Peak Group steps up

Oil and gas consultancy Peak Group has moved to a West Perth heritage address after a recent expansion of its WA and Asia-Pacific operations.

The group, which specialises in well construction engineering and management, opened in WA as a one-man operation three years ago, and remained that way until September last year.

But since then, Peak has introduced two new divisions in well services and well modelling and costing software, and now has 12 people working out of the new Malcolm Street address.

Peak moved to take advantage of niche opportunities for small companies able to react quickly, Peak Group Asia Pacific director Kim Gardiner said.

The opening became apparent after other small to mid-sized companies merged with larger groups.

Last week three new Peak personnel — Jeff Thorpe (inset, above), Brett McIntyre, and Dave Manson — moved in to Peak’s office, a former residence of Edith Cowan.

Mr Thorpe, Peak Group’s consultancy manager, has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, working with companies including Australian Occidental and Bond Energy, which became Hadson Energy and then Apache Energy.

His experience includes roles as chief draftsman, sales and marketing manager and personnel consultant.

Most recently he was senior consultant for Brunel Energy’s up-stream recruitment arm.

Mr Manson, engineering manager for Peak’s Well Services division, developed down-hole intervention and completions technologies as a design engineer with Petroline Wellsystems in Aberdeen.

He continued this work, including engineering support and offshore operations supervision, on moving to the Perth office of Petroline, now Weatherford International.

Mr McIntyre is manager of Peak’s Solution Systems division, after moving from K&M Technology Group, where he was Asia-Pacific vice president and headed up the Perth office.

He, too, worked with Bond Petroleum, through its tranformations to Hadson and Apache Energy, and was senior drilling and completions engineer prior to starting his own consultancy work in 1992.

He worked with a variety of North West Shelf and Timor Sea operators, and with Esso in the Bass Strait, before joining Enterprise Oil on some Cambodian and UAE projects, as senior drilling engineer and drilling superintendent.

Peak Well Services operations manager Dudley Whitwell set up the well services division last September after moving from Expro, and Peak Group Asia Pacific manager Simon Zoller joined in November, from Enterprise Oil.

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