The Introduction to the Petroleum Industry Seminar (ITPS)
The oil and gas industry can seem pretty daunting for uninitiated.
In fact, measuring a whopping 1.26 trillion US dollars in 2013 alone, the industry can still seem pretty daunting for the initiated too.
All too aware of this scenario the Petroleum Club of WA’s long-running ‘Introduction to the Petroleum Industry Seminar’ is designed to give newcomers a broad understanding of the industry using items you might find around the house.
“We use simple techniques – some from the kitchen cupboard – to easily explain how wells are drilled, how to work safely and how we deliver good outcomes,” said ex-Petroleum Club President and seminar lecturer Derrick O’Keeffe.
Delivered by three past PCWA Presidents and a host of other experts in their individual fields, the seminar compresses the industry’s 150-year legacy into one day action-packed day.
Mr O’Keeffe who has been a part of the program for around 10 years says that he’s continually surprised at the level of interest and engagement at the event.
“It’s not like other seminars where you see people checking their phones, because people have no time to check their phones.
“Attendees show great enthusiasm and interest, and I think the real surprise is how well attendees pick up the content,” said O’Keeffe.
As the oil and gas industry moves further into the digital age, the lecturers have noticed a shift in the makeup of attendees who participate in the seminar with more technically astute people attending irrespective of their job title.
“I think it's a great opportunity for us as we continue on into the digital age," said O'Keeffe.
In the coming months, Australia will overtake Qatar as the number one LNG exporter. According to Derrick, this makes the country world-class, and everything that supports the industry needs to be world-class too.
“While the seminar won’t turn you into a technical professional, you will get some insight into how the industry has developed, its importance to the economy and the people working in it, and the importance that it places on safety and the environment,” summarised O’Keeffe.