CATEGORIZED | 2009, Departments, May/June

People, Companies & Products

Posted on 17 May 2009

 PEOPLE, COMPANIES

Van Diemen, Linkin join Pacific Drilling management

Pacific Drilling announced that Cees Van Diemen has joined the company as vice president of operations and that Paul Linkin has accepted the role of vice president QHSE. Mr Van Diemen brings 32 years experience in the offshore drilling industry, including 25 years with Noble Drilling and with Neddrill, prior to Noble’s acquisition. He holds a BSc in automotive engineering from the University of Apeldoorn. Mr Linkin joins the company after nearly 20 years in operations and QHSE management roles at Schlumberger. He has extensive experience developing and implementing management systems in both field and office environments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Portsmouth.

M-I SWACO adds to products catalog with CHEMTECH deal

M-I SWACO has expanded its offering of production chemicals and related technologies with the acquisition of Broussard, La.-based CHEMTECH. It supplies oilfield production chemicals and supporting services, with products in all major production treating application segments, including emulsion control, corrosion inhibition, scale prevention, paraffin control, gas hydrate inhibition and solids dispersion.

The company also has a customizable reporting software package, WELLTRACK, and a patented chemical injection pump system, ECO-PUMP.

New executive VP, VP manufacturing appointed at Deepflex

Deepflex has appointed Michael C Kearney as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Donald N Bockoven Jr as vice president of manufacturing. Previously CFO of Tesco Corp, Mr Kearney will be responsible for all financial reporting, accounting services, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, and investor relations. Mr Bockoven will be responsible for all aspects of pipe production. DeepFlex designs, manufactures and installs premium composite flexible piping. It is the only manufacturer of Flexible Fiber Reinforced Pipe, a corrosion-resistant, unbonded, nonmetallic pipe designed for deepwater applications.

Doyles VP business development to be based in Dubai

Doyles recently hired Bruce Terrill for the newly created position of vice president, business development to be based in Dubai, UAE. Among other duties, he will manage the company’s alliance with Weir Oil & Gas, the company’s authorized service facility in the UAE.

Senior VP at Key Energy

Key Energy Services has hired T.M. “Trey” Whichard III as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He previously served in various financial capacities with BJ Services, most recently as vice president and CFO.

Enventure opens Beijing office

Enventure Global Technology’s subsidiary Enventure Global Technology Trading opened its first office in Beijing to support the market China. KJ Tan is the company’s China country manager.

Dynamic Equipment adds Houston location

Dynamic Equipment of Aberdeen has opened an operating, sales and marketing office in Houston. It will be managed by Michael J Jurenko, president and CEO of Dynamic Equipment USA, and will service North, South and Latin America.

Jacob joins Goober Drilling as president, CEO

Goober Drilling has selected Ed Jacob III to serve as president and chief executive officer. He will also serve as a member of its board of directors. Mr Jacob previously served as senior vice president of Grey Wolf, responsible for implementing standardization to assure consistent operational performance. He has 36 years of industry experience, including management positions at Helmerich & Payne IDC, Bayard Drilling Technologies and The National Supply Company.

Mr Jacob has served as a director of IADC since 1989 and held the position of VP land division from 1998-2000. He served on IADC’s Executive Committee from 2004-2006.

Moody acquires EDN

Moody International announced the acquisition of The Enterprise Development Network (EDN), an HSE consulting and training company based in Australia. The company hopes to enhance its ability to provide HSE solutions to large projects.

Woolslayer names new CEO

Woolslayer Companies has named Thomas L Wingerter as CEO and member of the WCI board of directors. He previously has been with Pinpoint Drilling and Directional Services and Parker Drilling and will be based in Dallas. Dewayne Vogt remains WCI president and chief engineer.

Logan buys DDS

Logan Oil Tools has acquired Diamant Drilling Services (DDS), which is based in Belgium and focuses on the design, manufacture and application of fixed cutter diamond drill bits. The acquisition will provide Logan entry into the high-tech diamond bit manufacturing market.

Executive VP named at Superior

Superior Energy Services has named Patrick J Campbell as executive vice president. He had been president and chief operating officer of Superior subsidiary Wild Well Control since 2000. He joined Wild Well Control in 1990 and served as its executive vice president until 2000.

New Murchison logo on the way

Murchison Drilling Schools will introduce a new corporate logo during OTC, 4-7 May, to reflect the full scope of its training – both land-based and offshore.

Expro to provide completion landing string technology for BP

Expro has been awarded a multi-year contract from BP for the provision of equipment and services on Block 31 in Angola. The company will provide the Expro Landing String Assembly (ELSA) to enable BP to employ the well barrier philosophy implemented on the Greater Plutonia project. This allows the control of isolation valves, which eliminates the requirement to set and retrieve wireline plugs providing well commissioning efficiencies. ELSA valves will be controlled by the Express Electro-Hydraulic control system, which allows dual-bore completions to be deployed using a monobore landing string, allowing the wells to be flow-tested to the rig prior to installing the production trees.

The contract covers the delivery of landing strings for use on PSVM (Plutao, Saturno, Venus, Matre), the first of up to four planned developments for the block.

 PRODUCTS

Sub-drill improves on traditional mud bucket

Sub-drill will showcase its MS-V2A 5 ½-in. Mud Bucket at OTC. The design uses two simple changes to make the mud bucket more user friendly and efficient. Pneumatic power is best for a drill floor tool, but it has always been a problem to be able to provide enough mechanical force from the pneumatic pressure at the right time. Sub-drill overcame this by using leverage coupled to a type of over-centre mechanism in which the mechanical advantage is obtained when the bucket is fully closed on the pipe. The mechanism is positioned within a strong outer frame, which also acts as a barrier in two ways. It protects the bucket shells and mechanism from damage and consequent leaks, while protecting crew from the working parts.

Moyno system for multiphase pumping

The Moyno Tri-Phaze System offers a progressing cavity solution for multiphase pumping applications. It allows all fluids produced at the well site, including oil, water and gas, to be transported simultaneously through one pipeline to a central processing station. Its abrasion resistance allows for smooth transfer of sandy fluid. The unit is capable of generating flow rates up to 60,000 BFPD with suction pressures up to 900 psi and discharge pressures up to 1,200 psi. Additionally, the system features a stator elastomer formulation that exhibits exceptional resistance to aromatics.

Texas company offers protection package for idle rigs

Dallas-based Protective Packaging Corp (PPC) is providing a comprehensive rig protection package designed to prevent equipment inactivity problems such as corrosion, clogged fuel lines and destroyed rubber gaskets and tires. The package includes volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) to treat the inside of the engines and pumps to prevent rust. Externally, customized barrier bags protect rigs from damaging UV rays and the gauges and panels from everyday dirt, bugs and animals. Desiccants are put in place to provide additional protection against moisture, mold and mildew.

CaliberXD uses advanced PCD technology for more durability

Atlas Copco Secoroc has released the CaliberXD, a drill bit incorporating advanced PCD technology that laboratory and field tests have shown is significantly more durable than conventional diamond inserts. The bit also features a patented tapered foot valve for deep hole applications. Configuration options include fishing threads, retrieval head and a QL shank.

SideWinder PDC bit eliminates gage pads entirely

The SideWinder PDC drill bit from Encore Bits eliminates the gage pads entirely in favor of making the cutting structure as active in the lateral aspect as it is in the vertical. Additionally, the cutting structure blends smoothly and uninterrupted into the flank of the bit and even upwards into the relief back to the shank. This upwards component allows the bit to be pulled while rotating through the tight curves, similar to a keyseat mill, and to ream the upper side of the curve to enlarge the radius as much as possible for casing clearance.

According to the company, an operator recently ran a 6 1/8-in. SideWinder in Oklahoma, drilling horizontally through the Woodford Shale. Running on a 1.5° motor offset, the bit averaged 10-11°/100 ft build rate in the curve while increasing rate of penetration by 25%. In the lateral, the bit drilled 30% more footage 30% faster than average offsets and reduced sliding time in the lateral by 50%. The SideWinder was said to average 80% faster than rock bits (12 to 20 ft/hr).

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