Production Chemists who work for Oil companies have a technical and project management role in production chemistry related issues associated with production and processing, from the well through to export.
Where applications require the addition of production chemicals, the production chemist will actively monitor and optimise these in the field.
A production chemist can – but not always – be in a supervisory role to a team of chemists, whose job it is to recover and analyse both production and non-production samples, and is otherwise the production chemist’s representatives on an installation.
Production chemists liaise closely with the oil company’s operations and integrity teams, dispensing technical advice and evaluating data when necessary. The primary role of production chemistry management is to ensure that there is unrestricted flow of fluids in pipelines and process facilities, ensure the integrity of the production facility is not compromised, and to ensure that oil, gas and water streams meet export/discharge specifications.