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Petroleum or Mining?

  1. Jan 10, 2009 #1
    I'm currently in 3'rd year mining engineering at a Canadian university, there is no actual "Petroleum Engineering" program here, it is done as a Mining degree with a petroleum option. I'm more interested in the petroleum side of the industry, but with the current situation concerning the oil and gas sector, I'm kind of worried. Whichever road I choose, it shouldn't be too difficult to get a job upon graduation, but I'm unsure about the industries future due to the "green" shift among other things. What are other people's thoughts on the future of the industry?
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2009 #2

    stewartcs

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    No worries...at least for the next 50 years. The world may certainly shift toward the green but the need for oil and gas isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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  4. Jan 12, 2009 #3

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    And as petroleum reserves are used up it gets harder to find new ones - so more R+D and more demand for experts.
    We are seeing that in the North Sea, even as major fields are running down the investment in high tech (ROVs, sonar, modelling etc ) is going up.
     
  5. Jan 12, 2009 #4

    stewartcs

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    Yeah we just spent about 70,000 USD last year on a software program to model deepsea drilling risers. My company actual has a hard time finding good help in our industry.

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