Drilling Specialist Norwell Engineering Celebrates 20 Years

Aberdeen-based drilling specialist Norwell Engineering is preparing to celebrate 20 years in the oil and gas industry having successfully managed more than 100 major projects in 43 countries since 1989.

Norwell is the longest-running independent drilling project management group and well engineering consultancy in Europe with an unrivalled international track record.

In its 20 year history, Norwell has worked for over 70 client companies including BP, Shell, Petrobras, Talisman, Dana, Apache, Venture and Statoil in virtually every oil & gas industry location in the world from Alaska to Australia and China to the Congo.

The company has in-house expertise to manage all aspects of well engineering and operations from concept through to field development and is regularly brought in to project manage or trouble shoot operations involving more challenging deepwater, high pressure and remote onshore exploration work.

Recent projects include drilling off Lybster, Scotland, for Caithness Petroleum, offshore Romania for Sterling Resources and onshore in Morocco for Dana and Cabre Maroc. Well planning and procurement is in the final stages in the Congo for SOCO International and North Sea for Nippon.

In the past few years, Norwell has Project managed wells in over 3000m of water, more than 20 wells in water depths of over 1500m and installed the world’s first Jet Pump Subsea well completion offshore Tunisia.

Norwell Managing Director Iain Adams said, "Reaching our 20th anniversary as an independent is a real milestone for us. In that time we have managed more than 100 major projects and our guys have worked on hundreds more. We now have broad client and geographical bases with a wealth of retained experience which puts us on a very strong footing for the next 20 years.

"Using our associate companies, Norwell can offer a package up to full field management, including geology, geophysics, reservoir management and production technology.

"Our aim for the coming year is to secure additional work in the North Sea as well as continue to build on our established international expertise."

Norwell chairman Ken Fraser added, "We have operated the company in a traditional style for 20 years avoiding over-expansion in the industry upturns and always working with a positive cash flow model. The nature of our industry is cyclic and, while this can seem like a very conservative approach in the peak activity periods, it places us in a strong position in the current economic situation. Our stability in terms of staffing numbers and expertise means we can respond quickly to the needs of clients."

He added, "We have had an established graduate training programme for the last 11 years which has meant we have been able to build a skilled, homegrown team of engineers. We deliberately place our staff in a variety of projects in the UKCS and Internationally to broaden their experience base."

Norwell also recently announced continued sponsorship for international Ironman champion Fraser Cartmell. The sponsorship covers the Scot's travel expenses and allows him to train and compete all over the world.

"Norwell's sponsorship has been incredibly important to my career. I was injured earlier this year whilst in the USA and needed to go for regular physiotherapy which is very costly. Norwell stepped in and paid for the treatment on top of the travel sponsorship," said Fraser. "They've been very good to me and it’s fantastic they are going to continue helping me."

Norwell also supports triathlete Michael Adams and is sponsoring the Knockburn Triathlon, which takes place near Banchory, this year and next.


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