|Trim tab principle||The rudder of a ship contains a trim tab, the rear edge of an aircraft wing contains a trim tab; these are small movable surfaces that have a huge impact on the control of the craft. The principle states that a small adjustment made in the right place and right way has a huge impact.|
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.
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.
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 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.
...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.
We have seen significant improvements in results and have adopted the principles in our planning and operations efforts.
Multiple projects achieve Best in Class
Lean Drilling has been applied to many projects offshore Norway. The plot on the right shows the results from three projects with different challenges benchmarked against other N Sea results. These wells were drilled with different operators, different drilling contractors (and rigs) and to a large degree different service companies. These results show the ability of the Lean Drilling program to consistently differentiate the performance of our clients against their peers.
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.