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Charlie Gilbertson, CEO of EDDS


Excellence Driven Drilling Solutions is born from 40 years of experience deepwater drilling internationally.


CEO and founder of EDDS, Charlie Gilbertson (MSc), started his career when things were just getting started in the oil industry in Scotland. Having segued from the Merchant Navy, to working as an engineer offshore in the North Sea in the 1980's, he quickly saw firsthand that safety and operational procedures were in development. 

He has dedicated his career to excellence in project planning and delivery, including improving safety, standards, efficiency and in the process created world beating records in Deepwater drilling. 

Throughout his working life, drilling in international waters, he has led multinational, multicultural teams of varying levels of experience, creating cohesive and productive teams, with stellar results. 


It is this wide ranging, and unique expertise he brings to EDDS, in addition to core values of inclusivity, unparalleled attention to detail and a deep respect for human life, marine life and the environment. 

In supporting organisations with project planning, delivery and drilling, EDDS brings solutions for success from experience and expertise you can trust. 


  • Projects spanning 37 locations

  • 40 Years deepwater drilling

  • Leadership training

  • Safety Training

  • Operational Training

Explore the interactive map clicking each pin for project information.

North Sea drilling in the 80's


Excellence Drilling Example

Gulf of Mexico

Bringing a rig into the GoM and developing the operational team 

Rig progressed from being 10th rig out of 10 to being 1st rig out of 10, in 8 months 69 days ahead of schedule

percentage of rig crew greenhats - 59%


4 decades of deep water drilling in locations which include West Africa, GOM and Brazil

Specialisms include: 

  • Project planning

  • Project delivery

  • Leadership and team building

  •  Drilling


As drilling consultant, EDDS provides a tailored approach to meet the needs of each unique organisation which employs their services. 

Their ability to take a helicopter view, and identify solutions for success in project planning, delivery and drilling make them an invaluable asset to your organisation. 

EDDS approach:

  • Tailored

  • Inclusive

  • Solutions focused


  • Empower future leaders within your organisation

  • Support your project planning and delivery with a focus on success and exceeding expectations

  • Training and team building that gets results on your projects

  • Creating economical, results led solutions for your projects without   compromising safety


Excellence Drilling Example


Leading team of 43 nationalities and pioneering enhanced communication techniques


Led team which Successfully Drilled 1st exploration well for BP after Macondo under international scrutiny 

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Charlie Gilbertson and other crew members offshore in the North Sea in the 80's

Read more about EDDS most recent project, exploration and delivery with CNOOC in the GOM, here.

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