Ragnhild Nautnes - OKEA

Ragnhild Nautnes

As a student, Ragnhild spent every summer at Shell's laboratory in her home county. It was a trainee programme that ultimately led her to her job as a senior production chemist with OKEA.

Name: Ragnhild Nautnes

Age: 31

Position: Senior production chemist, Kristiansund

Education: Master of Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology

Who are you?
I’m Ragnhild and work as a senior production chemist in Kristiansund.

What was your way like into OKEA?
Rather long, I’d say. While I was a student, I had a summer holiday job, five consecutive summers, with Shell at the laboratory in Nyhamna, Aukra. After I finished my studies, I joined the trainee programme of Kom Trainee, a trainee scheme here in Kristiansund. This took me to a year in another enterprise, until I returned to Shell to work as a production chemist. When Draugen was sold, I found a position with OKEA, where I have been since then, in 2019.

Working in a small company means there are short lines in the organisation, and that each individual employee can feel that she or he is involved in making changes for the company.

What does a typical working day look like?
As I work in production, no two working days are alike. When things happen, I have to deal with the situation as it is and solve the problems that arise. In other words, there is huge variety in my days, and I like that a lot. My tasks are linked to the production chemicals used on the platform, and I’m also technically responsible for the laboratory at Draugen. I’m busy following up the efficiency of the chemicals, and I’m in contact with the suppliers of the chemicals and chemical services. The job requires that you always need to know what goes on at the platform, so I spend quite a lot of my time out there. In addition, I’m a member of a multidisciplinary team in OKEA, where we follow up “risk and opportunities”. I’m also lucky enough to be allowed to attend a few conferences, where I get professional input and exchange experiences with other production chemists on the Norwegian shelf.

Can you tell us a little bit about why you like working in OKEA?
We just have an incredibly great working environment, and, of course, that’s one of the reasons why I like it very much here. Another thing I really appreciate is that I was given a lot of responsibility from my very first day, and I’m allowed to solve the problems that arise the way I think is best. Working in a small company means there are short lines in the organisation, and that each individual employee can feel that she or he is involved in making changes for the company, which greatly increases the team spirit.

And when you are not working?
I’m quite an active person, and I enjoy sport and outdoor life. Maybe that’s also the reason why I like it so much in Møre and Romsdal – easy access to mountains and nature. Both skiing and climbing are among my favourite pastimes, and here I’m surrounded by a number of opportunities to explore the outdoor.