When Northern Electric Inc. (NEI) started operations in 1975, a modest portion of its work consisted of projects for oil and gas clients. But as activity in the Bakken formation has surged, the firm’s oil and gas business has grown with it.
Based in Westminster, Colo., the company provides electrical and automation contracting services for multiple sectors, including industrial, governmental, correctional and power distribution. When serving oil and gas clients, “We do all the electrical and automation construction and commissioning,” Vice President of Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Jeff Ameiorsano says.
The surge in the company’s business thanks to the Bakken has not been limited to the exploration sector, Ameiorsano explains. “They have been doing a lot of midstream and downstream work,” he adds.
When doing typical blasting in a mine, it is common that fractured rock exists around the perimeter of the blast that creates a safety hazard because the loose material is at risk of falling on miners. A product that can eliminate or minimize this risk can decrease the chance of injury and can also save time and costs associated with “screening and bolting.”
Nordex Explosives Ltd. obtained the exclusive rights to a perimeter control product developed in Australia and decided to retain the catchy name “Buttbuster” used by Johnex Explosives Ltd. The name was well-known by people in the mining industry and its use well-understood. “We thought it was unique, so we kept it,” Nordex President and CEO Jim Taylor says of the name.
“It’s a specialty product designed specifically for perimeter control in both underground and surface blasting,” Taylor adds. Buttbuster controls the amount of energy in the outside holes of a blast, thereby minimizing excess breakage and fracturing.
NG Resources Corp. was established out of necessity five years ago when it’s sister company BCCK Engineering was unable to find a reliable fabrication facility in the Permian Basin that could offer quality cold boxes, skids and pipe racks.
The Midland, Texas-based company started in 2009 by performing all of its work for BCCK Engineering projects. NG Resources’ sister company is a leader in natural gas processing and treating. “We are under the same ownership and the company was started to do work for BCCK, but we have grown the shop in a way to allow for third-party work,” BCCK Engineering Vice President Greg Hall says.
Since 1984, Machines Roger International has been known as a name that means quality in the mining sector. Whether it is working as a contractor on a job site or simply providing specialized equipment, Machines Roger International has proven that it has the products and services necessary to thrive in a highly competitive marketplace. Business Development Manager Roger Perron says the company demonstrated those attributes at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Convention in Vancouver in May, and it expects to continue building on its strengths for the foreseeable future.
Based in Val-d’Or, Quebec, Canada, Machines Roger International was founded by Roger Masse, a miner who was dedicated to finding methods to improve safety in mining. In 1984, he developed the V-30 boring head, which improved drilling methods for slot raise development, making their development more efficient and safer. The company continued as a manufacturer of specialized drill equipment until it added a contracting division to provide drilling services.
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.”
The worldwide, multitrillion-dollar oil and gas industry might seem so massive that only big companies can thrive. But it’s really all about keeping track of the little things.
That’s how Towanda, Pa., natives EJ and Jocelyn Flynn started Flynn Energy Transport, and it’s the attitude that made the company a leading fuel supplier in the Marcellus and Utica plays and keeps them motivated to keep expanding the company.
It was 2008, and EJ was on his couch when he first heard the rumblings of what sounded like a business opportunity. The modern natural gas industry had recently arrived in rural northeastern Pennsylvania to tap the burgeoning Marcellus shale play. A wellsite was being constructed just yards from the Flynns’ home.
Knelson Technologies joined the FLSmidth Group in 2011 with the merger’s ownership transition finalized earlier this year. Cement, minerals and engineering conglomerate FLSmidth Group is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and employs more than 15,000 professionals with offices in more than 50 nations. It acquired Knelson Technologies of British Columbia to improve its flow sheet for mineral processing and mines, thereby enhancing its precious metal offerings. The action also supports the group’s ability to serve all customers’ needs for process technology and integrated solutions, the company says.
“Gravity separation for precious minerals was not in their portfolio and we are the world leader,” says Pat Thornton, facility manager.
A construction project is only as good as the foundation it is built on – a weak foundation means even the most sophisticated project can crumble like a house of cards at the slightest sign of stress. It’s no different in the energy and mining sectors, where projects can involve massive structures of steel and concrete erected in some of the least-forgiving soil conditions in the world. Unlike other types of construction, many energy and mining construction projects don’t have the luxury of being able to select an easier site, so for many energy and mining companies, having a partner that can provide them with a solid foundation they can count on is crucial.