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Halker Consulting Named to ENR Mountain States’ ‘Top Contractors’ List for 2015

By Matt Halker

I am thrilled to announce that Halker Consulting has been named a “Top Contractor” for Colorado and Wyoming for 2015 by ENR Mountain States’, a regional publication of Engineering News-Record. What’s more, of the 66 firms ranked by ENR, we came in at number 11 for work done at the Wells Ranch Central Processing Facility in Greeley, Colo.

TOP_REG_DESGFIRM_MOUNTAIN-04_client_solidThis is an honor not just for the Halker engineers who worked on the Wells Ranch project – and there are many names on that list – but for everyone at Halker who has helped build the firm into the successful, award-winning place that it is. This is a reflection of the fantastic work being done every day by our innovative and collaborative employees and clients to support the oil and gas industry here in Colorado and nationwide, and is truly humbling for all of us.

ENR Mountain States serves as the virtual face of the engineering industry in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, offering news and information about the people and projects of the region and encompassing all facets of the development, design and construction marketplace in the Rocky Mountain West. Its annual lists of the top providers in the industry are based on annual revenues both at home and abroad and rank companies engaged in general contracting, specialty contracting, engineering, architecture, planning and studies work.

The Central Processing Facility at Wells Ranch was an $80 million project designed to help our client better manage the production flow at its multi-well sites and better capitalize on the value of advanced drilling technologies. The exponential increase in production from multi-well drilling meant there was more oil and gas to manage at its sites, and with that came an equally exponential increase in site risk and environmental impact. Halker’s design not only helped the client save on costs at the site, but the installation is now safer and more environmentally compliant. The Centralized Processing Facility significantly decreased the overall environmental impact of the site, reducing the overall footprint, minimizing air emissions and road use, and cutting down on water consumption.

Halker Consulting’s Midstream Design Featured at Bakken Conference

Halker’s environmental and site safety expertise was in the spotlight last week when firm client, Liberty Resources, featured our midstream work at the 2015 Bakken Artificial Lift Cost Reduction and Production Optimization Conference in Denver, Colorado.

In its presentation, Liberty specifically discussed the support Halker provided them throughout the site planning process and the role we played in helping them realize their cost savings and production optimization goals.

Take a look at the following slide from Liberty’s presentation:

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Now in its third year, the Bakken Artificial Lift Cost Reduction and Production Optimization Conference is dedicated to the optimization and cost reduction of production assets with a focus on identifying the areas of most costly expenditure without compromising production rates.

“As operators engage in new price-responsive strategies to react accordingly to the low oil price environment, the big push is on innovative cost cutting and the optimization of existing assets,” organizers wrote on the event website. “Whether switching to new chemical treatments to reduce failures, restructuring equipment to reduce surface facilities costs, or redeploying artificial lift to ensure every pump generates the most revenue possible per day, there are ways to reduce costs in both incremental and transformational ways from the production engineering perspective to ensure wells remain economic.”

Halker’s strategic field development practice helps clients plan and develop their engineered oil and gas facilities on a large scale, with an eye toward system optimization, site safety and regulatory compliance. This whole-systems approach helps well owners and operators to optimize and expand existing field systems, and strategically expand and develop new systems, for maximized production and profit through engineered solutions.

Engineering for Tomorrow: Facility Design as a Regulatory Planning Tool

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 6.28.44 PMGiven the ever-evolving nature of oil and gas regulations in this country, it is critical for producers to stay ahead of the game when developing their sites. Playing regulatory catch-up by replacing or updating existing equipment to remain in compliance is expensive, time consuming and it prevents the operator from focusing its attention on its long-term site planning needs.

Forward-looking engineering can help with this, by designing systems that exceed the standards called for in current environmental regulations, thereby ensuring that the facility will be compliant for some time down the road.

Case in point: Halker’s central processing facility (CPF) design was originally developed in 2012 in an effort to ease E&P site management, allow for safer installations and reduce the overall cost of site operation. But the design offers regulatory and environmental benefits as well. The consolidated and centralized processing facility significantly reduces the footprint of well sites, minimizes air emissions and reduces water consumption. Best of all, given the forward-looking approach of the design, as of 2015 Halker’s CPF remains compliant with:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s 40 CFR 60 Subpart O (Quad O) regulation that affects oil and gas exploration and production facilities that utilize hydraulic fracturing;
  • The State of Colorado’s Regulation 7, that imposes requirements that are stricter than Quad O; and
  • Expected 2015 revisions to Quad O that will add methane and ethane control requirements to the regulation which the CPF will be able to meet without any equipment or design changes.

By utilizing Halker’s forward-looking CPF design, operators can enjoy all of the efficiency and safety gains of a centralized system, along with the peace of mind that their facilities will remain compliant going forward.

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Halker Consulting Joins Denver Metro Chamber and the CEC

Proud Member of DMCC

Halker is proud to announce our membership in the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the CEC.

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Additionally, the firm is participating in the the Chamber’s Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC), a group formed in 2006, dedicated to strengthening the business climate in Colorado supporting all sectors of the energy industry — fossil fuels, renewable resources, energy efficiency, and conservation. Click here to learn more about the CEC.

Halker Featured in Oil and Gas Facilities Magazine

coverAn article written by Halker Vice President of Operations, Travis Hutchinson and Vice President of Business Development, Peter Dickey, has been published in the April 2015 issue of Oil and Gas Facilities magazine, available in print and online now.

[Click here to read the full article on Oil and Gas Facilities magazine’s site.]

Entitled “Value-Added Engineering: A Solution to a Down Market,” the article deals with the challenges currently facing the U.S. energy market — including falling prices, tightening margins and delayed exploration efforts — and how engineering can help operators address those challenges.

“In the short term, oil and gas firms need to find ways to cut costs and optimize their existing production efforts and debottleneck their systems to maximize available revenues from what they are already producing to maintain profitability until the market returns, all with an eye on future needs,” write Hutchinson and Dickey. “Prices are falling now, but are expected to rise again in the future. Operators need to know that they can make adjustments to expenditures now without sacrifcing future opportunities down the road.”

Among the engineered solutions that the authors recommend are cost reductions through process optimization, new revenue generation through debottlenecking, strategic site planning and pre-engineering to prepare for the eventual upturn.

“Oil and gas firms cannot give up on existing assets as a result of market pressures because it will cost more to get back into production mode later if they do. Maintaining a readiness to return to the market at higher production levels is key. Now is the time to work more effectively to extract maximum productivity from existing facilities by building value, maintaining flexibility, and improving efficiency.”

Click here to read the full article.

Improving Oil and Gas Well Performance With Modular Facilities Design

independence-point---bullet-4By Tyler Farley
Senior Project Engineer, Halker Consulting

Changes are coming to oil and gas development planning that have the potential to vastly improve the game for operators, cutting down on site development time, improving well efficiency and offering cost savings across the board. By taking a modular approach to oil field development, rather than designing each facility individually, operators are becoming better able to manage their type curves, plan their long-term equipment needs and maximize the overall efficiency of their systems.

These changes are driving significant improvements in both efficiency and cost savings. Not only do modular facilities designs enable operators to plan out their entire oilfield developments in advance, maximizing overall production by limiting downtime and easing ongoing site management, but this approach also incorporates type curve planning, allowing for more efficient, better organized installations. Further, modular site designs are simpler to build, cutting down on build out, well preparation and maintenance time. In terms of cost savings, modular sites enable operators to order equipment in bulk, thereby saving on upfront costs.

The key ideas behind the modular oilfield are threefold: repeatable, consistent and interchangeable. The goal is to minimize field construction by using prefabricated, pre-designed pieces of equipment that are built on assembly lines with standard options in place. All the operator has to do is order up the pieces they need and effectively plug them into their system. In theory, that’s all there is to it.

These types of systems are great because they offer quick, cost effective solutions, but they can be challenging because updates and changes aren’t always easy when systems are shared site-wide and designs are in the hands of a single modular manufacturer. Fortunately for operators, there are other options.

One step beyond this is fit-for-purpose modular design. By taking an operator’s existing facilities and “modularizing” them, sites can be built that include both modular pieces as well as custom-designed equipment. This way the operator still owns their own equipment designs that they can take to any manufacturer for production, leaving them in control of their equipment rather than being beholden to any one modular designer. It’s like buying a car off the lot versus going online to build and price a custom car.

And that brings us to adaptable modularity, which is the use of adapters to fit off-the-shelf pieces together with existing equipment. This is the best of both worlds: Lower-cost modular pieces adapted to work with proprietary customer systems. Facilities are becoming more complicated, so we need to adapt existing pieces from established providers to work with new parts. It’s about adapting standard equipment to your needs in a scalable, interchangeable, and safe way.

Why do these equipment trends matter to the industry at large? More than six decades after it was first introduced to the market, hydraulic fracturing is now a mainstay of the U.S. oil and gas industry and has emerged as a key technology in the nation’s push for energy independence. We are finally in a position, thanks not only to rich product reserves in the lower 48 states but also new techniques that allow us to fully exploit these reserves, to meet all of the United States’ energy needs, both today and well into the future. Hydraulic fracturing is at the heart of this opportunity. With that promise at stake, now is the time to improve on these decades-old production techniques in order to maximize their efficiency and ensure long-term cost savings for operators

The modular oilfield is a key step in this direction.

‘Volatile’ Bakken Crude Is Raising New Regulatory Questions for Operators. We Have Answers

MultiBlueFixedBy Scott A. Stewart, Regional Manager, North Rocky Mountain

Oil and gas companies operating in the Williston Basin of North Dakota have a challenge.

Production in the region has grown by leaps and bounds, but with limited pipeline takeaway capacity, 70% of all crude moving out of the state is transported by rail. Unfortunately, rail transport of hydrocarbons can be dangerous – with derailments, spills and explosions in parts of the U.S. and Canada making the news this past year.

Starting in 2015, regulators with the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) are stepping in, mandating strict new processing rules designed to minimize these risks. The new regulations, based on the belief by some that Bakken crude is more volatile than products from other basins, will require operators to soon begin treating their hydrocarbons in an effort to remove the more volatile light compounds from the oil and reduce the overall vapor pressure. This, it is believed, will make rail transport of these hydrocarbons safer.

As it stands right now, operators only have until April 1, 2015 to come up with a conditioning solution to treat their oil before the new regulations take effect.

So what are the options?

Optimize existing facilities: In order to effectively “boil off” the light hydrocarbons to meet the NDIC vapor pressure standards, operators will need to heat their oil to a certain temperature during the separation phase. But, heat it too much and you’ll boil off the heavier products as well, eating into your profit margins. In order to strike the proper balance, operators will need to know how much heat input is optimal for their systems in order to remove the lighter hydrocarbons safely and efficiently.

Install new equipment: Operators that don’t already have the needed phase separators and heater treaters in place to accomplish this type of conditioning will need to design, procure and install those systems in early 2015.

At Halker, we are committed to finding the most economic and straightforward solutions to our client’s challenges. The NDIC Crude Conditioning order has not required much adjustment for Halker’s current producer clients in the Bakken. For instance, all of Halker’s surface facilities designs in the region had already included the proper equipment to meet the oil temperature heating requirement. System modeling was simply performed to find and implement the optimum settings.

How can Halker help?

For those producers having to comply with the vapor recovery requirements related to higher pressures, Halker Consulting is uniquely prepared to evaluate your system and recommend the best path forward. Halker can identify the most cost effective equipment specifications, when needed, and incorporate those components into your existing facility in a way that maximizes safety, ease of use and efficiency. We will stay with you through installation and startup, evaluating and balancing your system so that best results are achieved.

Each wellpad is unique, and there may be other avenues to approach these new compliance requirements without vapor recovery systems or other costly pieces of equipment depending on your individual needs.

Halker Consulting is committed to helping producers in the Bakken adapt to these new regulations. We can study and assess your situation and offer individualized, custom solutions to manage your production and conditioning flows up to, through, and after the implementation phase of these regulations. Contact me for more information.

Value-Added Engineering: The Oil and Gas Industry’s Answer to a Down Market

Oil and gas prices are falling in the U.S. due to a range of larger economic forces – including product oversupply and fluctuating demand – leaving many producers with some hard choices to make in the event of further revenue reductions. Among other risks in this changing market, operators now face lost profits, shifting facility needs and changes to their long-term site and production plans.

Left unchecked, this represents a significant and potentially long-term risk for operators, processors and the U.S. energy industry at large.

In the short term, oil and gas firms need to find ways to cut costs and optimize their existing production efforts, debottlenecking their systems to maximize available revenues from what they’re already producing, in order to maintain profitability until the market returns, all with an eye on future needs. Prices are falling now, but will certainly rise again in the future. Operators need to know that they can make adjustments to expenditures now without sacrificing future opportunities down the road.

Fortunately, value-added engineering can be part of the solution.

How? By helping energy operators cut costs and raise revenues in innovative ways. By leveraging proven approaches to midstream engineering to help with these pricing challenges, operators can retrofit existing facilities, better plan new installations, and ensure economic operation of sites in both current and future market conditions.

Cost reduction through process optimization: Existing systems can be improved by focusing on efficiency improvements, addressing product quality needs and eliminating redundancies. The overall goal of process optimization is to reduce the cost of production at existing sites and reduce long-term maintenance needs.

Revenue generation through de-bottlenecking: By bringing more to market, operators can increase potential revenues from existing sites by both increasing production and adding new products to the mix. Where is production currently being held back? Done right, engineered de-bottlenecking can allow operators to make more money with their existing resources.

Strategic site planning: Would shifting to prefab or modular facilities help with overall system efficiency and cost? This approach can be used for both retrofit applications as well as new builds, minimizing the cost of construction.

Pre-engineering to prepare for the eventual upturn: By taking market dynamics into account, operators can make better decisions and investments with their sites, preparing both for a changing market and a changing regulatory environment. Smart preparations made now with targeted engineering and regulatory awareness can, and will, pay dividends down the road.

Oil and gas firms cannot give up on existing assets due to market pressures, as it will cost more to get back into production mode later if they do. Maintaining readiness to return to market at higher production levels is key. The time is now to work more effectively to extract maximum productivity from existing facilities, by building value, maintaining flexibility and improving efficiency.

Halker names Peter Dickey to its Executive Team as Vice President of Business Development

Peter Dickey - Santiago (Sep'11)Halker Consulting has added to its leadership team, naming industry veteran Peter Dickey its new Vice President of Business Development. Dickey is now based out of Halker’s headquarters in Englewood, Colorado.

Dickey, a Chemical Engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has more than 35 years experience in the refining, oil and gas, petrochemical, industrial gas and minerals processing industries. Over the course of his career, he has progressed through roles of increasing responsibility from Process Engineering, Project Management, Quality Management, Business Development and Engineering Management.

“I could not be more excited to be joining Halker at this point in its history,” Dickey says. “The firm is growing exponentially and has emerged as a key service provider to the oil and gas industry, both here in Colorado and nationwide. It is an exciting time for the U.S. energy industry and I believe that Halker is well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities moving forward.”

Prior to Halker, Dickey spent 25 years with Jacobs Engineering, working on projects in South America, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona.

“Bringing Peter Dickey on board as our Vice President of Business Development is a big step in the ongoing evolution of our firm,” says Halker Consulting founder Matt Halker. “With his long industry experience and deep energy know-how, Peter is helping us not only reach out to new clients but also better understand what we can offer the modern oil and gas industry, which will help set us up for growth in the future. We’re thrilled to have him in the office and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Halker Consulting Vice President of Operations, Travis Hutchinson, agrees.

“Now, with Peter Dickey as a key member of our leadership team, we are well positioned to build on our existing business development efforts with an eye toward the future,” Hutchinson says. “Given his diverse industry background, he brings a unique, wide-angle perspective to this role that will serve the firm and its clients well, both now and down the road.”

Halker Consulting Named Finalist for “Engineering Company of the Year” Honors at Oil and Gas Awards

oilgasawards-logoHalker Consulting is proud to announce that it has been named a finalist in the 2015 Oil and Gas Awards’ “Engineering Company of the Year” category for both the Rocky Mountain and Gulf Coast regions. The Rocky Mountain winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Denver, CO on March 10th, while the Gulf Coast winner will be announced at a similar event in Houston, TX on March 19th.

Halker Consulting was named the Rocky Mountain region’s “Engineering Company of the Year” at the 2014 Oil and Gas Awards.

“It is a great honor to have been named a finalist in not one but two regions of the Oil and Gas Awards this year,” said Halker Consulting founder, Matt Halker, P.E. “We have worked hard over the past year to expand our reach nationwide by serving clients well beyond the Rocky Mountain West, and this recognition is proof that this strategy has not gone unnoticed. This is an exciting time for the entire U.S. oil and gas industry, and we are humbled to have been included as a finalist amongst this world-class group of engineering firms.”

According to the event organizers, the 3rd annual Awards act “as a platform for the oil and gas industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of environmental stewardship, health and safety, efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility.”

Details about the Oil and Gas Awards and a full list of finalists are available at www.oilandgasawards.com.

Retrofitting Facilities: The Answer for Increased Oil & Gas Processing Loads?

Screen-Shot-2014-07-16-at-12.28.40-PM-936x310These are busy times for U.S. oil and gas producers. Prices are up, demand is rising, and the market for domestic sources is riding high. As a result, production volumes for oil and gas in many North American energy basins are reaching new record highs, with almost no end in sight.

Unfortunately, energy producers in many parts of the country are discovering that their existing facility installations are not capable of supporting today’s heavier production volumes. Oil and gas production facilities that were built in the last few decades simply weren’t designed to handle what the market now supports, and these limitations are forcing many producers to leave money on the table.

As a result, operators are now scrambling to upgrade their sites in order to supply enough oil and gas products to the market, calling on skilled engineers to conceptualize, test and oversee these retrofit projects. For example, in 2014, a leading independent energy company approached us for help retrofitting its existing compressor station facilities in an effort to support its growing production volumes.

The problem: The Client did not have enough compressor capacity at its facilities to handle the stream volume it now needed to produce. Compressor stations manage the pressure of the oil and gas products in the system during processing. Low pressure is needed at the wellhead to maximize efficiency, but higher pressures are needed further along the line to both extract the desired products from the raw stream and send it all where it needs to go, often over great distances.

The solution: The first step in retrofitting The Client’s compressor station layout was reviewing the installation that was currently in place, analyzing both what the system was currently capable of handling as well as what changes would be needed. How would the new compressors communicate and coordinate with the other equipment at the site? Which one would be the main compressor and which one the backup? Which one would handle the 100% load and how would the others vary? With that decided, a new system layout was created, regulatory issues were ironed out, and parts for the new setup were procured and installed.

The results: After incorporating Halker’s compressor station upgrades at the plant, The Client saw a range of economic and production benefits.

Increased processing load: The Client owns more than 2,000 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines in North America and operates some 240,000 horsepower of compression serving the oil and gas industry. By adding to that capacity, The Client is now able to process more natural gas, from more sources, than it was previously.

Minimal downtime: By working with Halker to both retrofit its existing compressor facilities as well as convert readily-available equipment for natural gas compression, The Client was able to reduce what could have been a six-month project to one lasting less than six weeks. That limited the downtime for The Client’s systems and ensured that they were able to get back online at the new, higher capacity in the shortest amount of time possible, minimizing the project’s impact on The Client’s bottom line.

Land use: Halker’s compressor station designs for The Client’s sites made use of all available space, maximizing the potential value of each facility without forcing The Client to acquire more land in the process.

Scalability: By incorporating skidded equipment into its compressor station designs, Halker was able to provide The Client with a truly modular facility design that can be scaled up or down in the future as production needs and equipment availability fluctuate.

Here’s Why Oil and Gas Operators Should Start Thinking About Helium

halker_webBy Matt Halker, PE – Owner and Consultant

As demand for domestic oil and gas has grown in recent years, the market has developed to such a point as to support even small production facilities in far-flung areas. As a result, operators are now partnering with innovative engineering firms to develop their new and existing assets, bringing once-unsustainable revenue streams back online.

Sometimes this doesn’t even need to involve petroleum products.

Case in point: Halker was recently called in to help retrofit a dormant facility in western Colorado. Built in 2001, the plant came with a nameplate processing capacity of 24 million cubic feet per day and was designed primarily to remove carbon dioxide and nitrogen from natural gas streams. But, at the time of conversion, the plant was grossly oversized for the amount of production that was available in the area. The client needed to “turn down” the processing level to fit with this new reality.

That wasn’t all. If the client had simply retrofitted the existing system to remove nitrogen via a different method, but at lower levels, it would still have been uneconomic. They needed a new revenue stream to make the whole project work.

The answer? Helium.

Why? Because helium is an extremely scarce element, especially in the U.S. There are only three places in the country that currently produce it — Amarillo, Texas; the Hugoton gas field in Kansas and Oklahoma; and Southwest Wyoming. It has long been known that Western Colorado also has helium in its gas, but the way that helium is traditionally removed from natural gas streams – a cryogenic process that takes the gas temperature below -300 degrees – is highly capital and energy intensive. It rarely has made sense for operators in Colorado to process it via this method.

But the helium processing system we implemented at this particular plant is more efficient and cost-effective than most. It can also be easily scaled as processing loads increase. As a result, the client now has a new, in-demand product to take to market at a minimal capital outlay.

Now that’s what I call smart growth.

Good Engineering Pays, It Does Not Cost. Here’s the Proof

HutchinsonBy Travis Hutchinson, VP Operations

You have to spend money to make money, that’s the old line.

But the truth is, in gas operations even a small investment in facility engineering can save operators dramatically when it comes to much larger capital investments.

Case in point: Halker recently worked with a client, an operator, that was experiencing less than optimal results from its new central processing facility and gathering system. It was part of a phased installation that was designed to ramp up to full production over the course of a year, but it wasn’t operating as expected or predicted and was already starting to max out just a few months into production. There was some concern that the entire system would have to be scrapped and replaced with a larger system capable of handling the eventual full loads.

So Halker was called in and we did a full breakdown of the engineering behind the system, measuring and understanding what was really going on. Turns out, the system was actually behaving as it should but several of the inputs were operating out of the predicted ranges, so the pressure entering the system was higher than what the sales statement said it should be. The set points weren’t being hit in terms of set pressures and temperatures, so it was throwing off the entire system.

The solution? All the client had to do was go back and upsize the tank vapor piping and add slots for additional compressing at the central processing facility for those tank vaporizers. They were able to make those corrections and bring the rest of the facility online safely. As of now, the facility is up to full production and everything is functioning as it should.

Cost for engineered adjustments: $1M-$2M

Savings versus replacing the entire system: More than $100 million

So, it might seem like a lot to spend to troubleshoot an existing system when problems occur, but proper engineering can save exponentially more down the road by negating larger adjustments.

Take a Look Inside Halker’s New Durango, CO Office

Halker Consulting has expanded its operations in the San Juan Basin region and, as a result, has moved into a new, larger office space in downtown Durango, Colorado.

The new office address is: 101 W. 11th Street, Unit 103, Durango, Colorado 81301

The office will serve San Juan Basin operators across western Colorado as well as in Utah and New Mexico. Take a look at the new space below.

 

Halker to Present at Denver Technical Symposium

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Halker Consulting vice president of operations, Travis Hutchinson, will present his technical paper on the challenges associated with gathering systems this week at Thinking Beyond the Drill Bit: Onshore Solutions, to be held Thursday, Sept. 25 at Sports Authority Field in Denver at 5pm.

The talk will focus on answering the question: “How can gathering systems be designed and operated in the most efficient manner?” Hutchinson will also discuss integrated development planning, the impact of operations at the wellhead on gathering systems, as well as the benefits and challenges of upstream/midstream integration.

The free event is sponsored by oil and gas engineering firm, Assured Flow Solutions, and is advertised as a technical symposium that will bring together  “the operations, facilities, and service providers to discuss the emerging challenges associated with increased well counts and productivity throughout the resource plays in the continental US. A shifting focus from resource evaluation to resource monetization brings about new issues that require both engineers and executives to think beyond the drill bit.”

Additional information about Thinking Beyond the Drill Bit: Onshore Challenges is available at http://www.assuredflowsolutionsllc.com/about/events/onshorechallenges.

Halker Launches New Emissions Estimator App for iOS Devices

Need to estimate the air pollutant emissions coming from the storage tanks at your oil and gas facility?

At long last, there finally is an app for that.

This week, Halker Consulting is proud to announce the launch of “Tank Emissions,” the first app available for iOS devices (including the Apple iPhone and iPad) that enables users to estimate their facility tank emissions on the fly, making it easy to determine whether their systems are within permit limits or if it is time to re-evaluate their installation with the help of a qualified engineer.

Click here to download a FREE copy of Tank Emissions from the Apple App Store.

Based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) AP 42 air pollutant emissions standard, the app simplifies a very complex set of calculations in order to give the user a rough estimate of the tank emissions for their facility. The results are not intended to be official or used when filing paperwork with the EPA, but are simply a guide so the user can see on what order of magnitude their tank emissions currently rate so they can decide on the best path forward.

“It’s a tool that we can use both with our existing clients as well as new clients,” says Eric Parvin, process department manager at Halker. “If they’re concerned about maybe having to add tanks at their facility, this app will make it very easy to pull up their numbers so that we can see what magnitude we’re talking about in terms of tons per year of emissions. The information can help them make important decisions about the future of their installations.”

Halker to Present at Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Denver

urtec_logo_headerHalker Consulting vice president of operations, Travis Hutchinson, will present his technical paper on multi-well oil and gas facility optimization this week at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

The conference is a joint event sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and is advertised as an “industry platform where key disciplines can come together in an integrated environment to learn about the latest technologies, trends and solutions for optimization of unconventional plays.”

The Halker presentation on Aug. 26 will examine the ways that well performance can be improved and maintained via the use of engineered, multi-well designs. It will outline the advantages of multi-well oil and gas systems, the hurdles that such installations face, and the solutions that are available right now to operators who want to move in this direction.

“The widespread adoption of offshore-born approaches by surface well operators, including directional drilling techniques and multi-well site facilities, has been game changing for the oil and gas industry,” Hutchinson writes in his associated paper. “These multi-well techniques will likely become the industry standard in the U.S. over the next several years, if they aren’t at that point already. Still, there is work to be done. To be successful, multi-well production facilities must leverage engineered surface facilities and equipment that provide the primary processing and conveyance for all of the directional oil and gas wells producing at a single site. These facilities need to be modular, they need to be optimized for each installation and application, and they need to be capable of supporting increased site production safely, effectively and over the full course of the type-curve.”

Additional information about the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, including last-minute registration and a schedule of events, is available at http://www.urtec.org.

Halker’s Multi-Well Expertise Featured in The Bakken Magazine

The Bakken Halker Consulting project engineer Tyler Farley was mentioned in the March 2014 issue of The Bakken magazine as part of the publication’s coverage of the first Bakken/Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference & Expo, which was held in Grand Forks, North Dakota in February.

“If the future of the Bakken revolves around larger spacing units or the development of energy corridors, then Tyler Farley … knows how to make it happen,” the magazine wrote, summarizing Farley’s conference presentation on the benefits of offshore-born techniques for onshore operators, including recent developments in multi-well facilities.

“In the Bakken and Eagle Ford, producers are still looking at ways to optimize well production,” Farley was quoted as saying. “New techniques are always being tried.” The article went on to highlight the importance of strong engineering as operators adopt multi-well techniques, as new technologies and retrieval infrastructure are still being tested and perfected.

Farley’s presentation at the Innovation Conference focused on the ways that multi-well facilities can help Bakken operators improve efficiency and safety at their sites. The event brought together exploration companies, independent operators, consulting engineers and other industry insiders for a wide-ranging discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing oil and gas producers in the Bakken.

The Bakken magazine is focused on “exploration and production, logistics, infrastructure and construction, and products and technology in and around the Bakken region.” The magazine says its audience includes oil and gas executives, drilling contractors, legislators, industry suppliers, organizations and key decisions makers in the Bakken oil play.

Halker Named One of The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces for 2014

TWP_Denver_Portrait_2014_AWEarlier this week, The Denver Post released its annual list of the Denver metro area’s top workplaces – a list that is based 100 percent on employee feedback and includes more than 130 local companies – and for the first time Halker Consulting made the cut.

I cannot overstate how proud I am of this accomplishment.

When we started Halker Consulting in 2006, we set out to not only create a world-class, full-service engineering firm but we wanted it to be a place that was focused on the well-being and happiness of the people who would come to work with us. We believed at the time – and still do – that a company is only as strong as its employees, and when they aren’t happy, aren’t empowered, the whole enterprise suffers. People can’t perform at their best if they don’t feel supported, don’t feel free to express their opinions, or don’t feel like they have the tools they need to do their best work.

This has not always been easy goal to reach. We’ve gone through a period of very rapid growth in recent years, and managing the transition from a small group to a larger one (we now have more than 100 employees spread across five offices) has taken a concerted effort on the part of everyone at Halker. We’ve all worked hard to maintain that small company feel by fostering an open, collaborative environment at all levels and by building our corporate culture around community, creativity and autonomy.

That’s why it’s great to hear comments from Halker employees like the three below, which were included as part of The Denver Post study.

“It is exciting most every day. The people I work with care about each other.”

“Great team atmosphere and support structure.”

“I find the flexibility, casual environment, and empowerment to be the best aspects of working at Halker Consulting.”

It’s simple; at Halker Consulting people come first. This recognition from The Denver Post is an honor in itself, but it is also a great reminder of what we all know to be true: this is a special place to come to work to every day and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve all accomplished these last eight years.

Halker Named “Engineering Company of the Year” at Oil and Gas Awards

By Matt Halker

From left to right: Travis Hutchinson, VP Operations; Matt Halker, Owner/CEO; Adam Murray, VP Business Development; Tyler Farley, Sr. Project Engineer; Jack Hamlin, Strategic Accounts Manager.

From left to right: Travis Hutchinson, VP Operations; Matt Halker, Owner/CEO; Adam Murray, VP Business Development; Tyler Farley, Sr. Project Engineer; Jack Hamlin, Strategic Accounts Manager.

Last night at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Denver, Colo. I accepted the award for “Engineering Company of the Year” at the annual Oil and Gas Awards gala for the Rocky Mountain region. The award is dedicated to “recognizing the outstanding achievements made within the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry; rewarding success and commitment to health and safety, environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.”

First of all, this is a tremendous honor and a credit to the work that our 100-plus employees do every day. Ours is a world-class team of innovative and collaborative professionals, all dedicated to supporting both our clients and the oil and gas industry as a whole, and none of these advances would be possible without their hard work and dedication.

Further, it also reflects the fact that we at Halker are on the right track when it comes to the engineering services and technologies we offer our clients. We’re providing answers to the oil and gas industry’s biggest questions, solutions to their biggest hurdles and are helping the U.S. energy sector build on its lead as the world’s premiere oil and gas producing region. This award, given in front of our industry peers, is proof of all that.

So how did we do it? We think our multi-well facilities expertise helped tip the scale.

Multi-well production facilities are the engineered surface facilities and equipment that provide the primary processing and conveyance for multiple horizontal oil and gas wells producing at a single site. Our approach to these systems leverages an innovative but proven modular approach to scalable, centralized and consolidated surface processing solutions that help operators capitalize on multiple well strategies. In short, our services help our clients improve safety at their oil and gas extraction sites, cut costs and minimize environmental impacts, all while maximizing potential profits.

Need proof? Consider the following case study.