Wellwise Group has grown over the years and now consists of three companies. Wellwise Oilfield Services Limited; Proteus Well Services Limited and Fardux Limited. This is our story…
Wellwise Oilfield Services Limited
At the end of the ‘80s the international Oil and Gas business had fallen into one of its cyclical recessions and as with all such downturns, a more efficient and competitive way of working had to be found to enable service and support companies to survive.
Seizing the opportunity presented by this new downturn David Mason set about the formation of Wellwise Oilfield Services Limited in 1988 with the specific remit re-employing many of the redundant skilled oilfield employees, hiring them back on a consultancy day-rate basis.
Wellwise Oilfield Services filled a niche in the market by providing specialist contractors to oilfield service companies who from time to time need to meet contractual demands.
Although in the early days the downturn was the driver, over the last two decades, sustained growth has prevailed, and service companies still recognise and enjoy the flexibility and control the Wellwise Group model gives them. During this time Wellwise has been able to develop an in-depth understanding of Client’s personnel requirements, providing a more sophisticated offering, customised to suit market conditions.
Initially headquartered in a small office above Divex on Harfreys Industrial Estate in Great Yarmouth, the new company grew from strength to strength. Glenn Durrant joined the company in the early 90’s, later to become a shareholder and pivotal director of the business. The company moved to Wroxham in 2002 where Wellwise Group still operates from today.
Wellwise Group grew from a nucleus of three personnel (David Mason, Glenn Durrant and Lesley Smith) to employing 22 staff and hundreds of contractors at its peak.
In 1989 David Mason was housing and running what was left of Production Testers International UK to help pay the bills at Wellwise.
Paul Budworth was employed by PTI at this time and as a consequence was working within the Wellwise Building. Paul and David who had known and worked with each other for several years then had the opportunity to discuss projects they might like to put together.
After much discussion and brainstorming the idea of a simple memory gauge became the front runner. Not a Data Acquisition System but a Down Hole Gauge.
In 1990 Fardux was formed as a company part of the Wellwise Group and Paul Budworth became the Technical Director of Fardux Limited providing Data Acquisition Equipment to the Oil and Gas Sector.
After a long period of testing the very first Fardux product made its debut on the December 11th 1990 at Humbly Grove A site.
Fardux is now a leading provider of Surface and Down Hole Data Acquisition Systems for the Oil and Gas Industry, providing innovative engineering design solutions for Electronic Data Acquisition applications.
Additionally Fardux Limited, a Wellwise Group Company, specialises in Emergency Shutdown Systems and Process Controls. The Group’s hardware and software products are application knowledge driven and designed, and as a consequence are very user friendly ready to use solutions for oilfield applications.
Proteus Well Services Limited
Due to demand from some of our existing clients, and a desire to provide a broader spectrum of skills and service quality, Proteus Well Services was formed in 2004 for the provision of technical personnel in the field of Well Service Interventions, Commissioning and Leak Detection, Process and Pipeline services, Cementing and Down Hole Tools.
Dan Pavitt, Service Line Manager for Proteus is a time served Nitrogen Specialist and Coiled Tubing Technician with many years experience with major Service Companies. He understands just what our clients require - the very best person for the job, not just a name to fill a position, be it call off or contract personnel.
All the personnel on our database have been selected due to a proven track record. We take the time to verify the background and training of each and every one of our personnel. Just like our clients, the building and maintaining of a reputation based on the highest quality of service is something we are not willing to compromise.
In order to understand our clients requirements and be able to deliver a staffing solution to suit, we need to know our business. That is why our Service Line Managers are field experienced prior to joining the Wellwise Group.
Being the best at providing personnel offshore is not just about knowing the environment, infact far from it. Our people have the 'X factor' and you simply cannot buy or even necessarily describe it - you either have it or you don't - and our Service Line Managers have it in abundance.
Pick up the phone and talk to our team today and feel the difference!
DAN PAVITT, GLENN DURRANT, DAVID MASON