Pragma has appointed Stuart Cowen as technical sales manager to accelerate the commercialisation of its advanced production technologies.
Mr Cowen has more than thirty years oil and gas experience with a background in bringing new tools and technology to market. Based at Pragma’s Aberdeen facility in Dyce, he joins from Impact Selector International where he most recently worked as UK and Europe sales manager.
Prior to this, Mr Cowen worked at Omega Completion Technology and Welltec in operational and business development roles following time at Expro after their acquisition of Saltus Sub-Surface Services.
In his new role, he will be responsible for driving forward Pragma’s range of novel technology from commercialisation to global market growth.
Mr Cowen said: “Pragma is really at the heart of innovation and its development of novel technology really attracted me to the role. As the oil and gas industry continues to adapt, it’s important that service providers are creating new solutions that tackle operator challenges, even during times of downturn, and this is exactly what Pragma do.
“I have a strong track record of introducing new technology to the oilfield and I'm looking forward to working closely with the team to drive our offering forward and delivering tangible safety, cost and efficiency benefits to the industry.”
Pragma is currently developing a number of game-changing downhole technologies, including its retrofittable, cable-deployed ESP safety valve. By reducing time, cost, personnel and risk the device enables on and offshore installations to meet all safety regulations whilst reducing the operational footprint at the wellsite. The technology is patented and should be API-14GA certified in the coming months.
The company is also pioneering the use of additive manufacturing, the process of 3D printing, to develop a range of expansion products, based on a novel inflatable metal bubble, called M-Bubble.
As the first product in the range, the M-Bubble bridge plug is being developed to provide up to around twice the expansion of current products on the market. This means the M-Bubble bridge plug can travel through narrow pipes, valves and restricted areas to reach its intended site in the well. The expansion technology is then activated to inflate the plug by up to 300% and set its position. The prototype is currently in development, with testing due to take place later this year.
Gary Smart, Pragma CEO commented: “Pragma has an experienced and highly skilled workforce of engineers who continue to push the boundaries of production technologies. Bringing Stuart into the fold will allow us to accelerate the commercialisation of our offering and deliver cost-effective, retrofittable solutions to improve efficiencies and well economics for our customers in these challenging times.”