Almost every aspect of modern life depends on energy. Ensuring the availability of efficient and responsible energy requires innovation and planning, which involves taking calculated risks and anticipating future needs. With more than 100 years of innovation under their belts, drilling company Helmerich & Payne (H&P) successfully assists in the enablement of energy production in an efficient and responsible manner to the benefit of people across the globe.

Tomorrow’s World Today talked to John Lindsay, Helmerich & Payne President and CEO, about how H&P is committed to enacting positive change within their own operations and throughout the oil and gas value chain.

 John Lindsay, Helmerich & Payne President and CEO

Tomorrow’s World Today (TWT): What are the opportunities for the industry brought about by the decarbonization of the energy sector?

John Lindsay (JL): We believe access to energy is fundamental to sustaining and improving the quality of all lives. At the same time, we are fortunate that our role in the energy value chain positions us to meaningfully impact the efficiency, safety, and environmental responsibility with which energy is sourced. This is particularly important as the world grapples with the effects of climate change. As such, we are wholeheartedly committed to driving positive change, and we will continue to do so with the various levers at our disposal. 

TWT: How does company culture factor into H&P’s sustainability mindset?

JL: We continuously strive to be better than the day before; it is part of our culture. Some contend that the term ‘company culture’ often gets overused and is overly popularized such that it starts to lose its meaning. It does not at H&P. Our deep-rooted foundational elements in ‘Do the Right Thing’ have served as a basis in our culture for more than 100 years.

H&P Rig 384 in South Texas
H&P Rig 384 in South Texas; Photo Credit: H&P

TWT: What part does a drilling contractor have to play in the overall sustainability landscape?

JL: As we move forward in becoming more transparent and better custodians, we appreciate more of what we can control, what we have influence over, and frankly what we cannot control. Given our place in the overall oil and gas value chain, we acknowledge the important part we play. Absent the drilling of wells, the entire oil and gas value chain would shut down. With that realization, we are also aware of our ability to influence the efficiency, safety, and environmental impacts and will continue to utilize that influence to direct positive improvements in drilling a well.

Additionally, I am gratified by the accomplishments we have made but I am equally proud to see the core values that are instilled in the employees of H&P. These values not only reflect who we are, but also how we interact with our stakeholders, including one another, our shareholders, our customers, our suppliers, and the communities in which we operate.

On behalf of everyone at H&P, we remain committed to our core purpose of improving lives through efficient and responsible energy.

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