Adeline THOMASSET

FLNG Project Coordinator

This young mother of two, who loves nature, has already completed more than eight project installations over 13 years - from the Gabonese jungle to the Sinai desert- and piloted the pre-project department at Perenco.  Adeline is motivated by the idea of managing complex projects and likes working with multidisciplinary teams composed of engineers, whether in Paris or in  the subsidiaries. She also works with on-site installers. Today, Adeline coordinates one of the company's most innovative projects, the FLNG project.

What is your professional story ? Your career pathway ?

I graduated from ENSAM and the IFP School (French Institute of Petroleum) in DEG cycle. I joined Perenco in 2005, directly after my studies. I chose to specialise in oil to be able to apply my skills in a very practical way but also for travelling, for the big spaces, the oil rigs and the outdoor work. I wanted my job to allow me to meet people and to work in a team.

What does your role entail at Perenco ?

My assignments relate to production plant projects, i.e. everything that allows oil or gas to circulate after leaving the well and to be treated, before going to a refinery. Since I have arrived at Perenco, I have worked on eight projects, which got increasingly important.

My first job was to set up an oil treatment plant in the Gabonese jungle. I then managed a water injection project on an offshore platform in Cameroon. I also supervised all gas plant tests in the Northern Sinai desert in Egypt. 

My next mission was to manage the process facilities of a pilot project. They had to be assembled on an offshore platform in a port in Morocco, before being towed to the Congo. This experience was very rewarding. We were a young team, very involved, we physically got stuck in: we even dropped the moorings ourselves!
In Peru, I was involved in an onshore installation project in the Amazon jungle. It was an innovative and technical project on emulsions, for which I was involved both in studies with the French Institute of Petroleum and with a laboratory in the United States; I also had to supervise the engineering.
Then, I managed the installation of compressors in Gabon and supervised a pipeline hydrotest in the DRC.
Finally, there is the FNLG project I am currently working on.
Previously, I was in charge of the pre-project department for one year. It is a hub of engineers with a high potential, who care about the future of Perenco. It was a very different way to experience installation projects, it was a real intellectual adventure. In concrete terms, I conducted an analysis of all of Perenco achievements over the last 20 years and presented my findings to the company's management. It was within this group that the FLNG project (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) was born.
 

What do you like the most in your job?

What is exciting about Perenco is that we are involved from the first site study all the way through to commissioning. We are in charge of the whole process.
Additionally, I like to alternate between Paris and the sites. Here in a jacket and a shirt and then there in blue overalls, working with a wrench. 

I have been fortunate enough to work on various technical jobs (gas, light oil and heavy oil), in different geographical locations. Across eight projects, I was involved in Egypt, Africa, Peru, on offshore sites, onshore in the desert and in the jungle.

Staggered questions
  • Your favourite word/saying and the one that you hate?

    Bravo! / We are not going to manage to do it.

  • A way to relieve stress?

    Listening to the crickets singing in the jungle or the waves, backwashing.

  • In a football team, what position would you play?

    Midfielder

  • What is your favourite acronym ?

    I pass

  • A person or a character that you like following?

    Nobody

  • What do you miss the most when you are away from home?

    My husband and my children

  • How do you stay connected to your loved ones?

    WhatsApp … but 13 years ago we were queuing up for the fixed line telephones! 

  • Your favourite country ?

    Egypt

  • Your favourite holidays ?

    In the desert