Category: Eagle Ford Oil Education

Land Rig Catwalks – Eagle Ford Education Series

What is a Catwalk?  No, we’re not referring to the elevated platform or runway used by models to demonstrate clothing and accessories during a fashion show. We’re not even referring to an elevated walking bridge that runs between merchant vessels or in factories.

This a a oil rig Catwalk.  It facilities raising the drill pipe from horizontal to vertical and positioning it upright for use.  

Watch the video below from Forum Energy Technologies to see the Land Rig Catwalk in action.

Eagle Ford Operators & Delegates Gather in Houston to Discuss Mitigating Production Declines

Houston, Texas

It’s a packed house today at the Eagle Ford Production, Artificial Lift & Choke Management Congress 2014.

eagle ford artificial lift congress

Sharing case studies fresh out of the field, the information is real time and real word as we hear from top industry experts and Eagle Ford operators like Pioneer Natural Resources, Primera Energy, Austin Exploration, Murphy Oil, Texas American Resources and Carrizo Oil & Gas talk about the criteria used to achieve optimal artificial lift to keep wells performing at peak levels, after the initial flow rates decline.

It’s all about maximizing oil recovery, flow rate efficiency, and the barrels of oil produced per day.

The conference producers are enhancing the presentations by encouraging direct questions from the delegates via microphones throughout the room.  Delegates (industry experts themselves) are asking panel members to expand upon case studies being presented as well as any other questions they may have.

We’re hearing terms like Rod Pumps – Gas lift – Plunger Lift – Toe Up versus Toe Down – Frac Hits – Offset Fracs

Folks are talking about the problems they’re having with sand. Average lateral lengths on the horizontal part of the well bore in the Eagle Ford are 4,000 to 5,000 feet, with 17 to 20 frac stations at about 10,000 feet of depth.

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Coastal Bend College – Five-day Oil & Gas Safety Training Available at Pleasanton This Fall

Press Release

Contact: Monica Cruz, (361)

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Five-day oil & gas safety training available at CBC Pleasanton this fall

Coastal Bend College, in partnership with Petroleum Education Council (PEC) Premier, will be holding five-day Oil Patch Preparation Systems (OPPS) safety trainings this fall at the CBC Pleasanton site. The OPPS trainings are scheduled for October 14-18, November 11-15, and December 9-13.

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Coastal Bend College Host of the Eagle Ford Shale Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS)

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Contact: Monica Cruz, (361)

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CBC Pleasanton to serve as STEPS Network host 

PLEASANTON, TX—Coastal Bend College has volunteered to be the host of the Eagle Ford Shale Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network Chapter for the Pleasanton area. The STEPS Network is an all-volunteer based organization that promotes safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and gas across the country.

Alamo Colleges Launches New Oil and Gas Degree Program

San Antonio, TX
  Sept. 10, 2013

Palo Alto College now offers oil and gas degree

 Alamo Colleges-Palo Alto College will begin offering an associate degree program in Oil and Gas Technology beginning in the Fall 2013 semester after receiving approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in June 2013.

Oil and Gas Degree

“We will provide highly trained employees for the oil and gas industries in support of the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas,” said PAC president Dr. Mike Flores. “Because of our location in south San Antonio, Palo Alto College is poised to become the training hub for oil and gas corporations for the Eagle Ford Shale.”

Students in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Oil and Gas Technology program will receive training as petroleum pump systems operators, service unit operators, roustabouts and other similar process and production technician positions. Process technicians will be trained to operate petroleum refining and processing units and are expected to earn an average of $23.76 per hour. Production technicians could earn an average of $21.36 per hour and will be able to maintain equipment in the petroleum and natural gas industry.

Eagle Ford Drilling Rig Components

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Drilling Rig Components Legend

  • 1. Mud tank
  • 2. Shale shakers
  • 3. Suction line (mud pump)
  • 4. Mud pump
  • 5. Motor or power source
  • 6. Vibrating hose
  • 7. Draw-works (winch)
  • 8. Standpipe
  • 9. Kelly hose
  • 10. Goose-neck
  • 11. Traveling block
  • 12. Drill line
  • 13. Crown block
  • 14. Derrick
  • 15. Monkey board
  • 16. Stand (of drill pipe)
  • 17. Pipe rack (floor)
  • 18. Swivel (On newer rigs this may be replaced by a top drive)
  • 19. Kelly drive
  • 20. Rotary table
  • 21. Drill floor
  • 22. Bell nipple
  • 23. Blowout preventer (BOP) Annular
  • 24. Blowout preventers (BOPs) pipe ram & shear ram
  • 25. Drill string
  • 26. Drill bit
  • 27. Casing head
  • 28. Flow line




Coastal Bend College Adds Well Operation Simulator to Oil and Gas Technology Program

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CBC Oil and Gas Technology Program purchases UltraLight Simulator

BEEVILLE, TX—Coastal Bend College recently purchased an UltraLight Simulator for students in the Oil and Gas Technology Program to utilize in their courses beginning summer 2013. The purchase was possible through the Perkins Grant Program which helps fund improvements to workforce programs and equipment at CBC.

Crude Oil Assay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

crude oil assay is essentially the chemical evaluation of crude oil feedstocks by petroleum testing laboratories. Each crude oil type has uniquemolecular, chemical characteristics. No crude oil type is identical and there are crucial differences in crude oil quality. The results of crude oil assay testing provide extensive detailed hydrocarbon analysis data for refiners, oil traders and producers. Assay data help refineries determine if a crude oil feedstock is compatible for a particular petroleum refinery or if the crude oil could cause yield, quality, production, environmental and other problems.

The assay can be an inspection assay or comprehensive assay. Testing can include crude oil characterization of whole crude oils and the various boiling range fractions produced from physical or simulated distillation by various procedures. Information obtained from the petroleum assay is used for detailed refinery engineering and client marketing purposes. Feedstock assay data are an important tool in the refining process.

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Eagle Ford Prompts Texas A&M Kingsville to Reinstate Natural Gas Engineering Program

The demand for natural gas engineers within Eagle Ford has prompted Texas A&M Kingsville to reinstate it’s Natural Gas Engineering undergraduate program.  The program is designed to help get the Eagle Ford gas to the US markets, thus reducing our dependence on foreign gas.

Since TAMU Kingsville currently has a masters program in natural gas engineering, this reinstatement will use existing laboratories and staff.  The program has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and will be offered to students this Fall semester.

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