Middle East Reservoir Engineer Discipline Lead in Sunbury, United Kingdom

at BP
Location Sunbury, United Kingdom
Date Posted March 27, 2019
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


This discipline lead role has stewardship over the reservoir engineering discipline across Iraq, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. Whilst 70% of the role will be based working as the Iraq depletion planning engineer the other 30% of the role will be spent overseeing the technical quality of the Region’s reservoir engineering work, coaching more junior staff, designing training programs for Iraqi nationals and being the Reservoir Engineering discipline’s contact in to the region.

Delivering high quality reservoir engineering across multiple giant fields throughout the Middle East is key to ensuring BPs reputation for technical excellence. This along with the technical capability in the other subsurface disciplines allows BP to successfully compete for contracts. This role is the key internal assurance role and should be involved in all the business-critical subsurface studies carried out across the region. The position will also be responsible for developing the capability within the pool of BP REs working across the region and for ensuring the region is well represented at global discipline meetings and engineering COPs. A key part of the Rumaila contract is the development of national staff and this position will also be accountable for working with engineers in the ROO (Rumaila Operating Organisation) to design development programs for National engineers such that the transfer of subsurface work from Sunbury to Basra can occur at an appropriate pace

In addition to the DL responsibilities outlined above this role offers an excellent opportunity to work and impact the development of the giant multi-reservoir Rumaila oil field. The role be responsible for maintaining and owning the key life of field profiles and the depletion planning documentation such as the 5 year operating and resource progression plans. The candidate should be experienced in water flood developments, a practitioner of classical reservoir engineering methods, as well as being well versed in simulation to provide guidance and assessments of reservoir performance.

This person will develop and oversee strategies and protocols for good reservoir management, such as well design, flood design and facilities requirements. This person will also ensure these are supported by an appropriate surveillance strategy and risk management plans.

The role is Sunbury based, but will require travel to the Middle Eastl, including into Iraq.

Key accountabilities:
RE DL Role
Accountable for assuring the Middle East region’s reservoir engineering technical workAccountable for updating and maintaining the minimum operating guidlinesSPA to the RE DisciplineAccountable for developing BP junior REsCustodian for the plans to develop Iraqi National REsAccountable for regions representation at engineering COPs
Zubair RE Role
To establish the performance of the reservoir through acquisition of appropriate surveillance and to use this information to make recommendations to enhance the recovery from the reservoirsWork with the Production/Petroleum Engineers in generating Workover recommendations for production optimization.To assure high quality engineering work is delivered from the Zubair reservoir management team and reservoir operating guidelines are adhered to.To be a lead player in the recognition and management of subsurface risk on attaining the reference production profilesTo coach more junior team membersTo provide analysis of well surveillance data (namely SGS, MDT, PLT, TDT, PBU and PFO jobs)To ensure the appropriate level of integration of geoscience data to assist with interpretations of the engineering data.Participation in multi-disciplinary reviews.
Essential Education:
Degree in petroleum engineering or related applied science.
Essential experience and job requirements:
Experience of managing mature oil fields under water flood.Expert in classical reservoir engineering and simulationExperience in analysis of well surveillance dataExperienced reservoir engineering coachGreat integrator and excellent team working behaviours
Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location):
Yes – 15%. Occasional travel may be requested, including Iraq.
Desirable criteria & qualifications:
Experience of working in Middle East and / or PSC environments.
About BP:
Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. With a workforce of 92,000 employees, BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 100 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

Following a tender process by the Iraq Ministry of Oil, BP, in partnership with the China National Petroleum Corporation was awarded the right to work on Rumaila, Iraq’s largest producing field and the fourth largest oil field in the world. Located in south Iraq near the city of Basra, Rumaila runs down to the Kuwait border and is approximately 80 km long by 10 km wide, encompassing degassing/desalting Stations, well sites and gathering systems. Rumaila currently produces around 1 million barrels of oil per day with an Iraqi work force of several thousand.

Our objective is to increase production by nearly three times, considerably beyond the field’s historical peak rate of 1.75 million barrels per day. The contract is implemented in a partnership between BP, CNPC and SOMO, the State Oil Marketing Organization.

The investment required, technology application, and increased production are world scale and with wide ranging development and training opportunities. This project is material and long lasting with significant benefits to the Republic of Iraq at the local, regional and country level.

The Middle East strategy is to:

Deliver Rumaila and KhazzanPosition to win in Abu DhabiExplore business development opportunities in Kuwait and KirkukEvaluate other country options, and be very selective on country entries.
Sunbury will be the dominant support centre for the Middle East organization, although some support activities will be located elsewhere.

The region is a significant size with over two thousand BP and agency staff and over thirty thousand contractors working across Rumaila and Khazzan.

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