Pipeline Operator (Plant Operations / Maintenance)

WTS Energy

Dubai, UAE

Ref: NP149-95

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

WTS Energy is seeking to hire Pipeline Operator for one of its client who is a reputed Oil and Gas operator.

Location: Dubai
permanent, 28/28 rotation.

Job Purpose
To Operate Onshore Pipeline, related facilities and equipment within safe operating envelopes, following standard operating procedures (SOP), maintaining pipeline availability in accordance with Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) standards, procedures and guidelines and upholding company values.

Key responsibilities:
Ensure compliance to HSE objectives.
• Ensure that all activities in area of control comply with HSE standards and procedures.
• Actively participate in the safety behavior program; Stop, Talk, Agree, Review (STAR) and empowered to stop the job in case of unsafe behavior.
• Report any safety event, near miss and/or incident in detail and support its investigation.
• Participate actively and provide inputs to Operations Safety meetings, Desktop Emergency scenarios, Emergency Exercises and Drills.
• Comply with HSE Procedures, Operations Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
• Perform Emergency functions by taking actions to avoid escalation of emergency events and support emergency response.
• Undertake all minimum required Emergency and Safety Training.
• Support and satisfy the policies, goals, efforts, and programs of company HSE Management System.

Carryout day-to-day Pipeline operations safely and efficiently.
• Carry out daily operator routine as prescribed by Senior Pipeline Engineer.
• Maintain Pipeline Log of all events occurring in the specific pipeline and its related facilities and equipment.
• Carry out gas in, venting, nitrogen purging activities in a safe and effective manner and in accordance with operating procedures and within design limits and established operating parameters as and when required.
• Ensure approval is in place before any deviations to standard operations procedure [SOP], Operating Procedure and/or HSE Procedures are executed.
• Liaise with Margham Operations and Gas Control Station (GCS) control room for the required changes in the pipeline network line up and valve operations.
• Maintain Long Term Isolation Register, Bypass Register and Keys Cabinets for Locked Open / Locked Closed Keys.
• Collect and organise sampling and laboratory analysis on variety of samples as and when required.
• Ensure housekeeping of pipeline and related facilities and equipment at all times.
• Conduct first line troubleshooting in case of valve operations as and when required and escalate in a timely manner if not successful.
• Survey pipeline and related facilities and equipment during rounds for any anomalies and external mechanical and corrosion damages.
• Report all Anomalies and Material Corrosion Damage Report (MCDR) in the e-Integrity Reporting System.
• Prepare Pipeline Handover Certificate for project / engineering modification. Ensure all works complies with Permit and supervise work to ensure control of work.
• Witness post project modification pipeline hydro-test and ensure records are maintained and the pipeline log.
• Facilitate other departments to carry out work scope and inspections activities inside Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Natural Gas Company Limited (DUGAS), Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and other pipeline facilities.
• Adhere to safety and security requirements of 3rd party such as DEWA, DUGAS, EGA and other pipeline facilities when working inside their facilities.

Perform pipeline integrity assurance inspection and repairs to ensure pipeline and related equipment integrity for safe operation and to avoid business disruption.
• Carry out Pipeline In-Line Inspection’s (ILI), Cathodic protection (CP) surveys, Coating inspection and repair, Non-destructive testing and leak survey as per the annual integrity inspection program.
• Perform valve servicing and repair as required. Raise Oracle Work Request if valve fails to operate after servicing.
• Carry out pipeline repair / remedial works as required.
• Supervise contractor and ensure works are in accordance to Permit To Work (PTW) and company procedures.

Control work in process and control area ensuring all work are safe and in accordance with standards.
• Work with the Permit Vision system. Prepare equipment, plant sections for maintenance work as per procedure. This includes preparation, isolation of equipment, system piping and instrumentation, inserting, gas testing to ensure free of gas and moisture and leak testing.
• Review Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&IDs), make up isolation required for safe work as per company isolation standard.
• Lead and/or participate in risk assessments. Lead pre job safety meeting and tool box talk at site.
• Reinstate equipment on completion of maintenance, ensuring it is tested satisfactorily prior to hand back to operations. It also includes introduction of hydrocarbons to establish normal operating parameters.
• Ensure strict compliance to Permit to Work controls during activities and manage simultaneous operations.
• Initiate ORACLE Work Request for maintenance requests.

Document, audit and reporting functions.
• Prepare various Operations reports including Daily Pipeline Operations Reports, Monthly Preventive Maintenance (PM) Reports and Quarterly CP Reports, Lab analysis report and any other assignment from management.
• Assist with drafting, review and update of operations procedures and manuals, start-up / shut-down procedures, isolation plans and procedures.
• Record and collate process data and pipeline log.
• Draft, review and update of operating procedures, manuals and start-up and commissioning procedures of new facilities or modifications.
• Give and / or receive verbal and written handover at the start and end of shift.
• Ensure proper hand-over of information between shifts

Special / other tasks.
• Support new Project works for tie-in activities, construction, commissioning, punch list generation etc.
• Perform Acting Shift Supervisor duties if situation warrants.
• Carryout first line operator maintenance.
• Perform special tasks and routine assignment as given by Senior Pipeline Engineer and Pipeline Superintendent.
• Coach/ mentor new Pipeline Operator.


Educational Qualifications:

• Candidates available in UAE with driving license will be preferred for this role.
• Minimum of 15 years of Gas Plant or Pipeline experience.
• Degree, Diploma - Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is preferable.

Experience Profile:
• Comprehensive understanding of gas plant design, controls, maintenance and operations.
• Comprehensive understanding of onshore pipeline, block valve stations, pigging operations and pipeline right of way controls.
• Computer literate – Microsoft Excel and Word.
• Strong safety leadership and supervisory skills.
• Excellent teamwork, communication, leadership, organisational and planning skills
• Self-starter able to work with minimal supervision.
• Capable of working with a wide range of outside agencies

• Must be familiar in the following unit operations: Onshore Pipeline, Pipeline Inline Inspection, Slug Catchers, Separators, Filters, Heat Exchangers, Pumps, Gas Compressors, Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), Utilities including generators and fire protection systems and storage equipment.
• Preferably must have had training on: Control of Work (Permit) system, Authorised Gas Tester, Use of Breathing Apparatus, Advanced First-Aid, Fire Fighting, Hydrogen Sulphide Safety, Confined Space Entry, Emergency Response, Task Risk Assessment and similar Oil and Gas safety trainings.

Soft Skills:
• Excellent communication, decision-making, time management and customer satisfaction.
• Excellent English Language written and oral communication skills.
• Valid UAE driving license preferred

About the Company

WTS Energy is the leading Consultant/Manpower Supply company to the International Oil, Gas an Energy industry. We supply Consultants to the Projects and Operations of our Clients. We also perform Outsourcing Services like Project Recruitment Campaigns and Workforce Management in Oil and Gas regions around the world.

We operate globally with offices in 12 countries, supplying the International Oil, Gas and Energy industry with professional personnel.

We offer hands-on support to our consultants in every region in which they work. We provide the best people to Upstream, Midstream and Downstream projects and operations. We serve our Clients and Consultants based on trust, high ethical standards and consistent quality of service.

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