An Aberdeen-based energy consultancy has strengthened its well management team following a number of major contract wins for the firm.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced today it will add four industry specialists to its team in the Granite City, after a year that saw the firm accumulate £80 million in global contract wins.
Former Maersk Oil UK director and Total drilling manager John O’Neill joins LR in the new position of head of wells delivery.
Mr O’Neill has also previously worked for Shell in Oman and BP as their technical advisor in the Middle East.
He said: “The sector has, and continues to be challenged post-downturn, particularly in the quality, capability and availability of the supply chain.
“This has resulted in issues such as stretched resources and more non-productive time.
“Add to that the emergence of smaller operators, which are largely using an outsourcing model, and the need for an experienced wells consultancy has become only greater, presenting a huge opportunity for growth to LR.”
Melvin Banford, a former management consultant for Petrointegrity in Aberdeen, joins as head of wells assurance.
Derek Harrold also joins as UK, Europe and Africa wells manager from Cnooc, alongside head of wells HSSE Steve Harris, who was most recently senior HPHT operational QHSE specialist at Total.
Matt Rothnie, vice president of wells at LR, praised the “wealth of experience” of his firm’s new appointments.
He added: “We are tremendously excited about the opportunity this brings to further embed our expertise at a UK and international level.”