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PIPELINE NEWS Saskatchewan’s Petroleum Monthly

November 2011

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Crane business is picking up

Co-op Refinery Fire Page A2

Chasing the hook: Skylift Page C1

Career Opportunities Page C20

Mammoet, with the red crane, and Myshak Crane and Rigging, with the white crane, respond to a bridge collapse in Lloydminster caused by an over height load on Oct. 11. See story page A3. Photo by Geoff Lee

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The Consumers’ Co-operative Refineries Ltd. complex in Regina suffered an explosion and fire on Oct. 6. A total 36 people reported injuries, 13 of whom were treated at hospital, and of those, two remained in hospital for a significant time. This file photo was taken in August, 2010.

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Sask. rig count strong, down slightly Saskatchewan’s drilling rig count remains strong, but has slipped slightly in the early fall compared to its sky-high summer numbers. According to Nickle’s Rig Locator (www.riglocator.ca) on Oct. 19, there were 96 drilling rigs working in Saskatchewan, down from the 110 level seen for much of the previous three months. It was still about a half dozen rigs more than what was seen in 2010, and 30 more than the same time in 2009. The slight downward trend was in part due to some substantial rain in southeast Saskatchewan. One rig operator told Pipeline News the ground has been so saturated from earlier in the year, it didn’t take much to make it too wet to work, and as a result they had some rigs down. All told, Saskatchewan’s rig count has been higher than 2010 numberd and substantially higher than 2009 numbers for all the year except for the period from mid-April to mid-June.

Diaz updates Lloydminster wells Diaz Resources Ltd. announced Sept. 28 that its three recently drilled horizontal heavy oil wells at Lloydminster, Alberta, had been on production for 30 days and are averaging a combined rate of 200 bpd. The new wells bring production from the Diaz-operated pool to approximately 350 bpd. Diaz has a 50 per cent working interest in the Lloydminster pool and anticipates that additional development drilling will begin in the fourth quarter. Briefs courtesy Nickle’s Daily Oil Bulletin

Explosion and fire rock Regina Co-op refinery „ By Brian Zinchuk Pipeline News Regina – An explosion and subsequent fire hit the Consumers’ Co-operative Refineries Ltd. complex in Regina on Oct. 6 at approximately 2 p.m. The fire was quickly extinguished by the refinery’s response team. While city firefighters were staged in response, they were not required to put out the fire. Thirteen people were transported to hospital, 10 by emergency medical services, and another three by a contractor working on the site, according to Vic Huard, Co-op vice-president of corporate affairs. Of the 13 taken to hospital, 10 were treated and promptly released. One was treated and released shortly thereafter. Of the two remaining in hospital, one was released on Oct. 14 for further outpatient treatment in Edmonton, while the final person remained in critical condition in Regina General Hospital as of Oct. 14. The critically injured person was reported as improving daily, according to a representative of the contractor that person was working for. Both of the final two victims were scaffolders with Skyway Canada Ltd. A further 23 people reported injuries to Occupational Health and Safety, but none of these required medical treatment at a hospital, according to Huard. Initial reports from Huard and other Co-op officials in a press conference a little over an hour after the explosion indicated a diesel and hydrogen fire. On Oct. 18 Huard told Pipeline News they did

not yet know the source, but what had burned was diesel and hydrogen, which had apparently found an ignition source. The refinery is co-operating with the independent investigation being conducted by Regina Fire and Protective Services, Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, and the provincial boilers and vessels branch. The incident happened in an older area of the plant that was being “revamped.” The refinery complex is currently undergoing a multi-year $1.9 billion expansion and revamp. The expansion is intended to increase production by 30,000 bpd next year. The fire is not expected to affect that expansion plan. There were approximately 2,500 people working on the site at the time, the vast majority of whom were contractors working on the revamp and the expansion. Huard reported they had accounted for all the workers within the revamp area within 75 minutes. The Co-op refinery supplies a substantial portion of the Prairie provinces’ diesel and gasoline needs. As of Oct. 18, Huard said there would be a 20 per cent reduction of diesel production capacity until May 2012. While gasoline production was initially down 50 per cent for one week, they were able to get it back up to 90 per cent of normal production. The company is working on cross-purchase agreements with other refiners to fill in the gap. To increase diesel production, the refinery is now using more light synthetic crude, but is processing less heavy crude.

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Southern Pacific adds well pairs

A semi carrying an overheight backhoe struck the CP rail overpass on Highway 16 on Oct. 11 collapsing it onto the highway. Myshak Crane and Rigging (MCR) and Mammoet worked together to lift and remove the girder within 24 hours with the highway re-opening shortly thereafter. Cranes will be used again to reinstall the repaired girder in the coming weeks.

„ By Geoff Lee Pipeline News Lloydminster – Myshak Crane and Rigging (MCR) proved to be Johnny-on-the-spot at the scene of a collapsed Canadian Pacific rail overpass on Highway 16 at the east end of Lloydminster on Oct. 11. The severed spur rail line serves the Lloydminster Husky Upgrader whose operations were not affected as trains were re-routed to CP tracks east of the accident location. MCR, based in Edmonton, just happened to have a 500-ton crane in town working at the ADM canola processing plant where managers quickly gave them the okay to respond to the transportation emergency. “I think it was a beneficial thing that we were in town,” said MCR crane supervisor Jason Tymofichuk. “I heard on the radio that the mayor was happy. A lot of people were shocked how quickly we got that thing cleaned up.” MCR teamed up with Mammoet who sent a similar 500-ton crane to the scene from Edmonton the next morning to help lift and load the girder onto a flatbed – all within 24 hours.

The steel overpass was struck by an overheight excavator loaded on the back of an eastbound semi the afternoon of Oct. 11, forcing a detour of all highway traffic through the area. “It’s worth noting this was an overheight load being carried on the flat deck truck,” said CP spokesperson Mike Lovecchio from Vancouver. “It was very simply a case of situational awareness and a failure of situational awareness on the part of the truck operator that led to this incident.” The highway re-opened the evening of Oct. 12 with thanks from Lloydminster Mayor Jeff Mulligan to MCR, ADM and emergency responders in a message broadcasted that night. “Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt in this accident. And thanks to the dedicated work of many talented and dedicated professionals, together with help from ADM, who provided access to a crane service that was working on-site on their project, we were able to re-open the highway late tonight,” said Mulligan. The next morning, MCR crane supervisor Jason Tymofichuk told the Pipeline News he and crane operator Tyson Seehagel got involved after hearing about the accident on the radio while doing crane work at the ADM plant in town. ► Page A6

At its STP-Senlac thermal project, Southern Pacific Resources Corp. committed to its development plan, which includes maintaining production levels on an annual basis between 4,000 bpd and 5,000 bpd. Over the past quarter, the property achieved an average production rate of 4,829 bbls per day, primarily a result of the recent addition of Phase H, which consists of two SAGD well pairs placed on production in April 2011. As part of its development strategy, Southern Pacific was now drilling in early October and preparing Phase J for production. It consists of three SAGD well pairs, which may not all be needed until later in the fiscal year and will be layered into the facility as capacity permits. Southern Pacific recently completed a scheduled bi-annual maintenance turnaround at STP-Senlac. The turnaround took only nine days to complete compared to the 14 days for which it had budgeted. All the wells are now back on production.

Tuscany updates Evesha, Macklin drilling Tuscany Energy Ltd. announced Oct. 7 it had placed a recently drilled Dina horizontal heavy oil development well on production at Evesham, Saskatchewan, with an average flush production rate of 110 (66 net) bpd. Tuscany has a 60 per cent interest in this well and is the operator. The well was the first to be drilled on the west side of the pool, from a new production pad. Tuscany plans to drill two more wells from this production pad in the fourth quarter. At Macklin, Saskatchewan, Tuscany has drilled a horizontal well into another Dina heavy oil pool. The well was placed on production Sept. 18 at a flush production rate of 110 (60.5 net) bpd. Tuscany has a 55 per cent working interest in the well and is the operator. It plans to shoot additional 3D seismic over the Macklin project to assist in finalizing a development plan for 2012. The company’s partner in the Macklin project, Diaz Resources Ltd., holds the remaining 45 per cent working interest. Briefs courtesy Nickle’s Daily Oil Bulletin

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Editorial Sovereign wealth fund is coming One way or another, it is highly likely Saskatchewan will have a sovereign wealth fund by this time four years from now. Last month Pipeline News spoke to each of the three mainstream party leaders – the NDP’s Dwain Lingenfelter, Liberals’ Ryan Bater, and Saskatchewan Party’s Brad Wall. In some manner or another, all support the creation of a sovereign wealth fund. Lingenfelter spoke at length about his plan, one of the key planks in the NDP’s policy platform. He thinks a small amount of non-renewable resources revenue, $100 million a year, should start going into a sovereign wealth fund like Norway’s, the most successful fund of its kind in the world. Debt repayment is key, but repayment and savings could happen at the same time. Bater pointed out that his first speech as party leader in 2008 declared support for such a fund. He’s toying with the idea of half of those non-renewable resource revenues going to the fund. But we must pay down the debt first, he said. Wall’s support is more begrudging, likely because it would be unwise for him politically to give too much credence to the major policy point of his opponent. Indeed, his response to the question of does Saskatchewan need such a fund was quite brief, stating, “The idea is one I’ve talked about some time ago. We even talked about it in opposition. It’s a good idea for an economy that has a lot of resource wealth. But we have to pay off the debt first.” Here’s where the if ’s come in. If Bater or Lingenfelter were to be elected, a sovereign wealth fund is a sure thing. There is no hope of Bater forming government, indeed, the Liberals will have a tough time getting one or two seats. Lingenfelter is so far behind

in the polls, he’ll have a heck of a time maintaining the seats he has, never mind causing an upset. So will Wall do it? His attention seems to be almost single-minded on paying down the debt, which is probably the smartest course of action. If we can survive what is looking like a double-dip recession relatively unscathed, and if we can pay off the $3 or so billion remaining of provincial, non-Crown corporation debt over the next four years, then we just may see such a fund in place. Wall argues that we essentially have a fund already in place, the so-called rainy day fund, which was drawn upon to deal with non-budgeted items like the floods of 2011, when it was indeed raining. However, the structure of the fund differs quite a bit from what Lingenfelter subscribes to. The Norwegian fund is interesting in that its investments are entirely outside of Norway, due to the inflationary nature of adding billions of dollars to the Norwegian economy. Should Saskatchewan structure such a fund to keep it from becoming a political football, i.e. keeping the fund from investing in Saskatchewan projects that are questionable or political in nature? (Alberta is the prime example here.) Lingenfelter seems to think so, saying it should be apolitical. While he wouldn’t entirely rule out Saskatchewan investment, he thinks that should be left up to fund managers, not politicians. Any way you look at it, a sovereign wealth fund for Saskatchewan is an idea whose time has come. It’s really hard to argue against saving for the future. So yes, let’s pay down the debt. But after that’s done, Saskatchewan should form its own sovereign wealth fund, modelled on Norway’s success. It’s too good an idea to ignore.


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Opinion The close call that wasn’t From the top of the pile Brian Zinchuk

This month Pipeline News is focusing on cranes and pickers. In preparing my list of possible stories, one quickly rose to the top of the list. By far, the most cranes in the province can be found at the Regina Consumers Co-op Refinery Complex. I had been there a year ago, and lost count of how many cranes there were on site. It was an awful lot, working on an approximately $1.9 billion revamp and expansion to the facility. So on Oct. 3 I left a message for the facility manager, and followed up with an e-mail. Not hearing back, the next day I called. While he liked the last piece I did, they were terribly busy, and simply wouldn’t have time to have me come down right now. Maybe a few months down the road, he offered. My initial plan had been to go to Regina on Thursday, Oct. 6. My wife was taking our son in for a dental appointment, so it would have been a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. My request was to do a brief interview with the manager, followed by a tour of the cranes at work, and possibly a short interview with the crane foreman. If it all had

gone according to plan, I would have done the initial interview at 1 p.m., and been on the site, taking pictures, around 2 p.m. At about 2 p.m., a fireball arose from one of the older parts of the refinery, followed by a fire. Thirteen people were treated medically. A subsequent 23 people reported injuries, but did not require medical attention. Burns were the primary consideration. If my best laid plans had gone forward, I would have been within about a few hundred metres of the explosion, maybe closer. In my previous stories about the refinery, one thing that was impressed upon me was their strong focus on safety. Indeed, we had talked about doing a follow-on story about their safety program in the spring of 2011, but I never followed up on it. Now some may say, “Brian, they just had an explosion and fire, and 36 people were injured. How can you call that safe?” Consider this: Including permanent staff and contractors, there were just under 2,500 people on site. A little over an hour after the explosion, I listened to the live news conference on CJME. By that point, the fire was under control, and all permanent and contractor staff in the affected area were accounted for. In just 75 minutes. It’s hard enough to count heads with school kids on a field day, never mind account for thousands of people on a site that covers the better part of a section of land. News video of the workers showed them gathered in groups, mustered as expected. Every person I saw on the TV had flame retardant coveralls.

It is precisely for this reason – a flash fire – that workers are required to wear such coveralls. You can’t fight a fire with them, but they can give you a fighting chance in a situation like what happened. I expect they would have made a difference for those who were injured. The company’s emergency responders were able to put out the fire without the assistance of Regina Fire and Protective Services. City firefighters were staged, but not required in the end. The area where the explosion took place was part of the “revamp” project, and was an older area of the plant. The initial indications were that a pipe had leaked a mixture of diesel and hydrogen, and it found an ignition source. Was that pipe part of the planned revamp? Quite possibly. We don’t know. But it might have been scheduled for maintenance, repair or replacement in the coming months, as the project reached its final phases. It may simply have been a situation of they were getting to it, but apparently not quick enough. For those who were injured, this incident will be life altering, painful, and hard. But in the grand scheme of things, it could have been much, much worse. There are dozens of massive storage tanks in the vicinity. Thousands of workers were on site. The whole refinery could have gone up. Absolutely, something went terribly wrong. But in the response, it appears, at least to this outsider, a lot went right. Brian Zinchuk is editor of Pipeline News. He can be reached at brian.zinchuk@sasktel.net

Two for one from Lee Side columnist It’s potpourri time again, so please enjoy the mixed bag of subjects for commentary beginning with the 18th Technical Heavy Oil Symposium held in Lloydminster in September. Symposium steeped in innovation talk Many of this year’s presentations served to make the point that the heavy oil industry is driven by innovation and technology developed in Lloydminster and other heavy oil centres in Western Canada. A case in point is a new product by Noralta Technologies Inc. called the nGauge that will allow operators to accurately monitor and measure all of the fluid interfaces in a production tank or process vessel with bottom line savings in fluid hauling being just one benefit. The product is not on the market yet, but there was no better place to introduce its near readiness than to potential clients at the symposium. Another innovative topic by Weatherford focused on the skyrocketing demand for steam injection control devices that distribute steam evenly in a steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) reservoir. The new devices allow for improved steam-oil ratios and smaller carbon footprints from thermal projects. Other presentations by Champion Technologies and Trican Well Service focused on new chemical solutions to stimulating oil production from damaged or underperforming wells. All of the topics and speakers fit into the innovative and technical mould the symposium is intended to address, so from that perspective the event was a success. Fracking on the front burner The Canadian Association of Petroleum Pro-

Lee Side of Lloyd Geoff Lee

ducers’ (CAPP) new guidelines for the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas by are well timed given the growing public debate and concern for fracking fluids on water quality and the environment. When it comes to fresh supplies of drinking water, there can be no compromises for human health or the environment. Quebec halted its fledgling shale-gas industry earlier this year following recommendations in an environmental-assessment report that advised the province to conduct more studies on the ecological risks. In August, Southwestern Resources Canada put all seismic testing in New Brunswick on hold due to ongoing protests over shale gas development where fracking is used. Fracking involves injecting a mixture of chemicals, water and sand into the ground to help release gas and oil. CAPP’s new guidelines announced Sept. 10 include improved water and fluids reporting practices that apply to all CAPP natural gas producing members operating in Canada.

CAPP president Dave Collyer said that protecting Canada’s water resources is fundamental to the industry’s social licence to operate and to grow. He also said with the increase in natural gas production from unconventional sources such as shale, Canadians have told the industry they want more information as to how industry uses and protects water. The CAPP principles address those concerns. They also articulate industry’s water management objectives and water protection practices. CAPP members will focus efforts to improve water performance by industry over time. The new guidelines commit CAPP members to support the disclosure of fracturing fluid additives. CAPP will also continue to advance, collaborate on and communicate technologies and best practices that reduce the potential environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing. The guidelines include a commitment to safeguard the quality and quantity of regional surface and groundwater resources, through sound wellbore construction practices, sourcing fresh water alternatives where appropriate, and recycling water for reuse as much as practical. Another guideline calls for CAPP to measure and disclose water use with the goal of continuing to reduce our effect on the environment. CAPP also pledges to support the development of fracturing fluid additives with the least environmental risks. The guidelines show that the upstream industry listens and respond to its critics along with a conviction to promote its strong track record as a safe and reliable producer of natural gas.

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Two 500-ton cranes lift bridge off semi â—„ Page A3 “I’ve been in the industry for 15 years now. I kind of ďŹ gured we should go look at it,â€? he said. “So we got there and knew they were going to need a crane in order to do what they needed to do. “We just happened to have a 500-ton crane.â€? That crane is an all-terrain Liebherr LTM 1400 with a 197 foot main boom that has done previous work in Lloydminster at the Husky upgrader, but dealing with a collapsed rail girder is not routine. “These situations are always dierent,â€? said TymoďŹ chuk. “You never know what you are getting. “Originally, I was told the bridge only weighed 60 tons, but after we hoisted on our loads, yesterday, we lifted to 144,000 pounds which was already more than what they said. “Later, they told me it could weigh up to 100 tons, so I said ‘that’s quite a substantial dierence from the 60 tons.’ “When they couldn’t actually give me an actual weight, I thought ‘I am not going to take the chance of using one crane and having it too heavy.’ â–ş Page A7

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Above: MCR crane operator Tyson Seehagel, utilizing a 500-ton crane tested, the hoist weight of this collapsed CP rail girder at 144,000 pounds. After learning the girder could weigh up to 100 tons, the company called in Mammoet in Edmonton who sent their 500-ton crane to the scene the next morning. The two cranes worked together to lift and lower the wreckage within 24 hours. Both cranes needed 220,000 pounds of counterweight. MCR crane supervisor Jason Tymofichuk, left, gets briefed by a CP representative at the scene of a collapsed CP rail overpass in Lloydminster. MCR happened to have a 500-ton crane working at the ADM canola processing plant in town and got permission to respond the transportation emergency on Oct. 11.


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More power the closer you get ◄ Page A6 “Your crane weighting is based on minimum boom, right tight to you. The bigger radius you get the less capacity you’re good for.” Mammoet dispatched their own 500 ton LTM 1400 crane to the scene with MCR hoisting on end of the fallen girder and Mammoet on the other to get the job done safely. “It’s not difficult to co-ordinate two cranes working together,” said Tymofichuk. “We picked it up and swung it out of the way, clear of the hole.” When the crushed semi with the excavator was towed away, the two cranes got back to work and swung the girder off to the far side of the road, set it down then loaded it onto a truck. Tymofichuk said the job was a challenge, “because of the fact you don’t know what your factors are – your weight and stuff ” including the tipping angle. “We were both running with 220,000 pounds of counterweight.” Lovecchio reports the bridge span was transported off site to the Edmonton area where will be repaired and returned, but that date is yet to be determined. “The highway will have to be closed again so the span can be reinstalled,” he said, noting CP owns the bridge and the concrete piers. “The full structure will be inspected prior to being brought back into service,” he added. Tymofichuk says the job was good PR for his company and he hopes to come back and do the reinstallation crane work. “That’s depending on how well they liked the job we did. That’s all we can hope for. One or two cranes will be used to put it back,” he said. “They say in two to three weeks it should be

ready to put back up. We should be able to do it ourselves without Mammoet. “We do have other cranes that can do what they were doing too, and we get can a lot closer to the bridge now that the hoe and everything is out of there.” Tymofichuk says the MCR crane is equipped with audible alarms when the lifting capacity is reached, but he calls them more of an aid than a failsafe device. “The number one thing that you deal with all the time is your load charts. They are printed off on paper,” he said. “The closer you get, the more lifting power you

have. The more boom that you sweep out, your charts decrease as well because there is that much more length. “There are certain attachments you can put on this crane. We have a device called a super lift which is a boom stiffener, which increases your charts as well.” The LTM 1400 is one of the largest cranes in the MCR fleet that includes carry deck cranes, crawler cranes, rough terrain hydraulic cranes and a variety of picker trucks. MCR also operates full crane services in Fort McMurray, Red Deer and their newest location in Bonnyville.

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Mammoet responds to overpass collapse „ By Geoff Lee Edmonton – Mammoet is no stranger to Lloydminster where the heavy lifting and transport company regularly deploys a fleet of carry decks, crawlers and mobile cranes for Husky contract turnarounds and construction projects. The international company gained public recognition and praise from officials for its emergency work when they lifted and cleared a collapsed Canadian Pacific overpass girder on Highway 16 in Lloydminster. The company responded to the scene with a huge 500-ton LTM 1400 mobile hydraulic crane. Mammoet co-ordinated the 911 job with a similar LTM 1400 crane from Myshak Crane & Rigging in Edmonton to help re-open the highway 24 hours after a semi truck with an over height excavator struck and collapsed the bridge on Oct. 11. The crane work prompted a tour of Mammoet’s Western Canadian base in Edmonton where Rick Patterson, director of hydraulic cranes, explained why

Rick Patterson, director of hydraulic cranes guided a tour of Mammoet’s base of operations in Edmonton where this massive 500-ton LTM mobile hydraulic crane was sent to Lloydminster to assist with an emergency lift of a collapsed CP overpass girder weighing up to 100 tons. Based on its lifting capacity, the LTM was the right crane for the job.

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the LTM 1400 was the right crane for that job. “It’s got a great lifting capacity at a short radius,” he said, referring to the LTM that was parked at the Mammoet complex with other cranes. “That was part of the reason why it was chosen for that job.” The LTM 1400 has a main boom of 197 feet and can be jibbed out to a reach of 276 feet. As for the challenge of co-ordinating the lift of the fallen CP steel girder that weighed up to 100 tons, Patterson said good communication makes jobs like that go off without a hitch. “We were very successful working with the Myshak crane,” said Patterson, who noted the lift was a big job for Mammoet. “We do some emergency work with various rail companies when they have train derailments. It’s a common type of work that we would do.” Mammoet’s global lift and transport activities focus on the petrochemical industry, civil engineering projects, power generation projects and offshore and marine projects and include emergency situations. Patterson says cranes are dispatched to job sites and emergencies from whichever branch has equipment available including their growing crane and transport operations in Regina and Saskatoon. Mammoet’s transport fleet in Saskatchewan includes everything from conventional trailers right up to monster hydraulic platform trailers capable of carrying loads up to 100 feet long, 24 feet wide, and 20 feet high, weighing up to 200 tons. “We transport just about anything oil and gas related – mining equipment, oil and gas vessels, modules and any facility and plant pieces – pretty much anything that will fit on the trailer,” said Doug McCaskill, director of operations, transport division. “Length and dimensionally, we can pretty much move anything. Our transport division covers everything from a small silo up to a big module.” One of those monster 24 line hydraulic platform trailers is based at the Edmonton yard where it is ready for duty hauling massive loads on public roadways. “Its capacity depends on the area and the road configuration,” said McCaskill. “It’s typically used for hauling modular pieces for production plants and gas plants and any large vessel that’s properly fit on it.” ► Page A9


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Heavy lifter knows how to move mountains of metal ◄ Page A8 Mammoet also manages a lot of heavy lifts and transport work from its other Alberta bases in Calgary and Fort McMurray. McCaskill said the business is picking up on all fronts. “It’s very busy right now. Mammoet is progressively busy,” said McCaskill. “We are roving billboards with all of the equipment we have. Obviously, we are proud of our name because it’s all over everything in big white letters.” McCaskill said when it comes to transporting huge loads on public highways the job is neither easier nor harder in Saskatchewan than it is in Alberta. “Every province has unique infrastructure challenges. The population density is one thing, but in this line of work you are careful no matter where you are,” he said. “There are always restrictions and cautions to be taken. Saskatchewan has challenges just like Alberta.” Mammoet is also trying to keep pace with the demands for its lifting and transport services in Saskatchewan with its strong mining, oil and gas, and power economy. “We are finding that the workload is increasing year after year,” said Patterson. “We are finding our branches in Regina and Saskatoon are getting an increased market share every year. “Oil and gas and mining are the drivers and some wind energy in southern Saskatchewan. We are constantly going in and out of Saskatchewan and supporting our group there.” The largest cranes like the 500-ton LTM 1400 used to lift the collapsed CP bridge in Lloydminster are mobilized from Edmonton, Calgary and Fort McMurray. At its Saskatchewan crane and transport operations, Mammoet uses smaller cranes up to 200 tons for the local commercial, potash and oil and gas markets. “They would hoist compressor flare stacks, components, coolers and boilers that type of equipment. We also participate in turnarounds,” said Patterson. “We work with Husky on a regular basis. We use similar cranes to the LTM 1400 and also cranes ranging from 9 ton carry decks up to 400-ton crawlers.”

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Mammoet is busy throughout Alberta too, with a wealth of construction and oil and gas projects demanding their lifting and transport expertise and services. “We have been very fortunate,” said Patterson. “We’ve been relatively busy throughout the downturn here. We see good things coming in the future. We are involved in various projects all over Alberta. It definitely keeps us busy. “We’ve got a strong presence in Fort McMurray with the various owners up there with maintenance and new construction. We do a lot of heavy lifts and transport in the Fort McMurray region.”

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companies and utility operators among its loyal base of customers requesting a variety of picker and hauling services. “We actually have one truck that works for ATCO Electric,” said McGonigle. “It works for them just about every day. They are hauling poles and transformers. “The other ones are doing anything that’s related to the oilfield. We haul everything from tubing and rods to tanks. “We’ve got five tank cradles, so we do hauling of tanks. We do a lot of spotting of tanks with the bigger pickers,” he said. Bry-Tan also hauls and installs equipment such as fire tubes for Husky Energy and Canadian Natural Resources during their spring battery turnarounds. They also handle day-to-day hauling of compressors and buildings for new oilfield plants and facilities in the area for a variety of clients. “We’ve got different types of trailers. We’ve got

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Boom or knuckle-picker? ◄ Page A10 “We do quite a bit on the residential side. We do quite a few roof rafters and air conditioning units and stuff like that. We have quite a bit of variance in the jobs that we do.” Bry-Tan’s six knuckle-boom pickers have a lifting capacity ranging from 18 to 42 tons. They are equipped with Palfinger cranes that are operated by remote control. “We can get into a lot of buildings with them,” said McGonigle. “They are basically good for a lot of different things. We haul a lot of pipe with them and buildings and stuff like that. “The nice thing about the knuckle pickers is that they are pretty easy to operate.” All knuckle pickers are made overseas, but Palfinger has a distribution centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, when Bry-Tan can order parts over night. “The biggest thing is parts availability. We don’t put things together to sit on the front lawn to collect dust,” said McGonigle. “We want them out there working. You have to be able to supply parts in order to get them operational. Everything breaks down.” Bry-Tan’s four stiff boom pickers have lifting capacities ranging from 20 to 50 tons with Manitex cranes that can reach longer and higher than a knuckle-boom. “In various situations, the boom pickers are as effective as the knuckle pickers are,” said McGonigle. “For a lot of people, it’s just a preference of what they want to do.” The 20 ton Manitex has about 68 feet of reach, while the 30 ton has 156 feet of reach with a jib.

There is never a dull moment for Bry-Tan Trucking, a company that gets the call each year to move this floatplane from the Lloydminster hangar to Sandy Beach, north of the city. The plane is lifted onto this lo-boy with the aid of a truck mount knuckle-boom Palfinger crane. Photo submitted

The 42 ton and the 50 ton can extend to 97 feet and jibbed to 154 feet. “They are ideal for tank moving. That’s basically what the two bigger ones are used for – hauling tanks and setting tanks,” said McGonigle. While 2011 has been one of Bry-Tan’s busiest years, McGonigle says they were just as busy, if not busier, that first time oil hit $70 a barrel. “When oil was at $140 we weren’t as busy as when oil was at $70,” he said in reference to there being a shortage of service workers in the oilfield. “It was very hard to find people to work. I don’t know where everyone went to, but people kind of vanished and it was hard to find good employees. “You can have all the equipment in the world,

but if you don’t have good people to operate it, you don’t have very much.” Generating repeat business has been the driving philosophy behind the success of Bry-Tan since McGonigle started the company in 1989 with a truck and two employees. “I started with Roy’s Trucking as a lease operator, and then I went on my own and we just kind of grew from there,” he said. “We have had a lot of people over the years that we have worked for that I have been involved with at some point in time,” said McGonigle. “It’s not only the people that I’ve been involved with, but the people that some of my guys have been involved with. ► Page A12

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Long-term workers bring in business ◄ Page A11 “Some of my guys have worked with me for quite some time, so they bring a lot of business into the realm of Bry-Tan Trucking.” McGonigle’s right hand man is manager Mike Savoy who handles the dispatch and co-ordinates crews and equipment. “Mike has been with me for approximately 12 years. He has run a lot of the equipment. He ran a 17-ton and then he went to a 30-ton and a 42-ton,” said McGonigle. “There is probably nobody who is more dedicated to what we do than Mike is. He is very responsible and a good person to work with.” Bry-Tan has grown to more than 30 employees today with McGonigle’s wife Patrice managing the administration and the couple’s three sons Tanner, Brayden and Riley working in operations. Asked to recall a memorable business moment, McGonigle chose the day they were called upon to pick a spray plane that crash-landed into a slough. “We had to take that spray plane out of the slough and actually turn it in mid air,” he said. “The plane wasn’t damaged hardly at all. “It was pretty challenging to do that kind of thing with two pickers because the plane was upside down. When we lifted it out of the water, we had to turn it upright to put it back on its wheel. “There have been a few jobs throughout the years that have been pretty challenging.” For McGonigle, every job Bry-Tan does is another opportunity to gain another repeat customer.

“If you do a good job and people appreciate you, you usually go back again. My theory is good news takes a long time to get around and bad new gets around pretty fast. “You don’t want the bad news to get around at all, but it’s the stuff that travels the fastest,” McGonigle said.

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First Nations to generate green power Meadow Lake – The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC), through its Resource Developments Inc. business entity, will develop a 36 megawatt renewable power generation facility at its 100 per cent owned NorSask sawmill. Resource Developments will redirect the mill’s ďŹ bre waste products from a beehive burner to a state-of-theart power generation plant adjacent to the mill to produce electrical power for sale to the province. SaskPower and MLTC signed a letter of intent on Oct. 3 and are now working on mutually agreeable terms for the 25-year power purchase agreement, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. The construction of the biomass Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre next to the NorSask mill will also generate about 300 jobs including 25 permanent jobs at the facility. Biomass is an industry term for using renewable organic material to generate energy. The project is the ďŹ rst power development project initiated by the newly formed First Nations Power Authority in partnership with the government of Saskatchewan and SaskPower. “This is the ďŹ rst

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to listening to Albertans, and getting to work right away on bringing the change Albertans want and expect,” said Redford about her cabinet shuffle that took effect on Oct. 12. “As promised, there is a lot of new talent around the table that will change the way government works. There are also some familiar faces, including Doug Horner, who, as previously an-

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Treasury Board and Enterprise. The Ministry of Environment and Water will emphasize the importance of protecting one of Alberta’s greatest resources. Redford also announced the appointment of nine parliamentary assistants and membership in the government’s renewed committee structure. A new Operations Committee will play a key role in the day-to-day co-ordination of the government’s agenda, including issues management, legislation and house planning, and communications.

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MRC hosts its own mini oil show Geoff Strong, an inside sales representative from Pro Tech Valve Sales Inc. in Edmonton, was ready to answer all questions about his company’s line of valves during the MRC Midfield mini oil show for customers and preferred vendors Sept. 22.

Lloydminster – MRC Midfield and a group of their preferred vendors held a mini oil show at the MRC shop in Lloydminster on Sept. 22 with no danger of it challenging the heavy oil show that comes to town next fall. “It’s a customer appreciation mini oil show event,” said Dean Sutherland, MRC’s sales and service spokesman. “Most of our clients already know what we market, but it allows them to come in and ask questions on certain products. “I hope our customers come out and see these products, ask questions and come away with something they haven’t been exposed to yet as far as new technology and new equipment goes that could be cost effective in their operations.” MRC held a similar mini oil show two years ago to celebrate the grand opening of their current location. “We just thought it was a good idea,” said Sutherland. “It gets all of our customers together in one place. “It’s a good chance to see everybody and talk with everybody, and give them a little appreciation and some socializing on a more personal level.” A pulled pork supper with DJ music and charitable donations to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster and the local MS Society of Canada added to the business social mix of the customer appreciation event. “We have a very good relationship with all of our customers,” said Sutherland. “This kind of serves two purposes – it’s a very good informational forum for them, and also on the social end of things, we get to visit with them away from work. It helps build a relationship.” MRC bills itself as the world’s largest distributor of pipe, valves and fittings and related products for the oil and gas industry with more than 60 locations in Canada. The Lloydminster shop carries a full line of pipe, valves and fittings with a catalogue of over 100,000 available products, from completion and surface completion products, to products pertaining to production and production maintenance, and facilities. “We also distribute wellhead drives, downhole PC pumps and surface equipment,” said Sutherland, who noted the demand is strong for just about every product MRC carries. “Business is good for us,” he said. “It’s been a busy year, and I hope it continues that way.” Sutherland is excited about the sales prospects for some new vendor products brought to the event including a new line of EuroMax PC pumps made by Europump Systems Inc., located across the street from MRC. “That’s kind of a new product for us that we are marketing for Europump,” said Sutherland. “It’s going to change a lot of ways things are done. It’s new on the market and it’s going to do some good things.” The new EuroMax PC pumps are designed with a consistent elastomer thickness which minimizes internal stator distortion, one of its many benefits. “The elastomer thickness is constant from top to bottom. It’s about eight millimeters thick, so you get a better pressure rating,” explained Ted Harland, Europump’s technical support expert. ► Page A17


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Pumps, tubing drains, valves showcased ◄ Page A16 “There is less torque and it’s easier to pull the rotor out of the stator. There are a lot of advantages to it.” “There is better temperature dissipation if you starve the pump and there is a better pressure rating because the pump is shorter than a conventional

pump,” he noted. The product brochure lists the full set of features and benefits of the pumps that are designed primarily for heavy oil with light oil applications up to about 30 API oil as well. “MRC distributes it for us. They do a good job,” said Harland.

Titus Tools Inc., a Lloydminster company the designs and sells oil and gas well production products, showcased the Titus safety torque tubing hanger and the Titus safety toque tubing drain that MRC distributes. “Those are a couple of featured products now that make it much easier for the rig crews to handle putting in a tubing drain in the tubing hanger which is part of the production string in an oil well,” said Titus president and

founder Tracy Klotz, at his company’s booth. “Midfield does a tremendous job promoting other products in the area. I am glad to be here.” Stream Flo Industries Ltd. and its subsidiary Master Flo from Edmonton, populated their display with wellhead equipment, check valves and chokes distributed at MRC locations across Western Canada. ► Page A19

Shane Tucker from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., foreground, left, talks products with Tracy Klotz, president of Titus Tools in Lloydminster during a special customer appreciation oil show hosted by MRC Midfield featuring displays from preferred vendors.

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Lloydminster – Rod Carroll can’t wait to take delivery of a 2011 Kenworth T800 truck equipped with a Manitex 35-ton crane. The unit is expected to arrive this month. That will be the third crane Carroll and his wife Amie have purchased for their Dekker Oilfield Services Ltd. business and will raise the bar on their lifting capacity. Dekker currently has a Kenworth C-500 tandem tridem with a 30-ton National 1100 crane with a 69-foot reach and a 40,000 pound deck mounted winch. They also operate a 2011 GMC one-ton dually that tows a 34-foot gooseneck trailer with a truck mounted Fassi 3-ton knuckle-boom crane. The new truck-mounted Manitex will feature a 77-foot boom to go with a 40,000 lb. deck winch. “It will allow us to do pretty much the same as the 30-ton; it’s just that we won’t have to run it as much,” said Carroll who started his picker service in February 2010. “With the 30-ton you are running rig mats and skids and some of the equipment seems to be getting bigger. The 35-ton will give us the ability to handle it without maxing out our weight charts and stuff. “It’s not that the 30 is too small, it’s just that the 35 would be better.” The new 35-ton picker truck will work out of Dekker’s new location at the former Tanroc site in Lloydminster where they have rented one and half bays and space for a new office. “Once we get the flooring and walls up and everything built the way we want it to be built, it should be a lot nicer,” said Dekker with renovations in full swing. Ryder, a muscular 140 pound shop dog, is taking everything is stride with his bowl full of food. “He’s momma’s boy, that one,” said Dekker, who doesn’t get much grunt work out of the pooch who earns his keep as a watchdog. The brunt of Dekker’s lifting is accomplished by his 30-ton stiff boom crane used to haul everything from skids, Class 3 shacks, pumps, tanks and tubing to drill collars, power tools and drilling equipment. “Whoever calls, we haul it,” said Carroll who focuses his picker services on deliveries to service rigs. “We have steered toward the service side with the odd drilling job. Our business is just picking stuff and moving stuff, and hauling it out to rigs, and get it out on time,” he said. Carroll said the key to their success so far is being honest with customers and not taking on jobs they can’t fulfil. “We try to do everything as professionally as we can and as reliably as we can,” he said. ► Page A21

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Staying with what you know ◄ Page A20 “If somebody phones and asks for a truck – if we can’t supply it, we just don’t take the job. We can’t ‘screw’ people around because they won’t phone again.� Dekker has four operational employees with plans to hire three or four additional workers when the new truck arrives as business orders continue to pick up. Currently, Carroll and Matt Lamberty run the 30-ton crane while Jamie Hayes and her co-worker Kaitlyn Fraser operate the one-ton dually with the Fassi knuckle-boom. Like any new business start-up, Carroll and his right hand man, Lamberty, initially relied on people they knew for picker jobs even if it led them far from Lloydminster where they do most of their work now. “Matt’s got 12 years of experience and I’ve got 12 to 13,� said Carroll. “We have worked in Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Manitoba, Estevan – we’ve been all over. “We spent a lot of years up in the Cold Lake Weapons Range. We are still running into people we have worked with in the past, and all of a sudden you get another person phoning. “We are striving to be Lloydminster based, but if someone calls from anywhere, the truck’s got wheels and we’ll go there.�

Carroll says starting a picker service company was a no-brainer because that’s all he’s ever done since he landed his ďŹ rst job at age 18 at Classic OilďŹ eld in Lloydminster where he and Lamberty earned their journeyman picker tickets. Carroll and a co-worker eventually left Classic to start Spectra OilďŹ eld Service Ltd., another local picker company, before selling out to his partner three years ago. After bailing out of a brief wireline job that he didn’t enjoy, Carroll landed a crane operator’s job in

Fort McMurray with SMS Equipment Inc. “They would assemble the huge 930 and 960 Komatsu haul trucks used by Suncor, so you were lifting anything from 68 to 72 tons, depending on the day,� said Carroll. “I did that for a bit, and then I heard it started to get busy at home again, so I came home and started Dekker. “I think I have a handle on the business. I haven’t done anything else. I just came back to what I know.�

Dekker Oilfield Services Ltd. is renovating their new shop and office in Lloydminster, but the ongoing construction work doesn’t stop owner Rod Carroll from working the phones to secure new picker customers. Carroll and his wife Amie launched the business in February 2010.

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Dynamte completed this tandem lift of a pontoon boat at Boundary RV & Marine in Lloydminster with two cranes. The truck on the left (since sold) is a 1991 International equipped with a 4.5 ton Legend crane. On the right is a 2003 Freightliner with a 4.5 ton Fassi crane. Photo submitted

More boom for the buck at Dynamite Lloydminster – More boom for your buck. That’s the motto of Dynamite Oilfield & Picker Service Inc. that celebrated its 10th year of business in Lloydminster in September. Kris Bexson, who, along with his wife and bookkeeper, Hannah, own and operates the company that employs four people. He attributes the company’s success to date to putting that motto into practice on a daily basis. “We do supply very well maintained equipment,” said Bexson. “We have an excellent record for showing up on time and doing exactly what we say we are going to do. “Also my guys – I have excellent man-

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power. They know the business and they do it safely. In 10 years, we haven’t had one timelost accident and very few reportable incidents.” Dynamite’s core business activity is its picker service with a fleet of three truckmounted Fassi knuckleboom cranes with a respective lifting capacity of 3.5, 5 and 7.5 tons. The pickers can be equipped with a reverse knuckle-boom attachment arm for lifting objects such as engines and compressors through small man doors. They also have three fifth-wheel trailers for hauling equipment including Pason oilfield instrumentation and data acquisition systems to drilling rigs. “All of our trucks are medium duty trucks,”

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Most work in the field Kris Bexson, owner of Dynamite Oilfield & Picker Service Inc. expects all of his employees will graduate this month from an online Boom Truck Operator B (cranes up to 15.5 tons) course offered by Western Trade Institute in Saskatoon and endorsed by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

right, and you grease your picker all the time, and change the oil once a year, they will last forever.” Bexson said some of the keys to Dynamite’s survival in the past 10 years were keeping their equipment in good shape with a regular maintenance plan, and establishing a good relationship with their employees. ► Page A24

◄ Page A22 “The baskets are for any kind of high work in plants and facilities for piping that’s up in the air. It’s a little more economical than using scaffolding. It’s a lot quicker. “Mostly, we use them for steaming off tanks. We will meet a steam tech or a field consultant out on a site. Maybe they had some oil come up to the top of their tank and run down the side of the tank; we will lift the steam guy up to wash off the tank.” Dynamite also provides a general picker service in town to move garden sheds and boats and to lift roof rafters for new residential home construction, but oilfield work is their bread and butter. “At least 90 per cent of our business is oilfield,” said Bexson. “We pick up small buildings and shacks and engines and motors. Most of our work is field work. We don’t do a lot of plant maintenance.” Dynamite can also set up temporary cement containment rings to contain leftover casing cement from newly drilled wells, and they also do wellsite setups including some pipefitting. Variety is the spice of life for Bexson, who started a welding shop to maintain his own equipment and has branched out to making pipe racks, equipment docks, ladders and stairs and custom oilfield work. Bexson admits he thrives on diversity and challenges as a small business owner. “You are always on the move. You can have your day planned out, but you get a few phone calls and guys need this or that done, and you have to be on the ball and switch up your day and keep things moving and customers happy,” he said. “I find that very exciting. You are not doing the same thing every day.” “You are really on your toes all the time, and of course, you are dealing with equipment and you have to keep things maintained and make sure everything is safe and organized properly.” Bexson recently sold his very first truck, a 1991 International with a 4.5 ton Legend crane on it. The Fassi knuckle-boom is his crane of choice today. “They are easy to maintain. They are an economical crane. They have safety features that I like,” he said. “When it starts to drop down, that tells you the load is too heavy, so then you boom back in, set it down, and get your equipment closer to the drop point. That’s a safety feature. That’s the bypass valves that are built into all these hydraulic folding cranes. “I really like that feature. If you are lifting and moving and doing everything

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picker. Eugene Dufresne, the maintenance crew foreman, and Donald Waskewitch, a labourer, are the newer operational employees, but everyone is trained to troubleshoot mechanical problems. “We all kind of pitch in,” said Bexson. “We brought in a maintenance program about

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Action towing can out lift most pickers Lloydminster – No job is too big for Action Towing & Recovery, except when it doesn’t involve towing recovery services, such as the collapse of the Canadian Pacific overpass on Highway 16 in Lloydminster on Oct. 11 that sent cranes to the rescue. “That stuff was out of our league. I wasn’t about to start offering my services to stuff like a bridge,” said John Buhnai at his Action Towing base located on Highway 16 about 16 kilometres west of the city. “Most of our work is towing and recovery work of trucks and heavy

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Distractions cause numerous roll overs ◄ Page A25 Unlike picker trucks that lose lifting capacity the further their boom reaches, the NRC maintains its ability to lift its rated capacity. “It will lift 40 tons stretched right out,” said Buhnai. “It’s different from a picker truck. Picker trucks lose capacity the further out you reach.” Asked why pickers aren’t made the same way as the NRC, Buhnai says it is just the way they are engineered and designed. “Pickers would have to be built too heavy. They wouldn’t be able to haul anything down the road with them,” he said. “We don’t haul things on the back of it. We just use it for recovery work, and we might tow the odd truck with it. We are not trying to haul a trailer and a payload with it.” The NRC also gets the nod to lift heavy oilfield equipment in places where picker trucks are challenged by terrain, accessibility or soggy soil. “We’ve done a number of lifts at different places – sometimes lifting a heavy load that is hard to get at with a big unit. Our unit is small, but it’s got heavy lifting capacities,” said Buhnai. “It’s kind of handy to get into a tight area. “There are times when we have to get dragged in by farm tractors because the roads are so muddy we can’t drive on them, so we just get pulled.” On the towing side of the business, Action Towing has six tow trucks all equipped with

winches for recovery work and pulling vehicles out of ditches. Some of the trucks have two winches. The fleet ranges from 40 tons of towing capacity up to the mother of all wreckers, the 60 ton Tow Mater – a 47 foot yellow monstrosity. “It’s the biggest and the baddest,” said Buhnai. “It’s got five axles and four of them drive. It can tow service rigs, and big cranes. I haven’t seen anything bigger out there with more towing capacity. “We tow everything from one-ton trucks to road building equipment, graders and front end loaders to cranes and service rigs as well as big cranes that weigh up 90,000 to 100,000 pounds.” Action Towing’s hauling fleet includes three lowboy trailers including a tandem winch tractor, a tri-axle scissor neck and a 40-wheel combo trailer with a removable neck. The combo unit has a 60-ton capacity for hauling service rigs and heavy equipment to work sites during road bans. The company also has an air cushion recovery system for recovering tipped trailers, tankers and fifth wheel trailers. Buhnai has a staff of seven employees supported by his wife Ginette who works the phones and books along with doing some dispatching. Action Towing has a shop at their highway yard where they maintain their own equipment and sell new and used trucks parts. Asked to recall some

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of the tougher towing and recovery jobs at Action Towing, Buhnai says they have been doing this long enough now that no job is too tough. “Some of them are a little more challenging than others, but it’s just a matter of going out there and looking it over and doing our job,” he said. They base their decision on what unit to dispatch based by asking the customers a few questions when they call for help, with most of the calls relating to highway accidents and rollovers that occur year round. “There’s rollovers on nice days just as well as there are on wet days or stormy days,” said Buhnai. “A lot of it is highways where people are driving on the blacktop and get distracted for whatever reason and roll over on the straight and narrow highways. “We do a lot of oilfield work, but there’s a lot of oilfield trucks out there, so it stands to reason there are going to be some wrecks in the oilfield.” The day the CP overpass collapsed after being struck by an over height excavator on the back of a semi, Action responded to multiple oilfield-related accidents near the city.

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and services. “When we started, we did a lot of service work and maintenance work for instrumentation primarily in the plants around the area,� said Guest. “We still do that, but we have expanded through the burner heating systems – which is more of our business now than instrumentation is, but it’s just the changing demands in

the oilďŹ eld. “We still do instrumentation and electrical work, but primarily, our work right now is heating systems.â€? Guest Control’s new building includes 10,000 sq.-ft. of shop space that allows the company to design, engineer and manufacture their own line of forced air burners and natural draft burners that meet the CSA code. â–ş Page A29

Jordan Moss, a valve tech, left, works with burner tech John Leeson to hoist the housing for a Guest Control Firestorm burner onto a pickup with the aid of a fiveton overhead crane.

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Brian Guest, who founded Guest Controls in 1978, poses with his son Chad, the company president, during the grand opening of the company’s new building in the Hill Industrial Park in Lloydminster.

◄ Page A28 They also have room to complete certified repairs to safety valves and control instrumentation and storage space for sales of pressure safety valves (PSV), back-up generators and burner systems. “We do a lot of manufacturing right

here in the shop,” said Guest. “That’s one of the reasons we built the shop, to be able to do the manufacturing in one facility. “It’s easier for quality control; it’s easier for scheduling work, and getting all the parts put together for the next jobs.”

One of the unique features in the shop is a five-ton overhead crane that can carry much heavier loads if the need arises. “One of the reasons we put our crane is to make sure we have enough capability for any future growth,” said Guest.

“A lot of the stuff that we manoeuvre isn’t really heavy, but it’s over the weight to carry around easily. The crane makes it easier for that type of stuff to be done. “We went five-ton simply because the difference between a five or a two is future capabilities. It’s there. “We have a PSV shop for rebuilding safety valves (pressure relief valves) so we have some of the valves coming off the pipeline, and they’re eight by 10 inches and weigh about 500-600 pounds. “For repairs of instrumentation valves, the crane is fairly handy as well. “Most of the stuff we deal with is probably 1,000 pounds or less. There is a separator outside right now that we are rebuilding, and that gives us the ability to bring it inside and completely dismantle it. The vessel itself will be several thousand pounds.” A crane demonstration was part of the

grand opening that included generous servings of pulled pork with all the fixings for guests and customers. “We’ve got some prize giveaways and we are here talking to customers if they come in and enjoy some lunch on us today,” said Guest who said the new building will lead to improved efficiencies and better service for customers. “It’s a good base for running our operations out of. We are running up to 100 guys now. It was very difficult in our old shop. It was too small. This offers us a lot of opportunity that way and for business growth potential in the future. “Traditionally we were running around 17 to 25 people about six years ago and we have expanded steadily. We’ve gone from the 25 to 40 range, and then we went from 40 to 60, and I think this summer we peaked at 105.” Guest Controls opened its new shop to employees on May 1

with staff making the move into the two storey office wing on June 1. The new building, located at the north end of the Hill Industrial Park, sits on a two-acre yard with enough parking for more than 45 service vehicles. “We keep busy,” said Guest. “On safety meeting days, it’s a very full area. We do a lot of field installations with our equipment, primarily in burner systems. “We also have electricians out there as well as the instrument techs. They all require vehicles.” As for future growth, Guest said, “it’s just a matter of trying to get the people in place to make sure we can service the customers well” before they take that step. “We are looking at possibly moving up to the Peace or to Bonnyville. “That’s where we have actually been doing quite a few systems – up in Wabesca and Grande Prairie and the Dawson Creek area,” Guest said.

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Full Tilt cranes make light of lifting Cranes. Their products help to transform all brands of customer trucks into full service picker trucks, maintenance units, winch trucks and small deck trucks. “We take a cab and chassis from a customer’s truck – whatever brand they bring in,” said shop manager Lee Steinbring. “We work with them to make a full package of what they require – custom built from front to back – tool boxes and decking and all that kind of stuff.” Full Tilt is also a dealer of IMT truck bodies that are fully assembled in the shop. Manual grunt work is kept to a minimum thanks to a set of powerful overhead cranes and a 30,000 lb. truck lift, all housed within a massive 54,000 sq.-ft. shop shared with its parent company, CE Franklin Ltd. “We have three overhead cranes in here to help assemble these new trucks,” said Steinbring. “We have two seven-ton cranes and one five-ton. This way we can grab any size of picker or crane and put them on the unit. We built the space with a really high roof so we can handle a fairly high unit.”

The cranes are also used to lift heavy manufactured deck parts that are welded in the fabrication shop where the bulk of manufacturing begins. “We bring in the cab and chassis and look at the placement and how we can build around the fuel tanks that come with the unit and design the unit with the customer to make it work for their application,” said Steinbring. “There’s a lot of welding and a lot of steel. We build the steel frame on top of the chassis all the way up. We custom make all of our tool boxes. We can build any size they are looking for. We can build our own aluminum doors here. “The sky is the limit when you are coming up with any new ideas to build stuff. “We do it all from brand new trucks to customers bringing in older cabs and chassis and making the modifications that they desire – whether it’s modifying their tool boxes or adding new ones on.” Custom features can range from storage devices such as pinch bar holders and pipe rack accessories to side racks. ► Page A31

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Knuckle booms more compact on truck â&#x2014;&#x201E; Page A30 Picker trucks outďŹ tted with a Fassi articulating boom, also known as a knuckle boom, have a lifting capacity from one ton to 50 tons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are fairly common on a lot of maintenance units and ďŹ&#x201A;ushbys,â&#x20AC;? said Steinbring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fassi is a little easier to mount on some trucks, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more manoeuverable. On a ďŹ&#x201A;ushby, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the room to mount a stiďŹ&#x20AC; boom. The articulating crane folds up a little smaller and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little easier to work around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very popular. A lot of guys will put them on the smaller trucks. Once you get past an eight-ton in Saskatchewan, you need a picker ticket to operate it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people stay with the smaller ones for building maintenance and miscellaneous stuďŹ&#x20AC; out there.â&#x20AC;? National Crane equipment is popular for pipe handling due to its quick speed and heavy lifting capability. Steinbring says a picker truck could be used for a wide variety of things from lifting miscellaneous equipment lying around a yard and pipe handling to putting roofs on houses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of them will have man lifts that go on the end so you can get up to look at certain things,â&#x20AC;? added Steinbring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is such a wide variety. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just about moving things that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move by hand,â&#x20AC;? he said. Picker trucks are also used in building supply, construction, tire service,

public works, mining, railroad, and rental markets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do service the oilpatch, but we also do a lot of stuďŹ&#x20AC; for construction, rooďŹ ng trucks and little deck trucks for delivery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a little bit of everything,â&#x20AC;? said Steinbring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once the trucks are done, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got an engineer who goes through the crane mount and ensures everything is secure and sound and gives it a certiďŹ cation for the year.â&#x20AC;? Full Tilt is the only crane dealer in Lloydminster which means there is a steady stream of vehicles in all makes and models for custom deck work and servicing of truck mounted equipment that arrive at their shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fairly consistent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a steady incline here for the last six months,â&#x20AC;? said Steinbring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looks like the sky is the limit again. It just keeps increasing as we go.â&#x20AC;? Full Tilt is also a go-to shop for light and heavy duty mechanical repairs and safety checks on all kinds of oilďŹ eld, industrial and commercial vehicles for service in Alberta and Saskatchewan including service rigs and drilling rigs. Full Tilt is well known as a manufacturer of hydraulic skid packages used in the oilďŹ eld and is also a dealer of VMAC compressors, and Crane Smart Systems under the CE Franklin umbrella. CE Franklin distributes pipe, valves, ďŹ&#x201A;anges, ďŹ ttings, production equipment, tubular products and other general oil-

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ADM donates seed money to Lakeland Lloydminster – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has donated $25,680 to Lakeland College to help fund the curriculum of a new blended program in second class power engineering. The funding for second class power engineering studies is in keeping with Lakeland’s plans to expand its training opportunities for careers in the oil and gas industry under a new energy, entrepreneurship and Saskatchewan program located at the Lloydminster campus. “A new second class power engineering program will be part of programming available from Lakeland College, a long-time training provider serving the Alberta/Saskatchewan region, that would train an additional 80 students over four intakes of students per year,” said Kara Johnston, energy program director. “It will be an excellent addition to our current program offerings aimed to serve several vital industries within our geographic area.” The program funding cheque was presented to Johnston by Mike Deck,

Lakeland heavy oil and operation technology students joined ADM’s Mike Deck (far left) and Lakeland’s Kara Johnston (far right) during a cheque presentation on Oct. 6 at the Lloydminster campus. ADM donated $25,680 to the college to go towards the creation and curriculum development of a blended program in second-class power engineering. Photo submitted

plant manager of ADM Agri-Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of ADM that operates a canola processing plant in Lloydminster. “ADM strives to make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Deck during the Oct. 6 presentation. “We are proud to present this gift to Lakeland College and look forward to helping develop a program to give power engineers an opportunity to upgrade their skills, increase their personal safety and improve their operational efficiency.” Currently, Lakeland offers a one year certificate program in fourth class power engineering with plans to offer a two year diploma in third class power engineering in 2012. The upgraded programming will be housed in a new $30 million heavy oil operation technician (HOOT) lab with the first phase construction expected to begin in the spring of 2012. The Alberta government kicked off the project fundraising in July with a commitment of $4.9 million toward the first $15 million phase of construction. The new lab will include a new water testing room, an operations control room, an operations lab and simulation and gas process labs. Classrooms, lecture theatres, a student lounge, a computer lab and faculty offices will be added in the second phase of the project. A new power engineering lab and facility would enable the college to increase seat numbers in its over-subscribed HOOT program and transition the current one-year certificate HOOT program to a two-year program. The facility will also enable Lakeland to offer more customized oil and gas programming including petroleum management training and short-term, justin-time courses to address specific industry needs. The existing HOOT program provides students with lab and classroom instruction in the operation and maintenance of boilers, turbines and combustion engines leading to an industry practicum and a fourth class power engineering exam in Alberta. The donation is a part of the corporate ADM Cares program, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.


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Shaunavon camp in place Paladin Accommodations camp manager Clayton Greenlay, left, and general manager Jonathan Lupul, right, pose in front of their Shaunavon area camp. Photos submitted

Unlike camps running off noisy and expensive diesel generators, the camp is tied into grid power. It wasn’t easy to get that, however. Like others in the oilpatch have told Pipeline News, they’ve had to wait quite a while for SaskPower to get them them hooked up. It took getting a government minister to intercede to see action. “We were told it was going to take up to 16 weeks to get power,” Lupul said. The intercession got it done in two weeks. “We didn’t have a customer base when we started. We couldn’t wait 16 weeks. We had to bulldoze through that,” Lupul said. The facility has two primary components for a total of 74 beds. A few are used for staff. “We have a 49-bed Atco dorm,” Lupul said. They have individual rooms, and common washrooms. He added, “We have a five unit Aramark complex with 25 beds. “We leased a two-

unit rec room. The kitchen is in the Aramark unit. Greenlay has worked on the service rigs and grew up on a ranch 20 kilometres southeast of Shaunavon, while Lupul has been in the service industry for years. Greenlay noted one of the interesting aspects of running a camp is pleasing varying tastes for food. ► Page A34

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◄ Page A33 “We really try to step it up on the food,” he said. They offer hearty, southwest Saskatchewan home cooking, Lupul said. “What your grandma makes.” They aren’t aiming for five star dining, but hearty food. “We use a local butcher for meats, local Hutterite colonies for eggs and vegetables,” he said.

Their clientele has been a mix. “We’ve had drilling crews, heavy haul truckers, helicopter pilots. We do a lot for frac crews from Baker Hughes and Trican.” Sometimes the camp will fill to the max, then it will be dead for weeks, then they’ll have 40 beds filled. Cenovus’ activity over the summer kept them busy. “We’re putting in a bid for TransCanada’s Keystone XL,” Lupul said. The company is also talking about a joint venture with another housing provider to meet the needs of that project. As for early October, they didn’t yet have contracts in place for the winter. But with many drilling crews staying in campers, and Shaunavon, Eastend and Gull Lake all full, they anticipate business will be coming their way. “Every hotel has been full for much of the past two, three years,” Lupul said. Greenlay added, “Calls are coming in all the time. There’s a lot of activity, we just have to market more. We have a dogged pursuit of clients.”

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Davco’s new 250-ton Link-Belt crane has a 358 foot reach that was ideal for hoisting pieces for a coffer dam for a fresh water intake system as part of a SAGD project on the North Saskatchewan River, east of Lloydminster. The project took place in September. Photo submitted

Cranes from a 'spyder' to 250 tons: Davco „ By Geoff Lee Wainwright, Alta. – Davco Welding Ltd., based in Wainwright and Lloydminster, has bulked up its crane fleet with the addition of a new 250-ton Link-Belt crane for heavy duty facility construction throughout east central Alberta and western Saskatchewan. The company has also acquired a small, but nimble, Spyder crane for inside facility work with the ability to walk through a one-man door, turn into a four-foot wide hallway and lift 6,380 pounds. Davco specializes in oilfield construction, maintenance, and heavy lifting with a growing demand for a variety of cranes and lifting capacity to move facility equipment such as tanks, compressors, pipes, valves and header inlet buildings. “Things are getting heavier in the oilfield,” said Faas, who co-owns the company with his wife Connie. “As they can haul bigger and heavier loads, big-

ger and heavier trailers are getting made, and loads are getting heavier to lift and set in place when they get to a facility. “We started out with a 6-ton Broderson crane that we worked around the yard and at some sites. Then we got a 12-ton we took out on smaller jobs. “Now, we’ve got bigger jobs, and we are working on bigger pipe and using bigger cranes. “We go from a 14-ton to a 250-ton all terrain. The 250-ton crane is used for a lot of long reach heavier stuff such as heavy compressors. “Right now, it’s on a river job that is reaching out over 200 feet. We have rented cranes in the past to fill the gap that we didn’t have. Finally, we decided we should have one of our own.” The Link-Belt ATC 3250 has a reach of 358 feet which enabled Davco to put the crane to work in September and early October hoisting pieces for a coffer dam for a fresh water intake system on the North Saskatchewan River east of Lloydminster.

The heavy crane work was part of a steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) construction project. Davco is the only company between Edmonton and Saskatoon with a 250-ton crane that was immediately put into action lifting a 67,000 pound valve assembly near Strome, Alberta after it arrived at the Wainwright yard in August. It has also been used to hoist 40,000 pound sections of 30-inch pipe at the Strome job site east of Camrose. The versatile Spyder UNIC 295 crane is also earning its keep inside plants and facilities with restricted lifting requirements. “The Spyder crane is to be able to get inside buildings and able to work inside without having to get a really large crane to tear the roof of a building off and do a bunch of extra work,” said Faas. The Spyder has a lifting height of 29 feet and a boom length of 28 feet. ► Page B2


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Tanks, guns, helicopters all in a days work ◄ Page B1 “It’s excellent for inside a facility or a tank farm. It saves a lot of time and money,” said Faas. “We can travel out to the site. It’s a lot quicker to get it in there. We do not have to get extra crews just to be able to get a bigger crane onto site.” Davco has a total of nine cranes for lifting oilfield skid units, compressors, tanks, vessels and piping of any configuration along with heavy military equipment for CFB Wainwright. “They get loads out there – sometimes dead equipment and stuff that needs to lifted,” said Faas.

“When they do an exercise, they haul a bunch of equipment in and if they can’t unload it, they call us to do it. “We lift tanks, guns, helicopters, planes – all kinds of cool stuff they have.” Davco also assists emergency response personnel at accident scenes by utilizing long reach cranes that have even been use to put derailed trains back on track. “They are usually interesting jobs,” said Faas. “Luckily, we have never been to an accident where anyone has actually been killed. ► Page B3

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Jake Courtemanche guides a load of hollow structural steel at Davco’s fabrication shop in Wainwright. The lifting was done using a 90-ton crane. Photo by Geoff Lee

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Davco signed on for Keystone XL structural work ◄ Page B3 “Safety has really changed things a lot in how we, and everybody else, operate. Safety is a big thing. “Your safety record is really important when you are awarded jobs. Jobs are awarded because of your safety program. We like to think our safety record is one of the best.” Davco got its start 30 years ago as a small mom and pop welding and quality control company that eventually purchased its nine acre site as business grew. Today, the company provides a range of oilfield services from cranes and heavy lifting and facility construction to welding, skid packages, torquing, and painting and sandblasting in a variety of buildings and fabrication tents. “Things just kind of grew and grew,” said Faas, who has a staff of more than 100 employees including his twin sons Kevin and Jamie who perform a variety of supervisory functions. “We are kind of a one-stop shop,”said Faas. “We like to think we can do just about everything. We do it right from the drawings to the painting and installation. “We are getting

more and more work for everything – our field crews, our manufacturing – everything to the cranes. It’s getting busier and busier. “We are looking at expanding some more. We are looking at hiring some more. I would like to hire more guys. I think we can handle up to 125 pretty easily.” Davco has been awarded some of the structural steel work to support the proposed Keystone XL pipeline by TransCanada Corporation. “That was definitely a bonus,” said Faas. “That gives us work to look forward to. The work will be structural for the pipeline for the compressor stations as they go down the line.” Davco previously landed a contract tying in lines at Hardisty for the main Keystone pipeline in 2009. Crews also weld everything from two-inch to 48-inch pipe at facilities and compressor stations for pipelines from Hardisty to Manitoba with the assistance of picker trucks. “It’s mostly small stuff that they lift or haul out to site like small piping valves and assemble them on site,” said Faas. “They use the pick-

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Wainwright, Alta. – Steady as she goes. Those are comforting words from ship captains and officers of economic development such as Carley Herbert with the Town of Wainwright. Herbert sees smooth sailing ahead for the local and regional economy including the oil and gas sector. “We just talked to a few oil and gas companies in the area, and they are all saying the same kind of thing – it’s been a very steady year,” she said. “They are expecting it to get even busier by the end of the year and into next year which is really positive.” The September newsletter of the Wainwright Economic Development Board lists 16 new business start-ups in town in 2011 including a Penn West outlet. There is also a positive buzz about the acquisition of Carson Energy Services Ltd. by Flint Energy Services Ltd. that affects approximately 100 Carson employees in Wainwright. “We are anticipating that will help us because Flint is even larger than Carson,” said Herbert noting the takeover went into effect on Oct. 1. “I did talk to them after this announcement and they all felt really positive about the acquisition. The management is staying on.” Wainwright is also benefiting from a strong agricultural economy this year, and some new construction projects at CFB Wainwright despite Canada’s pullback from Afghanistan. Defence Construction Canada closed tenders on Oct. 4 for the construction of a $30 million expansion of its vehicle maintenance facility. The military developer also plans to tender the construction of a proposed $5.1 million community centre at the base in the spring of 2012. “With the military and agriculture having a great year this year, and a steady oil sector, the busier it is for us,” said Herbert. “There’s more money been spent here and more businesses starting.” Several commercial franchises including Humpty’s Family Restaurants, Quiznos and Ricky’s All Day Grill Restaurants and RONA hardware have posted franchise investment opportunities on the town’s website. “We have a lot of people interested in Wainwright because we are kind of a growing community,” said Herbert. “We are kind of a regional hub and we have always had a very stable economy. It’s a good place to start a business. “A lot of franchises are looking here, so hopefully if we can match them up, we can get them here.” Proof the town is growing will come with the results of the federal government’s 2011 census. ► Page B5

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Several franchises see Wainwright as an opportunity with its plans to attract newcomers. The Baier subdivision features a mix of single houses and townhouses, but rental housing remains in short supply. “We have had one apartment go to a condo so it limits the rentals.

Obviously, we have a need for affordable housing,” said Herbert. “That being said, we do have Habitat for Humanity planning a build here for next year. They are going to build a duplex for a couple of families.”

Only one industrial lot remains in Tory Heights Industrial Park, but the town will prepare plans to service five new lots over the winter. “We are looking for options for that for the longer term as well,” said Herbert.

The last available residential lots in the final phases of the Baier subdivision at the east end of Wainwright are filling up quickly as the town continues to grow.

◄ Page B4 That should put the population near or over the 6,000 mark, not including the 600 or so military personnel at CFB Wainwright – with many factors driving local growth. “We have a population of 40,000 in our trading area,” said Herbert. More seniors are also choosing to live in Wainwright with the development of retirement homes by Points West Living, an Alberta provider of supported living options for retirees. “We have retirees coming here for better health care and service, and people for different industries – the oilfield and the military obviously,” Herbert said. A newer hospital to replace the aging Wainwright Health Care Complex tops the town’s economic wish list with land available in a concept development. “We are hoping we have a spot for them if the government comes through with the funding,” said Herbert. “We are hoping with the military here, that

might help. Obviously, if that were to happen, then we would become a bigger hub for people to move to and retire to. “It would be excellent. Obviously, health care is huge in any community. We have a lot of doctors. We have 10 doctors here which really helps us as well. “People come here from Viking and Lloydminster for doctors. When they are here, they do other shopping too.” While commercial property along Highway 14 through Wainwright is in short supply, the town is forging ahead to develop and service new residential and industrial lots to keep the economy ball rolling. “We plan to continue to grow and try to work with different companies to come here,” said Herbert. “We are developing our own residential subdivisions to keep that going.” The town plans to develop up to 135 new residential lots by next fall in the first phase of its newest Enstrom subdivision at the east end of town. An 190 additional

lots will come in Phase 2 where that new hospital would be located. Only 14 residential lots are available in the final phases of the existing Baier residential subdivision that the town also serviced in keeping

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Waterflood mechanisms need study Lloydminster – Questions are a scientist’s best friend when it comes to research and discovery. That is the case for Jose Alvarez, a research scientist with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures whose research into the effectiveness of waterflooding in heavy oil applications began with questions. Those questions were key to the clarity of his presentation on waterflooding at the 18th annual Technical Heavy Oil Symposium held in Lloydminster Sept. 1415, and are worth repeating. Why is heavy oil waterflooding considered to be an unfavour-

able recovery method? Can knowledge gained from conventional oil waterfloods be extended to heavy oil? Why is published data on field studies limited, controversial and contradictory? Alvarez said these questions have led him to advocate more research on the mechanisms of how to get oil out of pores in the reservoirs utilizing waterflooding with the goal of increasing recovery rates. The theory of waterflooding is to restore pressure to a reservoir by “sweeping” the reservoir with water via injector wells placed throughout the reservoir to dis-

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Jose Alvarez, a research scientist from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, kicked off the 18th annual Technical Heavy Oil Symposium in Lloydminster in September with a talk on the state and direction of heavy oil waterflooding.

stand the mechanisms better, we can increase the recovery factor of our heavy oil, and we can push waterfloods into even higher oil reservoirs which have a lot of here in Canada. “Some people will tell you can’t use waterfloods for higher than 100 centipoise (viscous heavy oil). “However, here in Canada, we are proving those people are wrong. We have been pushing the envelope up to 1,000 cP, and we have recovered up to 40 per cent of the oil. We are trying to push the envelope higher. “In Lloyd, there is a huge tradition. Since the ’60s they have been us-

ing waterflooding. The recovery factor can be improved. We can write new books about how to extrapolate what we know in Lloydminster to the world.” Alvarez expects advances in waterflooding by the heavy oil industry in the Lloydminster area will be universally accepted, the same way that the local development of heavy oil production with sand or CHOPS has gained worldwide usage. “What we know here in Lloyd will be used in other countries, but what we need to do is to better understand the mechanisms, then we can get more oil from the ground,” he said.


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Gibson Welding grows with Bakken play „ By Brian Zinchuk Weyburn – By adding more services and expanding existing ones, Gibson Welding Ltd. has been able to grow substantially in recent years. For instance, a drive around the Stoughton area will often result in finding a picker with “Gibson Welding” on its boom. There are a lot of turns required to get into Gibson Welding’s main yard, about 12 miles southwest of Weyburn. Many roads and approaches in the area are still cut due to the flooding this past spring. “We still can’t used our main road. We’ve been trapped here since last spring. There were three feet of water on the road,” said John Gibson. Gibson sat down with Pipeline News in a brand new office shack that arrived just a few days prior. The larger office is in keeping with

the company’s growth trend. Gibson started his business as a small welding operation. “It started out with me welding. I had a little shop here, and built things. I had a truck and went out to the drilling rigs,” he recalled. “It sort of mutated into oilfield trucking and rentals. That’s was we primarily do now. “I started building catwalks for service rigs. We’ve got 22 sets. They’re just starting No. 23. We rent them out.” “We keep three welders, and that’s what they do, build things and fix things,” he said. When they’re not making catwalks or other items, they make tanks. “We build our own 400-barrel tanks,” Gibson said, noting that since they had so much trouble in getting tanks from other suppliers, the company began building its own five years ago.

Prior to that, tanks were coming from a northern Alberta manufacturer. “We don’t sell them. We build them to rent. We’ve got 80-some tanks now. Business really started to pick up around 2006 for Gibson Welding. He said, “It all started around five years ago. We were getting enough to eat, but certainly nothing like it is now.” The Bakken play made all the difference, he explained. Depending on the season, the company’s staff runs around 20 to 25. “We’re staffing up for winter now. We get busy in the winter. We’ve got four steamer trucks we fire up.” Pickers added The pickers were added to move rental units. “Six years ago, we were having trouble getting trucks to move our rental units. So why don’t we buy a truck?” he said. ► Page B8

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Vertical integration keeps adding services ◄ Page B7 Initially, the first one was a bit of a letdown. He bought an old truck whose clutch promptly dropped on it. “We put a clutch in, and away we went,” Gibson said. It was a 17.5-ton unit. They still have it. It stays in the yard. “I ran it myself seven days a week. We couldn’t keep up,” he said. A year or so later another picker was purchased, then another. Each was progressively bigger – 17.5, 23, 28, 30, 35 tons. The company now has five pickers in total, with a sixth being built. It’s a 45-ton tri-drive, tandem steer Kenworth equipped with a fifth wheel to pull its own trailer. The crane is a Weldco unit with a swing cab.

With the mix of sizes, Gibson said, “We hit each market,” adding that getting bigger units meant getting “a little braver each time.” “There’s incredible demand. It’s very related to the type of work the Bakken requires. Those fracs are very picker intensive.” They also have three “Texas Bed” trucks, one of which is a tri-drive. A further winch tractor is being built in Edmonton. Rig matting has been in especially high demand this past year, with Gibson saying, “We’re buying it buy the truckload. It’s usually moved by picker.” Gibson Welding has grown to become a very vertically-integrated

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Asked if he’s aiming at one-stop shopping, Gibson replied, “To a certain point, it is. If we don’t have it, I can help them get it.” Gibson noted two local firms were instrumental in getting the company off the ground. He pointed to Norm “Pierre” Mondor at Aldon Oils and Ken Lee with Midale Petroleums. “They took a chance on me, helped me get going,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I’m at without those two.” Other supporting companies such as Crescent Point have helped. Indeed, when it came time to add a satellite location, it landed right in the middle of the Bakken fairway, at Stoughton. “It made sense to have a presence there. We like to keep our rental equipment central. If we’re going to have a yard, let’s have a shop.” The result is a minimization of commuting with the heavy trucks. Instead, workers can go to the Stoughton shop in a pickup, and then take the big truck out to the site. ► Page B9

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◄ Page B8 “We can reach quite a ways from Stoughton,” Gibson said. Construction of the shop started a year ago in the spring. “Our timing was terrible,” he said, noting the muddy conditions. In the last year, the company has begun to pick up work with Cenovus, whose primary field is nearby. “They’ve been kind in giving us a chance,” Gibson said. “That’s been a pleasant surprise.” He noted the Bakken play is moving towards Oungre. One day south of Torquay he counted 10 rigs, including both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Family operation Gibson Welding is a family operation. “My wife Marg has been with me since Day 1,” he said. “She’s the office trouble-shooter now, a person to go to when you stumble. She’s been at my side through it all. Their son, Jason, 28, acts as field supervisor. “He’s been there ever since he got out of school,” John said. Their daughter, Michelle, 32, “went

out and saw the world, and decided Saskatchewan is the place she ought to be,” John said. She has a bachelor’s degree of management in accounting from the University of Lethbridge, and is now the office manager. Jackie, 22, is taking a petroleum engineering degree in Butte, Montana. She works with the firm as a summer student. Smiling, John said, “We give her every terrible job we could find – 22 years of revenge!” Daughter Morgan, 19, is taking business admininistration at the University of Regina, and assists in the office. Daughter-in-law Rena Goodwin, 28, is the safety co-ordinator. She worked very hard over the past year, and the company passed its Certificate of Recognition audit with flying colors, according to Gibson. “We believe in safety, but we also believe in safety with common sense. We’re fortunate, we’re small enough we can still have a lot of hands-on. Pretty well every day, everyone who

works with us interacts with someone who owns the company.” Asked about the recent spat of acquisitions in the southeast Saskatchewan oilpatch, Gibson replied, “We’re not for sale, ever. It’s not part of the plan.” “It will take over your life. A family business is a great thing, but at the supper table, it’s still there. We bought a house in Phoenix just to get away from the thing.” “It’s the best of times, but also a difficult time to find labour. You’ve got to have good people. It’s 30 below, at 5:30 a.m., you’re putting a guy in a half-million dollar truck. You’ve got to

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Clients are best salespeople ◄ Page B10 “As it started to peter out, I said to Doug, ‘We should buy out Charlie Foster.’ He had one service truck and trailer, and did light maintenance.” The pair bought the truck and trailer for $27,000 with the help of a loan from Wayne’s parents. It was paid off in three years. Asked who would drive, Doug commented on their differing driving styles, with Wayne being much more aggressive on the pedal. “If it was a bid job, Wayne would drive. It if was by the hour, I would drive.” The work was initially general oilfield maintenance, doing pipefitting and changing belts. Wayne had the benefit of four years as an oilfield operator before they started, including having worked for Valleyview Oilfield Services in Oxbow. Doug had also put in six months after high school at Pembina Meter in Edmonton. Both farmed. Doug and Bev bought the familyowned jewelry story from Bev and Wayne’s parents. They sold it 12 years ago due to an increased focus on the oilfield. However, during the early years before the days of cellphones, Bev used to do dispatch from the jewellery store. Clients would call the store, and she would reach them by way of two-way radio. Bev also worked on the administration side of the business. “When we bought the store, gold was $35 an ounce. Oil was around $20 a barrel,” Doug said.

“An ordinary ladies’ gold band sold for $10 when we bought it." At the time of the interview, oil was trading around $87 a barrel, and gold was $1,680 an ounce. “In the summer I farmed, and came back to the store,” Doug said. A lot of C&N’s work was part-time, at first. They could often wrap up a job early in the day, and then go farming. “You’d wait for the phone to ring,” Doug said, noting it was a lot slower pace than today. A lot of those jobs only took three hours. “When we were knocking on doors, we were meeting people for the first time,” Wayne said of their efforts to drum up business. The previous owners of that truck and trailer had worked primarily for Imperial Oil. “That’s where we started,” Wayne said. Both strongly credited that initial work for

Imperial Oil for defining how they did business. “The changes in safety haven’t been that big for us, because Imperial Oil was on the cutting edge,” Wayne said. “I think we’re a better company today because Imperial Oil was one of our first customers.” Indeed, he said they’ve seen other companies over the years that were nowhere near where Imperial Oil was back then. Doug said, “Their standards were high. If you worked for them, you could work for anyone.” “Safety has come a long way over the years, but we hit the ground running with Imperial Oil,” Wayne said. Imperial Oil also helped launch a very important part of C&N’s business, chemical delivery. Doug said, “One day, Imperial Oil asked us to circulate some wells, 25 wells west of Carnduff. They would give us an-

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other chunk, and another, then boom!” Wayne added, “A lot of that was driven by Bob Gibson with Esso Chemicals, and Shane Boyes with Nalco. They, through their chemical sales, needed someone to apply the product for them. Those two chemical salesmen really expanded our sales.” Now C&N works for over 50 companies, according to Wayne, who said, “We probably go into at least 5,000 wells a month now.” Initially Doug would handle the circulating, then Allan Hubbard started circulating as well.

He’s now the supervisor in charge of all circulators and pressure trucks. “If you ever wanted to clone someone, It would be Al,” Wayne said, speaking highly of his work ethic. That, combined with Doug and Kris’s sales skill, and Wayne’s management, hasvebeen part of the formula for their success over the years. Their initial growth was on the maintenance side. In five years, they had grown to six units, including a steamer, a chemical delivery truck, two crew trucks and a pickup. In the past, they

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Circulating keeps going even during slowdowns ◄ Page B11 Over the years, numerous producing companies have come and gone. “We’ve changed the same location sign seven times on some wells,” Wayne said. During slowdowns, wells still need servicing. “If the maintenance slows down, circulating keeps going,” Doug said. “When everyone saw a slowdown, we increased our business,” Wayne added. “As far as I’m concerned, (former Alberta premier) Ed Stelmach was one of the best things to happen to the Saskatchewan oilfield. That’s been a big thing for this corner.” They bought their first pressure truck four years ago. “That opened a lot of doors for us,” Wayne said. “We’ve got three now. “As they’re finding the Bakken to be corrosive, they needed a new system to look after it. That’s where our pressure trucks come in.” Of the 32 units that make up C&N’s fleet, seven were added in the last year alone, much of that on the chemical side. “The majority of our business is chemical-related,” Wayne said.

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“Chemical is repetitive. It’s month in, month out, even with low oil prices. That’s where we put most of our efforts. “Our best salespeople are the chemical companies in southeast Saskatchewan. They find the work and customers, and then they call us.” Having a comfort level with those companies is key, Wayne and Doug said, with Wayne noting those chemical companies have confidence the job will get done. “We’re going to put it on our program and do it.” Their employees are trained, and have proper documentation, Wayne said. “The reason we’re here today is because of our staff. If you don’t have good people working for you, then you’re in trouble. If you don’t treat them right, and they go somewhere else and you have to work for them, they’re not going to give you work. “We have well over 10 million litres of chemical we’ve hauled over the 25 years. Boy, it’s been a lot,” he said. In October, 2010, C&N Supply was launched, providing an independent local oilfield supply store for Carnduff. “The amount of business we did in the first year was beyond my expectations,” Wayne said. Regarding his retirement, Doug said, “I really do miss they guys in the doghouses and the field.” He does not, however miss the winter work, noting that now he spends time down south in the winter.

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One-piece containment solution Stoughton – Secondary containment systems are often modular – bolt together walls, and a poly liner for the bottom. Therein lies the problem, at least according to Jayson King, who has come up with his own solution for secondary containment – a one piece, welded steel solution. “It’s all in one piece. They pick it off, put it on the ground, put the tanks in it, and tied it in,” said King. “Conventional containments are a steel wall pinned together with a liner. They take quite a bit of manpower to set up – a three man crew and four hours. Mine doesn’t have a liner. It’s all one piece, welded steel. “With labour shortages, mine can be set up with two guys and a picker.” The walls are formed with a rigid lip around the top. The bottom corner is designed for rigidity. The final product looks like a very large tub. The containment units are made in Weyburn by Stewart Steel. Now a consultant for lease building and reclamation, King said, “I used to do construction and maintenance. I’ve set up conventional containments. They were quite labour-intensive. There has to be a better way to do this,” he said. “Driving around, thinking, I came up with this design.” There are two sizes. The first is 20 feet wide and 40 feet long, with a three-and-a-half foot wall. It will hold two 400-barrel tanks. The second is 20 feet wide and 52 feet long, with a four-and-a-have foot wall. It can handle two 750-bbl. tanks, or three 400bbl. tanks. The whole unit is made of 3/16-inch plate steel. It has enough flex to form to the ground, but is rigid enough to hold the weight, according to King. There are patents pending on the design. The two sizes are 13,000 and 15,000 pounds respectively, and are well within the capacity of most pickers. They sit flat on the trailer, but are considered an oversized load. “It’s right to the limit. It needs pilot vehicles and permits to move it,” King said. “Moving them hasn’t been an issue.” He added even with pilot trucks, it’s still cheaper to move and install one of these one-piece containments than utilizing the conventional method. Having a steel floor is tougher than a poly membrane, which can be easily punctured. “It takes quite a bit to puncture this,” he said. While a poly liner can be slippery when wet, the steel floor of these units has a slip-resistant surface. The inside has a chemical-resistant coating. Additionally, gravel is often placed inside poly lined containments. There is no need for that in these units. The tanks are set on six 3 x 12 inch bridge planks. ► Page B14

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Containment units can be used for snow cleanup Jayson King designed a one-piece solution, seen over his shoulder, to simplify secondary containment. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

◄ Page B13 Not having gravel also makes reclamation easier. If gravel becomes contaminated from a spill, it has to be sent to a proper disposal site. The one-piece units can be cleaned with a steamer and vac combination unit. “When reclaiming it, it’s easier to move around than a conventional one,” King said, noting poly liners often have to be scrapped. Flanges are included on the side and end for tie-in purposes. “Some people have tied a load

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said King, who hails from Corning, north of Stoughton. King started planning this venture in the summer of 2008, and started producing them in September 2009. That year he produced between 10 and 15 units. The following year took off. “They really started kicking in,” King said. “There were some weeks, I moved 10 in a week.” The flooding of 2011 slowed everything down, but this winter looks promising. “It’s starting to pick up now,” he said. “I see nowhere else but up.” To that end, King has recently hired a containment co-ordinator.

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Drilling is hot but land sales are not Regina – Oil and gas companies in Saskatchewan may be too busy drilling to acquire additional petroleum and natural gas rights while the going is good. That belief is shared by Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd in his reaction to the small October sale of oil and gas rights that brought in just $13 million for the province. By contrast, the combined lease and licence sale of new rights in Alberta topped $99 million in a two week period ending Oct. 5. “I consider this sale to be a solid but smaller sale,” said Boyd. “But I believe what we’re seeing in this sale and the one before it is companies focusing on assets in hand and developing the rich inventory of lands they have accumulated over the past two years. “We see evidence of that in demand for drilling rigs and service rigs, where the utilization rates here are actually higher than the rates in Alberta and British Columbia.” The August sale generated $21.7 million in sales revenue for the

province. “These last two sales have seen smaller companies establishing land positions in our oilpatch,” said Boyd. “As well, this year is tracking to be either the third or fourth best on record for land sale revenues, with the top two years occurring in the last four years. “Industry continues to send a message of confidence in our rich oil resource and in our strong business climate.” Total land sale revenues for the 2011 calendar year now stand at $228 million. The October sale included 142 lease parcels that attracted $12.6 million in bonus bids and six petroleum and natural gas exploration licences that sold for $446,000. The Swift Current area led the pack with most bids and the highest sales total of $4.3 million followed by the Weyburn-Estevan area at $3.3 million The Lloydminster area recorded sales of $2.9 million with the Kindersley-Kerrobert area trailing the province at $2.6 million. The highest price for

a single parcel was $1 million. Federated Cooperatives Limited acquired this 259-hectare lease parcel southwest of Gull Lake. The highest price on a per-hectare basis was $9,468. Ranger Land Services Ltd. bid $153,285 for a 16-hectare lease parcel west of Lashburn. An oil shale special exploratory permit block on offer northeast of Tisdale received a work commitment bid of $2.1 million from Prairie Land & Investment Services Ltd. The next sale of Crown petroleum and natural gas and oil shale dispositions will be held on Dec. 5. Swift Current area (numbers round off ) The total bonus received in the area was $4.2 million, an average of $486 per hectare. This compares to $2.8 million, an average of $671 per hectare at the last sale. ► Page B18

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Oil shale permit issued near Tisdale ◄ Page B15 The top purchaser of acreage in this area was Federated Co-operatives Limited, who spent $1.9 million to acquire two lease parcels. The top price paid for a single lease in this area was $1 million by Federated Co-operatives Limited for a 259 hectare parcel situated partially within the Gardenhead South Upper Shaunavon Oil Pool, 23 km southwest of the Town of Gull Lake. The top price paid for a single licence was $53,022, by Eastend Energy Corp. for a 1,036 hectare block situated partially within the Whitemud Second White Specks Gas Pool, 10 km southwest of Eastend. The highest dollar per hectare in this area was received from Scott Land & Lease Ltd., who paid $4,190 per hectare for a 130 hectare parcel located adjacent to the Chambery Upper Shaunavon Oil Pool, 14 km south of the town of Shaunavon. Weyburn-Estevan area The total bonus received in the area was $3.3 million, an average of $489 hectare. This compares to $11 million, an average of $1,068 per hectare at the last sale. The top purchaser of acreage in this area was Windfall Resources Ltd., who spent $914,198 to acquire six lease parcels. The top price paid for a single lease in this area was $372,669 paid by Wyatt Oil + Gas Inc. for a 65 hectare parcel situated adjacent to the Willmar FrobisherAlida Beds Pool, 21 km south of Carlyle. The top price paid for a single licence was $53,520, paid by Plunkett Resources Ltd. for a 1,036 hectare block situated 49 km southwest of the Roncott Bakken Pool, 5 km southeast of Rockglen. The highest dollar per hectare in this area was received from Torquay Oil Corp., who paid $8,891 per hectare for a 32 hectare parcel located within the Queensdale East Frobisher-Alida Beds Pool, 14 km south of Manor. Lloydminster area The total bonus received in the area was $2.9 million, an average of $202 per hectare This compares to $5.7 million, an average of $698 per hectare at the last sale. The top purchaser of acreage was Prairie Land & Investment Services Ltd., who spent $1 million to acquire 12 lease parcels. The top price paid for a single lease was $578,510, by Prairie Land & Investment Services Ltd. for a 259 hectare parcel situated two km south of the Soda Lake Cummings Oil Pool, 15 km southwest of Maidstone.

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What’s that truck doing? He’s Haulin’ Acid Estevan – The skull and crossbones on his hat are fitting for Steven Cole. See, he’s Haulin’ Acid. More specifically, he owns and operates Haulin’ Acid, a Red Deer based acid-hauling outfit that’s in the process of establishing a southeast Saskatchewan presence. In late September, Cole was looking for a shop for an Estevan-area truck. “There’s not a lot out there for a one-truck operation,” he said of the real estate situation. “There are new shops going up, but they want you to rent the whole shop. Until something pops up, we’ll have to park outside.” At 36 years old, he’s rediscovered his old stompin’ grounds. “I never in a million years thought I would be coming back to this area. Years ago, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity. Sometimes, however, opportunity comes a-knockin’. “When a frac has to shut down to wait for an acid truck for 24 hours, that shouldn’t happen. From 12 hours away, I got a truck there quicker than what they could get locally. When you’ve got a whole frac crew, the clock is ticking.” That first call came in late 2010. The company has been working in southeast Saskatchewan for the better part of a year, except “when the ocean arrived this past spring. “We started thinking about this as soon as we got the phone calls. There was no work in the spring. Now, things are rockin’ and rollin’. We’re here to stay. “I wouldn’t attempt to set up here if I wasn’t from this area,” he said, noting the importance of local connections. He was born in Oxbow. “My home town is Gainsborough. My grandma’s still in Carnduff. My grandfather, Casey Anderson, worked for Dome.” Haulin’ Acid’s driver in southeast Saskatchewan is from Manitoba. Like many other people, finding accommodations has proven to be tough. At the end of September, he was still staying in a holiday trailer in Lampman. He was eventually able to find winter accommodations in Carnduff. “He sees the potential in this area. He was excited about working with us,” Cole said. Safety is of utmost importance when your specialty is hauling highly corrosive material. “We’re 11 Steve Cole’s home town is Gainsborough. After building a company years accident-free. Zero lost-time accidents. The in Red Deer, he’s now set up a satellite operation in southeast Sassafety thing is huge. It proves we’ve been doing it katchewan. Photo by Brian Zinchuk right.” ► Page B20

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Like Purolator for acid Haulin’ Acid now operates a truck based in the Estevan area. Photo courtesy Haulin’ Acid

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Cole. When it comes to staffing, Cole said, “I’d rather turn down work than send out an incompetent driver. Our record speaks for itself. The company is working on getting it’s United States Department of Transportation papers in order. Southeast Saskatchewan could serve as a potential springboard to working south of the 49th parallel. He noted, “There are no acid haulers in North Dakota. I got asked to haul loads down there.” However, there are lots of regulatory roadblocks to overcome before that can happen. “I started out as an owner-operator with one truck for the first five years. I realized if I

didn’t expand, I’d be 60 years old, driving this acid truck,” Cole said. And expand, he did. “We have seven acid trucks and one shower truck. It’s a separate unit. All of our acid trucks have showers on them as well. I could see as safety gets more strict, they become more in demand.” The company just hired a full-time administrator, relieving Cole’s wife Darla of the duties. “Acid is a funny business. It’s not used on every well. It’s a specialty thing. We have days we could have used five more trucks. The next day, you need two,” he said. “We’re like Purolator for acid.” Acid is used in maintenance work, fix-

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Flint completes Carson Energy acquisition Flint Energy Services Ltd. has completed the previously announced agreement to acquire all of the issued shares of Carson Energy Services Ltd., a privately held energy services company based in Saskatchewan. The transaction was subject to regulatory approvals that were obtained at the end of September, and closed effective Oct. 1. The purchase price is comprised of $112 million in cash and 2.12 million Flint common shares, plus up to an additional $30 million earn-out spread over the next three years, subject to closing adjustments. Payment of the earn-out portion of the purchase price is dependent on the Carson operations meeting the EBITDA target of $40 million per

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Lots of work to be had Bob Maurer would like to add a second picker, if he could find people to run it.

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Weyburn – These are busy times for Bob Maurer Construction and Maintenance, a Weyburn-based oilfield service company. Bob Mauer started the business in 2002. His previous career in the oilfield was on the drilling side. He was a toolpush on drilling rigs. “I quit school to go on the rigs at 17,” he said, having started with Simmons Drilling 28 years ago. “I got tired of the rigs. I saw an opportunity in oilfield construction,” Maurer said. He initially started with an end dump truck and a backhoe. “We were doing a lot of reclamation on old flare pits,” he said. “That created a lot of

work for a few years. “Then we went to dozers, building leases for drilling.” Excavators were the next addition, leading into pipelining fibreglass flowlines. The company now does leasebuilding, pipelining, jack setting, builds batteries, hauls gravel, operates pickers and bed trucks, or, as Maurer puts it, “A little bit of everything.” The heavy equipment fleet is composed to eight dozers, four excavators, two backhoes, a grader, a scraper, eight semis including one bed truck, and one 40-ton picker. There are also various tractors, mowers, snowblowers and boiler units. ► Page B23

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Bob Maurer Construction and Maintenance running hard ◄ Page B22 “We can pretty much do everything,” Maurer he said, adding, “I’ve got five crew maintenance trucks running around.” Two years ago he added a picker. “There was demand for it. It leads you into more work. A guy is turning down work every day. It is now much busier than before.” He’d like to add another picker, but manpower is an issue. “We set pumpjacks, move tanks, matting, pipe, tubing and rods for the service rigs.” The picker has also seen a lot of days working with another firm, assisting Fast Trucking with rig moves when they are short of pickers. Bob Maurer bed trucks help out as well. There are 35 people working for Bob Maurer Construction and Maintenance. Pretty much all their staff is local. “A lot of my crew trucks run out of Estevan,” he said. The company’s work is widely spread. “Everything’s as busy as it can be,” Maurer said. This winter is “pretty much booked up. We’re doing as much as we can do.” Next summer looks promising as well, he said. Now 45, Maurer was born and raised in the Weyburn area, and has lived there all his life. He still lives on the family farm a few miles south of the city. However, he’s rented out all his land. “There’s not enough of me to go around,” he said. The current shop was built three years ago, one of the early entrants to the Evanston Park on the south side of Weyburn, in the RM of Weyburn. “I’ve got 11 acres,” Maurer said, noting there is room to expand.

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Weight Bias in the Workplace Imagine having your skills overlooked because you are overweight. Weight bias in employment situations happens more often than you think. Obesity in the workplace costs companies an alarming amount of money. That’s a fact. One estimate puts the costs associated with employing obese people at $285,000 per year for a company with 1,000 employees. As a nation, obesity is costing Canada roughly $4.3 billion dollars in healthcare expenses according to the most recent 2001 survey. South of the border obesity is costing American companies $45 billion each year in medical coverage and employee absenteeism. Obesity as a health and productiv-

ity issue costs companies more than tobacco use or alcoholism. Given this context, men and women who suffer from being overweight or obese often face the additional struggle of social stigma and bias in the workplace. Obese adults are often confronted with negative prejudices and stereotypes when applying for a new position. Or, they experience the “glass ceiling” effect when trying to advance within a company. A leading employment concern for any worker is discrimination and unfortu-

nately, obese or overweight employees face overwhelming discrimination from their colleagues and superiors in the workplace. According to one study, 93% of human resource professionals would prefer to hire a “normal weight” person over an obese person who was equally qualified for the job. If the position involved face-to-face interaction with clients, 12% of those who made staffing decisions said they felt an obese person would not be fit for the job. When it came to job advancement, 15% of human resource personnel said they would be less likely to promote an obese employee even if they had the skills and knowledge that would make them successful in the position. Shockingly, 11% of those surveyed felt it was appropriate to terminate an em-

ployee strictly because of their excess body weight. Despite these negative results, the researchers found that no action was being taken to correct the unfair treatment of overweight employees. Contrary to the popular belief that social pressure will motivate overweight people to “shape up”, research has shown that 79% of overweight people react by refusing to diet in an attempt to affirm that the bias is undeserved. Rather than inspiring weight loss, weight bias in the workplace has detrimental effect on the overweight employee. Ideally, employers would show genuine concern for the health of their overweight employees by creating healthier work environments that support a

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Emerge focuses on Viking prospect (Nickleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daily Oil Bulletin) Emerge Oil & Gas Inc. reports that based on production results to date in 2011, capital plans for the remainder of 2011 and recent Viking well production performance, it anticipates production to average 5,600-5,700 boepd for 2011, representing a 14 to 16 per cent increase from 2010. The reduction from previous guidance is the result of various factors including: weather-related production downtime; slightly higher than budgeted decline rates in certain heavy oil ďŹ elds; and most notably, the mid-year reallocation of capital toward evaluating the Viking potential on its owned and farm-in lands, resulting in the drilling of fewer heavy oil wells than originally budgeted. Emerge now expects to drill 40 to 43 heavy oil wells during 2011 as compared to a planned 65 to 70 wells per original production guidance and prior to the reallocation of capital toward Viking prospects. While disappointed with the lack of production growth over the last two quarters, the company has grown its average production during each quarter in 2009 and 2010 and year over year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The company is anticipating a return to production growth in 2012 through its inventory of heavy and light oil drilling opportunities, particularly in the greater Lloydminster, Primate and Coronation core areas, with upside potential as it continues to evaluate its lands at Kirkpatrick Lake. Emerge will be developing its 2012 capital budget later in the fourth quarter. It estimates third quarter production to average between 5,400 and 5,500 boepd and current ďŹ eld production is approximately 5,700 boepd. The company continues to guide toward total capital expenditures of $70-75 million for 2011 and expects to exit the year producing between 5,800 and 6,000 boepd. In an update on operations, Emerge announced a successful heavy oil development drilling program at Primate, Saskatchewan, where six (6.0 net) wells, including one (1.0 net) service well, have been drilled as part of the fall program, which began in mid-September. Oil production now exceeds 800 bpd (based on ďŹ eld estimates) from the Primate ďŹ eld from a total of six wells, with two additional wells awaiting completion. Individual wells at Primate are producing at rates of 100 to 160 bpd, which is two to four times the typical 40 to 50 barrels per day, vertical heavy oil producer in the Lloydminster area. The wells produce from the McLaren sandstone, which averages ďŹ ve to six metres of oil pay. Emerge shot a 72-kilometre 2D seismic program in the third quarter and has identiďŹ ed 15 to 20 additional locations on 8.25 sections of 100 per cent owned land. The company plans to drill an additional six to eight heavy oil wells during the remainder of 2011 in the Primate and Freemont areas. Emerge continues to shoot additional seismic and evaluate land in the area of the Primate development. Meanwhile, in the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viking light oil drilling program, pursuant to

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Saskatchewan grows by 10 cities Regina – Saskatchewan has gained the equivalent population of 10 new cities in the past three and a half years to reach a record population of 1,057,888 in the latest head count. Statistics Canada reports the provincial population has grown by over 50,000 people from Jan. 1 2008 to July 1, 2011. That’s 10 times the number of people required for any town of 5,000 people in the province to seek city status and there is no letting up. Between April 1, 2011 and July 1, 2011, Saskatchewan grew by 5,444 people, the largest quarterly population jump since Statistics Canada starting keeping quarterly population estimates. The record quarterly growth consisted of a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,524, net inter-provincial migration of 1,239 and net international migration of 2,681. Saskatchewan saw net in-migration from most other provinces including Ontario (641 people), Alberta (423 people) and Manitoba (147 people). Premier Brad Wall said the new population numbers show the continued strength of the Saskatchewan’s economy. “People move where the opportunities are and right now, there are a lot more people moving into Saskatchewan than moving out,” Wall said. “It wasn’t too long ago that the situation was completely reversed and more people were moving away. Today, Saskatchewan is on the right track and our government is working hard to make sure it stays that way.

“There were those who said it would be impossible for Saskatchewan to grow by 100,000 people in 10 years, which is really only growing at the national average,” Wall said. “The fact is – Saskatchewan has been growing by far more than the national average for several years now. We’re up 50,000 people in just three and a half years, so hitting 1.1 million people by 2015 is well within reach.” The province’s population is also bucking the national trend by getting younger with a median age of just 37.3 years – the second-lowest among the 10 provinces. Saskatchewan is one of only two provinces to see its median age get younger in the past year. In fact, since 2007, Saskatchewan’s median age has dropped from 38.0 to 37.3. Wall said this reflects the fact that more young people and young families are choosing to stay in Saskatchewan or are moving back to Saskatchewan. “That means good things for our province’s future,” Wall said. “A growing population and economy provides a growing tax base which allows government to lower taxes and fund important government services like health care, highways and education.”

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PetroBakken running 18 rigs (Nickle’s Daily Oil Bulletin) With a return to drier weather in Saskatchewan, PetroBakken Energy Ltd. production has exceeded 43,000 boepd (87 per cent light oil and natural gas liquids), based on field estimates – up 22 per cent from the second quarter the company has reported. Bakken business unit production is again over 20,000 boepd while output from the Cardium business unit exceeds 14,000 boepd, with the remainder of the production generated by the company’s southeast Saskatchewan conventional and Alberta/British Columbia business units. PetroBakken, a 59 per cent-owned subsidiary of Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd., estimated that approximately 3,000 boepd of additional productive capacity is currently down as of the first week of October due to well maintenance, site access constraints (primarily related to flooding originating in the second quarter) and facility maintenance. Drilling activity in the third quarter resulted in 96 (69.9 net) wells, a decrease of 19 (5.1 net) wells over the same period last year. Of the total, 32 (25.2 net) wells were drilled in the Bakken, 44 (31.3 net) wells in the Cardium, 19 (12.4 net) wells drilled in PetroBakken’s Saskatchewan conventional business unit and one (one net) well in its Alberta/British Columbia business unit. At the end of the quarter, there was an inventory of 47.7 net wells either waiting to be completed or to be placed on production. Of these wells, 13.7 net wells were in the Bakken (6.8 net of which are on production but not stimulated) and 24.5 net wells were in the Cardium. PetroBakken said it continues to execute on its business plan and as of early October had 18 drilling rigs operating: eight within the Cardium fairway of Alberta, six within the Bakken fairway in southeast Saskatchewan, two drilling conventional prospects in southeast Saskatchewan and two drilling exploration wells in central Alberta. The company anticipates that an additional 48 net wells will be drilled and a total of 75 net wells will be brought onstream by the end of the year. This would leave an anticipated inventory of 21 net wells which would be expected to be brought onstream in the first quarter of 2012.

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Oilsands Quest expects Wallace Creek sale Calgary – Oilsands Quest Inc. may have enough cash in its pocket at the end of October to continue to advance the development of its oilsands pilot project at Axe Lake, Saskatchewan toward commercial production of bitumen. The Calgary-based company is hoping to convert a non-binding letter of intent by a third party to purchase the company’s Wallace Creek bitumen assets in Alberta for $60 million into a signed deal by the end of the month. Earlier in September, the company reported it could run out of financing at the end of October without additional funding to continue its core steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) pilot project at Axe Lake. The pending transaction for Wallace Creek, announced on Sept. 27, includes $40 million in cash and a $20 million contingent payment subject to “certain events” according to a news release. “This prospective transaction is good news for Oilsands Quest shareholders,” said chief executive officer Garth Wong. “It will provide us much of the capital we need to complete the Axe Lake pilot and prove the commercial recoverability of our highest priority core asset. “While Wallace Creek has shown considerable potential, it is not yet as well delineated as Axe Lake and is therefore considerably further away from commercial development,” said Wong The prospective purchase offer follows the cancellation of a $60 million rights offering on Sept. 12 with news the company had received a letter of intent for the possible sale of Wallace Creek. “Our decision to cancel the rights offering considered that the negotiation of a material transaction had reached an advanced stage – a transaction that would significantly change our use of proceeds described in the rights offering prospectus,” explained Wong.

“As well, it had become apparent that we would not achieve a full $60 million subscription through the rights offering, perhaps at least partially due to the weak markets of recent weeks. “We are striving to return the company to a solid financial footing so that we can move ahead on unlocking the value of the barrels of bitumen we have in the ground. We appreciate the patience of our shareholders through this challenging period.” Oilsands Quest is also evaluating financing alternatives including a private placement of equity or a new, smaller rights offering that will continue to explore strategic partnerships or further asset sales. Completion of the Wallace Creek transaction is subject to a number of terms and conditions, including negotiation of a definitive agreement, board approvals, due diligence, financing and approval by Oilsands Quest shareholders. Oilsands Quest anticipates that a definitive sale agreement will be concluded by the end of October and that the transaction will close by the end of December 2011. A further announcement will be made upon the execution of a definitive sale agreement. The company has held Wallace Creek in its portfolio since January 2008, when it purchased the 45,545-acre permit. The area is prospective for SAGD oilsands recovery, subject to further seismic and drilling investment to delineate the bitumen reservoir more fully. The company says the exploration program conducted over the past three years has added substantially to the geological understanding and potential of the Wallace Creek reservoir, as reflected in the transaction price. Oilsands Quest received approval from Alberta Energy in June to extend its Wallace Creek permits for an additional 67 days to March 31, 2013 to allow for two full seasons of winter ex-

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Keystone XL to pump jobs into South Dakota Calgary, Alta. – TransCanada Corporation’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline is expected to generate more than 5,100 person years of employment for Americans in South Dakota. A new independent U.S. economic study says the construction of the pipeline through the state will stimulate the creation of those jobs from a combination of construction work and spin-off jobs. The report from the Perryman Group could help the U.S. Department of State to determine if the proposed pipeline is in the U.S. national interest during its ongoing 90-day consultation period with regulatory approval at stake. If construction of the pipeline begins early in 2012, Keystone XL is expected be operational in 2013. “This $7 billion pipeline project is shovel ready and will put South Dakotans and thousands more Americans back to work once construction begins,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada president and chief executive officer in a Sept. 29 news release. “We will invest a total of $13 billion into the entire Keystone pipeline system – all private money with no government stimulus – to deliver Canadian and American crude oil to the U.S Gulf Coast to address the energy needs of Americans.”

The Perryman Group estimates that during construction the project would lead to $470 million in new spending for the South Dakota economy; increase personal income by $319 million and boost state and local tax revenues by more than $10 million. The study further concluded that once the pipeline is operational, South Dakota could see nearly $685 million in property taxes to county and other local governments during the operating life of the pipeline, money that could be used to build new roads, schools and hospitals. Construction in South Dakota would consist of seven new pump stations and over 314 miles of new pipeline that would cross nine counties and is expected to employ over 3,050 construction workers. The study notes the benefits of Keystone are not limited to the states where it would be located. From pipe manufactured in Arkansas, pump motors made in Ohio and transformers built in Pennsylvania, workers in almost every state in the U.S. would benefit from the project and the ongoing development of Canada’s oil sands. TransCanada says that within days of receiving regulatory approval for Keystone XL, the project would begin to put 20,000 Americans directly to

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Saskatchewan’s Petroleum Monthly

Crane operator gets a lift from oilpatch „ By Brian Zinchuk Estevan – A love of lifting things has kept Dwight Packer in fire-retardant coveralls while at the controls of his cranes for 29 years. Packer is the owner of Skylift Services Inc. of Estevan, the largest lifting operation in southeast Saskatchewan. “I got my first boom truck in 1982, and have been expanding ever since,” Packer told Pipeline News. The first shop was built in 1983, a tiny 32 x 45 foot Quonset. “I wondered what I would do with all the extra space,” he recalled. Ever since, space has been at a premium. The old yard had numerous shop expansions over the years, and finally, a new facility was built in the Frontier Peterbilt Industrial Park east of Estevan. It was built in the summer of 2008, but they weren’t able to get into it until the summer of 2009. “We outgrew this shop before we moved,” he said, noting they use both yards. In the early years, he started with a small portion of the old yard, then rented a bit more yard space with each expansion. “When I first got into the business, I ran under L&C Trucking’s authority. Walter Christenson helped me get started.” Packer has been operating on his own since 1989. “I bought my first crane, a 35-ton, in 1987,” he said. “I bought a couple of rough terrain [cranes] in 1989, a 15-ton and a 35-ton. In 1994, I built my second shop, and had about four staff.” Packer personally started out running cranes. He said, “It is a specific skill, no doubt about it. I have had people tell me they can run anything but find that a crane is different. One guy said he could run anything. He got in the crane for one minute, and got out frustrated. “You’re not moving the hook, you’re sort of chasing it, but you know where it’s going,” he said. As example, he noted that when a load is swinging into position, positioning the boom over it causes it to stop. “We have to make sure we know where everyone is, and is out of the way.” It’s apparent in his voice Packer has a love of cranes. “I don’t just run cranes because I have to. I enjoy running cranes more than being in the office.” ► Page C2

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Exciting times for crane operators ◄ Page C1 Indeed, he’s often found running equipment, even though his company is at a size where managers tend to stay in the office. His office has a direct entry from the shop area for easier accessibility. “I still get a big thrill out of lifting things,” Packer said. Varied fleet The company’s fleet covers a broad spectrum. The smallest is a “Spyder crane.” It’s a tiny trackmounted unit with outrigger legs that spread out to look very much like a spider. When folded up, it’s narrow enough to fit through doorways and into buildings. That unit was acquired about three years ago. “It goes in streaks. Lately, it’s been very busy, or we’ll go a month without using it.” Moving up in size is a 15-ton carry deck crane on which the cab does not rotate with the boom. Four rough-terrain cranes – a 15-ton, 35-ton 50 and 55-ton are next. The 50-ton was seen at the Boundary Dam Power Station on the day of the interview. On the picker side, also known as boom trucks, Skylift has 27, 30, 42 and 45-ton units. All are equipped with fifth wheels. Indeed, Packer explained. “We were the first in the area to use fifthwheel mount QMC pickers. Now everybody’s got ’em.” For mobile cranes there are units in the 35, 60, 75 (two units), 90 and 120-ton sizes. Mobile cranes can be identified by their separate driving cab. “We will have a brand new 110-ton Grove in the yard,” Packer said, anticipating its delivery before the publication of this paper. With such a broad spectrum of lifting capacity, Packer noted “They all see their streaks. Right now, my 75-ton Terex is the busiest. We do a lot of coiled tubing at well sites. They have to remove the coil before moving down the road. [The truck] would be too heavy. [The coil] will go on a transport to the location. “In many cases, we’ll do the hauling as well, transporting from one location to the next.” They have five semi tractors and “a pile of trailers.” Other than coiled tubing, Packer said the company does a wide variety of work.

some dropping – pile drivers, that is. “We do driven piles. We have two pile rigs,” Packer said. The drop hammer rigs are used with a picker. “A boom truck goes in, sets up quickly, and tears down quickly,” he described. “It’s cost effective for smaller jobs.” Skylift got into pile driving a dozen years ago. “We can do up to 16-inch piles and up to about 51-feet long,” he said. Recent growth “Most of our expansion has taken place in the last six years. Oil has been a huge factor. Saskatchewan is the centre of the economic universe right now. There are power projects and oil,” Packer said. “The coal mines give us lots of work as well.” “It’s an exciting time to be in the crane business.” Asked whether he would be looking at substantially larger cranes, Packer said those typically end up on project work, much further afield. That’s contrary to his preference to remain relatively close to home, within 200 miles. “It’s important to me to have everyone home at night, as much as possible,” Packer said. “You can’t run a business like this without people, and you need to keep them happy.” Skylift employs 28 people, but could stand to add a perhaps one more crane operator and one more picker operator. “We try to grow from the inside, and promote from within,” he said. “They grow up with the company, and don’t develop habits we don’t like.” “I’m very fortunate to have very extraordinary people. I have the best people. I know I do,” he said, adding that included field and office staff. “If everyone walked out tomorrow, I’d shut the doors. You can’t do this without them and I wouldn’t want to start over. “Oil has been the mainstay over the years. Power projects come and go. They [oil] are our bread and butter and have always been at least 50 per cent of what we’ve done,” he concluded. “However, we do feel fortunate to have such a diversified customer base,” Packer said.

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Running picker? Not stressful. Dispatching? That’s stress Estevan – While some might consider constantly lifting heavy loads might be hard on the stress level, that’s not how Kerry Goudy sees it. The long-time picker operator is now a dispatcher with L&C Trucking in Estevan, a position he has held for nearly two years. But prior to that, he spent many years in the field, mostly moving pipe. “When I came into this, I didn’t know anything about the oilfield,” Goudy said. “I worked at the brickyard for 16 years.” Goudy found himself working at Estevan Brickyard right out of high school, but when that job dried up, it was time to turn to the oilpatch. Goudy had a truck driver’s licence when he started at L&C, as well as a rigging certificate, but not a picker ticket. “I took a five month course when the brickyard closed,” he said. “I needed something to do because the brickyard was closing down. I needed somewhere to go.” He didn’t find the course, which is heavy on load charts and math, difficult. “I’m into that stuff. I didn’t find it hard. I never had a problem with math.” “Anyone you talk to who has trouble, it’s the math. Their main problem is the load charts area. “You learn quick as a picker operator. You’ve got to grab anything and everything. To be efficient, you’ve got to pay attention. ► Page C4

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◄ Page C3 “You’ve got to be on the ball. If it’s going to go sour, it’ll go fast.” Preplanning your lifts is key, according to Goudy, who said, “To be a good picker operator, you’ve got to see the end, and work your way to the start. There are so many steps involved. You make it so much easier if you see the job before you start it.” There’s also less chance of missing something when you think ahead, he added. Most of his lifts have been pipe and rods, he explained, as L&C is a pipe custodian, a company that takes care of and transports pipe for

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Another operator installed it on the house later. “That was pretty interesting,” he said. As for how he ended up being one of L&C’s three dispatchers, Goudy said, “They asked me. They needed somebody to fill the spot; I’d still be in the picker.” “The thing about being in the picker is there was no stress. Any job they’d give you, you’ve done a hundred times. Goudy describes himself as laid back, but said he still likes to get the job done, and get it done efficiently. Blair Hunter, whose management duties include looking after L&C’s pickers, interjected. “He’s not for hire,” he said with a smile. “Pickers are a hot commodity right now.” Coming to the dispatch side of things from a picker operator experience makes it “way easier to be a dispatcher,” Goudy said. “Dispatching is high stress. You’re not just dealing with your job, but everyone else’s jobs, and their personalities. You have to be neutral, take it in, be a mediator, and move one.” “I’m a perfectionist. I always have been. It’s a trait of a good picker operator. You have to take pride in what you are doing,” Goudy concluded.

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to a highway, for easy access. “It is a benefit, to be right off the highway,” Peterson said. Five people will be employed at each of the new facilities – one manager and four operators per facility. Lead operators from Midale were promoted to management positions at the new plants. Jim Weber will look after Stoughton, while Glenn Claybo will take care of Oungre. In addition to the new disposal wells, Peterson said the company has had other projects on the go. “We’re on the move here. We built a dedicated tank farm, 8-17-6-13, for Cenovus that opened mid-October. It’s a facility to manage service rig work over and completion fluids.” Dallas Birnie will be supervising this operation. Good product goes back to Cenovus, and the waste stream is sent to the Palko Midale plant. The tank farm is near the Cenovus Goodwater plant. Palko has also consolidated its Saskatchewan administration functions in a new office on Railway Avenue in Weyburn. “We moved our administration from Midale to Weyburn,” Peterson said. “We’re excited to better secure our current customer base,” Peterson said. “The two locations were a good fit for us.”

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Watching men at work Shifting Gears

One Woman’s Perspective on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Land Locations By Nadine Elson I love work! In fact, I love it so much that I could watch it all day! This love began early in my life. Growing up in the new area of Pleasantdale in Estevan, watching work was an alternative to play. Houses were being built all around us, and my young friends and I would watch from the sidelines the fascinating world of work. From the pouring of cement foundations to the framing and finishing, there was always something interesting to see. We also watched the milk delivery men, newspaper and letter carriers, and the garbage collectors do their work on our street. At home, my siblings and I watched my mother, a nurse, work at healing our minor scrapes and cuts. My father contributed to my love affair with work. He often took my brother, sister and me to his law office on weekends when he went back to do work or to meet clients after hours. While he did his work, we also “worked,” answering the phones as receptionists, taking shorthand and typing memos as secretaries, and sitting behind the big desks as lawyers, dispensing wisdom and advice. I know that I am not the only person fascinated with the watching of work. There is a whole genre of reality TV devoted to the fascinating world of work Ice Road Truckers, Dirty Jobs, and How It’s Made to name just a few. One of the benefits of my work now is watching others do their work, up close and personal. From

watching the rig crew run sucker rods off the trailer into the hole to re-assembling the pump jack after servicing, there is always something interesting to see. “Wow! Did you see that?” I exclaimed to Lyle, the new part-time guy I was training. We were at Frontier Inspections outside of Estevan, loosening the straps on the trailer holding down the sucker rods that we were returning. The loader operator, Alan, had approached in his loader with the forks spread wide. But before he got to the trailer, he slowed right down and paused. In one of the smoothest moves I have ever seen, he dipped the forks of the loader down to ground level and with the left side he used the huge pincher grip to pick up a small piece of wood about four-inches square. This wood had a big nail protruding out of the centre of it, a potential problem for anyone driving on the grounds. He then reversed the loader, turned, and deposited the offending small scrap of wood in an open dumpster. I was amazed. Alan had used the huge loader to pick up the small piece of wood as easily as I could have if I had simply bent over and used my fingers. I was nearly speechless. I didn’t think anyone other than Dwight at Guardian had that level of skill with a big loader. I had long been impressed with Dwight’s skill.

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Effective communication methods learned ◄ Page C8 Walkeden said, “We mock evacuated some residents due to a [simulated] building collapse and H2S leak. That resulted in a plume of gas travelling towards two residences. The reception centre was McKenna Hall [in Weyburn].” By 11:30 a.m., everything had calmed down and was back to normal. “We strive to create an incidentfree environment. We practice emergency response processes in tabletop, communication and full scale exercises like the one we’re doing today. This is just one of the things we do to protect the health and safety of the public, our

workers, contractors and the environment,” Walkeden said. All told, she said, “It went over very well. You always learn things about the process.” Some of the pointers picked up include the use of effective communication. There are times when using twoway radio, which broadcasts to all with a radio, is appropriate, and other times when a more private cellphone is advisable, she noted. The last time a similar exercise was done was a few years ago. This exercise was probably three months in the making, she said.

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISE Cenovus runs emergency response exercise „ By Brian Zinchuk Goodwater – A small plane had the misfortune of not only coming in for hard landing, but also smashing into an above ground carbon dioxide facility used in enhanced oil recovery. The gas flowing through it was sour. What do to? That was the scenario for a mock disaster training exercise held by Cenovus Energy near their Goodwater plant in the south Weyburn field. The event took place on Oct. 17. “Today was a full scale emergency response exercise,” said Twila Walkeden, community relations adviser for Cenovus. Describing what she

stressed was an exercise, not a real-life emergency, Walkeden said, “We had a plane crash into one of our production facilities near our central receiving terminal where we receive CO2 from North Dakota. It was just northeast of the village of Goodwater.” The simulation was of a small airplane. “There were three people in the plane, one casualty and two walking wounded,” she said. “It crashed right into one of our production field facilities. Part of the wing damaged one of our CO2 lines. “Our CO2 does contain H2S. There was a danger of an H2S leak both from the crash to the facility and damage

to the CO2 pipe. “We activated our emergency response plan. We did everything we could to contain the incident and ensure the safety of our employees, contractors, general public and the environment,” Walkeden said. “We engaged the local fire department and EMS (emergency medical services) to be part of this simulation. The exercise was something of an open secret, due to the fact a panic could have been caused without ample warning. Local residents within a two-mile radius received hand-delivered letters informing them of the impending exercise, lest someone think there was a real emer-

Weyburn Fire Department rescuers Owen Skjonsby (standing left) and Joe Cayan (kneeling right) assessed the simulated injuries of Industrial Electric’s Doug Reddaway. Reddaway was a casualty in a mock plane crash. Kevin Cooke (standing with vest) Cenovus emergency respons plan coordinator observed. Photo by Randy Schiller/Cenovus

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interrupting people’s lives and not causing unnecessary alarm,” she said. Cenovus staff also knew something was coming up, but not when, or what it might be. The call went out at 8 a.m. on a Monday. Within 10 or 15 minutes, responders were on the site, Walkeden said. To amplify the simulated reality of the training scenario, there was a smoke machine and roadblocks set up. Upwards of 25 responders from Cenovus took part in various capacities. Some responded to the field, while others were in the

command centre, coordinating calls from a boardroom at the Goodwater plant. There they had flowcharts to follow for emergency response. Participants were given inputs they had to react to, like wind direction and H2S level. They initially assessed the area was safe to go into sour gas-wise, allowing them to triage and assist the injured parties. Other responders pretended to isolate the facility by engaging various valves and controls. An evacuation plan was developed, and, for exercise purposes, put into play. ► Page C9

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Weyburn City Hall hosts information centre ◄ Page C10 “It’s an expensive process, and City Hall was kind enough to donate the space for free,” Sacuta said. “The City was really interested to use this as a beginning of an oil and gas centre for the city.” “Cenovus thought it was important to partner with the PTRC and Apache to showcase the technology in this project. We’re hoping these shows the attention to innovation,” said Twila Walkeden, representing Cenovus at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “The oilfield’s future is dependent on innovation to get more oil out of the ground. The ‘low-hanging fruit’ has been picked. The ‘high fruit’ will be tougher to get to, and more expensive.” She noted the Weyburn unit has 1.4 billion barrels of initial oil in place. “We’ve recovered about 25 per cent with primary and secondary recovery. Using enhanced oil recovery, we estimate we can recover another 18 to 20 per cent. That’s still not even half. The other half of the volume will be recovered by other means.” Regarding the new information centre, Walkeden said, “It is important to note these four organization found it is really important to educate people about the project. We’re extending the life of this field, and storing CO2.” Apache senior reservoir engineer Bob McKishnie said, “We’re doing CO2 to enhance recovery and

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operators are in high demand, according to Cowley. During slow times, being a member of a union can lead to work elsewhere in the country. One provincial local might phone another and ask for a number of operators to come to work on a project, he explained. “It’s a foot in the door to run a crane around Canada,” he said. Most Local 870 hands are currently working in the province, he said. Cowley would like to see the pace of activity somewhat lower, noting the government is doing “Fifty years of work in three days. “The pace is ridiculous. We don’t need to do all the province’s work in a short time. You want to ensure there’s something to do in the future.” However, he added, “We’ll take it when it’s here.” Indeed, there are large number of Alberta hands working in Saskatchewan under the union’s auspices. But it’s not just Albertans. “We’ve got people from all over Canada working right now.”

Keystone XL Operating Engineers is also one of the four unions that provides unionized labour for biginch pipelines like the planned TransCanada Keystone XL which has been held up by environmental concerns. “It’s a normal pipeline to me. With the technology in place, it should never be a problem,” said Cowley, who is a pipeliner himself. He noted there are concerns with a truck running down the road, too. If, and when, Keystone XL does get the go-ahead, there are two spreads, or crews, expected to work on the Saskatchewan portion. That would entail several hundred operating engineers members, from dozer hands, excavator operators, sideboom operators to picker operators and boring hands. “We have no idea when that pipeline will go,” Cowley said.

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Fiberspar adds yard space Estevan - Less than a year after moving into its own facility in Estevan, Fiberspar has expanded its yardspace. The company, which makes spoolable pipeline, is increasingly busy, according to Derek Daku, general manager for their Canadian operations. “We rented all the land to the road,” Daku said, pointing to the area to the west of their building. “We have a full five acres now.” Fiberspar’s yard is on the east side of Estevan, in the RM of Estevan, about a half mile north of Highway 39. The additional land was added in September. The yard is filled with spools of pipe, and it’s all spoken for, according to Daku. “We have about 90 spools right now. All that pipe is sold already. I’ve got six or seven semis coming in today to replenish it.” The pipe comes from their manufacturing facility in Texas by road and rail. The company is still considering a southeast Saskatchewan manufacturing facility. “I’m guessing next year,” Daku said of the timing. The addition of their own brand new 45-ton picker in March has been a great boon to customer service. Daku said, “If someone calls at 5 p.m., I can have it

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First a swamper, now a picker operator Estevan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Doug Curtis spends a lot of time with his eyes on giant spools of green pipe. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the picker operator for Fiberspar in Estevan. December will mark a year for Curtis at Fiberspar, after eight years with L&C Trucking.

At L&C, he started out as a swamper for three months, drove truck for a few more months, then operated an eight-ton knuckle boom. From there he graduated to crane-style pickers. Asked about the dif-

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Doug Curtis runs this new crane for Fiberspar in Estevan. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

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Crane upgrade for larger loads Estevan – Dayman Trucking Company Ltd. of Estevan took delivery of a new, larger crane in midOctober which will help the company handle evergrowing loads. The new Linkbelt 86100 hydraulic boom mobile crane becomes the largest in their fleet of lifting equipment. The 100-ton crane replaces a similar 75ton crane acquired three years ago. The “86” in the nomenclature stands for eightfoot, six-inches wide, the maximum width allowable on roads without being considered a wide load. It’s capable of highway speeds, and was driven from the factory in Lexington, Kentucky. Equipped with a fifth outrigger in the front, the crane has a 360 degree load chart. A mechanic from Edmonton spent a week with Dayman Trucking, going through the new machine with the operators, Bill Dayman and Todd Folkerts. Dayman operates three pickers as well, ranging from 30 to 42 tons. They are a mix of QMC, DFI and Weldco units. “We could use two more, but you can’t find op-

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Border Insulators spreads out Estevan – A little over a year ago, Border Insulators Inc. of Estevan moved into a new, much larger home. It’s allowed the company to spread out and grow. The company got its start in 1983, when company founder and president Robert Saxon saw an opportunity at home. He was tired of working all over the place, and had been working at the Key Lake uranium mine when the new company came together. “I was an insulator by trade. I saw an opportunity to start my own operation,” he said. “I got tired of travelling.” Around the same time, Robert’s wife Caroline started a hair salon in Estevan, which is still in operation. Border Insulators work is in the oilfield, industrial and commercial work. “My first job was for Dome Petroleum, at the Steelman Gas Plant,” Robert recalled. That project was miscellaneous repair work, bringing it up to standards. Much of the initial work was wrapping pipe, insulating and metal-cladding vessels. Raymond Lukye was employee No. 1, and is still with the firm, looking after buildings. After a year or so, Saxon added a few more employees. By 2010, that number had grown to 20 to 30 people, depending on the time of year. With that many people, however, things were getting cramped at their old location in the

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centre of Estevan. “It was congested, but we all fit in,” Saxon said. There’s a lot more room in the new location, going from a quarter of an acre to five acres. But remarkably, much of that space has found usage. Along the north fence, there’s a row of completed prefabricated buildings, already bought and paid for. The main building is on the east end, and

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a second shop, added recently, is on the west end. All of the Saxon children are currently involved with the company. Ryan works in management; Robin works in administration; Devin insulates and constructs buildings; Mellissa builds prefab buildings. However, their father notes, they are treated like every other employee. Pre-fab buildings

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“We started putting up pre-fab buildings 20 years ago,” Saxon said. It has been a growing part of the business. Prior to the use of “sandwich board,” foam insulation between aluminum sheets, companies would use wood and clad it in metal. ► Page C18

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Several types of buildings offered ◄ Page C17 “We were introduced to these panels by a supplier. We said we’d give it a whirl,” Saxon said. During the rough patches, he said they managed to pull through by watching spending and hoping for the best. The second rough period, in the 1990s, meant selling off some equipment at 50 cents on the dollar. The last 10 years have been increasingly busy. Even in 2009, when much of the oilpatch slowed down, they didn’t, because infrastructure still had to be completed. Ryan Saxon explained they usually operate in the field with crews of three. “You’re insulating lines to keep them from freezing up. “It is a must. If they don’t insulate

the lines, they’re out there with the steamer.” Typical locations include wellsites, batteries and gas plants. They have eight service trucks for field work. It’s common now for electricians to precede the insulators, applying heat tracing (wire heaters) to piping before the insulation is applied. Insulating vessels keeps the heat in, resulting in better separation of emulsion into its component parts. This is often done by surrounding the vessel in a pre-fabricated building. About half of their work is piping, the other half is buildings. “To do a proper job, you have to have both ends of the business,” Ryan said. The company also builds master control centres, doghouses, site trailers

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R&R Tank and Equipment Rentals A recent addition to Border Insulators work has been tank and equipment rentals. The side venture is called R&R Tank and Equipment Rentals. Ryan Saxon said, “We saw the opportunity with the shortage of tanks. We started manufacturing our own tanks and got into the sales end, too.” They can build tanks with capacities varying from 100-bbl. to 2,000-bbl. About 70 per cent are the common 400-bbl. test/production tanks, the majority of which are equipped with an L-skid. “They can be used for frac tanks to production tanks,” he said. “We’ve got 36 rental tanks now.” The company will soon be receiving a new roller and break sheer to assist in the manufacturing of the tanks. Before they were using pre-rolled sheets. The company also rents out telehandlers, manlifts and light towers. R&R was another impetus for building a new, larger shop. “We’re talking about expanding this shop already,” Saxon said. An addition would have an overhead crane, allowing for easier assembly.

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Ironhorse focuses on Pembina, Leon Lake Ironhorse Oil & Gas Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its 50 per cent working interest in its gas property at Shackleton, Saskatchewan, for cash consideration of $10.2 million eďŹ&#x20AC;ective Aug. 1, 2011. The anticipated closing date was Oct. 26. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the purchaser has placed a cash deposit, equal to 10 per cent of the purchase price, in trust with

their legal advisers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sale of our natural gas property gives us running room to pursue our opportunity-rich oil prospects,â&#x20AC;? said Larry Parks, Ironhorseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president & CEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This disposition allows us to complete the transition to an oil-based production and reserves growth platform.â&#x20AC;? Ironhorse estimates its daily production rate after closing the sale of Shackleton property will

be 75 boepd. Net proceeds from the sale of the Shackleton property will be used to pay down the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding bank debt, which is approximately $14.5 million. Subsequent to the sale of the Shackleton property, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lender has agreed to a $10.2 million credit facility comprised of a $6.1 million primary revolving facility and a $4.1 million bridge fa-

cility. Ironhorse intends on further development of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proven oil reserves at Pembina, Alberta, as well as the drilling of new oil opportunities at Leon Lake, Saskatchewan. At Leon Lake, the company continued to develop its oil resource play with the drilling of two (1.5 net) oil wells in September. The two wells were cased for Upper and Lower Shau-

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Invicta drills at Kindersley Invicta Energy Corp. has drilled, completed and placed on production eight gross (4.4 net) horizontal wells over the past couple of months at Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Of the eight wells drilled, six wells are still flowing and two wells are pumping. Initial 30 day average gross production rates ranged from 20 barrels of oil per day to 80 bpd with an average of 40 bpd. The peak gross production rates from several individual wells exceeded 100 bpd during the first 30 to 45 days. The best well reached a gross peak rate of 150 bpd during a 48 hour production test. These rates do not include the solution gas which is currently being tied in and which should add another

100 boepd to 120 boepd of gross production. Peak gross oil production from the property exceeded 350 bpd without the solution gas during August. Invicta said it is confident that the Kindersley property will provide drilling opportunities for the next several years based on this past summer's drilling results which have established over 100 drilling locations. Of these, 15 locations at Kindersley are being surveyed to be licensed and ready to drill in the next few quarters. Invicta's current net production is 245 boepd (90 per cent light oil). Net production is expected to increase to over 300 boepd in October with the tiein of the Kindersley solution gas.

The company's credit facility has doubled to $6 million from $3 million, based primarily on a review of the production results from the recently completed drilling program at Kindersley. “We are very pleased that our lender is supportive of our vision of developing our Viking resource play in Kindersley, Sask.,” Gordon Reese, Invicta president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. The company plans to spend approximately $4.8 million of capital in the fourth quarter to drill six gross (3.75 net) wells at Kindersley, shoot two seismic programs and participate in Crown land sales. Total capital spending for 2011 is forecast to be $11 million to $12 million with exit production ranging from 350 boepd to 400 boepd compared to a 2010 exit of 150.

Platinum Pumpjack Services Corp. has grown to be the largest Pumpjack sales and service company in Canada with operations in Lloydminster, Provost, Drayton Valley, Medicine Hat, and Kindersley. We are currently recruiting a motivated individual to work as:

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Duties would include: Direct supervision of Àeld personnel. Scheduling, organizing and dispatching trucks to meet customer requests. Generating repair quotes for customers, and performing site visits to our large customer base. The successful candidate must be capable of working in a high paced environment, while keeping a well-organized work load. They should work well with people, be capable of organizing multiple customer orders at once, and have a good understanding of Microsoft Excel, and Word. We offer competitive salaries with beneÀts package. Only the selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Résumés, including references, can be sent to: Platinum Energy Services Corp. PO Box 10207 Lloydminster, AB T9V 3A3

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Two Skylift Services cranes lifted the cover over a new cold storage facility for TS&M in Estevan on Sept. 29. Photos by Brian Zinchuk

Career Opportunities CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Lynco Construction Ltd Midale, SK

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Career Opportunities Construction Supervisors!!! Jerry Mainil Ltd is an oilÀeld construction company that services Southeast Saskatchewan, and is currently looking for a CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR We are looking for a team oriented employee who has a clear understanding of facility construction and/or pipelining. This employee would be responsible for: - Leading a team of crews, operators, and labourers - Liaising with customers to determine their needs and requirements - Ensuring our employees adhere to company and customer rules, policies, and procedures - Ensure all work is performed safely and Regulations are being adhered to The successful candidate would have: - Experience in pipeline construction and/or facility construction/ maintenance - Strong organizational skills to align manpower, tools, equipment, and project resources - The ability to multi-task. - Understanding of the Saskatchewan Boiler Branch regulations and Z662 would be an asset.

We will offer a wage based upon experience and ability, a charge out bonus, as well as a group beneÀts package and pension plan. You will also be home every night, along with a rotating weekend schedule. If you’re interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to jon@jmlc.ca, or fax (306) 842-6560. You can check out our website at www.jerrymainilltd.com

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OPERATIONS MANAGER Turnbull Excavating requires the services of an Operations Manager. Reporting to the President, the Operations Manager will work with senior management overseeing and managing the corporate affairs of the construction and concrete divisions of the company. Persons interested in this position must be capable of managing growth and be a key component in developing, promoting, and planning for future expansion. In addition the operations manager will work with managers and employees on day to day functions plus direct human resources, recruiting, and Safety activities. Candidates should have a broad base of education and training in Ànance, marketing and administration duties. Sales and purchasing experience would also be a deÀnite asset. A relevant combination of experience and training will also be seriously considered. Compensation package to commensurate with experience. Turnbull Excavating Ltd. is a privately owned Estevan company operating since 1984 and currently employs 50 plus people in various construction activities

Please forward resume to: Turnbull Excavating Ltd. Attention: Patrick Boyle Box 788, Estevan, SK, S4A 2A6 or email to pat.turnbullexcavating@sasktel.net

EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST Baker Hughes serves the worldwide oil and natural gas industry with reservoir consulting and products and services for drilling, formation evaluation, completion and production. We are leading provider for high-performance technology that creates value from oil and gas reservoirs. Virtually every product and service we provide is designed to lower costs, reduce risk or improve productivity during activities directly related to hydrocarbon extraction, advancing reservoir performance. Baker Hughes operates in over 90 countries serving independent, international and national oil companies. Our service network is organized into 23 Geomarkets operating in 9 regions and 2 hemispheres. Region and Geomarket management teams work to understand customer needs and coordinate delivery of individual products and comprehensive service solutions that include the right Baker Hughes technologies for the project. Baker Hughes offers opportunities for qualiÀed people who want to grow in our high performance organization. We are currently recruiting for an experienced Equipment Specialist to join the Baker Hughes team in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: Under direct supervision, develops and applies basic knowledge of standardized procedures, performs routine maintenance on tools, units, guns, and support equipment. Replaces expendable part, gaskets, seals, lines, Àttings, explosives, radio-active supplies, etc. May pick up equipment at the rig site, test or reÀt equipment off the shelf. Conduct all business activities in accordance with Baker Hughes Health Safety and Environmental policies, Legal Compliance requirements and Baker Hughes Core Values. Successful applicants will possess the following: Skill/Knowledge Mechanical aptitude Good verbal and written communication skills Education/Experience/Training High School Diploma or equivalent Entry level At Baker Hughes we make a commitment to the success of each individual team member. We offer beneÀts to chart your career path such as training, specialty assignments, crossfunctional team projects, and much more. Additionally, Baker Hughes offers you the Áexibility - and opportunities - you need to achieve your career goals. Interested applicants are encouraged to please visit our website at www.bakerhughes.com/careers and explore one of the many other opportunities that we have to offer in other locations that you may be eligible for. Fax or Email Resume Attention Jerry or Josh Fax: 306•636•1650 carrie.wanner@bakerhughes.com 83 Devonian St. ~ Estevan, SK


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341 Imperial Avenue Estevan, Saskatchewan S4A 2H8 Fax: 306-634-2606 Email: estevan@guardianoil.com No phone calls please.

PowerTech Industries Ltd. in Estevan is seeking Journeymen Electricians and Apprentices for work in the Southeast Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Industry. Experience: 1 year (preferred) Safety Certificates are needed. 1st Aid/CPR, H2S, WHMIS. Applicants must have a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. Oilfield background preferred. 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 sschoff.pti@sasktel.net or drop off resume to 62 Devonian Street, Estevan, SK.

Location: Middle East For the following positions:

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Precision Well Servicing As Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest well servicing contractor with 199 service rigs, Precision Well Servicing (PWS) provides customers with quality staff and equipment to provide a full slate of services including; completions, workovers, abandonments, well maintenance, high-pressure and critical sour-well work and re-entry preparation. In Estevan we are looking for the following positions:

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Calfrac has grown from a small oilfield services company to an international leader in fracturing and coiled tubing well services.

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or fax: 780.955.2008

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Offering 2 Range III Top Drive Single Rigs and 5 Conventional Range II Single Rigs


PIPELINE NEWS November 2011

Career Opportunities Total OilÀeld Rentals

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1A, 3A Drivers/ Owner Operators

Brady Oilfield Services LP. Weyburn, Halbrite and surrounding area. OilÀeld Safety CertiÀcates an asset but not necessary. BeneÀts package available.

Forward Resume and Drivers Abstract

P.O. Box 271 Midale, Sask. S0C 1S0 Fax: (306) 458-2768 sjuravle@brady.sk.ca kbrady@brady.sk.ca

Fax: (780) 872-5239

in Midale and Carlyle is now hiring

-Picker Operators -Bed Truck Drivers

OVER 50 YEARS STRONG IN OILFIELD CONSTRUCTION A R N E T T & B U R G E S S Oilfield Oilf O Oi lfie lf ie ld Construction ield C on onst st ruct stru ru ctio ct ion io n Limited Limi Li mi ted mite te d

• Top wages offered, beneÀts available Interested individuals can fax resume to:

Midale Phone: 458-2811 Fax: 458-2813

Carlyle Phone: 453-4401 Fax: 453-4402

NOW COME JOIN OUR TEAM!

All positions require previous experience in Pipeline Construction. Previous experience on Pipeline Integrity projects is an asset.

• PIPELINE LABOURERS • PIPELINE FOREMAN • SUPERINTENDENTS • HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS • WELDERS HELPERS • WELDERS WITH B PRESSURE • PIPE FITTERS

We’re hiring for various Pipeline construction projects in the Regina area. (A Division of Total Energy Services Ltd.)

CONSTRUCTION LTD. EXCAVATING, SAND AND GRAVEL • REDI-MIX CONCRETE Glen Peterson Construction, SK leader in aggregate, trucking concrete construction and sewer and water installations, is growing. Immediate openings for:

Over 50 years strong, Arnett & Burgess Oilfield Construction Limited safely provides quality pipeline construction, facility installation, pipeline integrity, custom fabrication, maintenance and related contruction services to the energy industry.

Driver, 2 positions: Experience with tandems, belly dumps, loaders, A-Train, and B-Train. 1- licence required. Looking for a long term opportunity? Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Sam at 421-1168 Concrete Truck Driver, 2 Openings: Must have 3-A Licence, Wage $22 - $24/hour depending on experience. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Ken at 4217119 Glen Peterson Construction Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a safe, drug-free workplace. We offer excellent wages and beneÀts, plus overtime, incentives and bonus.

Glen Peterson Construction Ltd. 314 - 6th Street, Estevan, SK S4A-2V7 Ph: 306•634•2741 Fax: 306•634•4643

Required Certifications Driver’s License Ground Disturbance – Heavy Equipment Operators only

We have been awarded the opportunity to supply a number of Inspectors to upcoming Main Line Pipeline Projects.

Sewer & Water Labourers, 4 Openings: $15 -$17/hour depending on experience. Phone Tyler at 4213474

Concrete Labourers, 3 Openings: Must have reliable transportation, Wage $15 - $17/hour depending on experience. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Sam at 421-1168

H2S Alive Standard First Aid & CPR

I NSPECTORS N EEDED

OfÀce Dispatcher: Must be able to coordinate trucks, maintenance program of equipment, etc. Full time position. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Tyler at 421-3474

Concrete Foreman, 2 Openings: 2 years experience in all phases of concrete work. Wage depending on experience. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Sam at 421-1168

Preferred Certifications

For Inquiries please call: 403.290.7800

Technical Engineer: 2 years experience. Must be able to run lieca survey equipment. Full time. Wages depend on experience. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Tyler at 421-3474

Diesel Mechanic: 50-80K depending on experience. Must have tools. Experience in diesel, hydraulics, electrical systems. Welding ability preferred. Fax resume to Tyler 634-4643 or phone 421-3474

Compensation: Highly Competitive wages Overtime Daily Subsistence

Please submit your resume to : info@abpipeliners.com

For more details and other career opportunities please visit: www.abpipeliners.com

Safety Coordinator: Must have COR safety program and all safety qualiÀcations for Sewer and Water, Concrete construction and aggregate operations. Full time position. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Tyler at 421-3474

Equipment Operator: Experience in operating loaders, hoes, dozers, and crusher a deÀnite plus. Must be dependable. Full time position. Wage depending on experience. Fax resume to 634-4643 or phone Tyler at 421-3474

Hiring

We are looking for all levels of Facility and Pipeline Inspectors. Please email your resume to: info@tircanada.com We are currently looking for - Chief Inspectors

- Welding Inspector

- Senior Inspectors

- Civil Inspectors

- Coating Inspectors

- Electrical and Instrumentation Inspectors

- Utility Inspectors

TIR Canada Inc. Suite 501 - 5920 Macleod Trail SW Calgary , AB T2H 0K2 Office: 403.263.3929 Fax: 403.258.0444 Email: info@tircanada.com

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Career Opportunities JOURNEYMAN WELDER Experience in mig, tig and air arc welding preferred. Some of the many benefits to consider when applying for a position at Bert Baxter Transport in Estevan: â&#x20AC;˘ Full time, permanent employment â&#x20AC;˘ Full benefits packages available â&#x20AC;˘ Clean, safe work environment Interested applicants can fax to: 306-634-4258 or email: brenda.jensen@bbaxtertransport.ca

HEATER OPERATORS Needed for high volume frac Ă&#x2026;uid heating company. Competitive base salary, job bonus and living allowance. Clean driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abstact, H2S and First Aid required Class 1A or 3A License required

WeareFirstChoiceEnergyServices,partoftheFirstChoiceBusinessGroup,oneofthe fastest growing companies in Western Canada očering oilĎeld services, waste managementandequipmentrentalsinAlbertaandNorthDakota.Weareopeningan oĸceinSoutheastSaskatchewanandwearelookingfor2keymanagers: 

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TO JOIN OUR TEAM Email your resume to jerry.iws@sasktel.net Fax (306) 634-2607 - Ph (306) 634-2336 Box 490 (477 Devonian St.) Estevan, SK S4A 2A5

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PIPELINE NEWS Saskatchewan’s Petroleum Monthly

December 2011 Focus

SEISMIC Contact your Sales Rep to be a part of the focus edition

Over 28,000 circulation targeting the Oil and Gas Sector!

YOUR ADVERTISING TEAM

Cindy Beaulieu Sales Manager

Glenys Dorwart

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Teresa Hrywkiw

Kristen O’Handley

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SE Sask and SW Manitoba - for all of your advertising needs contact: Ph: 306.634.2654 Fax: 306.634.3934 Email: adsales@estevanmercury.ca

NW Sask - for all of your advertising needs contact: Ph: 780.875.6685 Fax: 780.875.6682 Email: daniela@pipelinenews.ca Daniela Tobler Sales Manager

SW Sask - for all of your advertising needs contact: Ph: 306.773.8260 Fax: 306.773.0504

Doug Evjen Sales Manager devjen@prairiepost.com

Stacey Powell

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“Your Drilling Rig Hydraulic Specialists”

Services we provide:

Sales & Service we provide:

• Parker Store • Full Machine Shop and Fabrication • 24 Hour Mobile Repairs and Testing • Complete System Design • Hydraulic Crane Repairs • Preventative Maintenance • Power Unit Fabrication

• Industrial & Hydraulic Hose and Fittings • Pumps & Motors • Valves • Cylinders • Pneumatic Controls • Winches • Pipe Handling Equipment

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Contact Information: Estevan Phone: (306)634-6743

Address: 69 Escana Street, Estevan, Sask. S4A 2H7

Regina Phone: (306)721-1559

Address: 259 McDonald St. N., Regina, Sask. S4N 5W2

Website: www.wil-tech.ca


Pipeline News November 2011