Products & Technology

May 29, 2018

Tested in Duvernay shale, Weir's new frac pump excels

BY Weir Oil & Gas In the Duvernay and Montney formations, the SPM QEM 3000 pump operated 16 to18 hours per day in temperatures averaging 20 to 23 degrees Fahrenheit at a frac pressure of 10,500 to 13,000 psi, average rod load of 206,250 to 233,750 psi. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Q&A: How the oil and gas industry compares in reducing carbon

BY Patrick C. Miller When it comes to technology investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., a new study from API shows that the oil and gas industry is at the top of the list. The study compares how the industry stacks up against other entities. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Thermo Fisher Scientific announces new two-in-one instrument

BY Patrick C. Miller The AutoXP, a new two-in-one instrument released by Thermo Fisher Scientific, is a flow computer that can also be used as a smart multivariable transmitter. It provides more control and connectivity than possible with two separate instruments. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

SandRidge, Advantage agree to deploy gas-to-liquids tech

BY Luke GeiverSandRidge Energy Inc. will deploy a gas-to-liquids technology in the Niobrara shale play of Colorado after agreeing with Dallas-based Advantage Midstream. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Shale gas gatherers add long-term commitments in SCOOP, Delaware

BY Luke GeiverWhiteWater Midstream continues to add big-name partners to its Delaware Basin pipeline created to move shale gas produced from the play. And Cardinal Midstream has more acreage dedication in Oklahoma. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Oilfield services market recovery too much for KLX to give up

BY Luke GeiverKLX Inc., a distributor of equipment to the aerospace industry and a service provider to the exploration and production sector, is selling its aerospace assets to aviation giant the Boeing Co. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Weatherford making strides in comeback from downturn

BY Patrick C. Miller Reduced costs, lower depreciation and an improved market environment are helping Weatherford International recover from the effects of the low-oil-price environment. CEO Mark McCollum said first quarter results show the company is on the right track. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Tally Energy Services acquires two Gearcon companies

BY Patrick C. Miller With the acquisition of Gearcon Inc. and Gearcon Drilling Tools, Tally Energy Services of Houston has added downhole drilling motors to the list of products it provides to shale oil and gas operators. The Canadian companies will relocate to Texas. READ MORE

April 22, 2018

Schlumberger optimistic in Q1 outlook on rebalanced oil market

BY Luke GeiverThe global oil market is back in balance, according to the world's largest oilfield services company Schlumberger. The lack of global stock builds and continued Russia, OPEC production cuts have the market in balance. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Trinidad Drilling changes plan to move rigs from Saudi Arabia

BY Patrick C. Miller Three drilling rigs that Trinidad Drilling had planned to move from Saudi Arabia to the Permian Basin will instead be sold. The Canadian company will sell the rigs for $30 million each and upgrade three other rigs for use in the Permian. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

TOTAL, Houston fluids provider partner to expand shale offerings

BY Atlas Oil Co, TOTAL Atlas Oil Co. is now a TOTAL Specialties USA Inc. authorized lubricants distributor, cementing Atlas' vision of a single-source service model of premium lubricants and bulk fuel supply for its customers in shale. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Frack sand facilities will serve Haynesville shale customers

BY Patrick C. Miller Two Performance Proppants facilities in Louisiana will be capable of producing 4.5 million tons of frack sand a year to serve the Haynesville shale play. The company has begun construction of a plant at River Ridge to complement its Hat Creek plant. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

Southern Stim brings longer lasting frack pumps to market

BY Luke GeiverWhen Southern Stimulation Technologies formed in 2017, co-founder Chad Hawkins said the company wanted to provide the pressure pumping industry with higher pressure, longer lasting pumps. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Oak Ridge National Lab probes the secrets of shale

BY Staff Scientists at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are studying the characteristics of and interactions within shale formations to improve the efficiency of oil and gas extraction. They discussed their work with North American Shale Magazine. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Materion releases downhole tech proven in Bakken, Permian

BY Materion Corp. This new coupling uses the same ToughMet alloy that has been proven to increase run times and production when used for sucker rod couplings in deviated wells in the Bakken, Permian and other shale plays. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Frack Fleet CEO: Decades of work remain in Permian

BY Luke GeiverA year into its existence as a publicly traded company, ProPetro Holding Corp. has secured its foothold in the Permian Basin. In 2017, the company grew employee headcount by nearly 100 percent. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania extend shale coalition

BY Patrick C. Miller The states of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are extending the agreement for the Tri-State Shale Coalition which enables them to jointly develop shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin. The goal is to grow businesses and create jobs. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

U.S. Silica acquires EP Minerals for $750 million

BY U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. U.S. Silica said the agreement last week to acquire EP Minerals for $750 million complements the company's oil and gas segment. EP Minerals manufactures industrial minerals used in the energy industry and a wide variety of other applications. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Bakken frack sand provider expands through $15M acquisition

BY Luke GeiverTexas-based Smart Sand Inc. is expanding in North Dakota's Bakken shale oil play. After announcing the processing capacity expansion of its Oakdale, Wisconsin frack sand mine early this year, Smart Sand will spend $15 million in the Bakken. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Liberty provides first update as public frack company

BY Luke GeiverIn its first earnings call as a public company, Liberty Oilfield Services' executive team explained its recent accomplishments, expectations for full-year 2018 and the general state of the frack market. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Oil and gas customer satisfaction leads to increased sales

BY Staff For oil and gas businesses that want to increase sales during times of higher oil prices, improving customer satisfaction could be the key. The 2017 Energy Benchmark Study found that looking beyond technical solutions can be profitable. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Dinosaur-era volcanic ash linked to shale oil and gas formation

BY Rice University Geologists at Rice University in Houston believe that the formation of U.S. shale oil and gas plays is related to ash deposits from thousands of dinosaur-era volcanic eruptions. Their study was recently published in Nature's Scientific Reports. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

New Chevron Phillips Chemical ethane cracker begins operation

BY Patrick C. Miller Chevron Phillips Chemical has begun operating what it bills as one of the largest, most efficient ethane crackers in the world along the Texas Gulf Coast. Company CEO Mark Lashier says the U.S. shale revolution created the need for the facility. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Dallas Federal Reserve establishes Energy Advisory Council

BY Dallas Federal Reserve The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has formed an Energy Advisory Council to provide guidance on emerging trends and issues affecting the energy industry. Industry executives from Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana will serve on the council. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Russians are attempting to influence U.S. energy policy, markets

BY Patrick C. Miller The Russian government is using social media in an attempt to influence U.S. energy policy and disrupt the production of shale oil and gas from fracking, according to a report from the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

Preferred Sands opens facilities to serve Eagle Ford shale play

BY Patrick C. Miller Pennsylvania-based proppant manufacturer Preferred Sands began operation of a frack sand mine and loading facility in Atascosa County, Texas, to serve operators in the Eagle Ford. The company will soon open another facility to serve the Permian. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

From Calgary to Oklahoma, STEP bolsters US frack ops

BY Luke GeiverSTEP Energy Services has made a $275 million move to become part of the growth story happening in the SCOOP/STACK play of Oklahoma. With a rig count increase of 103 percent over the last two years, the energy service provider wanted to invest there. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

MWD tool developer releases subsurface internet link for shale

BY Luke GeiverThe company’s work on the EM link, which sends waves with data through the earth from the bit to the surface, puts the company at the forefront of developing what it calls the subsurface internet. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

New shale tech: mobile resin coated proppant plant in Permian

BY Luke GeiverThe oilfield technology group of Hexion Inc. has great timing. The oil and gas arm of the greater chemical product developer recently unveiled a mobile resin-coated proppant manufacturing facility for the Permian. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Flotek releases new fluid tech tested and proven in Midland Basin

BY Flotek Industries Flotek Industries Inc., a developer and distributor of prescriptive chemistry-based technology, has announced the expansion of fluid products that were tested and proven effective in the Midland Basin. READ MORE