Dr. John Preedy worked for BP for 28 years as a Research Associate and Team Leader, working on feasibility studies and acting as a “trouble shooter” covering all aspects of BP’s businesses.
His experience included field development projects in the North Sea and several novel resource recovery techniques, which were taken from concept to field pilot trials in Canada. His specific work in the offshore area covered subsea robotics/automation, seabed production concepts, seabed excavation methods, underwater repair techniques, flexible riser studies and maintenance cost reductions.
Since leaving BP in 1992 John has continued working in the offshore oil industry through Azur Offshore Ltd, including activities in the assessment of emerging novel technologies, technical and economics audits, deepwater studies, production sharing agreement evaluations, safety and environmental issues. Clients have included Chevron UK, BP Exploration, British Gas, Technomare, Trident Consultants, Fina UK and Cameron France.
John is a regular university lecturer at the Cranfield School of Industrial Sciences (UK). He also lectures on oil industry activities at ENSTA Bretagne (France) and the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands). He also supports Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) where he has served as an external examiner and course advisor, providing marine and offshore industry standard courses. He is an active member of the UK Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and served on their Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee. John is the Course Director and Principal Lecturer for the training courses provided by Azur Offshore to professionals as well as the adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) and Newcastle University in Singapore.
Past projects have included safety reviews for Chevron North Sea, production sharing contract reviews in Nigeria, subsea team with FPSO and tie-back options for Total’s Otter Field, technical reviews for Ivory Coast FPSO and training and operations instruction for BP Greater Plutonio, Angola.