|Date Posted||February 16, 2019|
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The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is the provincial single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for regulating oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation, and reclamation.
The Commission’s core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First Nations, ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation, and cooperating with partner agencies. The public interest is protected through the objectives of ensuring public safety, protecting the environment, conserving petroleum resources, and ensuring equitable participation in production.
The Reservoir Engineer ensures that oil and gas pools are operated in a manner that will maximize recoveries, meeting the goals of conservation and equitable production, and the operation of disposal wells to protect other resources. This position provides technical evaluation of various types of reservoir engineering applications, providing recommendations regarding approval or amendment of approvals. Ongoing operations are monitored to ensure regulatory compliance and identify opportunities to work with industry for improved operation. In addition, the Reservoir Engineer provides expertise to both internal and external stakeholders regarding subsurface resources, regulations, guidance documents, and policy.
This position requires experience in oil and gas engineering in order to conduct work of a highly interpretive and analytical nature in the specialized field of reservoir engineering (e.g., enhanced oil recovery, commingled gas production, reserves analysis and deep well disposal, for the purpose of regulating oil and gas development activities).
The Reservoir Engineer requires an understanding of the pertinent sections of the Oil and Gas Activities Act, the Drilling and Production Regulation, and the Oil and Gas Activities Act General Regulation.
Well and pool performance monitoring, reserve estimates, and researching new techniques in subsurface resource extraction, as well as deep well disposal.
Provides recommendations on issues related to resource conservation, development of best practices, and regulation.
Provides comprehensive technical interpretations and recommendations for rendering decisions on special projects, including good engineering practice, commingled production from multiple geologic zones, waterflood and gas injection for secondary and enhanced recovery, concurrent oil and gas production, underground storage of natural gas, carbon capture and storage, produced water, nonhazardous waste and acid gas disposal, and innovative technology.
Responsible for evaluating the performance of special projects to ensure compliance with conditions of special project orders, data submission requirements, and identifying any potential conservation or correlative rights issues.
Responsible for supervision of technical staff related to well completions, directional surveys, well tests and production allowables.
Responsible for evaluating oil and gas pool performance, reservoir evaluation reports and resource assessments by analyzing pool production performance, pressure and well information, for Commission internal use, identify opportunities for additional conservation measures and for publication.
Determines appropriate regulatory production methodologies for maximizing recovery from unconventional resources.
Ensures that evaluations of reserves are consistent with technical norms that have acceptance in the industry, such as those identified by the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook (NI 51-101).
Represents the Commission at meetings with industry and conferences to provide technical guidance regarding applications and operations while obtaining information on company activities.
Provides research and analysis services to the Reservoir Engineering Department in support of work with Ministry of Natural Gas Development, Ministry of Finance, industry, federal, and provincial agencies and the public on reservoir engineering aspects of oil and gas pools, including producing presentations and papers in peer reviewed publications.
Researches and applies new techniques, trends, methodologies, and software applications related to unconventional reserves analysis (e.g., tight oil, shale gas, tight gas, coal bed gas) in order to remain current respecting the latest technologies.
Evaluates, summarizes, and reports out on the effectiveness of various well completion, stimulation, and monitoring techniques used within defined unconventional play areas (e.g., Montney and Horn River) in order to promote industry well completion best practices.
Performs other related duties and assumes new responsibilities as the Commission requires.
Education and Experience
OGC 1: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, with up to 4 years related experience, and registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as an engineer-in-training.
OGC 2: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, with 5 years related experience, and registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional engineer.
OGC 3: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, with 9 years related experience; or a master’s degree in engineering with 7 years related experience; or doctorate in engineering with 5 years related experience; and registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional engineer.
OGC 4: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, with 14 years related experience; or a master’s degree in engineering with 12 years related experience; or doctorate in engineering and 10 years related experience; and registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional engineer.
Incumbent must be registered, or have the ability to register, with Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional engineer.
Knowledge and Abilities
Demonstrated experience applying petroleum engineering theory, methodologies, and technology developments.
Demonstrated experience with relational database systems and technical database software and query tools.
Demonstrated experience using map-based petroleum data management and analysis software (e.g., Accumap, GeoScout).
Demonstrated experience applying current technology and theory to the analysis of hydrocarbon reservoirs, production performance, and deep disposal.
Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Demonstrated experience referencing, interpreting, and applying legislation, regulations, policy, and procedures, and recommend an appropriate course of action.
Working knowledge of all applicable regulations, standards, and recommended practices within British Columbia relating to oil and gas drilling and production.