An Australian in Geoje
Meet Michelle Taye, an Australian Process Engineer working in Geoje. We asked Michelle a few questions about her role and life in Geoje.
Where are you from in Australia?
I’m from Adelaide AKA City of Churches, home of the best chocolate in Australia, birthplace of Henschke and Penfolds.
How long have you been with Shell?
I’ve been employed with Shell since 2012. I started in Perth before spending time in Rijswijk in the FLNG design team and in Brunei at the LNG plant as part of the technology team supporting operations and now Geoje.
What does a Process Engineer do?
Right now my job involves working closely with the Technip Samsung Consortium, engineering and operations teams as well as the Prelude team in Perth to support construction and commissioning activities. This includes reviewing and developing procedures, contributing to performance test criteria and supporting yard surveillance. I also work on one of the liquefaction modules as a safety lead.
What training was involved to get you here?
I completed a double degree in Chemical and Petroleum engineering and prior to joining Shell, undertook work experience as a reservoir and production engineer in the CSG industry in Queensland. Since then there has been a mixture of on the job training supplemented with training courses. I have completed extensive hands-on learning supporting operations in BLNG in the areas of troubleshooting, process and utility operations and turnarounds.
What is life like in Korea?
I really like living in Korea; Geoje caters heavily to Westerners so you can find most things on the island and if not, there are over 30 direct flights out of Busan airport. I enjoy living in a place where the city, ski-slopes and beach are all within a 2 hour drive. Also, after living in Brunei it’s nice to live in a country with seasons; the variability from dry and freezing to humid and hot allows me to rotate through a full range of shoes.