Jim Bentein

  • Parts 3 & 4 Of PetroLMI Survey Examines Skills Training, Unemployed/Laid Off Energy Workers

    The roaring 1970s — when people flooded into Alberta for energy-related job opportunities — appear to be long past with a large percentage of unemployed oil and gas workers saying they’re ready to move to another province, retire or retrain for jobs outside the industry.

    November 30, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • PetroLMI Surveys Examine Pandemic Impacts On Work Practices, Opportunities

    PetrolLMI, a division of Energy Safety Canada, has released the first two parts of a four-part series on work practices, productivity and opportunities in Canada’s energy workforce.

    November 23, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • LNG Can Advance Reconciliation: Conference Board Report

    The Conference Board of Canada has released a new report which says the economic benefits of LNG development are so extensive it will help lift Indigenous communities out of poverty and advance reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

    November 11, 2020, 2:45 PM MST

  • Increased Utilization Driven By Natgas Activity, Says Trican

    Improving industry demand resulted in the addition of a fourth fracturing crew in early October, said Trican Well Service Ltd.

    November 6, 2020, 9:50 AM MST

  • Net Loss For NCS In Q3; Some Bright Spots On The Horizon

    In a very tough market for oilfield service providers, Calgary-based NCS Multistage Holdings Inc. reported a net loss of $5.86 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to a gain of $3.62 million last year in the quarter.

    November 5, 2020, 8:13 AM MST

  • Construction On LNG Canada Moving Along, Despite COVID

    Despite health-related setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a slowdown in LNG demand, construction continues on Canada’s first mega LNG project being built on the B.C. coast.

    November 2, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • Energie Saguenay Appears To Be Moving Ahead, Despite Recent Setbacks

    An LNG export project planned for Port Saguenay, Que., appears to be moving ahead, despite recent setbacks.

    November 2, 2020, 9:20 AM MST

  • AltaGas Considering Split

    Calgary-based utility and midstream company AltaGas Ltd. will consider becoming two separate entities in the future, with a midstream company and a utility, according to its CEO and president.

    October 29, 2020, 8:53 AM MDT

  • Teck Looking To Unload Fort Hills Interest

    Vancouver-based Teck Resources Limited, which has a stake in Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills oilsands project, is looking at selling that interest in the future, according to the company’s president and CEO.

    October 27, 2020, 11:15 AM MDT

  • Exothermic Chemical Treatment Offers Steamless, Low Emissions Enhanced Heavy Oil And Bitumen Recovery

    A Prague-based heavy oil technology company which has developed an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology it calls Exothermic Chemical Treatment (ECT) pitched its technology in a webinar in Calgary.

    September 23, 2020, 8:14 AM MDT

  • Multiple Applications For Technology To Convert Natural Gas And CO2 Into Carbon Nanofibres

    The technology that is being taken to the commercial stage by Calgary-based Carbonova Corp. may sound almost too good to be true, but companies in the concrete-production, auto parts, sports equipment and other sectors that are working with the firm to use the carbon dioxide-sourced material it produces are believers.

    September 17, 2020, 7:16 AM MDT

  • Field Refuelling Solution Leads To Comprehensive Array Technologies Developed By Entrepreneurial Outsiders

    An Acheson, Alberta-based company that was launched by a father and his two sons, none of whom have an engineering background, has grown to become one of the most technologically sophisticated oilfield service companies in the world, with the underlying aim of helping to make the oil and gas industry “safer and smarter.”

    September 11, 2020, 10:59 AM MDT

  • Meet The 2020 Rising Stars Nominees

    Optimism has been in short supply in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting plunge in oil prices has put an already battered Canadian energy industry back into survival mode, with the future looking uncertain.

    September 8, 2020, 9:29 AM MDT

  • Inventor Of Oilsands Upgrading Tech Touts Calgary As Hub For Catalyst And Nanoparticle Technologies

    Pedro Pereira-Almao is convinced the in-situ bitumen and heavy oil upgrading technology he and his team at the University of Calgary have developed can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent by eliminating the use of steam, while drastically reducing production costs and rendering SAGD technology virtually obsolete.

    September 4, 2020, 8:12 AM MDT

  • Total Energy Services Records Revenue Drop As Sector Downturn Roils OFS

    Add Total Energy Services Inc. to the long list of Canadian oilfield service companies that were walloped financially by COVID-19, as the company recorded a dramatic decline in revenue in the second quarter of 2020.

    August 12, 2020, 9:53 AM MDT

  • Hifi Fibre Optic Sensing Technology Takes Leap Forward With Pipeline Retrofit Capability

    Calgary-based Hifi Engineering Inc., developer of next generation fibre optic sensing technology that provides pipeline leak and stress detection capabilities, would not even exist today were it not for the financing that has launched many successful businesses.

    August 11, 2020, 8:45 AM MDT

  • Digital Tracking Technology Provides End-To-End Histories Of Oilfield Equipment

    The digital oilfield is a catchphrase that has come into increasingly common use but, unlike many other companies that use the phrase, Nisku, Alberta-based Latium Technologies, Inc. actually delivers on its potential with some of the biggest names in heavy industry today.

    August 6, 2020, 11:05 AM MDT

  • Oilsands GHG Intensity Declines, Says Study

    Canadian oilsands producers have steadily improved their environmental performance from a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) standpoint, a new study concludes, even though the disruptions caused by COVID-19 have likely halted that progress temporarily.

    August 6, 2020, 9:32 AM MDT

  • MEG’s Response To COVID Helps Contain Q2 Storm

    MEG Energy Corp., like other Canadian oilsands producers, was hit hard by the COVID-19-related price shock in the second quarter of 2020, but a vigorous hedging initiative, reduced capital spending and across-the-board salary reductions allowed it to contain its financial losses.

    July 28, 2020, 8:07 AM MDT

  • Teck’s Energy Business Unit Reports Gross Profit Loss

    Teck Resources Limited, Canada’s largest diversified mining company, was hit hard by the impact of COVID-19 on its operations in the second quarter, the company said on Thursday, with the producer of steelmaking coal, copper and zinc — and with a presence in the oilsands — recording a loss, as prices for all the commodities it produces declined.

    July 23, 2020, 3:13 PM MDT

  • Last Mile Frac Sand Delivery Solution Cuts Costs And Emissions, Increases Safety

    You’d think Source Energy Services Ltd., Canada’s largest frac sand provider, would have enough of a logistics challenge transporting its northern white sand about 2,100 kilometres by rail from the three mines it owns in Wisconsin.

    July 22, 2020, 9:39 AM MDT

  • Natgas Outlook Provides Hope For Producers, Conference Hears

    Tourmaline Oil Corp.’s president and CEO made it very clear on Tuesday during a webcast conference that natural gas holds out much more hope for his company in the near future than crude, a point echoed by other executives at the event.

    July 8, 2020, 12 AM MDT

  • PetroLMI Report Details Employment Prospects From LNG In Canada

    The development of the new LNG plants in Canada that appear most likely to proceed could create up to 8,300 jobs in the upstream sector, several thousand peak construction jobs, 1,200 or more operations positions and thousands of spin-off jobs in local communities, according to a new report.

    June 25, 2020, 7:55 AM MDT

  • Smaller Industry Associations Respond To COVID-19 Challenge

    This article continues yesterday’s look at how industry associations are dealing with the fallout from COVID-19. Today’s article reports on some of the smaller industry groups in Calgary.

    June 16, 2020, 9:47 AM MDT

  • Associations Weathering Industry Storms

    Canada’s oilfield service industry is facing “an existential crisis” that threatens its very existence, says the head of an association that represents that sector, but can claim some success in having received direct government help and government loan backing that will allow companies to survive

    June 15, 2020, 9:51 AM MDT