Energy Workforce & Technology Council COO Molly Determan recently participated in a panel discussion at the Society of Petroleum Engineers “Well Intervention Forum” in Galveston. Determan addressed the need for the oil and gas workforce to advocate for the industry.
“We should not apologize for working in the industry – we should be proud, as we are the solution providers to the world’s energy needs.” Molly Determan, COO, Energy Workforce & Technology Council
“Every day, our energy workforce is powering the world while developing new, innovative technologies to ensure reliable, affordable energy is accessible across the globe. Through the powerhouse of American energy, we are lifting people from energy poverty, and providing economic and energy security for our nation and others throughout the world.”
The panel also discussed the challenges facing operators and service providers, as well as the future of oil demand and for subsea wells in a global environment that is often hostile to oil and gas expansion. They discussed how the industry is moving to reduce emissions, and the growing career opportunities in the industry, especially as new and emerging technologies are implemented.
“Our industry is hiring, and these are good paying jobs with good career opportunities,” Determan said. “Our industry offers advancement at all levels from trade skills, to technology, to engineering and law. We have positions for people at every education level, where everyone contributes on a daily basis, and has the potential to succeed for many years to come. We are very excited about the future of our industry and our workforce.”
With demand in oil and gas predicted to increase over the next 20 years, the panel was optimistic about the industry, the opportunities new emission-reducing technologies give for increased production, and the reality that oil and gas is essential for national, energy and food security across the globe. The panel acknowledged the advances the industry is making in reducing emissions and expects with the innovation of emerging technologies, the industry will continue to make great strides in reducing its carbon footprint. Additionally, they discussed how these technologies are very transferable, being used in oil and gas but also in renewable energy production.
Ray Stawaisz, retired Intervention Manager for Chevron moderated the panel that also included Rebecca Winkel, API; Mirick Cox, retired Exxon Mobile; and Neil Crawford, Oceaneering.
Corry Schiermeyer, Senior Director Communications, writes about governmental policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.