Q&A Spotlight: SBM Offshore's Saskia Kunst
The offshore oil and gas industry continues to expand its reach into deeper waters, and some of the effects include an increase in the demand for skilled employees and advanced technology. As operators aim to succeed in these complex reservoirs, this has also required that companies such as SBM Offshore N.V. provide resources that can handle the challenge effectively and efficiently, using the industry’s top talent.
Saskia Kunst joined SBM Offshore in 2008 and has been the group strategy manager since 2009, a position in which she is also responsible for merger and acquisition activities. Previously, Kunst held executive positions in the ports and terminals industry in Asia and Europe at Hutchison Port Holdings from 1995 to 2000, and for Singapore-based PSA International through 2007 where she became country chief executive officer.
Rigzone caught up with Kunst to discuss international offshore trends, the “new” industry workforce, and pursuing a career in oil and gas.
Rigzone: What trends are you seeing in the international offshore industry that may impact oil and gas during the next few years?
Kunst: Most of the new reservoirs being discovered are in ever-deeper waters. This trend is important for SBM Offshore but also for the oilfield sector at large in terms of the requirements for products and services that will need to be provided. Deeper waters go hand in hand with more complex reservoirs with higher pressures and temperatures. The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading units (FPSOs) that SBM is currently providing have increased in complexity due to requirements from our clients that are producing oil from these reservoirs.
At the same time, our clients, national oil companies and international oil companies alike, are exhibiting increased capital discipline and we believe that will continue this year.
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