Objective: Utilize a depth and breadth of engineering and operational experience to contribute
to the profitability of Oil & Gas production operations in low-pressure operations.
Areas of Expertise:
· Gas well deliquification and Artificial Lift Technologies
· Low-pressure operations
· CBM development and operations
Gas compression using reciprocating,
rotary-screw, and thermo-compressors
Pipeline modeling, design, construction,
· Corrosion management
· Produced-water gathering and disposal
Gas line purging principles and practice
BS Industrial Management, University of Arkansas,
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver, 1993
MuleShoe Engineering, Principal Engineer providing engineering consulting services to the Oil &
Gas industry and to various manufacturers of Oil & Gas products. Focus on low-pressure operations,
deliquification/artificial lift, Coalbed Methane, Compression, and facility design.
1993-2003 – BP America Production Company, Facilities
Engineer for CBM wells and gathering facilities in the San Juan Basin of Northern New Mexico. Identify
opportunities to increase revenue, design projects to implement opportunities, manage construction, and oversee operations.
Projects have included nine gathering-system expansions, four major compression facilities, de-bottlenecking 85 high-rate
wells for very-low-pressure operations, and installation of 50,000 horsepower of rotary-screw compression on well sites.
The projects have added over $1,300 million (NPV13) for a gross
expenditure of $41 million. Ongoing operations include innovations in the design of pigging equipment,
using pipeline modeling to define pigging schedules, gas-well deliquification projects, corrosion and scale interventions,
and extensive use of a Geographical Information System to reconfigure gathering-system valves to correct operational problems.
1991-1993 – Amoco Production Company (now doing
business as BP America Production Company), Team Leader and Consulting Engineer for San Juan Basin
Outside Operated Team. Restructured the portfolio of outside-operated properties from an $18 million annual
profit into a $200 million annual profit by applying effective property management, good partner relations, and appropriate
engineering interventions. Supervised a staff of 5 and acted as consulting engineer in the areas of reservoir
engineering, reserves estimating, production engineering, and facilities engineering.
1980-1991 – Amoco, Production Systems Analyst
in General Office and field settings. Project manager and system designer on 35 major software-development
projects ranging from the Worldwide Reserves Inventory System (that defines the way hydrocarbon reserves are calculated,
stored, and reported and has been in use for over 20 years) to the Automated Maintenance Scheduling System that formalized
maintenance processes in 15 plant and field locations and required acting as a maintenance consultant for the operations.
Project-management responsibilities included supervising up to 45 employees on software projects that ranged upwards
of $5 million expenditure. Field support included a system that proved to the State of New Mexico that
their Proration Order should be eliminated and it was.
1971-1977—U.S. Navy, Nuclear Mechanical Operator (Pay grade E-5), USS Truxton
CGN35. Acted as a plant operator, engine room supervisor, and maintenance supervisor.
Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical),
Colorado (37104), New Mexico (16189)
National Council of Examiners for Engineering
and Surveying Council Record Holder (22978)
· Society of Petroleum Engineers – Four Corners Petroleum Section Chairman 2005-2006
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
· National Association of Corrosion Engineers
· BP Technical Practices Board (Lower 48 Business Unit), San-Juan Performance-Unit representative, Engineering
Authority (Well Site Equipment, Compression, Gathering Systems).
· Eng-Tips.com Round Table board, Member
Program Chair, SPE ATW “Managing the Performance of Low Pressure
Gas Wells and Associated Facilities”
of the Board of Directors, Global Energy, LTD, Calgary, AB
“Impact of Entrained
Water on Natural Gas Measurement”, Master’s Theses, University of Colorado at Denver, April, 1993
· “Field Experience with Meter Provers”, with Ron Beaty, Gas Research Institute
“Seminar on Meter Station Design”, San Antonio, TX, January 24-25, 1996
· “Vented Gas from Wellsite Control Equipment, SPE 61030”, with James Jensen, SPE
International Conference on Health, Safety, and the Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Stavanger, Norway,
June 26-28, 2000
“Coal Bed Methane Production, SPE
80900”, with James F. Lea and James C. Cox, SPE “Production and Operations Symposium”, Oklahoma City,
OK, March 23-25, 2003
“Producing Coalbed Methane at High Rates at Low Pressures,
SPE 85409”, with Mike Kutas, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Denver, CO, October 5-8, 2003
· “Static Testing Requirements”, BP US Onshore BU Safety Standard, Section 4, May,
"Vortex Flow Technology Finding New Applications", The
Rocky Mountain Oil Journal, October 31, 2003.
· “Low-pressure gas well deliquification requires different approaches”, Oil
& Gas Journal, February 27, 2006
Gas Well Deliquification, 2nd Edition, James F. Lea, et al, Gulf Professional Publishing, 2008, contributing author,
Chapter 14 “Coal Bed Methane”
“Device capitalized on flow stream strengths in pumping gas
wells”, Oil & Gas Journal, November 5, 2012
“Facilities Selection Impacts Reservoir Performance”,
SPE-169837-MS, Prepared for 2014 SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium, Houston, TX, May 19-20, 2014
Downhole system and methods for deliquification of a
wellbore, US Patent 8,302,695
Device for capturing gas from a produced water stream,
US Patent 8,439,999
Device for capturing gas and solids from a produced water
stream, US Patent 8,597,402