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Production Engineering Advisor (GoM Asset Optimization) Job

Date: Aug 12, 2019

Location: Houston, Texas, US

Company: Hess Corporation


Hess is a leading international independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. 

We have an industry leading position in the Bakken in North Dakota – a key U.S. shale play. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia.

Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at 



The role involves implementation of Operational Excellence in Hess, which is underpinned by key strategies for EHS, Integrity, Reliability, Asset Optimization and Cost management. The area of focus will be Asset Optimization. The Production Engineer has responsibilities in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and People (SQDCP).

The core function of Production Engineers (PE) is to help the asset optimize production deploying the “Hess Way of Working.” Normal job deliverables include development projects, production optimization projects, modeling well operating limits and integrated system capacities, analyzing the performance of existing and planned wells, gathering systems and facilities to ensure optimum production delivery from Hess' assets. PE serve as the focal point between the Offshore Operations Team and Onshore Discipline Engineers and supporting functions. They optimize production by providing a broad range of engineering, technical and operational input. The nature of work can be brownfield or greenfield and the assets can be Hess-operated or operated by others (OBO).



EHS & Regulatory Compliance


  • Understand enterprise and asset EHS targets
  • Support the design and execution of new wells and well interventions, to meet/beat asset EHS targets through assessments (such as risk assessments and Hazid/Hazops) to assure that Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday is Home Safe
  • Support the Safety Observation Card and the Leadership Site Visit (LSV) program when offshore
  • Foster a proactive safety culture in thought and action


Production and Cost Deliverables


Production Optimization:

  • Responsible for well production/injection surveillance
  • Model the inflow and outflow system to optimize production. This includes completion performance (flux) modeling, inflow and outflow performance modelling, nodal analysis and Integrated Production Modeling (IPM)
  • Provide support for production-related well problems (lift, flow assurance and hardware/software issues)
  • Collaborate with Subsurface, Onshore Operations Engineers and Reliability Engineers to optimize production and manage/reduce production constraints and downtime
  • Provide guidance for monitoring, managing and remediating downhole corrosion, hydrate, scale, waxes, paraffins, asphaltenes, including chemical treatment and well interventions
  • Establish and explain the Well Operating Envelope (WOE) and provide well management guidelines to offshore. Utilize trending and visualization tools to validate production and allocation data with calibrated models to ensure compliance with specified operating limits.
  • Function as Project Manager for intervention projects following applicable aspects of the “Hess Way of Projects” and manages multidisciplinary teams to frame/screen and refine and safely execute interventions


Greenfield Developments:

  • Input into well concept selection (sand control needs, multi-zone completions, smartness of wells, artificial lift and flow assurance requirements, virtual metering and such)
  • Interface with Drilling, Completions, Subsurface, Facilities and Operations engineering personnel on well design and construction.
  • Determine well completion attributes required (tubing size, sand control, artificial lift, gauge, chemical injection requirements and such) and input into the Well SOR


Value Estimation:

  • Coordinate economic analysis with Reservoir Engineer and Decision Analysis (DA) group to support production optimization and interventions
  • Input into decision analysis of production optimization opportunities


Business Process:

  • Provide hub availability and reliability assumptions, Short-Term Production Forecasts (STPF) and uncertainty analysis for Monthly Business Reviews and the yearly Budget and Plan process plan process
  • Support the annual Asset Value Plan (AVP) and Reserves Process by providing input into the Long-Term Production Forecast (LTPF) generated by the Reservoir Engineer and by providing and/or supporting life-of-field operating expenditures (OPEX), Capex and Abex estimates for OBO assets




  • 15+ years relevant industry experience in Production Engineering.
  • Minimum Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Petroleum, Mechanical, Chemical, etc.) or equivalent discipline
  • Field Operations experience a plus (Facilities Engineering, Operations Engineering)
  • Skilled in the use of Production Engineering software (Nodal modelling software, OFM, PI) and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Projects, Outlook)
  • Ability to work with Wellcat or reservoir simulators a plus
  • Knowledge of hydrocarbon and water Production Engineering concepts
  • Deepwater, floating facility, subsea operating experience, hardware and well completions knowledge a plus
  • Familiar with risk management, work management, defect elimination, Management of Change (MOC) and document control processes
  • Helicopter Underwater Emergency Training (HUET)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical and complex problem-solving skills with attention to detail and process improvements
  • Ability to work effectively with minimum supervision in a diverse, dynamic and multidisciplinary team environment




The Hess Way of Working refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance

Hess is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Posting Notes: Scott Jordan | Employee | Production / Operations Engineering | United States| Texas | Houston | | |  | | No | 25252