Silje, processing oil and gas in an unique rotation

Silje Larsen is one of our process technicians. When the Martin Linge field comes on stream, she will be involved in the daily processing of the hydrocarbons on the platform. Due to an efficient manning operations model Silje will work both onshore and offshore.

Young, but experienced

Silje joined Total E&P Norge in April 2014. Almost 800 people applied for positions in the operations team. Silje is one of 36 people that were handpicked for the job.

“It is rewarding to be part of the Martin Linge team. It is a chance to build something from scratch and the field will also be operated in a completely new, exciting way,” Silje says.

At the age of 23, she is one of the youngest members of our operations team. However, Silje has already gained years of experience from the oil and gas industry.  She studied vocational subjects in a college in Mo i Rana. After, followed an apprenticeship and several years as a process technician at Hammerfest LNG facility.

One team – two locations

The Martin Linge central control room will be placed in Stavanger. The field is the first on the Norwegian Continental Shelf that will be operated from shore.

“For me as a process technician this means that I will work in a unique rotation model covering periods both onshore and offshore. The advantage of this model is that I get to know the process system in and out because I spend time both on the platform and in the control room onshore,” Silje explains.

During normal operations only 15 to 20 people are stationed on the platform. The Martin Linge operation model requires a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.

“Efficient manning means that we all have to take great responsibility and become more visible,” Silje says.

Team variation

A team of highly skilled professionals with varied backgrounds and ages form the operations team. They will undergo extensive training in the years ahead to prepare for the start-up.

“We have a great team that works well together. I am proud to be part of it, and we look forward to follow the field development into production,” Silje concludes.


"Efficient manning means that we have to take great responsibility and become more visible."

Short Resume

  • 2014 – present

    Operations technician – Total E&P Norge

  • 2012 – 2014

    Process operator – Statoil ASA

  • 2010 – 2012

    Process operator apprentice – Statoil ASA

  • 2009 – 2010

    Chemistry and process in Polarsirkelen College

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