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Project Engineer

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Houston
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 30/04/2014
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The Company:
Our client, a major international oil and gas operator, seeks a Project Engineer to join their team.

The Role:
Responsible for managing field execution, coordination and financial stewardship of the displacement and hydrostatic testing project described within the Project Overiew/Scope.
Responsible for the development of execution-related deliverables (cost, schedules, quality control plans, execution plans, procedures etc. Represents the Project Team as needed, serves as the primary contact for the detailed design process and field support.
Provides day-to-day, multi-discipline technical support and trouble-shooting for project and construction related issues.
Coordinates construction and engineering contractor pre-bid selection, bidding, and contract administration in cooperation with our client.
Responsible for the implementation of established safe work practices, design and oversight plans at the construction site.
Provides Management updates and verifies cost and schedule control reports.
Coordinates interactions between the site’s Construction Team, Operations and management.
Works with facility equipment including pumps, piping, valves, flow meters, tanks, foundations, structures and other mechanical- and civil-related assets.
Has knowledge and is experienced in hydraulics and hydrostatic testing of mainline piping segments.

Position involves between 50% and 80% of time outside their base office location during active construction (including overnight stays).
Some weekend coverage may also be required during active construction and hydrostatic testing.
Periods when projects are in development or detailed design, the individual will typically be working from their office with periodic trips to field locations and/or the engineering consultant offices.
It is expected that this position will require 24/7 availability and or on-site responsibilities during the displacement and hydrostatic testing of the mainline piping to verify test results and provide technical expertise.

Project Overview/Scope

It is within the scope of this assignment that the Project Engineer will ensure the complete execution of the project as outlined below.


Project Engineer will track the progress of the displacement and hydrotest and prepare a weekly status update to management. Update will include but is not limited to success and failure rate, estimated completion per segment, out of scope sensitivities etc.
Conduct cost stewardship activities and prepare a weekly cost tracking update to management. Update will include but is not limited to project cost to-date and forecasted spend, cost per failure, total cost per segment etc.

Displace the system in its entirety of crude oil in preparation of the hydrostatic test. Nitrogen or other means with displacement pigs will be used. A design and accompanied procedures will need to be created by the project engineer in cooperation with construction and operational personnel.

Assess integrity of 647.1 miles of 20-inch mainline piping from Patoka Illinois to Corsicana Texas through hydrostatic pressure testing. Individual hydrostatic pressure tests will be performed for 27 sub-sections, resulting in returning the pipeline to operation at the re-established/ newly established MOPs for each sub-segment upon conclusion of the successful tests.

The hydrostatic tests will be spike test (139% of MOP) followed by and an eight hour (125% of MOP) sustained pressure test for each sub-segment per EMPCo and Industry standards. The initial target for each sub-segment will be a spike test to 100% of the specified minimum yield strength of the limiting pipe at the low point elevation of the test section.

Prior to the start of the hydrostatic in-field testing, the following activities will be performed:

• Notify all affected public (i.e. any inhabited structures) within 75’ feet of the pipeline of the planned pressure test. Ensure that public officials and Local Emergency Planning Councils (LEPC) in each parish/county along the line are advised that testing will be taking place.
• Provide written instructions and a copy of the test procedures to all test personnel supervision and leadership.
• Install barriers (ropes, warning tape, and/or signs) at above ground testing facilities.
• Check all equipment, instrumentation, test headers, valves and connection to verify in good working order for the test.
• Perform daily tailgate safety meeting for all EMPCo and third party contracted workers prior to the beginning of the pipe line displacement, hydrostatic testing activities and on a regular basis throughout the entire project. As appropriate, all workers will be qualified according to 49 CFR Part 195 “Operator Qualifications” requirements for the safety related tasks on the pipeline.

The following documentation will be prepared and maintained for each of the 27 proposed sub-segments
• Test Summary which includes:
1. Date of test
2. Description of pipe tested – test site locations
3. Procedures (summary and detailed)
4. Weather conditions
5. Personnel present
6. Conclusions
7. Signature of EMPCo’s Qualified Individual who certifies the test
• EMPCo PL-709- Hydrostatic Pressure Test Data Sheet
• Pressure and temperature recorder charts
• Equipment calibration test reports
Hydrostatic test report from contract services provider

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Must have a minimum of five years’ experience of mechanical/civil engineering in the pipeline industry, ten years is preferred.
Must have a thorough understanding and past work experience specifically in the displacement of in-service crude oil mainline systems and hydrostatic testing of such systems.
Possesses well balanced interpersonal skills, strong facility knowledge, project management skills and a strong customer focus
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