Senior Petroleum Engineer - New Plymouth, NZ

at Origin Energy
Location New Plymouth, New Zealand
Date Posted October 9, 2016
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


  • Fantastic lifestyle opportunity in stunning New Plymouth, NZ with plenty of events, skiing, and surfing, all on your doorstep
  • Highly self-sufficient and integral role within Origin's Petroleum Development - Operating Assets team
  • Permanent opportunity
  • Location: New Plymouth, NZ
  • Application close date: 21st October 2016

An integral part of Australia’s energy future, we explore, produce, generate and sell energy to power millions of Australian homes and businesses every day, keeping them going and growing.

Origin is continuing to invest in gas and condensate exploration and production, as well as developing and operating a world-class CSG production business, through Australia Pacific LNG. A leading producer of CSG in Queensland, with growing reserves and new gas exploration interests around Australia, we are seeking the right candidate to become part of the team that’s meeting growing demand for energy, and searching for tomorrow’s energy solutions.

The Role

Based in New Plymouth, New Zealand, this is a unique opportunity to join Origin's Petroleum Development - Operating Assets team which forms part of our wider Integrated Gas division. You will be responsible for providing expertise locally within New Plymouth to oversee New Zealand asset production engineering and optimisation. You will be the owner of the Kupe reservoir management plans and late life field strategy and will have a focus on well integrity, data gathering requirements, risk mitigations and the assessment of opportunities for increased well deliverability.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to further develop a generalist subsurface expertise while building a strong profile within the business. This role is instrumental for Origin's conventional operating assets working in conjunction with the reservoir engineers and geoscientists across the Kupe Operating assets team and the subject matter experts external to the team.

Reporting to the Petroleum Development Manager - Operating Assets, your key accountabilities will include:

  • Provide senior technical advice and support to any petroleum engineering requirements as they arise (for example special projects that require a local presence as required)
  • Lead Kupe field optimisation project to maximise value of asset
  • On-going review of well performance over near term, working together with Brisbane SS Team
  • Identify opportunities for increasing field deliverability
  • Maintain and update the Kupe Reservoir Management Plan with a focus on the late life field strategy
  • Well integrity management specifically compliance with Well Examination Scheme
  • Contingency planning projects (water shut-off, sanding, liquid loading and etc.) and identify subsurface engineering solutions (including subsurface data acquisition VOI)
  • Close liaison with Operations and Engineering team and to troubleshoot production performance issues
  • Input to capital and budget and support reserves process
  • Contractor focal point, Local Joint Venture representative and local face of Origin subsurface for IG for New Plymouth and overseeing delivery of regulatory reports
  • Provide local senior technical mentoring for more junior production engineering staff – supporting Origin’s New Zealand assets and collaboration with broader Petroleum Engineering discipline across the Operating Assets

Is This You?

To succeed in this role you will possess a high degree of self-sufficiency and confidence, combined with a strong ability to listen and absorb information from multiple sources and explain difficult concepts well. A natural influencer, your excellent communication skills and your ability to build and maintain relationships with ease will allow you to engage effectively with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders including regulators, operators, contractors and other forum groups.

You will also demonstrate:

  • Extensive petroleum engineering experience, as well as production and reservoir engineering experience in various conventional oil and gas fields
  • A Petroleum Engineering degree or equivalent
  • A strong safety conscience and an understanding of risk and uncertainty and an ability to apply them in project economics or evaluation
  • Good knowledge on PE software and application
  • An ability to mentor and support non-direct employees
  • Completions experience and/or a broad background of experience generally will be considered advantageous

We embrace the diversity of our people and flexible working arrangements to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities that we serve.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are encouraged to apply.

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