Shell U.K. Limited
Process Chemist Job ID: E23297
Location: Tullos Office, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Working with limited supervision as part of the UK / Norway Process Chemistry support team of 9 Shell staff, (20 in EPE) you will be located in Aberdeen and your main role will be to provide PC input into development projects in the CNNS and Cross Border asset, with some occasional support to other Shell locations.
You will also provide support as necessary to existing asset operations maintaining performance management of chemical applications and supporting flow assurance and integrity of our assets. This includes estimation and monitoring of chemical spend for specific Performance Units typically $2 – 5M per annum per PU from a Production Chemicals Contract with Approved Contract Value of $350M in Europe over 7 years.
Although you will have no direct Shell staff reports you may be responsible for management of vendor staff and use of vendor contracts supporting Performance Management of chemical applications in the assets and adhoc consultant staff providing project support.
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The Process Chemist is a member of a diverse team of specialists,dealing with a large range of chemical engineering and chemistry challenges,related to on and offshore oil and gas development and production operations. Principal accountabilities will be in the CNNS and Cross Border assets in UK and Norway although some support to our Nl operations may be required.
The work involves:
• Identifying chemistry risks & providing solutions in New Field Development Projects.
This requires providing timely chemistry related inputs into the different phases of oil and gas development projects ensuring effective identification and management of chemistry related risks and opportunities. Inputs may be required at all stages of the project development but will focus initially on the front end stages of the project including feasibility and concept selection,However inputs will also be required into the define phase (Basis for Design) and execution phase of projects. This includes managing and providing chemically related flow assurance and integrity related predictive modeling and interpretation,and identifying defining the chemical application,sampling and analysis strategy and requirements. Key areas of flow assurance and integrity issues where inputs will be required will be in corrosion inhibition,dehydration,water polishing,inorganic scale,wax and asphaltene prediction,mitigation strategy and implementation.
• Performance management and continuous improvement of chemical applications in our upstream production operations,contributing to flow assurance,asset integrity,optimised cost of operations,and effective well,reservoir and facilities management
This involves management,design and troubleshooting of chemical treatments,including selection,application,optimal deployment,and performance management of oilfield chemicals in compliance with legislative requirements and contractual obligations. The work involves managing and working together with chemical vendors. Key areas of troubleshooting and performance management are:
• Glycol / Methanol / Utility fluid treatment to maintain flow assurance
• Chemically enhanced well inflow / outflow treatment. (Includes scale squeeze and liquid unloading)
• Water injection / disposal
• inorganic & organic deposits,hydrates and biofouling.
• Chemical monitoring and control of biologically and chemically generated corrosion.
• Oil / Gas / Condensate / Water treatment to maintain flow assurance
As part of the requirement for continuous improvement there is also a requirement for development and implemention of value adding Chemical Technology working with external and internal research and development institutes.
Flexibility is key with the requirement to provide onsite support to different locations including offshore visits as necessary and inter country support (UK / Norway). You will be working in a multi customer environment and being able to multi task and manage change is essential.
Interface with our internal and other external laboratories and R&D institutes is required as well as effective working with our Well, reservoir and facility management teams in our operations and production directorate and our Reservoir Engineering, Production Technology, Process Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, and Geochemistry discipline teams.
Reducing our cost base is a major challenge and therefore timely delivery of projects and maximizing process uptime and production will be a constant challenge but must never compromise our commitment to maintaining asset integrity and safe operations. In addition you will be challenged to continuously look to lean, simplify and standardize processes to reduce waste and increase efficiency.
Key technical challenges are mainly associated with:
a) integrating new infrastructure into existing brown field developments which can result in the requirement for the use of chemical applications which have excellent primary functionality but when applied to brownfield process equipment may have severe secondary affects. Eg Requirement for high efficiency chemical corrosion inhibition but inability for process to handle the secondary affect of CI on separation and oil to sea.
b) meeting the continuously more demanding legislative environmental and safety (Reach) constraints applied to chemicals and oil to sea discharges.
c) implementing value adding chemical technologies into our new projects and existing facilities.
You will have as a minimum BSc or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering, with a good honours degree preferred and significant experience in Oilfield Process Chemistry operations or development projects A good general knowledge of Liquid Hydrocarbon and Gas processing/operations and in depth knowledge of oilfield flow assurance issues and oilfield chemical treatments is essential.
Good communication skills and general skills in Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) required, with preferred.
IT skills in Process chemistry and Process Engineering software eg ScaleChem, StreamAnalyzer, Unisim.
Application Deadline: Monday 21 March 2011
Number of Vacancies: 1
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