Senior Geophysicist Reservoir Geophysics - Houston

at Statoil
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted May 29, 2017
Category Geophysicist
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 5


Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. We are headquartered in Norway with 21,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges. In just a few years Statoil has positioned itself as one of the largest lease holders in deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Our GoM portfolio is managed out of our Houston office. The Statoil Houston office, which was established in 2002, also manages our Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Bakken shale gas portfolios. To date Statoil has invested more than USD $11 billion in US upstream activities, and currently produces more than 150,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. We have US offices located in Anchorage, Austin, Houston, Stamford and Washington D.C. USA, and are looking for talented people to contribute to our growing activity base.

Development and Production USA (DPUSA) is responsible for Statoil’s portfolio of producing assets and planned field developments across the US. Technological innovation, rigorous safety standards, and environmental awareness drive our operations in the US and have helped Statoil to build a  portfolio of onshore, offshore and exploration assets in some of the industry’s most exciting energy resource areas. Statoil’s US headquarters are located in Houston, TX.  We also have offices in Austin, TX, Stamford, CT and Washington D.C, as well as in Mexico City. We are looking for talented people with a desire to find solutions and opportunities in even the most challenging situations to contribute to our organization.

The US Offshore Petroleum Technology department delivers services to Statoil's assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently six assets are on production (Tahiti, Caesar Tonga, Heidelberg Jack, St Malo, and Julia), and three more sanctioned projects (Stampede, Caesar Tonga Phase2 and Tahiti Vertical Expansion-TVEX) are expected to come on stream between 2017 and 2018. Additionally, two more non-sanctioned field development projects are being worked (Vito and Tahiti Upper Sands Development - TUSD). Production from these partner operated assets will be considerably ramped up in the near future, and will become major contributors to Statoil's cash flow.

Tasks performed by the department include, but are not limited to: Optimization of value creation through cross disciplinary technical work that makes it possible to influence partnerships on well optimization, drainage strategy, well steering, etc. Field development projects are carried forward according to Statoil's CVP process


Primary role of the Senior Geophysicist is to provide and support reservoir mapping and description tasks on field development projects as per Statoil requirements. To maximize the value of our GOM assets and achieve planned DPUSA OF targets, some of the expected responsibilities include:
Interpret 3D seismic data in sub-salt setting
Employ a range of seismic interpretation approaches as driven by the business needs of the project
Provide expertise in advanced interpretative techniques (i.e. geophysical input for reservoir modeling, rock and fluid properties analyses, seismic reprocessing, fault and fracture detection)
Share technical expertise and learnings with geophysical peers, and across disciplines
Evaluate subsurface uncertainties with multi-disciplinary team
Support other business units (EXP, BD) with seismic interpretations for field development evaluations
Represent Statoil externally in partner meetings, actively seeking to influence partnership to implement Statoil's suggested value creating actions e.g. well count and sequence optimization
Petech Deliverables: some of the key deliverables are:
Petroleum technology work plan and budget
Well follow-ups and integration of results to update current geological and reservoir models
Update reservoir maps, geo-model and simulation model
Data acquisition plan and strategy for each asset
Production optimization plans and forecast with focus on improved production efficiency
Optimized drainage strategy for each asset including EOR potential
Short and long term production forecast
Long term drainage and drilling plan for each asset
Provide input to operator and partners for future well plans through timely engagement and collaboration
Petech’s contribution for annual reserve updating and business plan
Identify future technology needs for our assets in GOM including IOR projects and special studies


Interpretation oriented geophysicist with Master’s Degree in Geophysics or Geology and minimum 5 years or more of Geophysical interpretation experience in geophysicist position
Strong structural geology background with experience in all tectonic systems, in all geologic environments and all reservoir types
Experience with Subsalt reservoirs is preferred
Proficient with Landmark DecisionSpace
Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently and meet critical deadlines
Experience with near field exploration
Familiarity with seismic processing and seismic acquisition


Well rounded business acumen with high standards, business ethics, and leadership in line with Statoil’s values
Takes initiative and is a strong team player to deliver results by collaborating efficiently with multi-disciplinary team
Commercial mind set and strong understanding of what it takes to create value in a low oil price environment
Strong integrity; ability to effectively challenge business decisions
Strong analytical skills, structured with orderly working methods
Proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines effectively
Excellent communications and strong interpersonal skills to effectively work with partners to promote and maximize value for Statoil
Self-motivated with ability to be a strong team leader and player to contribute to Statoil’s vision and success
Ability to live by "I am safety" expectations


Statoil offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. Statoil is an equal opportunity employer.

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