The westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Black Sea to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The economic and political association of 27 European member states, the European Union (EU) has developed a single market through which a standardized system of laws apply, and under this union, sixteen member states have adopted the euro as its common currency. In 2006, the EU had a gross inland energy consumption of 1,825 million tonnes of oil equivalent, with nuclear energy as the primary source of energy produced in the region. Currently, the EU imports around 82% of its oil and 57% of its natural gas resources.
Facilities engineers oversee the design and construction of various production and utility systems in a given facility, ranging from offshore platforms to onshore plants. They assist with designing the layout and systems including everything from power sources, climate control, water and lighting to more specialized systems such as those processing chemicals or environmental controls. Many facilities engineers are also involved with the ongoing operations of this equipment, suggesting maintenance schedules and consulting on future renovations and construction.