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Drilling Senior Well Site Leader (SWSL)

Job Title: Drilling Senior Well Site Leader (SWSL)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Basra, Iraq
REF: 1456
Contact Name: Ghusoon Nader
Job Published: 12 months ago

Job Description

MSELECT is looking on behalf of a major global Oil and Gas client in Basra for a Drilling Senior Well Site Leader (SWSL). The SWSL is responsible for the implementation of the drilling programme, utilizing good oil field practices, 15 + years’ drilling experience, at least 5 years as SWSL, the position is on fixed rotation, the candidate must be fluent in Arabic and English.
Job summary
  • The SWSL reports to the Drilling Supervisor Team Leader, who in turn reports to the Drilling Manager.
  • The role of the SWSL is to ensure that HSE goals, Operational Integrity, Standards and Well Objectives are not compromised during drilling and completion operations.
  • Mentoring of Iraqi National staff.
  • This job will be a combination of day-rate and turnkey operations working a 28/28 rotation, predominantly rig based.
  • The wells will be vertical, directional S and J shaped with varying step outs, and high angle to horizontal with varying step outs.
  • Must possess valid well control certificate (IWCF or IADC surface stack supervisor).
  • Must have excellent English verbal, written, and listening skills.
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Must be able to work on own initiative; use proactive approach to problem solving and avoidance.
  • Pad-drilling experience would be an asset.
Key responsibilities
  • Active HSE Leadership.
  • Active monitoring and directing of operations including but not limited to HSE; well control; planning and preparation of upcoming operations; issuing of clear instructions to the drilling contractor based on the requirements laid down in the Standards, the drilling program, discussions with town and indications from the well; communication with various contractors on and off site; observing, interpreting, understanding and reacting to changes in drilling parameters and downhole trends; adequate reporting; good oilfield practices etc.
  • The SWSL will provide mentoring and support to the development of Iraqi National staff.
  • Monitor service providers through formal audit and inspections to promote good HSE & oil field practice.
  • Must drill wells in a safe, efficient, and effective manner for the organization.
  • Must be willing to be mobile and work on a secure pad in a remote desert environment.
  • Must be able to take responsibility and manage tasks through to completion.
  • Must be able to react quickly and with flexibility in a dynamic environment.
  • Must adhere to a rigid code of conduct and respect diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs.
  • Must mentor/coach the organization or drilling contractor staff to follow API and oilfield best practices.
  • Must review / audit at least one JSA and PTW on a daily basis and ensure that TBTs are actually taking place and, more importantly, are participated in/understood.
  • Must get engaged in incident investigations and coach the rig contractors how to conduct an investigation and write a report.
  • Must ensure rigs follow the approved standard operating procedures (SOP) for their operations.
  • Must review SOPs for suitability / completeness and identify gaps and work with various entities to improve drilling contractor operations.
  • Must lead after-action and lessons-learned reviews per hole section to quickly communicate improvement opportunities to the Drilling Engineer.
  • Must conduct well control (and other) audits.
  • Must review and close out write-ups on the Corrective-Action Registers (CARs) on the rig while implementing a continuous-improvement program.
  • Must participate in pre-tour and critical pre-job safety meetings.
  • Must review and follow / implement the agreed-upon drilling program, verifying that approved operational steps are adhered to and promulgated in appropriate plans forward.
  • Must ensure an MoC is accomplished if operations need to deviate from the agreed-upon drilling program or SOP.
  • Must directly oversee operations that deviate from normal activities, such as tight hole / hole problems/flow checks / tripping off bottom/running casing / all cementing operations.
  • Must convey the HSE lessons learned (review incident reports) with assigned rig crews and organization personnel.
  • Must participate in ALL drills and offer post-drill constructive criticism, if necessary.
  • Must verify / witness BOP tests and ensure the BOP testing schedule is adhered to or dispensation is approved.
  • Must witness all operations involving equipment, such as wellhead installation and setting and recovering test plugs and wear bushings.
  • Must verify casing operations such as strapping, thread cleaning, drifting, PU/MU/TQ’ing, and doping are happening in accordance with the organization/API standards.
  • Must verify/ensure all appropriate equipment, personnel, OCTG, supplies are ordered/called off in order to execute the drilling program in a timely, competent, coherent fashion.
  • Must review cementing programs and monitor/execute cementing operations (volumes pumped, densities, losses, returns, types and weights of spacers, placement/operation of DVs/MSIPCs).
  • Must monitor and report ANY well-control event and be prepared to assume on-site senior organization representative responsibilities.
  • Must ensure morning reports are well written and accurate and that appropriate well data is input into Landmark OpenWells platform.
  • Must be in the office/site 07:30 hrs. morning call.
  • Must conduct morning, noon, and night walks around the rig and location looking for safety, environmental, and operational hazards; must intervene, if required.
  • Must participate in rig STOP card program or equivalent.
  • Must conduct periodic job observations and discuss with the rig managers how to correct errant behaviors.
  • Must ensure rig leadership meetings are occurring on a daily basis and that valid issues/concerns are actioned or addressed.
  • Must perform operator field authorizations and approvals for all contracted work, as required.
Job requirements
  • 15 + years’ drilling experience, at least 5 years as SWSL.
  • Proficient in safe working practices and good oil field practices.
  • Proven ability to lead drilling operations through theoretical and practical approaches.
  • Ability to understand and work with differing cultures.
  • Valid Well Control certification, as per organisation Standards.
  • Must have international experience (preference for Middle East).
  • Proven Leadership (HSE and Operational) and Mentoring qualities.
  • Must possess valid well control certificate (IWCF or IADC surface stack supervisor).
  • Must have excellent English verbal, written, and listening skills.
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Must be able to work on own initiative; use proactive approach to problem solving and avoidance.
  • Must use initiative to ensure issues are overcome.
  • Must have a patient and calm personality.