The Company’s Origin
Nordic Well Servicing (originally named Alaska Well Services) was the first oilfield service company under the direction of partners Ron Rowbotham and James Albach. The company started operations in January 1982 for Conoco at the Milne Point field and later expanded into operations in the Kuparuk field on the North Slope of Alaska for ARCO Alaska.
In 1985 Nordic Well Servicing formed a joint venture partnership with Calista Corporation and Nordic-Calista Services was created. Founded in 1972, Calista Corporation is the second largest of the 13 regional corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. It is a business corporation formed under State and Federal laws, including the Settlement Act and its amendments. In the Shareholders’ Yup’ik Eskimo language the name “Calista” translates to “Cali” which means work and “ista” which means someone or something which does.
Nordic-Calista Services is directed by its President, Ron Rowbotham, and Financial Director, James Albach. With over 40 years of oilfield experience, Ron is committed to providing the benefit of his extensive knowledge and experience to each and every customer. Based in Anchorage, Nordic-Calista Services’ Operations Manager, Noel Therrien, has over 30 years of service with the company and offers 20 plus years of operations experience in the arctic.
Nordic-Calista Services prides itself on performing at world class levels in the harsh environment with challenges unique to arctic oilfields. This strong work ethic has promoted long-lasting relationships and commitments with major operators on the North Slope. These strong relationships have promoted a professional, dedicated workforce with one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry.
The foundation to the operations includes workover, sidetrack drilling services and grass root drilling of wells, with support services including camps and catering.
Nordic-Calista Services will continue to constantly evaluate new concepts to improve existing equipment to compete in efficiency and supply value-added services to oil companies. Nordic-Calista Services is here to stay and will draw on the knowledge, enthusiasm and experience from its employees to meet the challenges of the future.