MHWirth agrees to sell MPO to AFGlobal

oi drilling offshore st33vo flickrMHWirth, subsidiary of Akastor ASA, has reached an agreement with AFGlobal Corporation to divest its managed pressure drilling (MPD) business through the sale of its subsidiary, Managed Pressure Operations (MPO)

The transaction is to be settled through a cash consideration of US$10mn on closing, combined with an earn-out element, which could potentially reach US$65mn over the next six years.

The agreement ensures the ability for MHWirth to provide Integrated MPD drilling packages to the market in the future.

MHWirth CEO Finn Amund Norbye said, “We are impressed with what the MPO organisation has accomplished over many years, building up market-leading technologies and commercial offerings to build safety and efficiency standards within drilling operations. The combination of MPO and AFGlobal’s MPD business creates a compelling combination and we are pleased to have reached an agreement that secures MHWirth with a portion of the future value creation.”

AFGlobal president and CEO Curtis Samford added, “MPO is a valuable addition to our portfolio of technologies and solutions for the drilling industry. We are pleased to add the engineering strength and depth of the MPO team to AFGlobal’s Advanced Drilling Systems group. Leveraging our combined expertise and unique strengths will enable meaningful improvements to the quality and modularity of the managed pressure drilling environment.”

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