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Michael Affleck

Aramco Overseas


Mike has 25 years of drilling, logging and intervention experience associated with technology conception, engineering, manufacture and market introduction.

Initially a wireline engineer followed by responsibilities for the specification, design and function of surface drilling equipment and integrated systems (rigs). Worked for Welltec on intervention robotics and @balance facilitating the introduction of Automated Managed Pressure Drilling Systems which are now a widely used service through Schlumberger.

Currently a Senior Research Engineer in the Drilling Technology Team for Aramco’s Advanced Research Center in Aberdeen.

A Mechanical Engineer and IMechE and SPE Member, Mike has originated multiple technical publications / presentations and international patents pending related to well control, drilling and completions.

PRP relevant expertise in:

  • Drilling – surface and downhole technologies, including mechanisation / automation for increased safety and efficiency, well control, human factors, managed pressure and underbalanced drilling techniques.
  • Intervention technologies, including robotic type systems and coiled tubing drilling.

Favourite quote related to work: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky