Altus – Qinterra Fuse into New Well Services Group

Qinterra Group’s North Sea well intervention specialist Altus Intervention and its international technology arm, Qinterra Technologies have united to form one global force in well services.

With headquarters in Stavanger, Norway, the combined group will be known as ‘Altus Intervention’, bringing together over 1,000 staff across four global regions: UK and West Africa, Norway and Denmark, the Americas and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Following EQT’s acquisition in 2014, the two companies Altus Intervention and Qinterra Technologies were created. The united business will now operate as one brand to offer well intervention technologies, tools and services to the global oil and gas industry.

Group chief executive, Åge Landro, who joined in February 2016, will continue to lead the company as it pursues a strategy to make intervention smarter.

He said: “This is a milestone in the evolution of Altus Intervention. With a strong heritage, unrivalled expertise and cutting edge technology, we are well placed to support oil companies as we shape the future of well intervention. The energy landscape is constantly evolving and we are focused on bringing forward smarter ways of working to increase efficiencies and drive down costs.

“Combining our capacity and experience in well intervention will allow us to take bold steps towards adding to and developing our products and capabilities to support the oil and gas industry, worldwide.”

With established innovation centres in Stavanger and Houston, the group has invested over £50 million in new technology over the past three years. So far, this year the group has seen a growth in technology activity of more than 50% and a number of high profile contracts secured with operators. This includes well intervention projects with Maersk in Denmark and the UK, Shell in the UK and US, Statoil in Norway and Petronas in Malaysia. This has increased the company’s contract backlog by 40% in the last 12 months.

Landro added: “The industry is much more receptive to new innovations and techniques. Building on our strong engineering capabilities, technical expertise and unrivalled industry exposure. We will now have a leaner, stronger and broader business across a wide range of markets, allowing us to create a global leader in well intervention. Bringing both brands together will help us meet our targets in all four regions.”

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