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Lance switched from studying archeology to study petroleum engineering at the University of Texas, USA for better job prospects. He was right as, after graduating in 1979, Lance joined Shell and went to work in drilling for its engineering and mechanical challenges.

Lance started his career in the USA, first in New Orleans, Louisiana, then in Anchorage, Alaska, as an engineer in Shell’s exploration drilling programme. Next he moved to Houston, where he would spend the next 25 years in a variety of roles including heading a Shell joint venture that commercialised and refined revolutionary expandable casing liner for use in deep water.

In 2007, Lance was appointed Shell Vice President of Global Technology working with Shell’s joint venture with China National Petroleum Corporation. In late 2011, Lance was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Sirius Well Manufacturing Services in Beijing and moved to China. There he helped create a unique well-manufacturing system for oil and gas production, similar to a production line in the car industry. In 2012, while in that role, he took on the extra responsibility of Shell Chief Scientist for Well Engineering and Production Technology. 

In 2015, Lance moved back to the USA where he acts as Chief Scientist and leads drilling and automation R&D.

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