Leroy - Petroleum Engineer

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Year joined in: 2014

Position joined as: Graduate Petroleum Engineer

What is your degree in?

I have a degree in mechanical engineering from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

What does your job involve?

As a Petroleum Engineer, I’ve been tasked with the surveillance of the wells for an oil field offshore Peninsular Malaysia.

Our team is responsible for all activities relating to the wells, including monitoring the productivity, injectivity and integrity of each oil producer, water injector, gas producer and gas injector in the field.

If there were any issues with a well, we’re responsible for developing solutions, either mechanically or chemically.

Tell us about your journey so far with Petrofac

I joined the Petrofac graduate programme at the end of 2014 where I focused on the production of oil wells. I had to monitor their production rates, ensuring the wells were optimised and adhered to the reservoir management plan. I also had to monitor any changes on the wells which might have affected their performance and could have changed the daily production rate to be lower than the targeted rate.

Towards the end of the graduate programme, and as I gained more experience, my responsibilities widened to include well services such as well integrity, protecting the base and production enhancement. All of these services are incredibly complex and have to be planned carefully.

What is the most exciting project you’ve been involved in?

Whilst on the graduate programme, I saw the shutting down phase of a brownfield project followed by the start-up of phase two of the project. The most exciting process for me was the optimisation of the wells to maximise their production rates.

Our team worked together to understand the true potential of the wells and reached our target production for the year. I vividly remember the times that we waited anxiously for the reports on total production the day after the optimisation procedures.

The project has come a long way over the last ten years and the stability and performance of the field has vastly improved.

How has Petrofac supported your ongoing training and development?

I would say that I’ve developed the most through on-the-job training and my daily tasks. I’ve also been to supply bases and platforms, which has given me the opportunity to learn the mechanisms of the equipment used, as well as to witness specific operations such as drilling, completions and well interventions.

The senior engineers, supervisors and team leads have all been very helpful and have dedicated a lot of time to myself and the other junior colleagues in the department.

The graduate programme helped you build a strong technical foundation for your career. What would you say to someone considering joining the graduate programme at Petrofac?

The sky is the limit! It’s a company for individuals who are hungry for experience and who want to try something new in their roles. If you’re looking for different challenges and good guidance early in your career, then the Petrofac graduate programme is for you.