Wellwise Group Contractor Paul Goodwin volunteered to do a job in Iraq in 2009 when things were still very unstable
Paul joined Wellwise at the outset in 1986 – he had worked with David and Glenn offshore and onshore for many years previously. He started his oilfield career with Flopetrol in 1970.
When recently asked if he would undertake a job in Iraq – he only had to think about it for a few seconds…………..although his wife had a few reservations!
Paul workied for a UK based oil company operating out of Kurdistan in North Iraq.
Paul lived and worked in port-a-cabin accommodation with temperatures of +47 degrees during the day, and +20 degrees at night. Generally though the working conditions were good, and he says the people are “very, very friendly and helpful”. There were five European expats on the rig, the rest were Chinese and Kurdish, totalling with the military around 150 personnel. Telecommunications within and outside the country were excellent but there are no land lines at the rig site.
However it is not always hot, they do have four seasons with snow in the winter.
At the location the method of Well Testing is a whole new learning curve for many of the people he worked with.
Luckily the work wass based many miles north of the current troubles, and although the security around the camp was very, very high there was little feeling of threat. After all, the local people, like all of us, are generally trying to live normal lives.
Paul tells me he would be more than happy to go back and do another job there.