NexGen Energy Ltd. prepares for growing uranium demand

with its high-grade Arrow deposit in the Athabasca Basin.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Saskatchewan, Canada is the second-largest uranium-producing region in the world – representing 16 percent of global production, according to the Fraser Institute. In the midst of this uranium-rich province, acquisition, exploration and development company NexGen Energy Ltd. is working Canada’s largest development-stage uranium deposit.

Light Tower

Light Tower Rentals not only plans to expand its products and reach this year,

but also continue training employees to offer the best service to customers.

By Bianca Herron

John Avary and Ted Hogan started Light Tower Rentals (LTR) Inc. in 1994 as a diversified specialty equipment rental company focused on oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin area. Today, the Permian-based company services more than 500 companies in the energy and construction markets.

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Apex Remington forms two new supply partnerships to increase efficiencies on the oilfield

and realize cost-savings for its customers.

By Janice Hoppe

Apex Remington Inc. differentiates itself as a piping supply company by focusing on customer service. “We try to develop those relationships into more than just doing a business transaction,” Vice President of Operations Harry Smith says. “We want customers to feel like they are part of the solution.”

Texas Pacifico

Texas Pacifico Transportation takes on the monumental task of rebuilding

the Presidio-Ojinaga International Bridge in hopes of diversifying and expanding.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Transporting sand by rail to oil wells for use in hydraulic fracturing is more than 80 percent of Texas Pacifico Transportation’s business. To protect itself against market downturns in the future, the company is focused on diversifying the commodities it moves and upgrading infrastructure to do so.

Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan has become the largest energy infrastructure company in the United States, and Kinder Morgan Treating is a unique part of the multi-faceted corporation.

By Eric Slack

Everyone in the energy industry is well aware of the juggernaut that is Kinder Morgan. The largest energy infrastructure company in the United States, Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and approximately 180 terminals. Its pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and more. The company’s terminals store and handle petroleum products, chemicals and other products.

Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) is a publicly traded C-Corp and does not have any master limited partnerships. In August 2014, KMI announced that it would acquire all of the publicly held shares/units of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB) in an approximately $76 billion transaction. The transaction closed in November 2014. Kinder Morgan is now one publicly traded company with a ticker on the New York Stock Exchange of KMI.


Domino Highvoltage Supply draws on the resources of its parent company to expand its distribution services into large material management projects.

By Jim Harris

Early next year, work will begin on the Fort Mac West 500kv Transmission Project, an immense infrastructure project that includes adding approximately 500 kilometers – 310.6 miles – of new energy transmission lines within northern Alberta.

Procuring and managing the electrical lines, poles and other materials necessary for a project of this scale can be a highly daunting task. Domino Highvoltage Supply Inc., the company handling the procurement and material management for the Fort Mac West project, is more than up to the challenge.

“Material management for projects is a growing area of work for us,” says Peter Siemens, vice president of the Vancouver-based power product distribution company. “We are uniquely positioned to be one of the few companies that can manage projects like this start to finish.”

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When oil prices bottomed out, Tier 1 Energy Solutions had to quickly morph from startup to stability.
By Tim O’Connor

Tier 1 Energy Solutions had a plan when it started out in the oilfield services market. It was 2013 and the oil and gas industry in western Canada was booming. Crude oil was valued at nearly $100 a barrel when the company became fully operational in January 2014.  A year later, high oil and gas production pushed the price of a barrel below $50, drying up investment in the industry.

The initial business plan Tier 1 developed was tied to those higher oil prices and no longer applied. The company had expected a furious growth period as it ramped up services and capabilities while adding staff. But when oil prices bottomed out it had to pivot – fast. “You go from this rapid growth mode to we now have to get very stable, very quickly and adapt to this new market,” President and CEO Kevin O’Dwyer says. “We had to start to behave like a very mature company in a very short period of time.”

Trilogy Metals

Trilogy Metals, formerly NovaCopper Inc., seeks to develop the State of Alaska’s Ambler mining district into a significant copper producer.
By Chris Petersen

Known as America’s “last frontier,” Alaska still has a great deal of untapped potential in terms of resource development. Already the nation’s largest silver and zinc-producing state and the second largest gold producer in the United States, NovaCopper President and CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse says his company sees Alaska’s Ambler mining district as a great opportunity. “We want to add to that and become the largest copper producer in the country,” he says.

Van Nieuwenhuyse started NovaCopper in 2011 as a subsidiary of NovaGold, a gold-focused exploration company he founded 20 years ago. As NovaGold focused on taking its world-class Donlin Gold Project into permitting, Van Nieuwenhuyse and his exploration team remained focused on its relatively smaller projects in the Ambler mining district, known as the Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects (UKMP). To keep NovaGold and NovaCopper focused on their respective strengths, the decision was made in 2012 to spin NovaCopper off into its own independent entity.

Today, as the company marks its fifth anniversary, NovaCopper remains focused on its work on the promising UKMP. Recently, the company changed its name to Trilogy Metals Inc. in recognition of the company’s success in defining a diversified metals resource base of 8 billion pounds of copper, 2 billion pounds of zinc and over 1 million ounces of gold equivalents at the UKMP. Van Nieuwenhuyse says the company is excited about the possibilities for the future expansion of the UKMP metals endowment to the scale of the historic Mount Isa mining area in Australia. Thanks to the favorable environment for resource development in Alaska and the extensive experience of the company’s leadership, Trilogy Metals has the pieces in place to bring copper to a greater place of prominence in Alaska. “We hope we can develop mining operations in Northwest Alaska that will have mines producing well in excess of 25 to 30 years,” Van Nieuwenhuyse says.

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