3 Innovative Oil Field Products from Recent Expo
You never know what you’ll find at the South Texas Oilfield Expo. This year it was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in Downtown San Antonio and offered patrons a variety of new oil and gas equipment and technologies. This is big business considering global oil reserves have increased by about 27% (350 billion barrels) over the last 10 years. The event attracts mainly people from the industry, and provides a place to share and learn all the exciting new innovations being designed. As first reported by the San Antonio Business Journal(SABJ), here are just three of the many oil field products showcased, and how they can help the industry.
1.) SpillFix:Made by a Massachusetts-based company, Galuku, this absorbent material is designed to clean-up oil spills in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. It’s made from the husks of coconuts, or ground coir. According to the company’s National Sales Director, the world is currently only using 6-7% of available coconuts, providing plenty of room for growth. Besides, until now, no one really used the rind part for anything.
2.) TruckClaws:Basically what they sound like. These can be attached to an 18-wheeler to claw its way out of the mud and muck. Not necessarily a new product, as they have been around in northern cities to use in the wintertime. The company recently recognized the need many drilling rig companies had in tow trucks to bail their trucks out and started marketing them for use as oil field products.
3.) The Crud Sucker:A product for the people, by the people. Or person in this case. The oil and natural gas industry accounts for 9.8 million jobs in the U.S. (8%), and this is the story of one. Les Perry worked on oilfields for a long time, cleaning up contaminated soil. The process required squatting with a heavy hose for long hours. “After 12 hours of doing it one night, I said there has gotta be a better way,” Perry told the SABJ. And so he invented one. According to him this product will not only save you money, but health too.
While there were many more oil field products on display at the expo, these are three of the more interesting and potentially game-changing ones. It’s estimated there is just over 50 years worth of global production in oil reserves currently. In an industry based around hard-work and long hours, it’s innovations like these that will help position the industry to become more efficient and functional. Hopefully this will inevitably lead to a happier workforce, and ultimately cheaper prices.