Shell signs drilling contract with Specialty Drilling Fluids

May 08, 2005 02:00 AM

Shell Petroleum Development has signed a major contract to provide swamp drilling operations and other ancillary services for its upstream activities with an indigenous firm Specialty Drilling Fluids Limited.
Dr Kizizto Okpere technical Director of Shell disclosed that Shell would always be willing to partner with and engage the services of indigenous operators in the oil and gas industry provided the companies have the capacity and the technical ability to deliver on the assignment for which they have been engaged.

Okpere also disclosed that Specialty Drilling Fluids was chosen because of its impressive track record in the industry and particularly, its technical partnership with trusted names in the oil and gas industry. He called on the management of the company to perform its assignment with great sense of responsibility so as to prove sceptics wrong and encourage Shell to have more confidence in indigenous capacity utilization.
Hans Flikkema, the corporate wells manager of Shell, stated that as a world class company Shell would never compromise oil industry as a matter of policy. This policy, he stated, would always guide the company in its search and choice of local partnerships. He disclosed that although many are still sceptical about the ability of indigenous companies to deliver on oil and gas assignments, Shell believes it is important to give indigenous operators the opportunity to compete favourably with multinationals.

Flikkema expressed satisfaction at the strategic relationship between SDF and Parker Drilling the technical partners and expressed the hope that this relationship would be put to good use in the execution of the contract.
Tony Eze the Managing Director of SDF who signed the papers on behalf of his company stated that he is aware of the immense challenge and enormous responsibility the contract has placed on his company as an indigenous operator and promised to put in place the necessary machinery to make the project a success.

SDF was incorporated in September 1991 and has become a major player in the industry specializing in waste management.
The company has also expanded into solids control and well completion and also renders marine service to oil companies.

Source: This Day
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