Pajak Engineering Ltd. finds success by doing what it has always done – providing exceptional services to clients around the world. By Kathryn Jones
Many owners of mid-sized and larger businesses have a more or less hands-off approach when it comes to the day-to-day operations performed by their companies. Not Mickey Sutherland, president and owner of Pajak Engineering in Calgary, Alberta.
The son of an oil rig worker, Sutherland started working as a roughneck when he was 16 years old. “Everything our company does out in the field, I’ve done myself at some point in my career,” he said. “So I guess you could say I’m a hands-on business owner.”
Three years ago, Chad was invaded by rebel forces with military backing from neighbouring Sudan. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in fighting between these two African nations, and on this occasion the invaders penetrated to N’Djamena, the Chadian capital. Caught by the incursion were field crews belonging to China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)
Calgary-based Pajak Engineering provides oilfield supervision, project management and production asset management across North America and around the globe. Now in its 45th year of operation, Pajak offers hands-on, full-cycle service, helping companies achieve their drilling, project management, supervisory and production goals.
The world’s first offshore directional casing drilling well has been spudded by ConocoPhillips in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. That step forward is deeply satisfying to Bob Tessari, a Calgarian whom few can challenge as a technical innovator in the oilpatch. The founder of Tesco Corporation engineered the first portable topdrives for land rigs. Building on that success, he then spearheaded the development of casing drilling.
Pajak Engineering Ltd. of Calgary has submitted a licence application on behalf of Petrostar Petroleum Corp. for drilling a vertical stratigraphic test well in D16-06-48-23W3. The well will be drilled to a depth of 575 metres, cored to determine other potential reservoirs that may be evaluated (Waseca and Sparky formations).