With 150 combined years of oil and gas experience, the staff of R&J Technical Services can offer its clients service backed by extensive expertise, President Ron Houskeeper says. “[We have the] ability to troubleshoot and maintain any of the electrical and technical systems of any drilling rig or gas or oil facility,” he says.
Based in Layton, Utah, R&J Technical provides 24-hour electrical and technical service for the oil and gas, industrial and commercial markets, which include clients such as Chevron, EOG, Shell and Oasis. The company also designs and builds power equipment, including power skids and generators.
A firm’s focus can change substantially during its life. Ressources Appalaches is preparing for such an evolution, as it moves from an exploration firm to a full production company on its Dufferin Mine project, Chief Administrative Officer Steve Hebert says.
The Rimouski, Québec-based company started operations in 1994, “exploring in the Appalachian range for gold and other precious metals,” Hebert explains. But, in 2008, it found the Dufferin property, a previously explored gold mine located in rural Nova Scotia, 150 kilometers northeast of Halifax.
Q’Max Solutions takes it name from an engineering term for the maximum flow from a wellbore, and since its inception the company has striven to give the maximum effort to its customers in the oil and gas sector. Since 1993, Q’Max has provided oilfield services in nine countries, including Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador, through nine self-sufficient business units. Even though the company faces some stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the industry, President and CEO Chris Rivers says Q’Max succeeds because it has the skills and capabilities to maximize value for its customers.
Visitors to Precismeca Ltd.’s 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Wallaceburg, Ontario, are often impressed with the quality of the equipment there and the overall cleanliness of the site. “We have the latest equipment that is designed specifically for our customer’s needs,” President and CEO Joe Hartney says. “Our industry has become extremely competitive, and without the best equipment, the best materials and the best people, we’d be lost.”
Precismeca’s manufacturing staff uses automated equipment to produce high-quality conveyor idlers, pulleys and other conveyor products for customers in the mining industry. Much of the company’s experience is in oilsands, potash, iron ore, aluminum, copper, coal, gold and nickel; all markets that require only the strongest and most reliable conveyor equipment available.
Ten years ago, Peak Completions Technologies established itself as a pioneer in the oil and gas well completion industry when it started using cemented sliding sleeve systems to efficiently reduce the cost and complexity of completion projects. “Peak ran the first cemented sleeve jobs ever in the United States and received patents on them,” President and CEO Ray Hofman says. Today, an increasing number of service companies are following suit and offering their own version of the cemented sliding sleeve, proving that Peak Completions is the leader in the business.
Hofman stresses the importance of his employees in making these 10 years a success. “Our biggest asset is our people,” he notes. Industry experts from around the world have been brought in to form a strong administrative team while highly skilled field engineers oversee the installation of systems and completion processes. Some of the experts on staff have more than 30 years of experience and many of the engineers have more than 10.
The task of cleaning up an oil spill is not an easy job, but it is one that National Response Corp. (NRC) is always ready and prepared for. “We’re very customer-oriented,” President and CEO Steve Candito says.
Based in Great River, N.Y., NRC specializes in oil spill and hazardous material response services, firefighting and rescue services, and environmental remediation and industrial services. Candito says that the inspiration for the company came one year after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
Other than some exploration from 1983 to 1989, the Pistol Bay property in Nunavut, Canada, is largely untouched. But when President and CEO of Northquest Ltd. Jon North looked at the project, he knew it was worth the investment. The task now is getting third-party investors to realize the same.
“We have been unable to develop as fast as we’d like due to the availability of capital in the market, which has been bad the last two years,” North says. “But we’ve published some great results in the market which has attracted capital but not enough to do everything we want to do. We recently published results on one target and since then we’ve talked to a lot of people, and investors are doing due diligence and making investment decisions.”
With the abundance of natural gas in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin, there is a vast amount of competitors offering similar fracking services to oilfield operators. That means companies like Mission Well Services must distinguish itself through the quality of its customer service to have a fighting chance of competing in this segment of the oil and gas industry.
“It is a challenging market with the sheer number of players in the frac space today, it is an extremely competitive landscape right now,” COO Ben Bodishbaugh says. “In a highly competitive pricing market, service quality is the differenting aspect that generates repeat business.”