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Project Engineer, Decommissioning

Date: Mar 16, 2023

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Apache Corporation

Company Overview

Our primary product is energy, and where there is affordable, abundant energy, people are healthier, have access to better education, and are given greater opportunities to elevate their families to higher standards of living.

Nearly 3 billion people — roughly one-third of the global population — live without electricity or without clean cooking facilities. We are committed to providing energy in innovative and more sustainable ways to help raise the standard of living for those living in energy poverty and to meet the ongoing demands of people and economies around the world.

The products we deliver power increasingly cleaner electricity across the globe, fuel tractors and trucks, make fertilizer to keep the world's food supply on the table, and heat our schools, hospitals and businesses.

Our employees bring a wide range of talents and skills to the job every day to tackle complex business challenges. We believe in providing a truly rewarding work environment supported by a benefits platform that ranks among the best in our peer group. Our company offers career development opportunities where employees can grow personally and professionally. We promote employee benefits that cultivate a family-friendly work environment and focus on our employees' overall well-being.

We are committed to being a workplace where all employees are valued and can thrive with a sense of belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion benefits our individual employees, our company and our external stakeholders; we are better as an organization when various ideas and perspectives are brought to the table.

Apache Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA). Apache has operations in the United States, Egypt's Western Desert and the United Kingdom's North Sea and a sister company with exploration opportunities offshore Suriname. Whether supporting Apache, APA Corporation or one of its subsidiaries, team members are employed by Apache Corporation.

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Specific Responsibilities

The Project Engineer, Decommissioning provides engineering to support decommissioning of structures and/or pipelines located in the GoM (Gulf of Mexico).  This position reports to either the Project Manager, Structures Decommissioning or Project Manager, Pipeline Decommissioning.

The position is responsible for:
•    Assisting with planning and executing work activities to decommission oil and gas structures and/or pipelines
•    Ensuring decommissioning activities are completed safely, within budget and per schedule
•    EH&S (Environmental, Health and Safety) and engineering best practices are adopted and addressed in all aspects of work planning and execution
•    Interfacing with all other Apache decommissioning disciplines (Asset, Operations, Drilling, Land, Regulatory, Finance, Legal, Logistics, and EH&S) for planning and execution of projects.
•    Preparing permit applications (e.g, pipeline abandonment, removal, site clearance), responding to regulatory agencies queries necessary for obtaining regulatory approvals.
•    Preparing cost estimates and AFEs (Authorization for Expenditure) and managing costs, delivering projects within approved AFE.
•    Assisting supply chain by advising on potential contract vendors and suppliers, preparing bid packages, and evaluating bid submittals to award contracts.  
•    Assisting with Contractor management including safety performance and overseeing Apache EH&S vessel/site representatives and inspectors. 
•    Reviewing engineering (including heavy lift designs, e.g., decks, jackets, etc.), offshore procedures, participating in risk assessments (HAZID/HAZOP) and completing pre-removal checklist prior to contractor mobilizing to site.
•    Ensuring hydrocarbon fluids and chemicals from decommissioned facilities are properly disposed and NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) is properly remediated in accordance with industry standards and governmental regulations, 
•    Ensuring hydrocarbon fluids and chemicals from flushed pipelines are properly disposed of in accordance with industry standards and governmental regulations.  
•    Ensuring pipelines are structures and/or pipelines are abandoned in accordance with approved permits
•    If pipelines are recovered, ensuring pipe is properly remediated of NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) in accordance with industry standards and governmental regulations, and delivered to scrap yard.
•    Ensuring site clearance verification is performed at the platform location and no debris or potential obstructions to other users of the OCS (Outer Continental Shelf) remain. 
•    Interfacing with the project team to support synergies and resolve SIMOPS in the offshore operations
•    Working with cost controller to provide monthly accruals as well as forecast cost to complete costs.
•    Working with project scheduler to develop schedule as well as provide regular schedule updates and completion dates  
•    Keep abreast of project changes and align project priorities and goals to meet schedules
•    Report project progress and outlook to the Project Manager, Structures Decommissioning or Project Manager, Pipeline Decommissioning

Qualifications & Experience

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (or equivalent discipline, e.g., Naval Architecture)
•    Minimum 3-5 years’ experience of offshore projects in planning, delivering, or decommissioning
•    Full understanding of standard practices and interfacing requirements with project planning, development, engineering, procurement, and decommissioning activities for offshore facilities
•    Skilled in interfacing offshore work teams, including EH&S, job hazard analysis, risk analysis, equipment and personnel logistics, procedure development, and day-to-day operation offshore
•    Experience with regulatory agencies and requirements for decommissioning 
•    Strong communication, analytical, leadership, and planning skills

Travel Requirements
•    10-20% on a normal basis
•    Offshore site visits as needed for project coordination and facility evaluation

Work Schedule
•    4-1/2 days (40-hour work week); office (Tuesday – Thursday) with remote working Mondays and Fridays (subject to change)
•    As needed for offshore site visits and weekends


The successful candidate should demonstrate and exhibit the following core competencies:

  • Communication: Writes, speaks, and presents information effectively and persuasively across communication setting;
  • Results: Pursues work with energy, drive, and results orientation to positively impact Apache's business success;
  • Collaboration: Works in partnership with others and encourages different perspectives, while building and maintaining trust; and
  • Culture: Willingness and ability to align one's behavior with the needs, priorities, and goals of Apache.

Apache Statement on Hiring

To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to base all employment-related decisions and actions exclusively on employment-related criteria. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to provide broad dissemination of job opportunities, as consistent with the nature of the positions. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to review its employment-related policies and actions on a regular basis to ensure that their application is consistent with their intent.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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