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Welcome to the

Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)

Career Advice and Opportunities
February 2009

About Bapco
Bapco is 100% owned by the Government of Bahrain, and is an
integrated oil and gas company:

Crude oil and natural gas production

Active oil and gas exploration and development
Refining of the crude to produce valuable petroleum products
Storage and export of the refined products
Marketing of the products locally and internationally

About Bapco (contd)

Bapco was formed in
1929 and has been the
cornerstone of the
Kingdom of Bahrains
economic development
Oil was first discovered
in Bahrain in 1932

About Bapco (contd.)

Bapco operates the Bahrain Refinery - a world-class, world-scale
refinery, exporting products to the world
First day of operation of the Refinery was 12 July 1936 - we are
over 70 years old

About Bapco (contd.)

Annual sales of refined products is > $6.0 billion
Contributes about 70% of Bahrains economy
Currently employs over 3200 people and is one of the largest
employers in the Kingdom
Spends > $2.0 million a year on training its employees, and
spends as much, if not more, on training than any other company
in the Kingdom of Bahrain
Scholarships programme has been in existence since the 1950s

Recent Bapco Achievements

Celebrated 75 years of oil in Bahrain
Celebrated the inauguration of the Low Sulphur Diesel Production
(LSDP) Complex on 5 December 2007
Now able to produce Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel meeting the tightest
specifications anywhere in the world
Investment cost $680 million

Offshore Oil Exploration

Exploration Production Sharing
Agreement (EPSA) with International
Oil Companies (IOCs) for offshore
blocks progressed
All Blocks awarded

On-Shore Major Developments

Incremental Development Production Sharing Agreement (IDPSA)
with IOC (JV Bahrain Field Operations)
Utilize Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques
Increase oil production and recovery
The deep gas initiative was launched on 27th October 2008:
searching for gas at a depth of 18,000 feet

On-Shore Major Developments (contd.)

An aggressive development drilling
program over 2009-2011 is planned
that includes 104 wells of many
complex types including Directional,
Horizontal, and Re-entry wells.

On-Shore Major Developments (contd.)

To meet local gas demand and new
urban projects, additional natural
gas (Khuff Gas) is required
Eight (8) new Khuff Gas wells are
planned under the 2008-2010 Khuff
Development Drilling Program
Discussing with Iran and Qatar
regarding import of natural gas


Recent Bapco Achievements (contd.)

Bapco takes the health and safety of its employees and the
community very seriously:
Many world standard records have been set over the years, with
13 million manhours worked without a lost time accident achieved
in 2004
Received the Robert Campbell Award from the National Safety
Council of the US in October 2007 - first ever company outside of
North America to receive the award
Obtained the British Safety Council 5-star award in 2008

Spending US$300 million on environmental projects


Bapco Future Challenges

Refinery Master Plan 2015 and beyond

Upstream initiatives and innovations more oil and gas
Bapco is a progressive organization, looking at the real long term
challenges and striving for excellence


Bapco Work Environment

Characterized by:

Cutting edge technology

Problem solving


The Starting Point

More scientists and engineers are needed to help solve the
problems facing the world


What is the Difference Between Science and Engineering?

In general:
Science is concerned with discovery and knowledge and involves
observations, experiments, theoretical explanations
Engineering is the application of science and mathematics in
safe, practical, economic, sustainable and innovative ways to
design, build, operate structures, machines, processes and
systems to maintain and improve our daily lives
Engineers solve problems, create wealth, maintain and improve
the quality of life


Job Opportunities at Bapco

Bapco continues to expand its business and always needs new
We hire graduates in the following areas:
Engineering - all disciplines
Geosciences - geology, geophysics
Business, finance, IT


Our Scholarships for 2009

Very active scholarships programme
In 2009, we are offering international scholarships in:

Geology (1)
Geophysics (1)
Petroleum Engineering (2)
Chemical Engineering (4)


What Do You Need to Study These Disciplines?

If you:
Like and are good at mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology
Like challenges, solving problems and being innovative
Want to be creative, build things and apply the principles
Want to make a difference and contribute to a sustainable future
Enjoy working in teams
Want to have fun along the way
Then geology, petroleum engineering or chemical engineering
might be for you

Bapco needs good graduates in many fields
There is a significant shortage of good geologists, petroleum
engineering and chemical engineering graduates
Main aim is to fill vacant positions in Bapco
Bapco is offering scholarships to study at overseas universities
We offer a working environment characterized by cutting edge
technology, innovation, teamwork and problem solving


Why Study Geology ?

Why study geology?
Why become a geologist?
Short answer, why not?


What Is Geology?

Geology is the study of the earth.

We live on the earth.
Look at recent stories in the news.
Rising oil prices, tsunamis, earthquakes, global warming, flooding,
groundwater pollution, etc.


The Challenges for Geology

Clean energy for 10 billion in the 21 century

Study of plate tectonics and prediction of earthquake
Forecasting and securing fresh water resources
Deep sea exploration
Energy and minerals for countrys future
Ecosystem and environmental future
Explore and develop new ocean basins
Management of waste and green house gases


Geology - The Attractions and Rewards

It is a profession that rates highly in job satisfaction

Good packages and benefits
Geologists have the opportunity to work all over the world
Work with leading edge technology
Field work all environments, land and sea


Where Do Geologists Work?

Natural resource companies

Environmental consulting companies
Government agencies
Universities and Colleges


What is Petroleum Engineering?

A specialised engineering discipline - concerned with recovering
oil and gas from the earth to satisfy the world's energy needs.
Involves activities such as:



Where Do PEs Work in Bapco?

Petroleum Engineering Department

Geology Department
Production Operations Department (oil and gas)
Drilling Department (engineering / operations)


Challenges Facing the PE

Social responsibility towards the Nation by providing the energy
required for power generation and industry
How to locate and produce hydrocarbon
How you maximize, maintain production level from declining
How you find new hydrocarbon resources
Harsh environments: desert, sea , arctic, jungle?? It depends
Environmental issues (nature, pollution, )



Self satisfaction supplying very crucial materials - energy

Different areas of interest ( reservoir, production, drilling, etc)
Innovation cutting edge technology
Highly challenging work imagination required
Meeting with lots of people technical forums, workshops,
Wide range of job opportunities
Working in multidisciplinary teams alongside other engineers,
scientists, drilling teams and contractors


Rewards (contd.)
Opportunities for professional development e.g. membership of
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), worldwide organization
Networking with professionals from all over the world
Diversity of workplace, environment, culture
International travel


What is Chemical Engineering?

Combines knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics and
biology with engineering principles
Mainly concerned with changing raw materials into useful
products that we need, by changing their chemical or physical
composition, structure or energy content
Involves design, construction, managing and operation of
industrial scale processes
Also involved in environmental engineering, including sustainable
development, air pollution control and waste treatment


An Example
Chemists discovered that hydrogen (H2) can be produced using
the steam-methane reforming reaction:
CH4 + H2O CO + 3H2
This reaction also needs high temperatures (700 to 800C) and
Chemical engineers design and operate the large reformer
furnaces needed to manufacture H2 on a large scale
At Bapco we have two reformers:


Bapcos Old Steam Methane Reformer


Bapcos New Steam Methane Reformer


Where Do Chemical Engineers Work?

Traditional Areas

Oil Refining (Bapco downstream)

Oil and Gas production (Bapco Upstream)
Chemicals (GPIC)
Aluminium (ALBA)
Plastics, synthetic fibres
Mining and metallurgy
Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
Energy e.g. coal, natural gas, hydro, solar, nuclear
Environmental engineering

Where Do Chemical Engineers Work? (contd.)

Traditional Areas

Materials Science
Water all aspects
Food and Drink industry
Process Plant and Equipment Design and Manufacture
Business and Management
Biochemical engineering
Biomedical engineering


Where Do Chemical Engineers Work? (contd.)

Traditional Areas

Technical sales
Health and Safety
Teaching at all levels
Waste treatment
Pulp and paper


Where Do Chemical Engineers Work? (contd.)

Less Common Areas

Drilling, exploration and geology

Law e.g. expert witness, patents, arbitration
Financial Investment and Banking
Industrial Insurance
Quality Assurance


The Outlook for Chemical Engineers

The future is very bright:
Chemical engineers have a unique and very broad range of skills
that are easily transferable
Chemical engineers are highly valued by a wide range of
Chemical engineers can work anywhere
There is a huge worldwide demand for chemical engineers which
cannot be met
Situation unlikely to change for several years


Where Do Chemical Engineers Work at Bapco?

Mainly in the Technical Services Department
30 chemical engineers
3 women in supervisory levels
Several in Operations Department at different levels
Some also in Planning, Project Engineering, Plant Engineering,
Quality Assurance
Some in Oil Production
Some in Marketing


Bapco Technical Services Department (TSD)

TSD is the process engineering centre for Bapco

Technically very strong
Work is challenging and satisfying
Use of latest tools, equipment and technology
Committed to training and continuing professional development


Technical Services Department (contd.)

TSD engineers are involved in:
Optimization of the existing process units
Identification of opportunities to improve performance
Creation and development of ideas
Identification and initiation of major projects
Providing technical support to many other departments, especially


Technical Services Department (contd.)

TSD engineers are intimately involved in all the major projects:
Low Sulphur Diesel Production Project ($680 million)
Refinery Gas Desulphurisation Project ($140 million)
Waste Water Treatment Plant Project ($130 million)
Lube Base Oil project ($380 million)
TSD engineers are also part of the team looking at the Bapco
Refinery Master Plan ($ 2.0+ billion)


Potential Scholars What Were Looking For

A strong interest in chemical engineering, petroleum engineering or
geology - a passion
Excellent English language skills - minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or
High performing Towjehiya students (Maths / Sciences) minimum
cumulative GPA 97%
A minimum of 34 points at I.B. Diploma with Physics / Chemistry /
Maths scores of 5+ at the Higher level
GCE A level ABB including Maths/Chemistry. Physics preferred.
Self starters young people with enquiring minds evidence of team
playing abilities


Scholarships What We Offer

Foundation year (if needed)
3 or 4 year degree programmes
Gulf countries, UK, Australia, USA at a top university
Internship / Industrial experience during summer periods
A job in a challenging working environment - sound career prospects


Scholarships More Details

All university fees paid for by Bapco
Generous living and utility allowances covering food, electricity,
gas, phone, internet, books, clothing
Accommodation costs
One travel ticket to/from Bahrain each year


Scholarships Your Commitment

Work hard to achieve top grades we expect the best!
Regularly communicate your activities and results to Bapco
Positively embrace the challenges of overseas living and adapt to
university life
Participate in the wider aspects of university life learn new things
about yourself
Work for Bapco on completion of your degree this is a
contractual commitment


During Your Academic Journey We Offer

Support and encouragement
Regular contact via phone, email and visits
Work experience opportunities at Bapco


And Beyond After You Graduate

Excellent graduate training and development opportunities at
Coaching from line specialists and from a dedicated Career
Development Specialist
Excellent career opportunities
A challenging and stimulating working environment


The Bapco Employment Package Brief Details

A competitive salary, annual review and bonus
Excellent savings and pension schemes
Subsidised housing loan facilities
Healthcare (medical and dental)
Recreation facilities
A challenging work environment with no chance to get bored
career development opportunities

Next Steps
Follow the application guidelines explained on this website
Take time to prepare your application fully, and submit it by the
closing date note that applications received after the closing date
cannot be considered
For more careers advice and for details on the content of typical
university degree programmes, please refer to the web links which
are also included on this website