Cameroon Country Manager, Wood Group PSN

Imagine a working day that begins seated in front of a computer and ends on board an installation in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – you’re envisaging Gilberte Nouwezem's life

In her role as country manager of Wood Group PSN’s (WGPSN) operations in Cameroon, Gilberte says being ready to swiftly travel from desk to deck on a regular basis is essential to supporting both her team and WGPSN’s clients.

"For me every day is different,” says Gilberte, who began her career with WGPSN over 15 years ago as a finance and administration assistant and progressed steadily through the ranks to her current role. "It's quite feasible that I begin it in the office and end it offshore. I always have a packed suitcase, equipped for every eventuality, enabling me to quickly travel to support my team who can be located remotely and offshore."

Gilberte was the first Cameroonian to be recruited by WGPSN in 2000 to support the construction of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project. Operated by ExxonMobil, the 1,070 km pipeline transports oil from fields near Doba in southern Chad, to a floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO), anchored off the coast of Cameroon, near the city of Kribi.

In the past 10 years Gilberte has been joined by more than 400 Cameroonian and Chadian colleagues on the project, which is now 100 per cent nationalised.

"We are committed as a company to sourcing talent locally and managing costs for our clients," Gilberte explains. "We are proud of this fully-nationalised project, which has provided training and employment opportunities for those living in the numerous remote communities located at various points along the pipeline. "This dedication to employing local talent is just one of the ways we give back to the communities in which we operate and demonstrates our Social Responsibility Core Value. We live and breathe these Values - they underpin how we do business, shape the decisions we make every day and make me feel proud and inspired to be part of the global Wood Group team."

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