In 1922, Jim Abercrombie and Harry Cameron designed the world’s first blowout preventer (BOP) in the dust of the floor of their shop in Houston, Texas. The new invention revolutionized the fledgling drilling industry and soon, Cameron's BOPs were being used throughout Texas and as far away as Mexico and Venezuela.
In 1927, Abercrombie and Cameron went on to develop a BOP with rams that could be closed with steam or water pressure. And the firsts just kept coming. Cameron Iron Works later introduced BOPs with larger bore sizes and higher pressure ratings. In 1962, Cameron became the first company capable of designing and delivering a complete underwater drilling system. And in 1988, Cameron set a record for the delivery of sophisticated subsea BOP stack systems and electro-hydraulic multiplex (EH MUX) drilling controls systems.
In the same way Cameron's technology led the drilling industry, the company also became prominent in the land and subsea production arena. Cameron designed and delivered surface wellheads and christmas trees, and in the early 1960s, pioneered subsea production.
As the subsea market developed, Cameron was once again at the forefront. It developed the first 15K production system, the first EH MUX control system, and the first all-electric production system. In 1993, Cameron introduced the SpoolTreeâ„¢ horizontal production system - an innovation that has been adopted as the industry standard for horizontal subsea production.
During its history, Cameron has acquired and integrated many oilfield pioneers into its business, including W-K-M, Thornhill Craver, McEvoy, Demco, Ingram Cactus Corporation, NATCO, LeTourneau Technologies’ Drilling Systems and Offshore Production divisions, TTS Energy Division's drilling equipment business, Douglas Chero Spa, and others. These acquisitions have extended the scope of Cameron's offerings to incorporate valves for upstream, midstream, and downstream applications; treatment and disposal systems for gas, oil, produced water, seawater, and solids; and state-of-the art measurement systems for a variety of industries.
Today, the company that began with a rough sketch on a dirt floor now is a global organization that provides products and services throughout the oil and gas industry, including upstream to downstream, onshore to offshore. It is clear that from a small machine shop, Abercrombie and Cameron set a standard of innovation that still is ingrained in the culture of the company they founded.
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