling, each team was christened with the name of its leader with the Scottish “Mc”, meaning “son of”, tacked on to the front of his or her name. First up were the Highland Games, a variety of traditional Scottish Games such as hammer throwing and tossing the caber. After a barbeque, the competition continued with Teamopoly – a giant Monopoly board game adapted to team building. At the end of the day, points were tallied and first place went to the McBurns team, who were presented with gold medals and a bottle of
champagne. Second place was awarded to the McHollicks and third place to the McTaylors. For those who could, the event continued on into the evening with a buffet at a local restaurant. “Base Activities Day is a great way to
get to know colleagues who you don’t normally interact with thus providing a platform for a better understanding of other roles in the company,” says Human Resources Manager Shonagh McFadyen. /
mile/stones New faces at FMC CS ER Bergen Trygve Arnesen Director Aftermarket
Simon Heldal Aune Apprentice
Frank Robert Bakke Project Engineer
Stiv V. Brundtland
Product Support Engineer
Charlotte Dagnes Project Planner
Lena Beate Engelsen Apprentice
Jon Kristian Gulbrandsen Personnel Coordinator
Aleksander Haugland Apprentice
Eirik Haugland Apprentice
Marius Jensen Apprentice
Espen Johannesen Trainee
Tonny-Andrè Wallin Johansen Apprentice
Sandra Kraavik Apprentice
Gry Elizabeth Larsen Materials Coordinator
Hurricane Igor in St. John’s On Tuesday, September 21, Hurricane Igor arrived in St. John’s, creating havoc for both the city and FMC St. John’s.
Raymond Lian Yakov Mandel Project Engineer
MA Coordinator Spare Parts
Charlotte Lyssand Molland Project Engineer
Roy Erik Monsen Trainee
Senior HR Consultant
Hurricane Igor travelled from the west coast of Africa, across the Atlantic and then up the eastern seaboard. By the time it reached Bermuda, it had thankfully weakened to a Category 1, staying at that strength as it passed the east coast of Newfoundland. Winds gusts in St. John’s reached 137 km/hour, with rainfall between 120134 mm, causing severe damage such as fallen trees, flooding, road washouts and power outages. To prepare for the storm, the local
base put the Emergency Response team on alert. As the base is located very close to a river, there were concerns of the river flooding its banks and then moving into the FMC buildings. Some personnel kept a watchful eye on the rising river waters; other personnel moved equipment to a safe location as a precaution, securing anything that could be tossed around by floodwater. When the water levels finally did overflow the bank of the river, all nonessential personnel were asked to leave,
with some persons remaining to monitor equipment and facilities. The day after / The storm moved past the island and started to lose its strength. FMC is glad to note that there were no damages to facilities or equipment. Several of the staff are dealing with power outages in their homes, however. But though it may be inconvenient to have no power, at least all staff and their families are safe. /
Richard Nordgård Apprentice
Kristoffer Osnes Apprentice
Ulf Boje Rasmussen TSP Manager Angola
Ole Reidar Skaufel Workshop Technician
Kristian Tindvik Sletten Trainee
Morten Solbakken Project Planner
Frank Andre Svendsen Project Engineer
Geir AndreThomassen Product Support Engineer
Transport, Customs & Excise Coordinator
Ruth-Lidny Yksnøy Discipline Engineer
5 years Virginia Cushnie (Aberdeen) Norman Havgreen (Aberdeen) Kenneth Murray (Aberdeen) Robert Scott (Aberdeen) Gary Smith (Aberdeen) 10 years Vidar Haugs (Bergen) Kim Christian Pedersen (Bergen) Jarle Rabben (Bergen) 15 years Kevin Clark (Bergen) Per H. Nordgaard (Bergen) Kim Rene Schutz (Bergen) Roger Spilde (Bergen) 20 years Raymond Girdwood (Aberdeen)
High stakes in Russia FMC Technologies will for the first time be undertaking a subsea project in Russia and stakes are high as icy conditions make drilling possible for only four months per year. Discovered in 1992, the Kirinskoye Field is located 29 kilometres east off the Sakhalin Island. It will be developed with six separate satellite wells, which then will be tied back to a central manifold. The gas is to be transported directly from the manifold to processing facilities 15 kilometres onshore. And this is where FMC comes in to the picture. “The plan is to have all infrastructure on the seabed as well as two XTs installed before the ice arrives in October,” Erik Vik, Business Manager for New Markets, explains. This will allow for the first gas deliveries late next year. The four remaining wells will follow suit, scheduled for drilling in 2012 and 20123.
The project organisation will be based in Bergen, Norway, as will stack-up testing and SIT, with some resources run out of Sakhalin and Moscow. Moreover, FMC Malaysia will most likely also be involved in the supporting due to the nine-hour time difference between Norway and Eastern Russia. FMC Customer Support will be travelling to Sakhalin to assess the existing onshore facilities and discuss the possibility of setting up a sub-sea base. Vik concludes, “As this is the first sub-sea project in Russia for FMC, our success is critical for our future business in the federation.” /
• The Sakhalin Island is located in the Sea of Okhotsk. • The Kirinskoye Field reserves account for 75.4 billion cubic metres of gas and 8.6 million tons of gas condensate, making it bigger than the Sleipner Field. • The water depth is between 85 and 90 meters. • Reservoir pressure is expected to be at 295 bars with temperature at 108°C. • The EPC deliverables consist of 6 enhanced horizontal subsea trees (EHXT), including rigid WHs, 1 manifold, PLEMS, structures, controls and so on.
40,000 m expansion in Ågotnes 2
When GE Energy decided to move their operations abroad a year ago, a huge area of nearly 40,000 square metres came up for grabs in Ågotnes. This was good news for FMC Customer Support as we were looking to expand operations. The site, which was built up in three stages in 1974, 1984 and 1994, is located approximately one kilometre from the existing facility at Ågotnes. FMC are now completing the building of four workshops distributed over 5,430 square meters, as well as 1,000 square meters of administrative offices. “The need for more space was imminent”, Senior Advisor Per H. Nordgård, who came into the process in May 2010, explains. “Since the bordering land could not be purchased, we were looking at many properties in the area when this one became available.” Then Director Nils-Petter Sivertsen at FMC Customer Support Eastern Region managed the demanding and, at times, difficult negotiations that lead to the closure of the contract on the 30th of June 2010, thus paving the way for the planning and re-building of the facilities. The purchase itself was not particularly time consuming – rather it was the negotiation,
which took over a year to complete. Nordgård is responsible for the complex undertaking of re-shaping the site that is now underway. It will be adapted to fit FMC production and management requirements, and the move to the site is planned to begin towards the end of the year. Workshop capac-
ity is expected to increase to 80 workers, while the offices will accommodate 27 people. “Personally, I’ll be working at this site until I retire in a couple of years. As I quite like the facility, it will be a nice way to conclude my time at FMC,” adds Nordgård. /
• The site covers 37,415 square metres (of these, almost 6,500 square metres will be new offices and workshops). • The workshops will be capable of performing maintenance of XT, FCM, TH/ITC/TC. • There will be a recertification workshop and a new workshop dealing with SCM maintenance. • The site will have significant storage capacity both outside and inside. • The site is suitable for further expansions if needed. • Main activity at the new location will be the maintenance and recertification of FMC customers’ subsea equipment.
Starting out on the right foot Last year, FMC Customer Support made the decision to stand out from the crowd by developing what could be called some of the best training in the business. Whereas many companies leave their new employees on their own to learn by doing, FMC CS has created a tailor-made four-week training course for newly hired engineers. The goal is to help them to be as productive as possible as quickly as possible by giving them insight into the function, structure and basic details of FMC products and services. Having been in place for a year, it is now regularly offered as new employees join the company. a better employee / Charlotte Molland, who recently completed the course says, “I believe this training makes me a better employee for FMC Technologies in regards to both knowledge and confidence, allowing me to function independently more quickly than would have been possible without it.” With a mix of classroom and workshop training, the course is run in weekly segments that cover education in wellhead, completion (HXT and VXT), intervention and control systems WAS and IWOCS. Apprentices act as the teachers, or mentors, extending employee development beyond the new hires. This role challenges the apprentice to take responsibility and to learn how to structure, select and convey their knowledge. Apprentice Frank Robert Telle says, “It is a great way to meet new faces at FMC and to learn a lot in the process.” The mentor follows the new employee through-
out the day, going through all the equipment, explaining its structure, form, tick and installation. The course’s detailed daily plan not only ensures the most significant areas are covered, but also acts as a guide for the teacher and guarantees that all get an equal education regardless of the supervisor in charge.
Recent participant Frank André Svendsen was impressed with how the apprentices managed their role, saying, “They should be praised for the manner in which they deliver their presentations and the patience they display with the so-called new beginner questions, which are answered in
such an easy to understand way.” The exam / The training concludes with an assessment for each completed discipline. Each candidate delivers a one-two hour presentation with an expert group as the audience. The presentation must include all equipment – how each piece is tested, used or installed. The presentation also includes any scenarios about things not being done according to procedure. Throughout, the experts challenge the candidate by asking questions that force reflection. The experience becomes thus more or less a two-way dialogue between the candidate and the expert group, turning the exam into a learning arena and not simply a presentation. Great feedback / Participant evaluations have been positive, showing that the students view the programme as quite valuable. Eight engineers newly graduated from Bergen University College just finished the course at the end of this August. Frank André Svendsen is one of them, and he sums up the experience by saying, “FMC has managed to maintain its reputation as one of the country’s leading companies in training. Every new employee should go through this type of course.” The next step will be to evaluate the course and its long-term impact, for example after three-six months on the job. /
Trygve Arnesen FMC welcomes
This August, Trygve Arnesen joined FMC in the newly created position of Director of Aftermarket, Eastern Region.
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Arnesen is very pleased with the reception he has received at the company. He says, “I feel that the people here want me to succeed. That is a great feeling as a manager and a very good platform for me to start my work here.” Based out of Bergen, Arnesen is responsible for Customer Support, Well Intervention Services (formerly FPS FMC Production Services), Flow Management and Condition Performance Monitoring. The four departments that work with Aftermarket are now collected under one umbrella, enabling FMC to better focus on related business opportunities. “There is great potential for growth in this area,” he explains.
fits well with his open, team player leadership style. “I normally make decisions after a thorough process of surveying the management team.” A history with FMC / His first interaction with FMC was many years before his first day on the job with the company. When he was Managing Director at Prosafe in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2002, FMC and Prosafe carried out the first riserless well intervention ever performed in Norway, done for Statoil utilising the semi-submersible vessel MSV Regalia. This led to meeting FMC staff such as Hans Jørgen Lindland and Tore Halvorsen, among others. During the process, Arnesen was impressed by the innovative technology development within FMC. But his positive impression of the company had an even earlier
“I feel that the people here want me to succeed. That is a great feeling as a manager.” Goals and challenges / Pursuing these opportunities while maintaining the same level of quality and customer focus is what Arnesen considers the biggest challenge in his new role. “We want to continue the very good trend from the past years, keeping the motivation and the inspiration together with the focus on HSE, quality and cost efficiency. We also need to make sure that we have the right personnel to develop new business areas,” he says. Arnesen welcomes the travel necessary to do this position, hoping to have met all the Customer Support staff during the next couple of months. Prioritising getting to know an organisation and its people
beginning because, as he explains, “I of course knew of the company, thanks to FMC’s excellent reputation and strong brand.” Arnesen, who left the position of CEO at the offshore wind energy company NorWind to join FMC’s team, has solid industry experience behind him. Roughly nine of those years were spent working up the ranks of offshore drilling positions primarily at Transocean – the practical and demanding nature of the work simply appealed to him. “In addition to the weather challenges, working offshore involves daily interaction with the client and working on crosscompany teams – all during a concentrated period of
• Grew up in the tiny community of Uskedalen, Norway, south of the Hardanger fjord. • Holds a Masters of Science in Petroleum Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. • Began his career in 1981 at BP Petroleum. He was a Drilling Engineer for six months before giving into the lure of the offshore life. • Has worked offshore on Ekofisk, Treasure Swan, Treasure Hunter, Heimdal, Gullfaks A&B, Troll and more. • Has been CEO or President of NorWind AS, Ocean Rig ASA, Prosafe Offshore Ltd and Prosafe Drilling Services AS.
the two weeks that you are living together as well as working together.” This background gives him a special understanding for the work environment of the offshore employees – almost half of the FMC customer support staff. “They are on the front line, meeting client demands and expectations everyday, so it is so important that we support them,” says Arnesen. Safety comes first / Prioritising safety is paramount for Arnesen. “I do not accept any safety compromises,” he says. He continues, “All employees, no matter where they are, should simply stop the work if they feel unsafe. I really back them up.” Arnesen has twice experienced the tragic loss of a colleague. “Standing in the church next to the grieving families was heartbreaking. As a manager, I felt guilty and responsible.” These incidents changed his attitude about safety in a way that has also seeped over into his personal life – he is the first one to put on goggles or a helmet. Moving forward / Simultaneous with his start at the company has been the establishment of Aftermarket, which represents a significant growth opportunity for FMC. Management will concentrate on the expansion of current activities, the development of new services based on our hardware and better packaging of our products, systems and services. “Whatever we do, we need to keep focused on delivering the quality and efficiency that our clients expect – the client is paying our salary,” says Arnesen. /
Tomorrow is always a better day FMC CS’ continued improvements on the Ormen Lange project in the Norwegian Sea – Europe’s deepest subsea development – provide Shell with more effective and safe operations for every day that passes.
According to Stephen Smith, FMC CS Operations Manager for Special Projects, the six operational improvements listed below “reduce risk, rig time and unnecessary testing offshore.” 1) Well clean-up / Shell was looking to get a lighter fluid in the tubing that can be accepted by the pipeline flow assurance and process engineering with the least impact on the existing completion design. The drivers for change from Shell’s side were: • Minimising pipeline depressurisation • De-risking the well delivery schedule • No usage of lower riser packages (LRP)/emergency disconnect packages (EDP) • A rig time reduction of 10 days for each well
“Shell presented this to FMC in November 2009, and wanted it delivered by May 2010. Therefore, we put a fast-track project together at Kongsberg in order to be able to deliver,” Smith says. FMC’s output included the following: • Two SLS systems with full-bore access • Two slick joints, X-over and extension joints • 2,000 metres of 8 5/8” casing with Hydril 563 connection • A casing riser handling study • Global riser analyses • Casing riser qualification In order to deliver the solution in that short time-
frame, weekly face-to-face meetings were held in Kongsberg with Shell to close the design and solve any issues regarding the interface.
with CS TSPs, operation personnel, Shell, and suppliers Castrol, Pall and FMC Engineering Kongsberg to improve flushing and drying methods.
2) Tubing hanger installation / Due to a water depth of 850 metres and a strong current, Ormen Lange operations have experienced some challenges with the use of the XT umbilical and umbilical disconnect frame. “The umbilical has experienced some wear and tear, and also risks further damage,” Smith says. Together with Shell, FMC CS managed to find a solution for installing the tubing without the usage of a workover control system and XT umbilical. The solution consisted of: • Two remotely operable vehicle (ROV) operable panels with remote control unit and hydraulic jumpers • Two multi-quick adapters with hot stab receptacle
“These modifications will expand the weather window for operations.”
3) Tree on wire (TOW) improvements / After the successful TOW project in 2009, Shell wanted to improve the installation method, and asked FMC for a solution that could run enhanced horizontal subsea trees through a moonpool with the use of a cursor frame. FMC has now modified a subsea tree running tool with bolted-on bumpers that can be utilised for tree on wire work, and made a Brayco SV/B subsea hydraulic power unit for mounting underneath any work ROV. “These modifications will expand the weather window for operations, thereby reducing waiting time. The usage of the cursor system also opens up for pulling the horizontal subsea tree, which wasn’t an option with the last system. The savings in rig time due to these changes should be seven days per well,” Smith says. 4) Improved procedures and fluid knowledge / Major improvements and combining individual equipment testing to stack-ups have reduced overall offshore testing. FMC also recently held a major course together
5) Onshore/offshore crews / Crew continuity has been highlighted by Shell as an advantage, as it leads to less downtime and safer operations. “During drilling campaigns the TSP personnel (completions crew) have been in Kristiansund together with workshop technicians testing and preparing equipment for upcoming operations, which helps achieve experience sharing. The combination of crew on the vessel, on
the rig, and at Aukra has helped ensure good communications and all-around knowledge,” Smith says. 6) Pre-stackup onshore / Shell is always looking for improvements that can both reduce rig time and cut HSE exposure. Now they can sail into Kristiansund and lift onboard LRP/EDP assy and surface flow tree/swivel/slick joint assy that have been tested and are ready to be deployed when arriving offshore. “By doing this, Shell saves offshore handling/stacking of heavy equipment and pressure testing. This is an HMS advantage that is not dependant on weather, and reduces risk significantly,” concludes Smith. /
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The seventh annual FMC Technolgies Team Golf Challenge, which is the largest customer event hosted by FMC Customer Support Aberdeen, was by all accounts a big success despite taking place in August on a day that superstition holds as synonymous with bad luck – Friday the 13th.
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Indeed there was ominous heavy rain and thunder in the preceding days, causing organisers to remember the hailstorm that challenged the previous year’s event. But the 70 customers and employees who gathered on the Hawkshill Course at Newmachar Golf Club near Aberdeen were rewarded with the best golf event FMC CS has hosted to date. Barry Davidson, Commercial Specialist at FMC CS Aberdeen, had overall responsibility for the event. He explains, “The event has grown each year in every way possible — the number of participants, the quality of the organisation and promotional products and more. Scotland, the country where golf originated, is an excellent location to play the game, and the Hawkshill course, designed by the internationally renowned Dave Thomas, is regarded as one of the toughest golf courses in the area. “Our event offers a fantastic opportunity to play a great golf course!” says Davidson. The play-by-play / Twenty-two teams competed using the Texas Scramble format, which caters for golfers of all abilities and ensures ‘prompt play’ when a large number of players are involved. Scoring was for the most part of a particularly high standard with only two shots separating the top ten placed teams. With four teams locked at ten under par, a recount over the back nine holes was necessary to identify the eventual 2010 winners – Chevron II, a team composed of Gordon Watt, Ian Watt and Ainslie Thomson. Individual prize winners for nearest the pin on the sixth and ninth hole were Graeme Ferguson (TOTAL
E&P) and Ian Maxwell (FMC) respectively, with TOTAL E&P’s David Middleton taking the prize for longest drive at the twelfth. After the event we had dinner, a prize ceremony and drinks. All of the major operators were represented at the event – BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Total E&P and more. From FMC, various areas of the company participated, such as Customer Support, Surface MFT, Fluid Control, UK Sales and Marketing and FMC Production Services. It’s not just a game: A helping hand for charity While the event provides an ideal platform to network with clients, it also serves to raise money for local charity. The event was structured so that the players made a donation to charity in exchange for a chance to win a top-of-therange putter. This amount was then matched by FMC. A total of £2,500 will be donated from the event to the ARCHIE Foundation – the official charity of The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital which provides new medical equipment, toys, specialist training for staff and support for families during their children’s stay in hospital. “Having personally visited the charity last year for a guided tour of the hospital, it is extremely humbling to see the good work being done,” says Davidson. Planning for 2011 underway / With the event’s success and the popularity of golf as a business-networking tool, it is no surprise that plans are already underway for the 2011 FMC Technolgies Team Golf
Challenge. And continuing with the strive for improving year after year, the 2011 event will give players the opportunity to win a car for recording a hole in one at the FMC-sponsored ninth hole. “Our golf event presents a less formal environment in which to discuss business and the chance to meet with both clients and business colleagues alike in a social environment. We look forward to welcoming both in 2011,” declares Davidson. /
The Prizes Team prizes • First place: a voucher to be spent in the Newmachar Professional Golf Store, a presentation hip flask (for holding drink such as spirits) and a trophy, which is a replica of the claret jug awarded at the British Open and is engraved with the winners details and retained by FMC. • Last place: a voucher entitling each team member to an individual lesson with a golf professional (This perhaps will allow them to improve for next years event!) Individual prizes • Longest drive on the twelfth hole: a Titleist Vokey wedge • Nearest the pin on the ninth hole: a Titleist Vokey wedge • Nearest the pin on the sixth hole, the “charity hole”: a TaylorMade Rossa putter
Jazzing it up in Angola travel / log
For many years, FMC Technologies in Angola has supported the festivities and concerts that make up the Luanda Jazz festival, hosting a number of events for customers and employees. Andreas Helgesen, Marketing and Communication Manager with FMC Customer Support in Bergen, was involved with the organisation of this fantastic event. Here’s a look at his experience… 1. We invited jazz performers from Norway to play with local talent. This photo is taken at one of the orphanages we visited. The Norwegian musicians played first and after awhile the children took over the show, contributing a vocalist and an entire orphanage as a dance group.
2. In advance of the trip, emp loyees in Bergen collected a variety of children’ s clothes that we brought with us to Angola and then distributed to children at this orphanage.
3. This is from a concert we had in a park just outside one of the schools in Luanda. As always on this trip, the audience did not stay still and it developed into a big dance show. After the concert, the band spent a full two hours signing autographs.
invited to join a 4. After one of the concerts, we were ct match, with all perfe a was local music group’s rehearsal. It up band for a backa e becam p grou this and hitting it off concert held later that evening.
5. A great concert was held at the Norwegian Embassy in Angola.
6. One of the many concerts was this one held at the church of one of the local band members.
Raymond Bertelsen, a Technical Service Engineer for Control Systems at FMC CS in Bergen, insists that his favorite sports should not be defined as extreme. Even though they may look very adventurous to others, he prioritises safety and carefully calculates the risk involved. His top three activities are freestyle skiing, downhill biking and ice climbing, but he also likes windsurfing, kayaking and biking on asphalt. The first time / I have always liked sports. About 15 years ago I started freestyle skiing and biking downhill. And then, roughly 3.5 years ago I took up ice climbing as well – to get to the best free skiing areas, you have to be able to repel down to the base to begin skiing. Beforehand, I mostly did mogul skiing, where the terrain is characterised by a large number of different bumps, or moguls. What is your motivation? / The number one reason is that I feel free and forget about all the stress of daily life when I am out in nature “playing”. As a bonus I get fit as well. It is also social for me because I meet people who have similar interests, attitudes and hobbies.
I feel free and forget about all the stress of daily life when I am out in nature “playing”. Are you competitive? / I am most interested in competing with myself – I am always trying to beat my best time. But, I do participate in one or two competitions a year and find it useful to measure my skills with others. From 1996-2004, I was on the Norwegian national freestyle skiing team but eventually had to quit because of my knees. For my first European cup competition, it was a great experience competing against the stars I had previously only seen in magazines and movies. That they looked at me as their competition was a great feeling. How often do you “play”? / As often as I can! Sometimes that means every day for three weeks and then not at all for another three weeks. When I am getting ready for a season, it takes about two hours of training per day for the specific sport. But my time after work is
even more limited these days as I am also studying for my MBA. Do you need a lot of gear? / I became interested in these sports after seeing others doing it and all the gear they require was part of the attraction! It looked so cool! I must confess that I love collecting all of these gadgets. Just for skiing, I need a pair of skis for powder, one for ice skiing, one for moguls/bumps, one for the slopes and another with a loose heel to hike on top of mountains that don’t have ski lifts. Now think that I also have just as much gear for all of the other sports I do! Do you have a favourite season or location? / I love the winter because freestyle skiing is the activity I like the most. I manage to find good locations in Norway for all of my sports. For example, I climbed up Starefossen outside of Bergen when the waterfall froze this past winter. Otherwise, I try to organize at least one trip out of the country a year – La Grave ski resort in France is one location I have been to many times. How does your family feel about your adventure activities? What about safety? / Of course my mother is always worried. But I have done this for so many years now that she has given up! I am always careful to have the right protective gear, and if I am not 100 % sure about a situation, I stop. A few years ago, I was caught in two avalanches in one week. Thankfully, I was fine both times, but I was so shocked that I did not ski for the rest of the day. It is all about fun / I play so many different sports that whenever one gets boring to me, I just switch to the other. My way of living is to have as much fun as I can, which means the people around me have fun too. /
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FMC’s subsea base in Canada is based in St. John’s. The capital city of the province Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s is located on the northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula and is the most easterly – and oldest – city in North America. ECONOMY The economy in Newfoundland is booming from oil and gas activity. For the most part, the province has been unaffected by the global economic recession that has taken place since 2008. WEATHER Pack your umbrella and rainproof clothes! Of all of the major cities of Canada, St. John’s is the cloudiest (only 1,497 hours of sunshine a year), foggiest (124 days a year), windiest (24.3 km/h average), snowiest (359 cm) and wettest (1,514 mm). But what else could you expect from a location so far out into the Atlantic Ocean?
NATURE… AND THE NATURE OF THE PEOPLE Newfoundland’s nature is similar to Norway and Scotland, with a variety of natural beauty enjoyed by visitors from all over the globe. The area is in fact home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. And, according to St. John’s Base Manager Gerry Mayo, Newfoundlanders are also known as some of the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world… ACCOMMODATIONS & NIGHTLIFE There are a number of good restaurants and hotels in St. John’s, and the city also has a burgeoning nightlife scene that has been enjoyed by many FMC employees who have passed through in recent years. Mayo says that he and his employees’ favourite hotel and restaurant is Blue on Water – a small boutique hotel that most of their fellow FMC colleagues use when they are staying in St. John’s.
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My biggest inspiration / I have really good coworkers. Clever guys who take their job seriously. I have a lot of respect for them. They always try to keep a positive team spirit, which is influenced by our boss. We know we can always rely on her. So that is a big inspiration – to do a good job, and make her busy day easier. My earliest memory / My earliest memory must be from when I was between the age of two and three. We lived in a flat at that time. And the girl next door had two huge stuffed ani-
mals shaped like dogs. I can remember they were much taller than me. I was always so frustrated over the fact that I could not lift them up. And of course we moved away before I grew big enough books that I like. My two favourites at the moment are Jo Nesbø’s Panserhjerte to be able to lift them. (The Leopard) and Henning Mankell’s Kineseren (The Man from Beijing). They are both exciting all the way through and have a brilliant plot! My favourite film / I’m a big fan of the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino. So I can watch any of their movies when I am delayed by weather offshore. But the movie I have seen the most often is Apocalypse Now. It is a long movie, but I never get tired of it. My favourite musicians / I like a lot of different kinds of music: Band of Horses, Maria Mena, Thomas Dybdahl, Audrey Horne, Veronica Maggio, The worst job I’ve ever had/done System of A Down, Tool, Led Zeppelin, / I had a summer job at an ice cream Frank Sinatra and Kråkesølv. factory when I was 16. It sounds like How I like to relax / I have always every girl’s dream, but it was not. It loved to go to the beach and lie in the was so hot inside of the factory! And sun for hours, often with a good book! there must have been too many other But I recently discovered that surfing is employees on holiday the weeks that I also a nice way to relax. And when I am worked there because we were not re- exhausted afterwards, it is just divine ally enough people to cover the convey- to have a nap or read on the sofa. As or belts. It felt like they were running long as I don’t have any work waiting way too fast for my tiny hands to stack for me, the tiredness feels good. popsicles in to boxes. But I still love ice cream. My most embarrassing moment / After all these years in situations where I am often the only female, I can’t let myself get embarrassed anymore. My most cherished possession / My dog Frøya – a 6-year-old beagle. I can’t let her loose unless I want to spend a few hours waiting for her to get back from a trip, sniffing out all the cats in the neighbourhood. I also have to hide all the food in the house as high up as possible. She will do anything for food. But besides that, she is the cutest dog in the world. And yes, I’m biased. She is always just as happy every time I come The person I would most like to have home from an offshore trip. Regardless dinner with is… / Author Henning of how long I have been away. And in Mankell. He has done some travelling spite of her tiny legs, she can go hiking around Africa and must have good stoin the mountains for hours and hours. ries to tell. And he also has a lot of interMy favourite book / Because of all my esting political views. / travelling, I read a lot. So I have a lot of
What I do / I started at FMC in 2005 as an apprentice in the workshop at Ågotnes and was trained in the different disciplines – completion, intervention and wellhead. After two years, I had my exam and got a trading certificate in subsea installations. Since then, I have been working offshore as a service engineer for the intervention department. The best thing about my job / It must be the travelling. You never know where you are going the next time. I really enjoy the challenge of it. New places, people and equipment mean that I never get bored. And I am always going home with a lot of new experiences, impressions and friendships. My greatest professional and personal achievement / I would say what I am working on right now, the Pazflor project. I have been in Horten since April, testing the separator system and all the tooling. From September I will be in Angola as a part of the crew installing what we have tested in Horten.
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