Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the pioneer and leader of the petroleum industry in Nigeria. We invest heavily in our employees, which is reflected in our industry-leading development programme and our commitment to see our employees’ ideas travel and come to fruition.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Staff Wells Engineer, Franchise

Job ID.: R149611
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers
Employment Type: Full-time
Business unit: Integrated Gas and Upstream

What is the role? 

  • The role provide Front end Engineering input to assigned project – In both shallow water and land opportunities.
  • Provide the Well Engineering skills, resource, processes and standards for upfront input into the concepts, opportunity framing, field development plans, and economics of a major project opportunity development. Carry out technical design and put together a wells technical specifications document.
  • Progress project all the way to DG4 adhering to the eGWDP. Support the cost estimating processes that lead to budget, ESFS, FID etc. Support relationship management with NAPIMS, NCDMB and CoV to support execution of business plans. Goal Zero delivery in all Wells FE and Operations.


  • Carry out detailed technical well design using most current approved group standards and procedures and prepare well technical specifications documenting in details the basis of the well design and the outcome.
  • Provide Well Engineering technical and operational skills, resources, and capabilities to create significant value in technical inputs into a major opportunity development.
  • Provide the project Well Engineering input into field reviews (FRs), opportunity framing, field development plans and economics (FDPs), VARs to ensure overall profitability and reduction in UDC.
  • Represent WE viewpoint in technical reviews and challenges, out-of-the-box thinking, new ideas, evaluation of well concepts and models, investigation of opportunities for local and regional integration of workscope (farm-ins, farm outs), tie-ins (to nearby facilities), leap frogging of rig equipment, etc., to improve the project economics.
  • Leverage the wells global networking in the application of relevant new technology, and benchmarking to ensure continuous improvement in well delivery performance and overall cost optimization.
  • Where necessary, assist C&P in developing technical justification for new contracts and contracting strategies.
  • Join the Wells P&P team to develop Wells CAPEX estimates during business planning and presenting the estimates to JV partners during budget discussions or cost recovery meetings.
  • Develop specifications and standards for HSE critical elements and technical uncertainties in well types, well concepts and technologies recommended for the opportunity, to identify upfront the “Right” well and optimum development option
  • Develop WCCP document for each assigned project.
  • Create and implement processes to ensure well engineering considerations and design criteria selected during the planning phase are employed during execution to mitigate value erosion of the identified savings.
  • Make well engineering input into the Operations Philosophy and Asset Reference Plans.

What we need from you?

  • Technical Skills: A graduate degree in Engineering or Science, with a minimum of 8 years oil and gas drilling and completion experience.
  • Commercial skills: Strong management skills, proponent of Strategic Cost Leadership, deep understanding of commercial implications of emerging ways of working, techniques and technologies. Able to bench mark on local and global scale.
  • People Skills: Exceptional relationship skills and ability to influence at all levels.
  • Good Knowledge of Well Engineering design tools and understanding of the well design processes and project maturation.

Key Challenges:

  • Adherence to eGWDP timeline by interfacing functions.
  • Assurance and control of quality of critical data inputted into the various planning and development processes that precede the actual execution of the projects and impact the full life cycle of the investment.
  • Ability to meet the tasking demands of the various planning and review of FRs, V2V, FDP, VARs and well proposals that take place in a year, each championed by different team leaders and different support teams.
  • Respectable interface with Group and industry-wide experts in well engineering and operations.
  • Maintain a sustainable excellent customer relation by ensuring that the onshore well delivery unit delivers wells that exceed the needs of the development asset teams by managing the interface with the customers (largely through alignment of goals) and within the well engineering department and its contractors by promoting effective team work.
  • Imaginative and investigative mind is required for out-of-the-box thinking, new ideas and challenges that create significant value in field development scenario planning.
  • Identification of HSE critical elements and technical uncertainties in well types and technologies recommended; documentation of inputs, management of cross-discipline buy-ins and challenges.


How to Apply
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