Bordered by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia, lies the Unites Arab Emirates (UAE). Consisting of seven states joined on the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE boasts one of the most developed economies in the Middle East. Notably the second largest Arab economy and holder of the fifth largest proven oil reserves and fourth largest proven natural gas reserves in the region, the UAE is expanding its oil and natural gas industry at a rapid pace. An OPEC member since 1967, the UAE has proven oil reserves of close to 98 billion barrels and proven natural gas reserves of 214 trillion cubic feet.
A reservoir engineer is concerned with underground oil and gas reserves, specifically finding the most efficient way to extract their resources. The reservoir engineer can work through all phases of a well’s lifespan, from helping petroleum geologists find well sites, through field development, planning, forecasting, testing and drilling. Their duties are varied and can include simulation and surveillance of the well, production forecasting, and development planning. Reservoir engineers are especially concerned with determining the economic viability of a well, finding out how much the well can produce, and making sure that the well is cost effective. They are also responsible for reporting reserve numbers to regulatory agencies. Reservoir engineers are usually petroleum engineers, however occasionally chemical or mechanical engineers can be trained for this position.