Job – Reservoir Engineer, Geothermal, Contact Energy, NZ

Job – Reservoir Engineer, Geothermal, Contact Energy, NZ Wairakei geothermal power plant, New Zealand (source: ThinkGeoEnergy, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 21 Apr 2021

Contact Energy is seeking to hire a Reservoir Engineer for its team in Wairakei, New Zealand to support the work on the 150 MW Tauhara geothermal project.

New Zealand-based power company Contact Energy is seeking to fill the position of Reservoir Engineer to support the company’s work on the Tauhara Geothermal Station in Wairakei, New Zealand. The project will develop the 150 MW geothermal power station, a significant investment by the company and development for the country.

Job Description – Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity 

You will be an experienced reservoir engineer with at least five years’ experience.  You will bring your experience to the team to our world-class geothermal team to maximise the sustainable use of the geothermal resources under our control. We are big on culture fit here at Contact as well as technical fit. Your ability to work collaboratively across all disciplines in our business is what makes you stand out. In return for your communication skills, sense of humor and work ethic you will get the opportunity to work across a range of opportunities including:

  • Ensure geothermal fields are utilised for long-term sustainable operation in line with best practice and Contact‘s strategy, while maintaining effective and efficient delivery of fuel.
  • Guide the development of a fit for purpose reservoir surveillance programme that provides an insight into the reservoir health, ensures sufficient data is collected for long term sustainable management of the resource and fulfils all resource consent monitoring requirements.
  • Lead the development of both short and long term fuelling strategies for the Wairakei geothermal field to ensure station fuelling requirements are met. This would be included in an annual update of the Reservoir Management Plan.


Given the level this role operates at within our team we are after some specific skills and expertise. Here are a few of the most important:

  1. Relevant degree in engineering or equivalent qualifications and appropriate professional registration.
  2. At least five years of relevant industry work experience.
  3. Skills and experience in commercially available reservoir engineering tools, in particular wellbore modelling and reservoir modelling software such as WellSim, Gudrun, Saphir, TOUGH2, Waiwera and Seequent Leapfrog.
  4. A high level of computer literacy with experience in office productivity tools such as Office 365 and data science, analysis and analytical tools such as Python, Excel and Matlab.

For further details see the link below.

Please note, only candidates with the right to live and work in New Zealand will be considered for this role.

Source: Contact Energy via SmartRecruiters