A native of St. John’s, Jasmine O’Brien recently moved home to Newfoundland with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter, Jade, to take a job as a Development Scientist with Chevron Canada.
Is working in NL’s oil and gas industry rewarding?
As a Newfoundlander, contributing to the local economy and to the future of Newfoundland is definitely rewarding. I’m grateful to be working in St. John’s and making a difference in my hometown. It’s also a very exciting time offshore Newfoundland in the Exploration realm, as there is so much resource out there that has yet to be discovered.
I really enjoy working with the team here at Chevron — I feel like we have a strong ability to influence and add value because of the collaborative culture. I’m constantly being challenged in my role which makes my work rewarding and fulfilling.
Why do you choose to live in NL?
There’s literally no place like home, in my opinion. I know everyone says that, but I genuinely feel that way after living away for several years. Our families are here, and our hearts are here. Moving back home made sense for our family and we couldn’t be happier to be here and to put down our roots here.
There’s also something to be said about Newfoundlanders. Since moving home, I’ve been reminded that there is such a sense of community here and that people are really supportive of one another.
What’s your role at Chevron Canada?
I have a development geology role which involves maturing our understanding of the subsurface, making interpretations, and mitigating subsurface risks. Day-to-day, it involves analyzing subsurface data (wells, seismic), tracking current hydrocarbon production, and reviewing historical data to predict what we think we’re going to encounter in future wells based on what we know now.
I’m also responsible for reviewing near-term well proposals and collaborating with our partners to optimize well locations and mitigate risks. During our well proposal reviews, team members of different disciplines (reservoir engineering, drilling, completions, economics, and finance) work together to ensure we are setting ourselves up for success.