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Careers in Geosciences
The world needs more energy to spur development and sustain a growing and wealthier population. Rising living standards are increasing demand for energy, water and food, while concerns about climate continue. Even in the context of the shifting energy balance towards more renewable energy resources, fossil hydrocarbons will remain important for decades to come.
However, oil and gas supplies are becoming harder to find and produce, which is why we need talented, innovative and creative individuals who can help us tackle the energy challenge the world faces. Shell geoscientists work in highly collaborative, cross-disciplinary environments and use a variety of technologies and methodologies to deliver first-rate performance. From analysing data gathered using the most innovative technologies to managing uncertainties and making informed decisions in Exploration, Development and Production, Shell geoscientists contribute to the success of the Upstream business over its full lifecycle.
If you join us, you will enjoy excellent training and unique self-guided career development with ample opportunities worldwide. You will have access to resources to help you turn your ideas into reality, not to mention the opportunity to enjoy outstanding benefits and rewards that support your quality of life. Join us and let’s make a real difference together.
Dirk Smit, Shell Chief Scientist Geophysics
“Geophysical technologies are going to play a crucial role in supplying the world with energy in the decades to come. A lot more hydrocarbons are going to be needed because the world’s population is growing so fast.”
The challenge Shell geophysicists face is locating more harder-to-find hydrocarbons. These might be buried several kilometres under the ground under complex geological formations such as salt, under ice sheets in the Arctic or captured in small accumulations that are difficult to detect.
Shell has the one of the strongest reputations in the industry in geophysics – we are at the forefront of using seismic imaging that plays a central role in finding oil and gas deposits, and we invest more than our competitors in Research & Development.”
The Sivas Basin, Central Turkey
Shell geoscientists use a variety of technologies and methodologies to explore for hydrocarbons in regions such as the Sivas Basin – a relatively unexplored area in central Turkey. The ENE-SSW trending asymmetric basin at the easternmost tip of the Central Anatolian Block is characterised by complex structural geological settings and complicated stratigraphy with many unconformity horizons. When one exploration well was drilled in 1974, it was found to contain up to 8000m of clastic, carbonate and evaporitic/gypsiferous sediments.
Shell geoscientists used remote sensing techniques to carry out a detailed geological mapping over the Sivas licence blocks in Turkey. Image processing methods such as principal component analysis and classification methods were applied to highlight lithological features of the basin. In addition a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) analysis was carried out to expose the structural features of the basin.
The resulting geological map derived from satellite imagery proved to be an invaluable dataset supporting seismic gravity-magnetics interpretation. It represents real improvement to the existing geological maps and allows for better-informed business decisions.
Meet the Manager
Ross Abernethy is the Discipline Chief for Geoscience and is based in India.
“In Shell India we have employees working on projects for the giant gas fields offshore Australia and Indonesia. Others are planning wells and building the models to underpin development decisions on Majnoon, a giant oilfield in Iraq. There are also a number of projects on smaller fields, but no less important to those who own and manage them, so the focus on quality never waivers.
Shell offers the opportunity to travel abroad and be a part of major projects that affect the lives of millions of people throughout the world. The company has a fairly informal working style, making it a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere that encourages new ideas. There is a strong culture of coaching in Shell India to help develop the technical skills of our junior employees and the leadership skills of senior employees.
In the first four to six years of joining Shell India, an experienced geoscientist can expect to work on multiple projects in Bangalore for various Shell businesses around the world. Employees will also get the opportunity to compete in internal Shell group resourcing where they can secure roles in other countries to build on their strengths and address development needs. Many of our employees have gone to Malaysia, Brunei, Gabon, Australia, Europe and other places.”