Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to clients from the global hydrocarbons industry, has had a storied 80-year relationship with Brunei and its oil and gas industry – one that was kindled way back in 1935 when the company sent its French engineers to perform measurements on oil wells in Northern Borneo. The first wireline log in Brunei was acquired on December 29, 1935.
In 1971, the first Bruneian was hired by the firm and sent for training outside the region. Local infrastructure was gradually developed, and more Bruneian personnel were recruited to fill various positions within the firm. Today, there are some 160 Bruneians employed in Schlumberger worldwide.
More technological support was provided in 1975, and in 1978, the Seria Training Center was opened to train both local and foreign Wireline Engineers. In 1984, Schlumberger Wireline & Testing Services built an operating base in Seria to support Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). The company then forged links with academia in 1995 by beginning an annual sponsorship of the ‘Best Presentation’ award for the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Master’s in Petroleum GeoScience Programme.
The first decade of the new century was eventful for the oilfield services firm. Year 2000 witnessed the setting up of the Schlumberger Seismic Interpretation Center at BSP headquarters to support the Geophysicists group. Four years later in 2004, the BIMA integrated rig services project commenced. Its specific design and versatility have made it a cornerstone of Brunei’s ambitious exploration and development programme in the Seria North Flank field, creating more job opportunities for Bruneians.
In the same year, Schlumberger demonstrated its commitment to academia by donating Petrel E&P software platform to UBD. The software allows geoscientists and engineers to interpret subsurface data and build 3D dynamic models with speed and precision. In 2006, scholarships were offered to talented young graduates to support educational development in Petroleum Engineering and Science.
Then in 2007, the Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) body participated in the 1st Energy Week Exhibition to instill and raise awareness in Energy Efficiency and Conservation among the local communities, particularly the younger generation. Through SEED, Schlumberger trains employees, retirees, volunteers and educators to share their passion for learning and science with students the world over.
In 2008, Schlumberger received a delegation of students from UBD, introducing them to its core business and day-to-day operations, aiming to spark their interest in the oilfield services industry. Schlumberger, through the LBD Guidelines released in 2011, has also entered into several agreements with Bruneian companies to jointly pursue business opportunities – supporting the EDPMO’s drive to improve local business capability in the oil and gas industry.
A significant milestone was attained in 2012 with the commissioning of the Schlumberger Muara Base, enhancing the firm’s operational efficiency in the country. More recently in 2015, the company accommodated 11 interns: six from Politeknik Brunei, four from Institut Teknologi Brunei, and one from UBD. The firm also played a role in the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) initiative, with two participants from Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering having been attached to the Coil Tubing wing of the company.
Schlumberger plays an active role in community activities, an example of which is the HSE for Youth Program; an initiative which reaches out to young people aged 7 to 18 and represents an extension of Schlumberger’s ongoing commitment to health, safety, and the environment (HSE) – a commitment embedded in the way Schlumberger works around the world.
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