Reservoir Engineering Manager in United Arab Emirates

at Occidental Petroleum
Location United Arab Emirates
Date Posted December 17, 2018
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and its OxyChem subsidiary is a major North American chemical manufacturer. We are one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization, with more than 40,000 employees and contractors worldwide. Our greatest asset has been and will continue to be our people. We are looking for an experienced and motivated leader to fill the position of Reservoir Engineering Manager within our joint venture company, ADNOC Sour Gas, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

ADNOC Sour Gas is a joint venture between Occidental, a 40% shareholder, and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), a 60% shareholder. With 23% H2S and 10% CO2, the Shah Gas Field is one of the most complex gas condensate reservoirs in the world. ADNOC Sour Gas is the first large scale development of ultra-sour gas in the Arabian Gulf. Production started in Jan 2015, and currently the gas plant processes over 1 billion cubic feet (BCF) of ultra-sour gas per day to produce sweet gas, NGLs, condensate and sulphur.

The Reservoir Engineering Manager is responsible for leading the reservoir development team to deliver a full field, updated revision of the simulation model development plan to maximize the value of the asset and support comprehensive development well design and planning. The Reservoir Engineering Manager reports to the VP Subsurface.

Key Deliverables:
Development planning.Leading the reservoir development team to incorporate the new geological information (interpretation and geomodelling) into an optimized, dynamic full field, 3-D reservoir simulation model.Lead the team to determine potential risk factors and associated sensitivities to field development and their ultimate impact on economics.Working with the other subsurface and drilling teams to determine the optimum field development strategy.Constructing new, fit for purpose sector models to help evaluate well geometry, placement & to assess critical upscaling concepts required to capture fine scale flow behavior.Overseeing the synthesis of existing flow data into a set of compositional and property maps to generate a set of equation of state (EOS) models in line with the PVT datasets.Overseeing the PVT and SCAL studies for integration into the simulation modelling.Create multiple field development scenarios using Enersight and present production and cash flow estimates and key economic indicators of each scenarioProvide production and economic sensitivities for high and low case scenarios in development plans, along with decision paths for contingency plansQuantify all risk in development plans: permitting, land, reservoir, facilities and infrastructure, and development timing riskWork with Well Analysis and Design team to validate type curve assumptions and areas of application
B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering
Professional/Technical Knowledge:
A strong working knowledge of unconventional development, sub-surface characterization and field development planning.Knowledge of financial analysis and quantifying risk.
Minimum 15 years Reservoir Engineering including proficiency with simulation software (PSIM, Eclipse); field development planning; volumetrics analysis; material balance; well performance & monitoring; risk & uncertainty analysisLarge development project experience. Sour gas and Middle Eastern experience is a plus.
Proven planning, coordination & mentoring skills.Track record of working well in a multi-cultural, multi-national environmentFull commitment to core value principles (HSE, leadership, people values & ethics).Risk Taking (take appropriate risks in order to advance while also learning from those failures)Collaborative (excellent communication skills along with the desire to reach out and engage other teams to achieve objectives, manage conflict as it arise, move to consensus, and leverage the network)Creative (strive for significant and continuous improvement)Results Oriented (driven for value added results in self and in others)Proactive (self-starter, strong decision skills relying on experience balanced with data and interpretations)Accountable (committed to short term and long term expectations)
Working knowledge of operations (an understanding of oil and gas surface facilities and workover equipment, maintenance practices, data workflows and regulatory requirements).Project Management (an ability to assess existing and required resources to prioritize and bring to completion multiple concurrent projects).Unconventional Subsurface understandingVariables that impact deliverability and overall recovery (Primary/Secondary)Tool and Techniques/workflows to reduce subsurface uncertaintyUnderstanding of a variety of types of Land/Lease requirements and detailsScenario Planning experiencePresentation Skills (appropriate level of detail for decision-making)Communication/Interpersonal SkillsAble to network between disciplinesAbility to integrate business and technical judgement

Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status

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