Joy Oyovwevotu

Drilling & Wells

Joy Oyovwevotu is a drilling engineer with over 26 years’ experience.


He started his career in Shell Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, Warri, Nigeria in 1991, serving in different offshore and onshore roles. He transferred to Shell Expro, Aberdeen in 1996 as an assistant offshore well engineer in the HP/HT team and moved to the Brent Bravo team as a well planning engineer in 1997 working on late life drilling before going offshore as offshore well engineer on the same platform.


He returned to Shell Nigeria in 2000 and left Shell in 2001 to join a drilling engineering consultancy group, Leading Edge Advantage (LEA) in Aberdeen as a senior drilling engineer. In his time at LEA, Joy worked on planning and drilling of wells in mature reservoirs and extending field life for different operators using Coiled Tubing Drilling (CTD), Thru-Tubing Rotary Drilling (TTRD) and Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD).


He joined Senergy (now LR-Senergy) in 2008, following the company’s acquisition of LEA, as a specialist drilling engineer working on late life drilling projects for operators using the appropriate drilling technique. He assumed the role of principal engineer for the Advanced Drilling Techniques (ADT) group within Senergy in 2010, managing and supporting a small team of technical specialist drilling engineers.


Joy joined Maersk Oil in 2014 as a senior drilling engineer in the Global Wells functions supporting local drilling teams in planning and drilling of special, high risk wells among other responsibilities.


Joy has a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Lagos, Nigeria and an MBA and doctorate degrees from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Joy has authored a number of SPE papers and has a keen interest in the development and adaptation of technical innovation in the oil industry.