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Neil Armstrong CEng MIMechE

Engineering Director at Merlin


Neil is the Engineering Director for Merlin and this role gives him responsibility for all service delivery and development. Neil oversees the delivery of engineering, operations, training and software services while also prioritising areas of development for these services. He delivers ERD and stuck pipe prevention training courses and has recently done stuck pipe related expert witness work and completed drilling problem event investigations.


Neil joined Merlin in 2013 after working on ERD and complex well projects as a senior drilling engineer and team lead for ExxonMobil in the UK, USA and Malaysia. Neil started in the oil and gas industry working on rigs delivering directional drilling services and in an earlier incarnation he led soldiers on operations as an officer serving with the British Army.


Neil’s main areas of expertise are drilling engineering and operations for complex, high angle wells. He is particularly interested in training and developing courses that efficiently and effectively deliver knowledge and skills needed to deliver trouble-free high angle wells.


Neil enjoys rugby (although now limited to watching), mountain biking, running and other sports. He has completed several ultra-distance running and cycling events including The Wall Run and the Silk Road Mountain Race.


Ron Ramage

Managing Director at Merlin

The value Neil adds to the business comes through the knowledge he can share from having worked on the most challenging high angle drilling projects in the world. This experience, combined with a rigorous approach to engineering fundamentals and operational best practices, enables him to consistently provide industry leading services.

Merlin – More Than Just A Team

The secret to Merlin’s success is their people, who are amongst the most accomplished engineers and operations personnel in the industry. Merlin’s personnel have worked around the world for independent, major and national oil companies in their offices, at their rig sites and delivering training courses.

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