Richard’s education and experience began in the oil and gas industry where he served as a petroleum engineer for five years before returning to law school.
He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.
In the course of the five years that Richard Lionberger worked as a petroleum engineer, he obtained an extraordinary variety of operations experience while working for Pennzoil and Conoco as an on-site supervisor (known in the industry as the “Company Man”). His experience included operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch North Sea, the Arabian Gulf offshore Dubai, the Meditteranean offshore Italy, and the U.K. North Sea, off the East Coast of Scotland. The following are examples of his engineering and operations experience during this period:
Richard worked as a drilling engineer and drilling supervisor, with onsite responsibility for exploratory and development drilling from jackups, semi-submersibles, drillships, platform rigs and tenders.
As a drilling engineer he designed exploration and development drilling plans for offshore wells.
As the onsite drilling engineer Richard supervised the drilling of three relief wells drilled simultaneously from jackups and a shipshape drilling rig in the Arabian Gulf offshore Dubai to kill a blowout that contained 25% poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas.
As an onsite drilling engineer in the U.K. North Sea Richard supervised the drilling of exploratory wells from a semi-submersible offshore drilling vessel, including designing and implementing a difficult and challenging tie-back of a casing liner to the subsea wellhead in heavy seas.
He researched and prepared a downhole pressure analysis in the U.K. North Sea to develop parameters to detect increasing reservoir pressure while drilling to facilitate well control and avoid an out of control well.
Also during that period Richard worked for a time as a reservoir engineer, performing reservoir and production analyses for offshore fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
As drilling engineer and company representative for Pennzoil Company, Pennzoil Offshore Gas Operators (POGO) and Pennzoil Nederland:
He supervised drilling, completion and simultaneous production operations in the Gulf of Mexico on the offshore platform drilling rigs, Loffland 194, Mayronne 142, and Cactus 165 in Eugene Island Block 330 (300 ft water depth), which were operated out of Lafayette, Louisiana.
He supervised exploratory drilling operations from the jackup drilling vessel ORION in the Dutch North Sea operated out of The Hague, Netherlands.
He supervised drilling operations from a Noble platform rig in West Cameron block 548 operated out of Lafayette, Louisiana and from a jackup drilling rig offshore Texas operated out of Houston, Texas.
He supervised drilling operations from the drillship MISSION EXPLORATION in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, operated out of Lafayette, Louisiana.
As drilling engineer for Pennzoil Company, POGO and Pennzoil Nederland Richard designed exploration and development drilling plans and completion plans for offshore wells in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the Dutch North Sea.
As reservoir engineer for Pennzoil Company and POGO in connection with the companies’ offshore leases and production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Richard conducted reservoir and production analyses.
As drilling engineer and company representative for Conoco and its subsidiaries Dubai Petroleum Company, Conoco Idrocarburi, and Conoco UK:
He supervised drilling and production operations from offshore tender drilling rigs in the Fateh Field offshore Dubai.
He supervised drilling operations from a McDermott derrick barge in the Persian Gulf offshore Dubai in connection with setting platforms.
He designed and implemented well plans for offshore drilling development wells in the Fateh Field, near Dubai.
He supervised drilling operations from the drillship ODECO HURRICANE operating offshore from Sicily.
He supervised land drilling operations in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming.
He supervised the drilling of three relief wells from the jackup rigs Rowan Texas and WD Kent, and the drillship, WODECO V, to kill a blowout in Fateh Field, offshore Dubai that contained 25% poisonous hydrogen sulfide, and supervised pumping operations from barge facilities built for the purpose of pumping the large volumes of kill fluids needed to overcome the flow from downhole.
He supervised exploratory drilling operations from the semi-submersible offshore drilling vessel VENTURE I in the UK North Sea (operated out of Dundee, Scotland), including designing and implementing a difficult and challenging tie-back of a casing liner to the subsea wellhead in heavy seas.
Richard supervised exploratory drilling operations from the semi-submersible drilling vessel DUNDEE KINGSNORTH in the UK North Sea with operations based in Dundee, Scotland.
He supervised exploratory drilling operations from the semi-submersible drilling vessel TRANSWORLD 61 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with operations based in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
As drilling engineer for Conoco UK Richard researched and prepared a downhole pressure analysis of the UK North Sea to develop parameters to detect increasing reservoir pressure during drilling to better avoid out of control wells.
For a detailed disclosure of Richard Lionberger’s experience and professional associations, download his Curriculum Vitae.