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Paul Langley, Founder & Chairman

On 10 Jan, 2018

  

Since honorable discharge as a United States Marine Corp Officer in 1975, Paul has led a distinguished oilfield career with major international and independent upstream oil and gas producers. He has drilled, completed, produced, worked over and plugged oil and gas assets around the world, both on and offshore, in conventional and unconventional basins alike.  Since the beginning of his career, Paul has met or exceeded mission objective for each field he has worked on or managed by applying thought, innovation, proper personnel management and meticulous attention to 360 degree excellence.  With his on-the-ground supervision, entire oil fields have materially increased production by up to ten times and reduced cost by over 20%.  

Early in his career, Paul was at Schlumberger in the Gulf Coast region, where he supervised 30 crews and raised production by 50% while reducing opex by 20% while acting as a cased hole engineer and gulf coast manager in Texas and Louisiana.  He continued that performance trajectory in the North Sea and Middle East, implementing then-novel dual completion technology and installing dual side pocket gas lift mandrels that enabled larger tubing completions and ultimately, higher production rate.  Paul subsequently did work overs, coiled tubing completions, drilling and horizontal completions in Alaska, where he brought dozens of wells previously classified as depleted back onto production, generating 5,000-7,000 bopd per well.  On the heels of this success, he was hired by Arco, BP and Conoco as well for their Alaskan assets where he achieved similar results.  Back in the US, Paul was a fishing and completions specialist advisor to Kerr McGee, Anadarko, Hess, Chevron, BP and Enron.  

Under ZPL Energy and related entities, Paul designed, manufactured, sold and installed work over completion operations for Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron and Addax Petroleum in West Africa and designed thru tubing coil tubing downhole equipment for mechanical and hydraulic operations.  Projects include the 34-well EA Project offshore Nigeria, the Forcado Project and a high pressure gas development project, all for Shell.  Paul designed and implemented the novel high pressure high temperature gas well completion packer with a shift-to-release design.  Addax Nigeria turned to Paul for completion products for each of its projects.  He provided Intelligent Completions to Chevron’s multi-well, multi-zone subsea Agbami Deepwater project and provided shallow offshore completion and stimulation services to Exxon Mobil.  Paul worked as an advisor for all deepwater completions including Intelligent Completion systems for Chevron, Hess and Anadarko.

Back in the Middle East, Paul subsequently worked with the Minister of Natural Resources for Kurdistan, Iraq to implement oil and gas development guidelines in Kurdistan.  In the US, ZPL provided Hilcorp Energy with fishing, work over, recompletion, gravel pack stimulation, coil tubing and specialized well control services and would often be called in emergency situations to control difficult wells.  Paul performed the first thru tubing completion using coil tubing while completing inside existing vertical well bores.  Based on his prior performance in Alaska, Paul was retained by Hilcorp on its initial foray into Alaska and drove production increase at Swanson River Field from 500 bopd to over 5,000 bopd through work overs. Paul also designed and installed the first 3.5-inch coil tubing salt water injection completions for a waterflood project including more than 75 wellbores of this kind.  He currently manages drilling and work over projects for Torrent Energy and operates two rigs simultaneously.

Paul lives in Houston, TX with his wife and the youngest of his four children.


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