Degree and university: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London
Job title: Reservoir Engineer, Shell, based in Aberdeen
What do you actually do? I’m one of Shell’s Reservoir Engineers, in charge of managing a cluster consisting of three different fields. My work includes daily reservoir surveillance, in order to ensure that operations are carried out safely and that the reservoir behaviour is well understood, and production optimisation, which includes analysis of water injection strategy and reviewing of possible opportunities over the fields.
I work closely with the onshore and offshore team in order to exchange essential information. My role is to interpret data obtained from the field in order to make predictions and to suggest the best strategy for maximum production. I also closely monitor the reservoir behaviour such as pressure evolution so that operations are carried out safely.
As an MSc graduate in Petroleum Engineering, my choice of career was naturally towards the oil industry. The internship that I did with Shell played a central role in my decision to join the company, because it gave me an accurate and true picture of how the company works.
I knew that Shell was a renowned multinational company that could offer challenging projects and many international opportunities. But it was only after my internship that it took on full meaning for me.
Indeed, I worked on the latest analysis technique developed in well-testing with the opportunity to apply it to various oilfields over the world. I’ve also noticed the impressive, balanced working environment that the company provides. My department was at the same time a business-competitive place where everyone could progress and make important decisions from day one, and a friendly community, where help and co-operation were ever-present. Those qualities and the possibility for me to handle my own career were definitely the main points that motivated me to choose Shell for a full-time position.
What do you like about what you do and are there any downsides? As a Shell Reservoir Engineer, I really like the way I get to work with people from different disciplines. From a technical point of view, I really appreciate the fact I was given the full responsibility of a Reservoir Engineer on day one, although my technical coach and peers were always available for discussions if necessary.
Because of its technical excellence, Shell provides exciting and challenging projects that lead to many opportunities. Moreover, the working experience that you get is extremely valuable, as it’s one of the most successful international oil companies. Shell’s size and international presence combined with the possibility to handle your own career, allow you to achieve any goals you wish, as long as you have the determination.
Looking to the future, I’d like to build up a solid petroleum engineering background so I can tackle more and more challenging and exciting projects. In the long-term, I’d also like to focus more on the co-ordination of multidisciplinary subsurface work and field development proposals.