Introducing Joachim Nessa, General Manager at Omega Well Intervention Norway
- Published: Tuesday, 24 August 2021 08:12
- Written by Super User
We had a chat with our General Manager at Omega Well Intervention Norway, Joachim Ness, who gives us a bit of insight into his role at Omega!
1. What is it like working at Omega Well Intervention?
As the General Manager for Omega Well Intervention’s business unit in Norway serving the Scandinavian O&G market, I have the overall responsibility for the management and performance of the team. This means I am involved in all parts of the business. Since Omega do everything from manufacture to installation, the business has many processes and different tasks that needs to be taken care of. We are a small organisation where everybody helps when needed, so it is not uncommon to find me in the workshop or helping to prepare equipment for going offshore.
2. How long have you been with the company?
I joined Omega mid-2014, so it has been 7 years already. Scary how time flies!
3. What are your responsibilities
My main responsibility is to make sure we are running the day-to-day business according to company policies and Government rules - developing strategic plans to ensure the company achieves its long-term goals.
4. What do you see for the future of Omega Well Intervention?
We have some exiting new products coming out soon, and we have come a long way implement our existing technology worldwide. As a small player within the plug and abandonment segment I can only see growth and bright future for Omega.
5. What advice would you give to anyone considering joining the industry?
Go for it! There has been a lot of negative talk about the sustainability and the future of the oil and gas industry that has effectively scared a lot of young bright minds away from our sector. However, those who don’t follow the mainstream will see a mountain of opportunities which will only thrive in years to come. There are so many paths you can take, and you will always have your experience from oil and gas which you can apply to other industries if you figure you want to try something else later in your career.
6. What is one of the main challenges you have had to overcome in the industry and how did you do it?
My English skills were very bad when I first started as a young wireline apprentice and it became clear to me on my first trip offshore that I would struggle in this industry if I didn’t get better. I have always liked to read, so I stopped buying books from foreign authors in Norwegian and started reading in English instead. I remember reading some Irvine Welsh books with different Scottish characters and “heavy” Scottish slang. When I was able to read this and understand more than 50% of the content, I felt I had reached an acceptable level. I like to think or at least hope I have improved further over the years.
7. What part of your role do you enjoy the most?
The diversity, no doubt.
8. What is your biggest highlight so far with Omega?
We recently finished a long-term project with one of our clients involving multiple barrier plug installations prior to X-mas tree change outs. When we secured the first part of this project, we didn’t have much history to back up our pitch, but they still believed in us and gave us a chance. Several years later we have installed a two-figure number of plugs, introduced new technologies to optimize our offering, while keeping our track record at 100% with no downtime recorded. Satisfied customers are what we aim for in Omega and being able to achieve that is somewhat the biggest highlight for me.
9. If you could achieve one thing with the company this year what would it be?
To secure work from a particular client that we have worked on for years. It has been challenging but that doesn’t mean we are about to give up!
10. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I try to spend most of my spare time with my family. I have been blessed with three girls, so never a dull moment in our house. I also brew my own beer, grow vegetables and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Outdoor living, hiking, tenting etc. is also a family hobby that we try to do whenever we get a chance.
11. What is an interesting fact about you?
Since I only have girls, I have somewhat become the ‘braid master’ in the house, doing all kinds of braids. Youtube is a great tool to learn new trades.