Qserv Doubles Expertise in Expanding Process Department

Qserv, the specialist well, process and pipeline service company headquartered in Aberdeen, has announced two new appointments and two significant contracts for its burgeoning process department.

Keith Drummond is heading up the department in his role as process manager, while Malcolm Fox takes up the position of technical lead for bolting and tensioning. Keith will be responsible for overseeing a department which offers a range of services including nitrogen pumping and purging, pipe freezing, bolt tensioning / bolt torquing, flange management, refrigerant recovery and helium leak detection, all of which assist operations from start-up to abandonment.

Marathon Oil has awarded a £3 million, five-year contract which covers the provision of commissioning and shutdown services for all Marathon’s Brae Field assets. The company will benefit from Qserv’s latest generation of nitrogen pumping equipment and helium leak testing technology, with an additional scope for the company’s torque and tensioning tools being used as well. A refrigerant recovery unit, which can be used in hazardous areas, is also being supplied.

A six-figure contract has also been secured with Petrofac for process, pipeline and fluid pumping services on the Don Southwest and West Don fields.

Keith comes to Qserv having previously been employed as lead engineer for pipeline and process services with a global energy services business. Malcolm was appointed to the company having served as operations managers with an international oil services firm. With more than 40 years industry experience between them, they are well equipped to take the department forward.

Qserv director Ciaran Dreelan, said, "Having Keith and Malcolm on board will be of great benefit to the company. Their experience and technical knowledge is ideally suited to process operations and I have no doubt their arrival will further enhance our service delivery.

"To secure such a lengthy contract with a major operator like Marathon Oil speaks volumes of the team and I am confident that this is a sign of things to come. Our process operations are growing by the day and we are always on the lookout for people that can improve our skill-set. Keith has set very high targets and this award demonstrates the continued high demand for Qserv’s services."

Qserv process manager, Keith Drummond, said, "To be coming on board at this time is very exciting. The department is expanding and the Marathon Oil award shows that we have the technical capabilities to execute contracts of this size. I am looking to expand the team inline with our ambitious growth plans and I feel the current market conditions will allow us to do this. We are also investing heavily in new equipment giving us the capacity to explore new opportunities."