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Certificate in Marine Drilling

Your complete professional development course on marine drilling - learn via tutored distance learning

Starts: 15 September 2020

Delivered by tutored distance learning


Course Director

John Preedy PhD
Associate, Azur Offshore

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.

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.

As well as Lloyd's Maritime Academy, John lectures at the Cranfield School of Industrial Sciences (UK), ENSTA Bretagne (France), the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore). He is a member of the UK Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and served on their Subsea Engineering and Operations Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) and Newcastle University in Singapore.