MULTIPLE downhole casing sections removal specialist Abrado, has appointed Jason Broussard as President and CEO.  He will be based at the company’s office in Broussard, Louisiana.

With a global remit, Mr Broussard will play a critical role in driving company growth and continuing to create operations and technical excellence in plug and abandonment (P&A). Since its inception, Abrado has developed one-of-a-kind patented technologies for dual string section milling that reduce cost and increase efficiencies throughout well abandonment operations.

As a senior leader with two decades of experience in upstream well operations, Mr Broussard joins Abrado from US-based Wellbore Fishing & Rental Tools (WFR), where he held the role of Senior Vice President of Operations.

Prior to that, he spent four years working for Schlumberger, where roles included Director of Operations for North America and Global Product Line Manager for Wellbore Intervention Technologies. He also held a number of management positions with Baker Hughes over an 11-year period, latterly as Regional Operations Manager for Lower Completions in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I am joining Abrado having followed the company’s success and global growth for many years. It is undoubtedly a challenging time for the energy industry, and this has resulted in many operators opting to shut down aging oil wells as production continues to decline. Abandoning wells is fraught with risk however, and therefore operators need innovations that de-risk P&A operations, whilst maintaining efficiency and cost-effectiveness,” Mr Broussard said.

“Abrado is leading the way when it comes to harnessing data and state-of-the-art proprietary technology to drastically improve milling operations, which in turn drives down P&A costs and delivers value to operators around the world. It is very exciting to be a part of this.”

Mr Broussard will replace Matt Anstead who took over as Interim CEO in March, whilst retaining his position as senior partner at EV Private Equity, which has backed Abrado since 2013 and remains its largest shareholder.