Principal I Completions Engineer

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North America


Mexico City

Work type

Full Time

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Date published

21 November 2019

Date closing

04 February 2020 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

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About the role

BHP Billiton has submitted the winning bid to acquire a 60 per cent participating interest and operatorship of an oil reserve containing the Trion discovery located in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. PEMEX Exploration & Production Mexico (Pemex) will retain a 40 per cent interest in the blocks.

For Drilling and Completions, this work will focus on planning and execution of a multiple well work program on the Trion discovery in 8,000ft water depth. Planning work will include development of a comprehensive campaign plan with identification of critical path activities to completion of first well; close interface with Pemex and government regulators.

This Principle I role provides overall engineering support to the operation from the office, shore-base, and rig, and has responsibility for well planning, costing and operations for on the rig. 

This is a grade 11 role and candidate must be willing to relocate to Mexico City. 

  • Prepares high quality written work
  • Makes clear concise presentations
  • Works collaboratively with internal and external teams
  • Coaches Associate and Graduate Engineers
  • Leads portions of:
  • Completion Design
  • Engineering problem solving
  • Cost reduction efforts
  • Maximizing efficiency of operations
  • Ensuring and verifying well integrity
  • Recognition and implementation of industry best practice
  • Compliance with BHP Billiton D&C Standards
  • Process and technical improvements
  • Continuously demonstrates professional and ethical behavior
  • Proficient in pumping and sand control operations
  • Familiar with well interventions and workover operations

  • Provides completion design input to the Basis of Completion Design (BOCD), including the formation evaluation program
  • Reviews offset wells and Lessons Learned for input to subsequent well designs and programs
  • Prepares and presents detailed Well Design Review to the project team and management
  • Prepares portions of completions program, critical elements list, load out list, contingency plans, and MOCs
  • Designs well stimulation in conjunction with BHP and service companies' SMEs
  • Perform tubing stress analysis for well life cycle
  • Ability to run torque and drag models
  • Assist in selection, testing of completion components to meet BOCD requirements
  • Works with the BHP Billiton metallurgist to ensure metal selections meet well design requirements
  • Works with the BHP Billiton subsea engineers to incorporate subsea engineering procedures into program and operations
Leads portions of:
  • Post-well or post-campaign review
  • Operational time estimates for input to AFE estimate
  • New completion tool technology evaluations and recommendations
  • Well integrity and barrier analysis
  • Completion input to subsurface and production program

  • Reviews daily activity reports to ensure accuracy and appropriate level of detail
  • Participates in rig-based audits, in support of the Superintendent and HSE Supervisor
  • Participates in After Action Reviews and ensures Lessons Learned are captured
  • Liaises with Supply to ensure timely delivery of equipment and services to meet operational requirements
  • Assists in managing service companies and ensures compliance with contracts
  • Participate in service company Performance Reviews
  • Evaluate and progress continuous improvement opportunities
  • Responsible for retention of critical well records (CEL, tallies, trip sheets, etc.)
  • Review of well designs and operational plans at well/pad kick-off meetings
  • Supporting operations on a daily basis, ensuring program is followed, and anticipating potential problems
  • Evaluating requirements for program changes and raising MOCs as required
  • Identifying potential problems and preparing contingency programs as required
  • Making recommendations on improvement opportunities
  • Well handover process

  • Assists in the preparation of well cost estimates, including accurate cost estimate for AFE generation
  • Closely tracks costs during operations
  • Proposes cost reduction initiatives and drives savings
  • Reconciling AFE vs final tracked costs, investigates variances, and updates cost model as required
  • Raising requisitions and approving invoices in a timely manner

  • Specifies completion equipment for procurement
  • Evaluation of tenders to ensure the best services are contracted at competitive rates
  • Inputs and scope of work to tender documents for third party services

Quality Assurance:
  • Provides engineering input to quality plans for equipment and service tools
  • Ensuring equipment and service tools are manufactured and prepared to QP
  • Write failure investigation reports and non-compliance reports

  • Understands Material Risk Bowties, Critical Controls, and Performance Standards and verifies compliance
  • Assists in preparation of well and operational risk assessments
  • Health, Safety, and Environmental:
  • Participates in HSE incident investigations
  • Participate in behavior-based safety programs
  • Building HSE into well programs
  • Well and operational risk assessments
  • Barrier analyses
  • Regulatory and Joint Venture:
  • Assist in liaising with JVP's on planning and operations
  • Permit applications, documentation and submissions to regulators
  • Compliance with all applicable regulations

  • Drives own technical and professional development
  • Guides the technical and professional development of junior engineers on the team
  • Mentors and trains office based engineers to where they are able to work independently

About You

  • Engineering degree (Petroleum, Mechanical or Chemical) preferred
  • 7+ years in the Drilling, Completion and Well Intervention industry, 2+ years wellsite supervision preferred; engineering and/or operations experience with different well types and/or campaigns. Spanish speaking is preferred.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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