Principal Petroleum Engineer - Calgary, Canada

at Spectra Energy
Location Calgary, Canada
Date Posted August 17, 2016
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10


Responsibilities/Job Description:

In order to deliver safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally compliant operations, Spectra Energy requires a Senior / Principal Engineer to manage, support, and provide guidance for the surface, subsurface, geological and regulatory issues relating to Acid Gas Disposal Wells, reservoirs and their systems located throughout Northern BC & Western Canada.  This role will report to the Director of Discipline Engineering.

In this role the successful candidate will:

  • Validate and confirm the integrity of the SETW wells, wellbores and reservoirs.  Identify any potential risks by gathering / reviewing all inspection reports and data
  • Determine storage field capacities, monitor and track gas inventory asset
  • Manage and optimize the storage reservoir asset
  • Maintain storage field deliverability/injectivity and well reliability
  • Develop a sustainable well integrity and monitoring program
  • Interface with the regulatory agencies to address their questions / concerns regarding SETW assets
  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert liaison to other US & Canadian business units on technical and regulatory issues related to disposal and storage facilities
  • Act as the liaison between internal regulatory audit and compliance groups and the regulatory agencies
  • Act as an advisor to the regulatory agencies to help guide regulatory requirements development while representing SETW’s interests
  • Manage AGI well workover programs and disposal well turnarounds
  • Maintain geological and petroleum engineering maps, studies, logs and well files related to the storage fields
  • Prepare and submit AG Progress Reports as scheduled by the regulatory agencies in AB and BC
  • Support alternate AGI well disposal program in the long term including negotiating the acquisition, and operation of alternate AG disposal wells.
  • Support the development of a “Center of Excellence” of core competencies for the company as well as facilitate employee development in area(s) of specialty.
  • Actively participate as a collateral partner with peer Engineering and Operations teams to ensure personal & process safety, environmental, reliability, regulatory compliance, and business objectives are achieved.
  • Identify technical issues, risks, and value adding opportunities and appropriately address these through development and governance of engineering management system programs, specifications, standards, and practices.
  • Provide governance for engineering analysis tools and infrastructure, including monitoring and analysis related hardware and software.
  • Provide engineering leadership and participation in management of change (MOC), incident and failure analysis, risk analysis, and definition and monitoring of operating boundaries.
  • Provide engineering support for activities requiring intensive subject matter expertise, including identification and resourcing of niche engineering expertise, and strategic vendor technical governance.
  • Support annual budgeting planning for maintenance capital and operations projects.
  • Ensure codes, regulations, company and professional engineering requirements, practices, and standards are adhered to and consistently applied.
  • Foster win-win relationships with management teams, functional groups, operations personnel, project team members, key stakeholders and contractors.
  • Communicate risks, status, and actions through established reporting methods to ensure management and stakeholders are informed.
  • Consider opportunities for innovation and complete investigations into feasibility and business benefit of new technologies.
  • Maintain knowledge of and support organization to maintain alignment with current/pending codes, legislation, and industry best practices.

Basic/Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in Petroleum Engineering, Geological Engineering (or closely related field)) from an accredited university with appropriate specialization.
  • Professional Engineer registered with one of the Canadian provincial associations.
  • 10 years post-degree engineering experience in gas storage industry.
  • Strong English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Good knowledge of relevant codes and standards (e.g. CSA, API, ASME).
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Position Incumbent will have a high level of expertise and experience in a majority of the following key gas storage engineering job skills:
    • Gas Storage operations
    • Gas Storage facility surface and subsurface equipment
    • Gas inventory verification and analysis
    • Applied knowledge of geological conditions of gas storage fields in Western Canada
    • Advanced knowledge of conducting well logging operations and well log analysis including petrophysical logs
    • Advanced knowledge of well testing procedures and analysis including transient pressure analysis
    • Development of regulatory filings and periodic reporting
    • Knowledge of Federal/Provincial oil & gas and gas storage regulatory requirements
    • Well maintenance and remediation techniques
    • Safe well site conditions and requirements
    • Well design and drilling procedures
    • Reservoir simulation and hydrocarbon volume calculations
    • Interpretation of well performance data for storage field deliverability/injectivity forecasting and well sequencing
    • Maintaining a wellbore integrity and inspection program including running and analyzing pipe inspection logs
    • Contracting, managing, and supervising outside technical consultants and service companies
    • Strong computer hardware and software skills including database, GIS/mapping and log analysis applications


Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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