Deepwater Reservoir Engineer - International Developments in Houston, United States

at Nexen Energy
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted October 26, 2018
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


The newly formed International Developments group is part of the Global Exploration and International Development (GEAID) organization and is responsible for the development aspects of our international properties outside the US GoM and the UK. The current main focus of the group is on our offshore / deepwater properties in Guyana and Nigeria and ensuring that we are set up for success with non-operated and operated assets.

A key focus within GEAID is Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE). As a senior member of the team, a commitment to being a role model for HSE is expected. The HSE of both people and projects take a top priority and should be led by example through all levels of management. This will be facilitated by placing high importance on safety and regulatory compliance in all GEAID activities.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
This role fulfills a shortage of US subsurface/reservoir deepwater engineers. This US shortage is due to the recent economic downturn in the oil industry, the decline of deepwater drilling, and the demographic age difference where many of these deepwater engineers have retired. With the exodus of deepwater engineers, the shortage still needs to be staffed for global oilfield prospects that require this expertise. The deepwater engineer to be stationed in Houston will:

Build reservoir simulations and pipeline (SURF) models (ECLIPSE and Petroleum Experts Suite) specifically for deepwater applications.
He/she will be an RE-Studio power user and use this tool for well spotting and well importing directional surveys in deepwater fields.
He/she will conduct Equation-of-State (mathematical) studies to model these fluids to ensure that these fluids flow to the surface.
He/she will be able to run “Standalone” Eclipse models with a full SURF model attached for deepwater fields.
He/she will program in Visual Basic (VBA) code directly into the various simulators used to model these deepwater fields.
He/she will conduct DST (drill-stem test) analysis of deepwater wells using Saphir software to interpret the results of these wells.
He/she will create deepwater reserves estimates that are in accordance with US SEC regulations.
Education & Experience
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in engineering or petroleum engineering with a preference for a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering;
Preference for licensed engineer by examination (PE, PEng, CEng).

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