PIPELINE NEWS Saskatchewan’s Petroleum Monthly
Canada Post Publication No. 40069240
Volume 5 Issue 3
Not in Short Supply Focusing on the oilfield supply shops
1 - on - 1 with Ed Dancsok Page A4
C&B OilÄeld a family business Page B1
erhard poggemiller the man in kerrobert Page C3
The green Ɵnted man, Alex Tino, is applying a powder coaƟng to the inside of a tubular pipe at the internal coaƟng shop at Rev Energy Services in Kerrobert. Photo by Geoī Lee
PIPELINE NEWS August 2012
INSIDE SECTION A
1-on-1 with Ed Dancsok
19 Do All Acquires Hyduke
20 Stay Safe In The Heat
MRC MidĮeld Making A Splash
22 Wil-Tech Taking High Road To Service 34 Sask. Divided On CCS
15 TS&M Supply Expanding
SECTION B 1
C&B - A Family Business
15 Diesel Fuel With Fry Oil
Workplace Safety Rollout
17 Shell's CCS Gets Green Light
Rigcharge By Revamp
19 FNRM Raising Capital
10 NOV Acquires CE Franklin
SECTION C 1
12 Partners In Compliance
Erhard Poggemiller The Man In Kerrobert
15 Kerrobert Town ProĮle
25 Lloydminster's Colonial Days
Rev Energy Ramping Up Business
10 Two Irishmen Land Jobs With Sandpiper
26 Gibson's Simulator
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COADC cautiously optimistic with forecast By Geoﬀ Lee Pipeline News Calgary – The Canadian Association of Drilling Contractors is cautiously optimistic it will meet its revised forecast activity numbers for the rest of 2012. Tight equity markets, global economic uncertainty and the price of oil are the three main wild cards that could aﬀect how drilling plays out for CAODC member companies. “For the third quarter, we do see a bit of softening because of the junior and small cap companies – the equity markets are getting pretty tight and cash ﬂow is tightening up,” said Nancy Malone, vice-president of operations. “We haven’t seen a signiﬁcant amount of rigs being dropped, so we are cautiously optimistic in terms of the utilization numbers we are projecting in Q3. “Small companies don’t have a lot of production to fall back on. “The smaller companies do a signiﬁcant amount of drilling. When you look at the number of companies there are, and the number of rigs in our ﬂeet, they are a large part of our customer base.” The second quarter ended June 30 with a utilization rate of 22 per cent, slightly above the forecasted 20 per cent for Canada. Malone thinks the forecasted 53 per cent utilization rate for the current third quarter is also achievable.
“We are pretty early in Q3. Everyone is pretty comfortable with what they’ve got booked out in terms of their equipment,” she said. “We haven’t seen any signiﬁcant signs of that being any diﬀerent. It’s only July 12, so we have all of July, August and September to go.” The utilization rate in Alberta had already risen to 29 per cent at the beginning of the week of July 10, while Saskatchewan’s utilization rate was 49 per cent and climbing. Malone cautioned that the price of oil, which stood at $84 in mid-July, and the economic turmoil in Europe could make it tougher for the small drilling contractors to meet their forecast drilling targets for the year. “That’s where the bank part becomes part of the equation. They are looking at the bigger picture and being a little more cautious in terms of their dollars,” said Malone. On the bright side, drilling was ramping up quickly in July with the return of hot and dry weather, but will fall short of last year’s summer frenzy. “Last year, we actually had a tremendous Q3,” said Malone. “That was mostly due to last spring – there was so much rain. There was ﬂooding everywhere in Saskatchewan and in Alberta then there were ﬁres. “It was sort of the biblical year last year. If it wasn’t ﬂoods, it was ﬁres and that prevented a lot of our rigs going to work in Q2, so a lot of that work got made up in Q3.
2012 Total Number of Wells Completed (Western Canada): 11,834 QUARTER
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“We won’t see it as signiﬁcantly as it was last year – June this year was very rainy.” CAODC is also sticking with its May 29 revised lower well count that was down to 11,834 from 12,672 due to the industry trend to drill increasingly complex horizontal wells. “We are cautiously optimistic. We dropped that number slightly from our original forecast, but I think that’s a reasonable target to be achieving,” said Malone. “As drilling contractors, we’re not necessarily as ﬁxated on the well count number as we are on the operating days. “Because of the long reach and the long horizontal wells that we drill, the operating days are staying fairly stable.” CAODC expects to realize its prediction to accumulate 141,654 operating days by the end of 2012 despite a continued labour shortage. “We would still like to recruit back some of the experienced people we lost in the last downturn – the derrick hands and the drillers that are working in diﬀerent careers now,” said Malone. “We had a good last year and through this past winter we had some good activity. “I think most of our contractors have staﬀed up and they are hoping by getting them back to work in the summer and the fall, we will see some stability in the workforce. “There is always a need for experienced people. Our contractors continually try to recruit them back into the patch.”
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BRIEFS Petrobank boosts Kerrobert THAI volumes in Q2
Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. reports second quarter 2012 production at its Kerrobert THAI project was 236 bbls of oil per day, up from ďŹ rst-quarter 2012 production of 193 bbls of oil per day. These production volumes represent actual sale volumes for each period reported, said Petrobank. Wet weather in June negatively impacted production by preventing movement of service rigs needed for workovers on several of the companyâ€™s wells. However, during this period, it was able to maintain steady THAI oil production. Petrobank expects that oil production will continue to rise as the company maintains its balanced approach of building out the THAI combustion front. As previously reported, Petrobank has identiďŹ ed multiple opportunities to use some of the existing wells on its Saskatchewan lands for conventional cold heavy oil production. The company expects to initiate this production on ďŹ ve wells by early August.
Briefs courtesy Nickleâ€™s Daily Oil Bulletin
Thereâ€™s still a lot of land left to prove
As a general rule, roughly 80 per cent of leased lands return to the Crown after the primary term has expired. Â„ By Brian Zinchuk Pipeline News Regina - In 2008, Saskatchewan blew all previous land sales records out of the water with $1.12 billion in Crown land sales. The vast majority of that, $915.7 million, was in southeast Saskatchewan, driven by the push to explore and develop the Bakken play. During the 2011 Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show, Oilman of the Year Scott Saxberg, CEO of Crescent Point Energy Corp., revealed that Crescent Point was behind $700 million of that yearâ€™s land acquisition, buying both Crown and freehold leases. In August 2011, Saskatchewan hit an active drilling rig record on 122 rigs. In the meantime, North Dakotaâ€™s Bakken play has seen its oil production shoot past all other states except Texas. Now, four years after those phenomenal land sales, the 2008 leases are nearing their expiries. In June, Pipeline News asked the Ministry of Economy what the results have been, and what to expect. Ed Dancsok, assistant deputy minister of petroleum and natural gas for the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy, spoke on behalf the ministry.
levels of oil well drilling activity in 2011 and to date in 2012 suggest the amount of land allowed to lapse at the end of the ďŹ ve-year term may be somewhat less than has historically been the case. For example, a review of drilling activity on those leases due to expire in 2014 shows that approximately 85 per cent of the leases at this point do not have a producing well and will be terminated unless they are drilled by March 31, 2014. With record land sale activity in 2008, obviously it would take record drilling to equal the 80 per cent historical average. However, weâ€™re already at 85 per cent with 21 months still to go, so thereâ€™s a reasonable chance less land will be allowed to lapse than is normally the case. Time will tell. One mitigating factor to consider is the extent to which lessees conduct development drilling on leases that already have a producing well. Economics may dictate that lessees focus more drilling activity on leases that have a producing well on them rather than drilling higher risk leases. Ultimately, itâ€™s the companyâ€™s decision to make â€“ drill to continue leases, or drill on lands with proven reserves. É¸ Page A5
Pipeline News: How much of the Crown land that was leased in 2008 has been proven up? Most? All? Half? Ed Dancsok: As a general rule, roughly 80 per cent of leased lands return to the Crown after the primary term has expired. That has been the historical trend. However, high
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page A4 PN: The standard expiry on a lease is ďŹ ve years. If I am not mistaken, they have to drill one well per section to prove up a lease in that ďŹ ve years, correct? ED: There are two types of dispositions in the southeast â€“ leases and exploration licences. Leases have a ďŹ ve-year primary term after which time an annual continuance review is conducted. Exploration licences have a two-year term in the southern portion of the province, and conversion to lease is based on the level of drilling activity. If the exploration license is converted to a lease, the lessee has ďŹ ve years before continuance review, meaning seven years in total for lands sold as exploration licences. There are a number of typical reasons for continuance beyond the primary term. However, in very simpliďŹ ed terms these include the appropriate level of drilling activity and achieving production. PN: How much land could potentially come up again in 2013 that was part of that 2008 grab? ED: Technically, the correct answer here is â€œnone.â€? Leases sold during a given year are provided a term-start date of the following April 1. Therefore, those leases deďŹ ned as sold during 2008 would have a term-start date of April 1, 2009 and would not be reviewed until 2014. Applying the 80 per cent historical factor, an estimated 395,000 hectares may be returned to the Crown in 2014. However, it should be noted the high level of drilling activity may mean something less than the 80 per cent. It should also be noted that leases selected from exploration licences sold in 2008 will not be eligible to revert to the Crown until 2016. PN: How does one ďŹ nd out which land will be available to be bid upon, and when? ED: Companies can refer to the Oil and Gas InfoMap on the Energy & Resources website. This provides shapeďŹ les for disposed Crown mineral lands, or industry can consult third party software that displays disposed Crown mineral lands. More sophisticated software programs also provide available mineral rights. The ministry website is updated daily. Third party software vendors receive monthly updates on disposition status. PN: How common is it for land that has been leased to be allowed to lapse at the end of a lease because it has not been developed? ED: It is not uncommon. As noted earlier, historically roughly 80 per cent of leased lands revert to the Crown. How-
ever, given the level of drilling activity so far in 2012, the ďŹ gure may be something less than 80 per cent this year. PN: Does the ministry expect some sort of mad dash of drilling over this year to prove up land? Or have we already seen that? ED: First, a bit of perspective. Last year â€“ 2011 â€“ was Saskatchewanâ€™s second best year on record for oil well drilling. There were 3,528 oil wells drilled last year, second only to 1997 when there were 3,608. To May 31, 2012 there have been 1,110 oil wells drilled in the province. This is ahead of the pace in 2011 when there were 1,014 oil wells drilled to May 31. These ďŹ gures would seem to support the hypothesis that industry is focused more on drilling than acquiring additional lands. If present trends continue, we would seem to be on track for an outstanding drilling year where oil is concerned. That said, it should be noted weâ€™re only ďŹ ve months into the calendar year and a good deal can happen between now and December 31. Right now, it would appear the level of drilling in Saskatchewan suggests some priority is being given to proving up land. However, over the second half of 2012, industry may still elect to focus more drilling on lands with proven reserves, which would mean a higher probability of more lands reverting back to the province. Time will tell if industry chooses to emphasize drilling expiries or development wells. PN: As of June 13, Saskatchewan has 75 active drilling rigs. Is that about on track for what the ministry expects, given a somewhat wetter spring? According to Riglocator.ca, thatâ€™s almost exactly on par with 2011 and 2010 for this time of year. ED: The short answer would be yes, thatâ€™s roughly on track. A more complete answer would note that as of June 27, 2012 there were 68 active drilling rigs in Saskatchewan and a further 64 down for a total of 132. Our active percentage was 52 per cent, the highest ďŹ gure in Western Canada and well above the national average (35 per cent). There were 135 active service rigs in Saskatchewan to June 27 and a further 63 down for a total of 198. We had the highest percentage (68 per cent) of active service rigs in Western Canada, which suggests there may be an increase in the number of active drilling rigs in due course. These ďŹ gures change on a daily basis due to weather (e.g. heavy rainfall) and other factors. For example, the modest dip from June 13 to June 27 would be due to rainfall in the active drilling areas during those two weeks. However, I think itâ€™s fair to say theyâ€™re roughly on par with what we saw in 2011 and 2010.
Applying the 80 per cent historical factor, an estimated 395,000 hectares may be returned to the Crown in 2014.
BRIEFS NEB to hold hearing for Maple Creek pipeline abandonment The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a written public hearing to consider an application by Enerplus Corporation to abandon the 2.53-kilometre long Maple Creek pipeline. The pipeline, which crosses the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, was constructed in 2005 and is located approximately 48 kilometres east/southeast of Medicine Hat and approximately three kilometres east/ northeast of Walsh, Alberta, on the Saskatchewan border. The 114.30-millimetre outside-diameter pipeline carries sweet gas from Alberta wells to facilities in the Maple Creek ďŹ eld in Saskatchewan. The wells associated with this pipeline are provincially licensed. In its application, Enerplus has indicated that these wells will be abandoned, and as a result, continued operation of the Maple Creek pipeline is no longer required. Among the issues the NEB will consider are public consultation, measures taken and proposed to abandon the facilities, and potential environmental and socio-economic eďŹ€ects of the abandonment. Members of the public can participate in the hearing in one of two ways: by seeking intervenor status or by ďŹ ling a letter of comment.
Any person wishing to intervene in the hearing or ďŹ le a letter of comment must ďŹ le the required documents with the NEB and serve a copy on Enerplus by Aug. 29, 2012. The board will then issue the list of parties and list of issues.
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Health care, K-12 magnets for small towns It’s great to have a Tim Hortons and a new recreation facility in the town where you live, but what really attracts and retains workers and residents to small communities in Saskatchewan is a good health care and school system. That’s the case in the town of Kerrobert where construction is underway on the new $23 million Kerrobert & District Integrated Health Centre to replace aging facilities the community has outgrown. The new centre will provide 24/7 emergency medical services and a full range of communitybased services from long-term care and occupational therapy to physical therapy and mental health and addictions treatment. Having a state-of-the-art hospital is certainly a big draw for the growing oil and gas industry throughout the Kerrobert area. Questions about health care and schools top the list of relocation inquiries to the town oﬃce. Major companies such as Enbridge, Northern Blizzard, Alliance Pipeline and Penn West can operate more securely with the knowledge emergency medical services are close by to treat any work-related injury or illness. The new centre will also attract additional high paid health-care workers following the short term economic impact of having 200 construction workers living in hotels, motels, camps and rental housing. The biggest supporters of the new health-care centre are the residents and businesses in the area that have already raised more than $4 million of the $5 million portion of the cost to the town. The fundraising eﬀort is also a reﬂection of new community pride as Kerrobert rides the crest of a new
economic boom driven by the oil and gas sector. The K-12 school combined with the new healthcare centre make it easier for the town to market itself to residents and new businesses that value health care and education for their families. Without the new hospital and health clinics, residents and mobile oil workers would be forced to make a 30 to 40 minute drive to Kindersley to the south or Unity to the north on Highway 21. The new centre will provide care for all ages including 30 long-term care beds for Kerrobert seniors. Excitement and optimism over the construction start of the health-care centre is spilling over to the upcoming grand opening of the new reverse osmosis water treatment plant on Aug. 3. Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd, whose riding includes Kerrobert, has been invited to the opening. He will talk about what the new treatment plant will mean to economic growth in Kerrobert. Last year, Kerrobert celebrated its 100th anniversary and the community is already quickly moving to establish a solid economic base for the next 100 years, led by the oil and gas industry and infrastructure improvements. When the word gets out that Kerrobert has a new health-care facility and some of the cleanest water in the province, it won’t be long before the quintessential Tim Hortons comes to town. Improvements to the existing hockey arena, the hub of winter recreation, are also in the works which will help keep the town on an economic breakaway for months to come. It’s a game plan for other like-minded communities to follow.
PIPELINE NEWS August 2012
Lee Side of Lloyd
By Geoff Lee
Alberta pipeline spills ill timed
Three noteworthy oil pipeline spills in Alberta in May and June aren’t doing the industry’s reputation any good, let alone helping to sell the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to British Columbians. On June 18, approximately 230,000 litres of oil spilled from a pumping station on Enbridge’s Athabasca pipeline, 24 kilometres from Elk Point, Alta. Crews are still working to clean a spill of nearly 800,000 litres of oil on May 19 from a Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. well about 200 kilometres from the Northwest Territories border, and 160,000 to 480,000 litres of oil that spilled on June 7 from a Plains Midstream Canada pipeline that ruptured beneath the Red Deer River. Environmental groups seized the series of accidents, which includes a massive spill from a Plains pipe last year, to call for a review on pipeline safety in Alberta. New Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes was quoted in the Calgary Herald as he claimed the reputation of the province “is governed by how we respond when incidents like this happen, how industry responds, how responsible they are.”
He went on to state, “In that respect, Alberta has a very good reputation and has very high standards.” However, environmental groups and opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline argue it doesn’t matter how well the province responds to spills because any spill proves no pipeline is safe, no matter how many regulations are in place. Enbridge blamed the Elk Point spill on the failure of a ﬂange gasket in the pumping station, which goes to show laws and safety regulations alone cannot prevent a spill from a mechanical fault. In 2010, the province averaged nearly two pipeline failures a day, spilling 9,350 litres. Pipeline safety is a critical issue for Alberta as the province continues its eﬀorts to convince people in the U.S. and British Columbia that the TransCanada Corporation Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipeline proposals can be built without causing environmental damage. Polls consistently show the majority of B.C. residents are opposed to the pipeline, in part because they fear that leaks will damage the environment. Alberta’s arguments about economic beneﬁts for Western Canada fall short in B.C., the province of the Green Party and staunch advocates of the environment.
As a former 10-year resident in B.C. including Kitimat, the end point of the Northern Gateway project, and a former employee of the B.C. Forest Service in Nelson, it’s clear to me that British Columbians value their environment above economic development. High unemployment all over B.C. has never been a reason to keep people from staying or migrating to that province. For many B.C. residents, pipelines and the environment are mutually exclusive with little or no room for compromise. For more than 10 years, environmental groups in B.C. fought to defeat the development of the remote Jumbo Pass ski resort near Invermere on the basis it was home to at least one grizzly bear. They lost that ﬁght, but the point is that most B.C. residents live hundreds of miles from the proposed pipeline route. As with Jumbo, they can’t see what’s in it for them, other than the fear of oil spills that keep occurring in the province next door that will beneﬁt the most. Promising to build a safe oil pipeline through hundreds of kilometers of mountainous terrain beneﬁt is a very tough sell in a province with the slogan, Beautiful British Columbia.
Thoughts From My Fingers By Jordan Baker
Many people still to sway for Northern Gateway Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is getting some interest following a report that heavily criticized the company’s handling of their pipeline leak that dumped three million litres of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in July 2010. The report by the U.S National Transportation Safety Board comes out as the public and government review process continues for the Northern Gateway project. Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, who has previously established himself as an opponent of Western Canada’s oil industry, has now predicted the end is nigh for the proposed pipeline. Mulcair said he will read the federal review of the Northern Gateway proposal but that it won’t change his “fundamental” view that it’s a bad project, and that’s where Mulcair crosses the line from reasonable skepticism to covering up his ears, closing his eyes and shouting, “I’m not listening!” His job is to read that document with an open mind. Maybe inside, all the problems have a solution and the proposal is bulletproof. By saying more information won’t change his mind he’s just being a blind politician. Even so, based on the contents of the safety board’s report, along with Enbridge’s reaction to it, it would be hard to believe the project could move forward. With Enbridge’s next CEO, Al Monaco, saying they made “lots of enhancements” in “various areas of our business,” he’s just talking like a politician, by saying nothing and blowing smoke up the undersides of the media and the public. The reports into Enbridge’s pipeline ﬁasco in Michigan found that not only was there a leak in the
pipe, but personnel took 17 hours to respond properly to the alarms alerting them to crude being pumped into the Kalamazoo River. If Monaco only speaks vaguely of enhancements in various areas, then public conﬁdence in these systems can’t be very high. When I hear someone speak like that, it leads me to two conclusions: the ﬁrst being that he doesn’t care what anybody thinks, Enbridge is his business and he’ll run their pipelines however he sees ﬁt, and second, there are no enhancements at all. If he had concrete solutions to the failures of the older system, things that would actually put the public’s mind at ease, it would be a great PR move to let everybody know about those. When the public is protesting the installation of further pipelines, it’s kind of in Enbridge’s best interest to give out all the information that could sway support in their favour. Enbridge is a big company with smart engineers. They have people who could ﬁgure out solutions to the problems that arose from the previous spill. I don’t question the ability of their engineers to ﬁx the problems, but meanwhile, there have been a number of other leaks in Albertan pipelines this year. Leaks are rare, but they happen. Enbridge needs to get into speciﬁcs about how they are minimizing the risk. If projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline or the Keystone XL pipeline are going to move forward, what are the speciﬁc “enhancements” or contingency plans that will prevent three million litres of crude oil to spill into Canada’s ecosystems? When people think back to BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, they’re reminded that it wasn’t one failure but multiple failures. Well, what kind of failsafes will be enacted on this Northern Gateway pipe-
line that will stop a multiple-sy stem failure from occurring? With the leak into the Kalamazoo River, it wasn’t just one failure. It was multiple problems. Not only did the pipe leak, but the incompetent crew also decided the best course of action was to pump more oil through it. Twice they decided the best thing to do was to pump more oil. If that’s how their employees are acting in a time of crisis, perhaps there should be an enhancement to Enbridge’s hiring practices. That’s one of the enhancements they could let us know about. Maybe it wasn’t a hiring issue but a supervision issue. Tell the public what the enhancement to supervision is. The issue of informing the public is relevant because of how it is our environments that are aﬀected when these companies have system failures. They have to earn public trust if they wish for their projects to be embraced by the entire country. When Mulcair said he can’t see the Northern Gateway going ahead, he’s probably only saying it because the issue has been politicized and that’s the stance the federal NDP have decided to take. But I have to agree, because unless I see some of the “enhancements” I’ve been hearing so much about, and know in what “various areas” of their business these enhancements have been made, there’s absolutely no way I could support the construction of a new pipeline that is just going to fall victim to the same errors a previous one did.
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PetroBakken weathers tough spring Calgary â€” PetroBakken Energy Ltd. provided an update on their second quarter 2012 drilling activity and production, and the company is on pace to meet production and
capital guidance for the year. Their average production in the second quarter was 38,700 boepd, based on ďŹ eld estimates, comprised of more than 14,800
boepd from the Bakken business unit, more than 15,600 boepd from the Cardium business unit, and the remainder from their Saskatchewan Conventional and AB/ BC business units.
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million shares in the second quarter for a total investment of $30.8 million ($12.34/ share),â€? said the release. â€œYear-to-date we have purchased approximately 3.3 million shares for a total of $45.2 million ($13.56/share).â€? PetroBakken noted that those numbers are consistent with previous years, and the second half of the year will be their period of highest activity. â€œOur capital program has been slightly delayed by approximately three weeks, and we are well positioned to catch up prior to the end of the year.â€? They expect to have 15 drilling rigs operating for most of the second half of 2012, including seven rigs in the Cardium, drilling 57 net wells; six rigs in the Bakken, drilling 75 net wells; one rig in southeastern Saskatchewan, drilling 27 net wells; and one rig drilling four net wells in the emerging plays in Alberta. â€œOur balance sheet liquidity position remains exceptionally strong with approximately $1.1 billion of available capacity under our facility at June 30,â€? noted the company. â€œWith approximately 75 per cent of our planned wells for 2012 yet to be drilled, we anticipate continued production growth during the second half of the year and reiterate our 2012 exit rate production guidance for 2012 of 52,000 to 56,000 boepd.â€?
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MRC trying to make splash in the Energy City trust your staﬀ,” noted Chrest. “You make a mistake, it’s not good. You need them to give you a chance, to come in and see what you’ve got. From there you got to work hard to make sure you get them the right
stuﬀ in a timely manner. “Because the store is fairly new in town, we’re just trying to break in. We’ve had a presence in Weyburn and Carlyle for a number of years and this kind of helps ﬁll a gap between the
two.” As Estevan is geographically in the centre of those towns, the new store gives MRC a more complete presence in the oil-rich southeast. ɸ Page A10
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By Jordan Baker for Pipeline News Estevan — Building a base for oilﬁeld supply sales isn’t the easiest thing to do, even in an area of the province where the oil industry shapes the day. But MRC Midﬁeld set up shop in Estevan and has since been building a client list at a steady pace. Blaine Chrest, branch manager of Estevan location, said the operation has been coming into its own in the past few months, getting a foot in the door of the competitive retail side of the oilﬁeld. “Whatever business you get into, you always want to see the business grow,” said Chrest. “We had our ﬁrst milliondollar month in June. It was a pretty big step for our store, and our corporate people were pretty happy to see that. I told them, ‘Now that we have one, we want our second one, and hopefully by fall we get into the $2-million month.’ That’s my goal.”
He added that the staﬀ was very proud of the milestone. “They took ownership in it, and they were proud of being involved in it. It’s very nice to see. We have a great staﬀ here. They do take pride in their work.” Chrest commended Mel Fitzpatrick, the manager of the MRC branch in Carlyle, who got the store together in Estevan and hired the group that is in there now. Chrest has been managing the Estevan store since April. “It’s been a pretty easy transformation in here, and I’m trying to build on what he started,” Chrest said of his ﬁrst quarter at the store. In order to build, the new group still needs to win some people over, but Chrest said they are still breaking in and collecting contracts from local companies. Building relationships with the oil companies in the area is the key to what they are
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Milestones are being reached ɺ Page A9 “Being in the largest city in the area for activity, they needed to have a presence here,” Chrest said. “It’s been a slow rebuilding. We’re the small player on the street so far.” The street he referred to was Kensington Avenue, where they are set up almost right across from CE Franklin and within eyesight of TS&M, the Estevan-based behemoth. MRC Midﬁeld has now had a presence in the Energy City since October 2011. Chrest noted that while they have their contract customers, they are still trying to open up into the non-contract business. They want to earn themselves a spot as an alternative to other supply stores in the area. “It’s easier now that it’s busy,” he said about establishing the company. “If it was a slow time, we’d be (struggling). We’ve got some key people here. We’ve got some key relationships that we’re trying to tap into.” Chrest may be a new manager for MRC in Estevan, but he isn’t new to the game. He’s worked sales for a number of years in the oilﬁeld industry and has also spent time in the business of renting equipment for the oilpatch. Because of his time at other stores, including very close competitors, he intimately knows how well other companies can service their customers. “We know what we have to do to get to that level. We’ve got to oﬀer that kind of service.” Chrest noted that it can be a tough business, and he’s seen instances where there is a mistake made at a store and the customer takes his business across MRC MidĮeld’s building in Estevan holds the pump shop, which employs two individuthe street. He added that isn’t something you hope for from your competition, als. MaƩ Kuentz manages the shop and is seen here charƟng part numbers. but if it does, it’s important to meet the customer’s needs in order to keep them for the future. “Since I’ve been here (in April), our inventory has grown over $1 million in three months. Mainly due to some key contracts, supplying rods, and we’ve had to bring in more. That’s a good thing.” He noted Estevan is one of MRC’s biggest inventory stores. In comparison to other stores in Customer service is our top priority and for more than 60 years Import Tool has been a leader the southeast and Manitoba’s southwest, they have in providing liner tool completions, stage cementing tools, casing packers, innerstring the most inventory at their ﬁngertips. cementing service, ﬂoat equipment and casing accessories to Canadian oil and gas Three-quarters of it is sucker rods. “That’s probably half our sales. We’ve had companies who demand the best. some key contracts come into place with some big customers. That’s what they want, so that’s what we supply,” said Chrest. Saskatchewan and Manitoba He added that they had just done a study on 306•634•2511 their sales and found they were about 50 per cent 78 Devonian Street ~ Estevan, Saskatchewan contract sales and 50 per cent non-contract, which surprised him a little. “That’s unusual. I thought we’d be 70/30. We want to look after those key customers but not forget that there are other people out there as well.” To get some more business outside of contracts, he said it just takes the sales team getting out and “beating the bushes.” Chrest said he was hoping to get out to make a few sales calls when he ﬁrst started at MRC, but has found himself too busy with the administrative side of his job so far. He said they’d also like to get more involved in the sale of pipes, valves and ﬁttings as well as getting into more building facilities supplies. ɸ Page A11
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Â„ By Jordan Baker CarnduďŹ€ â€” Every supply store needs a regular customer base, and when C&N OilďŹ eld moved across Highway 18 to add C&N Supply to its business, thatâ€™s exactly what they found. What CarnduďŹ€ had been lacking up until then, C&N OilďŹ eld was now going to supply. As one of the most easterly towns in Saskatchewanâ€™s southeast, there was no outlet that supplied the tools and goods many in the areaâ€™s oilďŹ eld sector required. The gap was ďŹ lled when the maintenance business of 25 years decided to add the supply store in October 2010. Since that time, the store has boomed, and C&Nâ€™s customer base has exploded. Kris Carley, C&N OilďŹ eld and Supply operations manager, said the store has complemented their maintenance business, adding customers from several walks of life. OilďŹ eld workers, the Town of CarnduďŹ€, golf courses and even farmers are now able to come into the store to pick up what they need. Without having to leave town to head to Oxbow, or at times even Estevan, having the site in CarnduďŹ€ is a major convenience. É¸ Page A13
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done for production on their maintenance side has been incredible. Not only do they have the supplies they need right next to their shop, but they also deliver supplies with their maintenance crews as they are often heading out to a location for work. They can now get two things done in one trip. â€œProductivity for us (has improved greatly). Our guys are working on a project in the shop, they walk in the store and they grab everything they need. The convenience of it and just in manhours alone, itâ€™s just great,â€? he said. They are storing six pressure trucks in the old shop right now. It was when they ďŹ rst started buying the pressure trucks that they ďŹ nally decided a store on-site, or at the very least in CarnduďŹ€, was a necessity.
â€œThe big thing was when we started getting into the pressure truck side of it â€” weâ€™ve got six pressure trucks now that weâ€™re batching with â€” when we bought our ďŹ rst truck there were valves that would go on it, or a hydraulic hose or whatever that you needed.â€? They bought their second truck used and had to do a lot of work on it after they did a complete rebuild. â€œIt seemed like every second day we were sending somebody to Oxbow to get ďŹ ttings to rebuild this pressure truck because there was nothing in town. We tried to plan ahead, but youâ€™d be short a valve or something. Then weâ€™re wasting time because I had to get in a truck and go to Oxbow and come back.â€? É¸ Page A14
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ɺ Page A13 Carley added that while they can now multitask diﬀerent jobs, customers can also solve most of their problems with one phone call. “One thing that we’re doing now that wasn’t part of our business plan, but it sure became one right away, the guys now can phone us for the belts, or the shivs or the nipples, and they can get a crew in one phone call. So a lot of the stuﬀ that we’re selling is going out on our trucks. I get lots of guys that call say, ‘you know, I’m just glad I can make one phone call and be done with it.’” The store has turned the Carnduﬀ company into a kind of one-stop shop for oilﬁeld supplies and maintenance. There are 35 trucks running with C&N Oilﬁeld that are heading to locations all over the area for jobs, so Carley said they can throw a bag of ﬁttings on the truck with the
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than a dozen on hand. They ﬁrst developed their inventory based on what they thought their customers would need, and as customers came in and requested other items, their inventory has expanded. “From three months after we opened until now, we’ve probably tripled our inventory in a year and a half, just to keep up with the demand and to make sure we got the stuﬀ on the shelf.” When they built the store, they planned enough room so they had some space to grow and develop. They’ve added two new racks full of inventory since opening. They also have storage above the store. “If there ever does become a space issue, we still own our old building. We were building a new shop so we put the store in the new shop, but we still got the old shop across the highway there. If we ever needed to, we could always move in there and give ourselves some more space.” They are currently looking to expand further, with interest in setting up shop for C&N Oilﬁeld in North Dakota. Carley said they are still looking to acquire some land, but noted they have a location in mind as they eye Stanley, a small town between Williston and Minot, for the expansion.
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Having a local head ofÀce offers unique view on oilpatch By Jordan Baker Estevan — The biggest oilﬁeld supply company in Saskatchewan’s southeast is updating its headquarters, as TS&M Supply’s Estevan head oﬃce is scheduled for a big facelift. The company has been in business for almost 40 years, after beginning as a small store run by three local Estevan businessmen. It has grown into perhaps the biggest supply store in the province with about 80 employees in Estevan alone. Dan Pratt, regional manager for TS&M in Estevan, noted that the head oﬃce location is in the throes of getting even bigger. The end project will be the construction of a new 42,000 square foot building on their current site. Work has already started as an addition is under construction at the back of the south building on Kensington Avenue. Pratt said once that is complete, they will be able to move the people and operations out of the north building, which will be taken down. A new building will then be constructed on the site of the original structure. The update of their head oﬃce is an important thing for the store as they are an Estevan-based company. TS&M is unique as a supply store headquartered out of a small city in the heart of the Saskatchewan oil industry. “The biggest thing that sets us aside from those other companies in that regard,” said Pratt, “is that when your head oﬃce is in Calgary, it’s more oﬃce related, where we still consider ourselves, kind of, ﬁeld guys at heart. (The ﬁeld) is really where the work happens.” The ability to work directly with oilpatch workers out of their head oﬃce is an important part of who TS&M is, added Pratt. “That, I think, sets us aside because we’ve got our ﬁngers on the pulse of the oilpatch,” he said. “No matter what technology is available, it will always be a hardworking-person’s industry. Any given morning, we’ve got crew guys coming into our head oﬃce to get a coﬀee right outside (my oﬃce). Staying close to that is certainly something that TS&M is very passionate about.” He added that it’s the construction crews as well, who he called the “heart and soul of the oilpatch,” who frequent the store and oﬃce. Above Pratt’s oﬃce door hangs a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi, reﬂecting on the relationship between the customer and the merchant. ɸ Page A16
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Customers Ă€rst Éş Page A15 It reads, â€œA customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption of our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider of our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.â€? â€œI found that about four or ďŹ ve years ago, and he certainly hits the nail on the head that the only reason weâ€™re in business is for our customers. I donâ€™t make any of my decisions based on anything but them.â€? The connection between TS&M and their customers is a small-town approach, where the focus is on helping the client at every turn. â€œThatâ€™s something that we donâ€™t want to lose sight of, no matter how big the company gets, that one person, that one individual type of need,â€? added Pratt. â€œWeâ€™re not looking at it as â€˜you should shop here because weâ€™re the biggest, you should shop here because I want to help you. You tell me what you need, and I can get it for you.â€™ Thatâ€™s something that I repeat to the staďŹ€ on a regular basis. One person, one customer, thatâ€™s what built this company.â€? Itâ€™s what the customer wants and what the customer needs, that he said
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drives their business. With their operations very localized, it gives them the opportunity to connect the customer and the corporation. â€œCertainly on the inventory side of it, our competitors keep a large portion of their inventory in Alberta, which, when the work is happening in Saskatchewan, it doesnâ€™t do the people of Saskatchewan a lot of good.â€? Pratt noted they carry $21 million worth of inventory on-site at their Estevan location. He said thatâ€™s far higher than a lot of places will carry in Alberta, let alone Saskatchewan. Because their head oďŹƒce and warehouse share a location, he said, â€œWeâ€™re more adaptable, and thereâ€™s less (of a) trickle down eďŹ€ect.â€? Pratt said that when there is a question of stocking a new product because a customer is considering carrying it, the communication doesnâ€™t have to jump from a salesperson to a manager, and then ďŹ nally to someone in Calgary or Edmonton. He said a salesperson at TS&M can get a call about a client looking for a new valve, and they can quickly go to management and get an answer on whether or not they will begin stocking that product. â€œWe can make those decisions in real time. We can react quicker and respond to those ever-changing needs.â€? É¸ Page A17
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The aging building at the north side of TS&M’s complex on Kensington Avenue will be taken down so the new one be constructed on the original site.
TS&M Supply is the only supply store with a head oĸce in the Energy City.
ɺ Page A16 Pratt noted that Estevan is a small centre for a company to have a head office, but said it means that they know people. “That’s something I don’t think Estevan gets enough credit for. It is a gruff town. We’re an oil town and a mining town and a farming town, but when somebody gets sick or somebody is in need, we’re small enough that everybody knows everybody. We’re proud to be a part of that effort.” TS&M is owned by National Oilwell Varco, which recently purchased CE Franklin, a competitor, and one with a store that sits just a couple of doors down from TS&M’s head office in Estevan. “We don’t have a whole lot that I can tell you at this point,” he said, but added that the purchase speaks to the size of NOV. Pratt said the purchase has opened the door for even more opportunity, something that excites him now. He added that they’re going to be having some meetings about how things are going to move forward for the two companies. TS&M and CE Franklin have competing stores in Estevan and Shaunavon, while other centres have just one of them. Going forward, Pratt doesn’t know how those dynamics will continue. “How that plays out, I don’t know, but certainly just from looking at it right now, we always like to have
a lot of areas covered,” said Pratt. “I just think that being able to service more customers in different areas without having to start from scratch, that’s certainly something that would excite me if we end up going down that path. “One of our biggest advantages is that we still have that local feel, that mom and pop kind of mentality. Being that we are a National Oilwell Varco company, who own us, they allow us to run our own company within theirs. It’s nice to have a company of that size back you up.” There are 14 TS&M branches across the country. In Estevan, they have a separate store exclusively for pipes, valves and fittings, as well as the Estevan Fire and Safety division, which covers personal protective equipment and other safety products. They also have a fibreglass and multiplex division. “We like to consider ourselves a one-stop shop for people and for customers, so they can pick up everything they need here.” Pratt said a lot of their size and growth stems from being one of the first companies to provide these kinds of services in the Estevan area. “That’s one of things I’ve got to give credit to the guys that started this company, for their vision,” he said. “Those guys, at that time, put their own money out for inventory, borrowed money to start new branches. I consider
my job to be about a per cent as difficult as it was for them.” Pratt said he tries to remind himself of what their vision for the company was and to try to maintain those same values. Because he still sees them in the community regularly, he said it’s a testament to the kinds of men they are, as they built the company in a small city in southeast Saskatchewan and continue to have ties to the community long after they’ve stepped away from the business. Pratt noted the incredible amount of money that it would have taken to get into the business, especially because it’s not something you can only go half way in. “Something like sucker rods; you can’t get part way into
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Enbridge Àned for 2010 oil spill Washington — Enbridge was slapped with the stiﬀest penalty ever imposed by the United States pipeline regulator, following an oil spill that contaminated stretches of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The company received a $3.7 million ﬁne after the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said its probe uncovered about 25 regulation violations related to the July 2010 leak on Enbridge’s Line 6B near Marshall. Enbridge has 30 days to respond to the order and said they are reviewing the PHMSA’s ﬁnding.
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Do All to acquire Hyduke for $34 million Estevan â€” Do All Industries Ltd. paid a big premium to acquire Hyduke Energy Services Inc. in June. The Estevan-based, oil and gas equipment and services company entered into an agreement with Hyduke to buy all the companies shares for $1.37 per share, a 109 per cent premium over the closing price of Hyduke shares for the 20 trading
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days ending on June 20. The stock price sat at $0.66 the day before the agreement was made for Do All to purchase the company for about $34 million. Myron Yurko, Hyduke board chairman, said, â€œThis business combination will strengthen Hyduke's ability to continue to provide its customers with the life-cycle management that they
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Heat a source of trouble in the summer By Jordan Baker In the winter it’s cold, and in the summer it’s hot. There isn’t much escape from the elements for oilﬁeld workers. The southeast Saskatchewan summer has been hot and dry and the province’s oilﬁeld workers have been dealing with some pretty extreme heat day in and day out. Safety is an important part of being on any rig or maintenance crew, and while there are enough hazards that workers know about, one that may get overlooked is the heat. The danger of the summer’s afternoon sun is very real. Health oﬃcials release a number of reminders to those working outside to take precautions against heat exposure. “We forever stress (heat exposure) in our safety meetings,” said Carrie Englot, of Flyin E Medical, who does safety training with oil companies. Her company’s ambulances now carry water in their trucks at all times. “It’s not a necessity, but it’s a necessity for us to take it, because those guys are going to run out water possibly out there. (One day) I guess they did run out of water, and they had a (Flyin E medic) working, and I guess she ran out of water in her unit from giving it to the guys. “I’ve seen that water is a big issue, and I said, ‘you know guys, we should take a ﬂat of water in every unit.’ You stress the dehydration thing; you stress the heat stroke thing; you stress that if you’re feeling dizzy or if you’re feeling lightheaded, come over and pour water on your head and let it go down your neck. Cool your head down but not fast.” ɸ Page A21
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No escape from elements for oilÀeld workers ɺ Page A20 Matt Ekkebus, who works at Lavoie Mobile Cleaning Ltd., said, “This beat the heat thing doesn’t work for us. We probably have the hottest job in the oilﬁeld. You just get your work done as fast as you can and get out of there.” As a pressure washer, wearing heavy overalls, there is little chance of evading the heat. “You drink a ton of water,” he added. “It’s a good thing they have air conditioning in the trucks or we’d be screwed.” One other way for them to cool oﬀ is to tone down the pressure on their hoses and give their workmates a little shower. That’s one form of escape that not everybody has available to them. Englot advised against drinking cold water because it can lead to cramping. “That’s the ﬁrst instinct to go drink cold water,” she said. “You don’t want to do that.” She noted that it’s important to stay ahead of heat-related health problems, especially for people working on rigs out in the country, as it will take some time for medical assistance to arrive if someone is suﬀering from heat stroke. “When you have heat stroke, you feel terrible. You are dizzy, you are nauseous,” added Englot. “Sometimes you are so dehydrated, and you can’t cool down. If you have a bath right away as soon as you feel it, that helps, but a lot of people don’t realize what’s happening to them, so they continue (to work).” Signs and symptoms to watch for include dizziness or fainting, headache, nausea, rapid breathing or a rapid heartbeat and/or thirst. People with these symptoms have to move out of the heat into shade and drink water. If untreated, the problems can lead to hospitalization. “Where if you pour a little water on your head, make your baseball cap wet, whatever, that cools you down,” said Englot. “(In the winter) keep a toque on your head because that keeps the heat in. Well in the summer, reverse it. Keep your hair wet and that will cool your body down.” Heat-related illnesses can be prevented by keeping the body cool and by avoiding dehydration in hot environments. When outside, wear light-coloured, lightweight, loose-ﬁtting clothing and a hat. Take frequent breaks in the shade, and avoid consumption of coﬀee, colas, and alcohol, as they tend to dehydrate the body.
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Hydraulics and the high road of service By Jordan Baker Estevan — When the primary industry in the area is oil, it can be vital to ﬁnd that niche that helps you stand out in the ﬁeld. Wil-Tech Industries Ltd. has found its own way in the hydraulics side of the oilﬁeld, selling and servicing hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. The business has been around for about 20 years, and while they started out as a local player, said Jim Wilson, Wil-Tech president, they’ve now become a regional player, handling jobs in southern Saskatchewan as well as Manitoba and Alberta. It was a few years ago that they diversiﬁed into the potash industry and that has helped keep everyone busy during slower periods in the oilﬁeld. “One of the problems is when you get 20 technicians and the oilﬁeld slows down, you better have a place for those technicians and some things for them to do,” said Wilson. “That’s one of the good things about Estevan, is that there are mines, power plants, and there is agriculture. We do do business in those areas.”
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They continue to look for growth opportunities, and one way of doing that is expanding their mobile services. “We have three service trucks capable of going out to the site and servicing the equipment on site,” added Wilson. “We have mobile trucks, hose doctors as we call them, and journeyman technicians that go out and service the equipment.” “One of the easier ways (to grow) we’ve ﬁgured is mobile trucks,” added Dustin Wilson, Estevan branch manager. “It’s easier than trying to cram everyone in the shop. If we can provide more mobile service, it’s a way of expanding.” The hose doctors are like a little shop on wheels, added Dustin, who said the crews are always busy on the road. They recently received a request to head to Thunder Bay, Ont. Jim said it didn’t make a whole lot of sense for them to go that far, but distance isn’t really an issue they consider when taking on jobs. “If it’s within our scope, as long as it’s not too far and getting into something we’re not comfort-
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able with, it’s usually not the distance that gives us a worry,” said Dustin. “It’s more getting out of our scope of things that we do.” He said they don’t want to get outside of the company’s comfort zone, as remaining focused on what services they do provide is important. “Our expansion has been within our industry and the fact that hydraulics are expanding in the oilﬁeld,” said Jim. “What used to be chains and ropes are now hydraulic winches. What was a manual catwalk is now a hydraulic catwalk.” Dustin noted that their product lines haven’t changed as much as they’ve expanded. “It hasn’t so much changed from hose and ﬁttings, but the expansion of the hose and ﬁttings that we do supply has deﬁnitely gotten a lot bigger.” As much of the service equipment in the oilﬁeld is hydraulic or pneumatic, they cater to the oilﬁeld service industry more than drilling companies. “I’d call us the second layer of service,” said Jim. “We service the service companies.” They have the Parker store at their location, as the Parker Hannaﬁn Corporation is their main supplier of parts and equipment. It has all the parts, equipment and components in a store atmosphere rather than a warehouse. Wil-Tech is set up that way in both Estevan and Regina. “It allows the customers to see what we distribute, as opposed to being back behind on shelves that they can’t see,” added Jim. Jim said they don’t deliver to the ﬁeld as much as they service the ﬁeld. “You don’t bring a drilling rig to us. We go to a drilling rig,” added Jim. ɸ Page A23
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Éş Page A22 Dustin said that in some ways, they are their own best customer. â€œFor the most part we deliver the service and the parts that come along with that,â€? said Dustin. â€œThe service department would be the supply storeâ€™s biggest customer.â€? â€œRight,â€? added Jim, â€œwe sell a lot of parts to our service department.â€? He noted they donâ€™t sell a lot of the conventional things a store supplying the oilďŹ eld would carry, like suckers rods. â€œBut weâ€™re a very critical part of keeping the oilďŹ eld running. You canâ€™t drill a well with a drilling rig that doesnâ€™t work, and you canâ€™t service a well without working (equipment).â€? Jim said they like quality over quantity, saying that they call it the â€œhigh-road concept.â€? â€œThe high road is more diďŹƒcult, but there is less traďŹƒc and a better view. Quality resells itself.â€? While available labour is thin right now, Dustin noted they have people coming in through their apprenticeship program for heavy-duty mechanics. â€œWe put one through just a couple of months ago, and we have about three or four going to school,â€? he said.
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Safety store stays on edge of technology Â„ By Jordan Baker Weyburn â€” Safety is an important part of any work zone, and Edge Safety and Supply stays ahead of the game, carrying some items like hydrogen sulphide scrubbers that will soon be mandatory in the ďŹ eld. Darryl Seitz, Edge Safety and Supply manager, said that when selling safety supplies, one thing that has to be monitored is a productâ€™s shelf life. Something that is unique to much of the safety equipment is the expiration dates. Many safety supplies have expirations dates that approach much quicker than that of a wrench. â€œItâ€™s a matter of rotating stock,â€? said Seitz. He pointed to some gas tubes that handle diďŹ€erent concentrations of gases, like hydrogen sulphide, CO2 and benzene. â€œThey do have an expiry date on the back of them, so itâ€™s kind of a (guess as to) how many you order in,â€? said Seitz. â€œWe threw out I think 10 or 12 diďŹ€erent ones here this spring, we went through and they were expired.â€? He noted there are other perishables in the safety-product line, like some alcohol-based products in the ďŹ rst-aid kits, eyewash solutions and the ďŹ re extinguishers. â€œYouâ€™ve got to watch when you get it in and look at the expiry date because shippers will ship you whatever they can ship you.â€? Itâ€™s also important for them to make customers aware that something like their ďŹ rst-aid kits, which may sit in a trunk, unneeded for months or even years, could expire. They also donâ€™t want to sell a product like that which will expire shortly after the sale. He noted that for ďŹ re extinguishers, there is plenty of maintenance required over time. â€œThereâ€™s monthly maintenance, thereâ€™s annual maintenance, thereâ€™s six- and 12-year maintenance,â€? said Seitz, adding, â€œmost people donâ€™t realize that.â€?
Particularly when these products are being used for personal use through oďŹ€-the-street traďŹƒc, he said itâ€™s important that the consumer is aware of everything required for that piece of safety equipment. â€œEven for insurance, people may think â€˜I put a ďŹ re extinguisher in my house, Iâ€™m good.â€™ Well if the ďŹ re marshal comes along and looks at this tag, if it isnâ€™t signed and dated, would they refuse you insurance?â€? he asked. â€œTheyâ€™d have a cause to.â€? Seitz said they do take on some liability for the products they sell. For a number of items he noted, â€œWe have to be sure that if we send it out, it does have the ďŹ re-resistance (FR) rating on it.â€?
That can sometimes mean their products cost a lot more than what a customer thinks they should be paying. He has shown jackets to surveyors who are surprised by the price tag. He noted not everybody needs to have apparel that is FR certiďŹ ed, so there is more than one market they are trying to cater to. Because safety standards are highly regulated, and ever changing, they need to be aware of all the regulations to make sure the equipment they have in stock is up to those standards. He said that in Canada, the rule for a ďŹ re-resistant hoodie is that there must be a tear-away hood. É¸ Page A25
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page A24 â€œWe looked for two years to ďŹ nd a supplier for these hoodies,â€? said Seitz. â€œTo ďŹ nd a manufacturer who was willing to make a tear-away hood, because not all oil companies demand it, (was diďŹƒcult to ďŹ nd). Now weâ€™re trying to get into the niche market, trying to ďŹ nd a supplier that can supply it.â€? What Edge is also selling are drums that scrub out the hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas at a well site so that is doesnâ€™t have to be ďŹ‚ared oďŹ€. â€œNow theyâ€™re burning oďŹ€ the hydrogen sulphide. So now with this system, itâ€™s neutralized so thereâ€™s no more ďŹ re, no more carbon dioxide,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s going to be mandatory, or some system like it, because theyâ€™re not going to allow them to do ďŹ‚aring anymore.â€? Seitz said ďŹ‚aring is only a last resort, adding
â€œ Youâ€™ve got to watch when you get it in and look at the expiry date because shippers will ship you whatever they can ship you.â€? - Darryl Seitz that, â€œYouâ€™re supposed to have control in your well.â€? The H2S drums come in several diďŹ€erent sizes and Edge also services them. The drums vary in how long they can be used, typically depending on the size of the drum and the concentration of H2S gas that is coming out of the 400-barrel tank or whatever else might be the source of the gas. â€œItâ€™s all based on the rate of gas and the concentration of H2S,â€? said Seitz. â€œThe upstart price of it seems like a lot, but once you buy the barrel, now youâ€™ve got it and all you have to do is replace the product in it.â€? The drums are good for a long time, said Seitz, noting that they are coated with an epoxy, and is long lasting as long it doesnâ€™t get chipped down to the base metal, â€œthatâ€™s the ďŹ rst place (the chemical)
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is going to eat into.â€? He said whether to go with a large or small drum depends on the size of the battery and how much gas a crew is going through. â€œWhere these (smaller drums) are real popular is where if youâ€™ve got a well to drill close to a farmhouse. You can scrub the H2S out. Thereâ€™s no smell, no odours, no landowner complaints.â€? He noted other places will order in the drums, but they stock them. Fire extinguishers are another big part of the Edge Safety business model. Not only do they sell them in almost any size, but they also service them, recharging the canisters when necessary. â€œWe recharge them, inspect them.â€? Michael Lawrenz is Edgeâ€™s ďŹ re extinguisher technician and is certiďŹ ed to handle everything that is required for the units. Edge also stocks service rig supplies in their store so they donâ€™t have to order everything in. â€œOther companies will order it in, but we try to keep all the popular stuďŹ€, the stuďŹ€ thatâ€™s being used in the ďŹ eld,â€? said Seitz. â€œIâ€™ve been here two years now, and itâ€™s constantly changing.â€? He noted that they regularly have new customers who were originally working out of Alberta where things are done a little diďŹ€erently. They want to stick with what theyâ€™ve been doing, so they require some diďŹ€erent equipment. Every time that happens, new products come through the store, but it doesnâ€™t mean the older products fall by the wayside. â€œDiďŹ€erent clientele moves in, like from Alberta,
and their equipment is set up diďŹ€erent. Rigs come in and we stock (the store) as needed. The bigger stuďŹ€, the high-end stuďŹ€, we can get it within a day in from Alberta.â€? Seitz said many of their clients come in at the start of the week with their â€œwish lists.â€? â€œSome of our bigger clients, theyâ€™ll actually on a Monday, e-mail us ďŹ ve rigs worth of requisitions, they call it, or theyâ€™ll come Thursday or Friday and that will give us time to ďŹ ll their order (for Monday).â€? Seitz is now certiďŹ ed to handle DM gas monitors at their store. They monitor hydrogen sulphide, oxygen deďŹ ciency, lower-explosive limits and carbon monoxide. The monitors come in diďŹ€erent conďŹ gurations and can have sensors for other gases like methane, which is frequent in mines. â€œWe do recalibrations and repair,â€? said Seitz, who went to Calgary for a course earlier this year. Seitz said how the system works is that there is a calibration gas that mixes the four gases, and is run through the docking machine, which is hooked up to his laptop. â€œEvery 180 days these monitors need to be recalibrated, which means you have to put the gas through and reset all the parameters in them,â€? added Seitz. It gets run through their machine and the computer prints out all the test results. They also have a rental program that allows a company to come in and rent them for a couple of days instead of buying them. The monitors are popular both on rigs and for facilities builders.
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New location means better supply... Â„ By Jordan Baker Weyburn â€” With Apex Distribution moved into more comfortable quarters, the Weyburn branch can now begin to give their customers more complete service. Larry Paterson, the Apex branch manager out of Weyburn, said they had been looking for a change since originally opening in late 2009. When Apex was ďŹ rst brought into the Weyburn area, there were few options for them to set up shop. Paterson was one of the original four individuals who decided to start the Weyburn branch. He was previously with two diďŹ€erent competitors for about 20 years before opening the Apex location. He started in 1984 with a supply store in Lloydminster. The move to the new location on Ebel Road was a necessary one, because of the temporary space they had been working out of for the last two and a half years. â€œWhen we ďŹ rst opened it was basically temporary, but we couldnâ€™t ďŹ nd anything here because there was just nothing large
enough to rent,â€? said Paterson. â€œSo we just took what we could, and we were renting a portion of Regens Disposal. Really there were no oďŹƒces in there, and we were kind of right out in the wide open.â€? The situation was far from ideal for the team trying to make sales calls. â€œYou opened up the overhead door and the dust and wind and snow ďŹ‚ew in there. It wasnâ€™t ideal at all, but sometimes you just deal with what you get.â€? He then got together with the regional manager and they decided it was a good time to make a move. After a little planning, Paterson said it was just time to expand and move into something bigger. That started in the spring of 2011, with a lot of the work being done last summer after they found a contrac-
tor that was prepared to handle the job of building the new oďŹƒce and warehouse. The move came just two years after the store ďŹ rst landed in Weyburn, and they were able to move everything in to the new space this past January. â€œItâ€™s been great to have our own oďŹƒces and an actual reception area,â€? said Paterson. â€œPeople can come to the counter and actually take an order. We can take an order from them. Itâ€™s segregated from the warehouse. The warehouse is a substantial size and we have two overhead doors that we can load and unload from, so it makes quite a diďŹ€erence.â€? The space they have for both their oďŹƒces and the warehouse is an incredible upgrade from where they were before. The warehouse is about 5,800 square feet. Even
with all that space, they have been able to ďŹ ll it. They will have to get creative if they ever need to stock more inventory. â€œWe can install more shelving and palette racking,â€? Paterson noted. â€œIt takes a little work to do that, but itâ€™s pretty full already. We can tighten things up and put some new product in here, so weâ€™re pretty good for now. â€œTechnically we could expand out the back end, itâ€™s just a
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metal-clad building, and I suppose we can add on if we have to, but I donâ€™t know if that will ever take place.â€? He is deďŹ nitely happy with the size of their yard too, noting itâ€™s the biggest one for a supply store that he has worked at. â€œThe trucks can actually come in and turn around in our yard, and we have lots of room for our pipe racks outside. We have a Ccan in the back, which
we had over at the other place because we didnâ€™t have enough warehouse space. We had that thing right full, and we actually have it full of product right now too, so that helps out a little bit.â€? The extra space has given them the room they needed to expand their product lines, and it allows them to sell the full range of products that Apex branches usually carry. É¸ Page A28
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ɺ Page A27 “We have expanded our inventory, our product line as well,” Paterson said of what what they can carry now. “In both ways we’ve expanded with more inventory and a broader range of products.” They don’t stock just oilﬁeld supplies, but with the extra space, they now stock items like coﬀee, sugar and other drinks. “We handle a full line of tools now that we didn’t have before because of the space we had.” In their previous location they dealt mostly in pipes, valves
and ﬁttings. That may have led to the sales coming in slowly oﬀ the bat, as they were the new retailer. “Just being a new supply store in town it took awhile to get it going. Some people are pretty established with the other companies that they deal with,” noted Paterson. He said customers have been impressed with the new front ofﬁce and added that the staﬀ encourages them to go into the warehouse and do their own shopping. “Quite a few have enjoyed going up and
down the aisles looking for the stuﬀ that they want. I think they’re quite happy with the larger warehouse where we can stock more supplies and bring in lots more stuﬀ that they require.” Aside from the oilﬁeld, they receive customers from the agricultural areas as well as some construction crews and gravel companies. Even with that outside business, however, it’s the oilﬁeld that continues to carry Apex and other companies like them from day to day and month to month.
“An oil company will come in and start a new battery installation so there’s multiple items (they need), and it could carry on for a month or two months, where they come in daily to pick up what they need and go. The rig companies, they call it a wish list, they’ll send that in and you ﬁll the order and have it sitting ready on the ﬂoor for them to pick it up daily or weekly.” With the oilpatch as busy as it is, stores being able to complete all those order allow the industry to keep moving at its present pace.
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Safety questioned Alberta â€” Provincial inspectors found more than double the number of high-risk concerns in 2011-12 than they did in the previous year among oil and gas facilities in Alberta. As part of the annual report by Alberta Energy, the Energy Resources and Conservation Board said it recorded 438 high-risk concerns during the annual inspections, compared with 239 the year before. Those numbers rose despite the ERCB conducting 513 fewer total inspections this past year. The infractions included 155 from pipelines alone. Pipeline safety has been brought to the forefront recently, following three crude oil spills in a little more than a month earlier this spring. Environmental and landowner groups have called for a review of the integrity of the 392,000 kilometres of pipelines in the province. For the year, incidents of high-risk noncompliance at facilities that include well sites, gas plants, oil batteries, waste sites and pipelines were recorded in 3.2 per cent of the ERCBâ€™s 13,832 ďŹ eld inspections in 2011. Thatâ€™s up from 1.7 per cent in 2010 and
2009, and 2.1 in 2008. The regulator has set a three per cent fail rate as its target. â€œIn light of the fact theyâ€™ve exceeded the three per cent threshold they set, that should be some cause to look at the system,â€? said Dan Woynillowicz of the environmental group Pembina Institute. The ERCB oversees 179,400 operating oil and gas wells, 47,200 batteries and facilities, 54 oilsands plants and 12 coal plants in addition to pipelines. The report noted a
provincial regulatory enhancement project will be completed by summer 2013. â€œOne major focus of this project is establishing a single regulator,â€? said Energy Minister Ken Hughes, citing safety as a primary area of focus with the amalgamation of Alberta Energy and ERCB. Woynillowicz called the review a chance to ensure Alberta has an approach to enforcement and inspection that inspires public conďŹ dence in the regulator.
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High standards for oilĂ€eld safety Carrie Englot has been slowly growing Flyin E Medical since it ÄŽrst started in early 2011. They not only provide medical service, but now also handle safety training.
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Â„ By Jordan Baker Frobisher â€” The oilďŹ eld, like a football team, works best when employees arenâ€™t sidelined by injuries. Flyin E Medical is Carrie Englotâ€™s brainchild, based out of her house north of Frobisher. The company provides not only onsite medical assistance for rig companies but also safety training. They recently opened an oďŹƒce in Estevan for safety courses and have a location in Pierson, Man., as well. Flyin E, which is now doing safety audits for companies, also carries air trailers, shower trailers and a mobile testing unit that allows them to do audiometric testing as well as drug and alcohol testing. É¸ Page A31
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ɺ Page A30 They recently activated their mobile testing unit, which has been followed by a positive response, said Englot, who noted they are now out several times a week doing work with it. They do ﬁt testing with an oxygen mask, as well as a ﬁt-to-duty mobility testing as a pre-employment program. They can also do urine testing and drugs and alcohol testing to check an individual’s system from the last 24 hours. The safety training facility is in Estevan, but they will do training on-site for companies as well. “People come to us, but we’re mobile too,” said Englot. “With ﬁrst aid and stuﬀ, we’ll go out to them and train them out there.” Englot noted that they do safety training for everybody, not just oil and gas companies. She believes learning is best done in person with a handson approach, so she has made sure they have lots of people who can provide training. “I’ve trained up quite a few girls to teach ﬁrst aid, so we can teach WHMIS too. You always learn better from somebody than you do a computer,” added Englot. “I know the modern technology is out there. I think they’re even putting ﬁrst aid on computers. I don’t agree with that. Where are you going to get your practical from? Where are you going to get your skills from? “With ﬁrst aid, there is a lot of hands-on learning and using the skills that you’re taught. It’s not just reading about it and then here you go. We’re actually teaching you. We have dummy dolls and they learn their skills on those. We have a lot of mocks.” She said they have also had mock training with the Estevan Fire Service. “You don’t learn just by reading and then never practising. Practise, practise, practise makes perfect.” Even her employees need to keep up to date and continue to practise their skills. She noted she recently sent some away for classes on high-angle rescue. “That’s a good course,” said Englot with a smile, adding that they will provide that training soon. “We haven’t got the high angle yet, but it is coming. I’m actually in the works with working possibly with a guy from Winnipeg who would come down and teach it through us.” She said it’s important to make the situational training relevant to what workers are going to be dealing with in the ﬁeld. That means having the equipment to make sure people can train in realistic conditions. “You need to make it what they’re going to be dealing with out in the ﬁeld. For the high angle, you need a tower.” But she added that the more training people get, the better and safer each job site will be. Englot said for something as interactive as a highangle rescue, they would need to do that training at their oﬃce. They are also looking at doing something with conﬁned spaces and are building their own conﬁned-space unit. They have to make sure all of the equipment that they build is legal and up to safety standards as well. “We’re not going to put anybody into a dangerous situation,” said Englot. With the high angle rescue training, she noted that people train on scaﬀolding that starts low to the ground but gets higher as the course goes on. When she did the training, they used a 185-pound dummy. “He was hanging, and you’d go down and pick him up and put him on
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Life savers Éş Page A31 â€œI had an amputation,â€? noted Jamie Cooper, an EMR with Flyin E, recalling a particular incident in the ďŹ eld. â€œNot to say he would have bled out, but if I wasnâ€™t there, he was scared, he didnâ€™t know what was going on. He was going into shock. To have some rig guy pal of yours going, â€˜yeah, yeah, weâ€™ll just take you to the hospital,â€™ is way diďŹ€erent than having an educated medic there taking care of you and going with you to the hospital.â€? She recalled seeing the man a few weeks after the incident and he recognized her immediately. â€œThereâ€™s my medic,â€? she recalled him saying, calling her his lifesaver. Englot said when there is an incident on a rig where they help someone, their work isnâ€™t soon forgotten. â€œHe called me his favorite, and thatâ€™s the only thing Iâ€™ve ever done for him,â€? said Cooper. There is a lot of remote countryside, Englot noted, and that means it can take time before medical assistance arrives.
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No surprise here Â„ By Jordan Baker It shouldnâ€™t come as much of a surprise, but itâ€™s the residents of the southeast who are the most likely in Saskatchewan to believe there are beneďŹ ts in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. With the projects currently underway near Estevan, a $1.2 billion carbon capture project at Boundary Dam Power Station and the Aquistore project, this region of the province has received lots of exposure on how the carbon capture process works. É¸ Page A34
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Saskatchewan divided on cleansing ability of CCS Éş Page A33 The International Performance Assessment Centre (IPAC) for geologic storage of Carbon Dioxide recently released the results of
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page A34 â€œTo be able to match up what the attitudes were in Canada versus Europe, because we always tended to think Europe was so much more fashion forward (is important). If youâ€™re going to be designing programs to talk to the public and to talk about such an important issue as climate change and CCS, you better understand the populations that youâ€™re talking to.â€? This most recent poll is an update to the one done in Saskatchewan last year. Dybwad noted that one of the biggest changes between the two years is how residents of southeast Saskatchewan have become more comfortable with CO2 storage under the ground within ďŹ ve kilometres of their home. The number of worried residents decreased from 44 per cent to just 32 per cent. â€œThatâ€™s a big drop,â€? said Dybwad. â€œSo in a few things, we see some substantial changes from one year to the other.â€? Dybwad said the surveys try to ďŹ gure out what people in Saskatchewan are hearing and how that information is inďŹ‚uencing the way they view their world and how they want to approach environmental policy issues. â€œIn this world weâ€™re always looking for quick ďŹ xes,â€? said Dybwad, â€œand I think part of the frustration, and why people are concerned about the eďŹ€ectiveness of CCS, is that they want the one silver bullet thatâ€™s going to solve everything. That just ainâ€™t going to happen.â€? Dybwad noted the global increase in temperatures would be OK if there is no increase above 2 C, but added that the way things are going, the planet is looking at a 6 C increase. â€œThe total amount
of carbon emissions that need to be reduced to make sure we stay in a two-degree world â€Ś is 20 per cent, so youâ€™ve got to do a whole bunch of things,â€? she said. â€œThat might also be where the public might also be experiencing some frustration. They like to think that there is just one thing that they need to do, but this is going to take everybodyâ€™s concerted eďŹ€ort.â€? Dybwad added that it wonâ€™t simply be about deploying new technologies like CCS, but also technology centred around energy eďŹƒciency. â€œThereâ€™s going to have to be technology and other things around sustainable sources of renewable energy,â€? said Dybwad. â€œIt ainâ€™t a onesize-ďŹ ts-all. The problem is, we didnâ€™t get to this problem overnight, and now weâ€™re looking for solutions that are going to cure it overnight. That ainâ€™t gonna happen.â€? The information gathered in the poll is important because it tells you what people are thinking about and what their issues are, said Dybwad, who added that companies and governments need to know what people are thinking so they know what issues need to be addressed. She said the discussions for things like environmental policy reform arenâ€™t just about the global climate but also deal with peopleâ€™s money. The information gathered in this poll, and others, helps governments and companies know what they still need to inform the public of. â€œThis kind of information helps you craft the messages, not to pull the wool over peopleâ€™s eyes, but to form the basis of having a real discussion.â€? She noted that the end goal is to ensure that everybody is informed about things like
CCS, so everybody can make informed decisions about how they use their power. For the future of CCS, she noted there is some support for it in Europe, as support in Germany is rising, but itâ€™s in Asia where the technology is fully being embraced. â€œThe biggest proponent, where it looks like this technology is really going to take root, is China. The thing is they need that basic power right now, but theyâ€™re also putting in a whole lot of time and eďŹ€ort in CCS,â€? said Dybwad. â€œWhen they get that technology perfected, they just shut the other (power stations) down. Theyâ€™re going to make a huge jump, and they will probably corner the market on this technology and then just sell it back to us. We can either do that or we can be a little bit more proactive and develop it ourselves.â€? The Boundary Dam CCS project in the southeast may be the test for the rest of the province and the country. Depending on the results when the carbon capture facility becomes operational in 2014, Saskatchewan could be a leader in CCS technology.
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One Womanâ€™s Perspective on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Land Locations By Nadine Elson It was promising to be a glorious day in beautiful British Columbia. The three of us sat around the table, drinking coďŹ€ee and reading the paper. My brother-in-law John, my husband Bruce, and I shared the Friday and Saturday editions of the Vancouver Sun. It was 6 a.m. on a Saturday in July. We had not needed an alarm; sleeping in was not an option. We were in the prime of life, well used to arising early to make a living and raise children. Even on holiday, we still woke early. John paged quickly through the sections looking for sports stories. Bruce was engrossed in a news story. He looked somber. I craned my neck around the table to see what was so newsworthy. â€œKiss Freedom 55 goodbye and prepare to work harder, longerâ€? ran the headline of the page he was reading. I nodded sagely. I had read the article. The teaser headline on the front page of the previous dayâ€™s paper had read simply but boldly â€œFreedom 55 Delayed >>C3â€?. I had ignored the headlines about the Kootenay Lake landslide and immediately turned to C3. â€œWhat does it say?â€? I asked Bruce, already knowing the answer. â€œI am going to have to work until Iâ€™m 65 and
Freedom 55? 2008 took care of that probably 67 before I can retire,â€? he replied glumly, relaying the content of the article. â€œBut you knew that. Did you think I was lying?â€? I asked. â€œNo, I didnâ€™t think you were lying. Itâ€™s just depressing reading about it,â€? he replied. Last October, on the morning of his 55th birthday, I had wished him a happy birthday adding, â€œItâ€™s Freedom 55 sweetie; the freedom to go to work and keep on working!â€? He had replied, â€œThanks b*tch!â€? making it sound like a term of endearment by the aďŹ€ection in his voice. I had laughed; he had laughed; it was all good. That, however, was not the day he had ďŹ gured out that Freedom 55 was not â€œthe planâ€? and was no longer even being advertised by the company that had made that phrase famous. That realization had occurred in 2008, following the global economic meltdown. We did not know it then, but the time would soon be known as the 2008 Financial Crisis â€œconsidered by many economists to be the worst ďŹ nancial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930sâ€? according to Wikipedia. It was September 2008 that the worldâ€™s economy took a particularly sharp decline. I remember it well. Our RRSPs had declined at least 25 per cent in value in one month. Bruce had called on his coďŹ€ee break from work one day during that period. It was the hot topic of conversation with his fellow workers, many nearing retirement. â€œWhat are we going to do?â€? he asked. I had been the familyâ€™s money manager for years. Bruce said that he made the money and I spent it. I said that he would never divorce me because he didnâ€™t know where I had stashed the cash. I had replied, â€œNothing!â€? Despite the rapid spiral downward of our investment portfolio, we were in the same predicament as everyone else. The stocks were good stocks. We would just sit tight, I told
him, and continue to work and invest. It was in 2009 that the full eďŹ€ects of the global recession were felt in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil and gas prices going from a peak of US$133 per barrel in July 2008 to losing 80 per cent of their value on the market within a year. But it was late December 2008 that oil tanked in the $30 per barrel range, and my fairly new job as a hot shot driver with a company out of Weyburn tanked too. In 2009, according to statistics at www.nrcan. gc.ca, Canadian oil and gas drilling rates declined by half from the previous year, and global investment in the petroleum industry fell by 19 per cent, which explains my lack of employment in the patch that year. É¸ Page A38
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Éş Page A37 In the last quarter of 2009, as world economies emerged from the recession and oil prices increased with the expectation that recovery would support higher oil demand, the price of crude rose and settled in the US$70-80 per barrel range. The local oilpatch started to get busier and in January 2010, I was hired by new company based in Estevan as a hot shot driver. I called it a contract position. My husband called it Freedom 55. That was optimistic. He hadnâ€™t realized then that for four years after 2008 we would still be experiencing the eďŹ€ects, and more, of a world economic crisis. Bruce looked back at the newspaper article. â€œWeâ€™d better pick up spinach. In fact weâ€™d better walk to get it. It says here that we need to â€˜stay sharp by eating the right foods and getting exercise - it oxygenates the brainâ€™. Seems Iâ€™ve heard that before,â€? he smiled referring to twice weekly lecture from me. I thought about the article. The ability to retire at 55 had evaporated, but we had plenty of other freedoms - the freedom to eat healthy; the freedom to work and keep on working; the freedom to go out without babysitters; the freedom to live in the greatest country in the world. Not bad. Maybe Freedom 55 still existed. Nadine lives in Estevan, with her husband and family, and works as a hot shot driver in the oilpatch regularly delivering goods in and around Estevan and Shaunavon, and Sinclair and Waskada, Man. Her mission, beyond delivering the goods quickly, is to have every interaction be a positive one. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Todd Folkerts, leŌ, and brother Aaron stand on C&B’s newly purchased picker truck with the fourth generaƟon of Folkerts. At the far leŌ are Cassy and Madison, Todd’s daughters, and standing with Aaron are his sons, Carter and Grayden.
Three generations make C&B one of the area’s oldest family-run oil businesses By Jordan Baker Frobisher — This long-standing oil business has been all in the family, as the Folkerts of Frobisher have been entwined in the Saskatchewan oil industry for more than 50 years. Today it’s known as C&B Oilﬁeld Services, but it could also go by the oilﬁeld maintenance company previously known as C&B Pump Maintenance or before that WL Wireline. C&B is now owned by the third-generation of Folkerts, as Aaron Folkerts bought the business from his father Bernie in 2009. It was Aaron’s grandfather who started in the business out of Frobisher in the 1950s, ﬁrst with the company WL Wireline. It wasn’t until 1970 that he split from there to start C&B Pump Maintenance, setting the groundwork for the next two generations of the family. “They would more or less go and de-wax the wells, because there were no pumpjacks on them,”
said Aaron of his grandfather’s early work. “Then in the late ’50s when they started putting pumpjacks on, that’s kind of how my grandfather got into doing pumpjacks.” “He started with (WL) in about 1956, and he didn’t do pumpjack work, because all the oil wells around here ﬂowed naturally,” said Bernie. “Then about 1958, the pressure decreased under the ground and they started using pumpjacks to pump oil to the surface.” After working for that business for awhile, the Folkerts’ grandfather started his own business, C&B Pump Maintenance in 1970. “I helped him with his business,” said Bernie. “We always had about six to eight employees and three to four crew trucks.” In 1980, Bernie started running the operation, later buying it from his father in 1984. After a number of years he began having medical issues with his back, so Aaron took over in 1999. In 2009,
Aaron bought the company from his father. “All they strictly did was pumpjacks,” said Aaron. “Then when I got involved in it, we started doing turnarounds, like facility work and that sort of thing, and I changed the name to C&B Oilﬁeld.” Now they handle tanks, treaters, pumpjacks and other pipe ﬁtting, but he noted they aren’t involved with any pipelining. The Folkerts’ original concept of a family-run oilﬁeld maintenance company remains true today. “It’s three generations, but like my dad always used to tell me, it’s meant to be nothing more than a family environment,” said Bernie. “We had lots of good employees, but they would work with us for awhile until their life led them down into whatever they are doing now.” A lot of their labour came right out of Frobisher itself. Bernie said there was one family with four sons, and every one of them had a stint working at C&B. ɸ Page B2
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"This is what our family does" Éş Page B1 â€œItâ€™s nice to have local people because, after all, we grew up here.â€? The family has long been established in the Frobisher area, but the demographics in the village have changed, even if the Folkerts have always remained a constant. â€œI grew up here my whole life, and I maybe know 10 people in town (now),â€? said Aaron. â€œWhen youâ€™re a kid, you know everybody, and everybody knows who you are too.â€? In a village the size of Frobisher, with a population under 200 people, they arenâ€™t the only operation in town. There are three other pumpjack service companies as well. Despite that, there is far too much work to go around to make the competition very cutthroat. â€œNobody can keep up,â€? said Aaron. â€œNobodyâ€™s trying to steal the other guyâ€™s work because we wouldnâ€™t be able to do it anyway.â€? â€œWe kind of work together in way,â€? added Todd Folkerts, Aaronâ€™s brother who recently came back to work for C&B. â€œPrairie Gold (Pumpjack Services), they hired me in the
picker to cue their pumpjack. But we have history with them; theyâ€™re kind of like family. We grew up together as kids. Theyâ€™ve got their company, and weâ€™ve got ours. We work together, and itâ€™s nice.â€? Prairie Gold has been around for the last couple of years. â€œWe are one of the original (companies) here,â€? said Bernie. â€œThe one my dad worked for was the original one. There are other people who worked there also, and then they started their own business. Two of our old employees started their own business.â€? â€œThereâ€™s been two spinoďŹ€ businesses,â€? said Todd. â€œOur grandfather was the original pumpjack man.â€? Their grandfather learned the trade when an Esso employee came around from Calgary to show them what to do when ďŹ xing a pumpjack. He showed them how to clamp the rods oďŹ€ and all the steps, and thatâ€™s how they learned the tricks of the trade, said Bernie. Because heâ€™s been around the oil industry so long, Bernie has seen the booms as well as the slow periods. He
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The Folkerts have been running their pumpjack maintenance business for more than 40 years. From leĹŒ is Todd Folkerts, father Bernie and Aaron, the current owner of C&B OilÄŽeld Services.
said the problems would often either arise when there was a change in Saskatchewanâ€™s government or because of the volatility of the price of oil. â€œI remember 15 times when we were struggling because the price of oil fell oďŹ€. I can remember once, it was down to $12 a barrel, and it was probably lower than that at times because in the old years oil wasnâ€™t really that valuable.â€? The high prices in those days were about $18 per barrel, so the drops to $10 or $12 meant about a 40 per cent drop in the commodityâ€™s price. â€œTo say there were never any struggles would be telling a lie, because there was a struggle just about constantly,â€? added Bernie. â€œI often wish I could go back to work now, because you can actually make some pretty good money in the oilpatch now.â€? â€œI think one of the biggest things Iâ€™ve noticed and experienced,â€? said Todd, â€œis when oil was up and booming when I was younger, you could do the work and we always had the manpower it seemed like. Now itâ€™s a shortage. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve seen. The last four or ďŹ ve years has been a shortage of workers.â€? Bernie got into the business at a very early age, as his dad wanted him to be out doing something during his breaks from school.
â€œWhen I was a kid and my dad had this pumpjack job, he used to get me a job there in the summer holidays,â€? said Bernie. â€œWhen I was 12 years old, I was ďŹ xing pumpjacks, because I was always kind of a big kid and he said, â€˜Well, youâ€™re not lying around all summer. Youâ€™re 12 years old. Youâ€™re big. Iâ€™ll get you a job.â€™â€? In some ways, there was no escape from the family business because of how immersed everyone was in the trade while growing up. â€œI was going to be a dentist, but then I thought Iâ€™ll just (stick with C&B),â€? Aaron said with a laugh. He was never forced into the work, but it was still something of an inevitability because he and his brother grew up around pumpjacks. â€œThis has been my life,â€? said Bernie, â€œand I think these guys (Aaron and Todd) would tell you the same thing. This is what we do. This is what our family does.â€? That may be what they do, but Bernie stressed that it wasnâ€™t something he forced on either of his sons. He wanted them to go out and ďŹ nd their own way. What they happened to ďŹ nd was the family business. The jury is still out on whether or not the fourth generation of Folkerts will take over the business at all. Again, Bernie said, itâ€™s going to be up to them. É¸ Page B3
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The family-owned C&B OilĮeld recently purchased a picker truck, which helped bring owner Aaron Folkerts’ brother Todd back into the company. Todd had been running trucks like this for other companies, but now that the family had one, he decided to come back and work for them.
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ɺ Page B2 “I think they’ll let you know whether they’re interested or not,” added Aaron about his sons, Carter and Grayden. C&B is now running four crew trucks as well as a picker truck that they purchased near the end of 2011. That brought Todd back into the fold, as he was working with other companies operating cranes and lifting equipment. Todd said, “Where I come in is I worked for Dad in the summer holidays. He’d take me out to do the lighter maintenance, oil changes, and then I’d try and help him setting the pumpjack, but I always thought the guy running the picker was the cool guy. I paid attention to that.” He went oﬀ working for other companies as a crane operator. He and Aaron had talked for a long time about buying a picker truck so he could come back and work for the family. One
day they just decided to do it, and the addition of the truck has only meant good things for the business so far. “I would say the crew trucks help the picker and the picker helps the crew trucks,” said Aaron, commenting on how the addition of the picker truck complements the rest of their business. “When you go to set up new pumpjacks, it’s nice that you can provide the picker and the crew to do it.” “Aaron would be out and need a picker,” said Todd. “You phone around and you phone around and you’re waiting, whereas here it’s a good chance (it will be available).” As long as it isn’t tied up at one of the other crews’ locations, it will be ready to go. Because they are one of the few companies in Frobisher with a picker, they can rent it out with Todd at the wheel. Bernie noted that they used to depend on other contractors
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Â„ By GeoďŹ€ Lee Regina â€“ Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that come into force Sept. 3 are aimed at improving Saskatchewanâ€™s record as the province with the second highest injury rate. Saskatchewanâ€™s total injury rate increased from 8.7 per cent in 2010 to 8.73 per cent in 2011 with 14 fatalities reported to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Board in the ďŹ rst half of 2011. The amendments include a doubling of existing ďŹ nes and an increase in the maximum
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penalty of for a serious workplace injury or fatality from $300,000 to $1.5 million. They also establish a list of enhanced duties pertaining to occupational health and safety fo employers, supervisors, workers, contractors, suppliers and owners. One of the key amendments requires prescribed business owners to designate a prime contractor to co-ordinate work site safety where there are multiple employers or self-employed workers on location. â€œThatâ€™s an increasing phenomenon in Saskatchewan in all jurisdictions,â€? said Rita Coshan, acting executive director of the Occupational Health and Safety Division. â€œYou have many trades coming on to a site. If they act completely independently, the work of one employerâ€™s workers can impact the others as well. â€œIt has become
clear that you need some sort of an overseeing role in a complex work site where you have multiple selfemployed persons with small employers working side by side.â€? Thatâ€™s often the practice at many oilďŹ eld construction sites or maintenance turnarounds. â€œThe large oil companies have a choice whether to use their own resources or hire outside people to act on their behalf or an agent,â€? said Coshan. â€œI canâ€™t really comment on how they are going to address this â€“ whether they are going to use their own staďŹ€ or outsource it.â€? OďŹƒcials from the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety will explain all of the new roles and responsibilities of the amendments and how they aďŹ€ect industry sectors during a series of information sessions being held throughout the province. É¸ Page B5
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ɺ Page B4 “I think the government is taking its role very seriously in terms of showing a commitment to addressing the high injury rate,” said Coshan about the amendments. “This is one of a number of initiatives that are being taken on the enforcement side. “We also work on a broader prevention initiative with WCB called WorkSafe Saskatchewan. It goes beyond enforcement.” WorkSafe aims to promote positive safety culture in Saskatchewan workplaces. “It also deals with education social mar-
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STARS lottery ticket a safe bet Regina â€“ It pays to support STARS air ambulances in Saskatchewan. Just ask Cecile Curran of Regina who is the early bird winner in the ďŹ rst ever STARS Lottery in the province. Curran won a $90,880 prize package that includes a 2012 Mercedes SLK350, a Las Vegas vacation including four nights for two adults at the Bellagio Hotel and $5,000 cash in the July 11 draw. Tickets are still available for a chance to win over 2,200 prizes worth more than $3.4 million in the grand prize draw on Aug. 15 STARS Foundation executive vice-president Rod Gantefoer said the draw marks the ďŹ rst of many wonderful STARS milestones to come in the province. â€œThe STARS Lottery will see many prize winners, but the true winner is the patient who was positively impacted because of the funds we raise to help keep STARS in the sky,â€? said Gantefoer. STARS began providing helicopter air ambulance services for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan on April 30. Several major donors have provided contributions to the STARS Saskatchewan program including Crescent Point Energy, Mosaic, PotashCorp, Enbridge, Enerplus, Husky Energy and Rawlco
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Two kids master the art of energy Regina â€“ Two Saskatchewan students have turned the science of energy and the environment into an art form that has them jumping with joy. Sabrina Moshenko, a Regina Grade 5 student from Wilfred Hunt Elementary School, and Dylan Paquette, a Grade 5 student at Caronport Elementary School, took ďŹ rst and second place provincial honours respectively in this yearâ€™s national Energy and the Environment Art Contest. Awards and prize packages were presented to the winning stu-
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page B8 â€œBefore you know it, youâ€™ve got guys standing around, and youâ€™ve got hotshots and new batteries and batteries going to the landďŹ ll. Itâ€™s just all around, a bad situation. â€œIn Calgary, we had a great reaction. Everyone loved our product. One of the biggest selling points is the green factor. With our product, there is going to be fewer batteries going to the landďŹ ll every year.â€? The 24V Rigcharge consists of two, ďŹ ve-watt solar panels built to military standards with an aluminum and stainless steel housing. The 12v system includes one, ďŹ ve-watt solar power that also uses the pulse technology. â€œIt takes the power of the sun and it gives you the beneďŹ t of charging your battery to take care of key oďŹ€-load as well as the pulse technology to extend your battery life up to ďŹ ve times,â€? said Bouclin. The 24V system for rigs is mounted on a small customizable magnetic stand made of aluminum. â€œItâ€™s very light weight and corrosion resistant and stands up to the harsh environments of Alberta weather in the wintertime and the harsh environment of an oilďŹ eld drilling site,â€? said manager Jason Brown, who is a Red Seal electrician. The basic unit comes with oilďŹ eld spec cable that connects from the unit to the batteries and comes with a cable anchor to secure it to the equipment. â€œItâ€™s very easy to hook up. Weâ€™ve designed a turnkey plug and play system where anybody can install it on the roof of their building, hook it up to their batteries, and pretty much forget all about it,â€? said Brown. â€œWe predict big things for this, especially as
Marc said, with the green factor and the cost savings of buying new batteries every year. â€œWe see a deďŹ nite environmental impact.â€? Revamp formed a Rigcharge division under the management of Jordy Stewart with the product receiving strong interest from the Middle East for distribution and marketing rights. â€œWe are ready to ship internationally,â€? said Brown. â€œWe only see positive growth, and weâ€™d like to have positive growth every year and basically build a large customer base. â€œThere is unlimited potential here. We just have to get the word out.â€? Revamp custom designs and fabricates Rigcharge systems to suit customer needs at its fabrication shop in Edmonton. Several plate style 12V panels can be put together to accommodate multiple battery equipment with pipe and square tubing brackets available for
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CE Franklin completes vote on NOV offer Houston – National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a U.S. owned oilﬁeld equipment maker ofﬁcially completed its C$240 million purchase oﬀer of oilﬁeld production equipment distrib-
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012
New West deal ends triple Ă€ling Reginaâ€“ Business registration in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia has moved to a one size ďŹ ts all approach under New West Partnership rules that took eďŹ€ect on July 1. The New West Partnership Trade Agreement is a far-reaching economic partnership between the three provinces. It is designed to promote prosperity in Western Canada through meaningful interprovincial collaboration. Under the latest agreement rules, businesses registering as a corporation will no longer need to register separately in each of the three jurisdictions as extra-provincial registration will be facilitated by the home province. Corporations will be asked to provide additional information to their home province to have their extra-provincial registration take eďŹ€ect in the remaining jurisdictions. No additional fees will be required for extra-provincial registration in the two other provinces. The partnership removes the need for corporations to ďŹ le their annual ďŹ ling requirement in all three provinces. Instead, corporations will now be able to ďŹ le once in their home province. â€œThrough collaboration with Alberta and British Columbia, we are facilitating greater ease for Saskatchewan businesses to expand to new markets and attract international investors,â€? said Don McMorris, Saskatchewan minister responsible for Information Services Corporation. â€œThe New West Partnership will make Saskatchewan and our neighbours the most competitive and attractive place to do business in North America.â€? â€œWhen Alberta businesses thrive, Albertans thrive,â€? noted Manmeet Bhullar, Service Alberta minister. â€œReducing red tape and creating a more open
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Alberta crude output up seven per cent in 2011 Edmonton – Alberta’s crude oil production rose seven per cent in 2011 from 2010, the ﬁrst increase since 1985, thanks to higher production rates of horizontal wells. In 2011, Alberta’s crude oil production totalled 490,000 barrels of oil per day with a yearly total of 179 million barrels. The record-breaking news came with the release of the latest supply and demand report by the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) on June 20. Alberta’s Energy Reserves 2011 and Supply/Demand Outlook 2012–2021 outlines the state of reserves and the supply and demand outlook for Alberta’s crude bitumen, crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, coal, and sulphur resources. The reserves of Athabasca Upper, Middle, and Lower Grand Rapids deposits and the Athabasca Nisku deposits were reassessed for year-end 2011. The review of the three Grand Rapids deposits resulted in a seven per cent increase of the total in-place crude bitumen resource to 58.4 billion barrels, which is attributed to an increased number of wells drilled in the area. The reassessment of the Nisku deposit resulted in a 57 per cent increase of the in-place resource to 102 billion barrels, which is attributed to an increase in average thickness and an expansion of the delineated resource area. In 2011, Alberta produced 1.7 million barrels per day of raw crude bitumen from the oilsands for a yearly total of 637 million barrels or an 8 per cent increase over Alberta’s 2010 oilsands production. The ERCB forecasts Alberta’s annual raw crude bitumen production will total 3.7 million bpd for a total of 1.35 billion barrels per year by 2021. The report notes that, since 1967, Alberta has produced about 8.1 billion barrels of raw crude bitumen from the oilsands and has produced about 16.5 billion barrels) of crude oil since 1914. The report also estimated Alberta’s total remaining established crude bitumen and crude oil reserves to be 170.2 billion barrels, consisting of 168.6 billion barrels of crude bitumen and 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil. The remaining established crude oil reserves increased by a net four per
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SaskPower to pass costs to consumers Regina â€“ SaskPower has applied for a 4.9 per cent rate hike to oďŹ€set the capital cost of building major projects such as the carbon capture and storage project at Boundary Dam Power Station and the 200 megawatt expansion of Queen Elizabeth Power Station in 2013. The Crown-owned utility has submitted an application to the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel to increase rates eďŹ€ective Jan. 1, 2013 to fund investments in the provinceâ€™s electrical system and maintain electri-
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Diesel fuel sold with fry oil Regina – Would you like fries with your diesel fuel? Waste cooking oil is included in the mix of Saskatchewan’s Renewable Diesel Mandate that establishes an average of two per cent renewable content in diesel fuel sold in the province. The renewable diesel content rules came into eﬀect on July 1, and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions the equivalent to taking 5,000 cars oﬀ the road annually. Renewable diesel is a diesel fuel substitute made from renewable materials which include vegetable oil, waste cooking oil, animal fat and ﬁsh oil, or feedstock from agricultural or forest biomass. The program also provides an incentive of 13 cents per litre of eligible renewable diesel to qualifying producers in Saskatchewan to support the production of renewable diesel in the province The incentive program began April 1, 2011, and terminates March 31, 2016. “The new mandate was developed in consultation with the industry,” said Economy Minister Bill Boyd said. “To support the mandate, our government introduced the Renewable Diesel program in the 2011-2012 budget which provides incentive for the production of renewable diesel in the province.” There will be an average-based system that will have a compliance period that runs until Dec. 31, 2014. The mandate does not apply to diesel marketed in Northern Saskatchewan or to aviation fuel. “The new Saskatchewan mandate will ensure participation and count toward compliance under the national mandate,” Boyd said. “There is an emerging market for new fuels, it’s good for our environment and at the same time beneﬁts our economy.” The mandate and the incentive were recommended by the Enterprise Saskatchewan Biofuels and Bio-Products sector team and the ES board of directors. Renewable diesel diﬀers from biodiesel that generally refers to vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel consisting of long-chain alkyl (methyl, propyl or ethyl-esters). Canola-based biodiesel, for example, is typically produced as canola oil derived fatty-acid methyl ester.
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Shellâ€™s CCS project gets the go-ahead Calgary â€“ Albertaâ€™s primary energy regulator has approved Shell Canadaâ€™s carbon capture and storage project north of Edmonton with 23 conditions that include additional data collection, analysis, and reporting. Shell must also obtain separate approvals for any additions to the project. Shell said it welcomed the approval, but noted the company and its partners in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project are still working on feasibility studies on the project. A decision on whether to proceed wonâ€™t be made until later this year. â€œThis is a really important and exciting milestone for the project and takes us one step closer to implementing the ďŹ rst CCS project for an oilsands operation,â€? said John Abbott, Shellâ€™s executive vice-president, heavy oil, said in a news report. An Energy Resources Conservation Board hearing panel issued its gohead on July 11 after determining it is in the public interest to proceed with the project. The $1.35 billion Quest project would remove one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from Shellâ€™s Scotford bitumen upgrader and route it two kilometres into the ground at an injection site about 80 km north of Fort Saskatchewan. Regulatory applications for the Quest project were submitted in November 2010 with the governments of Alberta and Canada agreeing to provide the project with $865 million in July 2011.
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Trican suffers loss after rocky spring Calgary â€” Trican Well Service Ltd. had to prepare for a second quarter loss, after wet spring conditions and pricing declines left the company down more than $20 million by rosy estimates. In a July 3 press release, Trican estimated a diluted loss per share between $0.32 and $0.42 and an operating loss of between $24 and $34 million. The release noted that the ďŹ gures are subject to the completion and approval of their second quarter interim ďŹ nancial report, which was expected on July 30. â€œWet weather in May and June led to lower industry activity levels throughout Western Canada and had a negative impact on our second quarter Canadian results,â€? said the release. â€œWe are currently evaluating our options and will consider parking crews that are experiencing low utili-
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exploration stage, so that risk is taken out,â€? she said. The June Crown land sale included 133 lease parcels that brought in $9.4 million in bonus bids and three petroleum and natural gas exploration licences that sold for $1.1 million. The southeast sector remained strong as the Weyburn-Estevan area received the largest chunk of the bids, with sales of $4 million. The next sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas dispositions will be Aug. 13.
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Story and photos by Geoﬀ Lee Lloydminster – Apex Advanced Solutions Inc. will be brochure ready to support the features and beneﬁts of their core endless rod and progressing cavity pump products and services at the 2012 Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show Sept 12-13. The company will also be exhibiting and marketing some new technologies and a rod transport and repair unit at outdoor booths 395 and 397. This year, more than 6,000 visitors are expected to tour the show that Apex views as a key opportunity
to promote their growing list of integrated advanced solutions for light and heavy oil applications. “I feel the show is really important because it’s a chance to show the industry what we have to oﬀer and to meet with other guys in the industry,” said Jeﬀ Taylor, operations manager, ﬁeld services in Lloydminster. “Our leading products are related to artiﬁcial lifts including endless rod as part of our products and services oﬀering.” Apex is the authorized distributor of Moore Endless Rod that is manufactured in Nisku for a
Jeī Taylor operaƟons manager for Apex Advanced SoluƟons in Lloydminster displays a cutaway of a model 8 PC pump for heavy oil designed in-house by Ryan Rowan, vice-president of technology. Rowan’s pumps are designed for increased inŇow capacity in heavy oil applicaƟons.
variety of well conditions in reciprocating or rotary pumping applications. Endless rod joins a top drive unit to a downhole pump with only one top and bottom threaded coupling required, compared to conventional 25-foot lengths of sucker rod with couplings every 25 feet. “Endless rod is used in heavy oil and light oil applications. Now, with horizontal wells, it addresses rod and tubing wear,” said Taylor. “The beneﬁts are you can spread wear throughout the well rather than it being concentrated at every 25-feet section. Also, you are getting more ﬂuid to the surface with less ﬂow restriction while reducing torque. “Endless rod around here has been a widely used product for a number of years. There is more in the ground in Lloydminster and area than anywhere else in the world.” “Rod wear and viscosity are the main problems around Lloyd. You can get into other areas where there is CO2 and H2S. “There are diﬀerent grades and sizes that you can put into those applications that resist corrosion,” said Taylor. Moore manufactures everything from a DGrade carbon alloy steel rod for non-corrosive environments to an NS-Grade high strength nickelchrome molly alloy steel endless rod where a higher strength product is required. The Lloydminster operation is beneﬁting from the startup of a micro plant to provide custom pin to pin string fabrication based on customer needs for their wells. The micro plant was set up two months ago and similar operations are in the works for other key locations in Western Canada in the coming months. The Lloydminster shop has a ﬂeet of 12 truckmounted grippers to provide service on any brand of endless rod, and endless rod ﬁeld welders for splicing and welding pin ends and conducting rod repairs on location. “We have a full ﬂeet of service options along with a rod transport and repair unit. We’ve got one on the road and three more coming in August and September,” said Taylor. “We continue expanding our service ﬂeet. We try and find new and better ways to better serve the customer. “We have been in the endless rod business for five years now and we are going to keep focusing on that. “Five years ago, I came here and actually starting running the first gripper unit. “To see the business grow, it’s been interesting. We’ve got a good group of guys here. The price of oil has been fairly steady and looks good for the future.” ɸ Page C2
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Éş Page C1 Apex Advanced Solutions is based in Edmonton with branches in Lloydminster, Calgary, Bonnyville and Swift Current. The company is partnered with Apex Distribution Inc. that operates in various locations throughout Western Canada, including an outlet in Lloydminster. â€œWe tie in nicely with them because they are a pipe, valve and ďŹ ttings business. The
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buildup. The heavy oil geometry pumps are designed for maximum inďŹ‚ow capacity with a simple threaded conďŹ guration. â€œThe PC pumps are matched for speciďŹ c applications, so we do have pumps that will pump more sand and pumps that will pump more water, so it all depends on the application,â€? said Taylor. The companyâ€™s oil show booth will also showcase some of the innovative PC pumps
for heavy oil that are designed by Ryan Rowan, vice-president of technology. Rowanâ€™s heavy oil PC pump Models 8,11,15 and 18 are optimized with more cross sectional inďŹ‚ow and better ďŹ ts on compression. â€œHis goal was to design a better PC pump, using his industry leading experience, giving us a product that would beneďŹ t the customer and try to build our business that way,â€? said Taylor. With the innovative theme of the heavy oil show in mind, Taylor said if you donâ€™t stay competitive, you end up by the wayside. â€œYou have to invest in equipment and products and R&D to stay ahead of the game because itâ€™s a constantly evolving industry,â€? he said. â€œLloydminster is a real hub of innovation. Many products that are manufactured in Lloydminster make it all over
the world. That says a lot about the people and businesses in our community. â€œThey products and services coming from Lloydminster set the bar, so the show is a unique way to network with those people.â€? The Apex booth will also attract attention with a linear rod pump. The pumping unit is
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KEP boss wears two hats in Kerrobert By Geoﬀ Lee Kerrobert – KEP Industries Ltd. in Kerrobert is a supply shop like few others. The business is owned by Erhard Poggemiller, the mayor of Kerrobert along with his wife Evelyn, which can make for an interesting mix of conversation behind the counter. “This is kind of my town oﬃce as well as a shop oﬃce,” said Poggemiller. “We hear a lot of things going on out there in the oilpatch and who’s doing what – and all of a sudden someone is changing names or someone is buying someone out.” This is Poggemiller’s third term as the mayor and he knows the value of public relations wearing two hats. “If someone has a complaint, you will get it down here. If someone comes in with a complaint from your service work, they come in here, so you get it from both ends,” he joked. “Most of the time, people have legitimate complaints and they’ve got issues to talk about, and most of them we can resolve.” There is plenty of stock to talk about at the shop that is formally described as “manufacturers and dealers of agricultural and industrial products” on the business card. “You could call us the general store without groceries,” said Poggemiller. “We carry parts here for the ag industry, the trucking industry, and we carry lawn and garden equipment. “We do vehicle inspections for larger trucks and tractors and trailers and so on. We do a lot of repairs on those kinds of vehicles. We also do lot of ‘one-of ’ custom fabrication within the shop.
“We supply raw iron – nuts, bolts and hardware and all that kind of thing. We have everything but groceries here.” KEP also sells and services recycled air ﬁlters, auto air conditioning and provides oilﬁeld repairs and custom manufacturing to a growing base of oilﬁeld clients. “Our business, when we ﬁrst came to Kerrobert in 1978, was 85 to 90 per cent agriculture related. “Over the years that has changed to where we are now – I would say 75 per cent oil related and 25 per cent ag and whatever else. “If you are not prepared to change, you die – you are not in business. You have to change with the market,” said Poggemiller. “It’s the same with the town. Anyone who has a proposal or a plan – we don’t have a rigid rule. You can always come to council and we will sit down and have a meeting with you.
“If you have an idea you want to promote within the community or you have a business you want to set up, or are looking for property and can’t ﬁnd what you really need, you are always welcome to come and talk to us.” Exterran-Canada and Agora Construction, now under construction, are among the new businesses in town that fall into the growing oilﬁeld service category. Rev Energy, Enbridge, Plains Midstream Canada, Penn West Petroleum, Northern Blizzard, Alliance Pipeline and Weatherford are some of the major oilﬁeld companies in the area that have come to rely on KEP for parts and fabrication. “Oil and gas come here pretty consistently to do work with hydraulics and buying hardware items – nuts or bolts or whatever – a lot of ‘one-of ’ things,” said Poggemiller. ɸ Page C4
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The nuts and bolts Éş Page C3 â€œIn the oil and industry, itâ€™s nuts and bolts and bearings and metal and custom fabricated items, ďŹ lters and chain.â€? KEP is a stereotypical small town shop ďŹ lled with hundreds of old product boxes stacked to the rafters, begging the question how do ďŹ nd everything? â€œIt may be frustrating for a newcomer, but weâ€™ve been here long enough that we know what weâ€™ve got and where it is,â€? laughed Poggemiller, who may have to share his inventory know-how with a new buyer. â€œI would sell the business if I could ďŹ nd someone who can take it over and run it as this business, because I think it is a very needed business in the community. Someone can make a good living,â€? he said. â€œWe are at the age where we would like to retire from the business. There are a lot of other things I could do. I would really encourage someone who is interested in this kind of thing â€“ this is a great start.â€? Poggemiller, who is 60, held the mayorâ€™s seat until 2006. He was re-elected in a byelection in 2010, with a new hospital and a completed water treatment facility and expanded lagoon system as his legacy projects. Construction began on the $23 million Kerrobert & District Integrated Health Centre in June and the grand opening of the new reverse osmosis treatment facility will take place Aug. 3. As for running again, he said, â€œI havenâ€™t deďŹ -
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nitely conďŹ rmed at this point in time. A politician always weaves his way in and out of this thing, so I am not going to say yes or no.â€? Poggemiller is unsure at this point what he will do in retirement, but he wonâ€™t be kicking back in a rocking chair. â€œI would retire from this and probably do something that is less physically demanding on a person. I would always be involved,â€? he said. â€œIf you lie down and quit, then you might as well not be here.â€?
Selling the business and falling into another routine with his wife after all these years of working at the shop together will be tougher than it sounds. â€œI think you are always going to miss it. I sometimes have apprehensions â€“ this is what I have done all my life other than when I ďŹ rst started out in life (when) I taught school for a few years. Then I bought this business and this is basically what Iâ€™ve done all my life,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s the same as everyone else. You do that all your life, and then you leave â€“ you miss it.â€?
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Lloyd heavy oil show adds pizzazz Lloydminster – Technology and illusions will vie for attention at the 2012 Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show and Technical Symposium Sept 12-13. Organizers of the show, known for exhibiting new technology and innovation, have booked an illusionist for the opening night social entertainment at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds venue. It is not know if the performer will produce a barrel of heavy oil out of thin air, but the act should inspire some creative thinking and discussion that can lead to new technology in the ﬁeld. “The Lloyd region has an international reputation how to produce heavy oil,” said Mike McIntosh, chairman of the 18-person Oilﬁeld Technical Society organizing committee. “People come here to see what the innovation is. The value added to the exhibitor is that it’s a great forum to exchange and experience innovation and technology. “It’s a great way for the exhibitor and the visitor to talk about what are the issues, and what needs to be overcome.”
Advance tickets are required to attend the opening ceremonies on Sept. 11, beginning with supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by comments by guest speaker Kevin Casper, vice-president of production with Devon Energy in Calgary. McIntosh said Casper would likely word his presentation to ﬁt the informal theme of the future of heavy oil in the global marketplace. “We don’t have a formal theme this year, but informally we have been telling people – world supply and demand – how does heavy oil ﬁt into that picture?” said McIntosh. “It’s world supply and demand, heavy oil’s future.” The OTS committee is also adding two luncheon speakers in the Prairie Room this year with presentations that ﬁt the informal theme of heavy oil’s outlook. The Sept. 12 luncheon will feature a presentation by Jeﬀ rey Newton, president of Aleph Sciences Group in New York, titled, A Discussion on Converting Well head Gases to Liquids and Chemicals. Paul Zorgdrager, Husky Energy’s vice-president of Lloydminster production operations – heavy oil,
is expected to speak about local technology during his Sept. 13 luncheon talk. There will be a nominal fee to attend each luncheon and tickets will also be on sale for the illusionist social. More than 6,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s show to be held in conjunction with the technical symposium. All 368 inside and outside booths sold out early to 214 exhibitors with just over a month to go before the doors open to the newly renovated exhibition grounds that were under construction during the previous show in 2010. “We are getting lots of people calling wanting in. It’s a pretty popular show in the region for sure,” said McIntosh. “It’s an opportunity to talk to your customers. If we go back and look at the informal theme of the future of heavy oil as supply gets tighter and demand keeps growing, heavy oil has to continue to play a bigger and bigger role.” Check the heavy oil show website at www. lhos.ca in the coming days for more details on the speakers and their abstracts.
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Rev steps on the expansion pedal Kerrobert â€“ Rev Energy Services Ltd. in Kerrobert is on an expansion tear, adding two new divisions and a huge 31,000 square foot shop in a second location fronting Highway 21 south in just over a year. The local company is diversifying its core business in oilďŹ eld construction and maintenance, and pipeline maintenance in Western Canada, with an eye to national and international markets. The building houses the new Rev Internal
Coatings division for tubular pipe. Space for the Energy Process System division for oilďŹ eld fabrication is currently located at the old shop in town. The building features oďŹƒces, vehicle parking, a maintenance bay, a wash bay and the internal coating shop with room to relocate the fabrication shop. â€œItâ€™s just the growth in the province â€“ trying to meet the demands of the oil companies,â€? said majority owner Brian Burgardt about the ratio-
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ɺ Page C6 “This process Scotchkote 134 adds a buﬀer between the product and the steel pipe itself and promotes longevity. Quality control is critical in this process. Some manual labour is required to proﬁle the pipe and grind the roots down to round edges because the coating won’t adhere to a rough edge. The pipe is then put into the oven and preheated to open the pores. “During the preheat process, you have to sandblast it to get a certain proﬁle so the powder coat will adhere to it,” explained Chapman. “Then it’s into the oven and into the powder coat booth right away and the powder coat is applied and put back into the oven where it’s cured for 15 minutes.” The internal coating division was set up last July and Chapman said it has met their expectations so far. “It’s good. We are seeing a demand for it, and we are eventually going to work toward an automated process within the powder coating itself.” Internal and external pipe coatings are managed by Darryl Burgardt, who was on hand to talk about integrity digs for repairs to the external pipelines that require external coatings. “If there’s too much corrosion, they have to repair that part of the pipe,” he said. “Usually that boils down to putting a sleeve on to reinforce that pipe, so if there ever is a break, you won’t get a leak. A sleeve is put on and then it’s coated afterwards.” Crews usually pre-blast the pipe after it has been exposed with a trackhoe and hydrovac to enable the pipeline utility to check for damage. “There has to be clean pipe for them to do their checks properly. If a sleeve is put on, it has to be blasted again and coated,” said Darryl, who noted business is good right now for external coatings. “Enbridge has got a lot of work on the go. This year alone they’re doing around 600 digs in Western Canada, so it’s supposed to be busy like that for the next three to ﬁve years.” ɸ Page C8
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ɺ Page C7 Darryl and his brother Brian and their other partners, Barry Schreiber and Scott Kissock, got into the internal coatings business last year in order to diversify. “There’s a big potential for that and we’re seeing that – with the internal side of things it will take right oﬀ. It’s just getting that much busier with it. “There are a lot of diﬀerent companies around the area doing a lot of drilling, and a lot of those facilities need the internal coating.” There is also lots of potential internationally for the company’s Energy Process systems, an integrated design and fabrication shop that builds everything from piping skids and vessels to mud tanks and debris catchers. “As of this April, we are an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) credited shop,” said Chapman. “Prior to that we could build piping and pressure vessels for anyone in the British Commonwealth and now we can build piping and pressure vessels for anywhere in the world. “We can build anywhere from eight-inch scrubbers to nine-foot diameter by 30-foot seam to seam storage tanks.” Local and international fabrication business is being driven by clients such as Northern Blizzard, Penn West, Reform Energy, ColCan CNRL, and Enbridge. “Diversiﬁcation is exactly what we want to do,” said Chapman. “We built this 30,000 sq. ft. facility for that reason. In order to be a provider for all parts of Saskatchewan, this is what we felt we needed to do.” He said Northern Blizzard is taking advantage of what the province has to oﬀer with a drilling program that he thinks will target 60 wells in 2012 – from one to seven well pads, and keep Rev Energy ﬂush with work. “That means not only maintenance to tie in all these facilities and equipment, but also the welding end of things for the fabrication shop – all the welded manifolds and piping that they need,” he said. “Penn West is similar. A lot of their facilities and what they have in central Saskatchewan already exist, so they would need a lot of maintenance shutdowns and a few upgrades.” Rev currently has a staﬀ of about 70 employees, up from 50 a couple of years ago and more new hires are in the works. “We are absolutely in an aggressive growth mode,” said Chapman.
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Irish lucked out with Sandpiper jobs Vermilion – The luck of the Irish holds true for Donal Murphy and Kevin Murphy. Both men, who are not related, arrived in Canada from Ireland with their families on June 16 and 18 respectively, to start well paying jobs driving oilﬁeld trucks for Sandpiper Truck Services Ltd. in Lloydminster. They were both laid oﬀ from their long-term driving jobs in Ireland where the economy is in a deep funk. The new drivers were recruited by Sandpiper owner, Lorne Olson, and chief operating oﬃcer, Doug Gray, who took part in recruitment fairs in Dublin and Cork during a March 2012 mission to Ireland involving 27 Saskatchewan employers. The government of Saskatchewan provided on-the-ground advice to Saskatchewan employers and assistance to potential candidates. The two Irish drivers were among 280 skilled workers oﬀered posi-
tions by recruiters at the job fairs. They came to Canada through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. Donal hails from Wexford and Kevin from Fethard in South Tipperary. Their ﬁrst week of orientation, under the direction of safety co-ordinator Dwayne Keichinger, included a visit to the Gibson’s Driving Simulator at the Vermilion Vehicle Inspection Station on June 21. That was the site of the third annual Alberta Motor Vehicle Transport Association’s truck driver appreciation event where Keichinger was thrilled to introduce his new drivers and talk about the need for skilled labour. “I think every company is in need of good workers – drivers in particular. It’s good to see some good quality guys come over,” he said. “We have ﬁve from Ireland so far and probably another 10 to 15 com-
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Kevin Murphy gets his Įrst test of driving a truck on the right hand side of the road on the Gibson’s Driving Simulator set up at the Vermilion Vehicle InspecƟon StaƟon. He was recruited from Ireland, along with Donal Murphy, who were both invited to the simulator for the annual Alberta Motor Transport AssociaƟon driver appreciaƟon day.
ing. “We are a very diverse group. We have people from all over the world working for us and from North America as well. We welcome these gentlemen over to work for this company.” Sandpiper has about 60 oilﬁeld trucks for its Lloydminster operations including the semi vacs, pressure trucks, body vacs and ﬂushby units that the new arrivals will be operating as part of a growing body of nearly 85 drivers on the payroll. “We put them through our driving training and through our in-house company orientation,” said Keichinger. “We put them out with people – we have a very intense training program to make sure that we are comfortable, and they are comfortable, before they go out on their own.
“Some of other foreign recruits, we put them through English as a second language so we can understand each other a whole lot better. “Having these gentlemen from Ireland, their native tongue is English. That really helps.” Donal said he ﬁrst thought it was strange to come all this way and be talking with other Irish guys at work. “It should be fun,” he said, adding his ﬁnds everyone very friendly and helpful so far. He is also relieved to be working again (he is here on a two-year permit) to support his wife and two young children who are settling into new Sandpiper housing in Lloydminster. “I was laid oﬀ in February, and under the current climate over there, there is very little work around,” he said about Ireland. ɸ Page C11
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 ɺ Page C10 “Canada gave me the opportunity to come over here, so I am curious to see what it’s like.” Donal was hauling ﬂour in Northern Ireland for James Whitty Transport, and brings more than 15 years of driving experience with him to his new oilﬁeld job at Sandpiper. Both of the Murphys will swap their Irish licences for a Class 5 to drive a car, then bone up for their Class 1 test in order to drive an oilﬁeld truck. Their chance to drive safely on the right hand side of the road for the ﬁrst time was inside the Gibson simulator from which they emerged with conﬁdent smiles and no fender benders to report. “The initial period will be a little strange, but I am conﬁdent that after a couple of days it will be ﬁne,” said Donal who looks forward to adapting to local driving conditions. Kevin said driving on the other side of the road in Canada is just like anything else that’s
new. “Once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes natural to you. Once you practise it, you pick it up,” he said. Kevin drove a truck for ﬁve years for Bulmers Original Cider until his job became redundant in the economic downturn. “There’s been huge layoﬀs in Ireland at the moment with the recession,” he said. He said the job fairs in Ireland were well promoted and he drove from Tipperary to Cork for an interview with the Sandpiper executives who oﬀered him the job based on his experience. “There are a lot of truck drivers looking for work,” said Kevin. “The jobs that are existing. you wouldn’t be able to run your house with the pay that they are oﬀering with the recession.” He is not surprised by the higher wages paid in the oilﬁeld, but he is pleased to be able to make a decent living for his wife and two youngsters who came with him.
“You need a reasonable wage to have a reasonable standard of living, so that’s what it provides hopefully,” he said about his new job Asked if Alberta was a culture shock from his native Ireland, Kevin laughed and said his ﬁrst impression was it “looks like in the movies.” Those movies included several highwayand oﬀ-road driving challenges on the virtual driving video simulator that was set up for visitors during the AMTA truck driver barbecue that Sandpiper supports. “We have been involved in it for a number of years,” said Keichinger. “I go to the AMTA meetings, and I think it is a very good event to
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PIC trucks to bypass highway scales Vermilion – Peer pressure is helping trucking companies in Alberta become safer while saving them time and money through membership in Partners in Compliance, or PIC for short. The Carrier Excellence rating that PIC provides to member carriers is about to permit yellow PIC plated trucks with transponders to bypass some Vehicle Inspection Stations in the province. “The one big change that we see are coming hasn’t happened yet, but we just signed the paper work to move to a 99 per cent bypass at Alberta’s busiest scales,” said Kim Hrushenski, senior coordinator. Hrushenski announced the agreement with International Road Dynamics Inc., a Saskatoon-based leader in the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry during the Alberta Motor Transportation Association truck driver appreciation day at the Vermilion Vehicle Inspection Station on June 21. PIC carriers will be equipped with ITS transponders to bypass stations in Leduc, Balzac and Whitecourt – but not Vermilion which sees just one-third as many trucks per day as the busiest Leduc station.
“Our carriers report all of their own eﬀorts and take care of their own business, and enforcement doesn’t see a need to continue with the 98 per cent bypass – 99 per cent is suﬃcient,” said Hrushenski. “The one per cent report rate is enough to capture that random check that is necessary.” Hrushenski said savings estimates from being able to bypass just one scale per day range from $5 to $10 based on the time it takes to slow for the scale and the fuel associated with it. “It’s a tremendous beneﬁt for highway carriers,” he said. “There are occasions where a driver may see six or eight scales in a day, depending on the nature of their run. Often, it is one to three scales a day.” “It really takes 12 to 15 minutes out of your day to pull into a scale, cross the pad and continue. “If they are able to bypass based on their own safety eﬀorts, then they’ve really gained.” Hruskenski greeted each driver at the Vermilion scale and handed out information kits about the features and beneﬁts of membership, along with pens and notepads. Some current oilﬁeld PIC members include
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Stinger Wellhead Protection, Petrohaul, Miller Oilﬁeld Varco and B&R Eckels Transport. PIC is available to anyone with a national safety code number. PIC establishes safety benchmarks and mandatory ongoing monitoring to ensure that member companies maintain the qualiﬁcations and commitment required of all PIC carriers. “The carriers that come to us that are able and eligible have already done all the heavy lifting,” said Hrushenski. “They’re doing the safety and compliance in very deﬁnite terms before they come to us. “There is a small membership fee. The largest carriers are paying $1,500 a year, so it’s very small nominal fee. “I think by far, the greatest beneﬁt of the program is a move to an excellent rating on their Alberta Safety Fitness Certiﬁcate. “There are only 44 carriers in Alberta out of 24,000 that have that excellent rating.” “The PIC membership depends on internal reporting as well as reporting to our system,” said Hrushenski. ɸ Page C13
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Kerrobert to shine with health care “Agriculture is important in the area, however, it has become where smaller farmers are selling out and the large operators are buying up or else it is venture companies buying up land, then leasing it back to these large operators.” Poggemiller credits the oil and gas industry for helping the town turn the sod for the Kerrobert & District Integrated Health Centre during its centennial year celebration day last July 23. The new centre, being built by Ellis Don, will provide acute care and longterm care beds, public health, mental health and addictions services, and 24/7 emergency medical coverage. “The oil and gas industry had a huge impact on us getting that facility because of the large oil and gas development right around the area – just for the emergency sake,” said Poggemiller. The closest hospitals to Kerrobert are located in Unity or Kindersley on Highway 21 and require at least 30 to 40 minutes of driving time to get there. ɸ Page C16
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Kerrobert – The town Kerrobert has a new, younger vibe to it thanks to surging oil and gas activity in the area that has fuelled the construction start of a new $23 million integrated health centre. “The activity is huge. It’s increased quite a bit from last year,” said Mayor Erhard Poggemiller. “The weather is against us right now as far moisture goes for the rigs to get out, but there’s a vast number of new rigs out and new companies drilling holes. “I would say the bulk of activity is between Coleville and just north of Luseland, and then going east and west of Kerrobert up to the Kelﬁeld Coulee near Tramping Lake, then over to the Alberta border.” Rev Energy, Enbridge, Plains Midstream Canada, Penn West Petroleum, Northern Blizzard, Alliance Pipeline and Weatherford are among the largest employers that are bringing new families and prosperity to the area. “We have a large gamut of oil and gas related industries. I think oil and gas is going to be a big factor in our development of this community,” said Poggemiller. “We’ve had a lot of support for the health-care facility from the oil and gas industry. “If we can maintain the relationship we have with the industry as well as with the service industries, I think that will contribute to our development a lot more.
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Health Care important Kerry Ward, the townâ€™s Class 1 water operator, restarts the reverse osmosis facility aĹŒer a power outage on June 26. Saskatchewanâ€™s minister of the Economy, Bill Boyd, is expected to aĆŠend the grand opening of Kerrobertâ€™s new water treatment plant on Aug. 3.
Éş Page C15 â€œThe time-span and the life-saving capabilities for having this facility are huge,â€? added Poggemiller. Having access to health care in surrounding rural communities where most of the oilďŹ eld activity is taking place helps keep young families in town, boosts enrolment at the K-12 Kerrobert Composite School and encourages businesses to expand. â€œIt means the viability of the town will continue to exist and expand,â€? said Poggemiller in reference to the new facility. â€œA lot of the younger people who are looking at moving to the town â€“ ask two questions, â€˜is there is a school K-12? and â€˜do you have any health care facilities?â€™â€? The new integrated health centre, located at the junction of Highway 21 and Manitoba Avenue on the south side of town, will also accommodate 38 beds, of which 30 will be designated for long-term
care residents. â€œWith a new health-care facility such as that with a lab and all those kinds of amenities, itâ€™s deďŹ nitely an attraction for people to come to town,â€? said Poggemiller. The funding formula requires Kerrobert to raise $5 million or 20 per cent of the cost with fundraising led by Kerrobert, Luseland and District (KLD) Wellness Foundation chair Stew Seversen. â€œThe KLD Wellness Foundation, in conjunction with Heartland Health Region, has worked
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page C16 Kerrobert lies in the riding of Saskatchewan minister of the Economy Bill Boyd, who is expected to oďŹƒciate at the grand opening of the townâ€™s $5 million reverse osmosis water treatment facility on Aug. 3. â€œOne of the things the town was always noted for over many years was brown water. We now have a reverse osmosis system, and we have totally cleaned up the water,â€? said Poggemiller. Poggemiller ďŹ gures the new water system and a recent expansion of the townâ€™s lagoon size could allow the population to grow from approximately 1,100 today to well over 1,500. â€œOur next biggest challenge is to change the waterline within the town, then repave the town,â€? he added. Kerrobert plans to replace waterlines next summer on six blocks along the main thoroughfare where Highways 51, 31 and 21 conjoin â€“ with a recent traďŹƒc count of 700 to 800 large vehicles a day. â€œWeâ€™ve been doing a fair bit of lobbying to try to get Highway 51 improved going east and west of town just because of the vast number of oilďŹ eld related activities going, and the heavy loads going through town,â€? said Poggemiller who expects the paving will happen in 2014. The robust oil and gas economy in the area has brought new businesses to town along with the usual shortages of available housing or development lots. â€œItâ€™s almost impossible to ďŹ nd rental space. We have been out trying to lure some developers to town to develop entry level housing,â€? said Poggemiller. Local businesswoman and life-long resident, Lori Parnitsky has opened up a portable open
camp in town for workers or visitors. Called Kelordan Camp, it goes with her new Kelordan Grill family restaurant. â€œHotels are booked pretty consistently. The campground is pretty well full, so itâ€™s really tough,â€? said Poggemiller when referring to the accommodations situation. The Town has an inventory of residential building lots with new lots selling for up to $25,000 on a break-even basis to cover the cost of servicing. Some existing serviced lots are priced from as low as $1,500 to $5,000. More information on residential, commercial and industrial lots is available on the Townâ€™s new website that includes a business directory updated by the Chamber of Commerce. The update includes the recent addition to the directory of Exterran-Canada, a provider of natural gas compression products and services along with equipment and solutions for processing, production, air emissions and water treatment. The next listing could be Agora Construction that has begun construction of a new cabinet making shop in the old downtown core as interest in investing in Kerrobert keeps pace with oil and gas activity. â€œWe updated the proďŹ les on the town and the council, so when people come to town they know who theyâ€™re talking to. They also have access to information about our health-care system,â€? said Poggemiller. â€œItâ€™s phenomenal the number of hits weâ€™ve had to the website since weâ€™ve upgraded it. â€œItâ€™s very important, because for a lot of people, the ďŹ rst point of contact with a community nowadays is through the Internet. Itâ€™s very important that you keep your information current,â€? he said.
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Fountain Tire scores points in Vermilion Vermilion â€“ The rubber and the road came together for Fountain Tire and oilďŹ eld truckers at the annual Alberta Motor Transport Association driver appreciation event at the Vehicle Inspection Station near Vermilion. Skip Krake, outside sales representative for Fountain Tire in Lloydminster, came to the June 21 event to mix burgers, handshakes and tire products with a large gathering of truckers. â€œThe goal is to just be visible and talk to the guys, and of course, there are a lot of our customers coming through here,â€? said Krake. â€œWe donâ€™t do an awful lot with long haulers, but thereâ€™s the crude haulers stopping in for a burger today, and weâ€™re just wishing them well and basically saying thanks for the business. â€œAbout 80 per cent of our business is oil related. We sell an awful lot of trailer tires for crude haulers and we specialize in Goodyear and Dunlop tires. â€œThereâ€™s a variance of tires. We have a lot of diďŹ€erent models for diďŹ€erent reasons and diďŹ€erent conditions. â€œSo really, we just donâ€™t sell one type â€“ there are several type of tread designs to accommodate the conditions the guys are driving in,â€? Krake said. The AMTA appreciation event was the perfect opportunity for Fountain Tire to roll out Goodyearâ€™s new G741 truck tire engineered for oilďŹ eld, mining, logging and construction applications. The tire made with a cut and chip resistant tread compound was launched this year and Krake said, â€œWe hope itâ€™s going to work out, and I think it will. â€œItâ€™s a very good grip tire, yet has high mileage.â€? The G741 also has an innovative side wall design that allows truckers to place winter chains about the tread blocks for enhanced traction and
grip. â€œThereâ€™s always changes being made,â€? said Krake about tire products and technology. â€œThere is one thing we have that nobody else has, and itâ€™s called Goodyear DuraSeal. Itâ€™s like another liner. You have several plies of steel in a tire, and this is just another layer.â€? DuraSeal is billed as the worldâ€™s ďŹ rst built-in tire sealant for commercial truck tires that instantly seals tread punctures. â€œIt will seal a hole puncture up to a quarter inch,â€? said Krake. â€œIf you put a quarter-inch bolt or nail through it, you wonâ€™t lose any air. Itâ€™s quite an amazing invention.â€? Fountain Tire oďŹ€ers a wide range of car, pickup, commercial truck and specialty tires, as well as custom wheels. Tires sales for crude hauling trailers lead the way in a strong heavy oilďŹ eld truck market in Lloydminster. â€œItâ€™s been pretty good for the last while. Thereâ€™s no question about that â€“ very appreciative, yes, indeed,â€? said Krake about sales in recent months. Fountain Tire also oďŹ€ers product repair services, and complete automotive service for any make and model of vehicle. â€œService is a huge part of our industry. Nobody changes tires themselves anymore,â€? said Krake. â€œWe have after-hours 24-hours-a-day service. Itâ€™s a huge part. We just have to service what we sell for our customers. â€œDowntime is hugely important for customers. They want it done; they need it done and they need it done now. Our service guys are at their beck and call 24 hours a day. â€œWeâ€™ve got 20 guys in all, busting tires and
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page C18 â€œWeâ€™ve been very fortunate â€“ we have a good core of people that weâ€™ve retained over the years and
Skip Krake, an outside sales rep for Fountain Tire in Lloydminster, is framed by the doughnut of this new Goodyear G741 oilÄŽeld truck Ć&#x;re as he checks the Ć&#x;re pressure on his company pickup. The day before the event, Fountain Tire sponsored the second annual Hartnell & MacArthur Golf Classic in Lloydminster featuring locally developed NHLers ScoĆŠ Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers along with Clarke MacArthur of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Krake played for three NHL teams in the 1960s and â€˜70s, the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and the BuÄŤalo Sabres.
have been around for a long time,â€? he said. Krake describes himself as being part of a team at Fountain Tire, which is ďŹ tting, given that he played for three NHL teams between 1963-64 and 1970-71. Kent Staniforth, the general manager, is the coach of the Lloydminster Border Kings senior menâ€™s hockey club and franchise owner, Brant Wheeler, is a major advocate of local youth and adult hockey. â€œWhen we get time, of course â€“ weâ€™ve never shirked our duty â€“ but we do talk a little hockey,â€? joked Krake. â€œKent is a very avid hockey fan as well as a coach, and heâ€™s done an awful good job in Lloydminster, coaching Junior Bs and the Border Kings, so we are very proud to have him working for us. â€œItâ€™s a good scene. We learned some teamwork along the way and it continues at Fountain Tire.â€? Krake played 68 games for the Boston Bruins in the ďŹ rst 1967-68 NHL expansion year. He is over the moon with Lloydminster being chosen to celebrate Hockey Day in Canada in February, 2013. Activities associated with Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada get under way on Feb. 5, and on Feb. 9, CBC Hockey Night In Canada commentator Ron McLean will host a live broadcast to culminate a week of community activities and events celebrating the game across Lloydminster. â€œItâ€™s absolutely priceless. You have to be awful fortunate to get it,â€? said Krake. â€œMayor ( JeďŹ€ ) Mulligan and a whole lot of other people did an awful good sell job on it. They have promoted the city tremendously well â€“ with CBC being out here. â€œ Fountain Tire was also the sponsor of the annual Hartnell & MacArthur Celebrity Golf Classic held this year in Lloydminster, the day before the AMTA event.
â€œWe just had the Fountain Tire celebrity golf classic yesterday ( June 20). There were probably 40 young guys out of the National Hockey League here,â€? said Krake. Philadelphia Flyers left winger Scott Hartnell, along with Toronto Maple Leaf Clarke MacArthur, turned up at the opening charity barbecue at Fountain Tire on June 19, the proceeds of which go to the Lloydminster and District SPCA. â€œCBC was even here to cover the event. We will get a lot of publicity for the city of Lloydminster come February,â€? said Krake Krake expects Fountain Tire will play a role in Hockey Day in Canada along with every other business in town hoping to put the city and its hockey sponsors on the map. â€œWe will need the whole town to get the job get done, for sure,â€? he said. Krake has no argument with the notion that hockey and the oilpatch go hand in hand, especially in Lloydminster. â€œI think youâ€™ll ďŹ nd an awful lot of the guys that run the businesses in town are pretty much all hockey fans. It just seems to be the way of the world in Canada,â€? he said. Fountain Tire has recruited employees who play for the local Junior B Bandits and Junior A Bobcats along with the senior menâ€™s Border Kings who played in this yearâ€™s Allan Cup held in Lloydminster. Krake said he has always worked in the tire business, but he said he came close to working in the oilďŹ eld while playing hockey for the Estevan Bruins in the 1960s. â€œI was awful close to it. I just about, as a 17 or 18 year-old, went to work on the rigs, but instead I got into sales that summer,â€? he said, noting that selling tires is a great job. â€œYou bet. I get to see a lot of good people.â€?
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Lori Parnitsky, who with two out-of-town partners owns the Kelordan Grill Family Restaurant and the Kelordan Camp in Kerrobert, is pictured at the restaurant with her husband Allan who owns Kerrobert Sand & Gravel.
Kerrobert – Lori Parnitsky went from being a stay-at-home mom in Kerrobert to owning and operating a busy open camp and restaurant catering to oilﬁeld and construction crews in the last three years. That helps to explain why she took oﬀ the ﬁrst week in July for a vacation after working seven days a week at her Kelordan Open Camp and her Keloran Grill Family Restaurant located kitty-corner to each other at the junction of Highways 51, 21 and 31. “It’s been great especially this last four weeks. I am going on a week’s holiday next week, and I think I deserve it,” said Parnitsky who does everything from cooking and waitressing to booking available rooms.
“Trying to ﬁnd staﬀ is impossible. It’s a lot of hours. I love the people. That’s what keeps me coming back.” Parnitsky owns the 42-rom camp and nearby grill with two other out-oftown investors. The camp is currently home to construction crews that started building the $23 million Kerrobert & District Integrated Health Centre in June, and is popular with seasonal and overnight workers and travellers looking for a bargain. The camp and grill go together like a bun and burger. “When they take a room at the camp, they have a choice of either getting food included with their room or just the room,” said Parnitsky. “The guys that are working at the hospital are getting their food included, so that’s three meals a day, and they come in to get snacks in the afternoon or whatever. “About 25 of them came in for supper last night. Tonight they asked for pizza. We usually don’t have pizza on the menu, but we are catering to them. It makes them happy. Thursday, they have asked for lasagna.” “I don’t run it like a typical camp. It’s kind of a like a little mini hotel, so that they don’t have to bring their own bedding,” said Parnitsky. Each room is equipped with a TV, a DVD player and wireless Internet, and furnished with a desk, a wardrobe and a bed. There are mini fridges in some suites. Overnight guests have access to washers and dryers and two of the rooms have been converted to a coﬀee room and an oﬃce. “I have actually brought in barbecues now and then if guys want a barbecue down there,” said Parntisky, who spoke about her ventures during her break at the Kelordan Grill. “I waitressed for 18 years – I was a stay-at-home mom and ended up buying the camp and this. It wasn’t exactly in my plan, but it’s working out so far.” She said she bought the camp three years ago in October and the restaurant last January. The purchases were based on need. “There weren’t enough places in town. There were guys coming with their camper trailers. They were staying on farms in the last boom,” said Parnitsky. “We kind of missed the end of that when we bought the camp, so it was a little bit slow for the ﬁrst year. Now it’s starting to kick oﬀ again, which is very nice. ɸ Page C23
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Kelordan Open Camp is owned and operated by Lori Parnitsky who recently moved the camp from a rented lot to this purchased property kiĆŠy-corner to her Kelordan Grill. The camp oÄŤers rooms for $55 a night or a room with three meals a day for $125.
Éş Page C22 â€œIt was pretty slow in the spring when it rained and we didnâ€™t have anybody. When they all come in now â€“ itâ€™s crazy. â€œThere wasnâ€™t a restaurant to cater to them, so I had to buy this also. â€œI am hearing from Northern Blizzard and Penn West and Enbridge. Enbridge does a lot with catering and such. Itâ€™s an excellent company to deal with. â€œTheyâ€™ve all said the next three to ďŹ ve years
should be good.â€? Rev Energy, Plains Midstream Canada, Northern Blizzard, Alliance Pipeline and Weatherford are some of the other the major employers that are boosting economic development in the area. â€œIâ€™ve been hearing that itâ€™s not going to slow down anytime soon - like for the next three years, which makes me happy,â€? said Parnitsky. Her husband Allan owns Kerrobert Sand &Gravel, a company that specializes in oilďŹ eld construction. Parnitskyâ€™s father, Stew Seversen, is the chair of the Kerrobert, Luseland and District (KLD) Wellness Foundation that so far has raised more than $4 million of the townâ€™s $5 million portion of the new health centre cost. â€œWe are kind of out in the boonies here. If something was to happen, even having to drive a half hour to Kindersley could be disastrous,â€? said Parnitsky about the need for the hospital. The hospital construction crews are helping to ďŹ ll the camp, which had about 50 per cent occupancy rate in early July. The spring and fall are the busiest seasons for oilďŹ eld overnighters. â€œSpring is when they ďŹ rst come in, and then they get established as to what they are going to do for the year,â€? said Parnitsky. â€œWith all this rain we got pushed back quite far. In the fall, they want to get everything done before snowfall.â€? â€œIâ€™ve got some guys that have been in and out of the camp for that last two years. They just pop in, sleep the night, and go down their way to seismic or whatever. Seismic ďŹ lls it for two days solid.â€? The trailer-style camp was originally located next to the Kelordan Grill fronting Highway 21 south on rented land, but was moved recently to its new location on land purchased from the town.
The key to the business is the Kelordan Grill, with homemade burgers such as the Betty Boop and the Chuck Berry Chicken burger bringing in the hungry-man crowd for three squares a day. â€œIâ€™ve got three really good cooks and I am trying to keep them,â€? said Parnitsky. â€œThey are hearing the oil jobs are better and they want to go and work up in camp, so Iâ€™ve had to sweeten the deal every once in awhile. â€œI told them they are working at a camp. You can be a camp kitchen manager here.â€? â€œI kind of got thrown into this quite quickly. We bought the camp three years ago. I was a stay at home mom. There wasnâ€™t a restaurant to cater to them so I had to buy this also,â€? said Parnitsky.
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New industrial cleaning method taking off and paying off in oil fields
ive years ago the term dry ice blasting was virtually unheard of in the oil and gas industry. Today, however, the process is rapidly becoming the preferred method of cleaning among the industrial, commercial, utility, and environmental sectors. Regina-based Medius Industrial is now bringing the technology to Saskatchewan oil fields. So, how does it work? And why is it so quickly replacing previous cleaning techniques?
Dry Ice Blasting at a glance Tiny CO2 (ice) pellets are blasted at supersonic speeds through a jet of compressed air at -78 degrees C or -109.3 degrees F. Upon contact with the ice, contaminants shrink and lose adhesion from subsurfaces. The dry ice is then converted back into carbon dioxide gas and evaporates into thin air. The process effectively and efficiently removes contaminants such as bitumen, corrosion, chemicals, acids, and heavy oils without causing any damage to the underlying surface or creating any secondary waste.
efficient cleaning and restoration methods. The oil and gas sector, in particular, has seen a spike in the use of this new technology. Because the process allows for equipment to be cleaned hot whilst online, there is no need for disassembly or shutdown. This equates to less downtime and greater profitability. Dry ice blasting is also non-toxic, non-abrasive, non-conductive and environmentally responsible.
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More versatility Chris Krasowski, General Manager for Medius Industrial says, the possibilities with their dry ice blasting service are virtually limitless, “One of the greatest advantages to our dry ice blasting process is its extreme versatility. Clients can use it to clean piping, wellheads, valves, vessel interiors and, well... pretty much anything they need cleaned.” Those in the oil and gas sector find the system particularly attractive as it reduces the chance of foreign materials such as sand or debris from entering and damaging process equipment. With oil drilling set to increase by 6% in Saskatchewan during 2012, dry ice blasting will undoubtedly be an option more will be considering.
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Gibson simulator steers safer drivers Vermilion â€“ The worst thing that can happen during a virtual oilďŹ eld trucking accident is a bruised ego or a tongue lashing from the instructor. Thatâ€™s the beauty of the Gibsons Driving Simulator that is designed to evaluate and improve decision making skills and driving behaviours with programmable driving scenarios on a digital roadway. The simulator was a popular attraction during the annual Alberta Motor Transport Association driver appreciation day at the Vermilion Vehicle Inspection Station on June 21. â€œWe utilize it for education and some training. We throw diďŹ€erent scenarios at drivers and we educate them on what they may experience in the real world,â€? said Fred Pendleton, Gibson Energyâ€™s health and safety specialist who is based in Lloydminster. â€œIf they roll the unit here or crash it here, we educate them on the diďŹ€erent types of things they can do diďŹ€erently out there, so they can prevent the rollovers and the crashes and that sort of thing.â€? Pendleton can control every scenario the driver sees on screen from diďŹ€erent weather conditions and mechanical failures such as a tire or break failures to threats from oncoming vehicles crossing the centre line or wildlife in harmâ€™s way. The simulator helps Gibson to provide defensive driving skills for their huge ďŹ‚eet of owner operator trucks including up to 80 oilďŹ eld haulers in the Lloydminster area and 1,500 corporate wide vehicles. Gibson contract carriers who transport crude oil, asphalt and propane/ butane and sulphur products in the companyâ€™s Western Canadian operations undergo safety training in the simulator. â€œItâ€™s for new drivers, old drivers â€“ anybody that has been involved in a collision or an accident,â€? said Pendleton. â€œWe bring them in and we run them through that scenario just to see where things went wrong, and try to educate them to prevent it from re-occurring. â€œItâ€™s meant for Gibson employees, but we do a lot of charity work I guess you could say. We take it out to schools and events like this AMTA barbecue.â€? Driver safety and appreciation was the theme of the event that attracted Rod Shopland to welcome drivers as a local member of the AMTA board of directors and the owner of Night Hawk Truck Lines in Lloydminster. â€œWe are just here to shake a few hands and say thank you to the guys,â€? said Shopland, who is pleased to support the growing number of oilďŹ eld related trucks on the road with safety training from the AMTA.
Fred Pendleton operates small and large vehicle driving scenarios for visitors inside the Gibsons Driving Simulator at the AMTA driver appreciaĆ&#x;on day at the Vermilion Vehicle InspecĆ&#x;on StaĆ&#x;on on June 21.
â€œWe specialize in driving training and oďŹ€ering courses for the diďŹ€erent needs that even the oilpatch has,â€? he said. â€œWe provide mostly driver safety training â€“ personal driver improvement programs. We oďŹ€er ďŹ rst aid and dangerous goods and things like that. â€œWe have a COR program (certiďŹ cate of recognition) for safety as well, which is for the trucking industry. If drivers from the oilďŹ eld want to use our COR, itâ€™s available to them. â€œAnybody who is a part of WCB is automatically an associate member of the AMTA.â€? More than 300 trucks drivers were expected to pull into the inspection station for a burger, many of whom were waiting for a turn in the driverâ€™s seat of the Gibson simulator. The simulator includes scenarios for oďŹ€-road oilďŹ eld driving with hills and curves to challenge drivers. É¸ Page C27
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The Gibsons Driving Simulator, managed by Gibson health and safety specialist Fred Pendleton, features simulated driving condiƟons and scenarios that can teach defensive driving skills and how to react to threats such as blow Ɵres and wildlife.
ɺ Page C26 “When we throw in rain, we want to see if they adjust their driving speed, and if they require a tire change, to maintain their control on the roadway,” said Pendleton. Pendleton said the value of the simulator to Gibson is that it teaches drivers how to react safely to avoid accidents or prevent another one from occurring. “We had one driver heading up to Bonnyville and he blew a steering tire. He remembered what he learned in the simulator about maintaining control and slowing down, and he didn’t end up in the ditch,” said Pendleton. The majority of oilﬁeld driving accidents are rollovers that Pendleton said can be prevented with simulated driving lessons. “That’s due to guys, when they drop their steering tire oﬀ the road, the natural reaction is to pull it back,” said Pendleton. “We educate our guys that when you feel that wheel drop oﬀ, maintain control and put it straight in the ditch. This way you won’t roll. “You won’t have that ﬂuid slosh around and cause you to roll over. We can oﬀ-load you and pull you out – less damage that way.” Vehicle safety can also be an issue, so Gibson stays on top of maintenance with an in-house program using a third party inspection program similar to what a Department of Transport oﬃcer would conduct. Shopland said the AMTA driver appreciation event is a great forum to talk with drivers and to ﬁnd out what out “what’s happening out there?” on the road. Some of the feedback is a general thumbs-up to the move to harmonize trucking regulations across Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia through the New West Partnership economic pact signed by the three provinces in 2010.
Uniform rules about the size and weights of vehicles and other aspects of trucking operations came into eﬀect July 1, 2011, allowing trucks to operate more eﬃciently between provinces. “That’s been a marvelous thing for the trucking industry,” said Shopland. “The more harmonized things are, the more streamlined our industry is. You just load your loads for your province, and you are good for the other ones.” The rules are good for Night Hawk, a company that specializes in the long haul of building products and some oilﬁeld equipment hauling with an active ﬂeet of ﬂat decks and vans. “It’s been busy. It’s been a good year and it looks like it’s going to be a really good summer and fall,” said Shopland. SLH Transport Inc. from Calgary came to the AMTA event to recruit new drivers, a situation that also concerns Shopland at Night Hawk. “We have a pretty good bunch of loyal guys who have been with us for years,” said Shopland “but we are the same as everybody else. “We are fussy about who we hire because of the repercussion of what can happen with bad drivers, so you want to ﬁnd good ones.”
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Twin Butte offers $88.9 million for Avalon Calgary – Twin Butte Energy Ltd. will become a bigger force in the Lloydminster heavy oil play with its $88.9 million purchase oﬀer of privately-held Avalon Exploration Ltd. Avalon shareholders are expected to approve the sale in late August on the basis of 1.1 common shares of Twin Butte for each outstanding Avalon share. At closing, Twin Butte will acquire Avalon’s production of approximately 1,920 barrels of conventional heavy oil per day and more than 85,000 net acres of undeveloped land in the Lloydminster area The Avalon lands are contiguous to Twin Butte’s and eﬀectively double Twin Butte’s net undeveloped land position in the Lloydminster heavy oil fairway to 162,000 acres from approximately 77,000 acres. Twin Butte will also receive a signiﬁcant seismic database of 556 kilometres of proprietary data and 2,271 kilometres of trade data. The acquisition further establishes Twin Butte as a signiﬁcant operator in the area. The Calgary based company estimates that approximately 75 per cent of its current production comes from the Greater Lloydminster area and that could be more than 80 per cent by the end of 2012 with the Avalon acquisition. “As a larger, stronger company, Twin Butte will use its ﬁnancial ﬂexibility to capitalize on its expanded low risk drilling inventory,” said the company in a news release. Twin Butte and Avalon believe the strategic transaction oﬀers an exceptional opportunity to create substantial value for their respective companies and shareholders. “The transaction will provide Avalon shareholders liquidity and the opportunity to participate in a much larger, well capitalized and hedged company,” said David Bredy, Avalon’s president and chief executive oﬃcer. “In addition, the Avalon shareholders will be able to participate in Twin Butte’s monthly dividend stream. Avalon’s assets are an excellent ﬁt with Twin Butte and they will deﬁnitely beneﬁt from Twin Butte’s strong technical team and greater access to capital.” It is anticipated that Twin Butte’s credit facility will be increased to $240 million from the current $205 million upon closing. Twin Butte believes the acquisition will be a signiﬁcant operational and strategic ﬁt with their Lloydminster heavy oil operations and plans. Twin Butte’s growth is focused in the heavy oil area from Frog Lake, Alberta to Primate, Saskatchewan and is directing 100 per cent their 2012 capital
budget to this area. The buyout will give Twin Butte a low risk, high rate of return portfolio of over 85 development heavy oil drilling locations in areas that have seen low recovery factors to date as well as over 20 exploratory targets providing signiﬁcant upside potential for long term reserve appreciation. The acquisition includes Avalon’s proved reserves of 3.29 million barrels of oil equivalent and proved plus probable reserves of 5.19 million boepd based on an independent reserve report for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011. The pre-tax present value of the proved plus probable reserves at the report date was $136.3 million. The deal will also generate an estimated annual general and administrative savings in excess of $2.3 million.
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CCEMC funds $46M for carbon cuts Edmonton â€“ Husky Energy is one of six companies selected to receive a share of $46 million from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation to support six new clean technology projects. The CCEMC funded projects have a combined value of more than $327 million. Husky Energy will receive $2.9 million for its CO2 demonstration project in Lashburn, just east of Lloydminster. Cenovus Energy Inc. will be allocated $10 million in CCEMC funds for a 10MW pilot chemical looping steam generator at Christina Lake near Fort McMurray. â€œThe CCEMC is supporting industry eďŹ€orts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels while helping to ensure Alberta can continue to be a global energy leader, even as we transition to other sources,â€? said CCEMC
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012 Éş Page C30 MEG Energy Corp. will receive funding of $10 million for heavy crude quality improvement in the Alberta Industrial Heartland Region. N-Solv Corporation will receive $10 million for its N-Solv BEST pilot plant at Suncor Dover in Fort McMurray. â€œThese innovative projects continue to demonstrate how Alberta leads the way in supporting and developing responsible, clean-energy technology,â€? said Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Diana McQueen. â€œIâ€™m conďŹ dent that continued innovation by industry will help Alberta demonstrate leadership in environmental management while meeting growing global energy demand.â€? CCEMC estimates these six projects will combine to reduce emissions by more than 183,000 tonnes over 10 years, and that does not consider further emissions reductions as technology is commercialized. The potential emissions reductions that could be realized through build out and commercialization of these technologies is estimated at ďŹ ve megatonnes by 2021. For every dollar CCEMC invests in these projects, about another $7 are also invested. The six projects are from the CCEMCâ€™s fourth round of funding that was announced in April 2011. The maximum CCEMC funding per project for this round is $10 million. With this announcement, CCEMC has announced plans to support 31 projects with a total commitment of more than $156 million. In total, these 31 projects are valued at more than $828 million. Combined, the CCEMC estimates they will reduce emissions by nearly eight megatonnes over 10 years in Alberta. In addition, the organization has also announced support for biological and adaptation projects. The CCEMC focuses on stimulating transformative change. Enabled through regulation, the CCEMC is an independent not-for-proďŹ t organization that provides ongoing, dedicated funds to support the discovery, development and deployment of innovative clean technology. Funding for CCEMC is collected from industry. Since 2007, Alberta
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Oil patch Jobzilla could wreak havoc Calgary – The demand for skilled workers by Canadian oil and gas companies is becoming a scary monster on the loose, especially in Alberta. Not even the lowest natural gas prices and global economic uncertainty can bring Jobzilla to its knees. That’s the consensus of the Petroleum HR Council’s survey of 37 petroleum companies representing 60,000 employees in the upstream and midstream sectors. The survey is the basis of the council’s labour report on labour market conditions and human resource trends
titled The HR Trends and Insights: A Look at Current and Short-Term Workforce Trends within the Canadian Petroleum Industry for Q1-Q2 2012. Growth in Alberta’s oilsands, shifts to unconventional and liquids-rich gas plays and proposed infrastructure investments in pipelines and liqueﬁed natural gas (LNG) combined with an aging workforce continue to fuel the human capital needs of the petroleum sector. Additionally, competition for similar skill sets and jobs across sectors and geographic regions places additional
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strain on recruitment and continues to feed an employee-driven labour market. “Despite global economic uncertainty, a slow recovery in the U.S., and low gas prices, 91 per cent of respondents reported that they are currently hiring,” said Cheryl Knight, executive director and CEO of the council. “This is a seven per cent increase from Q3/Q4 2011 and reﬂects increased hiring activity in certain petroleum industry sectors, and the direct impact of high turnover, retirements and changing demographics across the industry. “The majority of respondents indicated that attraction and retention of workers in hard-to-recruit locations is their top workforce challenge. “Other challenges identiﬁed in the survey were labour and skill shortages, employee turnover and retention, and the increasing level of turnover amongst new hires,” Knight added. These workforce challenges and trends have increased the need for industry knowledge/experience, specialized skills and general business decision making. Broader support roles such as supply chain management, business intelligence managers, procurement professionals, ﬁnance professionals and project managers are in demand. How is the industry rising to these workforce challenges? According to
the survey, respondents reported recruitment and training as the two key human resource strategies. The report includes details on recruitment and training practices, emerging trends and innovative human resource strategies. One plan is to partner with community programs that target underrepresented groups in the petroleum industry such as women, Aboriginals, immigrants and youth. Another strategy is to initiate training programs that help employees move into leadership roles, and respond to industry growth, new technologies, and evolving environmental and regulatory requirements.
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Global Steel maintains key relationships with several major domestic steel mills. Strategic alliances with each mill guarantee reliable and secure access to a full range of high-quality ERW OCTG, Seamless OCTG and Line Pipe products. We are committed to providing oil and gas producers with exceptional service, high-quality oil Àeld tubular goods and personalized logistical support.
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012
Southern PaciÀc steams on Canada Day Calgary – Southern Paciﬁc Resources Corp. may have celebrated Canada Day by throwing their hard hats into the air. The July 1 holiday heralded the start of steam circulating through the steam assisted gravity drainage or SAGD wellbores at the STP-McKay thermal project in the Alberta oil sands. The ﬁrst steam at STP-McKay is an historic event for Southern Paciﬁc as it represents the completion of the construction, commissioning and start-up of the company’s ﬁrst major in-situ undertaking. Steam will now be circulated through the SAGD wellbores for a period of three to four months, after which bitumen production is scheduled to begin. Southern Paciﬁc is engaged in the exploration, development and production of in-situ thermal heavy oil and bitumen production in the Athabasca oilsands of Alberta and in Senlac, Saskatchewan east of Macklin. Phase 1 of the STP-McKay project is now oﬃcially in the production stage after 18 months of construction that began in December 2010. The original application for a 12,000 barrel per day facility received regulatory approval from Alberta in October 2010. Southern Paciﬁc has subsequently ﬁled an application for expansions at STP-McKay totalling an additional 24,000 bpd, split between an expansion in Phase 1 and a new facility at Phase 2. The application is well advanced and approval is expected in late 2013. Southern Paciﬁc projects the ﬁnal capital cost for Phase 1 to be $468 mil-
AB jobs blitz targets Seattle Edmonton – Welcome to the “U.S. of eh” in Northern Alberta where Americans are being sought to help ﬁll a shortage of skilled workers for oilﬁeld and construction jobs. The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is recruiting in Seattle for heavy-equipment technicians, welders, steamﬁtters/pipeﬁtters, power engineers and construction staﬀ professionals. “Our economy is expanding and we need more workers,” said Mike Wo, EEDC executive director of economic development and growth. “We are looking for hard-working individuals who are considering working in Alberta for a few years while economic conditions rebound in the U.S.” The recruitment drive is running in July through online, mobile and radio advertisements, and a roving community cruiser at local events promoting a www.opportunityawaits. com website. The website allows individuals to view position details, ﬁnd out more about Alberta and submit applications. Shortlisted candidates will be
invited to in-person interviews in mid-August. The campaign follows news that U.S. ﬁrms created only 80,000 new jobs in June, leaving the job rate untouched at 8.2 per cent. Canada added 7,300 jobs in June, slightly better than modest expectations, with Alberta having the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 4.6 per cent. To put Alberta’s economic growth into context for Americans, around $193 billion of major investments are underway or in the works, equivalent to 211 CenturyLink Fields or 175 Hoover Dams. “For those in search of opportunities, Alberta oﬀers some of North America’s highest wages and standards of living,” said Wo. “Newcomers can expect to be welcomed with one of the Englishspeaking world’s best education systems, leading-edge health care and a quality of life coveted by many.” Recruitment is one EEDC initiative to develop the workforce. Other eﬀorts underway include increasing productivity and innovation, and increasing investment in workplace literacy.
lion, four per cent over the original budget of $450 million. The cost includes an additional $15 million of scope changes designed to improve reliability and decrease operating costs. Based on the incurred capital to the end of the ﬁrst calendar quarter of 2012, Southern Paciﬁc expected to ﬁnish the project slightly under budget. The Calgary-based company cited increased industry activity in the second quarter for aﬀecting the module fabrication costs and delivery schedules, which resulted in increased construction costs in order to meet the project schedule. The company reports that with steam start-up, clean-up of the site and demobilization of crews and equipment will be occurring over the next several weeks. The construction site reported a safety record of only one minor lost-time accident during the entire drilling and construction period, well below the industry average.
PIPELINE NEWS August 2012
CAREER GuĂ—de Canyon is the fastest growing fracturing company in North America. We deliver quality customized pressure pumping and service solutions to the oil and gas industry, improving our industry one job at a time. If youâ€™re looking for a career with a leading organization that promotes Integrity, Relationships, Innovation and Success, then weâ€™re looking for you. Now hiring Canyon Champions for the following positions:
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Journeymen Electricians and Apprentices PowerTech Industries Ltd. in Estevan is seeking Journeymen Electricians and Apprentices for work in the Estevan and Carnduff areas. Experience: Safety Certificates are needed. 1st Aid/CPR, H2S. Applicants must have a valid driverâ€™s license. Full benefits packages and RSP plan. Duties: Day to day electrical construction and maintenance in the oilfield. Wage/Salary Info: Depending on experience & qualifications. To Apply: Fax: (306) 637-2181, e-mail email@example.com or drop off resume to 62 Devonian Street, Estevan, SK.
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PIPELINE NEWS August 2012
PIPELINE NEWS August 2012