READ Cased Hole Ltd acquires US company in expansion strategy

(L-R) Joey Burton PDS President and CEO & Roy Martin READ CEO
(L-R) Joey Burton PDS President and CEO & Roy Martin READ CEO

READ Cased Hole Ltd has acquired US-based well integrity specialist, Proactive Diagnostic Services, Inc (PDS).

READ provides production logging, well integrity and reservoir evaluation services to the oil and gas industry.

Roy Martin, CEO of READ said, “By integrating the complementary strengths of READ and PDS, we are creating a business of significant scale, capability and geographic footprint, that can ably service oil and gas operators worldwide. There are real synergies between our businesses – our skilled and qualified people, depth of experience, and unrivalled technical know-how. We look forward to this exciting next phase of READ’s growth and market expansion, and to bringing an enhanced portfolio of solutions to a broader customer base.”

PDS was founded in 1995 to offer memory well logging services to the Alaska region. Today, in addition to its sustained strong Alaskan foothold, the business also services customers throughout the Lower 48 and Gulf of Mexico regions, providing surface readout and memory diagnostic technologies, data analysis, and proprietary software.

PDS President and CEO Joey Burton will remain with the company for an extended period in an advisory role. Headquartered in Rosharon, Texas in the Greater Houston area, PDS operates two additional facilities in Alaska, one in the North Slope and another in Anchorage.

Joey Burton, PDS President and CEO said, “Our passionate team has really focused on providing superior service quality to our customers. I have every confidence that this unwavering commitment to supporting oil and gas operators in Alaska and throughout the US will flourish under READ’s ownership and guidance.”

In 2016, funds managed by Nordic private equity specialist, Norvestor Equity, became a significant shareholder in READ. Tor Erling Gunnerød, Norvestor Equity Partner and Chairman of READ commented, “Following our investment in READ, we are pleased to see this first acquisition come to fruition. We are extremely proud of our partnership with READ, and fully support the company’s continuing expansion of its service range and geographic reach.”

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