Eboroil’s roots go back to 1977 when the company was founded by Anthony Patrick Haynes and its first contract was the barites ballasting of the Thistle Single Anchor Leg Mooring (SALM).  It was done in 23 hours and is one of the fastest installations in the world and at that time was in the deepest water.  Contracts on the marine chartering and contingency functions and tax implications followed for Mobil on Statfjord and Valhall for Amoco in Norway and followed up Mr Haynes’s contracts for BNOC and Chevron in the UK sector on Thistle and Ninian. 

Mr Haynes had worked with the Oil Company Materials Association on pneumatic handling of barites and cement and managed to increase the offshore discharge rates from 2/3 tons per hour to 60 tons per hour.  His systems were fitted to 6 platforms, 35 semi-submersible rigs and over 240 supply vessels.  He was involved in modifying the particle size distribution of the powders in the drilling fluid programmes as well as the tank design and piping networks.

In 1979 the Canadian Government got involved through the Executive Inter-Change programme and the ex Deputy Minister of Energy Mines and Resources became an executive director in UK.  This led to advising on the Hibernia $1 billion grant package to achieve the same return for Mobil as they had on Statfjord.

The company developed in two directions - developing specialist chemicals such as epoxy resins for use in cold conditions and co-ordinating the construction of rigs.  Wilh. Wilhelmsen gave it contracts for Treasure Saga, Treasure Scout and Treasure Searcher followed by contracts for the conversion of Seaway Swan to Treasure Swan. Previously contracts on Treasure Hunter, Treasure Seeker and bulk system on Treasure Finder to work on the Brent field had been performed.

During the mid 1980s it was involved in marketing Haugesund Mek Verksted and during that time over 100 personnel were recruited from Hartlepool as the yard doubled its workforce to deal with the contracts.

In the late 1980’s it formed a joint venture with Canarctic Shipping which had the super ice class Oil-Bulk-Ore carrier m.v.Arctic and took over through a subsidiary the commercial management of the vessel in the summer season. Mr Haynes patented the concept of using hovercraft as ice breakers, Eboroil bought into a builder of amphibious lifeboats in Canada, NASA launched a satellite to allow infra red navigation through the minimum ice thicknesses but the arctic project it was working on failed financially.  Mr Haynes had been a director of the Canadian Marine Transportation Group dealing with arctic opportunities in the USSR and was responsible for their input on arctic oil projects.

In the 1990’s Eboroil did successful projects with Genciu Nafta and Minijos Nafta in Lithuania which included oil sales and underbalanced coil workovers using sand jetting and underbalanced drilling on rotary. The sand jetting increased production on one well from 1 bopd to 1000 bopd and the underbalanced drilling increased production from an overbalanced leg at 200 bopd to 3500 bopd.

In the first half of the decade starting in 2000, Mr Haynes tried to get underbalanced drilling accepted offshore and patented the application from a dp tanker.  An Environmental Impact Statement was approved after it had gone for public hearing in the UK but the Norwegian financier withdrew from the project a year after the commercial terms had been agreed.

Since 2006 a lot of work has been done on cracking hydrocarbons using a catalyst and biorefining at the University of Limerick. After a period of continued illness from 2008 when Mr Haynes was hospitalised and resigned from his directorships, Eboroil sold its interests in EborEnergy and MOST in March 2011.

The areas of expertise and proprietary technology are :

offshore developments with DFPSOs where the process plant is put subsea in the mooring tower (TOPS) which has a catenary riser that can operate in either shallow or deeper water

the cracking of bitumen from oil sands to diesel distillate using either the Ozmotech process or Eboroil sponsored developments from the Hamburg Technical University

the biorefining project at the University of Limerick to produce biochar/activated charcoal, carbon fibre from lignins, Levulinic derived solvent and fuel additives from beetle wood in Canada, palm oil waste in SE Asia and bagasse in South America and Australia. Eboroil has been one of the sponsors for the Charles Parsons Initiative since 2006 and has taken an active interest in the University being one of the sponsors on the athletics team together with Ulster Bank.

A memorandum of agreement to sell and buy 100% of production from new projects started upto end of 2015 for the life of the projects has been signed with a major oil company.

Contact :

Registered Office:

51 Ullswater Road


Manchester, United Kingdom

M41 8SY

Last Revised : 14th November 2014