In its line of work, it’s not unusual for North American Construction Group (NACG) to work on the same site for the same client for years, even decades in some cases. As a heavy construction contractor working in the Alberta oil sands market, NACG’s services play a role throughout a mine’s life, from beginning to end.
“Having worked on every operating mine site in the Alberta oil sands and many of them since their inception, we look at our services as covering the whole of the mine’s life,” COO Joe Lambert says. “We’re often one of the first contractors onsite, building access roads or peeling back the muskeg which is that top layer of peaty moss-like material.”
Noralta Lodge provides accommodations to oil services professionals in northern Alberta that are a far cry from the utilitarian stereotype of remote lodging. “You can think of us as a hotel in the bush,” CFO Frankie Kim says.
Noralta Lodge differentiates itself from other companies that provide temporary accommodations by focusing on the total customer experience.
As opposed to the shacks and man-camps sometimes seen in oil regions, Noralta Lodge features high-quality manufactured suites, Red-Seal certified chefs, exceptionally clean rooms and many amenities. “We provide good rest, connectivity to family and great food,” Kim explains. “Guests who are safe and well fed are more productive and safer at work.” Noralta Lodge facilities provide gourmet meals with round-the-clock dining, private rooms, fitness centers and game rooms.
KP Directional Drilling Services knew its business model needed to stand out from the beginning. The directional drilling services it performs for the oil and gas industry might look similar to those of many other companies, but its attention to detail, quality personnel and flexibility are what set it apart.
Kirk Pearcy founded KP Directional Drilling Services in 2012. The Midland, Texas- based company operates horizontal and directional drilling, and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) technology in the Permian Basin and greater Texas area. “We contract with energy companies and provide the highest quality of directional drilling services to our customers to achieve maximum return on every project,” Pearcy explains. “When drilling a well, many factors have to be taken into consideration to achieve what the energy companies are trying to accomplish for greater returns on production.”
Ivanhoe Energy is eager to address the shortage of oil that is expected to occur in coming years. According to Ivanhoe Energy’s own consultants, as well as research done by the oil and gas industry and some of the majors, many see a significant shortfall in supply by 2030. Even with light oil production and oil produced from fracking, there still will be a shortfall, and Ivanhoe Energy believes heavy oil can make up for that.
“There is a tremendous amount of heavy oil in the world, we just have to monetize it to meet the global crude oil demand,” Chief Technology Officer Michael Silverman says. “Heavy oil is difficult to monetize because it takes a tremendous amount of energy to get it out of the ground; it has a very high viscosity and can’t be moved through pipelines; and the material straight out of the ground has little value because there is so much residual oil in it. However, we are eliminating all three of these major challenges.”
A magnet is only as good as its ability to hold onto something, and that’s why it’s telling that Michigan-based Industrial Magnetics Inc. has been able to hold onto a leadership position in serving multiple industries for more than 50 years. In the energy and mining sectors as well as numerous other market segments, Industrial Magnetics applies the same principles of hard work and quality that have made its magnetic and electromagnetic assemblies a vital component of customers’ operations for years. As President Dennis O’Leary explains, the company’s ability to develop custom solutions with market-leading lead-times will carry it into the future as it further diversifies its customer base.
Some companies may be set in their ways, but not Helix Energy Solutions Group (ESG). Instead, the company thrives by recognizing opportunities and being willing to “move ahead of the market,” Commercial Manager of Sales for Well Ops US Kurt Hurzeler says.
Headquartered in Houston, Helix specializes in well intervention and subsea contracting services. Hurzeler says the company’s history goes back to the 1960s, when it started as a diving firm.
Over time, he says, Helix became one of the largest diving companies in the Gulf of Mexico, repairing and maintaining subsea structures and removing old wells. During those projects, the company began installing pipelines and other pieces of infrastructure, eventually forming a subsidiary construction group.
Eureka Resources provides wastewater treatment services for oil and gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica shales. Based in Williamsport, Pa., the company continues to expand due to an increased demand for oil and gas wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse in the region.
Its original Williamsport plant opened in 2008 and was expanded in 2010. The plant treats as much as 420,000 gallons per day. Eureka Resources says its customers appreciate its ability to reduce use of fresh water as well as the costs associated with wastewater sustainability, pretreatment, recycling and disposal. The Williamsport plant also provides a wastewater disposal alternative for exploration and production (E&P) companies in the region in that it employs thermal treatment technology to convert oil and gas wastewater to distilled water, which is ultimately discharged to a surface water following treatment in a municipal Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTW). This capability is unique to Eureka relative to other oil and gas wastewater treatment facilities in the region.
Staying ahead of the curve in pipeline technology with nearly 129 patents and accurate project forecasting keeps CRC-Evans Pipeline International a pioneer in the oil and gas industry.
CRC-Evans is headquartered in Houston and its manufacturing plant is based in Tulsa, Okla. The company has been an innovator in the development of equipment to help contractors successfully build pipelines since 1933. It has provided equipment and services for more than 50,000 miles of pipelines in more than 100 countries.
“We are with a contractor basically from start to finish,” Plant Manager Eric Pate says. “We don’t provide the machinery that puts the pipeline into the ground, but other than that we are a one-stop shop.”
The company doesn’t put the pipeline into the ground, but it’s there to provide an industrial sifter to rid the dirt that lies on top of the pipeline of any rocks, Pate explains.
“What our customers look for is our quality and customer service,” he adds.