Prodrill Energy Resource Solutions

20 September 2018

NE personnel specialist targets expansion in global footprint

An Aberdeen headquartered personnel specialist has plans for global growth with Scottish Enterprise support to expand its client services.

Prodrill Energy Resource Solutions, based in the city’s Albyn Terrace, has seen a 46% increase in job requirements from October last year to June 2018 compared to the same period the previous year.

With more than 36 years in the industry, the company, which specialises in supplying personnel to the drilling and offshore markets, has realigned its offering in the past 12 months to cope with market demands.

Previously specialising in sourcing niche technical upstream expertise directly for oil & gas operators, Prodrill is utilising its team’s knowledge to expand its service offering from exploration and production to the broader upstream environment, including drilling contractors, integrated service companies, design and engineering and subsea.

To bolster the expansion and global growth offering, Scottish Enterprise has supported a key appointment to manage the new client strategy and help increase the company’s service deliver across the world.

Kelly Davidson has joined the Prodrill team at the Aberdeen HQ as new client relationship executive, supporting Drew Alexander, client operations manager and the team to support customers recruitment strategies.

Prodrill managing director, Louise Wood, said: “It’s promising that we are beginning to see such a large percentage increase in job vacancies in the past 12 months and as the market begins to see recovery, we have had to realign our services and the industry needs to adapt to generate a future workforce with a more versatile and varied background to avoid any future skills shortage. 

“My team has more than hundred years combined experience across oil & gas and recruitment and the support of Scottish Enterprise and Kelly’s addition to our client delivery will help us to continue to forge longevity in our client relationships through understanding their changing needs and help clients operating in new markets to source the best personnel for global projects.”

In the past ten years, Prodrill has supported more than 2000 client projects in 37 countries and as clients diversify in new global markets, the company is well placed to source key personnel for diverse projects worldwide.

Gordon Esslemont, account manager for Prodrill at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Prodrill has drawn on its many years of experience in the global oil and gas industry to ensure it’s ready to take full advantage of improving market conditions. Its durability and flexibility have allowed it to diversify its product offering and make the key hires to help realise its growth ambitions. It’s fantastic to see the company adjusting its focus and developing its processes, all of which will contribute to wider economic growth in the North East.”

Kelly Davidson, who brings more than 25 years sales and business development experience, said: “With Prodrill’s plans to grow its territories, a key part of my role is to support plans to set up strategic partners to strengthen the global footprint and my experience in the oil and gas industry and topside knowledge will be beneficial to the team.  I have forged a robust network over the years and my previous roles have given me a strong understanding of the technical and commercial requirements of clients in the industry.  It’s great to join such an established business as the market begins to show some signs of recovery and a desire to adapt to the new landscape.”

Prodrill has seen an increase in the amount of on and offshore related roles in exploration throughout 2018 which clearly demonstrates confidence returning in the sector.

With growth expected to increase in the coming months with the oil price continuing to stabilise, Prodrill’s realignment to source personnel for the wider upstream market is set to see the company increase its recruitment team in early 2019.