The importance of drilling fluids engineering in contributing to the success of a drilling operation cannot be overestimated. However, many independent operators do not have access to specialist, impartial expertise covering the full scope of the service lines, which means that opportunities for efficiency, cost effectiveness, and performance enhancement are often not realised. AK Well Services Limited, which was formed to take over the business of the long established and respected consulting group, MGA Consultancy Services, provides a service that removes the need for full time in-house engineering support, and ensures cost effective solutions, application of appropriate technology, and quality assurance. Impartial advice is tailored to the client’s requirements, ranging from ad hoc involvement to resolve technical problems, to management of whole projects from planning to execution and review. Specific areas of technical expertise include deepwater drilling, ERD wells, HPHT, and complex completions.