John Wickens

John W. Wickens, Ingenieur en chef

Responsibilities include providing a wide variety of petroleum engineering, underground storage engineering and mining engineering consulting services to oil and gas companies, gas transmission companies, natural gas and liquids storage companies, banks, trusts and institutional investors. Responsibilities also include the provision of regulatory testimony in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.

John Wickens


Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (Canada) 1977
B.Sc. Geological Engineering

Previous Positions

Austin,TX, USA
[June 2008 TO August 2010]

Director, Mid-Stream Development Directed activities related to the evaluation and development of several greenfield underground gas storage prospects. This included design, budgeting and construction associated with storage, brine disposal and water source wells, leaching facilities, compression facilities and pipelines.

Covington, LA, USA
[October 2003 to June 2008]

Manager, Gas Storage Managed Gulf South storage assets including budgeting, inventory management, well workovers, cavern leaching, storage expansion projects and operational support. Storage pools were salt cavern, depleted reservoir and aquifer. One storage pool is among the largest in North America by volume.

Mooretown, ON, CANADA
[January 1992 to September 2003]

Senior Storage Planning Engineer Conducted engineering and pipeline simulation studies of the storage network to evaluate and plan storage development and deliverability enhancement projects. Prepared evidence in support of the projects and provided technical representation at Ontario Energy Board hearings. Drilled the first horizontal storage well in Ontario; infill drilled three existing storage pools; expanding one existing pool; developed three greenfield storage pools to bring the Enbridge total to nine.

Senior Storage Engineer Coordinated underground gas storage well drilling, testing, logging, workovers, abandonments, semi-annual inventory verification surveys and third party inventory studies for accounting and regulatory purposes. Prepared annual inventory studies to track discrepancies and address issues. Evaluated Company oil well performances and coordinated drilling and workover programs to optimize production. Drilled two unique horizontal oil wells within the oil leg of a gas storage zone in one pool.  Assisted Gregg Engineering with the design of a pipeline simulation program (Wincast) to forecast gas injection and withdrawals, then used Wincast to develop a model of the interconnected pools for development planning and gas supply forecasting. Storage pools were depleted high deliverability pinnacle reefs, several with associated underlying oil legs.

Calgary, AB, CANADA
[July 1988 to May 1990]

Senior Reserves Engineer/Supervisor Established and ultimately supervised a group responsible for evaluating all Company related oil and gas reserves. Prepared formal reserve reports for regulatory and planning purposes. Evaluated reserves and forecasted production for all non-operated properties; coordinated Company reserve estimates and forecasts for all operated properties and coordinated all third party reserve auditing. Developed company policies and procedures related to reserve evaluations and production forecasting; created and maintained a reserve database and provided in-house reserve related consulting services to BP reservoir engineers and technicians.

Calgary, AB, CANADA
[April 1985 to June 1988]

Reservoir Engineer Area reservoir engineer for the Company’s oil and gas properties in central Alberta. Activities included reserve evaluation, production forecasting, depletion monitoring, engineering and pipeline simulation studies and the development of production optimization strategies, such as drilling, waterflooding and infrastructure upgrades.

Calgary, AB, CANADA
[December 1982 to April 1985]

New Property Development Engineer Conducted economic evaluations of Company related development and exploration prospects; joint venture prospects and facility acquisitions in central and northern Alberta.

Calgary, AB, CANADA
[April 1979 to November 1982]

Production Engineer Area production engineer for the Company’s oil and gas operations in S.E.Alberta, which included a number of the Company’s larger oil fields and a significant portion of the Company’s shallow gas fields. Designed and coordinated all artificial lift installations and coordinated all workovers, re-completions, pressure surveys and dynamometer surveys within the area.  Artificial lift installations included pumpjacks, progressive cavity pumps, submersibles, gas lifts and jet lifts.

Lloydminster, AB, CANADA
[October 1978 to March 1979]

Field Engineer Conducted open hole well logging surveys in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Professional Registrations and Societies

Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta - (Alberta No. 35034)
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan - (Saskatchewan No. 16825)
Professional Engineers Ontario - (Ontario No. 90298829)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (25 year alumni)
Solution Mining Research Institute
Ontario Petroleum Institute
Southern Gas Association – Underground Storage Group
Canadian Standards Association – Underground Storage Z-341 Technical Committee Member

Past affiliations include American Gas Association, Pipeline Research Council International, Gas Storage Technology Consortium, Canadian Institute of Mining