25 Interesting facts about Chad to help you determine if you want an oil and gas job in Chad
Chad attained its independence from France on August 11th, 1960.
Chad is the largest of the 16 landlocked countries in Africa. It is also the 21st largest nation in the world. The other fifteen landlocked countries in Africa are: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Sudan (newly established).
The country (historically, the area surrounding Lake Chad) has been inhabited since at least 500 B.C.
The Chadian and Libyan conflict took place between 1978 and 1987.
People of Chad use Kakaki, a long metal trumpet in traditional ceremonial music. The instrument signifies power and is always played by men.
The Sahara Desert covers much of northern Chad and occupies roughly 1/3rd of the country’s total area.
Grains including millet, sorghum, and rice are staple foods of Chad.
The country has seen long-lasting conflicts between Muslims and Christians.
The Tibesti Mountains are home to some of the best camel racing in the world.
The country has never been able to make it to the FIFA World Championships. However, they have had some popular soccer players.
Chad is also known as “The Babel Tower of the World.“
The design of the flag of Chad was based on the flag of France.
The goat and lion are the national symbols of Chad.
The country is named after Lake Chad. Surprisingly, the lake is the largest wetland in Chad and the second largest in Africa.It is also the world’s seventeenth largest lake.
The lake has drastically reduced in size in recent times. In the 1960s, it covered an area of 25,000 square kilometers, which has reduced to 1,350 kilometers today.
The lake is an important source of water for millions of people in the four neighboring countries. The lake was once the center of Africa’s lucrative salt trade.
The best time to visit the Lake Chad is between August and December. During this time, the water level in the lake is at its highest and visitors have a chance of sighting a crocodile or hippo.
The only television station in the country—Tele-Tchad—is state owned. Radio is the main source of media coverage.
Crude oil has been the primary source of the country’s economy since 2003. Earlier, cotton played a significant role in bringing wealth to the nation.
Chad is home to some of the most important African Archaeological sites dating back earlier than 200 BC. These sites are mainly in the Borkou-Ennedi-Tibesti Region.
America is one of Chad’s largest investors.
1971 – the University of Chad was founded.
Bili bili (millet beer) and fruit juices are Chad’s traditional drinks.
Majority of Chad’s fuel is supplied by one local refinery.
A $4 billion pipeline linking Chad’s oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast was completed in 2003.
This position will be based in the field in Chad Africa.
Ensure that all facilities operating procedures and work activity plans include appropriate Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), Risk Assessment and precautionary measures in compliance with the company permit to work system and procedure, to minimize risk to personnel, the environment and company assets.
Ensure the maximum availability of plant, equipment and machinery in conjunction with the Maintenance department to deliver on the agreed oil production forecast in accordance with the contractual DCQ.
Ensure product specification is met in conjunction with the Production Supervisor, Senior Production Engineer, Senior Instrument Engineer and site Laboratory Service Provider.
Provide department management with daily reported statistical information regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of the production process streams in terms of oil production, gas production and water production through use of designated well testing programs as directed by the Production Supervisor and the Senior Production Engineer.
Ensure compliance with all mandatory legal requirements and company specific requirements in terms of facilities, plant and equipment condition, performance and availability.
Ensure direct interfacing takes place daily with the maintenance department and the production wells support teams in a collaborative manner, along with documented daily activity reports in compliance with mandatory operating standards and company requirements.
Ensure that agreed department resource competency based training is carried out in conjunction with company training and human resources departments.
Provide collaborative support to process facilities engineering group and assist where possible with operations production operating/ technical requirements.
Ensure adequate interfacing within the operations maintenance department and functional support groups as directed by the Production Supervisor or as outlined in operations reference and action plans.
Act up to the Production Supervisor level as required.
Assist the Production Supervisor, Senior Production Engineer and Maintenance Superintendent in the development of production planning and field management/ maintenance plans.
In conjunction with the field O & M Planner, assist the Production Supervisor in establishing bridging procedures across functions and planning of maintenance activities, major events, campaign maintenance and scheduled field/ facilities shutdown turnarounds.
In conjunction with the field O & M Planner and the Production Supervisor; take responsibility with the assistance of the maintenance department teams (Mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation/ Controls) in safe making and handover of plant and facilities as part of planning of maintenance activities, major events, campaign maintenance and scheduled shutdown turnaround activities in conjunction with plant inspection services and process facilities engineer.
Provide daily and weekly updates on field and facilities availability highlights/ low lights to the Operations Production Supervisor for input into company reporting systems.
Maintain active department involvement, interfacing and demonstrated commitment to all company HSE related initiatives and planned activities.
Experience and/or educational requirements
Experience in working in a multi discipline multi-national team on onshore upstream hydrocarbon oil & gas processing plant and facilities in a remote environment.
Experience in working in a functional environment (shared services or matrix organization)
Experience in interfacing with contracted service providers.
Experience in interfacing with major original equipment manufacturer and vendor service providers.
Experience in interfacing with project management teams at site.
Experienced in Emergency Management and Control as part of an Operations Production Team.
A good knowledge of Process Safety Management and production operations.
Experience in working in an E&P environment including drilling, completions and well work over.
Working knowledge of Industry Standard CMMS and SCM management software. (e.g. MAXIMO, SAP, DATA STREAM, EAM)
Good computer based skills in MS Office (Word, Excel and Power Point).
Experience in the training of multi-national workforce in production operations.
A highly competent communicator, with good interpersonal skills.
Quick to adapt new and innovative ideas.
Proven ability to Coach and mentor production operations personnel.
Ability to communicate relevant reports to line management
Ability to function in a matrix organisation structure with managers and peers located in various locations.
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