Well-Safe Boosts Team, Selects Aberdeen HQ

Well-Safe Solutions, a new player in the decommissioning market, has appointed Jim Christie as director of programmes.

The specialist well abandonment company, launched in July this year, has already assembled a senior team of eight industry experts and now employs 20 people.

Well-Safe has just signed a five year lease for 4,400 square feet to accommodate over 60 people at Hill of Rubislaw in Aberdeen and will be moving in this week.

The appointment of Christie follows hot on the heels of the company’s first acquisition and recruitment of the chief executive officer, a chief technical officer and commercial director.

Founder and executive director, Mark Patterson, said: “Jim’s appointment is highly significant and a major boost in our ambition to become a leader in plug and abandonment in the decommissioning sector.

“The response from industry since our launch has been incredible and we are gaining huge support for our complete package offering.”

As head of decommissioning for the OGA, Christie was responsible for the development of the UK’s decommissioning strategy, working in collaboration with the industry and government.

Prior to his role at the OGA, Christie was global decommissioning projects manager with Marathon Oil in Houston.

“As we seek to work hand-in-hand with the regulator to support operators in navigating the complex regulatory process, with a view to driving change and transparency while ensuring tax efficiency, Jim’s experience will be invaluable to our team,” added Patterson.

Well-Safe has also announced the appointment of a director of finance. Alan Cormack joins the company with immediate effect. Cormack joins from Raeburn Recruitment where he was head of finance. Before that, he worked with Patterson as director of finance at Nautronix for almost a decade.