About John de Wardt
John de Wardt is President of DE WARDT AND COMPANY INC., a firm he founded to assist companies to increase their profitability through improving business processes. DE WARDT AND COMPANY INC. specializes in developing strategies using scenario planning techniques, applying Lean Manufacturing techniques and improving operations / project performance.
Mr. de Wardt graduated from the University of Newcastle in England with an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1976; he specialized in industrial processes and business management. During this period, he completed the Institute of Mechanical Engineers industrial experience program through a scholarship with Imperial Chemical Industries, a leading UK petrochemical company.
From 1976 to 1991 Mr. de Wardt worked in various engineering and contracts management positions for Shell International throughout the world. In 1990 he published the first in a series of papers discussing “Contracts in the 90’s”.
In 1991, he became Deputy Managing Director of Forasol / Foramer - an international drilling contractor based in Paris, France. In this position, Mr. de Wardt directed numerous successful projects applying the new business methods and practices he had developed.
In 1993, Mr. de Wardt led the Well Construction and Well Management Strategy Development Team for Halliburton and Brown & Root in Houston, USA, sponsored by the Vice Chairman. This work contributed to the integration of the two companies’ energy services organizations and deployment of a strategy that is redefining the upstream oil and gas industry.
Since 1994, Mr. de Wardt has successfully implemented his proprietary programs with exceptional results. He is a recognized expert in Lean Manufacturing, organization development and strategic planning as well as being an accomplished facilitator. He has analyzed market trends and assisted with strategy development for numerous clients throughout the upstream oil and gas business to construction contractors in the highly competitive power generation and water / waste water markets. These clients have increased their market share, revenues and profitability. He developed and facilitated proprietary workshops for many clients that have resulted in world-class results on projects around the world. Mr. de Wardt has published more than 15 leading industry articles.
In 2008, Mr. de Wardt was retained for a 3 month assignment as the Acting COO of a manufacturing facility for an international growth manufacturing business in the FSU.
John de Wardt has Lived and Worked around the World
John de Wardt has lived and worked in France, Malaysia, Netherlands, Thailand, the UK, and the USA.
He has also worked assignments in Abu Dhabi, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dubai, Gabon, Germany, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen.
...substantial improvement in product delivery and resultant reductions of inventory. The catalyst for these new processes was the Strategic Planning workshop lead by John de Wardt.
His insight into the oil and gas industry is invaluable, and his knowledge of best practice in manufacturing has added measurable value to several of our investments.
John’s emphasis on rigorous planning has resulted in tangible and measurable results in the area of drilling and completing wells. A true step-change.
John de Wardt provided us with a straight forward, hard driving, no nonsense approach to strategic planning that is still helping us define and achieve new business goals.
His recent corporate strategy development work resulted in a set of strategic initiatives that are already beginning to deliver value only a few months into their implementation.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
Breakthrough reverses a deteriorating trend.
A semi submersible drilling campaign for multiple operators showed a significant deterioration in performance during the initial three wells. This caused the operator planning the fifth well to seriously reconsider the planning and execution methodology traditionally applied. They selected Lean Drilling as the tool to deliver a step change improvement in performance and reverse the deteriorating trend. The base well plan was 46 days in duration. The project team improved this to a trouble free time of 29 days as they built their detailed plan and focused on high performance. The actual result of 27 days confirmed the success of Lean Drilling in delivering the desired step change (left plot). Beyond this excellent performance, the value delivered by this exploration well in terms of the quality and breadth of data acquired exceeded all past experience.
World Class Wildcat Deepwater Well in N Sea
In July 1999, Saga Petroleum (now Norske Hydro) completed their 4103m remote "Gjallar," wildcat well in 1352m water depth. The well was planned using DE WARDT AND CO's Lean Drilling program and achieved a performance result significantly ahead of other deepwater operators (see plot on left). The results for this project are best described by this quotation from an IADC/SPE paper (#51980) published by Flemming Stene of Hydro (formerly Saga) and Peter Aird of Kingdom Drilling. "To optimize the planning process and make further improvements, Saga engaged John de Wardt to apply his Lean Drilling program. This is a planning method based on giving 'ownership' of the project to all involved parties; in the operator, drilling contractor and service companies, both offshore and onshore. Each party is required to take full responsibility for their input, both in the planning and execution phase, in contrast to the usual approach in which 'ownership' is concentrated mainly on those in charge in the operating company. De Wardt's method also puts great emphasis on risk management and contingency planning. The planning process continued until spud in early June 1999, a duration of 3 months." Significant reduction in non-productive time was achieved in the most challenging section - see diagram on right.