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Wells Completion Engineer

  • Job reference: 933635
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Date posted: 21/01/2021

The Senior Completion Engineer is expected to actively contribute to the success of the Project by adopting an integrated team approach, proposing optimal technical concepts and solutions integrating all stake holder constraints, and proposing a robust design capturing the economical context of the Project. The position reports to the Wells Lead and supports him with robust engineering expertise, delivering high quality studies, analysis and reports, considering local GoM context and HSE considerations, in particular, Major Risks (Blow Out). He closely collaborates with the Drilling & Wells team, SPS team and the 20K team.

The Senior Completion Engineer is responsible for defining, engineering, contracting and delivering to Operations a Completion design fitting the Project requirements and complying with referential and US regulations. This covers the reservoir wellbore interface, lower and upper completions.

Impact on Project: Major impacts on D&Ws HSE though design; wells productivity & resources through reservoir wellbore interface & fluids selection; DrillEx through equipment selection, contract negotiation and operational efficiency of selected system.


  • Actively participate to the D&Ws and Project HSE initiatives. Be pro-active in promoting & implementing methods or actions improving the HSE culture and results of the team.
  • Ensure that all Engineering work covering the position scope is performed in compliance with a high regard to Health, Safety, Security and Environmental requirements.
  • Support the D&Ws and Project CFR initiatives.
  • Digital & Innovations
  • Propose, promote & implement Digital Solutions in line with the Group, Project and team vision, in coordination with the D&Ws Digital representative.
  • Seek new technologies / new solutions to optimize the wells design efficiency and robustness for specific challenges, to optimize operations and to reduce technical risks, avoid failures and improve Safety of Operations.


  • Support the Drilling Engineering team to elaborate the Well Scope of Requirements (WSOR), jointly with the Geosciences team.
  • Design the development wells Reservoir Wellbore Interface, Lower Completion & Upper Completion, tubing as per Project BOD and WSOR. The well design should cover construction, production, intervention and Plug & Abandonment considerations over a typical 25 years well life. Considerations shall be given to skin, contributing length, zonal isolation, sanding risk; hole size, section length, mud weight windows, depletion, material selection, Worst Case Discharge, 20K qualification requirements…
  • Conjointly with the Fluid & Cement Engineer and in coordination with the Drilling Engineering team, select and qualify reservoir drilling & completion fluids suitable for the selected Reservoir Wellbore Interface (formation damage, permeability returns…).
  • Define with Contractors the technical requirement, design and qualifications for the wire line, slick line and coiled tubing equipment.
  • Support the 20K Team in assessing 20K readiness of completion and well intervention equipment and defining qualification requirements. Participate in discussion with the selected Contractor and I3P for the review of Supplier documents and review of subsequent I3P Reports.
  • Support the evaluation of the wells duration and cost estimate (DRILLEX) in coordination with the Drilling & Wells team.
  • Provide effective leadership in Quality performance and compliance for Wells team


  • Prepare RFI, Call For Tenders… Develop technical specifications and commercial scheme, evaluate offers in coordination with the Contract advisor; lead the process and prepare Recommendation To Award dossiers.


15 years in Completion and Well Intervention activities (Engineering & Operations) including all variety of reservoir wellbore interfaces: Open Hole, Cased Hole, FracPack, Gravel Pack, >2 years in High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) Completion, >5 years in Deepwater / Subsea operations, Experience in Equipment Qualification & QAQC.


Completion Design, Tubing Design, Well Intervention design, basis of Geosciences (geology & reservoir), Rock Mechanics, Equipment qualifications, Projects, Interpersonal skills, qualification experience to API 17G (ballot and 3rd Edition), Equipment design and qualification HPHT experience including understanding of ASME Div 2 and Div 3 methodology and API 17TR8, Good knowledge of Regulations and approval process for HPHT field development in GOM. Software: WellCat.

Education & Qualifications:

Master Degree in Engineering or Equivalent, IWCF, T-BOP, Chain of Command ( Standards / Referential)

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