The Goliath Gold project located in Ontario’s Kenora/Dryden mining district has seen more action in the past five years than it did in the 15 years before it was purchased by Treasury Metals Inc. in 2008. The lack of activity at the gold-laden land wasn’t for lack of interest, however, since three companies had staked claim on the 49-square-kilometer project.
“The project had fragmented ownership for about 15 years until 2008 when Laramide, Teck and Corona all decided that it would be beneficial to put the project under one name, and that’s when Treasury Metals emerged as the entity that now controls the project,” President and CEO Martin Walters says. “That was in August 2008, and that gave us the green light to go forward with exploration. Up until then, very little work was being done because of the fragmentation. Under Treasury, we have been busy drilling and developing studies and moving the project to where it is today.”
For TAM International Inc., a focus on a few types of oilfield products instead of offering a wide variety has served it well for 45 years.
“Because of our focus on specific products, our customers are dealing with sales and service people with expertise in the product,” says Michael Dion, manager of the Houston-based company’s Dickinson, N.D., regional office. “We’re not running one product one week and switching to something else the next.
Wisconsin is not unaccustomed to sand mining, as the practice has gone on in the state for centuries. But recent years have seen a significant uptick in sand mining proposals and projects in the Badger State, largely due to the need for frac sand to support the petroleum industry. As the frac sand industry has grown in Wisconsin, Ruder Ware has made sure it can provide the industry with the legal expertise it needs.
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The oilfield business is all about movement. Trucking water, sand and proppants in and flowback water and oil out is a 24/7 business, and just like the oil production itself, all of the companies involved want it to flow well. The process starts with efficient dispatching. Using traditional methods such as whiteboards and colored pens or a basic spreadsheet that simply converts the same information from a whiteboard to a computer, a veteran dispatcher can handle maybe 40 trucks a day, but with the right system perhaps that number can be doubled.
With a tumultuous economy, it is a good strategy to not have all your eggs in one basket. This has kept the Radnor, Pa.-based PVR Partners LP strong even as some parts of the energy and power industry have experienced slowdowns, Mark D. Casaday says. "We haven't seen much of a change," he says about PVR’s midstream businesses.
Casaday, who is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company's midstream business, says PVR's history goes back to 1882, when it owned and leased coal reserves. In 2001, the firm became a publicly traded partnership and in 2005, it entered the natural gas midstream industry when it purchased gathering pipelines and processing plants in Oklahoma and Texas.
Although its home is in Canada, Mercator Minerals Ltd. has not kept its options limited to the Great White North. Instead, the firm has targeted sites far south beyond its borders, in the United States and Mexico.
Based in Vancouver, Mercator Minerals specializes in copper, molybdenum and silver mining. In Arizona, it produces these metals at its Mineral Park Mine project, while its El Pilar property in Sonora, Mexico, rests in a belt of porphyry copper deposits.
Sand has many uses, and Mill Creek Sand and Gravel has been providing it since 1978. Joined in 2003 by its sister company Peaskie Minerals, the two provide sand to projects throughout Western Canada, as well as Montana and North Dakota.
Family owned and operated, Mill Creek Sand and Gravel was originally purchased by John Oleksyn and his sons Nelson and Shane. Now owned by the five brothers – Nelson, Shane, Tim, Mark and Jason, with John as a director without ownership interest – the company founded Peaskie Minerals to take advantage of the boom in demand for proppant sand used in hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells. It now employs a staff of 60.
For more than 60 years, Market & Johnson has been one of the most trusted general contractors in the upper Midwest, known for its work in multiple sectors including healthcare, education, food processing and industrial manufacturing. Vice President Jason Plante says the company’s portfolio is extensive and varied, but up until recently it did not include energy and mining work. That all changed when the frac sand market in Wisconsin began to grow, and Market & Johnson saw an opportunity to bring its decades of expertise to a new class of customers.