Permian Wells Production Engineer (Midland, TX) in Midland, United States

at Shell
Location Midland, United States
Date Posted January 22, 2018
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Company Description
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.
Job Description
Shell is looking for a Wells Production Engineer responsible for a full range of production engineering activities in support of producing operations within the Permian asset. The successful candidate will work with other members of the surveillance team as the primary engineering resource for production surveillance and operations support in the field area to which they are assigned, supporting increased production, minimal downtime, and Goal Zero HSE performance. Key role responsibilities include:

Daily production surveillance:

Align priorities between Surface/Subsurface and Operations for a field area
Participate in Daily Production calls with operations
Monitor and assess the production performance of a large portfolio of wells and maintain the Integrated Production System Capacity curve for those wells
Monitor and assess the artificial lift performance with a focus on reliability
Troubleshoot downtime
Optimize production and identify opportunities to improve production or reduce cost
Monitor saltwater disposal well performance for injectivity trends or system optimizations
Prepare for and participate in asset WRFM activities
Provide leadership and assist in prioritizing the work for a field area
Evaluate new well performance for key production indicators and opportunities to better manage ramp-up or sand production
Maintain awareness of opportunity volumes and locked in potential volumes for field area
Support development of exception based surveillance workflows

Delivery of artificial lift solutions and well interventions

Identify candidates for artificial lift (AL) installation
Deliver Well Service Requests (WSRs) and AL designs for wells within field area
Monitor job execution for deviations from plan or learnings from execution
Identify/Diagnose AL failure using Root cause failure analysis and share learnings
Support aligned AL designs through QA/QC of team designs
Support delivery of the well intervention cost staircase
Support updates to the AL design strategy for the asset to increase recovery efficiency and/or runtime
Evaluate partner documents (e.g. AFEs) for design evolution and industry best practices

Well Integrity Management (WIM) 

Calculate and monitor well performance within operating envelope and flag potential deviations
Define and Monitor SWD operations relative to the design envelope
Plan and execute well integrity related testing and work resolution to well integrity challenges
Support field area chemical utilization and management
Identify interwellbore communication (IWC) risks and mitigate those risks through well intervention activity or operational interventions.
Support Plug & Abandon (P&A) activities

Development Planning 

Support the development PT in forecasting new well production and infrastructure constraints for a field area
Provide inputs to field development plan based on operational knowledge
Participate in weekly development team meetings to share learnings
Support Integrated Activity Planning through detailed analysis of changes and impacts thereof
Support commercial activity within the field area to maximize deal value for Shell


Minimum of 5 years of relevant industry experience
Onshore oil production background with experience in field operations is preferred.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in related engineering discipline or equivalent experience.
Skill in Well, Reservoir, and Facilities Management 
Skill in integrated production system modeling (specifically surface infrastructure)
Skill in artificial lift design and operation
Knowledge level competency demonstrated for Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) techniques and methods, preferably including Causal Learning.
Experience in production forecasting (e.g. Decline Curve Analysis and/or Rate Transient Analysis)
Demonstrated ability to work across multi-disciplinary teams that could include operations, leadership, finance, engineering, regulatory, and others.
Change Management skills, including knowledge level understanding of the Management of Change (MOC) process.
Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
Self-directed individual requiring minimum supervision


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