Oilwell drilling contractors association expands

CAODC president and CEO Mark Scholz

Seeking to broaden its membership and voice, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) announced this week a new directional drilling division.

The directional drilling division is the first new division for the association since offshore members were introduced in 1980.

The expansion is part of CAODC’s plan to represent a broader portion of the industry, beyond its traditional membership of drilling rig, service rig and offshore rig operators. The organization said in a release the directional division “is the first of several anticipated new divisions comprised of leaders in energy services; companies and people who understand the importance of addressing the challenges facing the Canadian oil and gas industry in the most effective way possible.”

“We've seen the ups and downs of the industry, and we've been there for our members to help them navigate through the good times and the bad,” said CAODC president and CEO Mark Scholz during a video conference. “2020 was an incredibly unusual year, and our association saw this as an opportunity to really give back to the industry and create other opportunities of collaboration outside of the land drilling or the drilling and service rig space.”

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