|The WELLS Group began with the formation of Wells Instrument & Electrical
Limited in 1984. The Company was originally formed to carry out instrumentation
and electrical work within the oil and gas industry, primarily in the Taranaki
area. It was decided to establish a contracting company with a difference
- rather than just treating a contract as a "one-off" experience – to use each project to build upon long-term customer relationship.
|The approach proved right and since then WELLS has developed long-term
relationships with clients in the petrochemical, oil and gas, dairy,
electricity and telecommunications industries as well as electrical, gas
and water utilities and retailers right around New Zealand and offshore.
|Here are some of the milestones for the WELLS Group…
|1984 WELLS was formed with
a Taranaki focus on the local emerging petrochemical and oil and gas industries,
as well as the dairy industry.
1988 WELLS opened an office in Hamilton.
1988 In the WELLS first offshore foray,
BHP contracted WELLS to assist commissioning a Floating Oil Production Facility in Japan
(Nagoya) and Singapore.
1989 WELLS won its first multi-million
dollar contract with the $2.8 million project for the Re-instrumentation Upgrade of the ECNZ
New Plymouth Power Station. The project ran from 1989 and, with subsequent contracts awarded to 1995, totalled 80,000 man-hours.
1992 WELLS opened an office in Auckland.
1992 Solomon Islands: The Solomon
Islands Electricity Authority contracted WELLS to install generators and associated
protection equipment as well as switchgear and transformers at the Lungga Power Station.
1993 WELLS was chosen as the exclusive
Instrumentation & Electrical contractor on the Integrated Service Contract to Shell Todd Oil
Services – the start of a 18 year ongoing relationship which is still in existence in
substantially the same form as at its inception.
1993-98 WELLS Metering Services opened
bases in Whangarei, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Thames and Christchurch and gained
registration under the ISO International Quality Standards (ISO 9001), since then updated to ISO 9001:2008 registration.
1999 WELLS won National Electrical
Industry Supreme Excellence Award for the New Plymouth Rugby Park floodlighting project -
a $1.2 million, 22,000 man-hour project completed in seven weeks. Judges said that it was
an “extraordinary triumph against all odds”.
2000-03 WELLS experienced significant
growth as a result of electrical industry de-regulation and reaches nearly 6 million
meters read per annum.
2003-08 WELLS became a sponsor for the TSB Bank Festival of Lights (Pukekura Park, New Plymouth). WELLS have been involved in carrying out the lightening effects during the Festival for many years.
2004 Data Administrator Approval:
WELLS received approval under the metering rules, in existence at the time, to collect
and process revenue metering data. This provided WELLS with the necessary authority to
pursue Revenue Metering Data Collection for a wide range of energy companies.
2004 (May) Class B Approved Test
House: WELLS received approval under the metering rules, in existence at the time, to
carry out Class 1 and Class 2 metering installation activities under its own internally
developed and externally approved "Metering Test House".
2006 WELLS was appointed as the
exclusive contractor for a pilot mini-project for one of the first “Advanced Metering
Projects” in New Zealand. This initial involvement led to WELLS having a significant
involvement on the main roll out project which is still running.
2008-09 Prime contractor for the
provision of Instrumentation and Electrical trade staff to the Kupe Gas project. WELLS
undertook over 200,000 man-hours of Electrical & Instrumentation installation and
commissioning activities over the period May 2008 to October 2009.
2010 Purchase of Manawatu Precision
Enterprises in Palmerston North (an electrical and automation systems company with particular
expertise in the food and beverage industry).