Local pupils to get insight into oil and gas industry

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Pupils from Westhill, Aboyne, Alford and Banchory Academies recently delved into the world of oil and gas when they embarked on a project which will see them use their skills in physics, maths, chemistry and geology to solve an industry challenge.

Supported by BP, Chevron, E.ON Exploration and Production, ConocoPhillips and the University of Aberdeen, TechFest’s STEM In The Pipeline scheme was launched at the university last week, with an introductory day for the pupils and energy industry professionals, who will act as mentors.

The teams of four senior pupils were set an oil field challenge to work on over the next few months, culminating in a final event in December.

They will work with their mentors and gain an insight into careers in engineering and the oil and gas industry as well as undergoing significant development in their interpersonal and team skills.

The introduction at the Fraser Noble building saw the pupils attending four hands-on workshops in geology, drilling and reservoir, finance and processing, working together in their newly formed teams.

TechFest is a charity based at the University of Aberdeen which aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities to young people and the wider community.

Teams will be expected to work together and take part in a challenging series of tasks to produce a Field Development Plan for the fictional STEM oil field. The tasks cover subsurface work, production profiling, separator design, safety and the calculation of CO2 emissions.

After submitting a report to TechFest, each team will give a presentation to a panel of assessors. They will then be awarded prizes and given certificates.