Innovative Darcy targets global growth as facilities expansion move completed
Completions and sand control specialist Darcy has nearly trebled its operational space in a relocation move designed to support the company’s growth strategy.
It has transferred to a new 10,000sq ft office and purpose designed workshop facility on Kintore Business Park in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as part of a wider development plan that is expected to see its existing workforce double in number to more than 20 in 2011.
Darcy was established in 2009 with its groundbreaking Critical Matrix Management technology as the centrepiece of its market offering, and is already working on specific client projects with a view to introducing its first systems by the spring of this year.
Chief executive Steve Bruce, who heads up a growing Darcy management team, says: “The move to these much larger premises reflects the strength of interest in our technology from the global industry, this new facility provides us with the necessary infrastructure to meet our growing assembly, testing and logistical requirements.
“Since the Critical Matrix Management system was formally launched in the latter part of 2010 we have been fielding inquiries and building relationships with clients around the world who recognise it can help them overcome the most acute sand management challenges and optimise production.
“We are forecasting our requirements to grow even further by the end of 2011 as we enter this new phase of development which will see our system increasingly implemented in projects in key international provinces. This new facility will ensure that we are able to meet our future operational challenges.”
Darcy claims its system is the only one available on the market that combines positive compliance – the exertion of force to the near wellbore region to help maintain formation integrity and reduce deformation – with inflow control.
“The system combines openhole performance with cased-hole functionality, so represents the best of two completion worlds,” adds Steve Bruce.
“Its advantages lie in its mechanical robustness – its solid base pipe construction gives the technology a base strength exceeding that of any form of sand control completion products – and in its operational simplicity.
“There are no complex pumping operations or expansion processes, reducing the need for complex expansion strings, cumbersome pumping equipment and large installation crews.
“Further, our inflow control, in combination with compliant screens, is a new industry offering: we’re the first to provide a compliant-style screen which incorporates inflow control device technology to offer complete control over reservoir fluids.”
Darcy estimates the Critical Matrix Management system can generate savings of over 40% on rig running time with reduced equipment, supply vessel, deck space and personnel requirements, and reduced exposure to operational and QHSE risks.
Darcy is led by industry expert and chief executive Steve Bruce with the support of a highly skilled management team.
The team, including Completions Manager Dave Noblett, Engineering Manager Dave Grant and Production Manager Allan Clark, has almost 100 years of combined industry experience between them.
Darcy was established by Epi-V, the specialist investors in oil and gas services.
The company’s previous site at Kintore Business Park was less than 100 yards away from its new facility.