Cameron center supports energy industry in Iraq
Analysts note that Iraq’s ambition to expand output will require progress all along the energy supply chain. The availability of in-country support will play a key role in realizing this ambition. Operators consisting of international energy companies and the national oil company face a host of challenges, including political instability, unclear regulations, a shortage of technically skilled labor, and tribal affiliations. The unemployment rate remains high in Iraq at 11%.
Recognizing the importance of in-country support in the region, Cameron established a location in North Rumaila three years ago with a goal to offer a one-stop shop supporting customer demands for service, installations, and training. The only OEM supplier to serve Iraq, Cameron opened a new facility in 2014. This comprehensive support facility conducts commissioning of new equipment, inspection, and certification of wellhead and Christmas trees, and recertification of BOPs. Cameron’s service technicians provide total aftermarket support in the field or in the shop 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are available for a variety of special jobs, including decompletions, recompletions, trim changes, and installation of safety equipment.
To date, Cameron has installed more than 1000 wellheads in country. This fully equipped plant with state-of-the-art components used to maintain a wide range of Cameron’s products holds critical spares in country, with the Middle East distribution center in Jebel Ali UAE maintaining other OEM spares.
Representing seven countries and speaking three languages, personnel in Cameron’s Rumaila facility are addressing needs of operators conducting oil and gas operations. Many operators are now introducing unconventional wellhead systems such as the Standard Snapring Modular Compact (SSMC) and Multibowl (MBS) systems into the region, raising the importance of technically adept technicians and readily available aftermarket services. A strong local team has been assembled and developed to address this need. Intangible benefits of Cameron’s surface and drilling equipment being supplied to the region include confidence, reliability, and full aftermarket support during all stages of operations. Other advantages include spare manufacturing capacity, centralized resources, and technically strong management. Safety is a high priority in this facility; only one recordable incident has been recorded since the start of North Rumaila facility operations.
The number of local staff in Iraq is planned to increase to 65%, 75%, and 85% in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively. In addition to a shop apprentice program for local talent development and cross training of local field service technicians to support all divisions represented in the Iraq facility, Cameron offers in-house employee and customer training; 137 customers and contractors have undergone education on our MBS equipment. North Rumaila facility personnel undergo approximately 16 HSE courses.
Originally Cameron entered work in Saudi Arabia in 1972, supplying and servicing drilling systems. In 2000, the JV was formed and a facility was established from 2000 to 2006. Today, Cameron provides drilling equipment, performs surface wellhead installation, and offers flow control and expertise. Growth has been continuous, and now this location is undergoing expansion of the machine shop to increase capacity. Cameron has committed to purchase a separate building to serve as the aftermarket services base.