Sweeney returns to Cudd after leading BP’s global well control team for the past seven years where he was responsible for strengthening BP’s well control capabilities in the wake of the Macondo incident.
“My experience with BP showed me the importance of building engineering and operational processes as the strongest barrier in well control event prevention and mitigation,” said Sweeney. “Robust well control isn’t about the bits and pieces of equipment and training. It is only achieved through a comprehensive well control program based on sound engineering and operations, along with the discipline and commitment to follow the programme.”
Sweeney has led and supported extensive well control event mitigations both onshore and offshore.
“It’s not primarily about teaching people mitigations, but rather that they have situational awareness and understand how to react to system limits,” said Sweeney.
Sweeney’s industry experience includes a focus on safety, incident planning, reliability, and response. He began his career at the US Naval Warfare Assessment Center working on fire control systems trouble and failure reporting for the submarine ballistic nuclear programme.
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