Fort McMurray celebrates two decades as an ‘urban service area’ this year—a milestone that Mayor Melissa Blake says has been fueled by a combination of persistence, adaptability and patience. Previously known as ‘McMurray” from 1947 to 1962, council gave up the rank of ‘city’ and amalgamated with the local improvement district 143 to create the…

New Harber Coatings facility expected to quadruple productivity and offer valuable cost savings to oil and gas companies   Calgary, AB based Harber Coatings Inc. opens its new facility on May 1st, 2015. The exclusive manufacturer of InnoGUARDTM Flakeless Electroless Nickel Coating (ENC) is focused on significantly reducing replacement costs of parts, tools, and downtime…

The Owen Oil Tools ’ X-SPAN ™ Casing Patch system provides a heavy-duty permanent seal over splits, corrosion and perforations in tubing or casing and they are ideal for water shut off and zonal isolation. The metal-to-metal X-SPAN ™ seal is engineered for high temperature applications while yielding the highest burst and collapse pressure ratings in the industry. They can be…

The Oil Sands Leadership Initiative’s Land Stewardship Working Group (LSWG) is focusing on sharing practices related to land reclamation in the boreal forest such as minimizing soil disturbance, using coarse woody debris and planting trees. “Sharing best practices is critical to improving our overall performance in reclaiming land affected by oil sands operations,” says Jeremy…

STEP Energy uses Mentor Fleet to improve operations STEP Energy Services in Calgary provides coiled tubing and fluid pumping services throughout Western Canada. When STEP launched their business, implementing a mobile workforce management system was at the top of their priority list. To meet their needs, STEP Energy chose Mentor Fleet™, a comprehensive mobile workforce…

OSLI collaboration bodes well for new oil sands group On March 1, 2012 leading oil sands developers, representing some 80% of all Canadian bitumen production, announced the formation of a new collaborative entity called COSIA, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance. COSIA will build on earlier industry collaborative efforts, including the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI). OSLI was formed in 2010…

With comp etition fo r investment dollars tightening since 2008, new US SEC reporting regulations in 2009, and unconventional plays invigorating the industry, the accuracy and effectiveness of reserves evaluations, reserves management, forecasting, risk analysis, budgeting and reporting have never been more important. The team behind Value Navigator, one of the most widely used engineering and evaluation software…