Red Spider Technology Opens Norwegian Office

Red Spider Technology has established an office in Stavanger in response to the demand for its services from Norwegian operators.

Hans Kristian Hegland has been appointed General Manager of the company's Norwegian subsidiary, Red Spider Technology AS. His role is to develop and grow Red Spider's business in Scandanavia. Hans Kristian has spent the last eight years with Schlumberger in Norway, where he held a senior marketing position for the last two years, and was instrumental in the growth of Schlumberger's successful Oilphase downhole sampling business.

Chris Oliver, Red Spider's General Manager, said: "Norway is a pioneering market and is renowned as an early adopter of new technology with established infrastructures for evaluating and testing new products.

"We have had an excellent response to our tools, achieving a number of firsts in the Norwegian sector. This year Norway has accounted for more than half of our turnover and we plan to build on this early success by establishing this dedicated office in Stavanger."

Products which have found success in Norway include the Hydraulic RED, a revolutionary remote opening device, which completed its first offshore operation in Statoil's Gullfaks field in December 2004.

In August, Red Spider's High-Lift Injection Valve successfully completed twelve months operation on BP Norge's Valhall platform.

Deployed below a retrievable packer, the debris-tolerant valve allowed BP Norge to reinject drill cuttings at an average injection rate through the device of 6 to 8 bbl/min with a wellhead pressure of 4400 to 4500psi.

More recently, Red Spider has worked with Hydro on the world's first through tubing rotary drilling (TTRD) well to be drilled from a floating installation. Red Spider's TRSV protection system was successfully deployed and round tripped seven times during drilling operations. Inspection proved that wear of the tools was minimal after 235,000 pipe revolutions through the sleeve. Accuracy and repeatability of the shear out values was exactly as predicted and there was negligible pressure drop across the sleeve during circulating out of drilling mud.

Hans Kristian's appointment follows three other recent appointments within Red Spider's Westhill, Aberdeen operation, which together bring to a total of 16, the number of people employed by the company.

Last month, Bruce Gavin joined Red Spider as a design engineer to work on product development projects. He previously worked for five years for Halliburton as Design Office Manager and has also worked for Baker Oil Tools and PES. Bruce brings new skills and depth to Red Spider's design office, which now comprises four experienced engineers and two trainees.

Lesley McEwen has joined Red Spider as a technical assistant to support Steve Nicol, Production Manager. Her role is to liaise with the company's suppliers to ensure quality and timeliness of component manufacture and to manage and track Red Spider's equipment in the field. Originally from California, Lesley has nine years experience with Sainsbury's where she rose through the ranks to manager their customer service function.

Another recent recruit is Jack Swales, who joins Red Spider as assembly/operations technician to build and test the company's equipment and to operate it in the field. He is the third member of this group and Red Spider is currently recruiting a fourth. Jack has spent the last two years with Averon Engineering in Inverurie where he maintained compressors and generators offshore and overseas. Latterly he was promoted to service manager.

Chris Oliver, Red Spider's General Manager said: "These latest additions to our personnel are part of an ongoing recruitment program to fill positions in engineering design, production, operations and business support, which will help us to continue to grow the business and bring new products to market. Our aim is to hit a targeted turnover of £4 million by 2007, employing 25 staff."