Production Geologist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

at Shell
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Posted July 4, 2018
Category Geologist
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 Brazil, Shell has been present for more than a century (since 1913), and was the first international oil company to produce oil in Brazil, in the Campos Basin, after the market was opened up to private investment. Currently, Shell is one of the largest energy companies in the Brazilian market.
Shell in Brazil is also a major producer of lubricants and, through Raízen (a joint venture with a Brazilian energy and logistics group), invests in the production of sugar cane ethanol, a viable biofuel alternative for smarter and cleaner mobility in the future.
We deliver energy responsibly, aiming to meet society’s energy demands today and in the future in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. We operate safely with respect to our neighbors 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
Purpose and Accountabilities

As a Production Geologist, you will support hydrocarbon opportunity identification, maturation and execution activities undertaken by the Subsurface Team looking after the Brazil Operated Assets to increase the reserves base and maintain production capacity of the BC10 and Bijupirá/Salema (BJSA) assets. Specifically, you will be a key member of the BC-10 & BJSA Development team, playing a key role in identifying, maturing and executing multiple campaigns of infill wells from 2019 - 2021.

Key Accountabilities:

Assist in the planning of integrated reservoir studies; ensuring that the latest available quality checked geological data and static models are used and any additional production geological work is appropriately planned.
Assist with geological study / modelling work to support the identification and maturation of infill drilling opportunities and preparation of well proposals for appraisal/development wells (including HSSE critical activities)
Support of drilling operations; assist with the well planning process, well proposals and end of well reports. Work with PS and PE’s to optimize well targets using the latest seismic data and QI study results reservoir quality, connectivity and fluids fill. Assist in monitoring of well progress & support of corrective action as required.
Support HSSE critical activities underpinning the safe drilling of future infill drilling wells; together with the petroleum engineers ensure that all subsurface drilling risks and uncertainties (e.g. shallow closures & hydrocarbons, high & depleted pressure intervals, in-stable formations, fault positions) are identified and mitigated.
Pro-active member of the WRFM team;
Actively participate in the identification of new infill wells. Contribute to the development and implementation of data-gathering / surveillance plans to address remaining key reservoir risks and uncertainties.
Provide geological support for the business planning and annual petroleum resource volume reporting cycles.
Keeping abreast of the technological development in production geology via the Shell Group network(s).


Brazil is a region of strategic importance for Shell and is expected to see growth in its operated position in the coming years. The producing  assets currently under Shell’s operatorship include the Deepwater BC-10 (JV with Qp and ONGC) and BJSA (JV with Petrobras) Fields, which are comprised of multiple reservoirs. Both assets are subsea developments, tied back to FPSOs. Until recently, BC10 has been under continuous field development since first oil was achieved in 2009, with new fields being tied into the FPSO in 2013 and the third phase in 2016. Upcoming redevelopment via infill drilling will facilitate closing the gap to recovery potential at BC-10. The BJSA asset completed a redevelopment campaign in 2014 and has been on production since 2003. An effort is currently underway to extend the EoFL at BJSA and infill plays a critical role. Locate and Target the Remaining Oil (LTRO) studies were conducted in 2017-18 and helped to establish a portfolio of infill drilling targets in both assets, from which opportunities are being prioritized for execution. The initial wave of infill drilling is planned for Q1 2019. Subsequent campaigns are in the early stages of maturation.

Skills and Requirements:

Production Geologist with deep experience in Deepwater, turbidite environments with demonstrated core technical competencies.
Fluency in English and in Portuguese is essential.


Highly motivated professional who is committed to delivering business results.
Experience building static reservoir models and field mapping using PETREL and its’ associated toolbox is beneficial.
Knowledge of field development planning, scenario planning, and risk and uncertainty assessment is beneficial.
Knowledge of well planning in Deepwater environments is required
Operations geology experience in development drilling activities is beneficial.
A sound production geology knowledge base and a high level of competence in turbidite sedimentology, reservoir characterization, and fault compartmentalization is needed.
Experience working effectively in integrated subsurface teams, with well delivery teams, and other engineering disciplines in an integrated project environment is required.
Strong communication skills are necessary to work in integrated team environment.
Well developed reporting and presentation skills are helpful.


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