GE acquires Wood Group's Well Support arm

US$2.8bn acquisition sees GE expand into enhanced oil recovery segment

The acquisition of Wood Group's Well Support Division allows GE to expand its offering for unconventional oil & gas production such as in shale gas.
The acquisition of Wood Group's Well Support Division allows GE to expand its offering for unconventional oil & gas production such as in shale gas.

GE announced the completion of its US$2.8 billion strategic acquisition of John Wood Group PLC’s Well Support Division, expanding GE Oil & Gas’ extensive drilling and surface manufacturing and services portfolio.

The John Wood Group PLC Well Support division, which has over 3,800 employees globally and operates approximately 20 manufacturing and multiple sales and service centres worldwide, is comprised of three business platforms – ESP (electric submersible pumps), Pressure Control (surface wellheads and trees) and Logging Services - which, combined, recorded 2010 revenues of US$947 million.

The move enables GE to capitalise on the fast-growing demand for enhanced oil recovery from mature oil fields using downhole pump ‘artificial lift’ in brownfield developments; as well as, expanding GE's high-technology product and service offering in unconventional oil and gas production, with significant applications for shale gas production.

Claudi Santiago, president and CEO, GE Oil & Gas said: “Given the reliability and quality of its technology and the expertise of its employees, the Well Support division is an excellent addition to GE Oil & Gas, strengthening our engineering capabilities and our extensive suite of advanced capital drilling and production solutions. Combined with our integrated portfolio, global supply-chain and footprint, the Well Support division adds further value for our customers and enhances GE’s position in rapid growth oil and gas industry segments and regions.”

Jim Renfroe, the CEO of Wood Group PLC’s Well Support Division, said: “We are delighted to become part of the GE Oil & Gas family. The transaction positions GE Oil & Gas firmly to lead a new chapter in oil and gas unconventional production, expanding our combined customer base and providing significant new channels for advanced high-tech equipment and services around the world.”

GE Energy has a record of acquiring, integrating, and growing companies, it made acquisitions of Nuovo Pignone (Oil & Gas), Jenbacher (Gas Engines), VetcoGray, and Hydril Pressure Controls (Oil & Gas). In the last six months GE Energy has announced approximately $11 billion of acquisitions, including Converteam, Dresser, Inc. and Lineage Power Holdings - all high-tech companies complementing GE Energy’s core technologies and enabling the business to broaden its offerings for critical industries.

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