Our goal is to make your stripper leases as profitable as possible through reducing operational costs, providing best prices on materials & service, improving safety and controlling the need for expensive and or frequent repairs. After all, it’s easy to make money with a 100 barrel a day well, but to make money with a 1 barrel a day well takes talent and experience.
We work to complete the job so that you, our customer, can get on with your job of showing a profit. To date the total value of Wagley contracts exceeds $241,000,000.00 and business is still as simple as just getting the job done.
Allen Wagley - Company Founder Damon Wagley - CEO
Allen Wagley was born in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana on May 6, 1927.Mr. Wagley began his career at 16 years of age, pulling welding leads and carrying ice water to the welders at Livingston Shipbuilding Co. in Orange, Texas.He Joined the Navy during WWII where he was a Combat Damage Control Apprentice, Welder/Fabricator.After the war he used his experience in the South Pacific to become a welding inspector for Magnolia Gas Co. (Later Mobil Oil).In 1952 Allen Wagley put together his own company that would become Wagley Offshore-Onshore.His first offshore contract was jointly rigging up the #54 Kerr-McGee semi-submersible rig.The company did a full range of oilfield work such as building roads and drill sites, rigged up 10 of the 14 platforms in the Alaskan Cook Inlet and even developed several oil industry related U.S. patents.
In 1973 the company went international.The North Sea oil boom was the stepping stone that took Wagley from its two 720 man work camps in Alaska to Scotland, Norway, Ireland, France and Germany.On the Occidental Piper A platform (Scotland) alone Wagley employees logged over 1,000,000 man hours.When the Phillips Platform A in the Ekofist field (Norway) suffered a disastrous fire it was Wagley that rebuilt it.
In the 70’s Allen Wagley’s 2 sons Mark and Damon began working in the company. Not glamorous, big-money jobs in the office, but dirty, difficult, low-skilled jobs.There they learned the skills they would later need from some of the best welders, fitters and riggers in the North Sea.John Mitchell and Charlie Trollbridge are just two of the men who taught the sons of Allen Wagley how to cut, weld and be all around good oilfield hands and fabricators.In the late 70’s the company began its own drilling and exploration campaign in Central, Texas.This was a new arena for the 2 sons and they immediately were immersed into the world of rough-necking and throwing a spinning chain.
After the North Sea oil boom stabilized the Wagley company opened new offices in Port Hueneme, CA and began service work on the offshore platforms in the Channel Islands area.This continued until about 1995, when environmentalists were finally able to shut down the platforms that were operating in the Federal waters off the coast of California. The late 80’s & 90’s were a bad time for the oil industry, especially the independents. Damon Wagley enrolled and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Mark Wagley began working for a privately owned major oil company, where he continues to oversee international production.Allen Wagley began developing a new method for economically lifting oil from stripper wells for which he was later awarded yet another patent.The Wagley company began buying and selling more oil leases and continued producing many of its own wells.The Wagley company built its first dedicated swabbing rig and the Wagley company was again in the service business, but now predominantly onshore.Operations were primarily in and around Zapata, Texas and Central Texas just south of Austin and of course the Permian Basin.At the behest of his father, Damon Wagley came back to help operate the company.Together they finalized the patent for lifting oil with pressurized gas and they built 2 custom all-hydraulic Workover Rigs and another Swab Rig.In 2005 The Company oversaw the $1.7 million dollar acquisition of its major leases and equipment by an international company.Both father and son were retained to oversee the transition and subsequent operations of the new company.
In October of 2009 Allen Wagley unexpectedly passed away. Damon Wagley was now The Wagley of Wagley Offshore-Onshore.The primary function of the company, now and prior to Allen Wagley’s death, was to acquire marginal stripper leases, make them more efficient, produce them for a while, then sell the lease.This has led to where the company is now, making bad leases good and good leases better.
Damon Wagley has intentionally kept operations mostly domestic.None of Allen’s children (Sheila, Karen, Genese, Mark or Damon) had the opportunity to grow up with their father.Damon has primarily kept operations close to home so that he was never away from his family for too long or too often.
Wagley Offshore-Onshore is here and ready to help owners, investors and the curious with all of their oilfield related needs.Consulting and service as you need it.
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