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Tech Focus: Power generation for oilfield rigs

by Arabian Oil & Gas Staff on May 24, 2011


The older style of Omron Oilfield & Marine's generator controls.
The older style of Omron Oilfield & Marine's generator controls.

Omron Oilfield & Marine operates under the Woodhouse International umbrella in Dubai. Oil & Gas Middle East speaks to its point man on the support the company provides the region’s drilling industry.

Woodhouse International, a major supplier and stockist of drilling equipment for the Middle East has been supporting the region’s drillers from its Dubai headquarters since 1985.

It prides itself on its extensive range of stock and perhaps more critically on delivering these products quickly to customers in the region.

Omron Oilfield & Marine provides the systems for power generation and distribution for onshore and offshore rigs. It is one of the many companies that Woodhouse International makes representations for in the Middle East.

Oil & Gas Middle East speaks with Tarik Gharrafi, Omron Oilfield & Marine’s Regional Oilfield Service manager who is based at Woodhouse.

What is Omron Oilfield & Marine’s offering to the Middle East’s drilling operators?
Tarik Gharrafi: Omron Oilfield & Marine provides power systems for the generation, the control and the distribution of AC&DC power on land and offshore drilling rigs.

We use advanced engine-synchronisation and generator-load-sharing systems to control and optimise engine/generator performance. Omron Oilfield & Marine improved conventional DC-technology to control and distribute power to DC-driven field equipment.

I sincerely think that we can call ourselves one of the pioneers in applying AC-technology to the global oil and gas drilling industry.

We have a team of experienced service engineers based at Woodhouse in Dubai. This allows us to provide 24/7 technical support and service engineer dispatch.

We keep parts in our stock in Dubai, to provide more efficient support to our customers in the region. The excellent storage facility provided by Woodhouse International allows us to keep all our equipment in a temperature-controlled safe environment which is critical for some of our equipment.

Soon we will have a simulator in Woodhouse for training purposes. This will be available to our customers that want to provide training to their crew.


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