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Testimonials

Read the experiences of our graduates and apprentices, during their time at Storengy.

Testimonials

Jake Cowley - Apprentice from TTE

Since joining Storengy in September 2019 I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the engineering industry. I’m a Process Operations Apprentice and my job role consist of operating and maintaining an onshore underground gas storage plant, by meeting gas nominations for clients and operating the plant in a safe and controlled way.

I spent the first 10 months in TTE, an engineering training college where I learnt basic mechanical, electrical, process and instrument skills and knowledge. It gave me the understanding I needed before going onto site full time in July, with day release to carry on with my BTEC qualification.

Whilst being on site I have completed my BTEC in operations and maintenance engineering, started and completed my NVQ in industrial process operations, completed a NEBOSH in process safety management and I am currently on day release at TTE to complete my HNC in general engineering with process bias modules. I am hoping to complete a few more qualifications this year to further my knowledge and understanding within the process industry.

The experience I’ve gained whilst working on site has been brilliant. When I first started, I was working alongside the technicians to get an understanding of the plant equipment and how it works. I did this for just over a year and it gave me a good advantage when walking into the control room to view the plant on the DCS screens as I understood the plant by working on the equipment prior. I really enjoyed the mechanical side during this period, I enjoyed being on the tools working on the equipment and getting stuck in.

I then moved into the control room where I began to learn the control system for the plant and how to operate it. Without my experience on the plant prior to this it would have definitely been much harder to grasp the concept of everything. After 8 months on days in the control room I was then able to move onto shift working a four on six off shift pattern consisting of two 12-hour days and two 12-hour nights. It’s been challenging to get use to the early starts, longer hours and working the night shifts but I’m getting used to it and enjoying the time off to focus on hobby’s outside of work.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed my time as an apprentice at Storengy UK and would recommend it to anyone that was in the same position as I was, it’s a brilliant opportunity that I’m grateful to have done.

Antonio Vianello - Graduate Placement

I have been working at Storengy UK for 6 months as part of the Cheshire Energy Hub scheme, Storengy is my sponsor company so on completion of my next two placements I will return for a final 6 month placement in 2020.
I have enjoyed my time at Storengy and it has helped me develop a range of skills I will utilise within the remainder of the scheme and beyond. I have been part of projects with the operations, commercial, projects and maintenance teams which have provided me with a well-rounded view of the business. This placement has given me the chance to develop my engineering knowledge and soft skills, working on technical projects such as site optimisation as well as projects on site such meeting with GIP to help manage the site expansion works. I was given the freedom to put my problem solving and technical knowledge to the test working on projects that added real value to the business, with support and guidance always available when needed.
I was fortunate with my placements timing as the site was undergoing various stages of the well lifecycle, this gave me the opportunity to get involved with the snubbing campaign and well completion works as well as the debriding process. This was very insightful and gave me a deeper understanding of the process as a whole.
Everyone at Storengy was always happy to help me with any questions and issues and this made the process very enjoyable and informative. I look forward to my return in 12 months’ time.

 

Selim Abdallah-Bennekrouf - Graduate Placement

I did not know the gas storage sector before coming to Stublach, but thanks to a very committed internship supervisor, I am progressively developing my skills on the subject. Storengy UK is a Friendly company where trainees are very well integrated including entrusting us with responsibilities and missions that can have a real impact on the operation of the site. I worked on optimizing the use of compressors, monitoring the operation of critical elements or even assisting a team of technicians very specialized in replacing the windings of a transformer. In addition, during my internship period, the site hosted a Snubing campaign, I therefore participated actively in a rare activity in the life of a gas storage site. I am happy to be able to add this experience which broadens my field of competence and therefore opportunities.

This internship was also for me the opportunity to discover a part of England that I did not know as well as a new culture. The co-workers gave us good advice on things to do during this time. So I travel culinarily with the "crumpets", English breakfasts on a Friday morning or English mustard (stronger). From hikes in the Cheshire Countryside to football games with colleagues, my weekends were busy. I can assure you that I did not have time to feel alone despite the distance from my family.

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Coming to Stublach as a graduate, I have been able to experience first hand all aspects of the gas storage business, from the commercial and business development side to the engineering and technical operations of the site. The opportunity to work in such a varied environment with a dynamic team has been invaluable in my development. 

Ben Ebden ENGIE Graduate Placement

Jake Cowley Apprentice