Chris Dykes

Technical Director & Principal Well Examiner

Chris Dykes joined BP in 1975 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After initial training he worked as a drilling engineer in the UK, Dutch and German sectors of the North Sea on platforms, jack-ups, semi-submersibles and land rigs in the East Midlands. He played a major role in the well engineering and rigsite supervision of the drilling and completion of BP’s first North Sea subsea field development – the Buchan Field.

He was then seconded to Sohio Alaska Petroleum Company where he was involved in both development and exploration well operations as an engineer and rig supervisor on the North Slope and Beaufort Sea. He returned to Aberdeen in 1982 where he set up and managed BP’s Drilling Technology Division providing technical support to BP’s worldwide exploration, appraisal and development well operations and projects. In 1989 following the Piper Alpha disaster he was seconded to the UK Department of Energy where as an inspector he was responsible for management of the well consent system and the regulation of safety associated with offshore development well operations.

He returned to BP in 1992 as Drilling Engineering Superintendent to oversee BP’s North Sea drilling and well operations programmes worth £230 million annually. Chris left BP the following year to join the Health and Safety Executive as Head of Well Engineering where he managed the introduction of new UK goal setting regulations for the safety of offshore and onshore wells. He moved to Amerada Hess in late 1996 as Drilling Engineering Manager for UKCS and Dutch well operations.

During his 35 years in the oil industry he has been involved in land, Arctic and offshore operations for major and independent operators and the UK regulator. He has wide experience of many different well operations including drilling, completions, workovers and interventions, template and manifold installation and well abandonments. This experience is augmented by a well engineering background and a knowledge of the management systems needed to support well activities.