Churchill brothers’ drilling firm wins Elevator Award for innovation in oil and gas

. Picture, rear, from left are: Joseph Graham, Corin Lewsey, Alan Beattie, Mark Graham, Andy Churchill, Mike Churchill, Jamie Pratt, Ricky Simpson; front, from left: Jenny Bamford, Ailsa Churchill and Abbie Smith.
Pictured, rear, from left are: Joseph Graham, Corin Lewsey, Alan Beattie, Mark Graham, Andy Churchill, Mike Churchill, Jamie Pratt, Ricky Simpson; front, from left: Jenny Bamford, Ailsa Churchill and Abbie Smith.

Churchill Drilling Tools – an oil and gas engineering company specialises in dart-activated string technology, has won the Grampian award for innovation at the 2016 Elevator Awards.

The company won the award for the development of its HyPR HoleSaver™ hydraulic pipe recovery tool. The tool represents the world’s first hydraulic pipe and hole recovery system – offering a fast and dependable insurance technology against stuck pipe situations, in turn enabling maximum recovery of hole and drill string.

The tool was developed in house by Churchill Drilling Tools, a family owned firm led by Chairman Andy Churchill and Chief Executive Mike Churchill.

Aware of the time consuming traditional methods of cutting stuck pipe and mindful of industry demand for a safer, more reliable, cost effective, user operated technology, Churchill Drilling Tools devised the HyPR™ HoleSaver™ concept in 2013. Development proceeded at pace and after several iterations, intensive proof of concept and rig testing, the tool came to market in the last quarter of 2014.

Andy Churchill said: “It is an honor to win in this category because it recognises our team’s continued commitment to innovation and technical excellence – coinciding with a time where the industry is being urged to adopt new methods and support new technology.

“The HyPR HoleSaver™ reflects the demands of the industry for cost effective answers to the challenges it faces. The product and the award is further evidence of Churchill’s commitment to developing specialist tools which continue to save operators time and money.”

Andy is pictured here celebrating with colleagues after winning the award.

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