Weatherford International plc and Valiant Artificial Lift Solutions have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly commercialize, market and service electrical submersible pumps (ESPs).

The MOU will accelerate commercialization of the Weatherford ESP, powered by Valiant. Optimized for a wide range of flow applications, the pumps are designed for harsh, abrasive, corrosive and otherwise challenging downhole environments.

While both companies will retain their respective current markets, the MOU details target markets for Weatherford as well as joint markets in which both companies will pursue business opportunities together.

“Valiant offers an impressive combination of technical expertise and service excellence,” said Kyle Chapman, president of Production at Weatherford. “This alliance meshes well with our strategy to capture share in key markets and strengthens our global leadership for life-of-well production solutions.”

“This project is a great opportunity to expand our services to the global production community,” said Gareth Ford, founder, CEO and president of Valiant Artificial Lift Solutions. “We are pleased with the results of this collaboration and believe it will drive stakeholder value for Valiant, Weatherford and our collective customers.”