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Those Oil & Gas drilling experts are at it again; whilst others remain cautious, or are shedding staff, Merlin ERD Ltd have been recruiting. Latest recruit to this double Queen’s Award-winning team is Alistair Blair as a Senior Drilling Engineer.

After successfully navigating the recent downturn, Merlin are delivering against ambitious growth targets. “We sacrificed profit to keep our technical team together and are now reaping the rewards, but we don’t expect it to be all plain sailing by any means” says Managing Director and founder Iain Hutchison, who adds “fortune favours the brave and you don’t become special by swimming with the crowd.” Indeed you don’t and Merlin are clearly standout brilliant.

Merlin ERD Ltd are the latest Scottish engineering growth story, their unconventional approach has delivered exceptional results, not just for clients, but their personnel and the local areas where they work. The Merlin team love a challenge and have built a reputation of designing and delivering supposedly “impossible” wells to tap reserves previously deemed out of reach. “Unconventional could be our middle name” states Hutchison, who founded the business in Perth, Scotland, ignoring advice that it should be in Aberdeen. “We seem to have done OK” he says with a rueful smile, at a time when the company has gathered a range of accolades from peers, banks, clients and Her Majesty the Queen.  Their HQ has five acres of grounds with deer in the garden, staff use an Aston Martin pool car and in 2017, the business became Employee Owned, a brave innovative step. “Don’t tune out just yet, the best is still to come” suggests Hutchison.

Alistair Blair joins with over 20 years’ drilling engineering experience. Ali has spent many years working in Aberdeen and latterly specialised in shale plays and drilling long horizontal wells while working in Houston, Texas.  A graduate of Robert Gordon University (RGU), Ali has previously worked with some of the Merlin team and is looking forward to working on not only record ERD (Extended Reach Drilling) wells but also cutting drilling risk, time and cost on “everyday” wells by applying ERD techniques. Ali comments “Merlin ERD has an exceptional reputation and I relish the opportunity to work in this dynamic environment.  It’s a great opportunity, I’ve already been assigned some challenging tasks.  I look forward to settling my wife and son into their new surroundings in glorious Perthshire”


Alistair Blair Merlin ERD Senior Drilling Engineer

Image: Alistair Blair, Senior Drilling Engineer