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Chemical Engineer/Drilling Fluids Engineer

Houston, Texas, United States
$6000 -$8000 per month (negotiable)
March 01, 2018

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Ogechi Young Obonna

Mobile: +1-346-***-****


Well Construction Fluids (Mud and Cement) Laboratory for 9 years; Vast experience in Drilling Fluids design and Laboratory API Standard QA/QC; API-13B for drilling and completion fluids and API-10A for cementing fluids. Drilling Chemicals QA/QC and Benchmarking; training of laboratory/field mud engineers and HSE KPI’s and Compliance Monitoring.


Well Construction Fluids (Mud/Cement) Laboratory Chemist, Shell Intl 2006 – 2015

Drill-Bits Applications Engineer, ReedHycalog Intl 2003 – 2006

Drill-Bits Applications Engineer, M-I Drilling Fluids/SmithBits Intl 1998 --2003

Field/District Mud Engineer, M-I Drilling Fluids Intl 1992 – 1998


Sep. 2006 – Aug. 2015: Shell Intl.

Well Construction Fluids Chemist, WCF

Apply skills and technical expertise in drilling, completion and cementing fluids, to avert fluids-related problems in the borehole during drilling/completion operations.

Assure that drilling fluids do not impair well productivity, through the selection and engineering of fit-for-purpose fluid for the well.

Laboratory Ageing and Certification of HTHP Fluid Systems and Chemicals.

Troubleshoot mud and cement related problems in drilling and cementing operations.

Conduct lab tests as required; review test results; make interpretations/recommendations.

Perform 3rd party laboratory audits in line with chemical management and HSE systems,

Plan and implement Asset chemical custodian, MSDS and SHOC trainings.

Ensure timely procurement of chemicals consumables and other laboratory requisites.

Jul. 2003 – Sep. 2006: Reed-Hycalog Intl.

DrillBits Applications Engineer

Analyze geo-plots of proposed wells and select fit-for-purpose bits for drilling.

Prepare Bit Run proposals and discuss with client.

Optimize on TFA and Dress/Nozzle-up drill-bit.

Monitor Torque, Drag, WOB, HOB and KREVs (for RC Bits).

Advise on Trip where necessary.

May 1998 – Jul. 2003: M-I Drilling Fluids/SmithBits Intl.

DrillBits Applications Engineer

Monitor Torque, Drag, WOB, HOB and KREVs (for RC Bits); advise on Trip where necessary.

Dull-Grade Bit, compile Bit Record and write Bit-Run Report.

Discuss bit performance with Company-man/Operator and make recommendations.

Mar. 1992 – Apr. 1998: M-I Drilling Fluids Intl.

Field/District Mud Engineer

Design, Formulation and Maintenance of fit-for-purpose Drilling/Work-over Fluids.

Laboratory Management and QA/QC of Drilling/Work-over Fluids and Chemicals.

Updating of test procedures and work instructions in line with approved standards.

Implementation of Quality Management principles and HSE management system.

Prompt implementation of action points arising from QM/HSE audits and reviews.


Jun. 2014: Managed Pressure Drilling, Shell Intl.

Sep. 2013: ISO-17025 Awareness – Patsway Consulting, Shell Intl.

Jan. 2013: Lean Practitioner Fundamentals

Aug. 2000: Etudes de Francais Pratique (French Language Certificate Course).

Apr. 1992: Modern Well Completion Practices – Halliburton Energy Institute, Duncan, Okla.

Feb. 1992: Pressure Detection and Control – M-I Drilling Fluids Co, Houston, Texas.

Feb. 1992: Advance Mud School – M-I Drilling Fluids Co., Houston, Texas.

HSE Training

Dec. 2013: Basic Fire Fighting (Shell Intl).

Jun. 2012: Permit To Work control system. (Shell Intl).

Sep. 2011: Journey Management (Shell Intl).

Aug. 2010: Job Hazard Analysis/ Toolbox Talk(Shell Intl).

Feb. 2010: 12 Life Saving Rules (HSE Induction, Shell Intl).

SPE Publication:

Aug. 2008: SPE 119730: Best Practices for Setting Long Open Hole Cement Plugs Without Hydraulic Release Tool . (Awobasivwe, A; Bakare, M; Akhigbe, C; Obonna O).

Special Recognition/Awards:

Jul. 2014: WELLS (Shell) Special Recognition Award( for Lab Collaboration on HTHP well).

Sep. 1996: M-I Drilling Fluids LLC Case History Award (for Flo-Pro Mud System).

Qualification/Professional Membership/LPR:

Jun. 1985: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc) degree in Chemical Engineering.

(Not Completed) Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) degree in Environmental Management.

ISO-17025 Trained.

Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the USA .

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