Women Who Shine: Q&A with Allison Strong

Allison Strong is Well Interventions Team Leader for all of BP plc's North Sea platforms. Strong's team is currently engineering several high-cost interventions in order to boost production across the company's North Sea assets. Here, Rigzone talks to Strong about her career with BP.

Women in Oil & Gas: BP's Allison Strong
Allison Strong, BP Source: BP plc

Rigzone: How did you start your career with BP?

Strong: I joined BP in 2000 as a mature hire. I had eight years' worth of industry experience working for a production chemical company, because my degree was actually in chemistry. That was recognized as a skill that [BP] wanted to employ. So I didn't come in as a graduate recruit. I came in as a mature hire, hired because of my production chemistry expertise.

Rigzone: What did you do from 2000 to 2005?

Strong: I was employed initially as a production chemist and that was in the Upstream Technology Group and I did that for about 2.5 years.

Then, as a result of a company reorganization there was an opportunity for me to broaden my skills. There was an opportunity to move into a petroleum engineer’s role, which the company helped me with. That was a managed move.


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A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com

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Maria A. Capello | Oct. 29, 2013
Ms. Strong is very right about several aspects of her role! I enjoyed this article as it summarized very well some of the prioritization issues that O&G engineers related to field activities need to address to be successful. This is an industry with a committed workforce, that thrives on daily challenges and has always be composed of highly skilled individuals who do not shy away from embracing self-learning to shift their skills to new areas, as required by new assignments, new technologies or new workplaces. A woman in the O&G industry like Ms. Strong is a very fine example of the new style of leadership of women in the industry. I hope she is mentoring younger engineers to follow her steps. No wonder her last name is... Strong! Congratulations.


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