Gas Storage Engineer in Royal Center, Indiana

at Northern Indiana Public Service Company
Location Indiana, United States
Date Posted August 15, 2016
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 5


Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is Indianas largest natural gas distributor, and second-largest electric distributor. We serve more than 1 million customers across the northern third of the state, and were always focused on strong customer service. Were also committed to using our resources efficiently while meeting energy demands, and are pursuing new and ecologically sound ways to generate power.Our employees are challenged to develop process improvements, growth opportunities and ways to reduce our impact on the environment - if this sounds like the challenge for you, we can help you make the most of your skills and ideas, and develop your talents for a long-term energy career.

Key responsibilities are to provide planning, guidance, analysis, operational and technical engineering support and recommendations for NIPSCOs Liquefied Natural Gas and Underground Gas Storage plants using analytical tools, system knowledge, and engineering principles. The Gas Storage Engineer should understand the theory, engineering, geological and practical field operation involved with cryogenic and reservoir processes. The position is expected to execute measurable results in gas storage compliance requirements, system analysis and reliability, infrastructure replacement, long range project planning, and peak demand preparedness, to ensure the Companys gas supply and long-term financial goals are realized. Engineer will be key in monitoring system operation, availability, reliability and able to develop capital plans to maintain system operations. Collaboration is essential with key stakeholders across NIPSCO including safety, environmental, engineering, construction, finance, regulatory, operation, and other planning teams. Responsibilities include:

Monitor general operations of the gas storage facility equipment. Converse with plant supervisors and address situations that impact plant availability and reliability

Provide technical support to plant supervisors and operating personnel when required to maintain safe and reliable plant operations

Make cost effective recommendations to maintain or enhance gas storage plant operations and reliability.

Work with local plant work management system to insure all compliance tasks are identified and completed within the allotted timeline

Prepare Plant Attendant work schedule for hybrid 24/7 shift work, insuring equity in base hours for bargaining unit personnel

Respond to all gas storage facility emergencies and critical operations

Investigate infrastructure failures and other operating problems, and develop associated corrective action plans to be implemented by engineering, operation and construction teams.

Assist in developing training and in-service procedures for plant equipment and processes

Monitor gas quality during LNG liquefaction and underground storage withdrawals. Propose changes to support operating within gas quality requirements

Work with local supervisors to understand equipment operations and develop plans to improve availability and reliability through modification or replacement

Interpret system operating data to address potential system operation capacity and storage inadequacies.

Identify, recommend and implement process improvements, including integration of new technologies into company systems.

Assist with the in-service of new equipment

Provide support and management for the operation and reliability of gas storage infrastructure.

Prepare and submit all required reports to regulatory agencies (i.e. FERC, IURC, DOE, DNR, IDEM)

Prepare various special and annual reports or analyses that are necessary for effective operation and/or regulatory compliance.

Update all local emergency, operating, fire protection and security procedures

Revise gas storage emergency operating instructions.

Provide technical expertise to all levels of management for strategic decisions.

Maintain and develop AutoCAD prints, revising facility drawings and records as needed

Prepare equipment purge and repair procedures.

Oversee activities of outside contractors working on department projects

Prepare and monitor the OM budgets for both gas storage facilities, supporting supervisors when submitting monthly variance reports.

Participate in system review meetings company-wide. Identify system problems and needs along with justification for inclusion in the capital budget

Investigate, analyze, prioritize, develop and input a five-year capital budget to address gas storage system needs and deficiencies

Develop long range plan to enhance plant operations, estimate costs, and submit justifications for the projects

Prepare and monitor the annual gas storage capital budget, which includes support of justification and cost estimation

Prepare and monitor all work orders for gas storage facilities.

Manage annual well permit payments to local residents

Track and manage storage plants emergency stock material

Meet with local emergency response personnel when required to support their training and awareness

Represent gas storage interests at various internal and external meetings when required

Be liaison between storage plants and other departments, such as engineering, planning, corrosion, integrity, gas control, safety, environmental and construction groups.

5 years or more in gas industry experience in gas transmission or storage plant operations

Exposure to theory of engineering, cryogenic, chemistry, and geological principles.

Working knowledge of gas flow dynamics, system planning, natural gas composition, pipe materials specifications and limitations, pneumatic and electronic measurement control systems, corrosion protection, and gas measurement and processing principles

Field operating experience in gas operations, processing, safety and environmental factors

Thorough understanding of DOT Parts 191-193 code for natural gas operations, and IURC and gas standard operating and maintenance requirements.

Strong organization skills to efficiently manage multiple projects in the allotted timeline.

Good project management skills and the ability to drive projects and assignments to completion.

Technology and computer based skills to utilize internal applications, such as SCADA, spreadsheets, Power Point, Maximo, GIS and cost estimating systems.

Understand how technology can better support the storage field operations and compliance responsibilities.

Possess vision to anticipate or recognize system and process problems and develop solutions.

Strong verbal and writing communication skills to work with others inside and outside the Company, effectively relay technical issues, and justify need to obtain resources to complete capital and OM work.

Ability to work with others in a positive manner to coordinate resources and accomplish work requirements

Analytical ability to understand gas industry storage, process, measurement, control, and regulating system problems and develop plans to solve problems

Ability to read, interpret and develop drawings and schematics

Possess valid drivers license

Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Chemistry or Geology required

Masters of Business Administration preferred

Professional Engineering License preferred

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Job Family: Engineering

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