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Yup, oilfield scum here. Had too many different job titles over the years. I'm an onshore drilling engineer now in Norway. Doubled my wage by moving here from what I was doing before I was unemployed, but also everything here costs 2x to 3x as much, and taxes are insane... So I probably will not make much money over here to bring back home.
 

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Hey Mike! I am loving it here to be honest, it's a great place to live and work. It is much closer to being like home then you'd ever think. Weather-wise it is much better for me than my last job was in California. It was too dang hot in the Central Valley for me... which means it might be too cold here for you. But it's really not that bad, sort of like Seattle as far as the winters here go, and summers are sort of like Anchorage, so it's a decent combination.

The cost of everything is the major concern, and biggest thing I hate about it here. Taxes are also pretty insane, 35% right off the top for my income bracket, that ramps up even more once I start making more money. Finding familiar foods has not been as hard as I was lead to believe, so you will be able to get by with not much trouble if you're a typical American eater like me. Traffic can be pretty bad too, small, narrow roads with not much thought put into the layout with lots of aggressive drivers on them. There are lots of American cars here, there is a huge following for American cars and culture, much more than anyone would think.

Be sure to check out Halliburton.jobbs website at http://www.halliburton.no/newsread/index.aspx?nodeid=5110 English language is a button on top right side. You really don't need to know any English to live here, the oilfield jobs require English speakers, and pretty much everyone knows some English and can get by, which helps a lot. I am probably taking advantage of that too much, or maybe relying on it too much is a better way to put it, I really should learn some Norwegian.

Other major companies to check out if you really are interested in working over here are Statoil, ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes Inteq, etc... Actually, I guess if you can think of a major oilfield company they are probably over here in some capacity.

If you're really interested in a change of pace I think you'd like it here. :beer:
 

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Oh yah, yah, shure, shure!

Yep, I think you can hunt and fish. Some places and times of year you don't even need a license to fish. Not too sure how hunting works, think you have to take some pretty intensive hunter safety courses to be allowed to have a gun first, then I think it's pretty simple to actually go hunting though.

I have been sharing my company apartment with a guy who does I think something similar to what it sounds like you might do. I am still not 100% what this guy here does tho, lol, but he just spent a few weeks offshore doing some completions and such with trees and pipelines. Pipeline and Process Services division of Halliburton is who he is with. http://www.halliburton.com/ps/default.aspx?navid=44&pageid=5786&prodgrpid=MSE::1045781651161746
 
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