Hess Lean Manufacturing Processes - Driving Performance in Oil and Gas
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Lean Manufacturing Drives Performance and Innovation at Hess



Embracing a Culture of Continuous Improvement to Deliver Top-Quartile Business Results

Hess has earned a reputation for top-quartile performance in unconventional oil and gas production and offshore drilling and project delivery.  Our performance is driven by a distinctive Lean culture that equips and empowers people at every level to solve problems and spot opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation.

Hess began implementing Lean principles in our Bakken operations in 2010This has since been expanded to our Exploration, Developments, Drilling and Completions and Production activities, as well as key support functions.

Hess in the Media

Hess: the Oracle of Lean in Oil and Gas

Hess: The Oracle of Lean in Oil and Gas

After learning about the company’s process of continuous improvement, Oil and Gas Investor called Hess “the oracle of Lean in oil and gas.”  “What Lean also does is it really drives defects out of your business,” says Hess COO Greg Hill. “The operations need to be very focused on reliability. What that has allowed us to do is to increase to over 1,500 operated wells now with effectively no additional operations staff by eliminating inefficiency.”


Bakken Team Earns Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Award

The Hess Bakken Facilities Construction Team has earned industry recognition for its extraordinary safety record. In the past three years, the team worked more than 2.5 million hours without a recordable injury while also reducing high-potential incidents and first aid cases. The last OSHA recordable injury occurred in November 2014.


Hess: Big Data and Lean Processes

Data analysis from Hess wells is just one part of the company’s Lean process that continuously removes wasted effort and adds value across Hess Bakken assets. “We’ve driven our well cost down significantly over the years,” says Barry Biggs, Vice President of Bakken operations. “We’re talking 60%, probably 70% reductions on well cost since 2012. You do that by collecting data.”


Hess Advances Stampede Project in Deepwater GoM

Hess is advancing the development of the Stampede project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, with first production expected in the first quarter of 2018. The Stampede field discovered in 2005 has been deemed to be one of the largest undeveloped fields in the GoM.