SAGE plant tour for students

Encouraging young engineers: John Arthur (far right) and Peter Woodham (centre, with University of Aberdeen students.
Encouraging young engineers: John Arthur (far right) and Peter Woodham (centre, with University of Aberdeen students.

STUDENTS from the University of Aberdeen paid a visit to Apache’s SAGE gas plant at St. Fergus recently.

Earlier this month two groups of third year chemical engineering students visited the SAGE plant to see the plant in action, as well as learning about the safety and security requirements of an operational site.

“For most of the students it was the first time they had set foot on a real process plant,” said Apache North Sea process engineer Peter Woodham.

“It enabled them to see plant equipment that so far they had only seen in textbooks and photographs.”

The visits were suggested and led by Peter, but the idea gained immediate support from the SAGE plant manager, John Arthur and regional vice-president, Jim House.

The University of Aberdeen Chemical Engineering degree course only began in 2006, and, as Peter pointed out, a site visit provides mutual benefits. “Apache is always keen to encourage Chemical

Engineering and other science, technology engineering and maths subjects as a career choice for younger people as it can only help to secure the next generation of engineers for our industry.”

The SAGE (Scottish Area Gas Evacuation) gas plant is situated at St Fergus on the north-east coast of Scotland, around 42 miles from Aberdeen.

Apache became the plant operator in December 2011 after acquiring the North Sea Beryl oil field.

The SAGE plant processes associated gas from Beryl & several other Northern North Sea oil fields.

It has a design capacity of two billion standard cubic feet per day, and has been in operation since 1992.