BJ Services Strengthens Europe-Africa Region

BJ Process and Pipeline Services (BJ PPS) has strengthened its Europe – Africa regional structure to ensure that clients continue to receive consistent, high quality service, regardless of location within the region.

Previously, this region was split into two distinct geographies, namely the Northern Europe-West Africa Region (NEWA) and the Central Europe-North Africa Region (CENA). The recent restructure merges the two to form a single Europe - Africa Region Business Unit (RBU).

The structure reflects the division's strategy to maintain a strong market position across the North Sea, while building upon its successful and dynamic presence in other geographies, particularly in West Africa.

"As we continue to expand geographically and to grow our share of this market, it became clear that we needed to take steps to maintain and improve our standards of service for our clients in this extremely vibrant region," said Ian Storey, regional business unit manager - Europe-Africa Region for BJ PPS. "One of the ways we aim to achieve this is to make certain that our business approach is consistent across every function, whether it involves our product and service lines, employee training, tendering for business or carrying out operations. With this new management structure, I am confident that it will facilitate improved services to existing and future BJ PPS customers throughout Europe and Africa," he added.

New Structure Triggers Personnel Appointments
The recent restructure has triggered a number of appointments throughout the region. One pivotal appointment is that of Kyle Ruzick to the position of Nigeria and NEWA pipeline manager in Aberdeen. For the past two years, his leadership has facilitated growth and achieved real operating strength throughout Nigeria.

Pete Rhodes has been appointed to the position of NEWA process manager. His existing responsibilities for Aberdeen Process and for the Norwegian sector have been extended to include West Africa where BJ PPS is targeting FPSO and related process projects.

To support the division's ongoing efforts across the pipeline and process service lines in West Africa, Ewen Kleppang has been appointed to the position of business development manager -West Africa based in Capetown. This move complements the business initiatives carried out over the years by BJ Services' Well Services in West Africa. Although opportunities for BJ PPS in countries outside Nigeria are significant, the division is keen to enhance its deepwater technology capabilities, and related market position.

Richard O'Dowd continues as business development manager in Aberdeen at the division's global headquarters. His contribution to the emergence of Nigeria as a key BJ PPS in recent years has been very significant, while his Aberdeen-based client relationship role is fundamental to BJ PPS's continued success throughout Europe and Africa.

Julian Manning will continue in his role as manager – CENA, with responsibility for bolstering the division's presence in Europe and North Africa, especially in Libya.

Paul Sergeant comes into the senior management team as technical manager. He will provide engineering expertise across the 'tendering to project execution' cycle in support of both pipeline and process service lines.

The new HSE manager for the Europe-Africa RBU is John Carmichael. With his extensive field, management and training experience, he will be working with safety representatives, supervisors and managers throughout the region to ensure the highest standards of safety awareness and worksite implementation.

BJ Services Company (BJS-NYSE, CBOE) is a leading provider of pressure pumping and related oilfield services to the petroleum industry. The company operates in every major oil and gas producing region.