Energy & Resources
The energy sector includes a whole range of technologies that are strong contenders to supplement and eventually replace fossil fuels, with Procorre Consultants working across a range of wind, solar and mineral activities. Since the Kyoto agreement, wind energy has grown rapidly, continuing to expand at double-digit annual rates. There are also important new schemes to use waste, biomass, solar, waves and tides.
Many countries are also actively making plans to expand nuclear programmes. There are now reactors in 30 different countries; South Korea, India and Russia are strong players in building new capacity. France currently generates about three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear, and nuclear is also the primary electricity source for Belgium and Slovakia. Consultants can also work on projects in the decommissioning of large numbers of smaller, older reactors.
It is widely acknowledged that the renewable energy sector is likely to see strong continued growth. The EU forecasts an estimated 2.8 million people employed within the renewable sector in the EU by 2020, generating more than 1% of GDP. Consultant roles in the energy sector are extremely diverse, including wind farm site surveyors, wind farm planners and turbine engineers, solar energy business development specialists, health physicists, HSE professionals and geotechnical and carbon trading jobs.
Consultant roles in the energy sector are extremely diverse, including wind farm site surveyors, wind farm planners and turbine engineers, solar energy business development specialists, health physicists, HSE professionals and geotechnical and carbon trading jobs. Seniority ranges all the way from graduate roles up to directors and senior managers.
With even oil-rich Middle East countries such as UAE driving renewables development, the energy sector is breaking out of the conventional boundaries that used to separate ‘old’ and ‘new’. It means that many different types of consultant have the skills needed to specialise in this area.
Beyond well-established centres in Northern Africa and Nigeria, and increasingly in Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Niger, Uganda, Mozambique and Angola. A growing number of roles in Africa give six-figure rewards, and Africa is competing head-on with Europe in highly paid opportunities for top oil and gas industry professionals.
Working on production alone is far from the whole story for consultants: upstream oil and gas spending across the globe is strongly favouring exploration and development. Procorre Consultants are working within both government and major commercial companies in a whole range of roles, including refining, oil field service and equipment manufacturing.