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Production Technologists (or Production Engineers as they are also known in some areas) play an essential and unique role by interfacing with and co-ordinating between Reservoir, Well, Surface Engineering and Production Operations. They are involved throughout the complete lifecycle of wells and fields.
Production Technologists unique areas of expertise cover modelling and optimising well inflow and outflow performance, conceptual well and completion design, design of well/reservoir interface (including sand management), Well, Reservoir and Facility Management (including production system modelling and optimisation) and Well Integrity Management (including specification of the operating envelope for the well). The domain of the Production Technologist is from the sandface to the surface choke. Production Technologists are the production impact specialist - they should understand how to optimise production from their existing wells and the impact of completion/well intervention decisions on production performance over the life of the well.
Production Technologists are at the centre of Shell’s oil and gas production business. Across the globe, our engineers can be found working in day-to-day oil and gas production operations in assets of one of our Operating Units. They are also in teams that prepare development plans to ensure optimal production from our future oil and gas fields, including the commissioning and start-up of our new oil and gas developments.
Meet the Global Discipline Head for Production Technology
David Carpenter is the Global Discipline Head and is based in Houston, USA.
“Over 700 global professionals make up the Production Technology discipline, directly influencing our business by applying our skills to optimise production from the wells, either through better initial design or during the production phase. Production Technologists participate in all phases of an asset’s lifecycle, from conceptual engineering input through design, build, commission, operate and abandon.
Production Technologists are the spider in the web, collaborating closely with other disciplines to find the optimal integrated production system solution to realise optimum value from our assets. As our unique domain of expertise concerns the well’s production potential (inflow and outflow) and technical integrity it is clear that Production Technologists play a crucial role in delivering safe and efficient production every single day!”