Production Engineer in Denver, United States

at BP
Location Denver, United States
Date Posted April 30, 2019
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


We are seeking a highly-motivated individual with a growth mindset who enjoys a dynamic work environment. You will be responsible to effectively employ production and facilities engineering fundamentals to successfully meet business initiatives.
This position is assigned to BPX’s newly acquired Eagle Ford asset. The Eagle Ford asset is the focus of significant development and optimization efforts in 2019 and 2020. Through small and dynamic team efforts – BPX Operations’ objective is to significantly increase Free Cash Flow through optimized production and introducing operational efficiency.
This position represents a unique opportunity to work within operations and create immediate and impactful value. Our decision process is driven by increasing safety, increasing production, or reducing cost.

BPX Operations consists of three groups within a business: Execute – accountable for day to day operations, Improve – accountable for process and procedural management, and Change – accountable for delivering value and insight through the use of data, analytics, and technology. This position is a member of the Execute team under the operations umbrella within the Eagle Ford asset. Eagle Ford’s Execute engineering team is based out of Denver, CO.
Key accountabilities:
Utilize engineering best practices to develop and implement optimal surface and downhole designs.
Review, explain, and recommend solutions to drive improvements in daily production performance.
Work with operations team to collect failure data, determine RCFA, and develop and execute projects to reduce failures, reduce cost of failures, and improve production reliability and safety.
Review, analyze, and improve cost performance across LOE and workover expense categories.
Provide technical expertise and recommend surveillance and repair work as appropriate.
Develop and implement an optimized artificial lift lifecycle for all wells in the Eagle Ford asset.
Manage program and develop procedures for frac hit mitigation for BPX and OBO offset completions.
Effectively engage with development team to determine new well choke management strategy and AL lifecycle considerations for optimal well performance
Manage and optimize chemical treatment and flow assurance programs
Manage and optimize mechanical integrity and equipment inspection program
Review risk rankings, participate in PHAs and Hazops
Effectively manage and track time against deliverables. Pragmatically and realistically track progress that demonstrates continuous delivery over excessive commitment.
Monitor and analyze KPI data to identify performance improvement opportunities
Perform pattern and anomaly detection analysis to correctly assess specific issues in the field that require intervention.
Optimize work flows so that the actions performed in the field will build the most overall value to the business.

Essential Education:
Bachelor’s degree in engineering
Essential experience and job requirements:
5 years experience in facilities or production engineering Knowledgeable in gas lift, rod lift, and plunger lift design, troubleshooting and optimization
Experience with choke management and nodal analysis to implement optimal drawdown and FBHP management Experience with onshore surface facility design, damage mechanisms, operational troubleshooting, and best practices Experience with data analytics, SQL, and PowerBI
Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location):
Up to 33% Travel.
Desirable criteria & qualifications:
Effective Communicator: Able to present complex problems to a wide range of audiences in a concise, accurate, and coherent manner. Able to confidently present to a large (>20) group of people on technical and process topics and field questions and challenges. Effectively demonstrate and translate the business impact and value proposition of a recommendation to the entire organization.
Growth mindset: Proven ability to quickly learn new concepts, processes, software, engineering and mathematical ideas.
Empathetic and customer-focused when crafting products: Effective listener who builds products that solves customers’ problems, generates business value, and improves user experience.
Adventurous: Willing to get hands-on with our most value asset – the production specialists in the field.
Resilient: Ability to take care of open-ended problems, and to gain valuable insights from data sets that may be initially unwieldy. Possess grit to effectively clean data sets to perform analysis and recommend action
Creative and Courageous: Ability to look at an industry that is embedded in its methods and recommend disruptive change.
About BP:
BP's BPX Energy business (formerly known as the Lower 48) operates across a vast US geography, from Texas north through the Rocky Mountains. The business manages a diverse portfolio which includes an extensive unconventional resource base of about 7.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent across 5.5 million gross acres in some of the largest and most well-known basins in the US. Headquartered in Denver (Colorado), BPX Energy employs about 1,700 people across six states, operates more than 9,600 producing wells and has 70,000 royalty owners. Our vision is to be the premier, high return, onshore exploration and production company that consistently increases asset value.Our Wyoming operations are anchored on the giant Wamsutter tight gas field in the south central part of the state. In the San Juan area of Colorado and New Mexico we produce from tight gas sands and operate the largest coal-bed methane field in the US. Our Mid-Continent operations cover the prolific Anadarko, and is home to the famed East Texas basin, along with the Woodford shale gas play and Arkoma basin. We also have non-operating interests in over 10,000 wells across the US with substantial positions in both the Eagle Ford and Fayetteville shale basins.In 2018, BP completed a $10.5 billion acquisition of BHP's world-class unconventional oil and gas assets in the Permian-Delaware basin in Texas, along with two premium positions in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville basins in Texas and Louisiana. These assets currently produce 190,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, of which about 45 percent are liquid hydrocarbons. The deal represents BP’s largest purchase since buying ARCO in 1999. It is a transformational acquisition for our BPX Energy business which gives the BPX Energy team access to some of the best acreage in some of the best basins in the onshore U.S.
If you are selected for a position in the United States, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug test (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process. The drug screen requires a hair test for which BP must be able to obtain a sufficient hair sample for analysis (~4 cm/1 ½” scalp, or > 2 cm/¾” body – arms & armpits/legs/chest)
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