Supporting the energy transition

Martine Hallset, Project Consultant, Construction

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Martine is a project management consultant in the industry and energy department within the Construction division at Metier OEC. After getting her master’s in engineering design and materials, she worked several years as an analytics engineer for different companies in the oil and energy field, and spent several years as a manager for an innovation and product development department. She is currently working on a project building a carbon capture plant.

 

QWhy is the work you do important? What does it mean for you personally?

Having the opportunity to be engaged through our team at Metier OEC in such an important project as building the world’s first full-scale carbon capture facility is not just incredibly exiting: it’s a good feeling knowing that the end result will help reduce our CO2-emissions. There is a lot of talk concerning our environment and sustainable development. Contributing to something so specific that I know will be a part of the solution, is really rewarding.

Quick Q&A

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I didn’t really have a set goal or an idea of what I wanted to be. I was interested in a lot of different things and would probably be happy within many different fields of work. But I remember that I wanted a good life as an adult. Happiness and security were important.

Outside of work, what do you do in your spare time?

I spend a lot of time with my family at our cabin in Krokskogen and Hemsedal. We ski, bike, go fishing and harvest mushrooms. Other than that, I really like strength training and running. And like many others during the pandemic, I’ve started fermenting. Now I’m brewing Kombucha.

QWhat is something useful you have done to further your career?

As long as I’ve been working, I’ve always made sure to develop my professional skills through work experiences, projects or studies on the side of work. I find that challenging myself is productive and positive. At Metier OEC we have the opportunity to take courses which we can adjust to our own work schedule and life situation. I really appreciate that flexibility.

QThis year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Break the bias’, aiming for women’s equality and celebrating inclusivity. What is this industry getting right? (And what else could it do?)

The field of consulting is heavily based on skillset and competence. What you know and can do is what matters most. This is precisely why this is a field for women as well as men. Equality and inclusivity is a part of the quality we provide our clients.

QDo you have any role models or female people who you feel people should know about?

There are several, but if I need to highlight someone, it would be female adventurers. It’s really inspiring when younger women and girls in their teens dare to go exploring nature. I love nature, and these women inspire me to be outside even more. For example, Maria Grøntjernet who walked across Norway. I was not that brave when I was a teenager!