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Getting to grips with formation damage

First event in YP Aberdeen’s ‘Simplified Series 2013 - demystifying petroleum engineering’

Around 45 SPE Aberdeen members attended an informative technical session organised by the Section’s Young Professionals and hosted by SPE RGU Student Chapter at its Schoolhill campus, on 30 January.

YP Committee member Nazli Lochrie introduced Michael Byrne, Senergy’s Global Technical Head of Formation Damage, whose detailed presentation, ‘Formation Damage – Measurements and Implications’, included the key message that formation damage is not natural and is caused by man-made processes such as drilling, completion, attempted stimulation, production, well intervention and injection.

Formation damage, he said, is the reduction of the near wellbore permeability and may impact negatively on the well performance, field life and value. The issues of formation damage can be solved by reducing near wellbore flow rates, using less damaging fluids and even stabilising the fines. In conclusion, Michael explained that formation damage is measurable and quantifiable, and with future technological advancements we can model wells and near-well bores with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics).

Following a lively Q&A session, the attendees enjoyed light refreshments and the opportunity to network with fellow SPE members.

Senior Reservoir Engineer

£31,021 – £37,851 plus £37,790 specialist allowance per annum Based Aberdeen Ref: IRC75410

The Licensing, Exploration and Development Unit (LED) within DECC works to promote exploration for oil and gas resources over the UKCS and ensures field developments maximise the economic recovery of hydrocarbons while paying due regard to the environment. We are looking for a talented and suitably qualified Senior Reservoir Engineer to join us in Aberdeen.

You will be responsible for assessing new and ongoing field developments, to ensure that they achieve the maximum recovery of economic hydrocarbons, and for promoting the development of Fallow Discoveries and exploitation of Near Field Potential for existing infrastructure.

Roxar is an international technology company to the oil & gas industry. The company develops solutions for reservoir management and production optimisation for oil & gas companies challenged with maximising returns from their reservoir assets. Roxar is part of Emerson Process Management.


You will utilise your reservoir engineering skills in addressing field development issues across the wide range of reservoir contexts covering both clastic and carbonate reservoirs containing fluids varying from heavy oil through to gas condensate under conditions varying from normal pressure and temperature to HPHT through all phases of field life from pre-development to cessation of production.

In addition to a first degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline, you must have a strong technical background in field development and be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in the reservoir engineering skills necessary to address oil and gas field appraisal and development issues across a wide range of assets in the North Sea.

This role requires a team player with a proactive approach and the ability to handle a high level of responsibility. You will also need strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills as well as technical expertise and credibility to win the respect of colleagues and industry representatives.

Reservoir Simulation Developer

The growing use of Roxar’s Tempest MORE reservoir simulator means we are expanding the development team in Oxford UK. If you have a proven track record in simulator development and want to make a real difference by work- ing in a small group on a code that is used across the world please contact us.

Areas of interest include advanced well modelling, compositional simulation, chemical flooding and solver programming.

Contact or call +44 1865 71 28 28 for more details.

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Closing date: 22nd March 2013

Interviews: expected to be week beginning 11th April 2013.

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