Blae Quayle – Centrica, Female Graduate Programme Alumni

Following a Centrica summer placement in the Subsurface team in Windsor in 2008, I joined the graduate scheme in 2009 after obtaining a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. Shortly afterwards, Centrica took over Venture Production and although I knew early on that my job was secure, there was significant uncertainty in terms of exact role and location. Once the dust had settled, I took on an interesting role in the Windsor-based West of Shetlands exploration team working as a geologist.

During the summer of 2010 I applied for a placement in our Norwegian office as I wanted to broaden my geological knowledge by working in a new basin and I was keen for a challenging new role. My job focussed on evaluating the prospectivity in a non-operated license, located close to the Maria discovery in the Norwegian Sea. The subsurface team was relatively small and I was able to build strong working relationships so support was always there when needed. The exposure to presenting my work at partner meetings was invaluable. I attended Norwegian lessons regularly and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in a different culture.

For the past 18 months I have been based back in Windsor, working within the East Irish Sea Subsurface team. I played a key role as operations geologist during the recent four well drilling campaign, providing an interface between subsurface in Windsor, the drilling team in Aberdeen and the geologist on the rig. This required long working days and being ready to deal with issues 24 hours a day. Throughout my four years with Centrica, I believe the key attributes which have allowed me to be successful are organisation, an eye for detail, and effective communication.

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