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Founder, President and CEO Anthony J. (Tony) Craddock has forty years experience in the international petroleum industry. Raised in East Africa and the United Kingdom, his experiences as a global trouble shooter began with his first petroleum assignment with BP in the UK, in London, as a Drilling Engineer trainee, one of only two such individuals from the entire UK selected that year.

Craddock's international drilling experience began with the Santa Fe Drilling Company (the world's largest drilling contractor at that time), and an assignment in Abu Dhabi. This was the start of an eleven year career which culminated in global responsibilities as worldwide Chief Staff Drilling Engineer and Operations Coordinator for 53 marine and land rigs, while based in Santa Fe's California headquarters.
Highlights of this assignment included direct on-site supervision of the fastest well ever drilled in Nigeria to date (6 days 4 1/2 hours to 11,000 feet), field engineering of the startup of 11 rigs in Saudi Arabia, and the direct supervision of the setting of two field records in the treacherous Ahwaz Field in South Iran with a brand new, untested rig.

An expert drilling engineering analyst, Craddock then traveled globally throughout most major petroleum producing nations, providing expert in-house solutions, and after launching his own international consulting service, CRADDOCK Engineering, Inc., in 1976, he continued providing these services to an extremely broad base of petroleum clientele—with executive, managerial, technological and engineering solutions.

In 1988, Craddock consultants engineered the completion of the deepest well drilled in California, at 24,624 feet.

In subsequent years, Craddock's operations continued to grow and Craddock has now successfully drilled and engineered wells all over the world for not only every major operating company, but numerous independent and national oil companies.

Craddock attended London University (external), with a major in mechanical engineering.

scraddockSpencer (Spike) Craddock, Vice President and Operations Manager of CRADDOCK Engineering Inc. and CEO of SUMMIT ENERGY SERVICES.

Craddock has more than thirteen years experience with Caterpillar Inc., working in various field locations throughout Central and Southern California, including work in petroleum, industrial, shipping, waste management, construction, agriculture, demolition and mining operations.

He has more than seven years experience as Owner/ Manager of Coast Automotive and Industrial Supply, supplying parts and equipment to almost all offshore platforms in California’s Santa Barbara channel, as well as to all major industrial operations in the Santa Barbara area.

Raised overseas and in the U.S., Craddock grew up in the petroleum industry. He joined the CRADDOCK Group Companies in 2001, which was followed by his first assignment working and living in Aberdeen, Scotland.

He is a graduate of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Phoenix, in Diesel and Industrial Technology, with honors.


colinColin Cardona, General Manager, CRADDOCK Libya, Inc., born and raised in Malta, has thirty years experience managing oil and gas service companies in Libya, the last seven years with CRADDOCK Group Companies.

With a scholastic background in languages and physics, Cardona attended Malta College of Arts, studying sciences and technology, and marine engineering.

charlesCharles Camilleri, Assistant General Manager, CRADDOCK Libya, Inc., was born and raised in Malta, where he started his managerial career in the shipping industry. He represented both foreign ship-owners and financial institutions worldwide in the acquisition of sea-craft ranging from VLCC’s, crude oil tankers to smaller vessels. His overseas assignments in this respect re-established him in Libya in 1989, where he merged his shipping and management experience with the oil and gas sector.

Camilleri joined CRADDOCK Group Companies in 2003, where his focus is presently centered on CRADDOCK Group Companies' progress and activities in Libya.

Camilleri is a graduate with degrees in Management, Finance and Computer Science.

etienneEtienne Vassallo, Assistant Operations Manager, CRADDOCK Libya, Inc., has more than 17 years experience in the oil and gas sector—initially as Logistical Coordinator for oil and gas related shipments (both air and sea freight), managing complete camp moves including heavy equipment, inland and overseas. More than five years' experience with a geophysical company as Party Manager and HSE Advisor completing seismic acquisitions in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. Fluent in Maltese, English, Italian and Arabic.
VAssallo is a graduate with diplomas in Business Marketing, Management and Nebosh Health and Safety.


johnJohn Copperstone, Logistics & Operations Manager, joined CRADDOCK Libya, Inc., in 2008, after twenty seven years working closely with the Libyan oil and gas industry in various assignments that he was entrusted with while based in both Malta and Tripoli, Libya.

During this time John worked in different areas of responsibility, gaining him a broad experience in this North African country—opportunities which he now finds invaluable to deal with his present day-to-day duties at the CRADDOCK Tripoli office.

Copperstone was born, raised, and began his career in Malta in the hospitality industry, which, additionally, gave him the opportunity to work in the United Kingdom.


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