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March 6, 2018

Opinion piece – full version 

Published in Energy Voice, 5th March 2018

By Annabel Green, Chief Technology Officer

Although I often still see myself as a young engineer in the industry, it sometimes occurs to me that perhaps I am more a seasoned veteran now.  Events such as a 20-year reunion with colleagues from the long since acquired Petroline and seeing young people in the bars of Aberdeen that I can remember being carried into the office by their proud new parents are the reality of time passing!

I have been fortunate to work with new and exciting technologies all of my career, roles which has been engaging and varied, and the years have flown by. Perhaps, none more so than as Chief Technology Officer with Tendeka where I have responsibility for development and delivery of the technology strategy from inception, through to commercialisation and product maturation.

The recent industry downturn and realignment has resulted in a difficult few years for most companies and a lot of people.  At Tendeka, we have focused on three areas during this time:

  • our personnel, introducing a bespoke Odyssey system which provides an employee web interface including an employee rewards system and new competence framework;
  • systems improvement, implementing ERP and improving data management systems to improve efficiency;
  • and most importantly (at least from my perspective) a continued focus on R&D which has enabled us to build a global market leading position in advanced completion technology. We have also recently launched a wireless intelligent completion system with immense potential for automation and digital well management.

To think that we can avoid a repeat of 2014-2016 seems a folly.  Oil price, our ultimate master, is driven by macro-economic factors beyond our control but it is this very cyclical nature of the industry that drives it forward.  We emerge from a downturn lean, eager for change, open to new technology and faster to adopt.  In this most innovative part of the oil price cycle, we find the greatest opportunities to future proof against downcycles by developing technologies and processes to reduce lift costs and increase hydrocarbon recovery, making marginal fields economical and extending the life of our mature basin.  The service providers are responding to this with new initiative and further investment.

As the senior management of Tendeka met this week to discuss our strategies for this innovation phase, I noted that for the first time in my career the women in the team were outnumbering the men.  Most of us have over 5 years’ service with Tendeka, demonstrating our ability to attract and retain top female industry talent.  This is not through any specific diversity plan but may in part be due to our family friendly working practices, such as flexible working hours, which benefit all parents in the company.  There is still a very small number of female candidates for any of the technical positions we recruit for, but until we can encourage more females to select technical degree courses, sadly this is not going to change.

While the news in the sector is still not all good, with job losses still being announced in some areas, the sentiment is increasingly positive.  Tendeka’s strong technology heritage, maintained investment and strong team of high performing individuals is positioned to deliver high growth in 2018 but more excitingly bring further disruptive innovations to the market.    For me personally, while we are innovating, adapting and improving, for all its downturns, the oil and gas industry will continue to offer an attractive and exciting career for newcomers and seasoned professionals.

 

Energy voice article - Tendeka, Annabel Green

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March 5, 2018

Opinion Piece: Are we experiencing the re-awakening for the UK North Sea? 

Published in Energy Voice, 5th March 2018

By Anna-Hélène Petitt, UK Sales Manager, Tendeka  

 

Is 2018 the year of the UK North Sea revival? With Brent crude surpassing the $71 a barrel threshold in January this year – the first time since 2014 – positivity is re-emerging. It seems almost daily I read of a new operator acquiring a field in the UK North Sea or an established player reinvesting, such as Shell giving the go ahead to redevelop the Penguins field, the largest investment in the North Sea in six years. 

 “Penguins demonstrates the importance of Shell’s North Sea assets to the company’s upstream portfolio,” explained Andy Brown, Shell’s UK Upstream Director.  “It is another example of how we are unlocking development opportunities, with lower costs.”  

 BP is another example of an international operator reaffirming its commitment to the North Sea. The company is looking to double its North Sea production by 2020 with the announcement of two new oil and gas discoveries in the North Sea and west of Shetland.  

 Following the redundancies across the industry over the past few years, it is clear that a more cautious attitude to spending money has been adopted. If we continue to maintain the way we have always done things, we cannot expect to harness the full potential of the oil in the North Sea.  

 At Tendeka, we also recognise the importance and potential of the UK Continental Shelf. I have recently adopted the role of UK Sales Manager with my focus primarily on establishing relationships with UK operators and highlighting ways we can enhance their hydrocarbon recovery.  Some operators are moving away are from the recently adopted trend of bundled services and realising that it is not necessarily conducive to an effective price-quality ratio and are seeing the appeal of bespoke approaches.   

 We are proud to offer bespoke, dedicated expertise for our clients, and we are known for our innovative technologies and fresh perspective.   One example is a current project where we are testing Chevron’s well fluids for Captain’s heavy oil field in our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to determine the optimum solution to suit their needs.  

 It is encouraging to see government supported bodies such as the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) being established with the prime purpose to promote collaboration within and between both operators and service companies to boost new technology uptake and accelerate new ways of doing things. 

 One of our core tenets is innovative technology and with help from the OGTC, we recently demonstrated the successful field trial of the industry’s first cloud connected wireless intelligent completion system.  PulseEight enables bi-directional accurate two-way wireless communication in a flowing gas well proved that the data and results could be shared over the cloud to anyone connected. This could revolutionise the way we operate wells, cutting costs of well intervention time and safety concerns. We are grateful for the support from the Austrian operator OMV in this trial and I do see an increasing number of operators looking for differentiators, especially the new entrants in the North Sea who are looking at new ways of optimising production efficiency.  

 No longer is the UK North Sea being seen as an area approaching the end of its life but rather an exciting area in which to invest. With more and more smaller players purchasing brownfield assets – which are no longer written off but given a new lease of life –  the competitiveness of the market is enhanced. 

 We still require a paradigm shift in cultural mindsets but I am confident that this will happen through fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.   

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February 26, 2018

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen has launched a series of weekly events called Tech20 to help inspire a culture of innovation in the North-East of Scotland.  As part of this, Emergent Technology Director John Hunter gave a talk on Friday 23rd Feb entitled ‘I’m not an inventor, get me out of here!’

John explained that the majority of people in teams wouldn’t consider themselves to be innovators, as very few would be bold enough to make that claim.  But the truth is far from that, we all have that potential.

To listen to this talk, please watch below:

Presenter at JH Tech20

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February 8, 2018

Great feedback has been received following our recent reservoir modelling training sessions to operators in Asia Pacific.

Tendeka Reservoir Engineer Dr Mojtaba Moradi led closed sessions for operators in Malaysia and Australia throughout January, with the theme being ‘FloSure autonomous inflow control – performance modelling and reservoir simulation’.

Over 40 people from completions, production technology and reservoir engineering attended, learning about our FloSure technology principles, AICD modelling and the performance prediction in NETool and ECLIPSE software.  Discussions took place around the challenges of appropriate modelling and the performance prediction of AICDs, where technical and practical use of the technology plus the common mistakes and errors in modelling were examined.

Mojtaba, who completed his PhD in Petroleum Engineering on the development of new approaches to modelling, evaluating and optimising the performance of intelligent and fractured wells, used key examples to enhance the understanding of the subject matter.  Moreover, he is a committee member of SPE workshop: “Resource Estimation, Definition and Production Forecasting”, an editor in Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and has published more than 15 papers.

One operator commented:  “Thanks for the great course. I think we will find the learnings very useful, taking away some of the black magic around the modelling.”

January’s training sessions will assist the operators to recognise the benefits of the applications of FloSure in their field development by appropriate modelling of AICDs.

Should you wish to find out more about reservoir modelling, FloSure or about arranging training for your teams, please contact your local Tendeka office:  www.tendeka.com/contact-us

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February 7, 2018

By John Hunter, Emergent Technology Director

This week I was honoured to be able to speak to the new cohort of MBA students at Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen.  I was asked by RGU Entrepreneur in Residence Amanda Boyle to speak to the group during their Entrepreneurship module.  Amanda has an amazing track record of innovation and commercialisation in numerous industries.

In 2016, Tendeka launched our SPARK program, where we look at how ideas can be generated, nurtured and turned into products and services. SPARK begins by looking at what innovation, that is always brought about by a series of ideas.

I spoke to the students about the process and training we do, the reasoning why we started it and the results to date.  It is all about the belief that we can all be creative and have ideas; that the best people to find better ways are the people at the coal face, your team.

When one of the cohort was asked why he was interested in this module, he said while he thought he wasn’t an innovator or creative,  he felt when he entered the business world, his business and team would need to be.

Part of the SPARK training shows that coming up with the ideas is just one part of the whole journey, some people are good at seeing challenges, others at solving them, some people are just good at making it all flow.  And then there’s those that help bring it all together.  We discussed Steve Jobs, and all agreed all he really did was make it happen.  But that ‘all he did’ was anything but simple, and has had a huge commercial and technical impact across the globe.

Tendeka encourages and embraces collaborative ideas and innovation, and my hope is that others will do the same.

 

For further information on Robert Gordon University‘s MBA programmes, please go to:  www.rgu.ac.uk/areas-of-study/subjects/business-management-and-accounting/study-options/mba-degrees/mba-degrees

 

 

 

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December 18, 2017

On 15th December 2017, Tendeka held a Festive Jumper Day with the proceeds going to the Houston-based charity Joe Joe Bear Foundation.

Thank you to all who took part in helping to raise funds, we even had some gingerbread men join in on the fun!

 

Joe Joe Bear Foundation – https://joejoebear.org/  

 

A team from Tendeka wearing Christmas Jumpers

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December 15, 2017

Tendeka’s Subsurface Engineering Manager Ismarullizam Mohd Ismail has been selected as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer to present on Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICD).

Created in 1961 with just three lecturers, the Distinguished Lecturer Program is funded primarily by the SPE Foundation through member donations and a contribution from Offshore Europe.

Isma said: “It is a great honour and privilege for me to be chosen by SPE to present on AICDs.  I always planned to be a part-time lecturer when I retired, and this opportunity is certainly a good start!

“I enjoy talking about new technology and this is a chance for me to meet new people and visit new places to learn about their experiences and challenges, as well as share my expertise on AICD technology.

“This opportunity, however, also recognises Tendeka’s achievements in introducing and implementing AICD technology globally.  I’d like to thank Tendeka’s leadership team and my colleagues for their continuous support and guidance during the selection process.

“For me, life is a journey and this will be a new experience. I’m excited to get started.”

Tendeka CEO Brad Baker said: “I cannot think of a better sign of respect and recognition  than to be nominated by your peers as an expert in your profession.  In Isma, you will not find a more engaged speaker whose passion for his subject shines through.   He will no doubt contribute a great deal to sharing knowledge and thought leadership  in this interesting and ever increasingly relevant field to his fellow SPE Members.

“In this nomination, we also appreciate the industry’s recognition of Tendeka as a leader in its field in Autonomous Inflow Control and reservoir management thanks to Isma and the rest of his team’s hard work.”

Tendeka is the world leader in ICD technology and has installed over 7,000 passive ICDs and 20,000 autonomous ICDs globally, and recently announced three contract awards in the Middle East:

For further information on our inflow control solutions, please go to: www.tendeka.com/inflowcontrol

 

 

Isma from Tendeka

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December 13, 2017

When Tendeka is requested to support a customer with a rapid sand screen delivery, a solution is always possible.

Take these screens that were required for one of our customers in Norway, for example.  The usual frame agreement lead-time was reduced to just 7 weeks by fast-track manufacture in China and airfreight to Europe.  The customer received the screens on time to their completions plan, thus preventing rig down-time.  Just proving that a solution is always possible.

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December 6, 2017

Press Release

 

Global oil and gas solutions provider Tendeka has appointed Brad Baker as its new Chief Executive Officer as the independent completions and production optimisation specialist gears up for further growth.

Mr Baker joins Tendeka after a 27-year career with Baker Hughes, most recently as Vice President of Stimulation and Production Enhancement.  He has held a number of global executive roles, where his responsibilities have included large legacy divisions and leading international operations, global product line management and engineering.

He has worked across key oil and gas regions including the US, Latin America, Caribbean, the UK and Far East and has extensive technical experience in the completions sector including sand control, completion fluids, intelligent wells, pressure pumping, stimulation,  fishing and wellbore intervention.

Headquartered in Aberdeen, UK, Tendeka has operations in Europe, Former Soviet Union & Sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East & North Africa; North & South America; Asia Pacific and China.

Mr Baker, who is to be based at the company’s HQ in Westhill, Aberdeen, said:  “Tendeka’s vision, values and track record is impressive having achieved a number of technical and operational milestones in recent years. I am particularly inspired by the team’s unwavering dedication to innovation and developing new and disruptive technologies around the reservoir where we are bringing forward a robust growth strategy.

“The industry has undergone incredible changes, and I look forward to leading the team in this new era and continuing to build our reputation further for solving the production challenges our global clients face.”

Tendeka recently announced the award of three multi-million-dollar contracts in the Middle East. The company supplied a range of specialized Inflow Control technologies to Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to boost production and improve reservoir performance in the region.

The company has this year launched PulseEight, a revolutionary wireless intelligent completion technology for the digital oilfield, and Cascade3 a new sand control technology that improves recovery and the lifetime of water injection wells.

With more than a third of the workforce focused on research and development and specialist facilities including a polymer development lab and manufacturing plants, Tendeka also creates bespoke solutions to the complex well challenges operators face to create value and boost production.

 

CEO Brad Baker