Senior Geologist, Oslo, Norway

Location Oslo City Center, Norway
Date Posted March 2, 2020
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 10
Must Already Have Work Rights Yes


DNO is a Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East-North Africa region and offshore Norway. Founded in 1971, DNO is Norway’s oldest oil company and holds a leading position in terms of reserves and production in the Kurdistan region of Iraq with average production of 127,000 barrels of oil equivalent for 2019. The Zagros mountains in Kurdistan are home to some of the largest undeveloped hydrocarbon reservoirs in the world where the reservoir rocks consist mostly of fractured carbonates.
DNO has four active rigs in Kurdistan, of which one is at the Peshkabir field and three at the Tawke field with an additional rig on the way for the Baeshiqa PSC. DNO aims to grow by the bit in Kurdistan and drilled two exploration wells in 2018 & 2019 on the Baeshiqa PSC. This resulted in a Triassic discovery from the Baeshiqa-2 well. A third well is now on its way targeting multiple stacked prospects of Jurassic and Triassic age on the neighbouring Zartik structure and aims to spud during spring this year.
Due this exploration success DNO is seeking to appoint an experienced geologist for the continued exploration and appraisal effort on the Baeshiqa PSC. The senior geologist will join the subsurface team that is responsible for the well planning, execution, reservoir characterization and appraisal activities that are related to the license. An important part of this will form the following of ongoing long term well testing and required preparations to move the PSC into its first phase field development stage when successful. The senior geologist will be joining an international and dynamic working environment alongside experienced, skilled and motivated colleagues. The position will be based in DNO’s corporate Oslo headquarters within a team of geoscientists focused on the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Key responsibilities:

• Oversee exploration and appraisal geological activities and prepare for future field development activities
• Seismic interpretation of structurally complex structures
• Play a key role in integration of new well data, geological, geophysical, petrophysical and dynamic data into the reservoir characterization that forms the main input to the geological model
• Target and trajectory determination for appraisal & development wells
• Prepare well proposals and follow up operational activities during drilling and testing
• Post well geological evaluation
• Volumetric calculations
• Engagement in ongoing geological studies with the corporate subsurface group and external parties
Required Qualifications and Experience
MSc in Geology or Geophysics
• Preferred 10+ year experience in the E&P Industry
• Involvement in appraisal/development well planning, operational follow up and post-well analysis
• Experienced with reservoir characterization, including integration of: core descriptions, well logs, borehole image logs, dynamic data and seismic interpretation
• Understanding of key carbonate subsurface uncertainties and their impact on reservoir behavior
• Probabilistic volume assessment and risking
• Solid understanding of structural geology, especially in compressional settings is an advantage
• Comfortable user of Petrel
• Geophysical experience: experienced in seismic interpretation
Key Attributes
• Good technical competency and high standards in quality of work delivered
• Pro-active worker and self-motivated, has the desire to learn and expand within role
• Willing to take on a variety of tasks
• Strong workstation skills, expertise with Petrel, ability to learn new software
• Flexible, adaptable, problem solving, resourceful
• Good interpersonal, presentation, communication and reporting skills (fluency in verbal and written English language), including recognition of local cultural requirements
• Ability to work in team and across functional groups
• Moderate business travel required


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