Martin Wardrope - Graduate Process Engineer,
AELE operations

Martin is a graduate process engineer supporting the North Everest production asset within our Armada, Everest, Lomond and Erskine (AELE) hub in the UK. He recently moved to the role after his first rotation on the graduate programme as a process safety engineer within Harbour's HSES team.

Martin joined Harbour Energy after graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2021, with an MEng degree in Chemical Engineering.

He says: "Throughout school I was always interested in the theory of maths and practical elements of chemistry and physics, this alongside a keen interest in problem-solving naturally pushed me towards a career in engineering. Whilst at school, I managed to secure a work placement at Kinneil Terminal in Grangemouth, the receiving end of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) before entering the refinery, which catalysed my interest in chemical engineering. Working within upstream operations now, it feels like a slight full-circle moment to be supporting an asset which feeds into the FPS.

"Working in Harbour, I'm excited by the prospect of continually adding value during our journey to net zero. Joining the graduate programme, it's been important for me to  have responsibility from day one. Whilst working with the HSES department, I was part of the team responsible for the rollout and introduction of the Life-Saving Rules and Process Safety Fundamentals. Alongside this, I lead on our virtual reality-based major accident hazard awareness programme. The initiative focused on hazard identification and risk mitigation to upskill Harbour staff, third parties and stakeholders within the industry. The programme was subsequently rolled out to our Vietnam and Indonesia business units, and was recognised globally, winning the 2022 IChemE Global Award in the Training and Development category. It was a great opportunity to see a newly-formed organisation foster a proactive and forward-thinking safety culture."