Senior Production Engineer / Wellwork Supervisor - Russell Van Nuis


Optimize Production l Resolve Downhole Problems l Preserve Well Integrity

Leverage comprehensive subsurface expertise in Operations, Wellwork, Completions, and Reservoir Engineering, maximizing deliverability in world-class assets. Utilize substantial field experience, minimizing intervention risk. Lead multifunctional technical studies and special projects, applying appropriate technology for long-term well reliability and profitability.

Mentor in multicultural international joint ventures, facilitating advancement of National employees. Recommend process improvements, increasing operational and organizational efficiency. Identify and prevent mistakes, applying high standards, persistence, and attention to detail.

Expertise includes:

Big Bore Completions | HPHT, H2S, CO2 Operations | Carbonates l Stimulation

Cased Hole Logging | Risk Assessment l Safety Leadership l Wellsite Supervision




MOBIL / EXXONMOBIL (Entire Career - accepted early retirement 2016)


Extended Reach (ERD) Completions Engineer, ZADCO, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2014 – 2015

Executed ERD mechanical completions from artificial islands in Upper Zakum Field, delivering 37 days wellsite supervision with 0-safety incidents.

  • Prepared lower completion procedure for UZ-500, 28K ft well with 19K ft horizontal lateral (UAE record), adding 11K BOPD.
  • Developed completion concepts and stim designs for UDR-8, proposed 46K ft well with 32K ft lateral (world record). Supported management decision moving well to jack-up rig line.


Head Production Engineering - Surveillance / Wellwork Advisor, RasGas, Doha, Qatar 2005 – 2014

Supervised diverse multicultural team of Nationals, direct hires, secondees, and consultants in North Field. Created production engineering programs for offshore new well completions. Generated offshore / onshore rigless wellwork procedures for active Surveillance Program (mechanical wireline, electric line, WR-SCSSVs, stimulations, and coiled tubing).

  • Composed perf-stim-test-log-sample programs for NFE-2 appraisal well, setting North Field record for most DSTs. Received Shukran Award for outstanding performance.
  • Collaborated with technology groups, shareholders, and vendors on technical studies and special projects for corrosion, scale, water surveillance, water shut-off and downhole barriers, ensuring long-term well integrity and deliverability, while minimizing intervention risk.
  • Provided wellsite supervision for large, high rate, multistage acid stimulations, ensuring proper quality control and execution.
  • Developed rigless tubing hanger-repair procedure (North Field 1st) for NFR 1-1, fixing systemic equipment failure and impacting 15 wells (1.2 BCFPD) potentially.
  • Prepared procedure and provided wellsite supervision for Team’s 1st horizontal coiled-tubing acid stim, maintaining 10K BWPD injection. Job pumped safely within schedule & budget, receiving Shukran Award.
  • Served as co-leader for Rigless Recompletion Study, utilizing test vessel for well cleanup (North Field 1st). Technique approved by Management, saving $5M / well (48 well potential).
  • Led investigation of wireline mast failure, providing wellsite supervision, safely lowering damaged mast and restoring 150 MMCFPD. Influenced vendors on equipment modifications, process improvements, and safety features, prompting release of technical alert to industry.
  • Managed contract non-conformance and annual budget processes for Wellwork Team, driving safety and Program improvements, receiving Shukran Award.




Reservoir Engineering Specialist, ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Served as Team Lead for SLS - Pase Fields (HPHT), mentoring 3 National employees.

  • Designed well test procedures, acquired pressure surveys and constructed material balance study for SLS-D horizontal drilling program, adding >200 MMCFPD, 58 BCF and $27M NPV.
  • Implemented new techniques for EMOI, including MBAL-Prosper-GAP Integrated Production Models (IPM), formation rock mechanics study, bottom hole drawdown guidelines and formation water surveillance.


Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer, MEPUS / ExxonMobil Production Company, New Orleans, LA

Generated technical and economic evaluations supporting Mobile Bay (21,000’, HPHT, sour) growth strategy.

  • Built Mobile Bay’s 1st IPM, justifying new well proposal and facilitating field development planning.


Senior Completion Engineer, Mobil Producing Texas & New Mexico (MPTM), Houston, TX

Provided completion procedures, cost estimates, and wellsite supervision for entire Houston Division.

  • Completed Mobil’s highest-rate onshore U.S. gas well, adding 53 MMCFPD /1500 BCPD, 7 BCF / 295 MBC. Photo of well displayed in Mobil Oil Corporation annual report.


Operations Engineer / Operations Engineering Supervisor, MPTM, Vanderbilt, TX

  • Prepared over 200 recompletion, well reconditioning, and well maintenance procedures (<1 year payout).
  • Delivered 200 days of rig / rigless wellsite supervision, directing 9 workover rigs simultaneously.
Houston, Texas - interested in local or international position (rotational or permanent)


Awards and Certifications

• IADC WellCAP Certification - Supervisor Level
• Tropical Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training Certification (TBOSIET - OPITO Approved)
• Paper: Inorganic Scaling and Inhibition Challenges Associated with Production of Spent Stim Fluids, SPE #164056, International Symposium on Oil Field Chemistry, Houston, TX 2013
• Presentation: RasGas Rigless Surveillance Program Optimization, SPE ATW Well and Reservoir Management Challenges, 2012, Doha, Qatar
• Session Chairman: ICOTA Coiled Tubing and Well Intervention Conference, 2012, Houston, TX
• Paper and Presentation: RasGas Rigless Drift Experience: New Technology and Evolving Best Practice, International Petroleum Technology Conference #14868, 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
• Presentation: RasGas Scale Case Study, SPE ATW Managing Scale Challenges, 2009, Abu Dhabi, UAE
• Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas


• Subsurface Engineering
• Carbonate Matrix Acidizing
• Cased Hole & Production Logging
• Coiled Tubing Operations
• Wellheads, Trees, & Valves
• Corrosion Engineering
• Wellwork Supervision
• Risk Assessment
• Tap Root Incident Investigation
• Mentoring and Coaching
• Influencing in a Joint Venture
• ToolPlanner
• WellView
• OpenWells
• Emeraude
• Saphir
• MBAL - Prosper - GAP


Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (with honors), Duke University, NC

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