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Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors announces new name and mandate


May 28, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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After 72 years as the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, the association will become the Canadian Association of Energy Contractors to reflect its expanded mandate and role in the oil and gas, hydrogen, helium, geothermal, and carbon capture, use and storage sectors.

“Today, governments and industry leaders from across the country, and around the world, have issued a challenge: to make energy development cleaner and even more sustainable to meet ambitious climate targets,” said CAOEC chief executive officer Mark A. Scholz in a news release. “This goal is well within our grasp.”

The new CAOEC logo, with its bold colours and redesigned shield, symbolizes the history of an organization first formed in 1949 by 10 drilling contractors, as well as the opportunity that exists in new markets for Canada’s best-in-class energy services sector, the association said.

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The industry employs tens of thousands of energy workers. As hydrogen, helium, geothermal, and carbon capture, use and storage industries emerge, the CAOEC will continue expanding its membership base to include additional energy companies.