Petrophysics is the discipline that identifies and quantifies hydrocarbon resources in the subsurface and evaluates the nature and distribution of rock properties and formation fluids over the life cycle of reservoirs. This is achieved by application and interpretation of downhole logs and laboratory core measurements of the physical rock and fluid properties in the vicinity of a wellbore. Petrophysicists ensure that these results, with uncertainties, are properly reflected in static and dynamic reservoir models. They work in integrated teams and have substantial interfaces with all other subsurface disciplines and well engineering. They provide a robust technical basis for subsurface modelling to make safe and economically justifiable decisions throughout the lifecycle of the field.

As an industry leader in the development and deployment of Petrophysics concepts, workflows and applications, a career in Petrophysics at Shell offers working with cutting-edge technology and provides ample room for innovation. Your role makes a significant impact on our Upstream business, working alongside global experts from a range of disciplines, including Geology, Geophysics, Reservoir Engineering and Well Engineering. Apart from working with the best talent in the industry, you will have a direct influence on Field Development Planning studies, Well-Reservoir-Facilities Management, and Economics of the project.

We are looking for passionate, curious and creative individuals who can pioneer new ways of exploring and developing energy resources around the world. They are energetic team players who take ownership of the team’s results. Candidates should have proven technical acumen as well as a sound understanding of the physics, mathematics and technology involved in advanced Petrophysics.

You will have the opportunity to develop yourself in line with your own ambitions, while simultaneously fulfilling ours by helping us remain one of the leading energy companies in the world. You will get the opportunity to take ownership of your own professional success and personal development. You will also participate in a number of training programs designed to help propel your career at the forefront of the energy industry. Being part of an organisation that promotes a culture of teamwork, integration and inclusivity, you’ll soon discover that it’s the diversity and creativity of our teams that make us a world leader.

First oil at the Tension-Leg Platform of Malikai, located 100 kilometres off the coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah was achieved late 2016. Malikai is Shell’s second deep-water project in Malaysia, following Gumusut-Kakap. Malikai with a number of industry firsts exemplifies our focus on technical progress and competitive project delivery to unlock deep-water resources and meet future energy needs. Valsan Vevakanandan has been at the core of the Malikai development, he says “I felt privileged that as a young Petrophysicist I was entrusted with a flagship project of the size and complexity of Malikai. The complex nature of the highly faulted and thin-bedded reservoirs in the Malikai subsurface presents a unique learning experience that challenges the problem-solver instinct in any engineer. The learning ladder has been steep, and so is the strong disciplinary-wide integrated support system that helped me and the team to deliver First Oil”. The Gumusut-Kakap floating production system has been in operation since October 2014 and has been producing in excess of 100 mmbls of oil since then. Further infill wells are now being matured to maintain production plateau. Tay Ching Hwuang has been the lead Petrophysicist in Gumusut: “There is a lot of pride in working for a flagship asset like Gumusut-Kakap which contributes some 25% of Malaysia’s oil output. Drilling infill wells through partially depleted reservoirs presents a vast technical challenge which poses unique opportunities for a Petrophysicist to work alongside global experts from a range of disciplines to find smart solutions. The technical complexity of the project keeps me energized every day and the diverse team enriches my learning experience.”

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