Craig Durham

Production Engineering Adviser China National Offshore Oil Corporation

Craig Durham, SPE, is production engineering adviser at China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) International based in Aberdeen. His current role is providing technical support and assurance to CNOOC’s UK assets, including the Buzzard and Golden Eagle fields. Durham has 33 years of experience in drilling; completions; well interventions; production technology; and well integrity, including multizone intelligent completions and fiber-optic monitoring. He has coauthored four technical papers and has served on the SPE Aberdeen European Artificial Lift Forum committee for 12 years, including two terms as chair. In 2018 Durham received the SPE North Sea Region Completions Optimization and Technology award. He holds a BEng degree in civil engineering from the University of Bristol and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Durham is a chartered engineer; a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining; and a member of the JPT Review Board.

  • Integrity (noun): the condition of having no part or element wanting; unbroken state; material wholeness, completeness, entirety. While reviewing the abstracts, I was struck by the huge range of challenges to maintaining “material wholeness” beyond the routine testing of tree and safety valves.