TARA Energy Services – Raising the Bar

Tara Energy Services supports some of the biggest players in the oil and gas industry because its standards are a step above the rest.

TARA Energy Services provide support to some of the biggest names in oil and gas production through their comprehensive offering of well testing and production services. Using equipment that is manufactured in-house by TARA Energy Services themselves, they can provide the latest advancements in the sector.

“We have got a mission-focused approach,” says Scott Bissell, CEO of TARA.

That mission is to consistently strengthen TARA’s partnerships by ensuring mutual growth and sustainability with an innovative approach to true Green Completions. By carrying out this mission TARA Energy Services has implemented creative solutions which allow oil and gas producers to generate their immediate take away while preserving Capex spends on infrastructure.

This is a mission TARA Energy Services has been carrying out for the last 20 years, providing superior oil and gas equipment and field services to a variety of programs and applications. TARA’s approach is to provide bespoke solutions and equipment configured specifically for the application at hand. The first offers unique portable midstream capabilities, SAGD, and large multi-well flow back operations that can meet the needs of today’s producers.

Our unique selling point is the quality of our equipment and customer service,” Bissell tells us. “We hold extremely high standards.”

These standards mean that TARA’s equipment is built and certified to an international standard, while the company itself has invested heavily in implementing and improving industry standards relating to safety and environmental requirements. Every TARA vessel is constructed with “sparging systems”, which allow for zero-entry vessel cleaning without opening hatches. This, in turn, reduces the possibility of emissions being released while increasing the safety of the operators.

TARA has also brought to bear their high fluid and low fluid shutdowns, which can be installed to eliminate the environmental risk of carrying fluid over. These innovations are set to make onboard, self-contained ESD systems to isolate flow a reality. TARA has also added gas diffusers on all inlets, weir plates, and outlets to decrease greenhouse emissions. As well as environmental safety, the company also addresses the personal safety of their equipment’s operators by installing visual alarm systems on the exterior of the operator’s cabin, eliminating confined space entry. The robust, innovative system alerts all personnel if H2S/LEL gases are inadvertently released and the system can be monitored remotely. But these are just some of the ways TARA takes the initiative to be at the forefront of the industry.

“These standards are adhered to through a diligent culture that’s been processed through the organisation for years,” Bissell points out. “We set the bar in quality control. We’re very innovative and focused.”

This can be seen especially in TARA Energy Service’s “Industry Standards Initiatives”, where the company has extensively invested in implementing and improving industry standards related to environmental and safety requirements. Led by the mandates of the industry’s current environmental concerns, TARA has added features such as digital metering, process spec shutdowns, and patent-pending internal separator design inclusive of mist extracting weir plates and diffusers to decrease greenhouse emissions.

Forward Facing

Of course, maintaining a position at the vanguard of your industry is no easy task, and there are frequent challenges.

“Our biggest challenges are the diversity in our markets and the global demands that are asked of our services,” Bissell admits. “It’s a demand focussed industry. There are changing standards, driving the way our industry functions.”

These are challenges TARA has been more than ready to rise to, however.

“The key is forward-thinking,” Bissell points out. “Not just tomorrow but years ahead of us.”

That long-term perspective can be seen in every aspect of the company, including how it manages its own talent.

“We’re very focused on internal development. We like to train, offer development and we see a four-year plan for how we will develop each of our staff on our platform down the road,” Bissell explains.

One development that nobody could have foreseen is the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Everyone has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another, but even here, Bissell sees opportunities as well as challenges.

“There are opportunities in the downturn to optimise our production. We’re helping our clients find cheaper avenues to get products to market,” he explains.

Indeed, even before COVID-19, TARA had made a name for itself through offering cost-saving strategies which led to optimal results for their clients, providing capabilities that allowed TARA Energy Services to flow wells completely unmanned through the use of carefully selected instrumentation, custom-built software, and a specially designed, in-house managed system that maximises optimisation. This approach lets producers generate their immediate take away while preserving Capex spends on infrastructure, a capability more valuable than ever during the current crisis.

“The client response has been very positive,” Bissell says proudly. “We’ve optimised their production and they’re grateful.”

Moving forward, TARA’s ambitions remain as high as ever. Having consolidated a position as one of the leading providers in the industry, the concept at the core of everything the company does going forward is “sustainability”. TARA has made it their mission to pave the way for true Green Completions using strategic partnerships and innovative new technologies, eventually achieving their ultimate goal of Zero Emissions. Capabilities including the Gas Recovery System for 400 BBL tanks that remove oxygen from vent gas, allowing for the capture of all emissions from open-top style tanks. At the same time, TARA’s upstream flow component skids also have fluid containment built into them.

Beyond the long-term benefits, these tools and strategies also allow customers to compress flare gas down the pipeline and have already demonstrated their economic case through the additional gas volumes captured at low-pressure vessels, tank farms, and flare stacks. This means TARA and their customers can reduce emissions drastically, allowing operators to meet regulatory requirements and improve well-site safety with a reduction in potential risk to LEL’s.

It is a bold vision and one that Bissell intends to take further.

“We’re focusing on Canadian and American markets over the next 48 months,” he tells us.

We can’t wait to see what they achieve there.

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