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Reservoir Engineers at Shell stimulate innovation and ensure that we remain at the forefront of technology innovation. As part of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and innovative energy companies, a Reservoir Engineering job will see you transforming petrophysical and geological data into dynamic reservoir models, as well as developing a detailed understanding of the distribution of oil, gas and water across our sites.

Working with some of the industry’s most advanced technology on the world’s most pioneering oil and gas projects, you will see your research and work make a real impact. Whether developing economically viable plans, forecasting oil and gas flow rates and projecting the number of wells needed to optimise recovery, or recommending where wells should be located and how their maximum efficiency can be achieved, you will play a crucial role in our developing energy solutions for the world.  

For a career in Reservoir Engineering, candidates should be skilled professionals with proven experience. Excellent technical knowledge is essential, but there are training and development opportunities available to improve on both engineering and commercial acumen skills.

Being part of a large and cooperative team, you will be able to rely on, and work with, some of the leading minds in the industry. As such, a willingness to collaborate and learn from others as part of a culture that encourages cooperation and diversity is a must. With unrivalled development opportunities and the scope to deliver groundbreaking energy solutions that make a difference, careers in Reservoir Engineering at Shell are some of the most rewarding in the industry.

Meet the team

Roos van Ditzhuijzen, Senior Reservoir Engineer for Projects and Technology, first came to Shell from a long career in another energy company as she was looking for a career with a broader scope. “I thought Shell was interesting because it is very large,” she says. “It has many more opportunities and locations than the company I was working for. That’s the main reason I made the switch.”

As part of a project that aims to reinstate production at a shut-in oil field, she is a member of a team that focuses on collaboration and mutual learning. “I gain technical knowledge just by talking to experts within Shell,” she says. “All the relevant disciplines are in the team – it’s all integrated.”

For Roos, this collaborative culture is one part of what makes Shell a great place to work, another is their scope. “Shell is interesting because it is very large, it has many opportunities, and it has many locations. There is a very wide variety of fields that you can work in.”

While this is something Roos clearly values in her work at Shell, it would be nothing without the organisation’s passionate environment. “People are really enthusiastic, eager to help and really driven,” she says. “It’s very motivating.”


Parque das conchas

Shell has been involved in deepwater exploration and production for over three decades. Parque das Conchas (BC-10) represents one of our most challenging and ambitious projects.

Located approximately 120 kilometres off the coast of Brazil, and with a water depth of nearly 2,000 metres, the scattered nature of the reservoirs of Parque das Conchas has presented a technical challenge to our highly experienced reservoir engineers.

Using technology such as machinery to separate oil and gas on the seabed, rather than on the surface; and special umbilical cables that connect each reservoir to a power supply and feed chemicals to the seabed production system, our team of reservoir engineers have had to develop innovative ways to access these hard-to-reach reserves.

The scale and scope of projects like these, and the opportunities it presents for ambitious reservoir engineers, is just one of the reasons why careers at Shell are so exciting.

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