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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.
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.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
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.
...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 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.
Excellent performance in a challenging environment
When depletion strategies for BP Amoco's Valhall field on Norway's continental shelf required the drilling of extended reach drilling (ERD) wells, problems appeared which threatened the project economics. Average trouble costs approached 35% and occasionally exceeded 50%, while some wells failed to reach their objectives. Lean Drilling was applied to a very challenging ERD well. Starting with a slot recovery that historically took 29 days being completed in 18, the well concluded 31 days (30%) ahead of past performance including a 1000m horizontal section. The challenges that were overcome to achieve this performance included active faulting in the over burden section, very tight equivalent circulating density (a narrow band between rock strength and pore pressure), lost circulation, over pressurized shale, proximity of well bores, distorted seismic date with non-homogeneous pressure depletion and flowing chalk in the reservoir.
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.