Introducing Joachim Nessa, General Manager at Omega Well Intervention Norway

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We had a chat with our General Manager at Omega Well Intervention Norway, Joachim Ness, who gives us a bit of insight into his role at Omega! 

1. What is it like working at Omega Well Intervention?

As the General Manager for Omega Well Intervention’s business unit in Norway serving the Scandinavian O&G market, I have the overall responsibility for the management and performance of the team. This means I am involved in all parts of the business. Since Omega do everything from manufacture to installation, the business has many processes and different tasks that needs to be taken care of. We are a small organisation where everybody helps when needed, so it is not uncommon to find me in the workshop or helping to prepare equipment for going offshore.

2. How long have you been with the company?

I joined Omega mid-2014, so it has been 7 years already. Scary how time flies!

3. What are your responsibilities

My main responsibility is to make sure we are running the day-to-day business according to company policies and Government rules - developing strategic plans to ensure the company achieves its long-term goals.

4. What do you see for the future of Omega Well Intervention?

We have some exiting new products coming out soon, and we have come a long way implement our existing technology worldwide. As a small player within the plug and abandonment segment I can only see growth and bright future for Omega.

5. What advice would you give to anyone considering joining the industry?

Go for it! There has been a lot of negative talk about the sustainability and the future of the oil and gas industry that has effectively scared a lot of young bright minds away from our sector. However, those who don’t follow the mainstream will see a mountain of opportunities which will only thrive in years to come. There are so many paths you can take, and you will always have your experience from oil and gas which you can apply to other industries if you figure you want to try something else later in your career.

6. What is one of the main challenges you have had to overcome in the industry and how did you do it?

My English skills were very bad when I first started as a young wireline apprentice and it became clear to me on my first trip offshore that I would struggle in this industry if I didn’t get better. I have always liked to read, so I stopped buying books from foreign authors in Norwegian and started reading in English instead. I remember reading some Irvine Welsh books with different Scottish characters and “heavy” Scottish slang. When I was able to read this and understand more than 50% of the content, I felt I had reached an acceptable level. I like to think or at least hope I have improved further over the years.

7. What part of your role do you enjoy the most?

The diversity, no doubt.

8. What is your biggest highlight so far with Omega?

We recently finished a long-term project with one of our clients involving multiple barrier plug installations prior to X-mas tree change outs. When we secured the first part of this project, we didn’t have much history to back up our pitch, but they still believed in us and gave us a chance. Several years later we have installed a two-figure number of plugs, introduced new technologies to optimize our offering, while keeping our track record at 100% with no downtime recorded. Satisfied customers are what we aim for in Omega and being able to achieve that is somewhat the biggest highlight for me.

9. If you could achieve one thing with the company this year what would it be?

To secure work from a particular client that we have worked on for years. It has been challenging but that doesn’t mean we are about to give up!

10. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I try to spend most of my spare time with my family. I have been blessed with three girls, so never a dull moment in our house. I also brew my own beer, grow vegetables and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Outdoor living, hiking, tenting etc. is also a family hobby that we try to do whenever we get a chance.

11. What is an interesting fact about you?

Since I only have girls, I have somewhat become the ‘braid master’ in the house, doing all kinds of braids. Youtube is a great tool to learn new trades.

Well Intervention Case Study: Fully functional High Expansion Gauge Hanger following recovery after 7 years in Operator Well

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An Omega Well Intervention 2” High Expansion Gauge Hanger (HEGH), complete with 4.5’’ Tubing conversion kit and a third party’s Pressure and Temperature sampling Gauge was installed in a North Sea Operator’s well on the 22nd September 2014.

The HEGH was deployed from a Light Well Intervention Vessel (LWIV) and was set in the well at a depth of 3330.5 meters MBRT, using an Omega 2.7’’ Hydrostatic Setting Tool on E-Line.

This tool was fully operational in the well until retrieval in June 2021; almost 7 years later. The HEGH was found to be in an outstanding condition upon return to Omega’s facility in Aberdeen, with all of the components remaining intact without damage and no visible signs of wear and tear.

The fact that the HEGH was manufactured using high quality materials (25%Chr) definitely attributed to the great shape and quality of the tool after 7 years of continual use.

The tool has now been stripped, cleaned, fully inspected for any discrepancy in tolerances, redressed and returned to the rental fleet, ready for use on its next job.

Kevin Wood, Omega Well Intervention’s Business Development Manager said:

“We are delighted to be able to provide our customers with a dependable, reliable and ease of use tool such as the ‘High Expansion Gauge Hanger’. The condition of the tool upon retrieval after such an extended deployment is testament to the robust design and use of high-quality materials in all of our products.

We look forward to continuing to serve our clients both old and new with a service such as this in the future.”

Find out more about the High Expansion Gauge Hanger here and contact us if you would like our assistance with your well intervention operations.

Omega Well Intervention and Wellpro Group Extend Strategic Alliance to Asia Pacific Region

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Following the success of our strategic alliance in the MENA region we are delighted to announce the extension of our alliance to cover Asia Pacific. This agreement will see Wellpro Group managing the deployment of Omega Well Intervention products through their extensive network across the region.

Brian Garden, Managing Director of Omega Well Intervention said:

“This latest collaboration with Wellpro Group will enable us to offer decades of combined experience and a wider product range to the Asia Pacific market. With Omega’s extensive experience in developing and manufacturing downhole tools, this collaboration will provide Wellpro Group access to an engineering design team as well as manufacturing capabilities and test facilities for product development.”

Jim Thomson, CEO of Wellpro Group added:

“As well as helping our clients reduce costs and make operational efficiencies, we are now able to deliver a more complete well intervention package in this region through our strong alliance. Furthermore, our recent contract award with an International Oil and Gas Company in Asia further underpins our commitment to the region and the hiring of local personnel.”

Catching up with Greg Patterson, Machine Shop Manager of Omega Pressure Control Equipment

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We caught up with Greg Patterson, who has been with us at Omega Well Intervention (OWI) for 22 years this September. Having originally started as a Manual Machinist, Greg soon moved onto CNC Machines and was later promoted to Machine Shop Supervisor and then again to Machine shop Manager. Now, Greg is OPCE’s Machine Shop Manager and is excited to continue his journey here at Omega.

“One of the biggest changes in my role will be understanding how each process and sector of the company fits together to achieve overall company growth.”

Greg made the decision to move to Omega Pressure Control Equipment (OPCE) as he saw it as an opportunity to learn about other products on offer whilst assisting with production. At OPCE, a high percentage of parts can be machined in-house, without sub-contracting, which saves on operational time and cost.

Greg is eager to apply his vast amounts of experience to the new role:

“I started off as an Apprentice Fitter after leaving school at 16 and then worked for a few oil and gas companies, learning the trade as I went. Now, I can use all of the skills and experience I have gained to help OPCE get to where it needs to be.”

One of the most important lessons that Greg has learnt throughout his career is that life is far too short and to always live it to the fullest.

For more information on OPCE, visit www.omegapce.com

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