Having spent 12 years living within the society of Chevron Pacific Indonesia (previously known as Caltex Pacific Indonesia) as one of the oil company in Indonesia has made me understand and realize the harshness of life in this kind of world. I have experienced the ups and downs of being born and raise in this society. Until one point, I have felt the joy and the facilites that they have offered as an exchange for the pause for the growth of my characteristic. I decided to break myself free from this way of life and start everything over in Jakarta, the place that people claim to be an even harsher place.
I am currently taking on my bachelor degree in Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, where most of us, the student of this faculty, if not all, sooner or later will face the kind of life that I have felt. That is why I would like to share the experiences and morals of life that I have acquired. This is all for the sake of preparing ourselves for the changes that will happen and to prevent the failures and overexpectations of this world, since as a human, all we can do is try our best.
I was born in Rumbai, Pekanbaru, Riau Province in 1989. Ten years in Rumbai and two years in Duri, fully accomodated by Caltex Pacific Indonesia (that was the name at the time, as I have previously mentioned). I grew up very close to the world of petroleum. I watched oil drilling every week, learned the methods of obtaining petroleum in certain programme, and was taught the importance of discipline in many aspects of life.
As an oil company, Chevron facilitates its employees and their families with many things. One of them is housing facilities. The area in which they live in is called a “Camp”. There are 4 Camps in Riau; they are Rumbai, Minas, Duri, and Dumai.
Rumbai Camp is located at the heart of the province (Pekanbaru, Riau). To head to Minas Camp, all it takes is a 15 minute ride from Rumbai. Even though Minas is close to Rumbai, outside the Minas Camp is actually a small city, with very limited facilities and somewhat an isolated area. Duri is 120 kilometers away from Rumbai. Duri Camp is the largest Camp in Caltex Riau. Dumai is about a 1-1.5 hour ride from Duri. Dumai Camp is located near the shores, so shipping activities take place there, especially with Chevron’s airport being in Dumai Camp.
Other than the housing facilities, there are also other facilites. Some of them are road signs, entertainment facilities, sport facilities, and education facilities. Limited activities within the Camp made us interact with neighbors often. This formed a solid community within our neighborhood, and we used to hold many activities together.
Chevron Pacific Indonesia accomodates the employees and their families with many facilities. All of your needs can be found at around your neighborhood. Any problems that you may face would be taken care by special officers.
As a normal human who has been served with many conveniences, having a life this easy would make us take things too easy too. We will end up having problems adapting to new changes and problems that will always take place in our lives. That is why by presenting this, I hope that this will help my colleagues in Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering will come up as individuals that gives their best dedication for theirselves, their families, their companies, and our beloved homeland, Indonesia.