Woods Hole Group, Inc. has long identified the Houston market as key to realizing our growth potential with the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. A presence in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) market is also necessary to support the governmental sector managing the GOM’s coastal resources. To fulfill our plans, we have committed to an office and the right personnel to drive the growth. In less than six months, our Houston Manager, Dave Szabo has raised the level of business activity flowing in and out of our Houston Office. Reflecting on the first half of 2006, Dave has observed promising operational and contracting activity.
Dave Szabo reports:
The interconnectivity between the Houston office and our headquarters in Falmouth has been seamless and supportive. Together, we have executed master services agreements with four oil companies; installed a 38kHz (RDI) Ocean Observer on a deepwater drillship in the GOM; won a two-year project for installation, maintenance and data analysis at a fixed platform location offshore Trinidad; won a contract utilizing precise water depth estimates based upon precision pressure recordings for use in the design of a deepwater production facility in the GOM; hired a PhD candidate at TAMU for a project to evaluate the skill of a 3D circulation model in the Gulf of Mexico; and received funding from the Eddy Joint Industry Project (EJIP) to conduct a cooperative project designed to compare the performance of several current profilers in deep water (~2000m). The EJIP project includes both a vessel deployed taut subsurface mooring and ROV deployed ADCPs in bottom frames.
On the horizon, the Houston office will continue to offer the full suite of company capabilities. In particular, we plan to expand our outreach to the government and private sector regarding our coastal sciences, engineering, and planning capabilities. With the recent hurricane activity and the ongoing coastal erosion and sediment transport issues in the GOM region, there is plenty of room for Woods Hole Group to contribute our capabilities within the coastal zone as well as offshore.
I am also pleased to announce that Sam Berry, a seasoned Offshore Engineer, has joined me here in Houston. Sam is already making his presence felt and I am glad to have him on board.
Thanks again to all my colleagues who I have worked with over the years for the warm welcome and I look forward to getting to work with many more of you in the coming years.