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Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 12:00am On Aug 11, 2014
stpat1:

Which of the FPSO's dances? abi nab tug boat u mean?

LOL! I saw de dance too and I was lol.
Literature / Re: What Do Project Managers Discuss In A Meeting During An Oil Drilling Project? by top10nigeria(m): 11:57pm On Aug 10, 2014
Make sure I get a credit on the Novel.

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Literature / Re: What Do Project Managers Discuss In A Meeting During An Oil Drilling Project? by top10nigeria(m): 11:36pm On Aug 10, 2014
1) Project Kickoff Meeting
2) Expectations from each other and emphasis on key things to remember
3) No - Just everybody with a list of what they expect from each other.
4) Drilling supervisor (He gives drilling plan & expectations in terms of scope and completions), production company man (He represents the owning company of the oil well on the rig during the drilling operation), reservoir engineer (He has the underground map of what they are going to see down there as they drill the well, the rig manager (He owns and manages the rig)
5) 40million dollars for a 5kbd well (Rigs charge 200-500k dollars/day depending on water depth, required completions etc. The floaters charge more)
6) No - All required personnel would have been included in the project package. What do you need this for.
7) Yes - typically 30% depending - Sometimes you have unprecedented downtime. So it is better to let the drilling company take liability for all downtime. I believe you have insurance on this project.

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Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 11:23pm On Aug 10, 2014
dustydee:
I agree with you. But it is also a matter of choice. A colleague of mine (a Cameroonian) applied for a technician role in my company because he wanted to go offshore. I tried convincing him not to but the guy no gree.
NGN50000/day in field allowances amount to 9million naira a year. So some of the field guys look at going to Office/Land as Taking a Pay cut. And Everybody knows the Highest Position that a Nigerian can occupy in these organizations so no point dreaming. Except you plan to make backhand money via contracts, there is really no motivation for going to the office.
Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 11:17pm On Aug 10, 2014
dustydee:
The pay is small at the beginning but increases as you grow. Used to be minimum of 15% pay rise every year before I left so the more your pay, the more the increase. Then fall into management and their scale is different. The former GMD should be smiling to the bank with around N250m if I'm right. Looks big but when you compare it to his international counterparts, na chicken change. grin
Their pension is still struggling because of the massive payout. You earn slightly more per month when you retire (depending on number of years served) but the difference is you don't enjoy some of the allowances.
15% pay rise works considering inflation figures. And yeah I heard pension is same or even more than your previous base salary. isn't that insane? Why would someone retired earn more monthly salary? My Wife invited a friend over for Christmas and he works at NNPC. I was in shock the whole night. Don't know how that salary structure can be sustainable.
Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 11:08pm On Aug 10, 2014
okzcorp:

LOL. I love Nigerians and I love you man. Not for questioning his age buh for actually picking interest in doing that. Buh he neva claimed he studied electronics Engr. If its OND or a techical qualification in Electronics, then HIS CLAIM CUD BE PLAUSIBLE and renders ur inquiry untenable.

B.Eng actually.
Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 11:04pm On Aug 10, 2014
Chrisbenogor:
Everything makes sense except this
32 - 15 = 17 ( so at least after NYSC)
17- 1 = 16 ( Finished Uni at 16 with 1st Class in Electronics Engineering)
16 - 5 = 11 ( 5 years to study Electronics Engineering )
11 - 6 = 5 ( got into secondary school at 5)
5 -6 = -1 undecided undecided undecided undecided

Na why I fail for school well well undecided undecided, I know say na night school I go but no vex bros help me explain am.

I almost fell off my chair laughing. I have two degrees. One in Electronics and another in IMC. The IMC got me the job and made me spend 2yrs in University to get a Bsc. So what you should do is tell your younger ones to start taking Havard classes from their SS1 http://www.extension.harvard.edu/ With this, they can move faster through the school process.

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Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 10:54pm On Aug 10, 2014
xfire:

I am not so concerned about his pay package (top10nigeria). Maybe his years of experience dates back to when he started working offshore at the age of 18 (probably started as a technician before gaining an engineering degree). I wouldn't even want to discuss remuneration here.

But I wonder if the 15 years experience is all offshore related. I can't see an engineer working offshore for 15 straight years (only technicians, operators, drilling supervisors, cook, etc. do that). It's almost impossible (for various reasons).

Most engineers in the oil industry don't like working offshore. They will rather work in the office and do a 9-5 job. It's quite hazardous working offshore. The life over there is regimented, and the living condition, though okay, are not as comfortable as a usual home. Many who work offshore are looking for office functions.

Most people who admire offshore jobs know very little about oil and gas industry. Once they get into industry, they get a better picture and prefer office roles.

Cheers..

I started working offshore as a Technician, you are right. but when I graduated, I couldn't move. All the engineering positions I got was to go on land for the same amount of pay, so I no gree. Like I said, for me, the best part is the off time especially as I wanted time for my plenty waka and looking at 8-4 everyday for the rest of my life in lagos meaning I have to wake up by 5:30 every morning and get home by 8pm, I couldn't deal with it. So its a personal thing. like I said, my Wife hates it but I ask her to tell me another job which would allow us to spend so much time together travelling.

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Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 10:45pm On Aug 10, 2014
dustydee:
Now I get your point. Sounds fair then. I guess that's where NNPC is better cos your pay keeps rising till you retire.

I heard the NNPC guys start low and then have huge amounts as pension/gratuity. I remember my boss told me last year his gratuity would be 110million. I think any more than that range would be insane by any company to pay retiring staff. And maybe that's why NNPC is not working. LOL!!!!!!!!!

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Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 10:33pm On Aug 10, 2014
dustydee:

shocked 32 million for someone with 15 years of experience sounds small to me. I would have thought the majors pay better. if I may ask, are you a technician?

32million means that plus tax I am doing about 40. Also, my low 32 has to do with age and not yrs. Age is not on my side. I am 32. I have a colleague on my level who is 46 and on my same level earning 47mil. Also wages grow in "triangles". As you grow, your salary growth stalls. It has nothing to do with Technician or Engineering. Eg. my overall boss who is like the Installation manager earns about 70Mil and he has not had a salary increment for 3yrs because he has maxed out and only gets 5% annual productivity bonus and asset optimization bonus which is undefined depending on how much cost he saves. He is 30yrs in service, now Senior management and looking to retire in 2yrs. So salary is defined by a combination of all kinds of things that HR experts put together. Your first 10yrs, your salary will grow faster but then remember that the company wants to make sure they control how much pension they will have to pay you after retirement, especially considering that Nigeria staff get automatic 11% increase every year due to Nigeria inflation, plus the company is paying a percentage of your salary into your RSA. So there is a conscious effort to manage how much pension you will be due as at the time of retirement which makes also affects your salary growth.

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Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 10:09pm On Aug 10, 2014
EMEKA1MILLION: you certainly said it all, it's important to have a set target of what you really want to do, maritime is a very challenging environment not for the faint hearted, if u can't read the u can't progress in it..
Like I said earlier, it requires both experience and knowledge to thrive.
For me am very young, in my late 20's and last year I bagged 17million just to support my captain to move his ship around...
I chose navigation despite starting off in the engineering dept but had to switch due to circumstances which am grateful for..
My time off is 2 weeks out, 4weeks in..
Cool huh?

Yeah...You guys that work 4weeks in and 2weeks off, are the real heroes. I interact with our support boat guys and some of them work 2months in and 1month off. That for me is hard.
Career / Re: Offshore Oil Worker,lets Meet Here by top10nigeria(m): 9:50pm On Aug 10, 2014
The good thing about nairaland is you’ll never know me so I can write everything and not worry about my identity.
I work offshore and my Wife works offshore(Sub-sea Engineer). I work 2weeks tour while she works 4weeks tour.
The surest way of working offshore is to graduate first Class Engineering/Geo Sciences. My Wife had a first Class Chemical Engineering and Mine is Electronics. Production Oil companies won’t even invite you for Aptitude test if you do not have a 2-1 that is 4.0 and above. And now we have a lot of Nigerians with masters from UK, so its becoming harder for them to employ people with first degree. Now I am assuming you don’t have connections and your Parents are as broke as mine were when they were sending me to school. So that is one path to working offshore and I will call these people employed directly by the Oil companies as Level 1.
Another path is to be a Technical Non-Pro, eg. Cook, Secretary, medical, laundry, welder, painter, deck hands, etc… To make it easier, I will label this Level 2. Most of these people are on contract so they don’t get same level of compensation.
Eg. The average cook/laundry staff earns 840,000/yr
Average Technical Support eg. Pipe fitter/secretary/Welder etc will earn 4-8million a year
But the level 1 guys earn more.
Eg. Personally I earned a total remuneration of 32million last year and my wife Earned 23million last year. (I work for the majors while my Wife works for a Drilling Company – the majors(Exxonmobil / Total/ Shell / Chevron / Agip) always pay more than the drilling (Schlumberger / Transocean / Halliburton)
So the first thing I want those who want to work offshore to do is decide what type of job they want to do offshore. Do you want to be Level 1 or Level 2?
Personally, I have 15yrs of experience and I work in a production company so I am high paying. I don’t think there is anybody within my team including the 2year olds who earns a TR of less than 20million.
So I will encourage you guys to go back to your books and read them so hard.
For me the best part of working offshore is the 2weeks off. I will not transfer to the office for a 200% increase in wages and maybe its because I started working offshore when I was 18. Plus I work on measurement and control systems, so I don’t do any physical work like my folks in mechanical who have to work on pumps, so I am on the best job in the world right now. Also, the Time off allows me to spend time on my other endeavors and For me that is the best part of working offshore. Note: My Wife hates it, but because I am away half of the time, she is managing the job until she can go back to school for her masters.
I hope this adds a different perspective to the conversation.

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Science/Technology / Re: Top10 Nigeria Internet Communities - Technical Review by top10nigeria(m): 12:46am On Aug 10, 2014
This review was done without consulting the website owners. Hence, they may not necessarily agree with their rankings, but my research is based on what I see on the site after having to create an account and use every one of them.
Science/Technology / Top10 Nigeria Internet Communities - Technical Review by top10nigeria(m): 12:41am On Aug 10, 2014
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