Deep Casing Tools expands Middle East presence with $1.5mn contract, new appointments

Deep Casing Tools expands Middle East presence with $1.5mn contract, new appointments
Published: 8 January 2019 - 1:30 p.m.
By: Carla Sertin

Aberdeen-headquartered casing and completion technology business, Deep Casing Tools, made two new regional appointments, part of its expansion in the Middle East. Aqeel Al Faraj takes up the role of sales and operations manager, while Mahdi Al Shokan has been appointed as field engineer.

This expansion of the team follows on rapidly from the appointment of Neil Hathaway as the new region manager for the Middle East who is based in the UAE and is leading the Deep Casing Tools’ growth strategy in the region.

The turbine technology firm has recently signed a contract with a large Middle East national operator for 15 motorised reaming tools, valued at $1.5mn.

Aqeel Al Faraj will be responsible for the overall management of the sales and operations department of Deep Casing Tools Saudi Arabia. His role will involve operational, personnel and engineering support for a long-term contract Deep Casing Tools secured earlier in the year with a major national oil company in the Middle East to provide its drillable turbine technology to support their drilling operations.

Aqeel has 14 years’ experience in the industry, initially embarking on a career as an MWD engineer, before moving into directional drilling, and thereafter took up senior management positions with Schlumberger Saudi Arabia.

Mahdi Al Faraj’s role as field engineer will include assisting in the initial planning phase, and thereafter, will be responsible for the deployment and job close-out of field operations. The role will include providing support across the full suite of tools deployed by Deep Casing Tools in Saudi Arabia.

“This is a very exciting time for Deep Casing Tools," said Neil Hathaway, region manager of Deep Casing Tools. "We have already seen the positive impact of increasing our presence in the Middle East with major contract wins and recently signed agreements with new distribution agents in the UAE and Oman."

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