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Merlin ERD has an enviable track record of delivering value to clients through bringing additional reserves on stream without equipment upgrades with wells previously perceived as impossible. Merlin ERD Limited is a professional engineering consultancy and member of the UK Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Our holistic approach to ERD combined with our proven techniques and an aviation approach to risk management reduces the risk, time and cost of these wells and increases the confidence in delivery.  Merlin ERD wells enjoy improved tool reliability, dependable hole cleaning performance and fewer wellbore instability problems.  Inaccessible reserves can be exploited, problems can be eradicated and personnel capabilities greatly enhanced.

We pride ourselves on clearly explaining what is required for an opportunity to be successful.  We provide objective information to allow clients to assess whether the risk and cost profile is acceptable and worthy of investment.  Recommendations are driven by what is required to deliver a successful project based on proven engineering concepts rather than conflict of interest such as tool rental revenue.

Solutions from Merlin ERD – Where our Services add value 

  • Feasibility studies
  • Peer reviews
  • Detailed engineering design
  • Problem and Post Operations reviews
  • Manuals and guidelines supply, update and review
  • Onsite support
  • Team training


The secret to our success is our people, who are amongst the most accomplished engineers and operations personnel in the industry.

Merlin ERD’s personnel have worked around the world for independent, major and national oil companies in their offices, at their rig sites and delivering training courses.

The value they add comes from the knowledge they can share from having worked on the most challenging high angle drilling projects in the world. This knowledge combined with a rigorous approach to engineering fundamentals and operational best practices enables us to consistently deliver trouble free high angle wells.


Merlin ERD wins its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise UK’s highest accolade for business success comes to Perth Business for the second time Royal reward for outstanding International Trade results


The coveted award from HM The Queen is presented for the highest level of excellence and is announced annually on her birthday.  What an achievement for Merlin to be awarded for a second time on this her 90th birthday!  Two members of the Merlin ERD team will attend a very special reception hosted by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace in July.

Merlin ERD wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade having doubled their overseas turnover in the last three years highlighting the company’s impressive growth, especially given the turbulence in the oil and gas industry.  The company have completed over 190 projects including major multi-well Extended Reach Drilling projects in 34 countries and over 90% of business came from repeat or client recommendation.

Merlin ERD – Queens’ Award for Enterprise Presentation and Civic Reception. Phtoto , Lord-Lieutenant Mel Jameson makes the presentation to Iain Hutchison today with right his wife, Debbie & Perth Provost Liz Grant.

Directors, Iain and Debbie Hutchison receiving their Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in September 2016 from Brigadier Melville Jameson, CBE. The Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross along with Liz Grant Provost of Perth and Kinross.