Upstream

A strong discipline in Field Development provides well owners and operators the ability to make informed decisions across the lifecycle of their system infrastructure. This strategic approach helps to maintain maximum production and profit even in the face of market fluctuation and demand, reservoir lifecycle changes, and the implementation of new technologies.

Ultimately, approaching asset development in this way supports sustainable field production through:

  • Proactive planning and decision making
  • Timed deployment of hard assets and investments
  • Leveraging of new technology
  • Scaled growth of infrastructure
  • Reduced capital and operational costs
  • Reduced downtime & increased availability
  • Improved risk management
  • Improved Environmental Compliance

Our field development deliverables include critical operations designs such as:

  • Salt Water Disposal Well (Water Handling)
  • Multi-Well
  • Central Processing
  • Gathering Systems
  • Compression Stations

Midstream

Halker’s work in midstream oil & gas is focused on addressing the economic challenges that owners and operators are facing.

Value-added engineering can help cut costs and raise revenues in innovative ways, by leveraging proven approaches to midstream engineering such as retrofitting existing facilities, better planning new installations and using data to ensure economic site operation.

Halker’s midstream expertise can deliver:

  • Cost Reductions: Existing oil and gas collection and delivery systems can be improved by focusing on efficiency improvements, addressing product quality needs and eliminating redundancies.
  • New Revenue: Done right, engineered de-bottlenecking of oil and gas sites can allow operators to make more money with their existing resources at minimal cost.
  • Better Site Planning: Engineers can develop plans for both retrofit applications as well as new builds, minimizing the cost of construction as well as ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs.
  • Prepare For the Future: Become more strategic with your investments, preparing both for a changing market and a changing regulatory environment.

Gas Processing

As the American oil and gas industry moves away from single-well, vertical drilling techniques and embraces the opportunities available via directional drilling and multi-well sites, many energy firms are facing new challenges when it comes to processing the increased production loads that come with these expanded systems.

Halker’s engineered Processing systems can deliver a range of benefits, including:

  • Cost savings
  • Faster time-to-market
  • Safer facilities
  • Reduced transportation needs
  • Smaller environmental footprints

With the increased complexity in the upstream portions of the supply chain, the operational build-out and management of oil and gas fields have become strategic opportunities for individual energy companies, as efficiency, speed and agility have emerged as potential advantages in the marketplace. That’s where Halker comes in.

Halker offers expertise in sweet and sour gas treating to help clients tackle the increasingly complex challenges of unconventional production. Treating experience is available to meet a range of product requirements, including for pipeline or NGL recovery, and includes the following:

  • Mercury Removal
  • Acid Gas Removal
    • Chemical solvents (amines)
    • Physical solvents
    • Membranes
    • Bulk fractionation
  • Sulfur Removal
    • Includes removal of trace components including COS and mercaptans
  • Sulfur Recovery
  • Dehydration
    • Glycol
    • Molecular Sieve
  • Gas Compression
    • Acid Gas CompressionFeed
    • Gas Compression
    • Sales Gas Compression
    • Recycle Gas Compression
  • CO2 Capture

Halker can assist in technology selection and optimization for both for new and existing facilities, while keeping capital and operating costs, maintenance and operability in mind. Our experience extends into minimization of greenhouse gas emissions, including strategies for CO2 capture.

Downstream

Downstream Process Engineering

Once petroleum products have been extracted up-stream, and conveyed as necessary to where they are best used for processing, the Oil and Gas enters the “Downstream” disciplines to include facilities such as oil refineries, natural gas distribution companies, petrochemical plants, gas stations, and the like. These different organizations refine hydrocarbons into the products we know and use such as fuels, asphalt, fertilizers, plastics, rubber and more.

Halker’s work in downstream facilities focuses on optimizing existing facilities and processes. Due to the PSM classification of these facilities and increased emissions regulations, extra attention is required to ensure safety and environmental constraints are met. Halker can support refining and petrochemical facilities in Process, Instrumentation, Electrical, and Automation disciplines.

Our process optimization experience includes:

  • Refining – Operations
    • Crude / Vacuum Distillation
  • Hydrocracking
  • FCC
  • Reforming
  • Product distillation
  • HF Alkylation
  • Petrochemicals – Operations
    • Ethylene Oxide
    • Ethylene Glycol
    • Alkylation
    • Urethane Intermediates

Instrumentation and Controls:

In addition to process optimization, Halker can provide instrumentation packages and assist in process automation efforts. Safety instrumentation and control systems are common in Downstream facilities, and Halker can help develop related documentation (cause and effect diagrams, control narratives, etc.). Halker has designed and commissioned SIS control systems in DCS and PLC applications.

Facilities specific experience includes:

  • Instrumentation
    • Analyzers
    • General Instrumentation
      • Pressure
      • Temperature
      • Level
      • Flow
      • Nuclear level
    • Valves
  • Electrical
    • Area Classification
    • Power Distribution (Low / Medium voltage)
      • Switch Racks / MCC / Switchgear
      • Transformers
      • Duct Banks
    • Lighting
    • Grounding
    • Heat Tracing
  • Automation
    • Cause & Effect Diagrams
    • Control Narratives
    • PHA
    • DCS and SIS Installation and configuration

Automation

Complex multi-well pad deployments by oil and gas energy companies demand pre-planning, integrated design and comprehensive engineering of the entire site. Halker designs and engineers entire sites so that all elements work together as expected, leveraging automation technologies to increase efficiency, build simpler sites, and reduce the cost of operation. These systems are designed in from day one to ensure production optimization, safety, and environmental responsibility.

Halker’s integrated Automation services include:

  • Scoping, design and engineering
  • Specification, safety review, cause/effect analysis
  • Panel design and fabrication, factory acceptance testing
  • Installation, calibration, commissioning and start-up
  • Documentation, drawings, plans, schematics

Our Automation solutions are entirely turnkey, coming complete with:

  • Site electrical service
  • Wired/wireless instrumentation
  • Programmable controls
  • Data radio network
  • Hosting software
  • SCADA systems

Once installed, Halker helps ensure that Operators, Pumpers, and Managers are all trained on operating and maintaining automation systems and are given access to the wealth of remote information available from company assets within the network.

System Efficiency

Halker’s Site Optimization expertise is focused on developing oil and gas systems that are as effective and efficient as possible, helping well owners and operators eliminate waste and redundancies from their existing field assets to safely maximize field production and profit.

We map, model, and test oil and gas systems virtually, combining these simulations with our real-world experience to identify opportunities for engineered performance improvement in operations and production.

This is a four-step process that includes:

  • Whole Systems Modeling: We re-create entire production systems using today’s most powerful and sophisticated engineering design software systems.
  • Systems Scenario Testing: We then test system scenarios that include changes in well production, gathering strategies, processing and conveyance systems, as well as multiple system expansion strategies.
  • LEAN Analysis: Halker then looks for waste points in the system, including everything from redundancies, to bottlenecks and more.
  • Recommendations: We then work with clients to develop and prioritize the system solutions that will produce the biggest impacts on system performance.

Ultimately, our goals are to help our clients work faster, increase production, and better meet their strategic business objectives.

Modular Design

Halker’s facility engineering and design process leverages an innovative but proven modular approach to scalable, centralized and consolidated surface processing solutions that help operators capitalize on multiple well strategies.

By going modular, these facilities provide well owners and operators with a better approach to:

  • Safety: Halker’s significant experience in multi-well production innovation and modular systems design enables operators to help safely mitigate the risk associated with today’s increasing production volumes.
  • Cost and Profit: Less equipment is used for larger production values with no sacrifice in safety or systems quality.
  • Scalability: A modular approach to designing processing facilities can be configured to scale as the flows and pressures of the production mature.
  • Environmental Impact: Modular facility designs also offer a significantly decreased environmental impact, decreasing land impact by up to 80%. Less land use also allows operators to more readily acquire permits in highly regulated development areas.

Ultimately, Halker’s modular designs and equipment help owners and operators leverage new drilling technologies and lean system design safely and with the correct industry standards and compliance built-in.

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