John Ardill


Vice President

Dr. Ardill is the Vice President responsible for Global Frontier Exploration at ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development, located in Houston, Texas. He was born in the United Kingdom and is a United States and United Kingdom citizen, having lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, South America and the Middle East. After receiving his B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and Ph.D. Doctorate in Geology from the University of Liverpool in 1996, Dr. Ardill began his career with Exxon in London, England as a Geologist. Over the last 20 years with ExxonMobil he has held various technical, supervisory, and managerial assignments in Exploration, Development, Production, Research, Ventures and Corporate. In his current Vice President role, Dr. Ardill is responsible for ExxonMobil’s global frontier exploration. Dr. Ardill is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Additionally, he serves on the British-American Business Council (BABC) Board and Bilateral Chamber Board in Houston, Texas.

Sessions With John Ardill

Thursday, 21 October

  • 05:30pm - 06:00pm (IST) / 21/oct/2021 12:00 pm - 21/oct/2021 12:30 pm

    India's Hydrocarbon Balance: Securing barrels

    Live Stream

    India currently imports about 85% of its crude oil demand. To curb its dependence on imports the Indian government has taken multiple steps to increase upstream investment, including offering open acreage through regular bid rounds. Upstream capex strategies of India’s national oil companies were geared to pursue production growth. In recent years, Indian NOCs also pursued the “go out” strategy through multiple acquisitions globally to diversify supply sources and grow their reserves. What strategies are necessary for India to offset decline in domestic production and reduce import dependence for oil and gas? How can production from mature fields be increased using new state of the art technologies? What changes are necessary in India’s hydrocarbon regulations to attract international investments when many companies are cutting their oil/gas capex? Which countries and regions offer the best opportunities for India to secure its hydrocarbon supply?