Despite the downturn in oil and gas, EagleClaw Midstream Ventures has capitalized on opportunities to expand as a midstream energy services provider.

By Eric Slack

Since starting up operations in 2012, EagleClaw Midstream Ventures has become the largest privately held midstream operator in the Southern Delaware Basin in Texas. Led by a senior management team with deep roots in west Texas and decades of collective experience in the region, EagleClaw is focused on providing producers with rapid response time and flexible solutions that meet their infrastructure requirements on time and on budget so they can focus on their core businesses.

“In the last two years, we’ve grown from five employees to 50,” President and CEO Bob Milam says. “Our volume has grown and we’ve expanded our customer base, picking up some major players in the Delaware Basin. We are very excited about our growth potential through 2017.”

Building the System
EagleClaw is backed by $350 million in growth capital from EnCap Flatrock Midstream of San Antonio. Its core capabilities include natural gas gathering, transportation, compression, treating and processing. EagleClaw has invested heavily in its operational capabilities.

The company’s expertise at building pipelines and plants, optimizing output, locating markets and structuring deals helps it to stay ahead of development schedules. It also helps customers move product to high-value markets by providing midstream services that are aligned with their fundamental business objectives.

Today, EagleClaw owns and operates natural gas gathering and processing facilities primarily in Reeves County, Texas. These facilities serve producers targeting stacked pay zones in the Delaware Basin, including the Upper and Middle Wolfcamp, Bone Spring and the Avalon Shale formations. The company has 332 total miles of pipeline and 30,360 total field compression horsepower with a total processing capacity of 120,000 MMcf/d and a total processing capacity under construction of 200 MMcf/d.

“We’ve seen drilling activity around us increase at a time when much of the nation has shut down,” Milam says. “We’ve also seen pipe installation costs drop dramatically. That is what has allowed us to grow and make significant investments and acquisitions.”


Contour Highwall Mining looks for new opportunities to help coal mining operations worldwide.
By Chris Petersen

The energy market in the United States has been in a state of flux for the last few years as the federal government has attempted to focus on alternatives to traditional fuels like coal. For companies that serve the coal mining industry like West Virginia-based Contour Highwall Mining, the current climate has made it necessary to seek new opportunities outside of the United States. CEO Dave Bundy says that although the company sees a few signs that the coal industry is starting to recover from the downturn of the last several years, Contour Highwall Mining isn’t betting everything on the domestic market.

Bundy started out in the auger mining business in 1985, serving the coal industry in Pennsylvania for many years before branching out into West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama and Kentucky. In 2000, Bundy formed Contour Highwall Mining to provide highwall mining services to coal mining companies. Since then, the company has bolstered its services by acquiring a total of 10 highwall mining companies, providing Contour Highwall Mining with extensive capabilities and an extensive footprint in the coal mining industry. “We’re basically a support for highwall mining, with the addition of our rebuild shop,” Bundy says.

Contour Highwall Mining has been able to weather the storms currently affecting the coal industry so far thanks to its stellar track record and proprietary technology, according to Bundy. Nevertheless, the company is preparing for the future by looking at international markets. Bundy says the company hopes the expansion will open up new opportunities and drive its continued success in the future.


Babcock Power continues to innovate in the mature environmental services and equipment market.
By Tim O’Connor

The world keeps getting a little cleaner every day. The Clean Air Act of 1970 and its updates in 1977 and 1990 set the standards for pollutants and the responsibilities that companies had to the environment. The law also created opportunity for businesses that could help manufacturers and energy produces adhere to those standards by providing and installing pollutant-reducing equipment.

The global market for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for coal-fired plants was projected to grow 8.4 percent between 2013 and 2018, according to a 2014 study by firm Research and Markets. SCR systems use a chemical reaction to break down nitrogen oxide gas into water vapor and nitrogen

It is within this emissions control space that Babcock Power Environmental has focused its efforts for the past two decades. The OEM provides complete solutions for the world’s power generation, industrial, environmental and waste-to-energy markets. Much of its work involves designing and installing equipment for coal-fired plants, which are subject to tight emissions control. Those regulations can change depending not only on scientific understanding but which politicians are in office at the time.

To best serve its customers, Babcock Power must stay ahead of those changing standards. “We react to regulations that are promulgated in Washington,” Babcock Power Environmental President Jim Dougherty says. “We adjust our markets based on the regulations and the needs of the industry.”

For the past 40 years, Schuff Steel has been building some of the largest, most complex projects in the country. Founded in 1976 by David Schuff and son Scott Schuff, Schuff Steel has grown to become the nation’s premier provider of structural steel fabrication and erection services, leveraging a robust in-house design/assist and design/build engineering group to deliver the most cost-effective steel designs.
Schuff Steel’s impressive project resume includes several professional sporting venues such as Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver; University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.; Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.; Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.; Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.; and Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. Schuff Steel also has made significant contributions to the Las Vegas strip, providing structural steel services for notable projects such as The Palazzo Resort and Casino, CityCenter Resort and Casino, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Paris Hotel and Casino including the impressive half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower.

After a decade, SAExploration has the experience to serve its clients in remote and complex environments. “We offer a wide variety of services, that include project planning, permitting, program design, camp services, survey, drilling, recording, processing and logistics management,” Scott says.
Headquartered in Houston, SAExploration offers vertically integrated seismic data acquisition and logistical support services to national, international oil companies, mining and other industries. “The company started operations as South American Exploration in Lima, Peru, in 2006,” he says. “In 2011, [it] changed [its] name to SAExploration and incorporated in Delaware, U.S.A.”
Over time, it added offices in Bogota, Colombia, in 2008; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Brisbane, Australia, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 2010. SAExploration also established its North American seismic operations with the purchase of Datum Exploration in Calgary, and Northern Exploration Services in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2011.

During the nearly two decades that Bill Reimer worked for Burlington Northern Railroad, he gained the experience necessary to own his own short-line railroad company. Unfortunately, he had the desire but not the financial resources to purchase such a company. It wasn’t for lack of trying.
“I was very busy,” Reimer recalls. “I was working 20 hours a day. I was trying to generate the cash. Ultimately, I realized it was not a good value.”
Instead, Reimer put his expertise to work in another segment of the industry and founded R&R Contracting. “I was very familiar with track construction and repair,” Reimer says. “I also know safety.” Additionally, Reimer understands how to operate railroad equipment and possesses valuable industry insights, he says.
He combined those advantages – together with strong technical and business savvy and experience in strategic planning, business-unit development, project and product management and rail-engineering strategies – and decided to form R&R Contracting.
Simply put, Reimer believed he could provide a better product for a more reasonable price than other rail contracting companies, he says. “I decided to do railroad construction,” Reimer says.

Natural gas production is booming in the United States thanks to hydraulic fracturing of wells, but exploration and production companies need strong midstream partners to get their product to customers. That need was the occasion for the creation of PennTex Midstream Partners LP in January 2014.
PennTex’s management team has a long track record of building and operating successful midstream companies. Through strategic partnerships with exploration and production companies, PennTex links producers to downstream markets for natural gas and its components and ultimately to the industrial, commercial and residential end users. PennTex offers gathering, processing, residue gas transmission and liquids take-away for each of its customers’ specific needs.

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