About Norwell Engineering
World leading Well Engineering & Project Management since 1989
Founded in 1989, Norwell is one of the longest established and most successful Drilling Project Management & Well Engineering firms in the world.
Norwell provide the independence and stability of a long standing Well Engineering department, who draw on experience gained in designing, setting up and managing operations across six continents.
Our clients value us for being flexible, highly capable and commercially minded. As a globally experienced team we have earned a reputation for successfully managing both stand-alone and multi-well drilling projects, delivering consistent and innovative outcomes for clients.
In 30 years Norwell have directly managed more than 400 wells in 45 countries for over 100 clients. These have included pioneering remote exploration projects in East Africa and major campaigns for leading operators, including 90 Deepwater wells worldwide since 1997.
Norwell is certified to ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and ISO45001:2018 standards for Well Engineering & Operations, Project Management, Well Examination and Well Verification.
1989 - Norwell Founded
Norwell was founded in 1989 as a Well Engineering & Project Management consultancy. It has since grown to be one of the most successful and long standing firms in the sector, managing over 400 wells in 45 countries. Early projects included land wells in the UK, Portugal, Israel and the US before quickly expanding to work offshore China, North Sea and the Middle East. Since that time we have worked with over 100 clients worldwide.
1997 - First Deepwater and Africa Project
1997 saw Norwell's first deepwater project, offshore Angola utilising the Sedco Omega. This well marked our first project in Africa, starting years of activity on the continent that continues today. The 4/21-3-1 well for Ranger Oil was drilled in 560m depth of water to a TD of over 3,500m. We would go on to drill 14 wells in Angola between 1997 and 2004.
2000 to 2003 - Espoir Field Development
The Espoir field development consisted of 9 wells offshore Ivory Coast between 2000 and 2003. The Espoir field was a significant discovery for CNR and remains in production to this day. The development centres around two wellhead towers and an FPSO, the Espoir Ivorien. Norwell fully project managed the development, providing all planning, engineering and operations support.
2007 - Oudna, a World's First
In 2007 Norwell installed the world's first subsea jet pump completion offshore in Tunisia, as part of the Oudna field development. The project called for the design and manufacture of a range of bespoke equipment, allowing our client to greatly increase production rates. The Oudna well was a groundbreaking project and one of 6 wells Norwell has drilled in Tunisia.
2009 - Culzean & our 25th Land Well
During 2009 we engineered, planned and drilled a challenging HPHT appraisal well in the UK North Sea. This well has lead on to the Culzean field development partnership between Maersk, Nippon and BP. The field continues to be developed and will comprise of three bridge linked platforms when it comes online in 2019.
2009 was also the year of our 25th onshore well, 20 years after our first land project in Portugal. The Tafajarrt-1 well for Dana was drilled to 3,274m in remote eastern Morocco on the border with Algeria. This was our 38th well in Africa.
2012 - 50th Deepwater Project
Norwell drilled 18 wells in 2012, including the completion of our 50th deepwater well 15 years after our first deepwater project offshore Angola. The 50th well was drilled in 2,469m depth of water off the east coast of India. We drilled a company record of 15 deepwater wells this year, in addition to two exploration wells offshore Romania and a remote land well onshore Uganda.
2013 - World Records
In 2013 Norwell twice broke the world record for the deepest water depth well ever drilled. The NA7-1 well offshore India was drilled in a water depth of 3,165m to a final TD of 5,807m. We broke our own world record later in the year with the A-1 well in the same region. A-1 was drilled in a water depth of 3,174m to a final TD of 7,725m. Both wells were drilled using the Transocean DDKG-1.
2014 - 50th Project in Africa
We drilled our 50th well in Africa during 2014 with two remote exploration wells onshore Kenya and an appraisal well offshore Congo. After our first well on the continent in 1997, by 2014 we had managed projects in 9 different African countries. 2014 also marked our 75th deepwater project.
2015 - 80th Deepwater well and counting
2015 was a year in which Norwell drilled its 80th deepwater well (and 30th ultra-deepwater well). We also drilled our 34th land project which was our 51st well in Africa and our 4th well in Kenya.
In addition, during 2015 Norwell was recertified to the updated ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 standard for Well Engineering, Project Management, Well Examination & Verification services.
2016 to 2018 - Continued Growth
2016 to 2018 saw Norwell continue to expand in East Africa with three active projects in the region, which included ongoing drilling for Aminex in Tanzania. Work in West Africa continued following a successful deepwater well offshore Congo in 2016. Well Examination, Verification and Training work continued to grow with new clients in the North Sea and Middle East.
The Norwell EDGE eLearning platform went live and online, with the Level 1 Awareness course available. Throughout 2018, Level 2 course content was added, allowing senior staff and consultants to complete advanced training and examination.
Our people are key to our success
Ken Fraser, Chairman
Ken founded Norwell in 1989 and has 45 years experience in the Oil & Gas industry. After starting his career with Shell in 1972 he worked his way up to Superintendent before leaving to join Holder as Drilling Manager in 1984. Ken went on to found Eco-Drill in 1986 followed by Norwell three years later. Ken is a published technical author and is recognised as a leading technical expert within the industry.
Iain Adams, Managing Director
Norwell’s Managing Director since 2000, Iain started his career with Chevron in 1979 working his way to Drilling Manager before joining Norwell as Project Manager in 1995. A leading technical expert Iain has been asked to provide testimony for a range high profile cases including the BP Deepwater Horizon trial during 2013/14.
Senior Engineering Team
The Senior Engineering team at Norwell bring experience from a range of technically challenging and high profile campaigns that have been managed in-house over the past 28 years. Ranging from ultra-deepwater exploration to remote land development projects, they are highly experienced and capable at delivering innovative and flexible designs & solutions.
Well Engineering Team
The long standing Norwell Well Engineering department has been providing technical excellence, innovation and continuity to clients for over 21 years. Experienced at designing conventional onshore/offshore, complex ERD, HPHT, Deepwater and horizontal wells the Norwell team act as an independent in-house drilling department for many long term clients around the world.
Norwell has been providing leading Well Examination & Verification services to the Oil & Gas industry since 1996. Drawing on experience in some of the world’s most challenging projects, Norwell’s in-house team act as Well Examiners for many international operators and regulatory bodies.