Subsurface Engineer — Abu Dhabi, UAE

at WTS Energy
Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Posted November 19, 2015
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Contract
Min. Years Experience Required 5


Job purpose & Scope:
Responsible for the timely design, preparation and implementation of all WellWork programs both offshore and onshore. The scope includes monitoring, evaluating, designing and executing engineering activities including reservoir surveillance, production testing, well integrity diagnostics, preventative maintenance, reservoir stimulation, scale removal, water and gas shut-off and numerous other key activities required during the life cycle of a well. The Subsurface Engineer will work closely with all engineers within the Well Operations to provide operational and technical support to the field or wells assigned, including rig based activity when required. The Subsurface Engineer will actively mentor and coach junior engineers according to company’s Competency Assurance Management System (CAMS).

Principal Accountabilities:

  1. Provides technical input and support to the Well Delivery Process (WDP) for the planning and design of new wells, production optimization, completion design, workover activities, etc.
  2. Ensure that Company HSE Policies, Procedures, Regulations and Objectives are effectively implemented.
  3. Upload and maintain Lessons Learned Database related to Well Operations activities.
  4. Prepare well operations weekly activity reports.
  5. Maintain performance management initiatives for all WellWork activities ensuring that both contractor and company KPI inputs are gathered, evaluated and reported.
  6. Leads and participates in the process of ‘Contractor Performance Reviews’ and ‘Periodic Service Companies Audits’, as and when required.
  7. Relieve the WellWork Management Team as and when required.
  8. Participate actively in the Well Delivery Process (WDP) providing input to conceptual well design to ensure future well intervention objectives can be achieved.
  9. Performs front-end engineering requirements to meet future WellWork intervention needs ensuring that adequate notice is provided to WO contractors and suppliers and respecting potential lead times of equipment, materials and spare parts.
  10. Perform periodic site visits to ensure operations are being carried out according with Company Policies and Procedures and in line with industry Best Practices.
  11. Drive continuous improvement within the WellWork Engineering Team through interrogation of After Action Reviews, capturing Lessons Learned and disseminating across the WO team.
  12. Identify gaps and opportunities to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
  13. Perform all Well Operations Engineering activities in alignment with the WellWork Engineering Delivery Process (WEDP).
  14. Works very closely with the WW Operations Managers to support field activities.
  15. Visits field operations, as frequently and as long as necessary, when critical activities are being executed.
  16. Works in conjunction with Drilling and Field Development in the preparation of annual activity bar chart.
  17. Fulfill all requirements of Company Commercial Processes, including preparation of Invitation to Tender documents, high quality Work Scopes, Service Orders and participate in bid evaluations where required.
  18. Cooperate with drilling/completions  engineers, Field Development engineers and field personnel to optimize field development strategies.
  19. Develop cost estimates and perform benchmarking exercises.
  20. Evaluate and select new technologies, such as distributed temperature systems or advanced horizontal access tools.
  21. Participate in incident classification, investigation and reporting.
  22. Create and maintain a zero accident and incident culture within well servicing and interventions.
  23. Provide HSE leadership in all aspects of Well Servicing, Interventions and Operations.
  24. Ensure compliance at the well site for well integrity and program adherence.
  25. Ensure proper reporting of all accidents and incidents and compliance to statutory reporting requirements for all Well Integrity issues including dispensations
  26. Provide onshore technical support for each WellWork activity assigned.
  27. Document and close out all WellWork NCRs (Non Conformance Reports).
  28. Verify contractor procedures for WellWork activities.
  29. Monitor and report contractor service quality through regular service quality meetings.
  30. Participate and lead where required, periodic service company audits.
  31. Keeps record of cost control per intervention – budget vs. actual spend.
  32. Coordinates/leads onsite HAZOP & Risk Assessment (RA) associated with well changes / problems that may have potential impact on well integrity.
  33. Helps in developing UAE Nationals / CAMS engineers.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Location: Abu Dhabi
  2. Negotiable Salary


  • Degree in Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience and knowledge of WellWork engineering functions, with  experience in offshore work related activities.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of well operational aspects including completions, workover, well intervention (slick wireline operations, logging, fishing, CTU operation), etc.
  • Good knowledge in production operations, well testing and reservoir engineering.
  • Computing skills including MS Office, Well Intervention modelling software.
  • Leadership and safety training.
  • Good English technical writing.

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