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November 25, 2021

Press release

Tendeka becomes Official Partner of AFC Women

Tendeka, a global reservoir management specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, has signed a deal to become an Official Supporter of AFC Women. 

The new partnership will see Tendeka branding emblazoned on the back of the AFC Women’s home and away shirts as the team compete in the Park’s Motor Group SWPL 1, the highest division in Scottish Women’s football.

Tendeka has close and personal ties with the squad having sponsored AFC Women Captain Kelly Forrest for two years. Kelly, a chartered mechanical engineer, and operations supervisor with the company, has led the side since they officially became part of Aberdeen FC in 2018/19. As well as being one of the most experienced players in the squad, the defender has been instrumental in helping the side gain back-to-back promotions.

When she’s not on the pitch, Kelly, along with her Tendeka teammates, will also play a crucial role in delivering on Tendeka’s home grown global innovative technologies including more than $30 million of recently awarded international contracts.

The decision to boost their support of AFC Women is motivated by the company’s commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity whilst also enabling the organisation to expand their work and charitable endeavours within their local communities.

Tendeka CEO, Brad Baker, said: “It is very much our intention to be a fully involved supporter who helps drive awareness of women’s and girls’ football, while also helping to contribute to grassroots football and making a notable impact in the local community.

“As a company with our roots firmly in the north-east of Scotland, Tendeka shares core values with AFC. Our own story within the energy industry resonates with the Women’s team and their impressive journey to the top league.

“This is an exciting time for the Club, and I’m pleased that as a local company we will get the opportunity to play a small part in its ambitious plans.”

AFC Commercial Director, Rob Wicks, is delighted to see Tendeka bolster its relationship with the Club and align itself with promoting the Women’s game in Scotland.

He said: “As a Club we are thrilled to have another global brand lend their support to AFC Women.

“There is an increasing recognition that sponsorship within Women’s football can provide brands with greater visibility and provide opportunities to have a genuine impact on equality and accessibly within the game.

“There is always added satisfaction when a local company such as Tendeka, whose own history in the energy industry has many synergies with our Women’s team, commits to assisting the Club to drive Women’s football forward, something which is vitally important for us.

“This is an exciting period for the Club as the team completes in the top tier of the Women’s game in Scotland in the Park’s Motor Groups SWPL 1 and with a committed and we look forward to further raising awareness and accessibility of the Women’s game alongside Tendeka, a partner eager and committed to play their part.”

Tendeka CFO Alan Pearson with AFC Women's players Kelly Forrest, left, and Loren Campbell

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Jonathan Abbott joined Tendeka in August 2021.  He has almost 20 years’ international experience in operations, sales, technical support, product development and project management. His career includes stints in Canada, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily with Schlumberger, where he led large engineering development teams focused on lower completions, stimulation and production enhancement.

Jonathan has strong international experience at a senior engineering level. He has significant expertise specific to reservoir-centric production and completion optimisation and has been responsible for multiple technical industry firsts with supporting technology patents and industry recognised publications.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering with German from Sheffield University.  He is an active SPE member, mentor and event organizer.

 

Tendeka CTO Jonathan Abbott

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November 24, 2021

Congratulations!

Following on from last week’s announcement where we announced our UK Sales Manager Anna Helene Petitt was shortlisted to present her MSc as part of the Energy Institute‘s annual competition, we are delighted to now confirm ANNA HAS WON!!!

Anna was one of just five student selected from over 400 students to showcase the latest thinking and research. Her winning presentation was based on her thesis “Determination of the Parameters of Flow Control Devices to Operate Effectively in a CO₂ Storage Well.”

Delighted at the win, Anna said: “I am honoured to have come in first place given the high calibre of the presentations.

“I would like to thank RGU for nominating me for this competition, my employer Tendeka, for the use of the CCS model, the operators for supplying their well data and the Energy Institute for the opportunity to present my project to a wide audience.

“Winning this prize is testament to the fact that CCS will be fundamental to the Energy Transition but that there are challenges which I hope my project can be a part of solving.”

Congratulations, Anna – well deserved!

Anna wins award

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November 1, 2021

We are delighted to announce we are finalists in the OWI Awards 2021, for Best Example of Collaboration, where we have submitted with Interwell.

We wish all finalists all the best, and look forward to finding out the winners on 3rd December 2021.

To see all the categories and finalists, go to:

https://offsnet.com/owi-awards/shortlists

 

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October 8, 2021

Tendeka is delighted to have recently supported East Grampian’s Coastal Partnership’s  Turning the Plastic Tide project by taking part in a beach clean at the beautiful Forvie Nature Reserve, as part of Tendeka’s Sustainability Programme and our commitment to SDG goal 14.

Our team of volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of unexpected late September sunshine as they scoured the beach collecting an incredible 22kg of litter!

A big thank you from Tendeka to all volunteers, especially our little beach cleaning heroes that joined us on the day!  And also thanks to the TTPT Project Manager Crawford Paris for making it a fun and educational experience for us all.

 

Tendeka team on the beach

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September 3, 2021

by Dr Mojtaba Moradi, reservoir engineer, Tendeka

(Published in Energy Voice, September 2021)

Growing energy demand heightened by climate change and COVID-19 challenges have seen the oil and gas industry tightly embrace smarter and more sustainable technologies. The motivation is to quickly grasp net zero targets, while safely optimising oil and gas production. 

Traditional oil and gas development plans relied on the application of conventional wells with minimal or no emphasis on the well configuration and the completion’s performance. This would produce a mixture of oil with other often unwanted fluids such as water and/or gas and require a costly, energy-intensive separation process at the surface, which would emit excessive and unnecessary CO2 into the atmosphere. While the process was optimised to produce more oil from the depths of the reservoir, there was little attention to the harmful environmental impacts. 

Although operators often re-inject these unwanted fluids back to the reservoir, the repetitive process results in even more CO2 discharged. The issue is now widely recognised and accepted to be one of greatest challenges facing the industry in its drive to retain its role in a cleaner, greener energy mix. 

Novel technologies which target optimum flow performance, while controlling the production of unwanted fluids, without the need for costly treatment at the surface are being developed and deployed. Research and several case studies have shown the significant impacts of using downhole flow control devices on improving the performance of the production process and reducing financial and environmental impact. Essentially, the devices enable operators to minimise the production of unwanted fluids and keep them in the ground whilst still producing oil. 

The design and deployment of such devices varies widely as does their application in injection and production wells, as well as different types of reservoirs. It’s a topic* I’ll be discussing in depth at SPE Offshore Europe’s virtual event on 8th September at 4pm. 

As the world leader in downhole flow control technology, more than 50,000 of Tendeka’s FloSure AICDs have been deployed successfully in over 500 light and heavy oil wells to greatly reduce the production of excessive, unwanted water and gas. The device, which is fully interchangeable, field adjustable and engineered for a wide variety of applications, preferentially chokes unwanted produced fluids whilst promoting oil production from the entire length of the well. As part of a recent project, an operator in the Middle East reported a significant reduction of up to 60% in water treatment requirement whilst optimising oil production. This results in a significant reduction of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. 

By its very nature, the oil and gas industry has the ingenuity to eliminate unnecessary carbon emissions. With COP26 just around the corner and societal pressure increasing, it now has the impetus to do just that. 

*SPE Paper 205407: Annular Phase Separation with AICD Completions: The Impact on Well Flow Performance and Control of Unwanted Effluents 

You can contact Mojtaba by emailing: mojtaba.moradi@tendeka.com 

Mojtaba Moradi

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August 25, 2021

Press release

Tendeka appoints new chief technology officer

Global completions specialist Tendeka has appointed a new chief technology officer (CTO) to drive its next generation of products and systems.

Jonathan Abbott takes on the role with almost 20 years’ international experience in operations, sales, technical support, product development and project management. His career includes stints in Canada, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily with Schlumberger, where he led large engineering development teams focused on lower completions, stimulation and production enhancement.

Mr Abbott, who will be based in Tendeka’s Aberdeen headquarters, said: “I’m excited to be joining Tendeka and taking on the role of driving the company’s technology strategy. I have always been an admirer of Tendeka’s smart solutions for complex reservoir and production challenges so I’m looking forward to working closely with this talented team and creating solutions that make a real difference for the sector.”

Tendeka provides solutions to address challenges around key global energy hubs, with innovative technologies such as FloSure, FloFuse and PulseEight EAV.

Brad Baker, CEO at Tendeka, added: “Jonathan has strong international experience at a senior engineering level. He has significant expertise specific to reservoir-centric production and completion optimisation and has been responsible for multiple technical industry firsts with supporting technology patents and industry recognised publications.

“This blend of hands-on international operational experience, combined with leading innovative engineering development teams from multiple cultures will be a strong fit for us and I’m excited to see what Jonathan and the team will do in the coming years.”

Mr Abbott holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering with German from Sheffield University.

Tendeka CTO Jonathan Abbott

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July 19, 2021

By Katrina Hall, Legal Assistant, Tendeka

In April 2021, I was asked to represent the University of Aberdeen in the National DPLP Negotiation Competition. This competition was held, virtually, by the University of Strathclyde and involved simulated negotiations about partnerships and leases. Winning this national competition meant that we then got to represent Scotland at the International Negotiation Competition.

“The International Negotiation Competition (INC) is the oldest and most renowned competition focusing on international legal negotiation for law students from all over the world.” Due to the pandemic, the competition went online this year and comprised of both INC rounds 2020 and 2021. It was hosted by the National University of Singapore and the Singapore International Mediation Institute, from 28 June to 3 July 2021.

We were up against 28 teams from 19 different countries during the INC and managed to achieve 3rd  place! All teams participated in 3 rounds (both two-party and four-party negotiations) which explored various contractual arrangements concerning space law, construction, intellectual property, and technology. These rounds were judged by various panels of legal experts from the participating countries. In the first round we were against teams from England, India and Italy, and then we were up against an Irish team and then another Italian team.

The scenarios given were complex and the standard of participation was high. Although the scenarios centred around space law, the contractual and IP elements were familiar to me through my work as a legal assistant at Tendeka. This familiarity was a massive help, and I could not have achieved 3rd  place without the skills that I have learnt in my job.

Had the competition been allowed to go ahead in person, we would have travelled to the University of Montana for the week!! Although the competition was held virtually, it was a great learning experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity.

Tendeka has been very supportive throughout my time at university, and I will be sad, yet very excited, to leave in August to begin my traineeship to qualify as a solicitor.

 

Virtual Award Ceremony

Virtual Award Ceremony

2021 INC AWARD CERT KATRINA

2021 INC AWARD Katrina Hall

 

 

Katrina Hall

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July 5, 2021

By Alicja Fryc, Senior QHSSE Advisor, Tendeka

As published in Energy Voice, July 2021

As the industry strengthens its response to climate emergency by implementing or accelerating organisational sustainability programmes, businesses have an unprecedented opportunity to give the ‘E’ in ‘HSE’ a whole new meaning.

The environmental management system (EMS) is being revamped, a planet-saving cape thrown over it and moved into the limelight of marketing campaigns or, at the very least, given a good dose of attention.

At Tendeka, we are experiencing it too. We have launched a charter to co-ordinate four different elements of our sustainability programme. We are deploying ISO14090 in EMS assistance, have set ambitious tasks for our carbon management programme, sharpened sustainability angles of technology development targets and we are running an exciting employee engagement campaign.

The industry is witnessing the environmental element coming out of the shadow of health and safety and really taking a seat at the table as a prerequisite of, rather than an addition, to H&S. The interdependent balance of the three elements is finally being appreciated. But there is more behind coming to the table than simply taking a seat.

Our CEO, Brad Baker, once told me a story about a tender meeting back in mid-90s where he first realised the then new and enlightening significance of the health and safety in managing business. The client asked him about company safety performance before even touching on technical and commercial details of the offer. Today, we cannot imagine the oil and gas industry without health and safety placed at the forefront of all company activities and considered “part of the job”.

It has, however, taken us many years to get here and we still have a lot to work on.

With environmental care, we cannot afford the luxury of watching the processes embedding in the industry culture gradually over time. We must induce the shift from sustainability seen as a domain of supply chain, product designers and HSE, to it being perceived as the way business is done.

We have the know-how gained from developing the industry’s health and safety culture through education, communication, standards and systemic approach, and largely through the invaluable tool of leadership in safety. We now need to do it again with sustainability but in a fraction of the time.

The world’s climate action focus is setting the scene by fuelling environmental expectations towards employers. The ambition is to respond to these expectations with processes and behaviours that weave the environmental care seamlessly into the fabric of the business, achieving a mindset of ‘H’, ‘S’ and ‘E’ equality that will leave us wondering how we managed our businesses before – just like we now do when thinking of health and safety.

I am looking forward to the wider industry taking on this challenge once the initial buzz of the net zero pledges dies down and the smell of fresh green paint fades.

Alicja Fryc, Senior HSE Advisor

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June 23, 2021

Engineer your career 

Published in Energy Voice, June 2021

 The journey towards a career in oil and gas engineering has many twists and turns. For three women at Tendeka, a global specialist in advanced completions, production solutions and sand management, it was never a fixed destination they’d have mapped out as schoolgirls. Now, it’s a path they’re passionate about and actively encourage more women to navigate towards. 

 Amy Barclay (left) is a Global Applications Engineer with the Westhill-headquartered company. She admits she ‘fell’ into the role of engineer. “My field of study was chemistry and when I started at Tendeka three years ago I was solely in the laboratory. However, my manager gave me more responsibility and I soon took on the role of engineer.” 

 It’s a similar story for Technical Support Manager, Eilidh McKay (right). “When I was in school, I had never considered engineering to be a career which I could do.” Nearly ten years on at Tendeka, Eilidh is combining her day job managing a team of applications engineers with studying for a MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering. “I enjoy the wide variety of my role. I love being able to get involved in all aspects of the industry from R&D to when the tools are installed.” 

 As a laboratory engineer, Nicola Wigg (centre) has turned her life-long interest in rocks, minerals, and palaeontology into sustainable, cost-saving solutions for the oil and gas industry. “I really enjoy the challenges associated with exploring new concepts and ideas but ultimately, I love the intricacy and attention to the finer details that is required when working in a laboratory setting.” 

 Together, Amy, Eilidh and Nicola were instrumental in bringing the concept of Filtrex, a one trip remedial sand control system, to the marketplace and were awarded the Offshore Achievement Award for emerging technology in 2020. 

 Pride and prejudice 

According to a study two years ago, there are fewer women in oil and gas than any other major industry. It claims that women fulfil only 15% of technical and field roles.1 Established in 2009, Tendeka bucks that trend with nearly a fifth (and growing) in engineering roles working across global energy hubs in the North Sea, Asia Pacific, Middle East and USA. 

 Succeeding in their oil and gas careers has been tainted by what Nicola describes as ‘primitive prejudice’ and it’s a challenge each feels can be eradicated through better education. “It’s not that girls don’t believe they can be engineers as their personal perception of ability isn’t the problem,” said Nicola. “Instead, I feel that women do not want to study engineering knowing they face difficulties fighting for respect and equality once qualified.” 

 “Engineering and STEM doesn’t need to change to try to cater to what society thinks girls are interested in,” added Amy. “Girls are interested in STEM. They just need to be shown that they will be accepted into the industry and shown they do have a place.” 

 The theme for this year’s International Women in Engineering Day is ‘Engineering Heroes’ and it’s a topic that the trio from Tendeka would like to have more gravitas. “I have been given opportunities as a young female that I may not have received at other companies or in other industries so we should be showing off the accomplishments, patents, awards, and women in high power positions,” said Eilidh. “Women who break the stereotypes and do offshore engineering roles are amazing as this still comes across as a male-orientated job. Seeing them on a rig site always makes me feel very proud.” 

 The company recognises that people development of whatever gender, is critical to having the right skills within the team, but also to fully support the growth and development of its staff. Its formal programmes cover core training and competency while mentoring is being looked into as a more personal approach. 

 Nicola believes anyone looking to a career in engineering, at whatever stage in their life, should take inspiration from the quote by the American author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar: “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” 

Engineering trio