There aren’t many companies in the world that can do what Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd. does, and there’s a good reason for that. By specializing in tender drilling, Atlantica serves a select segment of the oil industry with drilling services that require a high level of skill and dedication.
Although the competition in this market is extremely limited, President and CEO Kerry Kunz explains that Atlantica nevertheless strives to be the best in the business, and the services it offers its customers make for drilling operations that are much safer and more effective than other types of development drilling.
Founded in 2007, Atlantica is a pure play tender assist contractor that specializes in development drilling from fixed platforms and Tension Leg Platforms (TLPs).

The global oil and gas market is in a downturn as many oil and gas producers have halted exploration and drilling activity because of the oversupply of oil in the market. ASCO Trinidad, however, is experiencing quite the opposite as a gas-exporting province with a number of new development projects on the horizon.
“The upstream industry is heavily investing in new development projects, which are intended to offset the declines in local gas production driven by natural reservoir declines and production interruptions,” says Bruce Mackenzie, executive director, Caribbean and South America. “ASCO is very busy at the moment and expects this to largely continue for a few years, at least.”

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.

The United Illuminating (UI) Company has a long and storied history as a regional electric transmission and distribution organization. It is one of the operating companies of the UIL Holdings Corporation along with The Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Berkshire Gas Company. 

Established in 1899 as a result of the merger of the New Haven Electric Company and the Bridgeport Electric Light Company, UI has approximately 317,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. UI is focused on transmission and distribution assets. There are approximately 800 employees at UI with around 1,850 employees as part of the UIL Holdings family. 

Ontario’s Red Lake district has been recognized as one of the richest gold-producing areas of North America for many years, but that doesn’t mean just anyone can move in and strike it rich. The geology of the area requires a lot of skill and expertise in order to capitalize on the rich mineral resources found in the ground, and it takes a very special combination of experience and knowledge to make the most of the opportunities the Red Lake district presents. 

Fortunately for junior exploration and development company Pure Gold Mining Inc., experience and knowledge are two things the company has in abundance. As President and CEO Darin Labrenz explains, the company was founded with a strong base of know-how specifically grounded in the Red Lake district. “One of our greatest strengths here is the depth of our senior leadership,” Labrenz says. 

Puma Energy has greatly expanded its operations in Puerto Rico since it arrived on the island in 2008. The company has evolved from a wholesale provider to independent service stations to become one of the island’s largest oil retail and storage providers.

“We’ve come a long way in a short period of time,” General Manager Victor Dominguez says of the company’s diversification and growth, which began in 2010, when it purchased and rebranded six of the independent – or “white flag” – service stations it supplied. The company the following year finalized the acquisition of the assets of Caribbean Petroleum Corporation (CAPECO), which had entered bankruptcy following the 2009 explosion of its oil refinery in Puerto Rico. CAPECO’s assets included 147 service stations and a terminal in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, which Puma Energy environmentally remediated and improved as the result of voluntary agreements it had made with the U.S. EPA and Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board. 

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