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Production Engineer

Houston, Texas, United States


Posted: 7/17/2023

Ref: BH-240260

A major oil and gas operator is looking for a Production Engineer to support operations in Houston, TX on a M-F schedule working 8 hrs a day, 40 hrs a week. This is a 6-month contract opportunity with the potential for extension.

This role will be primarily responsible for the following:
  • Work directly with Operations, Workover Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, Facilities, Land, Geoscience, and Planning to deliver SAFE, reliable, and cost-efficient reactive well repair and proactive optimization projects
  • Surveillance of production and injection rates to identify performance improvement opportunities
  • Evaluation of well repair options, enhancement opportunities, associated costs, likelihood of success, and expected production to determine economic value required to justify Authority for Expenditures
  • Work with Operations & Facilities Teams to identify, evaluate, and recommend cost reduction, reliability and/or debottlenecking projects (rate adding projects)
  • Identify high failure frequency wells (fail more than twice in the past 12 months) and proactively do whatever work is required to extend runtime
  • Work with Reservoir Engineering and Geoscience Teams to identify rate adding opportunities (e.g. add perfs, water shut-offs, plugbacks, frac potential, etc.).
  • Design, install, troubleshoot, and optimize operation of Rod Lift, ESP, Gas Lift, and/or Plunger Lift artificial lift systems for new and existing wells
  • Perform Root Cause Failure Analysis on all artificial lift types and recommend solutions to increase runtime between failures in an effort to decrease lease operating expense and increase production
  • Work with Land and Operations Teams to ensure acreage is maintained within LOA and all necessary work is done in a timely manner to prevent any leasehold from being compromised
  • Provide economic justification for any automation necessary to perform production and injection surveillance at the well, lease, field, and asset level
  • Ensure wellbore integrity and perform risk management assessments on any operated offset well due to frac hits or any other SimOps situation, either operated or non-operated by the company
  • Engage partners as applicable and provide input to partner reviews
  • Develop and maintain existing and new surveillance data sets and tools necessary to perform optimization workflows for all production and injection well types
  • Build, maintain, and tune nodal analysis models to ensure each well’s performance is optimized within network constraints and design
  • Train Engineering and Operational personnel on Surveillance and Optimization tools, datasets, and workflows
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering required, from a competitive four-year college or university, with strong academic credentials
  • Experience working for operator upstream energy companies, in production engineering and production operations, in the Permian Basin
  • Must be proficient in all Microsoft applications and other E&P computer applications (i.e: Wellview, Cygnet, Spotfire, OFM, Foresite, Wellflo, Prosper, Rodstar, ESP surveillance tools)
  • Preference for a candidate with experience in managing, manipulating, and merging large datasets which feed surveillance tools and workflows
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, management, administrative, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Experience implementing sound decisions when faced with multi-faceted problems
  • Demonstrated ability to engage engineering and operations teammates, build teamwork, and learn from and mentor others

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.

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