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.
Painting, Coating, and Blasting professionals are the individuals responsible for selecting, priming, applying, and removing the coating systems for various oil and gas equipment and pipelines. The painting/coating of equipment serves a number of purposes including corrosion prevention, providing a non-slip surface, and using bright colours to allow maximum visibility. Painting/coating is extremely useful in drilling equipment where it can help with heat resistance, and in offshore or subsea operations where coatings must stand up to extreme pressures and salt water. "Blasting" refers to the prepping of the surface about to be painted/coated. It involves applying high pressured sand, water or other material to the equipment that is about to be painted/coated. There are numerous jobs available in this field, from designing these systems to the individuals involved in the actual painting, coating, or blasting.