Petroleum Engineer

Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C.
Norman, OKNorman, OK

Washington, D.C.

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: BE, Petroleum, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil Engineering

Position Description: The project will provide an 11-week training program for two interns, based out of Washington D.C., and will focus on performing the duties of an entry level Petroleum Engineer. This project will expand the Fluid Minerals Division program due diligence and oversight capacity with emphasis in two areas of field operations – nationwide idle wells inventory of 25+ year-old idle wells in the BLM and the nationwide oil and gas bond adequacy review program. The prospective interns will gain an understanding of BLM oversight and field operations though review and analysis of the latest statuses and actions pertaining to the Idle Well & Bond Adequacy. The interns will work with the operational data from the Automated Fluid Minerals Support System (AFMSS) database, holding data for 100,000 onshore wellbores across 46,000 leases, to analyze idle well and bond adequacy review reports to verify field office compliance with guidelines and procedures outlined in the respective information memorandum for these reviews. The Idle Well and Bond Adequacy review includes analysis of progress as reported by field offices. The intern(s) will work with the Fluid Minerals Division Petroleum Engineers, Fluid Minerals Program Lead and the Fluid Minerals Deputy and Division Chief to update annual strategies for data integrity and oversight.

The interns will complete assigned duties designed to provide them with experience in all aspects of the Fluid Mineral Division including: the operational database system, analysis of and critical thinking towards reports, and provide recommendations of potential areas of improvement to senior staff. The interns will work with the field office staff to validate the data, determine trends, concerns, program vulnerabilities, and identify best practices. The interns may travel to the field for up to two weeks to enhance their understanding of field operations, assist field staff with daily operations, and validate report results from AFMSS. The Washington Office will evaluate the success of the interns based on their qualitative and quantitative ability to perform the duties of an entry level Petroleum Engineer.

The project goals are to consolidate, analyze, identify trends, concerns, program vulnerability, and best practices; summarize and provide recommendations for the Idle Well/Bond Adequacy report. This critical thinking and data analysis will help the Washington Office with data integrity and due diligence oversight for the oil and gas program.

 

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Oklahoma Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Petroleum Engineering or Geology

Position Description:A suitable intern candidate is needed to help with the daily workload within the Oklahoma Field Office as a petroleum engineer/geologist. The Oklahoma Field Office processes oil and gas permits. The Individual would work alongside experienced petroleum engineers within the BLM as well as reviewing projects submitted by the oil and gas industry. The Individual will gain knowledge of BLM databases as well as other software such as Power tools, Petra and ArcMap. This project will also assist in reviewing and approving unit agreements, drainage cases, monitoring annual unit activity through Plans of Development, generating 1st and last production memos, communization agreements, analyzing commercial well determination requests, analyzing geological data, and terminating Unit Agreements. The intern will assist in processing APD’s, Sundry notices, and drainages cases.

A portion of this project would include assisting the Oklahoma Field Office with reviewing Operators Bonds. As operators acquire new properties, drill more wells or become noncompliant, the bond(s) must be evaluated and potentially modified. The intern will receive training to assist in job goals as well as familiarize them with the overall BLM mission.

This project would assist this office by developing efficient methods for reviewing bonds, drainage cases, Unit proposals, plans of development, 1st production memos, and commercial well determinations. These goals would further benefit and refine the reservoir management program by aiding in drainage analysis for federal production on leases and units and in managing leases and Unit Agreements.

 

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