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Petroleum engineers conduct studies for the exploration, development and extraction of oil and gas deposits; and plan, design, develop and supervise projects for the drilling, completion, testing and re-working of oil and gas wells. They are employed by petroleum producing companies, consulting companies, well logging or testing companies, in government, and research and educational institutions.
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- Conduct feasibility assessment studies for developing new oil and gas fields
- Direct and monitor oil and gas drilling operations
- Develop drilling programs, select sites and specify drilling fluids, bit selection, drill stem testing procedures and equipment
- Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing and well surveys
- Design and select artificial lift machinery, and well and surface production equipment and systems and specify programs for corrosion control and oil or gas treatment
- Develop specifications for and monitor and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery
- Analyze reservoir rock and fluid data to design optimum recovery methods and to predict reservoir performance and reserves
- Monitor and forecast oil and gas reservoir performance and recommend oil recovery techniques which extend the economic life of wells
- Design, develop and co-ordinate the installation, maintenance and operation of subsea well-head and production equipment.
Petroleum engineers may specialize in drilling, production, reservoir analysis or subsea operations.
Outlook & Prospects for Petroleum Engineers in North Shore Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|North Shore Region||2011-06-07|
Currently the chances of Petroleum Engineers finding employment are limited because only a small number of people in this occupation are employed in the local area. Presently there are very few, if any, potential businesses noted as employing this occupational group. From our extensive observations we have not seen any posted job vacancies for this occupation in our area in the past year. Postings for Engineering positions may be found on the employment opportunities page on the Engineers Nova Scotia website www.apens.ns.ca.
EnCana continues its Deep Panuke in Guysborough County. Natural gas from Deep Panuke will be processed offshore and transported, via subsea pipeline, to Goldboro, Nova Scotia for further transport to market via the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. First gas is expected from Deep Panuke in 2011. The Sable Offshore Energy Project, also in Guysborough, is operated by Exxon Mobil and partners, it has been producing gas since 1999. Exxon announced in July 2010 they will not be expanding the development due to low natural gas prices. Production has declined gradually and is expected to last only a few more years.
Although employment opportunities locally are limited, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Petroleum Engineers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Petroleum Engineers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Feb 18 – Feb 22, 2013
- Pieridae Energy Canada Ltd., who are proposing a LNG export facility for Guysborough County, have opened an office in Halifax
Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18, 2013
- The number of job losses at Windsor Salt in Pugwash will now exceed 50, according to the union. The fine salt operation will close, leaving only the mining of rock salt.
Week of Dec 10 – Dec 14, 2012
- Canada Salt will close its Pugwash fine salt mine at the end of January 2013, putting forty-two employees at the mine out of work
Week of Oct 22 – Oct 26, 2012
- $5B liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility announced for Goldboro in Guysborough County. The project forecasts 1500 workers at peak construction.
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