Pason Invests In Well Completions Technology Company

inVision wellsite control system. Image: IWS

Pason Systems Inc. is investing C$25 million to acquire a minority interest in Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. (IWS).

IWS is a privately-owned oil and gas technology and service company that provides proprietary and unique surface control systems for various markets globally, including unconventional shale, subsea intervention, critical well intervention, and offshore operations. 

"Our investment in IWS represents the first truly compelling opportunity we have seen in the completions space. Building on Pason's deep expertise in end-to-end data management and ruggedized field technologies, we couldn't be more excited to play a role in IWS' continued growth," said Marcel Kessler, president and chief executive officer of Pason.

The core technology on which IWS is built, the inVision System, is a proven technology that allows operators to have a digital window into the pressure control stack. This patented, non-invasive technology shows the real-time lateral position and size of tools and wireline within the pressure control stack, providing operators with the data required to enable automation and engineered safety controls. In unconventional shale, IWS's system enables operators to frack more stages per day by decreasing swap time, speeding up wireline operations, preventing well control incidents, and providing real-time data to optimize site operations.

Pason has agreed to provide capital over a three-year period to support IWS and will also provide expertise in the domains critical to IWS's growth.   

Along with Pason's C$25 million investment, Werklund Growth Fund L.P. (WGF) has acquired an additional C$10 million of equity in IWS. "As an early strategic investor in IWS we recognized the significance and potential of IWS's technology," said David Werklund, chairman of Werklund Family Office Inc. (WFO).

"We continue to believe in management and the IWS team's ability to reshape and provide significant safety and efficiency gains to the industry. Our investment with Pason is another wonderful example of finding and supporting locally developed disruptive technologies that can be revolutionary on a global stage."

Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to WFO.

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