Where the oil and gas companies go, Schwob Energy Services is never too far behind. As a general contractor for the oil and gas production and processing industry, Schwob Energy Services is active in oil and gas plays throughout the country. The Bakken, Eagle Ford, Permian Basin, Niobrara, Marcellus, Utica, Monterey and others – Schwob Energy Services has played some part in the infrastructure development of each one.
There are times when a growing company has to invest in new equipment, which can be a massive investment. And yet, many times that company can achieve better results simply by deploying smarter logistics solutions.
RSI Logistics has been helping its customers improve their efficiency since 1984 through a multipronged approach. The company has four distinct areas of expertise to help companies improve their rail transportation management and reduce freight and handling costs: RSInet rail transportation management software; rail logistics management services; door-to-door bulk liquid shipping via intermodal ISO tanks; and rail terminal operations.
The fluctuation in natural gas and oil prices has led to fluctuation in production, and Walt Sanders, president of RMT Inc., says that support service companies such as his have to be able to ebb and flow with the changing demand. “This industry is still very reactive based on the price of natural gas and oil,” Sanders says. “It’s amazing with fluctuation how fast a company can shut down a process or stop working. And at the same time it’s amazing how fast they move. If they find an oil play in Arizona, you can guarantee someone can be down there in a short period of time.”
Although Red Rock Transportation Inc. itself is a relatively new addition to the Bakken Shale region, its owners and staff bring decades of experience to the company’s work. The company formed in 2007 when co-owners Robert “Barney” Pfeifer and Gary Thompson decided to pool their collective 65 years of experience in the transportation and oilfield realms into a new venture. Both men had worked together previously for an oilfield company, and are natives of western North Dakota.
Red River Supply’s leadership and staff know that a willingness to diversify and adapt to market changes is necessary to be successful in the highly competitive oilfield industry. After 35 years in business, the Williston, N.D.-based company continues to add to its core services and invest in its future.
Company owner Rich Vestal established the company as Red River Mud in 1978 after the drilling fluids company he worked for as a mud hand went bankrupt. Initially, his new company offered drilling fluids and other bulk products before branching out into trucking and warehouse services, necessitating the name change to Red River Supply in the early 1980s.
Customers come to Quadna – A DXP Company early in a project – for example, when they need to expand a mine site or add more wells. This is because Quadna – A DXP Company becomes a true asset and consultant to its clients due to its expertise and the insight it provides as a fluid-handling expert, explains Jeff Wright, vice president and general manager of DXP West Region, Quadna’s parent company.
“Customers look for full-solution providers, and that’s what we are,” Wright says. “We really support equipment from the design phase to installation, operation, maintenance and replacement. We provide true expertise in the equipment they need and the systems they are operating.”
In December 2011, Joe Ryan, founder and president of property development firm Oppidan, took a trip that would open up great opportunities for his company in an area in serious need of development: the Bakken Shale region in North Dakota.
The Bakken Shale play covers an estimated 200,000 square miles, extending its reach into Eastern Montana and parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada. Although oil in the area was discovered in 1951, it was the development of new extraction techniques 10 years ago it raised production rates and placed North Dakota’s oil production second only to Texas.
A junior mining company, Noront Resources has been working to devise a socially and environmentally responsible development plan for its properties in recent years. Simultaneously, from its McFaulds Lake Project in the James Bay lowlands of northern Ontario – in an area known as the Ring of Fire – Noront is pursuing the evolution of its base metal camp.
In August 2007, the company made a nickel, copper, platinum and palladium discovery at what is now known as its Eagle’s Nest deposit. Since that time, the company has invested $150 million into additional exploration in the area. In addition to discovering the reserve at Eagle’s Nest, the company has also discovered a chromite resource at Blackbird, additional nickel sulphide mineralization at Eagle Two and AT-12, and vanadium mineralization at Thunderbird.