Norwell favourite to win ONGC well contract

Vol 20, PW 17 (18 May 17) Exploration & Production

Aberdeen-based Norwell Engineering is widely expected to win ONGC's estimated $40m contract for well engineering and completion design for the proposed development of the eastern offshore KG-DWN-98/2 block.

PETROWATCH learns bidders submitted replies to ONGC's queries on their technical and financial bids on May 5, among them Norwell, Norway-based AGR, Aberdeen-based Exceed and UK-based LR Senergy. Bids were received by ONGC earlier on February 3.

One of the key bid evaluation criteria is that bidders will be ranked by the number of wells where they have carried out engineering. "Norwell states on its website that it has managed over 200 wells over the 28 years of its existence," says an industry source.

"But well-engineering and completion design is not only about quantity. It's about quality." A rival bidder claims Norwell has a "cosy relationship with ONGC" giving it an advantage.

Another source close to Norwell confirms it has been working with ONGC for more than 10 years. As far back as 2003, driller Dolphin Drilling hired Norwell as its third party well design provider while drilling deepwater wells offshore India for ONGC using rig Belford Dolphin.

Our source adds that for the KG-DWN-98/2 tender Norwell has bid in partnership with Aberdeen-based Axis Well Technology. "Axis is a world leader in well completions," we are told.

"Well design will be done by Norwell and completion by Axis."