Oil Search & Halliburton form Strategic Alliance

Oil Search Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding with Halliburton to develop a strategic alliance between the two companies - a unique arrangement between an independent operator and a major oil and gas contractor.

Halliburton subsidiaries Halliburton Overseas Ltd, Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd and Halliburton Australia Pty Ltd will offer a range of oil field services relating to Oil Search's operations in Papua New Guinea, where Oil Search is a major player in the oil and gas exploration and development market.

Halliburton president Dave Lesar, who signed the MOU with Oil Search CEO Peter Botten in Sydney on Monday, sees Halliburton and Oil Search as an excellent fit. "Oil Search can benefit from Halliburton's global structure, technology and skilled professionals to increase growth both in PNG and other countries," he said. "In return for which we get to gain from the long-term relationship and the success of the alliance."

Peter Botten echoed Dave Lesar's enthusiasm. "This is unique - the scope of activities that can be included under the alliance covers everything from reservoir planning and well construction services to field operations and maintenance and project development. It's also got the potential to move beyond Papua New Guinea to Oil Search operations in other parts of the world."

The concept of the alliance developed out of Halliburton's long participation in Papua New Guinea as a traditional oilfield service provider through its Energy Services Group (ESG). It now encompasses Halliburton's engineering and construction division (KBR) in a much closer relationship with Oil Search.

Halliburton ESG vice president for Asia Pacific, Chas Charles, who is sponsoring the alliance with Oil Search CEO Peter Botten, explains that "the opportunity for both companies arrived because we recognized we could do better working together rather than separately". "It is based on an excellent working relationship, mutual respect and a keen focus on the objectives of the two companies," he said.