Oil & Gas
Directional drilling has been around since the 1920’s and is a process that has enabled water and sewer pipes as well as telecommunications and electric lines to be installed underneath roads, waterways, and hard-to-reach places across the United States. The drilling of non-vertical wells at multiple angles has also enabled the oil and gas industry to better reach energy reserves and minimize the environmental impacts of some wells. One directional drilling company based in Colorado specializes in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) using a fleet of trucks and portable equipment to support infrastructure projects all over the country.
This company travels to the construction site and prepares for the HDD project by digging a 10-foot deep holding pit. This 15’ x 15’ holding pit is filled with water and a submersible pump is inserted to transport spent drilling fluid up to a separator truck.
West Texas Premix Pits (WTPP) is a Midland-based surface rental company that manufactures and sells premix pits, trash pumps and safety showers to oil and gas drillers in the Midland–Odessa area. Recently, some of WTPP’s clients were looking for an efficient solution for recirculating and reusing the drilling mud necessary for drilling new wells.
Fluids play an integral role in oil and gas exploration and production. When a new well is drilled, some form of fluid is needed. The base of this drilling fluid, or mud, can be freshwater or saltwater (brine) or it may be an oil- or synthetic-based liquid. The type of fluid and the additives used are determined in part based on the composition of the rock being drilled into.
PABTEX, L.P., an affiliate of Kansas City Southern Industries, located in Port Arthur, Texas, is a major bulk commodity handing facility and vessel loading terminal, specializing in exporting petroleum coke which it receives by train from one of several refineries in the area. On their 29 acres of outside storage, PABTEX can store 500,000 tons of material before transferring the petcoke to shipping terminals for transport to global end users.
With the high price of petroleum, it is important to the bottom-line of U.S. producers to squeeze every dollar out of a barrel of crude oil. Every 42 gallon barrel produces 45 gallons of petroleum products. As you would expect, most of the petroleum is refined into gasoline (47%) followed by Heating Oil/Diesel Fuel (20%) and Jet Fuel (8%).