Drilling industry veteran with 38 years of world-wide experience. A petroleum engineer, Kevin Ward has conducted drilling operations on 6 continents in 20 countries including conventional, high angle, horizontal and deep water drilling and completion operations. Mr. Ward is a directional drilling expert with 22 years of experience with complex geometry drilling including multi-laterals, extended reach, managed pressure drilling & underbalanced drilling techniques. Kevin has also operated as an engineer for an independent exploration and production operator for 5 years and has operated in the capacity of drilling and completion supervisor for intermediate and major oil companies in the United States since 2006 including extensive deep water operations for Shell Oil Company in the Gulf of Mexico.


Senior team-lead drilling and completions supervisor for Shell Oil Company operations of tension leg platforms Brutus, Ursa, Mars TLP platforms and Perdido spar in deep-water Gulf of Mexico maintaining a determined, operationally high performance team concentrated on successful HSE focused execution.

Uphole recompletions, slot recovery and side-tracking operations through integrated DWOP and CWOP planning with engineering, rig teams and contract drilling and completion services vendors to achieve and deliver successful results for project targets.

Operations include wellbore pressure kills, slot recovery operations, cutting & retrieving production tubing strings, setting bridge plugs, balanced cement plugs, whipstock setting & casing window milling operations to facilitate directional drilling new production wellbores. Sidetracking operations with rotary steerable LWD tools employing managed pressure drilling techniques and equipment. Installing and cementing intermediate and deep production liners. Perforating and back-surge on target production zones. Installation of completion strings. Executing 2-point hangoffs of completion assemblies with designed mud line tubing hanger and surface tubing hanger weight distribution. Reinstallation and pressure testing of high-pressure wellheads prior to placing wellbores on active production.

Planning future drilling and completion project operations and logistics. Maintaining highly integrated and collaborative platform operational details with production teams including marine vessel planning and logistics, construction welding and crane operational and maintenance support.

Mr. Ward maintains all required certifications for world-wide drilling supervision with IADC and IWCF supervisor level well control, helicopter underwater escape training, active U.S. passport and TWIC card for US federal offshore water access.

Resume available upon request at:  kkward@WellboreConstruction.com