HR Discussion - Unconventional job hiring for unconventional resources development.
Unconventional resources are those that were bypassed by conventional oil and gas recovery technologies for decades because they were not considered economically feasible to produce. Improvements since the early 1990s in geophysical and geochemical exploration and in drilling and completion technologies have opened up vast new resources both onshore and offshore.
Some unconventional resources are in hostile or challenging environments such as the Arctic tundra or deep water. Others are in regions that have not previously experienced extensive oil and gas development and thus lack infrastructure and community and political support. Unconventional resources encompass tight oil and gas formations, shale gas, coalbed methane, heavy oil, oil shale, deep and ultradeepwater plays, and gas hydrates. Each of these types of play requires unique strategies and expertise to develop them. Hiring geoscientists and engineers for unconventional projects has never been more daunting.
TWA’s Human Resources (HR) Discussion Team had a roundtable discussion on unconventional resources, HR requirements, and career development strategy with two experts in unconventional resources development and resourcing—Mike Maneffa and George Alameda of Chevron.