Glen JONES

Onshore Operations Engineer

Three weeks of training in the DRC have been decisive in the course of Glen’s career, who chose Africa to start rotation assignments. Since 2015, he has worked on various sites in Congo, including an oil field operating with gas-lifted wells, a FPSO tanker, and now more recently an onshore gas processing facility, as part of the ambitious FLNG project in Cameroon. This passionate traveller is ready to take on any challenge, including learning French!

What is your background ? Can you describe your professional pathway at Perenco ?

I graduated at the University of Liverpool, in civil engineering, and came to Perenco in Great Yarmouth in 2011, as part of a Graduate Scheme. At the end of this two-year contract, I continued my career at Perenco UK.
In 2014, I went to the DRC for three weeks of field training. This experience was key in shaping my future career. When I returned, I asked to be posted to Africa. I had the opportunity to work in the Congo for three years, before joining  the FLNG project in Cameroon.
As soon as I arrived at Perenco, I was given important responsibilities and plenty of autonomy. I was able to progress quickly, facing a wide variety of projects.

What does your role entail and which challenges do you face in your job ?

Currently my mission is to ensure gas is on-spec for the liquefaction process, while also optimising the LPG and condensate production to maximise revenue.
I am also responsible for the integrity and the security of the infrastructures, working within a team of other supervisors; we make every effort to ensure that production is delivered safely and in line with expectations.
This new function required me to get acquainted with gas extraction processes and learn to work with sometimes very different structures. As part of this project, for which the company has deeply committed, we operate a recently drilled field : its production is then processed on one of the first floating liquefaction plants in the world.
Processed gas is also sent to the local power station to generate electricity for the region, so there is also pressure to avoid any interruption to this supply.
I manage a team of 20 people, present on site 24/7.

What do you prefer in your job ?

I have a very central role, I am the focal point of the teams on site. It involves communicating well and being able to adapt.

What is your best memory, which project are you particularly proud of ?

The FLNG project is a great experience. I arrived towards the end of the commissioning phase and we have now moved onto the commercial phase. Working in conjunction with Perenco project and operation teams, along with the third party liquefaction team offshore, I have really enjoyed learning the new processes and working with the specialists at the forefront of this innovative and ambitious project.

What do you think is your best contribution to Perenco ?

I like challenges, such as moving from a UK office job to a field job on rotation in Africa, where I had the opportunity to learn French !
This taste for a challenge is strongly encouraged by the company, a company that trusts us.

What do you think is your best asset for Perenco ?

My flexibility, I am happy to take on any challenge in most countries.

How would you describe the company ?

Perenco is a very dynamic, fast moving company that encourages bold approaches to both every day and long-term problems. The company specialises in operating mature fields with aging assets that often require both simple and innovative approaches to unlock potential and maintain profitability.

Which corporate value(s) do you admire the most at Perenco ?

Optimism.
Optimism is indispensable in our profession. We have to face difficult situations, unexpected and unforeseen. You have to know how to stay on course and trust,  yourself and your skills to keep working towards the desired outcome.

What would you say to convince someone to join Perenco ?

At Perenco you will join a team of enthusiasts. You will have the opportunity to progress and develop your field of expertise through various onsite experiences. If in addition you have a taste for travel, the world will be open to you. People are free to seize what they want, the more you put in, the more you can get out of it !

Staggered questions
  • Your favourite word ?

    Football

  • And one that you hate ?

    Sadness

  • A way to relieve stress ?

    Exercise, running

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

    Midfielder

  • What is your favourite acronym ?

    LOL

  • A person that you love to follow ?

    No one

  • What do you miss most when you’re far from home ?

    Tea

  • How do you stay connected to those close to you ?

    Whatsapp

  • Your favourite country ?

    Costa Rica

  • Your favourite holiday ?

    A coastal adventure