‘Brunei sets pace in oil drilling’

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OIL drilling has progressed significantly in Brunei to become one of the world’s most innovative hydrocarbons activity, said Brunei Shell Petroleum’s (BSP) wells manager.

Michael Collins told The Brunei Times in an interview for the 2015 report that Brunei is a pacesetter when it comes to the drilling of snake wells, which are a series of oil reservoirs that link to one well.

He said the creation of new technology was required due to the country’s complex geology. BSP does high-pressure and high-temperature work, and all kinds of activities related to enhancing oil and gas recovery.

“This is about really making sure that we do our job to help maximise recovery of our reserves, as well as to boost economic recovery,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

Collins said there are almost 1,600 oil wells around Brunei, and that a large amount of BSP’s production comes from its drilling and wells activities.

The manager also said it was essential for them to develop their skill set in Brunei. This meant employing the best foreign workers, together with developing local and young people in the industry.

“It is in the core of developing people where we need to make sure that we are making the most of the education systems and government programmes in Brunei,” he said.

On localisation efforts, the wells manager commended the Advanced Diploma for Wells Engineering offered by Politeknik Brunei in preparing skilled people into the industry.

He added they are working with the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) to ensure they are equipping people with skills for them to be employed.

“Localisation is about delivering an identity and purpose for business leaders, so the industry has to witness more Bruneian businesses being created and growing.

“The leaders of those future companies have to understand their part in delivering energy for life and fuelling Brunei’s future,” he added.

The Brunei Times