Gabriel, mechanical foreman at Elengy’s Fos Tonkin LNG terminal
Gabriel is a mechanical foreman at Elengy’s Fos Tonkin LNG terminal. His daily challenge? Keeping the terminal running smoothly with zero breakdowns.
As a mechanical foreman in the mechanical engineering workshop at the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal, Gabriel says that his daily challenge is: to output gas at the right flow rate without any breakdowns. He works at an LNG terminal that supplies nearly 15% of French natural gas consumption.
When an LNG carrier docks here to offload its liquid natural gas tanks, it is Gabriel’s job to check the operational status of each arm on the offloading rig. It may look like a standard everyday task, but it’s absolutely crucial, because if the ship can’t offload, the terminal can’t be filled, so ‘no arms, no chocolate”, laughs Gabriel in reference to an old French joke.
Now a supervisor, Gabriel began work at the terminal as a technician. Here, expertise is transmitted via a ‘buddy’ system - ENGIE has a long history of producing gas, so Gabriel has learned all the inner workings of the terminal from experienced senior workers. Elengy Methods Manager Didier Madec explains: “In a plant, the key quality is people skills”. These are precisely the skills that have helped Gabriel to become a foreman, and in tandem with his workshop manager, he now organizes the work of a team of nine. In no doubt about the career development opportunities offered by terminals, Gabriel says that he’d “like to evolve even further”.