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USR Drilling Services Overview

Over the past two decades, the management and technical personnel of USRD have drilled more than 200 test wells at Amoco Drilling Research Center and more than 300 production wells in the United States, India, Oman, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan and Gabon. No other corporate group in the world possesses our level of expertise in the drilling of USR wells. Our core competencies are USR and SR Drilling and Completion, Project Management, Drill Site Supervision, and Well Programming.
We employ highly experienced drilling personnel that constantly strive to improve techniques and develop new technologies to complement our core competencies.


Management Team

J. David LaPrade – President

Nationality – USA
O&G Experience: 30+ Years

Since 1990 J. David LaPrade has been actively involved in the development and commercialization of Ultra Short Radius Drilling. He has been directly involved in the planning and execution of more than 200 USR wells in the US, Oman, India, Pakistan,Turkey, Gabon and Indonesia. In 2000 he moved to Oman to manage the first USR contract outside of the US. After five years and three contract renewals with PDO, LaPrade moved to Mumbai, India. Here, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of two Integrated Services Contracts in Gujarat and Assam States of India. He has published numerous articles concerning USR and spoken before dozens of organizations worldwide concerning its application. Prior to joining USR Drilling Services in February 2005, LaPrade was an owner and officer in: Direxco; Horizontal Ventures, Inc.; Torch Drilling Services; and Torch International. Prior to his involvement in USR technology, he owned and operated oil and gas properties in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas which comprised more than 100 wells. He also owned non-operated interests in more than 220 wells in the Mid-Continent region of the US. His experience includes the drilling of more than 40 conventional wells, operations of a gas gathering system and processing plant, and daily field operations including remedial workovers and well maintenance. LaPrade holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.


Kamonchai Kesonpat – Chief Operating Officer

Nationality – Thailand
O&G Experience: 24 Years

Kamonchai has 24 years of O&G experience, including eight years with USR Drillings up to present. After Esso Standard, he worked in various well engineering positions for Shell in Thailand and Oman for 16 years. During PDO posting, his responsibilities included New Technology Well Engineering implementing USR projects in North and Central Oman while serving as USR Focal Point in Mature Technology for Shell Group. From 2006 he managed projects and project start-ups for USRD in Turkey, India, Oman, Gabon, Pakistan, supported Indonesia projects followed by the current project start-up for MOGE Myanmar 2013 USR campaign.  Kamonchai holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degrees in Physics from University of North Texas and Shell Round II Well Engineering Certificate.


Vinod Nandakumar – Chief Financial Officer

Nationality – India
O&G Experience: 10 Years

Vinod Nandakumar is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has 14 years of experience in Auditing, Accounting and Finance. He has been associated with USRD since joining Torch International, Oman, in June 2002 as Head of Finance and Accounting. He joined Well-Flow Drilling Services in February 2005 as Head of Finance and Administration. During his tenure with Well-Flow Drilling Services, he has been responsible for treasury functions; preparation of financial statements and tax returns; and the coordination of logistical movement of all equipment and personnel in and out of India. Mr. Nandakumar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the Mahatma Gandhi University.


Cem Mindek – Drilling Projects Manager

Nationality – Turkey
O&G Experience: 11 years

Cem Mindek joined USR Drilling Services in November, 2006 and has been working as Drilling Supervisor, Drill Site Drilling Engineer,  Project Engineer &Project Manager in India, Oman, Indonesia, Gabon & Pakistan.  He is involved in planning, execution & development of projects

Prior to joining USR Drilling Services, he worked as Rig Manager, Rig Superindant and Production Engineer in various fields in Turkey with Amity oil, Arar O&G, Merty Energy & Polmak. Cem Mindek holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey.


Lorne Stoley – Directional Coordinator/ Project Manager

Nationality - Canadian

Lorne Stoley has 26 years of O&G experience, over 15 years Drilling Directional wells. He started his career in the Canadian Oilfield, working up to Driller, and then Directional Driller. Lorne started with USR Drilling Services in October 2007, Drilling/Coordinating in Turkey (PEMI), Oman (OXY), Indonesia (Citic Seram), Pakistan (UEPL), and Project Manager in Gabon (Perenco). Lorne Stoley holds Directional/Well Planning Certification from Computerlog (Canada), Halliburton (Kuwait), and Pathfinder (Canada / UAE).


Sheikha Al Suleimany – HSE Coordinator

Nationality – Sultanate of Oman
O&G Experience: 24 Years

Sheikha Al Suleimany has 24 years of O&G technical and managerial experience in the Sultanate of Oman, dealing with various international companies both locally and worldwide. Her career includes 12 years with Petroleum Development Oman, LLC, as Seismic Interpreter and Production Geologist. She held managerial positions with Seven Seas Drilling Services in Business Development, Human Resources, and HSE, and also served as General Manager. Al Suleimany has extensive trainings in HSE and has developed, planned and executed the HSE Management System recognized by all E&P Operators in Oman.

Companies That Have Applied USR

Our Global Clients List

Black Hills Exploration & Production Co. - Wyoming
Bluegrass Energy, Inc. - Kansas
CamWest - Wyoming
Chevron U.S.A. Production Company – Cal., TX, Ok.
Citic Seram - Indonesia
Daleel Petroleum – Oman
Denver American – Texas
Dexxon – Oklahoma
Dyad Petroleum Company - Texas
Greka Energy - California
Henderson Petroleum Corporation - Texas
Henry Petroleum Corporation – Texas
Jaquin - Montana

JB Drilling Company – Oklahoma
KLM Exploration - Kansas
Manchester Pipeline - Oklahoma
Mayabb Oil - Oklahoma
Mitchell Energy Company – US
Newstar Energy - Michigan
Nuevo Energy Company – California
Ohio Energy - Ohio
Oklahoma Natural Gas - Oklahoma
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation - India
Oxy USA – Kansas
Occidental of Oman – Oman
Pertamina – Indonesia

Perenco - Gabon
Petroleum Development Oman - Oman
Petroleum Exploration Mediterranean, Inc. - Turkey
Phillips Petroleum Company - Texas
Stallion Energy, Inc. - Texas
Thai National Oil Company (PTTEP) - Oman
Texaco Exploration and Production Inc. – Texas
Trans Texas Gas – Texas
Trueblood Resources – Texas
Ward Williston – North Dakota
Yates Petroleum Corporation – Texas

United Energy Ltd - Pakistan
Global Intergrated Service Ltd - Myanmar