Catching up with Alastair Ellis, General Manager of Omega Pressure Control Equipment

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We were delighted to talk to Alastair Ellis, who is the General Manager of Omega Pressure Control Equipment (OPCE) and find out a bit more about his role.

OPCE was originally established due to the demand of Intervention Service companies who felt many equipment manufacturers had lost focus on spare parts and equipment delivery and lead times. The company offers equipment of the same industry standard as those offered by other OEMs at a cost-effective price.

People are core to the business. The Omega Management Team and staff have all worked in wireline, slickline operations or manufacturing for over 20 years on average so have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

During his working life Alastair’s main beliefs are:

People are all important whether it is clients or colleagues. Take time to get to know people. You are never too important to not roll up your sleeves and assist anyone. Stick by your promises, deliver on time.

Alastair originally started his career in 1982, with a small wireline manufacturer which later became NOV Elmar. By the end of Alastair’s time with NOV he was a Hemisphere Aftermarket Director based in Houston. Additionally, he worked for Schlumberger offshore and abroad for several years performing PCE audits in many global locations.

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Omega Welcomes New Team Members

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Omega Welcomes New Team Members

It’s been an exciting start to the year at Omega Well Intervention as we welcomed four new talented team members.

Richard Walker returns as Senior Electronics Technician, Cameron Steele becomes our latest Trainee Assembly Technician, Lynn Dawson will be handling all things sales and marketing, and Steve Reynolds brings his skills as our newest CNC Machinist.

Following their first few months at Omega Well Intervention, we caught up with them so they could tell you a little more about themselves.

First up, Richard Walker. Richard is responsible for production, maintenance and repair of the electronic elements of Omega’s Intervention products, and is a familiar face to many at Omega Well Intervention. And Richard has always had a passion for electronics:

“I have had a keen interest in electronics from a fairly young age, having been gifted Velleman© electronics project kits and working a Saturday job as a young teenager in an Electronics shop. This introduced me to the capabilities of electronic components at the time when I was looking to form a career path. I started my Electronics career as a cash register technician and joined Omega Data Services almost 20 years ago. I find myself back “Home” amongst many colleagues I worked with back then, and a host of new colleagues who have welcomed me back under the Omega umbrella.”

Cameron Steele becomes our youngest employee at the tender age of 17. Based in the workshop, Cameron’s main responsibilities consist of redressing bridge plugs and making redress kits up for the tools. Being his first role since leaving school, Cameron is excited to start his new venture: 

“Every day I am learning new skills and finding ways to do my job better. All of my colleagues have made me feel extremely welcome and have helped me settle in - I already feel part of the team.”

Lynn Dawson joins Omega Well Intervention as our Sales & Marketing Executive. From supporting Business Development Managers with sales enquiries to creating, developing and maintaining marketing materials, Lynn has a wide variety of responsibilities, and she’s very happy about that:

“I truly live by the mantra ‘variety is the spice of life’. Every day is a school day for me at the moment and every day looks very different. One minute, I can be working on sales related activities and internal procedures and then BOOM(!), I will do a 180 degree turn to work on marketing tasks.”

And last but not least, Steve Reynolds. An experienced CNC Machinist, Steve machines a variety of parts to drawings supplied and brings 35 years’ experience to the role:

“I’ve always had a very mechanical mind. As a child I liked maintaining my bicycles and I think that is what lead my career down the path it has gone. I applied for an apprenticeship with a global company (Ferranti defence systems) in my home city of Edinburgh and the rest is history.”

We’re sure you’ll join us in welcoming our newest recruits. We’re delighted to have them on board and can’t wait to see what the future brings for our talented team.

Well Intervention Case Study: Deployment of High Expansion Gauge Hanger to Anchor Foreign Object in Operator Well

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Omega Well Intervention High Expansion Gauge Hanger

Omega Well Intervention provided a tailored oil well intervention solution to a UK Operator in January 2021, utilising our innovative High Expansion Gauge Hanger. Used as an anchor to prevent unwanted movement of objects in flowing wells, the tool was perfect for a problem that had presented itself to the Operator.

The Operator’s Challenge:

A retrievable bridge plug, deployed by another service provider, was moving around within the tubing and had become stuck in one of the Operator's Northern North Sea gas lift oil producer wells.

With the potential to cause damage to in-hole components, and the inability to bring the well safely back online, the Operator was looking for a well intervention solution that would remove any risk of damage to the well or well barriers caused by the retrievable bridge plug moving up the well.

The Solution:

The answer was an Omega Well Intervention 2” High Expansion Gauge Hanger with Tubing Protection System. Set in 4.5" tubing at 7,980ft measured depth, the gauge hanger was deployed directly above the retrievable bridge plug stuck in the well.

By using the High Expansion Gauge Hanger and Tubing Protection System, the Operator did not have to conduct a costly and time-consuming workover or coiled tubing fishing campaign to remove the unsecured bridge plug. This cost-effective solution reduced any potential production downtime and is just one of the cost-saving well intervention services we can provide to our clients.

Find out more about the High Expansion Gauge Hanger and contact us if you'd like to engage us for your well intervention operations.

Omega Well Intervention and Wellpro Group Form Strategic Alliance in MENA

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Jim Thomson, Wellpro Group and Brian Garden, Omega Well Intervention

Omega Well Intervention and global well intervention company Wellpro Group, have announced a strategic alliance to deliver downhole tools to the Middle East and North African (MENA) market, led by senior management teams with decades of well intervention expertise. The agreement will see Wellpro Group managing the deployment of Omega Well Intervention products through their extensive network across the region, a move which will go alongside significant investment in all MENA facilities.

With Omega Well Intervention's twenty-three years of experience developing and manufacturing downhole tools, it will provide access to an engineering design team as well as manufacturing capabilities and test facilities for product development. Wellpro Group, which already delivers a comprehensive portfolio of thru-tubing and inflatable packer products to the international oil and gas market, will provide technical engineering support combined with wellsite personnel responsible for flawless service delivery.

Brian Garden, Managing Director of Omega Well Intervention said:

“As part of Omega growth strategy, collaboration with Wellpro Group within the Middle East enhances the ability of both companies to offer a more comprehensive product range within the well intervention business space. This collaboration will ensure that we deliver quality products alongside first-class service."

Jim Thomson, CEO of Wellpro Group added:

"This agreement which covers the Middle East and North Africa, gives us the opportunity to deliver a more complete well intervention package to the region. In these challenging times, our clients are increasingly looking for ways to reduce costs and make operational efficiencies. Through this alliance, we are now able to offer them a wider range of products from a single source."