Company Name: North Sea Transition Authority
Job Posted Date: 2022-12-01T11:52:40.000Z
Location: Aberdeen City, Scotland, United Kingdom
Job Industry: Oil & Energy
Experience Level: Mid-Senior level
Applicants Count: 47
Job Description: Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.
We aim to create a diverse team of talented, committed individuals; and be a great place to work; where employees are supported to develop their capability in a dynamic, busy organisation whilst promoting a positive work life balance.
Flexible working is a key element for many, if not all, of our colleagues. Examples include flexible working hours and hybrid working. The NSTA’s hybrid working includes an expectation for staff to spend 40% of their time in the office.
Brief overview of role
The North Sea Transition Authority’s (NSTA) role is to work with the industry and government on economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources, whilst also supporting the move to net zero carbon by 2050. The NSTA regulate and influence the oil, gas and carbon storage industries, helping to drive the North Sea energy transition by realising the significant potential of the UK Continental Shelf as a critical energy and carbon abatement resource. The NSTA hold industry to account on halving upstream emissions by 2030.
The NSTA is a progressive and highly effective authority which, by attracting investment and jobs, helps to anchor valuable skills and expertise in the UK. The NSTA ambition is to be a world-leading authority setting the framework for a sustainable and competitive UK oil and gas industry. The NSTA believes that economic recovery of oil and gas is not in conflict with the transition to net zero carbon and that the industry has the skills, technology, and capital to help unlock solutions to help the UK achieve the net zero target.
As a Government Owned Company, the NSTA works closely with, but has operational independence from, the sponsor department – the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The NSTA Board is accountable for decisions and approving work related to the UK’s oil and gas exploration and production licensing regime, and ensuring the appropriate governance and controls are in place for the organisation to achieve its goals. This is an opportunity for an experienced Geophysicist to deliver changes that will have a significant, long-term impact on the future of the UK offshore oil and gas sector. The role will form part of the Exploration & New Ventures Team initially within the Operations Directorate but transitioning into a newly-established New Ventures Directorate in early 2023. You will have the opportunity to utilise your geoscience skills in addressing subsurface challenges and will support industry and government decision making and collaboration. The New Ventures Directorate will be responsible for creating the conditions of future success in the UK in energy security, carbon storage and adoption of new technology. With critical areas of expertise including the exploration and carbon storage function, the directorate will be a key outward facing part of the NSTA with relationships across industry, government and the regulatory landscape. As well as being responsible for ensuring the generation of the next wave of activity for the UKCS, this directorate will also work to ensure alignment with emerging energy activity including hydrogen and floating offshore wind. The Exploration & New Ventures team is tasked with supporting all areas of ongoing and future offshore petroleum exploration activity within the UK, and has additional responsibility for the licensing and early stage stewardship of all offshore carbon dioxide storage licences. The team proactively seeks to enhance investment and improve exploration and appraisal success through actions on licensing, data, prospect inventories, seismic acquisition and regional evaluations. Improved access to, and use of, geophysical and other subsurface data is also a high priority to ensure that the most optimal subsurface data sets are available to industry in support of both future petroleum and carbon storage licensing and stewardship. The successful applicant will be responsible for advancing the standard of geophysical analysis that is applied to the exploration and appraisal portfolio of the UKCS. There is additionally an increasing focus on ensuring carbon storage licences are evaluated using appropriate data sets, both for setting a baseline and when considering the monitoring activity that will be required throughout the life of any permitted carbon store. Understanding the development and appropriate application of geophysical Monitoring, Measurement and Verification (MMV) techniques (including non-seismic methods) will be a critical part of the role, working in collaboration with other external government bodies and industry forums to facilitate spatial planning decisions that take into consideration the different marine sectors currently working in the offshore space.
Detailed job description and key responsibilities
We require a Geophysicist with broad but extensive experience of geophysical acquisition, processing and interpretation, ideally including a previous industry role as a technical peer-reviewer, which should ideally include experience on the UK Continental Shelf. You must have had direct responsibility for managing, licensing and contracting data purchases, new acquisitions, and reprocessing projects. You will have a track-record of operational planning and execution of seismic acquisition and processing programmes, prospect generation, regional mapping and experience of quantitative seismic interpretation techniques. You will have experience, within an Exploration & Production operating company, of exploration within the North Sea, across NW European borders, and beyond. The candidate will ideally have some experience of, or at least a technically sound understanding of, existing and emerging MMV technologies for carbon storage. In addition it is expected that any successful candidate will have an understanding of the regulatory regime on the UKCS, specifically related to the licence stewardship and the reporting and disclosure of key subsurface data. Responsibilities will include:Leadership and collaboration with industry and academia on the application of new and advanced geophysical technologies to promote exploration, production and carbon storage activities (seismic, gravity/magnetics, etc);Technical assurance of operators’ E&A portfolios, consistent with NSTA’s priorities, with a particular focus on geophysical data application and workflows;Support with the technical evaluation of Petroleum and Carbon Storage Licence applications, including recommendations for award and tracking of work programme delivery;Close collaboration with the supply chain (e.g. multiclient seismic contractors) to find new solutions to accelerate activity and improve/expand data acquisition programmes, including new technology applications and deployment;Provide advice and input to cross-industry programmes, involving the Net Zero Technology Centre, Technology Leadership Board, Exploration Task Force, and others;Staying abreast of new geophysical technologies and promoting best practice to operators. Supporting geophysical survey planning, permitting and tracking processes, and ensuring that targeted new datasets are acquired to enable industry to deliver maximum value, reduce uncertainty, and polarise risk. This activity should be linked to licensing rounds and work programme obligations for both petroleum licences and carbon storage licences.Delivering Asset Stewardship Expectation SE3 to ensure that industry uses the optimal subsurface datasets to generate new plays and prospects, to extend perspectivity, and to monitor reservoir performance and in-field drilling opportunities to enhance production.Working with geophysical contractors and licensees to improve geophysical data retention, reporting, and release through regulations and guidance;Ensuring that geophysical data is reported to the National Data Repository, or otherwise made widely available to drive and support exploration, production and carbon storage activities;Representing the NSTA and the wider UK industry at national and international events and conferences, including involvement with event planning and execution.Providing geophysical and geological input and hands-on support to NSTA-led regional studies in the petroleum, carbon storage and other domains. You will have an appropriate geology or geophysics degree and have recent professional experience with an oil and gas operator. This will be combined with a strong technical background and the ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in organising and evaluating geotechnical information to support evidenced-based policy decisions. You will have strong all-round geotechnical, analytical and IT expertise. The successful candidate will also display excellent interpersonal and influencing skills in multi-disciplinary teams and be able to command the respect of colleagues and industry representatives.
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