Vortex Systems makes and sells globally its patented mixing, blending and separating equipment that combines bulk materials and fluids. Vortex primarily provides systems that mix oil and gas drilling fluids. In 2008, a new management team of former executives from Cameron International (NYSE: CAM) and GEC acquired Vortex, originally founded in 1993. Vortex was sold to Alfa Laval Group (Stockholm: ALFA) in 2012.
BassDrill operates tender assist, offshore drilling vessels. After an investment by GEC, BassDrill built a new drilling vessel in Dubai, U.A.E. and operated it offshore West Africa. GEC sold its interests to other BassDrill investors in 2011.
ODS-Petrodata, with primary offices in Oslo and Houston, provides market intelligence, data and analytical tools about the global offshore energy industry. The GEC team formed the company in 2002 and acquired related businesses to provide database management and information services about offshore drilling rigs, seismic and support vessels, and field development operations. The company was sold to IHS, Inc. (NYSE: IHS) in 2011.
Floatel International is a Swedish company that manages offshore accommodation vessels, or floatels, primarily supporting oil and gas production personnel and operations in deepwater regions globally. Floatel was formed by its management and the GEC team in 2006. After an IPO in Norway, Floatel later was taken private by another investor group in 2011.
Frontier Drilling was a Norwegian company that owned seven offshore drilling vessels, including five with ultra-deepwater capabilities. GEC helped to fund the growth of Frontier and sold the company to Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) in 2010.
Seajacks International, a company based in England, operates offshore, self-elevating liftboats that provide oil and gas production, maintenance and wind farm installation services in the North Sea. Its management and the GEC team formed the company in 2006. After an IPO in Norway, Seajacks later was taken private by another investor group in 2010.
Scorpion Offshore was based in Houston and globally operated seven state-of-the-art, offshore drilling rigs. Its management and the GEC team formed the company in 2005. After completing an IPO in Norway, the GEC team realized its interests through the sale of public shares in 2008. Scorpion was sold to SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL) in 2010.
Total Well Solutions, was based in Wyoming, and manufactured and sold to U.S. natural gas producers patented, downhole pumps and surface-level equipment used to produce unconventional natural gas wells. The GEC team provided growth capital for TWS in 2003 and sold the company to Flotek Industries (NYSE: FTK) in 2006.
Hercules Offshore (Nasdaq: HERO) is based in Houston and operates globally 40 offshore drilling rigs and 25 liftboats. It provides services to oil and gas producers during the drilling, production and decommissioning of wells in key shallow water markets globally. The GEC team were founding private investors in Hercules and realized their interests through the sales of public shares after the U.S. IPO of the company in 2005.
Hercules Drilling was formed by its management and the GEC team in 2001 to acquire and operate offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The company in 2005 was sold to Hercules Offshore (Nasdaq: HERO), consistent with its strategy to consolidate offshore drilling and production services vessels.
Chiles Offshore was based in Houston and globally operated five next-generation, offshore drilling vessels. The company was formed in 1997 by its management and the GEC team, which together designed and built these initial, ultra-premium class, jackup rigs. After an IPO in the U.S., Chiles was sold to Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) in 2002.