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Manitoba Remains a Top Destination for Oil and Gas Investment Bakken Boom Creating Opportunity for Manitoba Companies Fracking Code of Conduct HR Trends in the Bakken Environmental Stewardship and the Oil Industry Community Profiles Brandon | Virden | Souris | Boissevain | RM of Pipestone



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In this issue... Overview of Manitoba’s Oil Patch....................................................................................................... 8 A Message from the Premier............................................................................................................. 12 Message from Brandon-Souris MP Larry Maguire...................................................................... 14 Message from Virden Mayor Jeff McConnell............................................................................... 16

Fracking in Manitoba............................................................................................................................ 18 An Entrepreneur’s Playground........................................................................................................... 20 Redvers & District Oil Showcase...................................................................................................... 22 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference & Expo............................................................................. 26

Community Profiles

You Belong in Brandon..................................................................................................................... 28 Virden Meets the Challenges of the Oil Boom......................................................................... 36 Discover Souris.................................................................................................................................. 42 Boissevain - Everything You Need................................................................................................ 44

Opportunities Abound in the RM of Pipestone........................................................................ 46 Fraser Institute 2013 Global Petroleum Survey: Manitoba Remains a Top Destination for Oil and Gas............................................................ 48 Workforce Conditions in Canada’s Bakken Oil Play.................................................................... 50 MaXfield Inc. – Positioned to Service Manitoba’s Oil and Gas Industry............................... 54 Putting Energy into Strategies for Today and Tomorrow........................................................... 58 Trican Develops Eco-friendly Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids......................................................... 60 Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct............................................................................................ 64 Altus Geomatics Manitoba – At the Forefront of the Industry................................................ 66 WestJet Comes to Brandon................................................................................................................ 70 GB Contract Inspection Looks Forward.......................................................................................... 72

Welltraxx Delivers Solutions for Landowners and RMs............................................................. 74 Team Snubbing Finds its Niche......................................................................................................... 76 Got Mats – For Every Industry Need................................................................................................ 80 Using Remote Sensing For Reclamation Monitoring.................................................................. 82 Ducks Unlimited and Tundra Collaborate on Conservation Initiatives.................................. 84 Educating the New Breed of Energy Industry Leaders............................................................... 88 Technology When You Need It.......................................................................................................... 94 Safety, Efficiency and Productivity with Argo............................................................................... 96 A Clearer Solution is on the Horizon............................................................................................... 98

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manitoba oil ACTIVITY

Overview of Manitoba’s Oil Patch No. of Wells Drilled: Well Depth: Producing Reservoirs: Initial Production Rate: Average Recovery: Oil Density: Cumulative Production:

9,100 430 to 1050 metres sandstones and carbonates vertical well 3 – 8 m3/d (18-50 b/d) horizontal well up to 50 m3/d (300 b/d) 5 – 15% OOIP primary 20 – 35% OOIP secondary 25 – 400 API 53.3 106 m3 (336 MMbbls)

2005 to 2014 • $6.9 billion spent by industry • 6.7 million metres drilled • 2013 – $148.1 m taxes and royalties

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• 4 ,280 wells drilled (1,427 horizontal) • 2 005 – 13,999 bopd; 2012 = 52,579 bopd •L and Sales $56.0 m


Manitoba’s Oil Activity 2013 Wells Drilled: 530 with 21 rigs working 2012 Oil Production: 19.2 million barrels Manitoba’s Oil Activity 2013 2013 Projected: +18.9 million barrels Primary Drilling targets: Bakken – Torquay, Lower Amaranth (Spearfish)

ells Drilled: 530 with 21 rigs working 12 Oil Production: 19.2 million barrels

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Impact for Manitoba

RM Exploration

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• 76 revenues RMs with wells drilled $20 million – provincial • •76 R7 Ms with wells drilled L GDs have had exploration $203.7 million in freehold minerals • •7 LGDs h ave h ad e xploration 19 RMs with non-­‐abandoned wells Over $11 million to RMs • •19 R15 Ms Rw ith wnith on-­‐abandoned Ms COOP wells wells $1.3 billion industry expenditures •

15 RMs with COOP wells

76 RMs with wells drilled 7 LGDs have had exploration 19 RMs with non-abandoned wells 15 RMs with COOP wells

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Outlook 2014 $1.3 billionfor expenditures • $1.3 billion expenditures Anticipate 500 wells • Anticipate 500 wells Production estimated at 50,000 bopd • Production estimated at 50,000 bopd 2014 similar to 2013 • 2014 similar to 2013

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MESSAGE FROM MP larry maguire

The Potential of Southwestern Manitoba By Larry Maguire, MP for Brandon-Souris Once again, the growth of the oil and gas sector continues to provide high-paying jobs for many of the constituents of BrandonSouris. Those jobs are driving our local economy and creating many new opportunities in our Southwest Manitoba region. While rural municipalities welcome the economic growth that benefits most of the communities in our region, the challenge is staying ahead of the infrastructure needs of roads, water and sewer. Residential development is required as more jobs are filled in our growing oilfields. Last year, as the MLA for Arthur Virden, I wrote about the benefits to our region and Provincial coffers of the growth in the oil industry. I outlined some of the needs of the industry as well as where government could improve support, such as bridges, roads, less red tape and accessing power needs for equipment. The record number of wells drilled in 2013 and a strong program for 2014 continue to strain resources in fulfilling government’s role in contributing infrastructure to support this expanding industry. Now, as the Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, I am proud to be a member of the government that has brought job training in our recent Federal budget. Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Mr. Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo, visited Brandon-Souris to outline the Building Canada Plan to local municipal offices. As Canada’s largest-ever commitment to

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infrastructure ($70 billion over 10 years), he spoke about the priorities for roads, sewer and water development. Having attended recent meetings with the oil industry and the Manitoba government, I look forward to working with the other levels of government as their priorities come forward to meet the infrastructure needs of our communities and industries so continued growth occurs as intended. As well, the Canada Jobs Fund has been agreed to by all provinces. It is a federal initiative to support training for jobs required by industries and small business. These entities along with the federal and provincial governments will find training programs for specific jobs, as needed, across Canada. Increased support for apprenticeship training in trade schools to meet these needed jobs will help students directly as well. In closing, I want to reiterate the unprecedented growth that is taking place in our region driven mainly by the expansion of our oil resource and our well-developed agricultural industry. While this evolution places stress on much of our infrastructure, it is necessary to improve the economic viability of our families, our communities and our industries. I look forward to working with our rural municipalities and the provincial government as we use the Building Canada Plan and other resources of the Federal budget to meet our region’s needs. As I wrote before, “Everybody can win, if everybody does their part.” u

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MESSAGE FROM Jeff McConnell – Mayor of Virden

Hello from Virden, the Oil Capital of Manitoba!

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he community of Virden and Westman continues to thrive and grow. We are strategically located at the intersection of two major highways and within the heart

CP Station Art Gallery and offers many shows in the Aud The-

of Manitoba’s petroleum producing region. We have over 3,000

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people who call Virden home. Virden offers many opportunities for recreation and culture. Our multi-purpose recreation facility known as Tundra Oil & Gas Place is home to many large ban-

ater, Western Canada’s Oldest opera house. The industrial park located near our paved airstrip has seen dustry to locate. The agriculture and oil sectors contribute to the need for our many retail and service businesses. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your commercial or industrial concepts

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n Manitoba, fracking is regulated under The Oil & Gas Act. Fracking has been used to increase oil production from Manitoba wells for over 60 years. While there is currently no shale gas (natural gas) development in Manitoba, the province does have shale gas potential; however, natural gas prices and other economic factors make near-term shale gas development in the province unlikely.

Common Concerns • Fracking can contaminate groundwater. • Fracking uses a lot of water. • Frac fluids are not properly managed. • Frac fluid additives are toxic. • Fracking causes earthquakes.

Protection of Groundwater There has never been a known case where fracking has resulted in groundwater contamination in Manitoba. Oil reservoirs in the province are located 400 to 1,000 metres below groundwater aquifers. This separation distance, coupled with the regulatory requirements for the drilling, construction and operation of oil wells, minimizes the risk of groundwater contamination from fracking.

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Water Use and Frac Fluid Management The oil industry’s water use in Manitoba is regulated, and fracking operations in Manitoba use significantly less water than shale gas fracking in other jurisdictions. The average frac job in Manitoba uses 400 to 700 cubic metres of water, whereas the average family of four uses 500 cubic metres of water each year. The oil industry is reducing the use of fresh water by re-using/recycling frac fluid and using salt water instead of fresh water. In Manitoba, frac fluids are managed from cradle to grave. They are stored in tankage before being injected into a well, and frac fluids produced back from a well are disposed of into an approved underground disposal zone using a disposal well permitted for that purpose. This closed-loop approach minimizes potential adverse environment impacts associated with fracking.

What’s next? The oil industry has been proactive in adopting new policies and procedures for fracking to address public concerns. The Petroleum Branch is reviewing adoption of new guidelines and regulations in Manitoba to ensure that fracking remains safe and public concerns are addressed. There are currently a number of initiatives under review, including: • Enhanced submissions requirements; • Disclosure of frac fluid contents; • Baseline water well testing; • Collection of water source and usage data. u


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An Entrepreneur’s Playground

Bakken Oil Boom Creating Much Opportunity for Manitoba Companies By Jillian Mitchell

From Left to Right: Virginie De Visscher (Project Manager, WTC Winnipeg), Mariette Mulaire (President and CEO WTC Winnipeg), Arnie Sherman (Executive Director of the Montana World Trade Center and President of Global Development Services, Inc.), Ed Wetherbee (Managing Director for Northern Rockies Regional Center, LLC (NRRC), Derek Earl (Project Manager WTC Winnipeg).

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t the recent “Tapping Opportunity in the Bakken” seminar in Winnipeg, executive director Tom Rolfstad of Williston Economic Development opened his live-streamed presentation with a bang: “Williston is the fastest growing micropolitan community in the nation. This is an entrepreneur’s playground and if you have a business or investment interest, you need to be here.” On the other end of this summer’s livestreamed presentation was Derek Earl, project manager of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTCW), and 344 watchful attendees. “This event is a clear illustration of the

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value of the World Trade Centre network and the type of support we can provide to Manitoba companies that want to enter export markets such as the Bakken,” says Earl, who worked with WTC Montana (MWTC) to bring the seminar to his home city. “Our mission as the World Trade Centre Winnipeg is all about connecting Manitoba companies to trade and export opportunities.” Resulting from a recent partnership between the MWTC and the Williston Economic Group, the how-to information seminar entitled “Tapping Opportunity in the Bakken” was designed to help companies launch successful business efforts

in the Bakken region (an area covering Montana, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba). The all-day informational seminar, of which Rolfstad’s live-streamed presentation was one of many, offers much on-the-ground insight to prospective Bakkeneers. Hosted by the MWTC and the WTCW, along with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, the Winnipeg session tailored to a Canadian audience featured a keynote presentation by former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer during the luncheon, followed by an intensive business and investment opportunities seminar. “The presentation made a really strong case for companies that want to service the Bakken to have a presence down there and tap into supply chains,” says Earl. ”It outlined specific challenges and bottlenecks facing the region that translate into business opportunities for Manitoban companies. Indeed, there’s a lot of interest in the area, as reflected both in the number of participants at the seminar, and the significant amount of follow-up inquiries by companies wanting to know more.” The facts alone are enough to make any business owner head to the scene, adds Earl. Case in point: the Bakken and the associated Three Forks formation covers 14,700 square miles, making it the largest continuous crude oil accumulation in the U.S.; the region currently produces over 1 million barrels of oil per day (more than Ecuador); daily Bakken oil production has


more than doubled over the last two years, from 350,000 barrels to over 1 million barrels. MWTC executive director Arnold Sherman assures that the vast area is in need of much attention. “If you’re not really close to it, you might not realize the magnitude of it. It’s essentially the largest oil reserve in the world now; it’s the size of the UK and France combined—I mean, it’s massive!” Sherman boasts. “A lot of people were curious about the big picture and what the opportunity is and more specifically what kinds of products and services the market requires.” To date, the seminar has been held in Winnipeg, Rapid City, and many American cities, including Salt Lake City, Missoula, and Butte, to name a few. Other prospective seminars include many more North American cities, as well as London, England. As Sherman concludes, there’s room for everyone in the Bakken. It is the hope of MWTC and the Williston Economic Group that the seminar brings some much-needed clarity to the Bakken boom for many hopeful entrepreneurs. And so far, it has. “What we wanted to see happen, happened,” insists Sherman. “[The seminar] was to provide a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the region, to see whether company offerings made sense in the Bakken, and thirdly to see if there was a reasonable amount of investment interest, which there is.” Geographically, Winnipeg is 18 miles farther away from Williston, North Dakota than Billings, North Dakota—a fact easily overlooked because of the U.S.-Canadian border. However, more than 23,000 Montanan jobs depend on trade with Canada, and as Earl suggests, Winnipeg has the potential to be “a major player in the boom.” As a result, WTCW has entered into a partnership with MWTC for future follow-up sessions. As Rolfstad explains as well, “The biggest thing is that there’s great opportunity [in the Bakken and Williston region], but it’s going to take some effort to get into

this market. It’s going to take some time. There’s the challenge—you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves.” “To assist companies in navigating the challenges of market entry, and in response to the ongoing interest, we have actually developed a full slate of follow-up activities to support market entry to the Bakken under our new Bakken Market Access Program (MAP),” adds Earl. “For example, we have a trade mission going to the Bakken in November, organized in partnership with Arnie Sherman and the Montana WTC, and are unveiling a series of breakfast talks called ‘Bakken and Eggs’

to continue to help prepare our business leaders.” Spearheaded by the Montana and Winnipeg World Trade Centers, the Canadian trade mission will bring Canadian companies to the booming oil region and open the door for new investments to meet the needs of local communities and workers, while supporting Montana jobs in the Bakken well beyond energy development. Companies interested in knowing more about opportunities in the region should contact Derek Earl at the World Trade Centre Winnipeg (info@wtcwinnipeg.com). u

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On with the Show –

Redvers & District Oil Showcase

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ur fifth Redvers & District Oil Showcase is coming up fast – May 8th and 9th, 2014. Don’t miss out, as there is limited space available to get in as an exhibitor. This year’s keynote speaker at the dinner on Thursday night is Tim McMillan, MLA in charge of Energy & Resources. We are also in the process of lining up a couple of daytime speakers, so make sure you join us for them as well. The previous shows were held in 2007, with an average and the 2nd annual in 2008. We then starting at cre locatedmoved in the to biennial shows in 2012 and now 2014 – time flies when you’re having fun! #61 Based on some of the feedback that was Redvers, Sk. received from various exhibitors from more information please callwe 306.452.3103 the last show, are planning to keep the schedule of events similar to 2012. Set-up for exhibitors will be all day Wednesday and Thursday morning, with the show opening to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with cocktails just prior and the keynote speaker around 7 p.m. Friday the show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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With Redvers being situated right in the middle of the Bakken play in SE Saskatchewan and SW Manitoba (as well as adjacent to the same play in North Dakota), this makes it the perfect location to showcase existing and upcoming technologies for the oilfield and related industries. The Oil Showcase will have items and exhibits of interest to everyone from company officers, engineers, consultants, drillers, landpeople and many others who work in the oil industry. Our previous oil shows revealed Redvers as a town progressing and moving forward, and we want to show that we are continuing that trend. With a new hotel in progress, as well as an expansion planned at the campground, we anticipate that there will be ample space for all to stay in town at the next oil show. The 2012 oil show was a tremendous success with Patrick Ward, President and CEO of Painted Pony being the keynote speaker to a sold out crowd at the roast beef banquet on Thursday evening. One hundred thirtyseven exhibitor spaces were filled both inside and outside at the Redvers arena – showcas-

ing a number of oilfield and other industry technologies and close to 1,500 people came through the door. With slightly less than desirable weather leading up to the show, the help of Dangstorp services, Swayze’s RediMix and Easy Rider Trucking, among others, was greatly appreciated in helping the show go on. Feedback from the last oil show was remarkable, and we anticipate a full show yet again, with loads of exhibitors and hopefully a similar showing of people taking the opportunity to take a look around and make new industry contacts. The committee would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make the 2012 event a success and look forward to seeing you in May 2014! To be a sponsor or to request a booth at the next show being held Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9, please contact the Redvers and District Oil Showcase Committee at 306-4523225 or e-mail redversoilshow@hotmail.ca. You may also visit the Town of Redvers website and click on the Redvers & District Oil Showcase link.

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Redvers & District Oil Showcase Committee would like to thank the 2012 Sponsors for helping make their 4th Oil Showcase and Dinner a Success! Gold Sponsors: 24-7 Enterprises Ltd., Acutec Systems Ltd., Classic Vacuum Trucks Ltd., Crescent Point Energy Corp., Dangstorp’s Services Ltd., DEL Communications Inc., DSG Power Systems, Easy Rider Trucking, Enbridge, Enform, Ensign Energy Services Inc., Equal Transport, Essential Coil & Stimulation Services, FAST Trucking Service Ltd., Fiberglass Solutions, Frontier Peterbilt Sales Ltd., Gibson Energy Ltd., Land Solutions, Lightning Creek Hot Shot, MagnaFab Inc., Mazergroup

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Bakken Strong –

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methods being implemented in the Bakken and Three Forks Formations. The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference & Expo is held annually with location alternating between Saskatchewan and North Dakota. Every year, this conference brings together a wide array of industry representatives, regulators and political leaders from across the United States and Canada, all with a vested interest in the Williston Basin. As always, the technical presentations will be a highlight of the conference, as industry experts from across North America will share information on all the hot topics surrounding the shale play in the basin. The conference will include more than 75 presenters covering a wide array of topics including the latest technology, engineering, geology, drilling, well completion techniques, pipelines and marketing. A Bakken/Three Forks Core workshop will also be


offered on Tuesday, May 20th. In years past, these presentations have been of interest to many conference attendees and have sold out quickly. New to this year’s conference will be Bakken Basics education sessions for the public on Tuesday, May 20th at the Ramkota Hotel. Delivering the keynote speech at the 2014 conference will be Lee Tillman, Marathon President and CEO. The conference will also feature a CEO panel with participants Harold Hamm, Con-

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• The Trans-Canada Highway, both national railways and excellent regional highways • Reliable supplies of very affordable electricity and natural gas • A rail trans-load facility being constructed by Bruderheim-based Western Asphalt • Available serviced industrial land • Ample wastewater treatment capacity and potable water supply • Large volumes of process water available • A skilled and semi-skilled workforce of 32,000 • Full-service urban centre Located only an hour’s drive from the Bakken, oil drilling and production are driving significant growth throughout Brandon’s economy. Local consulting

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Virden Meets the Challenges of the Oil Boom By Ed Brethour, Economic Development Manager, Town of Virden

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lenges seen in Virden and their drivers are the same. Virden’s location is on the transportation apex of the Trans-Canada Highway, PTH # 83 (the main north-south highway through the Manitoba Bakken oilfield) and PR 257 (one of the main paved corridors heading west). This advantageous location has been one of the key drivers for new companies establishing in Virden. Virden’s

location on the CPR railway’s mainline has not been used significantly for oilfield use to date, but it is seen by some companies as a possible future cost advantage or option for the importation of equipment or materials and for possible access to outside markets for crude or other processed products. While the majority of the growth has been the result of the development of new Bakken oilfields, Virden is also seeing significant growth as the result of the redevelopment and or further development of Virden’s historic oil-producing areas, as well as new or underdeveloped regions around Virden. It is expected that programs such as these will be a significant addition to the local economy in the near future. The growth in oilfield-servicing companies establishing or expanding operations in Virden and area has substantially increased the demand for additional commercial and industrial land which is serviced. Some new companies have opted to

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rent and renovate existing structures, but these are now in very short supply. Still other companies have opted to construct new facilities, with the majority of these being in the Town of Virden’s industrial park and with others scattered around the periphery of the town along transportation corridors. While access to Virden’s industrial park provides for all-season, full RTAC-rated access, all-season access, can be a challenge for other areas. There is still some land available in the Virden’s industrial park, but this is rapidly being absorbed, and other industrial lands with all season access will have to be developed and serviced in order to meet future demands. The growth in the community is very evident by the number of new construction sites. Companies like Terroco, Carson Energy Services and Castle have constructed larger local service centres so that they can better supply their regional operations in an efficient manner. In addition, Fast Trucking has presumably the largest laydown yard for oilfield pipe and equipment in Manitoba. Some other companies which located or expanded in Virden and area include Estevan Meter, Global Flow, Prairie Petro Chem, NCS Oilfield Services, Matrix Environmental, Safety Source, Discovery Safety, Caltech Surveys and Silverline, to name but a few. There have also been several new local start-up companies established to meet the growing demand for services from the oilfield. These include companies like Diversified Oilfield Services, which supplies well-bore services and remanufactures re-

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available in 2014, these likely won’t supply the demand beyond 2016. Virden is in the planning phase to address this potential choke point so that more fully serviced subdivisions and associated lots will become available by 2016. All this housing and commercial growth to date has also resulted in significant pressure on existing community infrastructure, and the Town of Virden continues to upgrade its infrastructure to support the oil industry in the region. Some of the larger, more recent projects include the development of new subdivi-

sions, an upgraded water treatment plant and the construction a new $18 million recreational facility. In 2014, the Town of Virden plans to start construction of Phase One of a new wastewater treatment facility. The new treatment facility, ultimately, will have the capacity and capability to meet the ever-increasing requirements of tighter regulatory requirements, as well as the needs of the growing community and industry. There is no doubt that the Bakken oil exploration and development boom has been the driver for Virden’s and the re-

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three museums, or just to enjoy the scenic vistas with friends and family, Souris has become a popular tourist destination. But there’s more to our town than a site for a great summer get away. Our community of 2,400 also features a well-apportioned business community with shops and services to meet every need. Pharmacy, grocery, bakery, banking, insurance, hair salons, hardware and building supplies are just some of the shops represented here. Additionally, a variety of service industries and trades are close at hand for

projects big or small. What attracts families the most is the full slate of education and recreation choices at hand. Our school teaches kindergarten through to grade 12, including a cutting-edge curriculum which lets students get hands on with the latest technology in growing industries. Also, sports and activities offered both through the school as well as our community recreation office ensure that there is a plethora of activities for young and old alike. This, combined with an array of festivals, fairs and community events throughout the year, creates a foundation on which to build lasting family memories. Health services also play a big role in our community’s ongoing success. With a 25-bed acute-care hospital and four doctors on staff, in addition to long-term care facilities and other specialty medical practitioners, local ambulance service and lab/x-ray services, our health centre stands as one of the few remaining full-service facilities in the southwest corner of the province. Oil activity is as close as 25 minutes away, and many in the oil industry are finding that the Souris lifestyle helps to facilitate a comfortable work-life balance, affording short commutes to the oil patch and a pace of life conducive to happy, healthy households. Once you’ve discovered Souris, our motto makes perfect sense: Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifestyle. If you think the Souris lifestyle might be right for you, check us out at www.sourismanitoba.com. u


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Partners, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Turtle Mountain School Division, the local hospital, and our retail and service sector. A new Rural Roots Co-op has opened to meet your local/organic food requirements, and the Boundary Co-op has opened a new 14,000-square-foot grocery store.

Community Amenities Part of the Prairie Mountain Regional Health Authority, the town’s well-equipped hospital can handle all medical requirements. The residential housing market in Boissevain is a stable mixture of older and newer homes, offering a wide range of housing options, newer and older homes, and rental properties. A new residential area will be constructed in 2014, developing 22 new lots, and is waiting for you to build your new home. Boissevain is a full-service community, with all your basic needs available within the community. From purchasing your groceries, furniture, clothing, household needs, it is all here! And we have seven different churches to meet your spiritual needs. The community is extremely fortunate to have a locally owned newspaper, the Boissevain Recorder, and we’re also part of the Golden West Broadcasting radio network, with radio CJRB 1220 located in the Civic Centre. Social activities such as indoor walking, pool, darts, baseball, bowling and hockey bring the community together, to grow, and promote healthy living. Parks, fishing, camping, skiing, skating, and tobogganing are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed in the area. An expansion to the nine-hole golf course will bring it to a par 36.


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For the family, there are many childcare and educational options, from day care, kindergarten, pre-school, primary and middle grades, to senior high and adult learning centre offering university and college programs, as well as English as an additional Language. Our local school and community offer many extracurricular activities such as drama, music and sports. The community has purchased a 6,000-square-foot building to be converted into a new library. As well, a new theatre for current movies is available for that perfect night out.

Incorporated as a town in 1906, Boissevain is rich in history and culture. Named after Adolphe Boissevain, who assisted in bringing the railway to this region, to expand and expedite development, the community motto is “No fear of the future nor regrets of the past”. Our community is proud to have four museums: the Moncur Gallery (prehistory), Beckoning Hills Museum (prairie pioneer), Chokecherry Junction (railway collection), and the Irvin Goodon International Wildlife Museum (over 4,000 square feet of exhibits). Our outdoor gallery has over 20 large murals, painted on

the sides of buildings, which can be toured by walking, or driving. We are a Community in Bloom; we hope that you will enjoy our flowers, parks, throughout the community! In the community, we have the 1894 Art Gallery, featuring art classes and a public gallery. A newly opened Sawmill Tea and Coffee Company features specialty coffees, freshly baked goods, and often features evening concerts for your delight! Visit now – Boissevain invites you to come and visit. Contact us for a guided tour: call 204-534-6303, email tmcdc@boissevain.ca or visit www.boissevain.ca. u

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Opportunities Abound in the RM of Pipestone By Tanis Chalmers, Economic Development Officer, RM of Pipestone Community Development Corporation (CDC) have been working hard toward initiatives designed to help build a stronger, healthier community. The RM established three policies to assist with this common goal. The Home Purchase Grant Policy has been developed to encourage residential development. With a simple application process, it will allow individuals to apply for a three per cent municipal grant for the purchase of existing residences or the construction of new homes. As well, all municipal-owned residential lots are sold for $10 under the Municipal Lots Sales Policy, which is attractive to businesses, as well as those looking to build new homes. The $10 residential municipal lot sales program is still showing success. A number

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or those looking to relocate, the RM of Pipestone has many housing and business opportunities. The RM of Pipestone Council and the Community Development Corporation

of new building permits have been issued throughout the municipality, and the residential lot sales program carries throughout the RM. There are various properties available within the RM, including Sinclair and Pipestone. The RM of Pipestone CDC is continuing to work on other subdivision projects at Reston, Cromer, Pipestone and Scarth. As these properties become available, notices will be made available to the public via newspaper and website. For businesses considering our area, we have an attractive package to offer. Commercial lots for low-cost and Business Real Property Grants – offering cash back once the business is developed – are some key assets we offer. Having the opportunity to benefit from one or more of these initiatives is an opportunity waiting for you. For more information regarding the RM of Pipestone and any of our initiatives, please call 204-877-3669 or tanis@rmofpipestone.com. The RM of Pipestone CDC and the council are striving to meet

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the needs of the future. A community-public consultation on the development of a quarter-section adjacent to Reston was held in the fall of 2013. This was to provide engineers with feedback as to what our community would like to envision for the future. A plan will be developed, and we will start the zoning and development process in 2014. The quarter-section will include space for commercial, industrial, residential and recreational areas. The

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Fraser Institute 2013 Global Petroleum Survey:

Manitoba Continues to Rank Very High in Terms of Attractiveness for Upstream Oil and Gas Investment By Gerry Angevine

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etroleum explorers and developers participating in the Fraser Institute’s seventh annual Global Petroleum Survey have again pointed to Manitoba as one of the two most attractive Canadian jurisdictions for investment in oil and gas exploration and development. While Manitoba dropped to second place among Canadian jurisdictions, having given up some ground to Saskatchewan, it marked the fifth year in a row that the province has placed in either the first or second position in Canada, as well as very high on the Institute’s scale when compared with jurisdictions in the United States and other countries. The 2013 Fraser Institute Survey results reflect responses from 864 petroleum industry executives, managers and experts to questions regarding barriers to investment in oil and gas exploration and production development in 157 provinces, states and countries. The survey questions focus on 16 important factors impacting petroleum companies’ willingness to invest in the upstream (as opposed to downstream activities such as refining, transportation and marketing). These include fiscal terms, taxation and other factors affecting the bottom line such as the availability of skilled labor, quality of and access to essential infrastructure; the regulatory framework which investors must face including factors such as the cost of regulatory compliance, duplication, in-

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consistent interpretation and enforcement of regulations, and uncertainty pertaining how environmental regulations may be altered; and a number of other important issues such as land claims disputes, political stability, and security of personnel and equipment. A jurisdiction’s survey score is based on the percentage of negative responses such as “a mild or strong deterrent to investment” or “would not invest” received with regard to each factor. For this reason, jurisdictions with the lowest scores are considered to pose lower or fewer barriers to investment and, therefore, be the most attractive for investment. Table 1 indicates that the three Prairie Provinces were ranked higher than Canada’s four other significant oil- and gas-producing jurisdictions in 2013 by the survey participants in terms of attractiveness for upstream investment – repeating their success in this regard during the pre-

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vious year. Compared with Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Alberta has demonstrated the most overall improvement since 2011. This mainly appears to reflect the lowering of oil and gas royalties following the hikes embedded in the so-called “New Royalty Framework” the Alberta government introduced in 2009. Manitoba achieved slightly less favorable scores on a number of questions in the latest survey than in 2012, while Saskatchewan benefitted from improved scores on some of the same questions and on a few others. While this allowed Saskatchewan to move ahead of Manitoba in the Canadian comparison, Manitoba’s scores on most of the survey questions indicate that the province is not considered to pose any serious barriers to investment in petroleum exploration and development. This is underscored by the fact that with respect to almost survey question the province’s indexed score was below 20 per cent, re-


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flecting very low percentages of negative responses across the board. Manitoba scored particularly well on the questions pertaining to fiscal terms; uncertainty concerning the administration, interpretation and enforcement of regulations; trade barriers, quality of the geological database that is available; political stability; security of personnel and equipment; regulatory duplication; and legal system processes. The province’s poorest performance was with respect to land claim disputes, yet Manitoba outperformed all other Canadian jurisdictions on that issue except Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Table 2 shows that on a global basis Manitoba and Saskatchewan rank among the top 10 jurisdictions in terms of attractiveness for upstream investment. Although they didn’t achieve as high rankings as Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the 2013 survey, the two other western provinces continued to be more highly regarded by the survey respondents than the majority of countries, states and provinces included in the survey. While Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia each appear very attractive for upstream investment on the basis of the survey participants’ assessments of regulatory climate, business environment and geopolitical risk factors, the rankings don’t reflect the scope of any of the jurisdictions’ known oil and gas resources. When an indication of the extent of their resources is considered, the results are somewhat different. For example, when grouped with 26 other jurisdictions each holding at least 1 per cent of the total proved petroleum reserves of the 138

(of 157) jurisdictions ranked in the survey with at least some proved reserves, Alberta – the only Canadian jurisdiction in the group – is indicated to be the third most attractive jurisdiction for investment, behind only Texas and Qatar. In a group of 41 jurisdictions each holding at least 0.1 per cent of total proved reserves, but less than 1 per cent, British Columbia ranks as the 14th most attractive jurisdiction for investment according to the 2013 survey. In a third group comprised of 70 jurisdictions with yet smaller reserves, where all of the remaining Canadian jurisdictions fall, Manitoba lies in fifth place, slightly below Mississippi, Kansas, Saskatchewan and Alabama, but ahead of the 65 other jurisdictions in the group. Manitoba’s high ranking both overall and within the group of jurisdictions with relatively small reserves reflects the provinces positive attributes with regard to most of the factors addressed in the survey as discussed earlier. In order to maintain its position as one of the most attractive jurisdictions for upstream investment, Manitoba will need to ensure that its oil and gas royalties remain highly competitive. Further, the cost of regulatory compliance and uncertainty with regard to possible new environmental regulations must not be permitted to increase as this could jeopardize investors’ perspective on Manitoba as a jurisdiction with a very favorable regulatory climate. In addition, continuing efforts will be required to defuse investors’ relatively high level of concern with regard to the barrier posed by land claim disputes.

The Fraser Institute is a non-profit research and education organization. The full report on the results of the 2013 Global Petroleum Survey may be downloaded free-of-charge at: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/ publications/global-petroleum-survey-2013.pdf. The 2014 survey will be launched during the summer and results will be available early in 2015. u Manitoba Oil & Gas Review 2014

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HR Trends and Insights:

Workforce Conditions in Canada’s Bakken Oil Play

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il and gas investment in Saskatchewan and Manitoba has reached record-breaking levels in the past few years, driven by double-digit growth in expenditures in the Bakken oil play in Canada. This has created a difficult recruiting and retention environment as companies competed for a limited local labor force. Going forward, investment is expected to continue, but not at the robust growth levels experienced in the initial development phase. Despite a more gradual growth outlook, petroleum companies

operating in the region continue to face workforce issues. They are addressing these problems through a diverse set of best practices to increase retention, more effectively recruit workers to the region and reduce labor costs. In response to sharp increases in oil and gas investment, the overall demand for oil and gas workers in the Bakken region has expanded across the three primary sectors (i.e. exploration and production, oil and gas services, and pipeline), contributing strongly to the total job growth in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. An estimated

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6,200 Bakken-specific oil and gas workers were employed in 2012 in the two provinces. In the near term, oil and gas employers report staffing levels will remain stable or moderately grow in order to meet the needs of increased production and expansion. Employers operate in a regional rural environment that makes recruiting and retention of workers difficult, leading to high labor costs. The geography of the region makes it difficult for employers to move workers between development sites because oil reserves are dispersed across a wide distance spanning several hundred miles. The labor force that supports development in the region is comparatively small and geographically dispersed, forcing employers to look beyond the region to meet a portion of their workforce needs. Companies reported, however, that the region’s remote location and high housing costs make attraction of workers difficult. Petroleum companies operating in the region compete strongly with one another for the limited pool of local workers. They also compete for similar skill sets with other resource-based sectors operating in the two provinces. Based on an analysis of online job vacancies in the Bakken region or at regional offices in Regina, Saskatoon or Winnipeg, approximately 77 per cent of job postings for roles critical to the oil and gas industry were for companies in competing industries. Retirements of senior, experienced staff add to companies’ workforce challenges. While the retirement of experienced workers is a challenge across Canada, it is a bigger problem in this region where there are fewer experienced oil and gas managers and the percentage of workers approach-


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ing retirement age is comparatively high. These challenges lead to high labor costs for oil and gas companies in the region, as market wage rates increase and companies contend with an employee turnover rate that is higher in the Bakken region than it is in Calgary, Edmonton and other major cities in Canada.

Steady growth in prairie oil pushes innovative workforce practices The ongoing development of the Bakken oilfield in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is requiring companies to apply a range of best practices to the challenges of workforce recruitment and retention, according to HR Trends and Insights: Workforce Conditions in Canada’s Bakken Oil Play1, a report released in May 2012 by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Can-

ada, outlines how Bakken investment and production has experienced overall steady growth, describes workforce conditions in the region, and acknowledges a number of progressive HR practices by industry. “While labour shortages have eased from the high levels experienced to 2011, oil and gas companies continue to operate in a competitive labor market environment in the region, facing critical challenges for attraction and retention of workers,” says Cheryl Knight, executive director of the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada. “Coordinated action taken by industry, government and labor supply stakeholders can ease these challenges by continuing to implement best practices for attracting, retaining and developing the workforce,

Oil and gas employers in the Bakken region are recruiting for a variety of occupations and skill sets including: • engineers, geologists and technicians • plant operators and power engineers • oil and gas service supervisors • experienced hydraulic fracturing and tubing technologists • experienced drilling crew workers, including managers and supervisors • skilled trades workers • recording crew helpers • pipeline maintenance staff • mineral and surface land administrators and agents • business development managers and representatives, sales professionals and other office workers

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as well as introducing strategies to lower barriers leading to recruitment success,” Knight says. “The Bakken is now a major source of Canada’s oil production,” she says, “with estimates of recoverable oil in the billions of barrels.” In 2011, approximately 37 per cent of all crude oil production in Canada originated in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where the Bakken field is the highest producer, compared to 39 per cent from Alberta. “The result is that the Bakken is now a significant site for oil and gas employment,” says Knight. In 2012, after several years of double-digit growth, 6,200 oil and gas workers were based in southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba. Human resource managers for the Bakken region anticipate steady to moderate growth in Bakken-related employment. “Further growth can only be achieved through effective workforce practices,” states Knight. “First, it’s a hard-to-recruit location. Second, turnover and retention are concerns with real competition from other industries requiring similar skills.

And third, there are shortages of skilled workers in specific occupations. On top of this, many skilled workers are reaching retirement age,” she says. “Companies are taking innovative steps towards positioning the industry as an employer of choice and they should be congratulated,” Knight says. For example, companies are offering competitive compensation and perks, using multiple recruiting channels, developing internal programs which position themselves as preferred employers, offering clear advancement options and pathways, and forming partnerships to work with Aboriginal peoples, youth and immigrants. The report also offers recommendations for consideration by industry, government and education. These range from promoting the lifestyle and community offerings of the region, to regional training programs which would be beneficial, and mitigation of inter-provincial tax differences. “We hope this report helps present the changing national dynamics of Canada’s growing oil and gas industry,” says Knight.

Our goal is to help both industry and Canadians understand and respond to workforce needs across the country,” she explains.

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Effective April 1st, 2013, the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada became part of Enform Canada. The council is the primary resource to address workforce development and labour market issues in the Canadian petroleum industry. Funding is provided in part by the Government of Canada and the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. For media inquiries: Rowena Sampang Senior Advisor, Marketing and Communications Email: Rowena.Sampang@petrohrsc.ca Tel: 403-516-8145 u

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to provide engineered products and services to the province’s oil and gas industry. Located in the eastern industrial area, the Brandon branch was initially established as a satellite to MaXfield’s Saskatoon, Saskatchewan operations to provide

product and services to the agricultural and propane markets within Manitoba. Based upon proven ability and expertise in providing manufactured and fabricated products for use in energy processing, well completions and transportation of

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pressurized products, MaXfield expanded Brandon’s capabilities and plant capacity to provide similar products and services to customers operating directly in the sustainable development of Manitoba’s oil and gas resources. Brandon operations are under the direction of Branch Manager Don Roberds, while business development is the func-

tion of Chris Drover. Both are long-term residents of the province. MaXfield has worked with some of the world’s major energy producers, as well as regional and national gas and oil companies, service and supply companies, engineering firms, other manufacturers, distributors, equipment dealers and endusers within five major industries, includ-

ing gas and oil. Other industries include mining, transportation, power generation and compressed gas. Working out of well-equipped facilities totaling more than 134,000 square feet of shop space located in Crossfield, Alberta, MaXfield has steadily increased manufacturing of custom ASME-certified pressure vessels, including vessels exceed-

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to sites using pressurized cargo vessels, manufactured and assembled by certified companies such as MaXfield. Cargo pressure vessels built and assembled on truck chassis by MaXfield are utilized in anhydrous ammonia distribution, carbon dioxide transportation, cryogenic industries, as well as large transportation trailer units for moving propane, butane or other NGL products from the field to production, storage or distribution. MaXfield has developed and offers to their customers an online asset tracking system (OATS) to electronically track all certified manufacturing, construction and repairs or regulatory compliance inspections related to pressure vessels/assemblies. With over a decade-long track record of success and continued growth, including the Brandon operations, MaXfield was established in 2002. MaXfield’s roots extend

to 1962, when Western Rock Bit Company Ltd was established in Calgary, Alberta as a fabricating company and supplier of drill bits to the drilling industry. Several of today’s top MaXfield people, including the company founders, had worked for Western Rock Bit when the company started building pressure vessels in the 1970s. A broad range of technical and safety certifications enables MaXfield to provide added value and a wide range in design, manufacturing, packaging and servicing of energy processing equipment. Certifications include Manitoba Labour and Immigration’s Mechanical Engineering Quality Program Certificate of Authorization. Other standards, registrations and authorizations include ASME, Transport Canada, TDG, and Canadian Welding Bureau. MaXfield is an active member of a number of trade/industry associations including Gas Processing Association Canada, Canadian Association of Agri Retailers, Canadian Manufactures and Exporters, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and both Canadian and US Propane Gas Associations. Company personnel have sat on Canadian Standards Association Committees for various terms. u


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The oilfield services sector in Canada has changed more in the past five years than over the previous 50. Meanwhile, revenue from oilsands production has done just the opposite. Last year it was $49 billion, $40 billion more than 10 years earlier. For 2014, PSAC forecasts that exploration and production (E&P) companies will drill 7,000 horizontal wells. Five years ago it was only a quarter of that number. With the exception of anomalies like 1988 and 2009, next year the industry is expected to drill the lowest number of new wells in 20 years and yet the average measured depth will be the greatest ever. For the OFS sector, the changes could not be more dramatic. The good news is that total spending available for OFS is growing. But what the clients need both today and into the future is radically different from just a few years ago. The equipment and services required for oilsands development are materially different than for natural gas. The switch from

drilling thousands of vertical gas wells to significantly fewer horizontal oil wells has dramatically changed the requirements for rigs, downhole equipment and wellbore services. OFS companies have had to spend billions on new equipment and services while the commercial value of other products and assets has plunged. At the same time, external pricing pressure because crude output exceeds takeaway capacity is squeezing producer economics. The quest for production growth by E&P companies has been replaced by the quest for a competitive return on investment. Customers are looking to their vendors for lower prices and increased efficiency. Operating a successful OFS company in a competitive market is different than when the sector is growing. To be effective, management must focus on people, equipment, products, service and costs.

MNP can help. We can’t change the big picture numbers like oil prices and wells drilled, but we can help you improve your internal financial performance. Our objective is to help you earn the maximum profit from flat or even declining revenue. This requires sound financial management and specialized knowledge in addition to what clients expect and demand, which is good service, good equipment and good people – at a competitive price. MNP has Canada’s leading team of oilfield service financial specialists working from offices in all the major producing areas of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. We’re here to help. To find out more about how MNP’s Oilfield Services team can benefit you, contact David Yager, at 403.648.4188 or david.yager@mnp.ca u

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Trican Develops

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids That Use Less and Protect Fresh Water Trican aims to minimize its impact on the environment through the re-use of flowback/produced water, friction reducers that reduce the strain on fresh water sources, and by reducing the risk of contamination to ground water sources. Minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment is one of our company’s core values. The EcoClean line of fracturing fluids was designed to offer customers a nontoxic and effective fluid option that will protect water wells and aquifers during treatments.

TriFrac-MLT

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rac fluids are key to effective well stimulation, and Trican has been developing an expanding line of fluids that are benign, cost-effective, and perform against all expectations. Recent innovations include TriFrac-MLT™, EcoClean™, Stratum™, and V-Frac™. TriFrac-MLT and Stratum allow the re-use of flowback water, therefore eliminating the cost associated with upfront freshwater acquisition. Flowback and produced water are repurposed into an asset that can be incorporated into the fracturing fluid systems, rather than becoming a waste product in need of disposal. This dramatically reduces the logistical and infrastructural costs incurred

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in the sourcing of water. Furthermore, the need for wastewater treatment equipment is eliminated, providing further savings. A third Trican innovation aimed at reducing the need for fresh water comes in the form of salt-tolerant friction reducers. Designed to give optimal friction reduction performance in brine (salt) water, Trican’s FR-8 and F-15 are part of the V-Frac (velocity frac) system. In addition to alleviating the strain on fresh water resources, these friction reducers are proving cost effective by requiring reduced concentrations as compared to conventional friction reducers, and by requiring decreased pumping pressure to place the treatment.

The TriFrac-MLT system uses conventional fracturing fluid components enhanced with patent-pending chemistry. This crosslinked gelled water system is highly tolerant of brine fluids, which allows the re-use of 100% untreated flowback or produced water that accompanies oil and gas production. TriFrac-MLT enables operators to use water with total dissolved solids (TDS) levels greater than 300,000 parts per million, and hardness greater than 30,000 ppm. Unlike most conventional fracturing fluid systems that are negatively affected by boron, the system’s chemistry supports use in waters with boron levels exceeding 500 ppm. As an example of TriFrac MLT’s capabilities, a fracture treatment was successfully pumped using untreated produced water containing > 300,000 ppm total dissolved solids at > 150°C (300°F) bottomhole temperature. This resulted in 375 million kilograms (826 million pounds) of 30/50 white sand and 197 million kilograms (434 million pounds) of curable resin coated sand being placed over 21 stages.


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Stratum

Shown below is the rheological profile for the TriFrac-MLT fluid system (for 2.4 kg/ m³ (20 pounds of polymer per 1,000 gallons of water). Tests were run at 115°C (240°F).

Trican’s Stratum system encompasses any system that uses a delayed borate crosslinker with a second borate crosslinker (instant or delayed) or where an external buffer is added. The Stratum range consists of Stratum LT, Stratum HT and Stratum RW. Like TriFrac, Stratum RW is also a fluid system highly tolerant of brine fluids and allows 100% use of produced or flowback water. Stratum RW’s unique chemistry supports use in waters with boron levels up to 100 ppm. This tolerance allows the reuse of untreated produced or

flowback water that accompanies oil and gas production. Stratum RW enables operators to use waters with total dissolved solids (TDS) levels up to 100,000 ppm, and operates at a broad temperature range: from 49°C to 93°C (120°F to 200°F). In comparison, the Stratum LT system (commonly using WXB-10 or WXB-7) is used for lower temperatures, < 85°C (< 185°F), and the Stratum HT system (commonly using WXB-77), for higher temperatures (85°C-150°C [185°F-302°F]).

V-Frac The V-Frac friction reducers were designed to give optimal friction reduction performance in brine water containing salt concentrations greater than 100,000 ppm. FR-15 is a cationic polyacrylamide-based polymer that functions by reducing turbulent flow and decreasing friction losses, often described as polymer drag reduced flow. Experimental results show that small concentrations of high-molecular-weight polymers dissolved in solution act to reduce flow disorder near the pipe wall, allowing higher flow rates at reduced pumping energy levels. FR-15 attains a rapid inversion rate, even in high salt concentration brine solutions. Due to its cationic character, it polymer degradation caused by disresists solved cations, giving it increased stability compared to other friction reducers.

EcoClean The EcoClean system consists of EcoClean-XB, EcoClean-LW, and EcoCleanGSW. The most recent development is EcoClean-XB, a cross-linked gelled-water frac fluid designed to mitigate risk of contamination of non-saline groundwater during treatments. This non-toxic fluid is bio-degradable and non-bioaccumulating. All the EcoClean systems pass the stringent Microtox® test. A product or chemical

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that passes the Microtox® test is considered safe for exposure to drinking water sources and will often meet the criteria set out in other regulatory examinations. EcoClean-XB consists of five additives that, when combined in fresh water, create a viscous gel that can be used to carry high proppant concentrations into the formation (> 1,000 kg/m3). Those additives are: • WG-111D – water gellant • GCS-1 or GCS-2 – green clay stabilizer • GNE-1 – green non-emulsifier, or GFE1 – green flowback enhancer

Friction Reducer vs. Time of Marcellus Flowback Water

• GXB-1 – green crosslinker borate

• WBO-2 – water breaker oxidizer

Friction Reducer vs. Time of Marcellus Flowback Water

ventional frac fluid, is environmentally friendly, and can be pumped with nitrogen to reduce water usage. It provides excel-

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lent shear stability and reduced friction pressures, and as a result, is ideal for use in high-rate jobs. Because of its controllable delayed crosslink time (two to eight minutes) and controlled break times, it is also the perfect choice for multiple well types. Typical Rheology – Break Test of EcoClean-XB-3.0 using 0.6 kg/m3 EnCap HP at 85°C

A Reduced Impact on the Environment

Typical Rheology -­‐ Break Test of EcoClean-­‐XB-­‐3.0 using 0.6 kg/m3 EnCap HP at 85°C Typical Rheology -­‐ Break Test of EcoClean-­‐XB-­‐3.0 using 0.6 kg/m3 EnCap HP at 85°C

Trican has taken a proactive position in screening our fracture fluid additives for potential toxicity issues, allowing us to investigate and develop alternatives to our blends and product lines. As a result, we have replaced many components with nontoxic options. Trican has developed a range of products and processes that work with the conditions of these water sources and address key issues surrounding the sourc-

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Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct:

Industry’s Commitment to Canadians

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ydraulic fracturing operations have been around for more than 60 years in Canada and used safely to complete more than 170,000 wells. The technology has evolved to allow for more complex wells to be drilled and completed, and some of these wells now reach lengths in excess of 2,000 metres. Today, hydraulic fracturing is often credited as one of the key technologies responsible for extending the potential supply of Canada’s unconventional energy resources by over 100 years. The technology of hydraulic fracturing is very complex, and so it’s no wonder there is growing public interest in how

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the technology works and the impacts of modern-day oil and gas operations using the technology. With industry relying heavily on hydraulic fracturing, there was a need to respond to and inform Canadians about this technology and the regulations surrounding it. With that goal in mind, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) and 11 of its members who conduct these operations launched the Working Energy Commitment in February 2013. This initiative outlined a set of guiding principles under which PSAC members conduct themselves. By supporting this initiative, companies pledged to commu-

nicate with communities, continuously improve how they develop Canada’s oil and gas resources, and to create a hydraulic fracturing code of conduct. And this is exactly what they did. The guiding principles attached to the Working Energy Commitment set the framework for discussions with residents in local communities across Western Canada where the industry is active, with a specific focus on listening and responding to questions and concerns related to hydraulic fracturing. A six-month series of community engagement sessions were held across western Canada, and PSAC had the chance to meet with more than 100 local community residents, including landowners, local business, and local government. Representatives from provincial regulators, producer companies, and other upstream associations joined PSAC to provide an overview of industry operations and the world-class regulatory regime here in Canada. In addition, PSAC used the opportunity to seek out input and feedback that was then used to inform the development of a hydraulic fracturing code of conduct. Community engagement sessions were held in Dawson Creek, British Columbia; Drayton Valley, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie and Red Deer, Alberta; Carlyle, Saskatchewan; and Brandon, Manitoba. In addition, PSAC returned to several communities to ask for additional feedback on the code of conduct in its draft form. PSAC’s president and CEO Mark Salkeld explains the relevance of the Working Energy Commitment. “Working closely with stakeholders is critical to building trust in oil and gas operations,” he says. “We’ve seen public concern surrounding hydrau-


“Working closely with stakeholders is critical to building trust in oil and gas operations.” PSAC’s President and CEO Mark Salkeld lic fracturing operations increase over the past years. It was definitely time to address that in a proactive and positive way, but we knew talking to community members wasn’t going to be enough. We had to act. That’s why we developed the Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct.” After completing this intensive engagement program, PSAC released the Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct for the Canadian oil and gas service sector on October 30, 2013. This code is a significant milestone for Canada’s oil and gas services sector, as the 11 member companies who partnered in the development of the code have voluntarily agreed to follow it, wherever they work in Canada. The Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct outlines standard practices for sound technical and environmental performance when fracturing a well and defines mutual expectations for working with stakeholders. The code also includes a series of commitments focused on five key areas of their operations: water and the environment; fracturing fluid disclosure; technology development; health, safety and training; and, community engagement. The code captures the common operating practices amongst the 11 endorsing companies as well as their commitment to continuous improvement in their technical and environmental performance. Endorsing Companies: • Baker Hughes Canada • Calfrac Well Services • Canyon Technical Services • Element Technical Services • Gasfrac Energy Services • Halliburton Group Canada • Iron Horse Energy Services • Millennium Stimulation Services • Sanjel Corporation • Schlumberger Canada • Trican Well Service “This code is about improving communications with local communities in

an effort to enhance transparency in our operations, and build greater public trust in our members’ commitment to ensuring the safe operations of our industry,” adds Salkeld. PSAC is the national trade association representing nearly than 250 of Canada’s leading service, supply and manufactur-

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Altus Geomatics Manitoba –

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ith three branches in the prov- comprehensive group of land surveying Utilizing your iPhone/iPad’s camera, compass, timer, GPS positioning ince, Geomatics Maniservices to theapp oil that and stamps gas industry. Aland Altus text editor, NAV Photo is a multi-functional toba is proud to offer the most tus Geomatics is able to provide superior real time position, altitude, direction of camera and Legal Township information onto your photo.

service through our processes, our people and our commitment to continuous improvement. At Altus, we meet our clients’ expectations through rigorous training for our field and support staff, by working closely with our regional branch offices and, with an eye on the future by adding new services and features that our clients need. With fourteen offices in Western Canada, dedicated drafting support in our Eastern offices and hundreds of field and office staff, Altus can offer unparalleled response times across the prairies. Our project managers can help our clients out down the road or across the country, creat-

With many user-defined options, NAV Photo is a must-have tool for surveyors, land agents, field consultants, geologists, engineers, hunters and farmers. NAV Photo is the only app to feature Legal Township information, displaying LSD-Sec-Twp-Rge-M (Legal Subdivision, Section, Township, Range and Meridian) and offset distances from its Quarter Section boundaries. Those confused by UTM, Legal Township system and geographic outputs will love this app!

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WestJet Comes to Brandon By Sandy Trudel, Director of Economic Development, City of Brandon

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randon’s proximity to southwest Manitoba’s oil fields makes us close enough to be home, especially with WestJet’s daily direct flights to and from Calgary. Trican Well Service, Interra Energy, Evolve Surface Strategies, and Hydrodig recognized Brandon’s locational

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rival of WestJet in Brandon. With several months of very successful WestJet direct flights between Brandon and Calgary under our belts, the demand for flights has not waned, a notable feat considering passenger loads were very high from day one. Western Manitoba continues to reap the benefits of daily connectivity with the West and have demonstrated their commitment to support WestJet’s BrandonCalgary route day in and day out. On any given day, during a visit to the Brandon terminal during the departure or arrival window of time, one sees business and leisure travelers of all ages and walks of life from all over western Manitoba, the country and the world. When preparing the business case for WestJet to establish a daily Brandon route, we were confident there would be sufficient demand to support daily air service from regional businesses, the oil and gas sector, CFB Shilo, and the leisure traveller. To date, demand

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has far exceeded our expectations. It still remains a thrill to pull up to the Brandon airport and see a parking lot and terminal bustling with people. Brandon’s close proximity to 14 active oil fields means that travelers with links to the oil and gas sector are flying in and out of city almost daily. By removing the barrier of time and additional cost associated with traveling to Winnipeg for flights west, we look forward to seeing record setting activity in oil production in Manitoba for years to come. Seeing a team of 20 university athletes arrive at the airport to catch the WestJet flight is a very powerful reminder of the opportunities that have opened up in the convention and event market, as a result of regularly scheduled air service. These events inject new money into the local economy and fuel future opportunities, again a direct result of air service. As anticipated, there is not a sector of the community or region that has not been positively impacted by the addition of WestJet’s daily direct flights between Calgary and Brandon. We always said attracting daily scheduled air service would be a game changer for the region as it opens up the world to western Manitoba businesses, and now we know it is. As WestJet continues its plans to roll out the new Q400’s across Canada, the western Manitoba region looks forward to the potential of additional flights and easterly connections. The economic opportunities and quality of life enhancements that will flow are limitless. u

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Here for a Good Time and a Long Time By Ben Bizzarri

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eing one of the first non-destructive testing (NDT) companies to exclusively provide services to southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan, GB Contract Inspection Ltd. has a long history in the Manitoba oil and gas industry. Started by company owner Graham Ball in the early 1990s and incorporated in 2002, GB Contract Inspection Ltd. prides itself on its long-lasting relationships with its clients throughout the oil and gas industry. Offering services such as radiography, magnetic-particle inspection, liquid-penetrant inspection, ultrasonic testing, crane inspections and certifications, ground-penetrating radar and visual inspections, GB Contract Inspection Ltd. has always strived to maintain a wide variety of services and inspection methods to keep up with industrial demands and requirements. GB Contract Inspection Trucks can commonly be seen criss-crossing the coun-

try side providing services to clients in Russell, Virden, Brandon, Waskada, Melita and Pierson. Having experience in pipelines, fabrication shops, tanks and vessels, crane inspections and structural work has given GB contract inspection Ltd. the opportunity to work for many of the big players. The company’s commitment to quality means that all of its technicians are CGSB certified. GB Contract Inspection Ltd. welcomes all of the improvements that have occurred with relation to safety over the years and through improvements of their own strive to work safely. Understanding the importance of safety and compliance in today’s industrial workplace, GB Contract Inspection Ltd participates in and subscribes to many of the compliance databases commonly used and has done so for over seven years. With the growth of the oil and gas industry in the last couple of years, GB contract Inspection sees a lot of opportunity and has

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Welltraxx Delivers Solutions

for Manitoba Landowners and Rural Municipalities

Kris Bower (left) and Casey Ziegler co-founded WellTraxx Ltd. in 2009.

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or many Manitoba landowners and rural municipalities, the province’s booming oil and gas industry has created numerous opportunities and benefits. It has also created many challenges for those tasked with managing its growth on their land or within their municipal

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boundaries. One company is doing its best to deliver solutions to help meet those challenges. WellTraxx Ltd. co-founders Kris Bower and Casey Ziegler began their careers in the energy industry as licensed land agents, acquiring surface leases and pipeline right of ways from landowners for oil and gas development. In 2009, they launched WellTraxx Ltd., an oil and gas asset management company designed to help landowners more effectively administer their oil and gas holdings. They extended their services to include rural municipalities with the development of WellTraxxRM, a software application born through a 2013 pilot project with three Saskatchewan municipalities. WellTraxxRM was officially launched in March 2014. When it comes to managing oil and gas

The WellTraxx administrative team utilizes over 20 years of energy industry experience to assist landowner and rural municipalities.

development, the challenges landowners and rural municipalities face are generally a result of the significant amount of paperwork and information they are dealing with. Without the proper tools to get the job done, it can quickly become overwhelming. “For many of our clients, they were dealing with oil and gas development on this scale for the first time,” says Bower. “Yet there was no one out there offering them the assistance they needed or spending time with them to develop solutions that would simplify the whole process. Unfortunately, the only way to get the job done was the hard way.” With WellTraxx, landowners can consolidate all of their important oil and gas agreement information into an online account. From there, the software does much of the work for them, tracking annual rental payments and alerting the landowner of time sensitive elements such as lease rental reviews or pipeline crop loss damages as they come due. WellTraxxRM was designed on the same principles, allowing municipalities to map and track all licensed oil and gas facilities within their boundaries. Administrators are able to capture the details of all new development applications, streamlining the entire process so more time can be allocated to other areas of municipal business. “What makes us unique is we’re not a software company,” explains Ziegler. “We use our energy industry experience to bring together the resources needed to help our clients meet real, everyday challenges that come with managing significant oil and gas development.” u


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t has become cliché that necessity is the mother of invention. A decade ago – well before natural gas prices started plummeting to their present depths – Team Snubbing Services of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta recognized a need for new technology and developed a compact and cost-efficient snubbing unit called the Mini Brutus. This unit was designed to service approximately 60 per cent of the low-pressure gas wells in the western Canadian sedimentary basin.

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Team Snubbing’s customers now have an option of hiring high-pressure snubbing units at a much lower cost. Their units are mounted on Dodge 5500 four-wheeldrive trucks and require a two-man crew. They can travel to any location needed, as road conditions and vehicle weight are not an issue, even during the long spring thaw season. Other benefits customers realize is very quick rig-up time averaging 20 to 30 minutes. Older wells which have lost casing integrity due to age, corrosion, etc. have a very minimal chance of being damaged while being serviced as our units have an overall weight of 1,500 pounds. The Mini Brutus is capable of handling up to 14,000 kPa with 2-3/8-inch tubing,


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7,000 kPa with 2-7/8-inch tubing and 3,000 kPa with 3-1/2-inch tubing. Larger OD pipe can be handled as well. “RS units are common in our industry but when coupled with our design and technology, we have our own niche,” says General Manager Jeff Redmond. Based on the reliable tubing stripper technology of its RS100, the Mini Brutus has the ability to move tubulars quickly and safely in and out of the wellbore during servicing. For under-balanced drilling, the Mini Brutus is a three-way boon: it’s ideally suited for

drilling, stripping or snubbing through. Other patented technology available to customers is Team Snubbing’s push/pull unit, or rig-friendly stand, as it’s called. This unit mounts to the drilling rig floor and is designed to snub drill pipe out and snub production pipe in the hole. Despite its compact size, it packs a powerful snub force of 60,000 pounds, making snubbing more versatile and economic. As of late, with gas prices down, the company is again adapting to market realities. They have ventured into SAGD with

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Seeing the Big Picture:

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lthough it is often viewed as one of the last stages of a mines operation, reclamation activities are planned and execution began long before ground is broken. Often, stakeholders – including governments, communities and oversight groups – consider reclamation activities a barometer for the overall environmental impact of a project. Because of this scrutiny, accurate monitoring and reporting on the progress of reclamation activities is an important link between the mine operator and these stakeholders. But environmental and social responsibility aren’t the only issues at stake for reclamation activities. Like anything, there is a huge financial stake in reclamation monitoring. The Alberta Government reports that there are currently over $912 million in reclamation security bonds held from the oil sands alone. Given the importance of all of these issues, it becomes clear that accurate, easy to understand information is essential to reclamation monitoring.

But getting the big picture of the progress of a reclamation area can be very difficult. Often plant and soil tests are carried out as part of an environmental assessment. However, spot tests are not indicative of an entire area, and on large projects, there can be a significant difference in health across a reclamation area. But as technology progresses, so does our ability to use it to solve problems. With the proper tools, training, and experience, satellite imagery can provide answers. Satellite imagery is optimized for vegetation and with more than 20 years’ experience analyzing satellite imagery, Satellite imagery used to monitor and forecast vegetation health and growth. Western Heritage has developed a management tool that uses remote faster, more accurate monitoring and resensing to accurately measure vegetation change in an environmental foot- porting. One of the most desirable aspects of print. Being able to accurately measure the health and growth of biomass in a recla- satellite footprint monitoring is that it promation area using satellite imagery means

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parties can actually see the big picture of the progression of reclamation efforts. In addition to demonstrating the effectiveness of current reclamation activities, satellite monitoring has the ability to look back in time. With imagery available dating back to the early 1980s, it is possible to track footprint changes pre-, during, and post-project. With reclamation judged on equivalent land capability, and many efforts lasting several decades it can also look at vegetation growth patterns to establish a more accurate baseline for goals. With Western Heritage’s custom model, it is also possible to forecast the growth and health of a reclamation area. This information can to be used to help set realistic goals, or to act as a measurement for ongoing activities. Embracing new technology for monitoring is valuable as it provides more information and better answers. But using it also demonstrates a commitment to sustainable resource development, showing that an organization takes its reclamation

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he Richardson Foundation is continuing its partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) to fund a number of existing and new conservation activities under one umbrella. The new Williston Basin Watershed Conservation Initiative will receive funding through Richardson’s Tundra Oil & Gas Partnership (Tundra) and will build on a history of past contributions, which have already helped to restore and protect over 11,000 acres of ecologically valuable habitat. “The funding provided by Tundra allows DUC to carry out its habitat securement, restoration and extension programs within south-western Manitoba. Many of these programs including Conservation Agreements (CA) pay landowners directly for the protection or restoration of wetlands and associated grasslands which provide many ecological goods and services to Manitobans,” says Mark Francis, Conservation Program Specialist with DUC. Since 2008 Tundra has assisted DUC in funding these voluntary Conservation Agreements, which preserve habitat in perpetuity, but can also allow for natural resource extraction on the property. Tundra provides compensation to landowners for resource extraction and exploration on their land and also arranges for restoration of the area back to its natural state. “Tundra wants the communities that we work in to know that we take our commitment to environmental stewardship very seriously,” says Dan MacLean, President and CEO of Tundra. “By partnering with DUC we hope to demonstrate a vis-


ible commitment to surface sustainability along with the respectful coexistence of industry with key environmental groups such as DUC.” The key to successful restoration of these sites will be in utilizing the knowledge and expertise of Native Plant Solutions (NPS), a consulting branch of DUC, which is an expert in environmental reclamation. “Our environmental solutions are based on natural processes and techniques related to wetland, aquatic, and upland systems drawing on DUC’s sound science-based principles,” says Glen Koblun of NPS. Agricultural components of the initiative include funding for Grazing Club projects and events. “Grazing clubs help producers to manage their operation to improve their bottom line, while protecting and improving their grassland resources,” says Ken Gross of DUC. “Healthy grasslands are vital for the livestock industry as well as nesting waterfowl. Our partnership with Tundra allows us to provide top-notch presenters and locations that draw producers to our local events.” Tundra is also helping to fund DUC’s winter wheat program, which provides valuable nesting habitat for waterfowl. “With Tundra’s assistance, DUC should be able to continue to expand winter wheat acreage through investment in variety development while providing agronomic assistance to producers growing the crop,” says Gross. The initiative also supports wetland restoration projects, which help prevent erosion and flooding, have profound impacts upon water quality through the reduction of pollutants and nutrients entering rivers and lakes, and help reduce the impact of climate change through carbon sequestration. Highlighting the compatibility of these conservation programs in a landscape where resource extraction overlaps natural areas is the role of the Sustainable Land Use Centre (SLUC), an interpretive site located just north of Whitewater Lake near Deloraine. The Centre, another joint collaboration of DUC and Tundra, opened two years ago and demonstrates DUC’s

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and demonstrate that respectful coexistence,” says MacLean. “Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit the SLUC will see for themselves the mutual coexistence we hoped to achieve.” “Tundra has been helpful in developing key parameters for working in areas under

DUC habitat protection, and their minimal disturbance techniques ensure we can work together to allow for the resource extraction on these protected lands while ensuring overall habitat protection remains.” says Francis. “It’s our hope that their actions demonstrate responsible, sustainable production techniques with minimal disturbance of our natural areas to others working in the oil field.” u

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The energy workforce is changing too. Employment-wise, the timing of the present industry surge couldn’t be worse, with baby-boomers steadily moving into retirement, taking their wealth of knowledge with them. To make matters worse, the industry is still paying dearly for restricted hiring and training during a period of contraction a decade or so ago. There simply aren’t enough experienced, well-trained workers, whether technical or managerial, to go around, particularly in the five- to ten-year experience window. Advances in technology are also changing the face of today’s energy workforce. Automation, computerization, and standardization are drastically altering the skills needed to get the jobs done. Moreover, there is a lot more

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The program is perfectly suited for individuals working in communities where access to energy business and management training are locally unavailable. Presented by the nationally ranked and fully accredited Collins College of Business, and headquartered in one of North America’s most significant energy-producing regions, the Master of Energy Business leverages energy-focused instructional resources unparalleled at other universities, including the preeminent McDougall focus on business processes, overall corporate performance, and social responsibility. An important result is that younger professionals – particularly those who are tech-savvy – are being asked to take on a lot more responsibility, creating a new breed of energy-industry leaders. Unfortunately, their backgrounds don’t always include the kinds of business skills needed to manage organizations effectively. Companies find themselves having to invest in expensive, time-consuming training programs just to bring these emerging leaders up to speed. Making matters worse, today’s newfound energy resources are often located in geographic areas with limited accessibility or less-than-desirable living conditions, making it difficult to promote and relocate workers (particularly those who are accustomed to more urban environments) and to provide the experiences and training they need to do their jobs. In response to industry pleas for universities to teach students more about the business of energy, the University of Tulsa launched its Master of Energy Business (MEB) program in the fall of 2012. Designed for working professionals, the MEB builds on the university’s long-term success at delivering energy business training at the undergraduate level and intentionally targets the early- to mid-career talent pool that is poised to move into corporate management and leadership. With all course content delivered online, the goal of this innovative graduate management program is to rapidly advance students’ career trajectories, positioning them to fill the many jobs that are already available.

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Our campus has long been known for top faculty in the areas of petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, and the geosciences. We’ve recently added world-class expertise in energy accounting, energy economics, and related disciplines. Combine these exceptional campuswide faculty and resources with our city’s rich energy heritage, the university’s many ties to energy partners, and a strong investment in state-of-the-art instructional technology, and you have a winning environment for working professionals seeking to advance their energy business careers.

School of Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Abstracts, the world’s leading source of oil and gas information, The Energy Law Journal, a joint publication of the College of Law and the Energy Bar Association in Washington, DC, the Energy Management Center, and the Tulsa Institute of Alternative Energy. Modeled on a traditional MBA platform, the Master of Energy Business curriculum includes courses such as management, accounting, and finance that would be found in almost every MBA offering. Its distinctiveness is that every course is taught from an energy perspective. Rather than the retailing, manufacturing, and service industries typically emphasized in typical MBA – A. Gale Sullenberger, Dean, Collins College of Business programs, students intentionally study energy companies and their operations. In addition to these core courses, the curriculum includes a number of other topics such as energy policy and energy markets that are unique to this industry. The program is specifically designed to provide graduates with the breadth of corporate knowledge and skills necessary to address the rapidly evolving and expanding energy economy. Magazine Add.plt 08/01/2013 1:23:53 PM Scale: 1:0.59 Height: 2.135 Length: 4.635 in Individuals who approach online learning for the first time often have a number For Conservation Partnerships Contact of questions about how things work and Brandon, Manitoba 1(866)251-3825; du_brandon@ducks.ca or; frequently ask about the interaction beRegina, Saskatchewan 1(866)252-3825 or email us at du_regina @ducks.ca tween faculty and students. The university expends considerable resources in an efFor Reclamation & Mitigation Services Contact Native Plants Solutions fort to replicate its traditional brick-andWinnipeg or Saskatoon 1(800)665-3825 or email us at nps@ducks.ca mortar classroom environment as closely as possible, providing similar kinds of learning opportunities and experiences that are available to on-campus students. Courses are taught by full-time faculty members from across the campus, most of whom have past or current experience and strong connections in the energy sector. Industry practitioners and other experts enrich the curriculum as guest lecturers, and team projects are included in most classes. All of this is accomplished through state-of-the-art communications technology, much of which participants already use in their day-to-day work activities. MEB courses are definitely not self-study or correspondence courses. Students have

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full access to recorded lectures, participate in live discussion sessions, and engage their professors and classmates through a variety of channels. Most students report that they find themselves interacting with their online classmates more than they ever did in a face-to-face classroom environment. In addition, over the course of their programs, students attend two threeday executive-style residency seminars oncampus to facilitate networking and team building. With close to 150 students currently admitted or enrolled from all across the US and Canada, the MEB represents an attractive opportunity for individuals working in the fast-paced and dynamic energy industry to enhance their careers. Current students range in age from 23 to 63, with the typical student being about 33 and having six to eight years of experience (a minimum of two years is required). The student removeof Darcy’s pool represents almost all segments the name and title, name, fax number and energy industry, including upstream, mid-Bus:with power generation, nuclear, and alterstream, and downstream oil and gas, along native fuels. Major integrated energy firms

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Argo Launches Diesel-Powered 8x8 XTD Created with the same engineering excellence that has made Argo world-renowned for quality and durability, an 8x8 XT model is now available with a Kohler Lombardini Diesel. The XTD will now share the same fuel as other machines on the worksite, eliminating the need to haul in gasoline. Its three-cylinder, 24-horsepower, 1028 cc engine provides optimal power at higher RPMs, making it an ideal choice for the heaviest duty cycle industrial applications. Similar to the gas-powered 8x8 XTI model, the XTD features a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) and payload capacity of 1,340 pounds (608 kilograms). The direct drive triple-differential ADMIRAL transmission delivers torque to all eight tires for virtually unstoppable power on even the roughest terrains. The 25-inch (635 millimetre) tires with Argo’s unique tread provide optimum traction on land and propulsion in water. With a box-frame construction, fully sealed polyethylene body and oil-bath axles,

the XT models have even longer maintenance intervals than previous Argo models. As service stops cost time and money – especially in remote locations – Argo has simplified and extended the maintenance schedule of the XT models. All maintenance is now grouped into three categories based on hours of service. To further decrease maintenance requirements, Argo now offers an optional automatic Lincoln chain-lubrication system that provides five seconds of chain lubricant for every 15 minutes of driving time. The body panels can be removed and the firewall detaches, offering technicians 360-degree access to the engine.

Keeping Users on Track Another new option for 2014 is Argo’s 18-inch (457 millimetre) heavy-duty rubber track system designed for heavy commercial use in bog, muskeg, mud or deep snow. Available in quad or tandem styles, this track system includes heavy-duty steel guides, enhanced sidewall tires with reinforced steel rims to prevent tire pops and bent rims. The profile of the 24-inch (610 millimetre) turf tire is more rectan-

gular than a standard Argo tire to allow for maximum contact with the tracks and superior traction. This heavy-duty track system completes Argo’s commercial lineup of optional tracks, allowing operators to customize their Argos to suit the task and the terrain. Tracks are also available for the Argo eight-wheel trailer. With tracks, trailers follow behind and will not get bogged down in the roughest terrain, including muskeg and deep snow, and they leave a lighter footprint.

About Argo Argo Extreme Terrain Vehicles and custom add-ons are marketed through a growing network of stocking distributors and dealers worldwide. Argo North America has more than 200 dealers and continues to grow at a steady pace. Argo’s unique durability, safety and versatility are driven by the renowned engineering capability of its parent company, Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd. (ODG). Since 1962, ODG has manufactured quality precision gears and transmissions. u

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A Clearer Solution is on the Horizon A fter decades of no change in the way oil production tanks were manufactured, change has ar-

rived.

Traditional tanks were designed for spout-off loads and required storage above

rises, oil will spill over into the sales tank.

box to a certain level. At that level, fluids

All tanks are plumbed and ready for tie-

will overflow into the tank containment,

in regardless of orientation needed at your

totally eliminating the risk of spills due to

site. The VIRO offers a unique concept in

leaking valves. This makes the VIRO a to-

sand removal. In traditional tanks, opera-

tally contained unit.

tors have to deal with sand removal off of a

The VIRO comes on its own skid base,

flat floor. This clean-out procedure can be

making it very mobile. The VIRO elimi-

a very costly part of production. Because

nates the need for tank cradles and picker

the VIRO is built horizontally, the contour

trucks to spot your tanks on location. You

of the bottom of the tank is such that clean-

will also appreciate the shorter setup costs

out is much easier. Wash lines will carry a

Tanks continued to be built vertically –

associated with the VIRO, as it can come

lot of the sand toward and out of the four-

until now. JTL Industries is excited to in-

inch clean-out valve situated at the bottom

from our plant already dressed with valves,

troduce the VIRO, the tank that is chang-

on the end of the tank – simple!

the height of the trucks to allow gravity to run its course. As time went on and environmental concerns were being voiced about the spills related to spout-loading, pumping on loads became the norm.

ing the way produced oil is being handled.

The VIRO system meets the 110 per

Our tank (patent pending) is built hori-

cent containment guidelines which have

zontally and provides several benefits over

been put in place by ECON. The tank also

traditional vertical tanks. The VIRO is a

comes complete with an enclosed drip tray

fully contained, two-tank unit. The opera-

which houses the shipping valves and the

tor will produce into one tank, removing a

product sample collection system. Drips

lot of the sand and water. As the fluid level

and leaks are contained within that drip

burners, stands, ladders and gauge boards. Simply winch the tank off at your location, plumb in the line from the wellhead and fire-up the well – easy! On the other end, reclamation costs will be drastically cut. Disconnect from the wellhead, winch VIRO onto the trailer and take it to the next location – it’s that simple. No dikes, contaminated sand, or liners to cleanup. Proving a new well just became a cinch. The VIRO saves the producer more money in the costs associated with heating the produced oil. With the low profile of the VIRO and the length of our heat

Experience, leadership, performance.

tube, your product is never very far away from the heat source. Very efficient! The VIRO addresses the “neighbours’” concerns, with traditional tanks cluttering up the skyline. The low-profile VIRO will

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only be 13.5 feet as opposed to some of

Suite 700, 808 - 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 3E8 Phone 403.266.3922 Fax 403.266.3968

the 32-foot tanks that are currently being

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industry safety issues related to operators

Midland Texas

Mohall North Dakota

used. A happy neighbour is a good neighbour! This lower stance also addresses having to climb to the top of the vertical tanks currently being used. u



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Index to advertisers 24-7 Enterprises Ltd..............................................................................................50 ABCO Supply & Service Ltd..................................................................................91 AIS Industrial Painting...........................................................................................54 Altus Geomatics..................................................................................................... 67 Andrew Agencies Ltd............................................................................................ 39 Annugas Compression Consulting Ltd............................................................. 25 Antler River Resources Ltd................................................................................... 22 AON Reed Stenhouse Inc...................................................................................... 21 ArcRite Welding.....................................................................................................88 BBT Technologies..................................................................................................... 4 Boundary Co-op......................................................................................................45 Brady Canada.......................................................................................................... 78 Brandon Bearing/Ag & Industrial Supply Ltd.................................................. 34 Cambridge House.....................................................................................................6 Canad Inns.............................................................................................................100 Canadian Wilderness Inn.......................................................................................11 Cando Rail Services............................................................................................... 32 Canelson Drilling Inc.............................................................................................98 Cardinal Signs Ltd................................................................................................... 78 Carson Energy Services Ltd.................................................................................66 Central Hotel.......................................................................................................... 101 Clarion Hotel & Suites.........................................................................................100 Classic Vacuum Truck Ltd.................................................................................... 58 Comfort Inn & Suites...........................................................................................100 Convey-All Industries Inc......................................................................................16 COR Solutions.........................................................................................................80 Countryside Inn..................................................................................................... 101 Cros-Man Direct Underground Ltd................................................................... 79 D & G Polyethylene Products Ltd....................................................................... 87 Dallas Transport Ltd................................................................................................ 13 Dalziel Oilfield Consulting Ltd..............................................................................91 Denray Tire Ltd........................................................................................................ 31 Ducks Unlimited Canada......................................................................................90 Dueck Mechanical................................................................................................IFC Economic Development Brandon....................................................................... 29 Enbridge Pipelines (Virden) Inc.......................................................................... 87 Estevan Energy Expo.............................................................................................. 47 Estevan Plastic Products Ltd................................................................................ 93 Falcon Enterprises Ltd........................................................................................... 35 Fast Trucking Service Ltd...................................................................................... 92 Firemaster Oilfield Services Inc.......................................................................... 65 Fontana’s Trucking................................................................................................. 37 Fountain Tire............................................................................................................88 Foxtail Hauling........................................................................................................ 79 Freightliner Manitoba............................................................................................ 32 G.D. Newton & Associates Inc............................................................................ 34 GB Contract Inspection Ltd.................................................................................. 73 GlobalFlow Inc.......................................................................................................... 17 got mats.....................................................................................................................81 Graham Group Ltd............................................................................................. OBC Grunthal Welding................................................................................................... 63 Guardian Traffic Services......................................................................................30 Guild Insurance Brokers Inc................................................................................. 36 Hodgson Custom Rolling Inc..................................................................................5 Horizon Enterprises Inc........................................................................................ 73 Hudson Rentals Inc................................................................................................89 Hydrodig Canada.................................................................................................... 73 Impact Oil Management.........................................................................................3 Integra Tire...............................................................................................................68 Ironrider Oilfield Services..................................................................................... 79 Iv’s Rentals & Equipment Rental & Sales..........................................................46 J & G Homes / C & C Rentals............................................................................. 33 Jebb Electric..............................................................................................................91 JTL Industries Ltd...................................................................................................99 K. Kilford Construction Ltd................................................................................... 92 King’s Septic & Portable Toilet Service Inc....................................................... 87 Larry’s Oilfield Engine............................................................................................40 Lee’s Service Centre...............................................................................................40 Leech Printing.......................................................................................................... 34

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Luke’s Town Service...............................................................................................96 Manitoba Mineral Resources – Petroleum Branch......................................... 51 Maxfield Inc............................................................................................................. 55 Millennium Directional Services........................................................................ 93 Milwaukee Tool.......................................................................................................86 Mnp Llp................................................................................................................... 59 Motel 6..................................................................................................................... 101 Neset Consulting Service..................................................................................... 58 Norbert’s Manufacturing......................................................................................94 Ocean Trailer........................................................................................................... 75 Odanah Truck Line Inc.......................................................................................... 34 Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd..................................................................................... 97 Operating Engineers Training Institute of Manitoba Inc.............................. 24 Peloquin Mfg. Inc....................................................................................................80 Plainsman Mfg. Inc................................................................................................ 95 Powell Concrete Construction............................................................................. 31 Prairie Blasting & Coating Ltd..............................................................................14 Prairie Geomatics Ltd............................................................................................ 95 Prairie Sky Cabins................................................................................................... 38 Precise Tong Service/Well Service.....................................................................41 Precision Well Servicing..................................................................................... IBC Pro-Drill.....................................................................................................................40 Pumps & Pressure Inc............................................................................................ 31 PWR Custom Fencing Ltd.................................................................................... 38 Redvers & District Oil Showcase........................................................................ 23 Redwood Motor Inn................................................................................................ 31 Reliable Metal Buildings Ltd................................................................................96 Renaissance Station................................................................................................ 31 RM of Wallace......................................................................................................... 38 Rocking Horse Energy Services.......................................................................... 82 Royal LePage............................................................................................................ 37 Safety Source............................................................................................................41 Scotsmun Steel....................................................................................................... 87 Scott Land & Lease Ltd...........................................................................................91 Shale Creative......................................................................................................... 38 Skyway Canada....................................................................................................... 85 Souris & Glenwood Community Development Corporation.......................42 Sprung Structures....................................................................................................19 Sto/Van Oilfield Maintenance............................................................................ 38 Summitt Liability Solutions Inc........................................................................... 53 Sunrise Credit Union.............................................................................................49 Super 8..................................................................................................................... 101 Sutton-Harrison Realty.........................................................................................84 Synergy Land...........................................................................................................70 Taylor Oilfield Services.......................................................................................... 52 Team Snubbing Services Inc................................................................................ 77 Testlabs International Ltd.....................................................................................86 Texcan.........................................................................................................................11 The Competitor Fire Extinguishers Sales & Service.......................................86 Third Dimension Industries................................................................................. 57 Town of Redvers...................................................................................................... 22 Town of Virden........................................................................................................40 Transwest Company.............................................................................................. 72 Tremcar Inc............................................................................................................... 15 Tri-Core Projects Manitoba Ltd..........................................................................44 Triangle Welding & Machining........................................................................... 43 Trican Well Service.................................................................................................61 Virden Meter...........................................................................................................69 Watson Land Services........................................................................................... 76 WCB........................................................................................................................... 71 Welders Supplies....................................................................................................70 Well Traxx................................................................................................................. 74 Western Financial Group...................................................................................... 34 Western Heritage................................................................................................... 83 Western Motel........................................................................................................ 34 Western Safety Sign Co........................................................................................90 Wheat City Concrete Products Ltd....................................................................94 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference............................................................. 27


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