Based in Aberdeen, AK Well Services Limited offers drilling fluids management and related services to independent oil and gas firms all over the world. 

Our team has several decades of combined experience working for major oil & gas drilling and consultancy firms and contractors, including BP, MGA Consulting, Haliburton, and MI SWACO, among others. Our expertise is as varied as our experience is extensive: we have experts is every field related to fluids and cement management, including but not limited to contract procurement, fluids production and engineering, and general project management.

Our list of services offered includes: drilling & completion fluids management, cementing, rig-site supervision, fluids technology advising, environmental technical assistance, laboratory services, HSE and quality assurance, and personnel training.

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“AK Well Services Limited has been established to take over the business developed by MGA Consultancy Services Ltd. Both of the directors, myself and Stewart Adams, had been working through MGA since 2015.  MGA had a proven record of service attainment achieved over 30 years in the Drilling Fluids and Waste Management Industry both in the UK and internationally, and we are committed to preserving and extending those service standards.

The objective in our core business is to achieve the highest standard of independent technical support in all fluids related services areas in our onshore management service; and to focus on providing experienced, competency assessed drilling fluids engineers for the offshore service. We have also recently expanded our business line to include cementing services, marine surveyors, and laboratory technician services.”

Andrew Kitchin, Company Director


Andy Kitchin

Company Director

Andy has spent his whole career in drilling fluids engineering, with experience covering most major geographical locations: North & South America, Africa, North Sea & Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, and South East Asia. As well as gaining many years offshore engineering experience, with most drilling fluid types and technologies, he has held a number of senior operations and technical management positions with major service companies, and as an advisor to independent and major operators. He has contributed to the SPE and participated in industry representative organizations. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology & Pure Mathematics from Sheffield University, and an MBA from the Open University.

Stewart Adams

Company Director

With over twenty years UK and international experience, Stewart takes a holistic approach to contract management. Within this approach he covers all aspects of drilling and completion fluid services coupled with associated solids control and waste management services, both onshore and offshore in the Oil and Gas industry. In recent years Stewart have been involved in senior service provider management, turnkey delivery management, and specific project management. Technical experience has been gained in a wide variety of fields inclusive but not exclusive too HPHT, deep water, ERD, short radius drilling, under balance drilling, CRI activities across Europe and Middle East North Africa regions.

Saadoudi Ahcene

North Africa Operations

Saadoudi is a drilling fluids and waste management professional, with over 35 years’ seniority in the industry, specialising in client relations and business development, with experience in supervisory and technical support positions, who has an in depth knowledge gained from field experience in drilling and completions fluids. He holds a degree in mathematics, and a diploma in geology and drilling fluid technology from the Algerian Petroleum Institute.

Mike Hodder


Mike has over 38 years’ experience as a Drilling and Completion Fluids specialist in research management, client technical support, training and marketing for major drilling fluids companies. He has worked in UK, France and USA, and has travelled extensively – working on or visiting over 30 different drilling rigs in the North Sea, Europe, West Africa, Thailand, Middle East and Canada. He has a comprehensive knowledge of drilling and completion fluids, both practical and theoretical, and has written numerous technical manuals, authored or co-authored 20 technical papers, one issued patent and 3 published patent applications. Mike holds an MA degree in Geology and Chemistry from Cambridge University.

Daryl Kellingray

Cement Engineering and Zonal Isolation

Daryl held a technical leadership role in BP for Cement Engineering and Zonal Isolation for over 30 years, initially through technology projects and laboratory management. He then provided direct operational support and contractor management, and held various leadership roles in cementing, firstly as the Global Specialist, eventually becoming the Company Advisor and the Engineering Technical Authority for Zonal Isolation. He was responsible for creating the Company policies for Zonal Isolation and played a key role in BP’s contracting efforts for cementing services. Daryl holds a Master degree in Industrial Chemistry from Brunel University, and has served as an SPE distinguished lecturer.

Niall MacBeath

Well Fluids Advisor

Niall as joined AK Well Services following 30 years as a production chemist with Shell. Areas of expertise include drilling/completion fluids and cementing from design, lab testing, execution and post well review as well as contract management. Niall supported operations in UK, NL and Norway for onshore, offshore, HTHP and deep-water projects and was Technical Authority and Subject Matter Expert for drilling fluids and cementing in Shell Europe. Latterly providing drilling fluids and cementing training to production chemists and well engineers across Shell Global community.

David Stephenson

Waste Management Expert

Calling on 31 years of global experience in drilling fluids, waste management and solids control. Specialising in the integrated approach to fluid selection, separation, waste handling, treatment and disposal techniques to promote lower overall well cost in association with improved environmental responsibility.

With extensive experience in South America, Middle and Far East regions, he provides technical excellence and strategic business growth including development of innovative new technologies.With over 9 years experience at both Baroid and M-I Swaco, David is a subject matter expert on equipment selection, application and operational excellence with particular emphasis of the Total Fluids Management approach, a philosophy that he collaborated on the development of in Colombia.

He has conducted extensive training, both in the field and the classroom to promote better understanding of equipment, its application, performance and optimisation including formal mud school training.

David has a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Portsmouth.

Katherine Ardila

Technical Support

A professional in the oilfield service industry, with particular experience in environmental permitting, waste management and quality management.

Katherine graduated with a BSc in mechanical engineering and started her career with Schlumberger Dowell and Schlumberger IPM in Venezuela. After receiving her MBA from Robert Gordon University she has been working as a consultant in Aberdeen. Clients include Maersk, Talisman Sinopec, Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) and Shell.

Experience preparing end of well EEMS (Environmental Emissions Monitoring System of the UK Oil and Gas Industry) reports, OSPAR Annual Substitution Chemicals Report relating to chemical use and discharge and Technical Justification Report, Management Regime for Offshore Cuttings Piles (OSPAR Recommendation), Annual Environmental Reports and Waste Management Strategy.

Chris Leith

Laboratory Services

Chris started in the oil industry with BJ Sevices testing and optimizing cement slurries. He then joined Baroid in 1997 and Baker Hughes in 2008. For these last two companies he worked mainly as a Tender specialist testing and optimizing fluids to meet the required specifications for all the major companies. During this time, as well as in Aberdeen, he also conducted witness conformation testing in Dubai, Malaysia,Singapore, Indonesia, Norway and America at various times.

Christopher Hinton

Sales Executive

Chris joined the team in August 2017 as AK Well Services Sales Executive. After spending 9 years with MI SWACO firstly as an offshore Drilling Fluids Engineer, then Project Engineer and finally Sales Manager. He has spent the majority of his career working within the Drilling Fluids discipline and has been given the opportunity with AK Well Services to grow the business not only in the UK but internationally as well. Chris has worked with many clients in the North Sea including small independents, well management companies and N.O.C.

Andy Popplestone

Technical Advisor

Andy has spent the last 28 years working in Drilling Fluids, primarily in project engineering roles. Having first gained seven years solid field experience mostly as a senior engineer in the Middle East and UK Central and Northern North Sea, Andy moved into Technical Management and was Technical Director at BW Group prior to its acquisition by MI in 2001. He ran the Aberdeen Research and Technology Centre for MI until 2009 and then went on to work in Global Account Management of major IOCs. Following this, Andy spent two years working with Schlumberger IDS as an internal client before retiring from Schlumberger in 2017.

Until retirement he was a long serving member of the RSC and a Chartered Chemist. Andy holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Bath University and an MBA from the Open University.