Norwell has project managed over 500 wells in-house since 1989
Our wells have included record breaking ultra-deepwater projects in Asia, extreme remote wildcat land wells in East Africa and ‘world first’ completions in the UK North Sea.
A Global Reach
Six continents, 100+ clients, 500+ wells project managed worldwide
One of the first exploration wells ever drilled in Keyna, the Bahasi-1 wildcat set the time and cost benchmark for the region breaking the previous record by 50%.
Our 85th deepwater well, the Baobab-1 deepwater project was managed on a very tight time schedule from ordering long lead equipment to the rig off location in 165 days. The well was drilled in 32 days and under budget at $22mm.
A total of 13 exploration and development wells were drilled by Norwell offshore Ivory Coast including the successful Espoir field development. The field centres around two wellhead towers and an FPSO, the Espoir Ivorien.
The Oudna well involved the successful installation and operation of the world's first subsea jet pump. The project called for the design and manfuacture of considerable bespoke equipment allowing our client to produce the well significantly above its expected rate resulting in major cost benefits.
A complex project for a major oil company, over 200 well re-entries were supervised by Norwell drastically improving time, cost and HSQE performance. The wells were drilled in remote and extreme conditions throughout Western Siberia.
The world's deepest water depth well at the time and part of a multi-year campaign in the Indian Ocean. This well is one of 30 ultra-deepwater wells drilled by Norwell since 1997.
Norwell drilled the challenging HPHT appraisal well for the Culzean field. The field continues to be developed and will comprise of three bridge linked platforms when it comes online in 2019.
Norwell have drilled a range of wells in the UK region since 1990 including multiple land, offshore exploration, appraisal and development wells. Work has included air drilling, salt diapir development, horizontal, HPHT and extended well testing.
Norwell have drilled wells across Europe since 1990 including an extensive exploration programme in Romania from 2006 - 2012. Other locations drilled include Ireland, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Norwell have drilled onshore and offshore wells in North Africa between Tunisia and Morocco. This work included the installation and operation of the world's first subsea jet pump completion offshore Tunisia and remote location land wells onshore Morocco.
Since 2012 Norwell have been the most prolific project management firm in East Africa. Work in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania has focused on remote onshore exploration work including the benchmark wells for cost, time and HSQE performance in the region.
Since 1997 Norwell have drilled significantly throughout West Africa. Projects have included onshore, offshore exploration, appraisal, development, abandonment and deepwater work throughout the region including in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Angola, Niger, Congo and DRC.
Norwell has drilled across the Asian continent including extensively in Russia, China, Brunei, South Korea and the Philippines. These projects have included HPHT, arctic, remote and highly deviated wells
Norwell have drilled a range of wells between North, South and Central America since 1991. Projects include deepwater and land wells in the US, Peru and Cuba.
Norwell have drilled a number of wells in the Middle East betwen Israel and the UAE including onshore and offshore HPHT wells.
Norwell have drilled more wells than any other firm in the Indian Ocean. Over a 12 year period Norwell drilled 102 deepwater, ultra deepwater and HPHT wells for ONGC including the two worlds deepest water depth wells and over 30 in ultra-deepwater.
Our Track Record
From 1989 to 2020
1997First African well/first deepwater project
200925th land well
201250th deepwater well
201450th project in Africa
2015Project summary/80th deepwater well
2018India Deepwater Field Development
Norwell was founded in 1989 as a Well Engineering & Project Management consultancy. It has since grown to be one of the most successful and longstanding firms in the sector. Early projects included land wells in the UK, Portugal, Israel and the US before quickly expanding to offshore work in China, the North Sea and the Middle East.
|Project Summary 1989 - 1995|
|Year||Number of wells||Locations||Types|
|1990||2||UK, Portugal||Land, Air Drilling|
|1991||4||Philippines, UK, USA||Offshore, Directional|
|1992||3||Holland, UK, Ireland||Offshore|
|1993||5||China, Israel, South Korea, UK||Multiple DSTs, Complex Directional, Horizontal|
|1994||5||Philippines, UK, Israel||Highly Deviated, HPHT, Extended Well Test|
|1995||6||Philippines, UK, Israel||Land, Offshore, Horizontal Appraisal|
First African well/first deepwater project
1997 saw Norwell's first 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.
|Project Summary 1996 - 2005|
|Year||Number of wells||Locations||Types|
|1996||3||UK||Land, Offshore, Deviated Appraisal, Extended Well Test|
|1997||5||UK, Spain, Angola||Land, Offshore, Horizontal, HPHT, Deepwater|
|1998||8||UK, Angola, UAE||Offshore Exploration|
|1999||6||UK, Peru, Brunei||Offshore Exploration, Horizontal Development, Salt Diapir Appraisal|
|2000||4||Peru, Brunei, Ivory Coast||Offshore Exploration, HPHT|
|2001||8||UK, Ivory Coast, Brunei||Offshore Exploration, Multi Lateral, Development, Salt Diapir Appraisal, HPHT|
|2002||10||UK, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tunisia||Offshore Exploration, Development Wells|
|2003||11||UK, Cuba, India, Ivory Coast, Angola, Tunisia||Land, Offshore Exploration, Deepwater, Salt Diapir Development|
|2004||11||India, Angola||Deepwater Exploration, Field Abandonment|
|2005||5||India||India Deepwater Exploration|
25th land well
20 years after our first land project (in Portugal) in 2012 we drilled our 25th onshore well in Morocco to 3274m, our 38th well in Africa.
50th deepwater well
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 2469m of water off the east coast of India.
50th project in Africa
We drilled our 50th well in Africa during 2014 with two remote exploration wells onshore Kenya and a offshore appraisal well in Congo. After our first well on the continent in 1997, by 2014 we had managed projects in 9 different African countries.
Project summary/80th deepwater well
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.
|Project Summary 2006 - 2015|
|Year||Number of wells||Locations||Types|
|2006||42||India, Romania, Russia, Tunisia||Land, Offshore Exploration, Deepwater|
|2007||141||India, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, USA, Tunisia||Land, Offshore Exploration, Deepwater, Subsea Development|
|2008||39||Romania, Morocco, UK, Ukraine, Russia Land||Land, Offshore Exploration, HPHT, Horizontal ERD|
|2009||6||UK, India, Congo, Morocco||Land, Offshore Exploration, HPHT Appraisal, Deepwater|
|2010||9||India, DRC||Land, Deepwater Exploration, Deepwater Appraisal|
|2011||12||India, Congo||Offshore Exploration, Deepwater|
|2012||18||Uganda, India, Romania||Offshore Exploration, Remote Land, Deepwater Appraisal, Deepwater Exploration|
|2013||13||Kenya, Congo, India||Remote Land, Offshore Exploration, Deepwater Exploration, Deepwater Appraisal|
|2014||8||Kenya, Congo, India||Remote Land, Offshore Appraisal, Deepwater Exploration, HPHT Exploration|
|2015||12||Kenya, Congo, India||Remote Exploration, Deepwater Exploration, Deepwater Appraisal|
In 2016 Norwell continued to expand our footprint in East Africa delivering the NT-2 appraisal project in southern Tanzania for Aminex PLC. We also commenced work on the planning and well engineering for the Pate Island exploration campaign in northern Kenya and Lake Rukwa campaign in south eastern Tanzania for Midway and Heritage Oil respectively
India Deepwater Field Development
2018 saw Norwell commence the project management of the ONGC KG Deepwater Field Development offshore India. This project will extend until late 2021 and include the drilling and completion of 33 deepwater production wells. Norwell was a key partner in the exploration and appraisal of the KG basin between 2003 and 2015, and we are proud to be leading the engineering and execution of this field development