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Company History

Swift has been providing manpower to the Oil & Gas industry for more than 30 years. What began as a single project in the United Kingdom has grown into the world’s premier manpower provider.

Our Histoey

Early Days [1981 to 1996]

Swift Technical Services was founded in 1981 by Pat Swift, a Commissioning Manager based in the UK who had experience working with BP in the development of their offshore oilfields in the North Sea. Pat is credited with heading up the team who performed the commissioning of the BP Magnus offshore drilling and production platform, which was the world's largest hook-up and commissioning project at the time.

The next major North Sea project to be successfully commissioned by Swift was the fifth platform of the BP Forties field, which came into production in 1987. We were soon establishing a reputation for getting the best commissioning personnel available to deliver high-quality services on time and within budget; the core values and principles that hold true to this day. The success of the commissioning services team opened up new opportunities and the scope of the business expanded into providing clients with ongoing operations and maintenance technical personnel.

From humble beginnings with small offices in London/Aberdeen and a team of 5 employees, we have become a global Oil & Gas services company with over 400 staff employees and 3,500 contract consultants across 35 countries.


Expansion into Kazakhstan [1996 – 2003]

In 1996, Swift was awarded service contracts in Kazakhstan by Tengizchevroil (TCO), a Chevron-led joint venture company, and Karachaganak Petroleum Operating (KPO), a BG Group-led joint venture company. Both TCO and KPO are two of the largest Oil & Gas operating fields in the world and, at peak, we had in excess of 400 contract consultants working on different phases of the project through the start-up. By 2003, as part of our nationalization commitments, we set up a local partnership and company called the Bolashak Group. In 2006, Swift sold its interest in Bolashak to KGNT, a Kazakh-based engineering company, and it has gone on to become the largest Oil & Gas manpower services company in Kazakhstan.


Azerbaijan [2001 - Present]

In 2001, Swift was awarded a service contract with the BP-led joint venture company of Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC). This was to develop oil from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) fields with the construction of four new offshore production platforms and one compression and water platform. Simultaneously, we provided services to support the development of the BP Shah Deniz gas field, the expansion of Sangachal Oil & Gas processing terminal, and the construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Azerbaijan remains the longest-running and most successful project location in Swift’s history.


USA [2001 - Present]

We set up our U.S. operation in Houston in 2001 to work alongside Houston-based client project management teams and central procurement groups. The USA is now one of Swift's largest and most successful regions, with operations in different Oil & Gas market sectors, including offshore Gulf of Mexico, onshore production facilities in Texas, arctic E&P in Alaska, and refinery projects in Indiana, Illinois, California, Texas, and Oklahoma. In 2011, our global headquarters relocated to Houston, Texas.


Global Expansion [2006 to 2012]

In 2006, Gresham Private Equity acquired Swift through a MBO. Gresham's capital investment has enabled Swift to continue its impressive business growth with expansion of the hub centers in Houston and London, and expansion into new global markets in Angola, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, South Korea, Canada, and Russia.


New Investment [2013 to Present]

In October of 2013, Swift was acquired by Wellspring Capital Management, a New York-based company. Their investment continues to provide accelerated growth, additional offices, and a promising future. We reached a record high of 415 internal staff members, 3,500 contractors, and more than 30 office locations across the globe, including recent locations in Georgia, France, Japan, and New Zealand.