Bill Abel founded Abel Engineering & Well Control Co. in 1984 and operated same by providing well control services worldwide for firefighting, capping, relief well operations and high risk toxic gas handling projects.
Corporate President — Founded ABEL Engineering/Well Control Co. in 1984 and operated same by providing consulting, engineering and well control services worldwide for firefighting, capping, relief well operations and high risk toxic gas handling projects.
Special Well Control and Engineering Projects
Kuwait Oil Well Fires - Controlled 41 well fires with one team in 71 days.
Created Well Control Management Systems and developed over 250 Blowout Contingency Plans for worldwide operations.
Taught Drilling Practices Courses for Preston L. Moore, Inc.
Taught Advanced Well Control Seminars for Pemex, TOTAL, Mobil Oil, UNOCAL, EXPRO, NAM, etc.
Taught a Special Snubbing School for Mobil Oil Co. and created a Manual for the Mobile Oil Snubbing and Coil Tubing Course.
Managed a 5-rig Drilling Company for 2 years.
Have been involved in complex Well Control Operations worldwide spanning 25 years; managed Well Control Projects in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Republic of China, Angola, Nigeria, Congo, Venezuela, Argentina, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway and Germany.
Rig Site Supervision — Deep High-pressure Gas Wells, Well Control, Relief Well Drilling, Deep Wells in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Worked in Tunisia supervising a deep frontier wildcat. Also worked as Drilling Superintendent for Aramco in Saudi Arabia on H2S wells in deep Kuff exploration program.
Publications — Twenty-nine technical publications in trade journals primarily on specialized well control operations and project management for well control operations.
Advanced Well Control and HAZOP
Computer Skills — Word processing, Data Bases, Spread Sheets, Visio, Project Management
Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering — Texas Tech University 1967-1971
Master of Business Administration — Southern Methodist University 1971-1974
Passport: USA no. 135389617 issued in Houston, 23Feb06 expires 22Feb16
Registered Professional Engineer — Texas (40719)
Married with 2 sons (born 1982/1984). DOB: 17 June 1949
Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, IADC, Society of Professional Engineers, Nat. Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, TIPRO and St. Lukes United Methodist Church.
1984 - Present: Responsible for company operations that focus on drilling engineering and completion operations worldwide. The prime objective is to provide technology and experience for well operations with a focus on well control operations. Principal engineer for well control tasks: relief well drilling, dynamic two-phase flow modeling, blowout contingency planning, risk management and the project management of well control incidents including firefighting and capping operations. (see mergers WWCI /IWC)
Responsible for all Engineering tasks for the Company, including Relief Well and Intervention Operations. Company focuses on preventive and remedial tasks for well control operations which include Blowout Contingency Planning, Relief Wells, Snubbing Operations, H2S operations, training services, consultant to Lloyds of London. Engineering services include dynamic two-phase flow modeling, drilling engineering, and project management. Drilled 8 relief wells, planned and engineered capping and kill operations and lead a firefighting team in Kuwait that capped and killed 41 wells in Kuwait in a 71 day period. Total well control experience includes over 100 wells.
July 2000 - April 2001: Responsible for the company operations which consist of five (5) profit centers: Based on its collective backgrounds and talents, and having proved the TSN technique, in Phase II, APRO will compete in five business divisions: Drilling Contracting (both conventional and using TNSTM), Well Control and Firefighting, Engineering and Well Site Services for underbalanced drilling projects, Push Pull System (under development) and rig manufacturing (for internal use and outside sale). The company started began operations in July of 2000 with a single built for purpose underbalanced drilling rig the TNS-1.
Aug 1995 - July 1996: Responsible for all engineering tasks for the company, including relief well and intervention operations. Company focuses on preventive and remedial tasks for well control operations which include Blowout Contingency Planning, dynamic two-phase flow modeling, drilling engineering, etc.
May 1993 - July 1995: Responsible for all engineering tasks for the company, including relief well and intervention operations. Company focuses on preventive and remedial tasks for well control operations which include Blowout Contingency Planning, dynamic two-phase flow modeling, drilling engineering, etc. Participated in 43 well control operations and relief wells in this time frame.
1982 - 1983: Managed a $350m drilling and completion project where 245 wells were drilled in two years. Had responsibility for drilling work-over, completion and purchasing where 35 men were employed.
1981 - 1982: Supervised construction of $15m drilling rig project. Managed the turnkey drilling operations for the company. Worked as consultant for relief well projects (Apache Key 1-11) and dynamic kill operations (Canada, USA, etc.). Taught Drilling Practices Seminars in 5 countries.
1977 - 1981: Drilling superintendent for offshore (jack up) drilling operations for deep high pressure gas exploration wells, development drilling projects. Has responsibility for 5 jack up operations. Worked on 3 blowouts, two offshore and one onshore, where large volumes of H2S were present.
Drilling engineer for offshore drilling operations, designed casing, cement program, bit selection, bid packages, etc. Performed tests of exploration wells and provided engineering support for field operations.
1974 - 1977: Civil design of petrochemical facilities. Interfaced with project group. Did dynamic analysis of compressor foundations, steel and concrete design for $1B facility projects.
1972 - 1974: Designed and built high voltage transmission lines, which involved the bid specification and purchase packages for material. Special project was complete design of a family of transmission towers for 345kv line. Did all foundation work for transmission and substation work for $300m construction project.
Patented Tool, The TomCat Tool, has U.S. Patents awarded for High Pressure Adaptor Assembly for use on Blow Out Preventers and Method for Rapid Installation of a Smaller Diameter Pressure Control Device Usable on Blow Out Preventers.
U.S. Patent Number 7,267,179
U.S. Patent Number 7,334,634
U.S. Patent Number 7,383,887
U.S. Patent Number 7,464,751