This year, the Tulane Energy Club (TEC) hosted three field trips to expand members’ knowledge of the Energy industry. All of the field trips focused on different operations within the industry to show students the different career opportunities available.
TEC members’ first field trip was to LLOG Exploration’s headquarters in Covington, LA. LLOG is a privately-owned deepwater exploration company with a majority of its operations located in the Gulf of Mexico. TEC members were greeted by LLOG’s executives upon arrival and listened to a brief presentation on the company’s history, its current operations, and its future strategy. After this introduction, we took a tour of the facilities and were able to meet some of the geologists and engineers working on a project in the open-air conference room. This field trip was an incredible experience to learn about operating through the eyes of one of the most successful privately-owned companies in an area that is operated primarily by publicly-owned oil and gas companies. Special thanks to Mr. Scott Gutterman and Mr. Eric Zimmermann for organizing the trip!
TEC’s second field trip was to Port Fourchon to tour Shell Exploration & Production Company’s port facilities at C-Port 2 (operated by Edison Chouest Offshore). We took a long drive down to the edge of Louisiana, but the drive was well worth the trip. Shell and Chouest were great hosts throughout the day. We took a tour around the entire Port Fourchon facilities, and we even got to see the new construction taking place that will expand the Port. We walked through Shell’s largest slip to see all of the deepwater equipment, including a blow-out preventer! The slip is fitted with RFID, and we were shown how this technology can improve efficiencies and reduce costs with the marine logistics process. With C-Logistics, we toured Shell’s control center, which monitors the movement of material and ships for Shell’s Gulf of Mexico operations. Special thanks to Mark Wolfred and Gene Forte for coordinating this amazing experience and to C-Logistics, Edison Chouest, and Shell for hosting TEC!
TEC’s final field trip of the year was to Norco, LA, to visit Motiva Enterprise’s NORCO Refinery and Shell’s Chemical plant. Motiva is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining. This field trip allowed TEC members to learn about the Downstream sector within the Energy industry and to tour a refinery and chemical plant. The tour was an incredible experience; the size of the infrastructure is incredible! TEC members also met a variety of business professionals currently working at NORCO and learned about their career paths, as well as potential job opportunities at the site. Special thanks to Tulane alum Andrew Ryba for coordinating this field trip and to all of the Motiva and Shell employees for contributing to our day!
Kate Leithead Mick, MBA ’14 Candidate