VIES announces multi-million-dollar investment from Blue Water Energy

48403439486 539ec59259 cVarel International Energy Services (VIES), the international supplier to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multi-million-dollar investment from Blue Water Energy, the international private equity firm that specialises in the energy sector

VIES is the parent company of Varel, the global supplier of drilling solutions focused on the oil and gas industry, and Downhole Products (DHP), which specialises in well construction and well completions. It is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with premises also in Mexico, Scotland, France, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Varel will use the investment from Blue Water Energy to drive growth in the medium term, with the aim of regaining its status as one of the world’s leading international oil and gas suppliers.

A revised strategy will see Varel explore potential international growth prospects, including M&A opportunities, in the completions products market, as the number of wells and the length of projects continues to grow worldwide. VIES will also look to consolidate the highly fragmented completions market, particularly in the US, India and the Middle East.

Derek Nixon becomes the new CEO and president of VIES and will oversee the company’s new direction. Derek has been with VIES for 12 years and is currently vice-president of DHP. Derek joined Varel as a field salesman in 2006, later becoming regional manager before moving across to DHP in 2014. He became vice-president of DHP in 2016.

The deal also sees Jim Nixon, who previously spent 16 years as CEO of Varel before leaving in 2014, return as non-executive chairman.

Derek Nixon, CEO of VIES, said, “Partnering with Blue Water Energy gives us the impetus to really drive growth across the company. Our aim is to restore Varel to the top of the industry.

“There will inevitably be a shift in strategy as we look to take full advantage of international growth opportunities, especially in India and the Middle East. We have a very open attitude to the future of the company, including being acquisitive in those markets.”

Blue Water Energy, which has more than US$2.5bn under management across two funds, sees its portfolio grow to 23 companies as a result of the acquisition.

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