At Well-Safe Solutions, our people reflect our culture. Sharing their knowledge and lessons learned to provide a collaborative and open workplace. Over this series, we aim to take a look at some of our people and showcase their skills and benefit to not only Well-Safe Solutions but our industry as a whole.
Next up we meet Bobby Nicolson, one of our Well-Safe Guardian Subsea Engineers.


Bobby joined the Well-Safe team in January 2020 as our Subsea Engineer onboard the Well-Safe Guardian. Since joining he has been a big part of our team, throwing himself into rig readiness activities onboard the Well-Safe Guardian and getting involved with the company fundraising during lockdown! See what Bobby has to say about his time in the industry and Well-Safe Solutions so far…

How long have you been in the industry and what made you pick a career in Oil & Gas?

I will soon be celebrating 10 years working in the Oil & Gas sector. Prior to that, I had started out and progressed as a mechanic at my family’s small car dealership garage, to then working for one of the UK’s biggest (at the time) vehicle workshops.

I made the move into the oil and gas sector at the time, as my partner and I had started a family. I wanted to progress my career into a field which had more avenues to develop my skills further in engineering, mechanics, and hydraulics.

How does your previous work experiences help you at Well-Safe Solutions?

I spent 5 years as part of the Subsea Team onboard the sister vessel to the Guardian – a similar 700 series Rig with a different drilling company, during that time I was involved with the successful 2-year campaign decommissioning the 16 Fairfield Osprey and Merlin subsea wells.

I was then later involved with the initial stage of the Conoco MacCulloch field abandonment program which is still ongoing. This previous experience gives me confidence in working as a part of the Well-Safe Solutions team, delivering a Tier 1 offering in the decommissioning sector.

What efficiency enhancements do you bring to your department? 

I feel the experience I have gained working on the Guardian’s sister rig has given me the knowledge to introduce engineering enhancements, modifications, and procedural lessons learned to make the Well-Safe Guardian’s focus of well abandonments a success.

How is Well-Safe different for you than other companies out there?

Well-Safe is different from other companies as they are optimizing assets specifically for well decommissioning. In addition to this, they pair these assets with key, experienced personnel to make the best package and offering for our clients.