The largest oil and natural gas producer in the EU, the United Kingdom retains proven crude oil reserves of around 4 billion barrels and proven natural gas reserves of some 18.8 Tcf as of 2006. Containing the bulk of domestic reserves and an extensive network of subsea pipelines and infrastructure, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is the most active offshore region for the UK's oil and gas sector, and industry giants Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total all explore and produce there. The third largest global energy company and headquartered in the UK, BP is operator of such major offshore UK producers as the Foinaven and Forties fields.
The Asset Integrity Engineer is responsible for ensuring that equipment performs effectively and efficiently throughout the entire asset life cycle, from design, to maintenance, and eventually to decommissioning. Asset integrity engineers perform a number of duties including audits, inspections and qa/qc testing of assets. The goal of the asset integrity engineer is to maximize return on assets while ensuring a safe and efficient workplace. Asset integrity engineers will usually have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or applied science, and they will perform both field and office work for a variety of projects in the oil and gas industry.