Swire Oilfield Services, a global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, is strengthening its newly established presence in Kenya, East Africa with the appointment of Dan Davies as the new commercial manager.
Dan will be responsible for the commercial activity across East Africa and further developing business in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and the wider East African region.
The opening of an office in Kenya and the appointment of Dan comes as part of an overall growth strategy for Swire Oilfield Services in East Africa. The company is investing approximately $16million (£10.5million) in its rental fleet and infrastructure in the African Continent this year demonstrating its commitment to a region that provides an increasingly optimistic outlook created by a number of onshore and offshore discoveries.
Wayne Manning, general manager & director of Swire Oilfield Services Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “The East coast of Africa is one of the most exciting exploration areas in the region and bringing Dan onto the team will enhance Swire Oilfield Services offering. We have identified a growing demand for our quality equipment and services as a result of exploration inland on the great lakes and in remote and challenging locations.
“Activity both on and offshore is continuously growing. Oil and gas majors have recognized that the region is a hotspot frontier for reserves, with significant onshore discoveries in Uganda and Kenya by Tullow Oil and Total E&P as well as offshore oil and gas discoveries made in Kenya and Tanzania by BG Group, Statoil and Anadarko.”
Swire Oilfield Services first began operations in Africa more than 10 years ago and now employs over 120 staff with recognition as the largest supplier of rental units across its other offices in Nigeria, Angola and Ghana. The organization offers the highest specification, DNV 2.7-1 and EN 12079, across all of its certified reliably dynamic equipment including cargo carrying units, modular systems, fluid management and aviation services.
Globally, Swire Oilfield Services has in excess of 150 standard unit designs and has increased its fleet size by approximately 67% in the last six years from 34,000 to 57,000 cargo carrying units.