During his 20-plus years in the oilfield industry providing steam heaters to operators, Syl Tateson knew there had to be a more efficient way for these companies to heat fluid. So, as any entrepreneur can do in the Internet age, he took to the World Wide Web to determine how he could make that happen.
“Using steam from boilers is very inefficient, especially heating fluid with steam,” Tateson says. “In 20-something years of doing this, I thought there had to be a better way of doing this that was more efficient for everybody, so I got on the Internet and looked at all these different ways of heating fluid.”
When Appalachian Production Services (APS) says its goal is to provide the highest level of contract production management services for the natural gas and oil industry, it’s a statement its customers can trust. The reason is because APS isn’t just a service provider to oil and gas producers – the company is also a producer itself. President Frank Henderson founded the oil and gas service company in 1994. For the next eight years, the company focused strictly on production management until it took advantage of a promising opportunity.
Already a renowned expert in providing environmental services, TEEMCO has expanded to create a new division that focuses on controlling emissions in the oil and gas industry.
CEO Greg Lorson in August announced the merger of the company’s new division, TEEMFLO, which focuses on controlling emissions.
“It’s all about managing flowback emissions,” Lorson says. “It reduces the possibility of emissions getting into the air. It’s one of the most important issues in the oil industry now.”
For a modestly sized operation, Lift Technologies shows an amazing amount of strength. Founded in 2005 by David and Jennifer Black, the company perfected a technology that employs the use of vacuum suction to move large-diameter piping. Lift Technologies has created the LT30, a vacuum lifter that can accommodate pipe joints ranging in diameter from 6 to 48 inches.
In addition, it can handle materials ranging from steel and concrete to plastic. This vacuum lift technology, originally developed in Australia, was brought to U.S. markets in 2000.
As Utility Services Authority (USA) LLC expands its operations into the Marcellus Shale in the northeastern United States, the company is learning tough – and expensive – lessons about working in the oil and gas industry. However, Logistics Coordinator Phil Sciabarrasi argues that the potentially explosive growth offered by operating in today’s shale plays is worth the risk.
“There’s a learning curve when dealing with something new, and there’s a learning curve with the equipment and how to approach it when you’re dealing with challenges in the ground,” Sciabarrasi says. “Our guys had to be open-minded to those not experienced with drilling in those regions, and they had to be willing to march into doing things a little differently.”
Since the first Trackmobile railcar mover left the shop floor of Whiting Corp. in 1950, numerous imitations have hit the market in an attempt to replicate the performance of the original. However, they still pale in comparison when it comes to in-house expertise and customer service provided by Trackmobile LLC.
“What we have that our competition doesn’t have are sales specialists, factory-trained service technicians and 24-hour emergency service,” explains Keith Sellers, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Trackmobile.
Anyone can come up with a vision, but only a few will actually develop a plan, and even fewer will put that plan into action. Titan PetroServices is the result of one man saying “In a perfect world …” and then going out and creating that perfect world. Owner and general manager Marselo Barriga had worked in the oil and gas services industry for 20-plus years, for two major oil and gas production contractors. Over the years, Barriga observed best practices in the industry as well as things he would change if he had the power. In 2010, he finally took his opportunity to create Titan PetroServices, his ideal of how oil and gas production contractors should operate.
TEEMCO helps the oil and gas industries achieve their goals by providing one-stop shopping for all their environmental needs. CEO Greg Lorson estimates that up to 95 percent of the companies involved in the oil and gas industries obtain their environmental compliance services from independent companies and consultants.