Discover a Career - Apache’s George E. King talks about well completions engineering.
Well completions engineering is very likely the junction point of every other technical discipline in the oil industry. Feed-ins from geosciences and drilling must be balanced with predictions from reservoir engineering and requirements from production to deliver a fit-for-purpose well design. All this must be contained in a package that retains sufficient flexibility to handle life-of-well changes while retaining well integrity beyond the designed life of the well. Expected well life may range from a few years in deep water to more than 70 years in tight gas applications.
Conditions range from the pressure and temperature fluctuations of ultradeep water to those of long horizontals and 20- to 50-multistage-fracture stimulations in shale oil and gas completions. The extremes of pressure and temperature are continually increasing, and environmental requirements are a moving target.
Because of the engineering complexity involved, completions engineering is where a large amount of new technology enters the industry. If you are interested in engineering challenges, then take a closer look at well completions engineering.