New partnerships focus on deepwater well management in North Sea and beyond

Well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced that it has joined forces with eight former members of senior staff from Applied Drilling Technology International.

Deepwater well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced that it has joined forces with eight former members of senior staff from Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI).

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, Exceed is an industry-leading specialist in delivering well management and performance improvement solutions to the oil and gas sector. Exceed operates globally, with a mobile, highly-experienced team of drilling professionals and performance improvement coaches working with clients in the North Sea, Canada, West Africa and South East Asia. Based in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK), Exceed is currently managing international projects across the entire well lifecycle – from conceptual design and planning through to well completion and subsea field development.

ADTI was closed down by Sun European Partners, its private equity owner, in May 2015, resulting in the loss of 90 jobs.

The eight core members of the former ADTI group were actively looking at various options to continue to operate when they were approached by Exceed and the appointment of these staff members was discussed and agreed.

As part of the shutdown, the ADTI team made special efforts to contact all major operators and service providers in the North Sea in hopes of securing opportunities for its existing employees and graduates on ADTI’s long-standing graduate programme. As a result, a number of former ADTI employees and graduates have found roles with operators and service companies working in the North Sea and internationally.

This venture brings Exceed’s total number of staff to 30 people, with a further 20 contractors working on projects both locally in the North Sea, as well as internationally on projects in Canada, West Africa and South East Asia. All of the new positions will be based at Exceed’s existing headquarters in Aberdeen.

The former ADTI staff bring a broad range of capabilities and have joined Exceed as stakeholders through a newly-formed subsidiary. They have taken on the following roles within Exceed:

  • John Anderson, commercial director wells
  • Calum MacDonald, well engineering and operations director
  • Steve Hayhurst, production technology and petroleum engineering manager
  • Bart van de Laar, wells project manager
  • Dave Craig, engineering team lead
  • John McNab, completions and workover manager
  • John Simpson, well test and decommissioning manager
  • Ross Mack, subsea manager

Al Brockie, Head of Wells Management at Exceed, said, “There is a strong strategic fit between ADTI and Exceed, with both companies offering a range of wells management services in different markets.

“Traditionally, ADTI has had a strong presence in the North Sea whereas the majority of Exceed’s projects have been delivered internationally. This partnership not only bolsters our global credentials and renews our focus on the North Sea, but also allows Exceed to evolve internal systems and processes which will result in significant benefits for clients.

“The move also sends an important message to the industry in a time when thousands of jobs are at risk across all sectors and many talented professionals are being made redundant purely as a result of cost saving measures. Companies which are still in a position to continue expansion plans should be making the most of this opportunity. The events following the closure of ADTI have been a prime example of how collaboration within the industry can secure jobs and livelihoods.”

The new venture significantly expands Exceed’s service offering to include well abandonment, production technology and petroleum engineering, and will allow the company to drive operations into several new markets. Depending on future contracts, there may also be the potential to take on further ex-members of ADTI staff.

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