Merlin ERD champions SPE and Energy talent
Merlin ERD were delighted to have been asked to present at the recent Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) ‘Introduction to Oil and Gas, Exploration and Production’ seminar, in its 14th year, held in London last week. As an industry leader and a hub of specialist knowledge Merlin were able to provide an introduction to drilling and petrophysics and explain how the drilling process has evolved since the early 1800’s.
The seminar was aimed at people working in financial environments, new to the industry or who would benefit from an overview of the technical processes and the key elements involved in hydrocarbon exploration and production. Merlin ERD Founder and Director, Iain Hutchison, delivered a presentation explaining that horizontal, complex and extended reach wells allow us drill further than ever before, accessing pools of hydrocarbon in difficult to reach areas whilst minimising environmental impact.
Following on from this event, the Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch of the Energy Institute, once again held the annual ‘Best MSc Student Paper’ competition looking for the top MSc student out of the three nominated from each of the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University.
Each of the students gave a ten-minute presentation on their thesis and were then quizzed and scored by a panel of judges, including Iain Hutchison. With over 20 years of experience specialising in complex drilling engineering, across multiple continents, Iain’s vast knowledge and expertise contributed to the panel judging process. Alongside Iain the panel included Pierre Cuisnier, Central Graben Area Asset Director, Total E&P UK Ltd, Donald Taylor, Managing Director Europe, TAQA Bratani Ltd, Paul Williams, UK Business Unit Manager, Premier Oil, Chris Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwyn Energy, Martin White, Europe Area Vice President, Halliburton and Bronson Larkins, Managing Director Wellvene.
“Championing and developing new industry talent are central to Merlin ERD’s business ethos and customer proposition” said Iain. “We appreciated the opportunity to share our knowledge, experience and insights with newcomers to the industry, helping them obtain a better understanding of the sector and best in class practice.” Both events provided the opportunity to support and engage with emerging talent in the industry and were excellent platforms to hear, support, learn and answer questions from those progressing through the industry.
Iain Hutchison, presenting at the SPE’s ‘Introduction to Oil and Gas, Exploration and Production’ seminar, Thursday 15th November 2018, London.