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Expert in Offshore: Deep & Ultra Deepwater, Exploration, Appraisal & Horizontal, Subsea Development Drilling

Expert ID: 726590 United Kingdom

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Expert time served and trained for several years as a marine engineering officer gaining hands marine engineering experience and knowledge of a ships engine room, notably as a 2nd engineering officer on at that time pone of the world most modern Anchor handling and supply vessels in the world. He then elected for a step-life-changing oil field drilling career and trained for a further six more years in rig based drilling contractors positions gaining the knowledge and experience needed for the company mans drilling role he applied to be developed for. He then applied all knowledge, expertise and working skill for 15 more years in this position with two of the world's major oil companies, both onshore but mainly in offshore drilling projects. He then furthered his offshore operational, exploration, appraisal and development drilling supervisory skills for 12years "cherry picking" as a global drilling consult, leading the forefront of new drilling areas, technology projects and drilling development with the Majors. Notably world-wide exploration in deepwater, subsea, horizontal and high pressure high temperature operations theatres.

In recent years he has complimented his extensive 'hand on' skill set working in a step-change and more dominant technical well engineering and specialist drilling support role namely with medium operating sized companies. Now being more intimately involved in the well design construction and engineering of wells before during and after execution he supports and mentors the drilling personnel in the team s that he currently involved with.

Expert offers a unique balance of operational hands on and well design and engineering expertise. He has the knowledge and experience to apply, implement and elected to use alternative, novel and creative drilling processes, has introduced and adapted new technologies in more than one operating environment, often setting new operating benchmark standards, instructions and operating procedures in several world projects all successfully delivered over the last two decades.
Expert has explored, appraised and directly involved in the forefront of offshore drilling projects notably from semi-submersible and drillship projects since 1988 both in supervisory, consultancy and more recently in a well engineering and specialist drilling role.

Having worked in several world-wide offshore operating environments, (Offshore Uk, Norway, Black Sea, North South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, SE Asia, West Africa, North America etc.). Well that included remote exploration, deep and ultra deepwater locations. He is thus well versed in key drilling hazards, knowledge, drilling experience, to the issues aspects and challenges that are faced and exits in such areas.

Being selected to develop the world's first deepwater training workshops and seminar he has also continued to develop this area of expertise from 1998 and to date has presented and transferred this to many of the world operating and national oil companies. e.g. Pemex, PDVSA, ONGC, Petronas, Statoil, Petro Vietnam, BP Norge, Saga Petroleum, Sonangol, Occidente Cupit, Respsol, CNOC, CNOOC and other Chinese consortiums.

In more recent years he has been exclusively involved in offshore subsea horizontal well development in both chalk and sandstone reservoirs, deepwater and high pressure high temperature exploration and field development wells, and drilling optimization in aging and depleted offshore reservoirs.

Expert was hired in by various operating oil companies based on previous 'harsh environment' operating drilling experience gained in such areas in the 90's. Here as a Deepwater consultant drilling supervisor for the operators he delivered the Uk's first subsea horizontal deepwater field development. The initial phase one wells that he was responsible for supervising being drilled and completed so far ahead of the planned project schedule with little drilling difficulties experienced that the rig had to be relocate to another area. Deepwater drilling consultant for BP on Wildcat Ultra deepwater wells drilled offshore Faeroes islands. Hired by cleint due to his previous expertise in this area. Well delivered on time and budget.Hired as a Deepwater drilling consultant/specialist to a client who who had no previous Ultra deepwater experience, on the worlds first surface BOP wells to be drilled with a subsea seabed safety device. i.e. ESG 'Environmental safe guard' that was built by Cameron Oil tools in Singapore for this project. Well was drilled and delivered without major incident.He worked as an offshore drilling advisor to ONGC on their first deep and Ultra deepwater well campaigns drilled in the Bay of bengal and Arabian sea. Assisitng operator to becpome familiar with all aspects of deepwater and Ultra deepwater exploration drilling operationsDeepwater drilling consultant for Saga Petroleum's Ultra deepwater well drilled offshore Norway on the Voring plateau. Despite picking up a vessel that had never drilled in deepwater and one that required signficant upgrades to work ion this Ultra deep well, Assisted operators team in setting a new drilling benchmark in this area.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: MSC Subject: Drilling Engineering Institution: Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen, Scotland
Year: 1976 Degree: HND Subject: Marine Engineering Institution: Glasgow College of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1973 to 1977 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Engineer Cadet Department: Responsibilities: Expert completed marine engineering cadet training as per DOT requirements at this time.
He gained an HND in Mechanical 'marine' engineering this period.
During this period he also served approximately 10months at sea as a marine engineering cadet learnig basic fundamental marine engineering skills required. He complete required project and completed formall training in 1977.
Years: 1977 to 1979 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Junior and 4th Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert conducted watch-keeping and marine engineering duties as per positions held.
He served on foreign going Cargo, Oil Tanker and Refrigerated cargo vessels during this period.
In 1979 he completed and passed his 2nd engineers 'Motor' certificate of competence in December 1979 and gain his Chief Engineers part A exemption.
Years: 1979 to 1980 Employer: Pre-Oilfield Title: Junior and Senior 2nd Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert conducted watch-keeping and marine engineering duties as per positions held in this period.
He served on a Modern state of the art supply anchor handling vessel at this time, serving Moving, Achoring and supplying four North Sea operating semi-submersible drilling rigs, based predominantly out of Peterhead.
Years: 1980 to 1986 Employer: Shell International Petroleum Title: Pre-Oilfield Department: Responsibilities: Expert worked as a trainee from 1980-81 completing land rig assignments in various roughneck, roustabout, & derrickman positions. He then completed and passed a required 14weks training and exam during this period.
He was then assigned to Brunei Shell in 1981 where he worked as both assistant driller and then driller on onshore light land rigs and offshore 'tender barge' assisted drilling platforms for various drilling contractors. Hen completed the required Shell internal correspondance courses and passed both required round 1 and round 2 competency examinations during this period to reach drilling supervisor 'company man' standards of which he was being trained.
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: Shell International Title: Trainee to Senior Drilling Department: Responsibilities: Expert served on Shell Installations both land/offshore Brunei and then trnasferred to Shell Expro Uk working on the Brent delta platform and Semi-submersible Stadrill which was Shell's owned and managed semi-submersible. During this period he supervised on development, exploration and appraisal wells respectively on Shell's behalf.
Years: 1987 to 1993 Employer: BP Exploration Title: Drilling Supervisor Department: Responsibilities: Expert served from 1988 and then Senior on BP Installations offshore. He supervised field in-fill drilling, workover, and intervention operations, then early extended reach drilling operations from BP's offshore platforms. Late 1988 he was assigned to the exploraiton group and worked there-after dominantly on several semi-submersible rigs exploring ealry UK and international Deep water, HPHT, and salt plays during this period. He was during this period seconded for 10months to assist in the development of a integrated wel engineering and reporting system. He then trained offshore personnel in the implementation of this system gaining valuable well engineering experience in drillstring torque and drag, hydraulics/swab & surge, cementing, simulations etc using and applying this system.
Years: 1993 to 2005 Employer: Self- Employed Consultant Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert opted to specialised and further develop his career in offshore remote exploration drilling, working on several remote, wildcat, deep and ultra deep water project in several regions during this period. Ref. his bio for more specific projects worked etc. In 1998 he was asked to developed and then has delivered 'industry first' deepwater well and drilling operations training and has continued to do so till current date to remain abreast with drilling and technological developments in this field.
He served as a deepwater advisor to national and independent oil companies on more than one occasion and on several key start up projects in various areas, including Ultra deep and surface BOP wells.
In 2003 he successfully planned and supervised an HPHT land well meeting required objectives i.e. on time and budget to prove commerciality in this field. During this period he further self financed, completed and passed in 2002 an 'Open learning' Masters degree in drilling engineering via a Uk University during full time employment, to compliment his operational knowledge and skills gained. Expert gained Chartered marine engineering status via the Uk engineering council in this period and in this view has been an SPE member also from 1991.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Title: Senior Drilling Specialist Department: Kerr McGee, (Maersk Oil UK) & Marathon Oil UK Responsibilities: Expert has worked as a senior drillng specialised on subsea high angle horizontal, in-fill, development, exploration and appraisal wells. The organisation he worked setting best in class wells delivery during this period. Ref. Rushmore benchmarkng data. He was first to introduce a new 17-1/2" bi-cone drilling bit to the world and then sucessffuly ran this product on several development wells at increased drilling efficiencies. he ran the first XR reamer in the North Sea. He also in conjunction with is colleagues developed a step changing riserless drilling method to eliminate one casing string and well bore section at significantly reduced well costs.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1980 to 1981 Country / Region: Holland Summary: Land rigs from light land rig workovers and intervention to heavy land rig deep HPHT subsalt 'gas wells' drilling and completion operations.
Years: 1981 to 1986 Country / Region: Brunei Summary:
Years: 1986 to 1993 Country / Region: Offshore UK / Norway Summary: Onshore and offshore work on drilling, completing and working over severely depleted reservoirs to Onshore and offshore new exploration and field developments. in areas that often had very complex geology and several drilling challenges.
Years: 1993 to 2005 Country / Region: Worldwide Summary: Offshore, UK, Canada, Brunei, Norway, Black Sea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, West Africa, Falkland Islands, Faeroes.Exploration, Appraisal, Development, Deep, Ultra deepweater, HPHT, ERD, MPD, subsea horizontal wells. Well completions, re-completion, abandonments, both offshore on moored and DP vessels, platforms, jack ups and land rigs.
Years: 2005 to Present Country / Region: UK/Norway Summary: Exploration, Appraisal, Development, HPHT, ERD, MPD, subsea horizontal wells. Well completions, re-completion, abandonments, offshore on moored and DP vessels, platforms, & jack ups.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IMar.Est, SPE.
Licenses / Certifications
IWCF combined drilling supervisors well control certification.
Professional Appointments
Chartered Marine Engineer (C.Mar.Eng, M,I,MarEST), Engineering Council (UK) Jan 2004
MSc Drilling engineering Robert Gordon University; 1998 – 2003
Drilling / Well Engineering / Operations Instructor Kingdom Drilling 1998 - 2019
BP (Drilling Supervisors/Engineers) Trade Test BP, Dyce, 1987
Shell Round 1 & II examinations. Shell International; 1982 & 1985
2nd Eng Certificate, Chief Eng Part A. Edinburgh Nautical College 1979
HND Mechanical (Marine) Engineering Glasgow College of technology 1973-1976
Member, Institute of Marine engineers science and technology. 1996 (23yrs)
Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers.
1991 (28yrs)
Medical / Professional
BP trade test.
Shell Round 1 & Round 2 examinations.
Publications and Patents Summary
Hosted knowledge sharing and best practices web site since 1993.

Numerous documents, drilling operations, engineering design manuals, worksheets, best practices, and engineering worksheets have been developed and hosted on this site since 1993 with much more to come.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert was ther first drilling person to develop and deliver a series of deepwater well engineering and drilling operations course, seminars and workshop from 1988 (For the NExT Organisation). Since then he has continued to deliver and provide an independent service world-wide in this area.

He has also assisted in a similar manner more recently in high pressure high temperature wells planning, training and competency development.
Marketing Experience
Expert has background both at the rig site and now in an onshore support role understands better than most the key project drivers of 'time, money, quality and the Health, Safety and environmental issues that have to be managed to deliver safe, efficient and effective 'loss free' drilling operations. Meeting and aligning with all stakeholders goals and objectives.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is a recognized 'hands-on' practitioner of drilling operations and well engineering specialism.

He is a 'Mathcad' user who has developed more than 300 drilling engineering worksheets to aid and optimize well planning and drilling engineering practices and processes that are fundamental to a wells successful delivery.

He has self-financed a home of drilling operations website to share knowledge and experience, best practices, and well/drilling guidelines gained to aid and assist individuals self-education, knowledge, and skills development. Seeking to align with other peers in the industry to enhance this process of sharing and learning from each other to prevent recurring mistakes in the future.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Bahasa Basic conversational abilities.
Dutch Basic conversational abilities.
English Expert is fully proficient in the English language.

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