AGR adds VPs to its global Enhanced Drilling team


AGR adds VPs to its global Enhanced Drilling team

STRAUME -- Offshore technology provider AGR Enhanced Drilling has recently added two new regional vice presidents.

Ruud Van Der Meer will lead the Norwegian firm’s presence in ACIS (Africa, Commonwealth of Independent States). He brings a host of experience to the solutions provider, known for its Riserless Mud Recovery system (RMR) and the EC-Drill managed pressure system.

Van Der Meer, who has 30 years of experience in the oil industry, previously worked for @balance/Schlumberger as business development manager Europe/Africa, with responsibility for its managed pressure drilling and underbalanced drilling business. He has also held managerial positions with Weatherford and Expro.

Meanwhile, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region of Enhanced Drilling is being driven by APAC V.P. Chris French. French has been based in the Aberdeen region for 15 years, and previously worked for NOV. Prior to his time with NOV, he worked in a variety of oil industry positions, including operational and country manager roles in Thailand and China, in addition to a regional business development role based in Singapore and a global technical role based in Malaysia.

Enhanced Drilling recently announced a deal for RMR services off Sakhalin, Russia, worth $3 million. The firm subsequently announced that BG Group had signed up to RMR and CTS services on the Knarr field in the Norwegian North Sea.

RMR enables operators to use weighted mud during top-hole drilling. All mud and cuttings are returned to the rig, with no discharge to the sea. The result is a safer, more stable top hole, drilled with minimal environmental impact.

Last year, Enhanced Drilling announced that it had entered into a $5.1-million deal with Statoil to develop the next generation of managed pressure drilling technology for floating rigs, based on the EC-Drill system. EC-Drill has been used on three deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico to date.

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