19044Teesside-based OES Oilfield Services UK, the oil and gas asset inspection specialist, is celebrating a tenth successful year in business, despite the on-going turbulence in the oil and gas industry, and has plans for further growth. 

Established by entrepreneur, Richard Upshall in 2006, the company, which forms part of OES Oilfield Services Group that was founded in the Arabian Gulf in 1996, has experienced a great deal of success on North Sea projects and the Group now employs approximately 100 UK-based inspectors as well as an additional 15 staff at its Stockton office and three more operating in Aberdeen. 

Driven by the need for technology-led efficiency gains, OES Oilfield Services UK has delivered significant productivity gains for Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies; these efforts have recently been recognised by The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which has awarded the company the Spotlight on Technology Award for its Dropped Objects Prevention Programme (DOPP).

DOPP, which was developed in collaboration with Askaris IT software engineers in the North East of England, is a technologically-innovative tablet-based, four-stage programme, which evaluates each rig site’s ability to control, implement and mitigate dropped objects. Using this information, a bespoke awareness package is created and delivered to all personnel on the rig in the form of classroom and on-site hands on training.

Richard Upshall, Executive Chairman, OES Oilfield Services Group, said “It’s important for supply chain companies to continue to innovate and deliver products and services that improve the ability of operators and contractors – something that has been emphasised in recent years.

“From the launch of the Group, back in 1996 and our UK operation 10 years later, we have embraced technology and worked hard to improve on existing systems in order to realise efficiency gains and build upon commonly accepted best practices, which has been central to our success.“