Andrew J. McHardy is a Chartered Engineer registered with the United Kingdom Engineering Council. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Petroleum Engineer. Andrew is an Honorarian at the University of Dundee, Centre for Energy and Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. He holds memberships of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Andrew is an experienced multidiscipline energy management specialist possessing a wide range of skills and with 25 years of experience in the Global Oil and Gas Industry. He has a proven track record in Project Management, Well Engineering, Permitting, Drilling Contracts, and Petroleum Licensing; and Managing Well Operations both onshore and offshore UK, and in remote areas overseas.
Andrew established Blue Skies Energy Resources Limited (BSER) in 1996 as his own consulting vehicle and commenced growing the business beyond this in 2006. BSER was named as 11th Fastest Growing Scottish Small Company 2011 (Source Business Insider Magazine Sprint 100)
His achievements include setting up and managing complete well operations, from licensing support through to the budgeting and drilling, including the tendering, specification and award of all drilling and well related contracts for start-up oil companies. He also has a track record of working for super majors on complex well operations. Andrew is recognised as an expert and practitioner of statutory Well Examination, required under UK legislation for oil companies operating onshore and offshore on the UK continental shelf. He has also examined international well operations for UK and US based oil companies. From 2009 to 2012 he undertook the role of Well Examiner for Total E&P UK Limited with a direct impact on the £300 million wells budget. In 2007 he assembled and managed a multi-discipline team which wrote a technical report on a catastrophic well event for a major London law firm.
In 2012 Andrew served as a member of UK Oil & Gas OSPRAG on the Well Examination, Verification, Primary Well Control Sub-group. Further to this he was a member Oil & Gas UK WLCPF (Well Life Cycle Practises Forum) Well Examination sub-team which published two OGUK Guidelines for Well Operators on Competency for Well Examiners (Issue 1, November 2011) and Guidelines for Well Operators on Well Examination (Issue 1, November 2011). Andrew was also a member of the Oil & Gas UK committee which published Guidelines for Suspension and Abandonment of Wells (Issue 4, July 2012).
Andrew is a native of Aberdeen, Scotland where he attended Kincorth Academy. He graduated B.A. (distinction) from the University of Stirling, Scotland in 1993 and was awarded the Torbrex Prize for graduate achieving highest grades. In 1995 he graduated with an LL.M. in Resources Law and Policy, with specialisation in petroleum law, policy and economics from the CEPMLP at the University of Dundee. His Masters dissertation titled "The Petroleum Development of the Falkland Islands" was used by some of the first international oil companies to drill there in 1998.
Andrew was a Non Executive Director of North American Petroleum Plc (NAP) which was listed on the ISDX market. Between 2013 and 2015 NAP grew non conventional production in the United States Mississippian Limestone play to circa 50 bbls/day. NAP had acquired 2,107 net mineral acres in Oklahoma and Louisiana and had interests in 33 producing wells and a further eight either drilling or waiting to spud at the time of its sale in April 2015 to Northcote Energy for 1,266,074,005 consideration shares in Northcote Energy Ltd (AIM: NCT).