Karine, engineer and specialist in water and steam at ENGIE

Can you tell us about your background?

I have a somewhat unusual profile since I joined the Group in 1991 after a 2-year chemistry higher education course and then continued my education in the evenings, while I worked, in order to obtain an Industrial Chemistry Engineering degree. At the time it was much less simple to continue your studies after a 2-year diploma than it is today! I started working in the field of water research at Suez Environnement. After that I worked at Novergie, a subsidiary specialising in incineration, for 11 years and since February 2010 I have been at the Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage Urbain, as a technical expert. I provide technical support to operators of power plants and the distribution network of the CPCU and to projects related to water and steam management themes. I joined the network of ENGIE Key Experts in 2012.


Can you tell us about an assignment that has particularly motivated you during your career?

In my previous job, in order to improve the operational performance of a large number of incinerators and to sustainably embed my expertise, my director and I decided to create a thematic network relating to water and steam treatment. Today, at the CPCU, I am again coordinating a thematic network in direct partnership with operational staff.


What are the challenges of this assignment, what is the relationship between water and energy?

We wanted to carry out a truly industrial policy on the issue of water management in heat production plants. Our aim was to achieve better profitability of sites and prevent accidents, by controlling the processes, controlling the costs of reagents, and taking into account environmental protection by limiting the impact of the activity on the natural environment, by reducing water pumping using water recycling and by reducing water discharges. Water is still widely used in industrial processes, and has a fundamental role in energy production, but it can quickly cause technical disruption if its use is not controlled.


Is teamwork a key factor? It’s easy to think of an expert as having a very solitary role!

This is the key to success in our industry! These different assignments were the result of very advanced teamwork, where the experiences of operators played an important part. Through these open discussions, where nobody feared the judgement of others when sharing their operational problems, I was able to provide my technical support in order to offer solutions tailored to the different situations brought to light.


What are your plans, what would you like to do in the future?

ENGIE  offers a diverse work environment and an opportunity for career mobility which allows everyone to forge their own career path by taking measured risks. Employees can change entity while still remaining within the Group, this creates opportunities for career changes that we must grasp. I find my current work as a technical expert very fulfilling, but I have also been able to gain different experiences in different team management, and I really enjoy the operations business. Today I would like to develop my ability to coordinate teams within a production unit.