Incorporated in the United States in 1919, Halliburton is a global oilfield service provider with operations in more than 80 countries and over 70,000 employees worldwide. Halliburton has dual headquarters located in Houston and in Dubai and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2011 it reported revenues of US$ 28.83 billion and net income of US$ 2.84 billion.
The company began as an oil well cementing company, but has since expanded to encompass a wide array of products and services through its Energy Services Group. This offers twelve distinct services, covering the entire requirements of oil exploration and production, from well construction to hydrocarbons production.
Halliburton began working in Uganda in 2010, and currently services all four well sites that are currently in operation (two in areas operated by TOTAL, and two operated by Tullow Oil). It provides three services in Uganda, but much the largest of these is the cementing service, where it has significant contracts with Hima Cement (Lafarge Group), which supplies the necessary raw materials.
Once an oil well is drilled, and it has been verified that commercially viable quantities of oil are present for extraction, the well must be ‘completed’ to allow for the flow of petroleum out of the rock formation and up to the surface. This process requires strengthening the well hole with casing, evaluating the pressure and temperature of the formation, and then installing the proper equipment to ensure an efficient flow of petroleum out of the well.
Cementing operations are important in this process of completion. The operation creates a cement sheath to bond and support the casing (the series of metal tubes installed in the well hole). It also provides zonal isolation which helps prevent the loss of production.
Halliburton has more than 40 Ugandan staff at present and is planning to take on more, because activity in Uganda is increasing and because some Ugandan staff have been assigned to projects in Ethiopia and Kenya. This is a rotation that the company often encourages in order to build the capabilities and experience of their staff. Currently, the company have several Ugandans employed in the field as operating assistants and operators.
For more, see the company website. Report by Chantal Sirisena