Placing an Emphasis on Customer Focus

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ASHCOR is focused on providing the highest quality flaring technology for a variety of applications. How do we do this? Our team places emphasis on customer service. We are dedicated to putting our customers first through the following efforts: 

  1. Low-risk systems. ASHCOR products are proven in the field and continually tested in our facilities. Our customers deserve the best products on the market to keep their sites operating efficiently and safely. ASHCOR products meet stringent regulatory standards and are built for long-term use.
  2. Problem solving to meet customer needs. Our customers come to us with a specific issue or site need, and we pride ourselves on working with each individual to develop a solution that is right for their operation. We have the ability to provide both standard and custom flaring solutions to our customers, depending on their needs.
  3. Competitive pricing. Our customers deserve the best products, and we are also dedicated to providing pricing options that won’t break the bank. We understand efficiency, safety and affordability are at the top of the list when it comes to choosing flaring products, which is why we are committed to building products that meet all three of these needs for our customers.
  4. Short turnaround time on orders. We understand our customers need high-quality, functional equipment to keep their sites running efficiently and safely. Our team is dedicated to keeping the sales, ordering and building process as short as possible in order to provide customers with a quick-turnaround site solution.
  5. The ASHCOR Service Training Center. When a customer partners with ASHCOR, we are dedicated to providing them with the knowledge and skills to sell, operate and service our products. Our Service Training Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. offers hands-on training specific to each customer’s needs and how they will be using ASHCOR products. Customers work with ASHCOR engineers and leadership teams to properly prepare for interacting with our products.

Customer focus. It is top of mind for the ASHCOR team throughout every interaction we have with each other and our partners. We strive to be thorough and transparent, and offer solutions to fit each customer’s unique needs. For more information about ASHCOR products and to inquire about becoming a valued ASHCOR customer, contact us today.

ASHCOR Hires Chris LeBoeuf as Sales Manager

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ASHCOR, LLC announces the hiring of new Sales Manager, Chris LeBoeuf. LeBoeuf comes to ASHCOR with over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. His focus has been primarily upstream companies, bringing goals of working with current and potential customers to provide world-class customer service and pairings with quality ASHCOR products.

As Sales Manager, Leboeuf aims to build a diverse clientele in the Houston, south Texas and Gulf Coast market, that will allow ASHCOR to create a network of referrals throughout the country and worldwide. His skillset and industry knowledge will help give ASHCOR customers a trustworthy and personalized sales experience.

LeBoeuf attended Terrebonne Vocational Technical School where he received a certification in Advanced Electronics, he later attended Nicholls State University and earned an associate’s degree in Business and Accounting. He is also certified in Advanced Sand Control and Fracturing Design from Dowell Schlumberger Engineering.

LeBoeuf’s career has included 30 years of Field Service, Sales and Operations Management in the upstream markets of Louisiana and Texas, including Innovative Surface Prep Rentals, Freedom Energy, Supreme Service & Specialty Company and Schlumberger. His specialties include helping small business owners expand their customer base by opening up new markets, while increasing both product and service offerings. He has successfully maintained a consistent record of achieving organizational and individual goals, such as rapid market share growth and safety.

LeBoeuf’s experience in business development, sales and customer relations will help support continued growth at ASHCOR. “I am excited to have the opportunity to build the ASHCOR brand and formulate solid customer relationships in Texas and Louisiana,” said LeBoeuf. “The team Andy and Jessie have assembled is ready to run, and it is refreshing to see that kind of enthusiasm in today’s business setting.”

 

ASHCOR Hires Beau Higginbotham as Vice President Sales

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ASHCOR, LLC announced on Aug. 23, 2018 the hiring of new Vice President Sales, Beau Higginbotham. Higginbotham brings eight years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry with a focus in providing high-efficiency, low-emission burners and flares. His skillset and industry knowledge will continue giving ASHCOR customers a name they can trust and a brand they can rely on.  

As Vice President Sales, Higginbotham steps into the role of strengthening the outside sales team and aligning it with ASHCOR’s aggressive growth plan and continued customer satisfaction. He plans to connect and understand customers’ needs, goals and objectives, as a tool to build ASHCOR into the leader in the flare industry.   

“The team ASHCOR has created is experienced and strong and I am excited to bring my personal experience to the table,” said Higginbotham. “The combined expertise of our sales team paired with our quality flaring products and service options give us the capacity to go above and beyond for our clients and their needs.”  

Higginbotham’s career has included eight years of sales and management in the upstream and midstream markets of Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas; with experiences at Pro-NDT Services, ABUTEC and AEREON. His specialties include EPA Quad O regulations, external combustion systems, upstream and midstream initiatives and oil transportation.   

“Beau is already a great asset to the growing ASHCOR team, and we’re looking forward to seeing his success as he further builds relationships within the upstream and midstream sectors,” said ASHCOR’s President Jessie King. “His experience and management skills will provide our sales team the support they need while remaining intact with our core values and high quality customer service.” 

Higginbotham will continue to serve the upstream and midstream markets across the country, with specific focuses on the Permian Basin and Bakken regions. 

State Flaring Regulations

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Federal laws, including in 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOO (Quad O), are in place to regulate flaring in the United States. Additionally, in August 2016, Quad O was amended and finalized to include additional regulations, called 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa. Subpart OOOOa regulates sources of VOC and greenhouse gases (GHGs) that were formerly unregulated under Subpart OOOO, including hydraulically fractured oil well completions, pneumatic pumps and fugitive emissions from well sites and compressor stations. It also addresses several unresolved Quad O issues such as: 

  • Storage vessel control device monitoring and testing  
  • Clarification of the due date for the initial annual report  
  • Clarification of flare design and operational standards (i.e., they are subject to the 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart A general provisions)  
  • The definition of capital expenditure (i.e., used when evaluating if a “reconstruction” will occur)  
  • Continuous control device monitoring requirements for storage vessels and centrifugal compressor affected facilities 

However, individual states also have their own standards for controlling air quality as it relates to oil and gas production. ASHCOR flares are designed to be efficient and cost effective solutions for organizations who fall into a need for compliance with these environmental laws.  

Below is a simplified breakdown of flaring regulations in states that play a major role in oil and gas production: 

Colorado StateColorado
In early 2014, Colorado fully adopted the EPA’s standards found in 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOO (Quad O). The state also adopted revisions to its emissions reporting and permitting framework, as well as oil and gas control measures (Regulation Number 7). The state’s regulations focus on identifying and repairing leaks, and Regulation Number 7 regulates methane emissions in the oil and gas industry.

Colorado was the first state to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, and the state’s regulations are considered the “gold standard” for other states to emulate. Producers are required to regularly check for leaks from pipelines, storage tanks and other equipment; since the rules went into effect, leakage rates have dropped by 75 percent.

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Montana StateMontana
Though not as strict in their regulations as Colorado, Montana stipulates that owners or operators of oil and gas well facilities must route volatile organic compound (VOC) vapors greater than 500 BTU/scf from oil and gas equipment to a gas pipeline. Or, if a gas pipeline is not within a half mile of the facility, the VOCs should be routed to a smokeless combustion device with electronic ignition or continuous burning pilot. 

Operators are required to follow air pollution control standards at all times. If the average daily gas production exceeds 100 MCFG and the operator intends to flare the gas, the well may not produce more than an average of 100 MCFG per day each month after a required 60-day test. If an operator wishes to flare more than the 100 MCFG per day each month, a justified statement of flaring needs must be submitted to the governing body. 

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New Mexico StateNew Mexico
New Mexico requires companies to report the amount of gases vented or flared into the atmosphere from their operating sites, but operators have been delaying compliance. A 2016 gas-capture plan implemented by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Oil Conservation Division was developed to address flaring, but recent numbers from March 2017 show only an 8 percent compliance rate. 

Flares in New Mexico must be equipped with a system to ensure a flame is present at all times, and is operated without any visible emissions. Flares are subject to 20 percent opacity standards.*

*See Ringelmann Opacity Scale at the bottom of this post 

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North Dakota StateNorth Dakota
North Dakota has implemented significant policies to decrease the amount of natural gas burned as waste. Producers are required to submit plans for capturing gas, and are limited on the percentage of gas they’re allowed to burn. A minimum of a pit flare with 90 percent Destruction and Removal Efficiency (DRE) is required for facility emission control on all new wells.  

Flares must be equipped and operated with automatic ignition or continuous burning pilot. Additionally, visible emissions must not exceed 20 percent opacity. A maximum of 60 percent opacity is allowable for just one six-minute period each hour.* 

Because of these regulations, what was once 36 percent of natural gas produced in oil fields being burned as waste has been reduced to 10 percent. 

*See Ringelmann Opacity Scale at the bottom of this post 

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Oklahoma StateOklahoma
Specific regulations exist in Oklahoma to regulate venting and flaring. The Conservation Division may grant a permit to vent or flare daily gas volumes more than 50 mcf/day. Permit requirements are for a period up to 14 days, which begins with the first day gas flow is more than 50 mcf/day. A variety of exceptions exist for this permitting process. 

Additionally, well operators must keep a daily log of gas volumes flared from the well during a 30-day period. These records are meant to be preserved for up to three years. 

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Texas StateTexas
Texas has implemented detailed regulations controlled by the Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Flare permits in Texas are available for 45 days at a time, for a maximum of 180 days.  

The TCEQ offers permits for routine air emissions from oil and gas production facilities. These air permits are designed to limit venting and flaring of gas – the TCEQ implements Quad O venting regulations. The air permits have facility- and emission source-specific emission control requirements for VOCs. 

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Wyoming StateWyoming
Oil and gas production in Wyoming is well regulated. Flaring must incorporate Best Available Control Technology (BACT), including enclosed, smokeless combustion devices or flares. These flares must reduce the mass content of VOC and total HAP emissions by at least 98 percent. 

VOC and HAP emissions from flaring should be based upon the guaranteed DRE of the flare. Reported flared gases should include pilot gas with heat content and flared gas with average estimated heat content. Gases normally burned by flares in Wyoming have more than 900 BTU/scf. 

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Although individual states claim their own regulations surrounding flaring in the oil and gas industry, the overarching goal is to safely and effectively eliminate the risk of harmful VOCs entering the atmosphere. 

ASHCOR flares are built to a high standard, and can be customized to meet certain state and site requirements. To learn more about our series of flares, click here. For more information about how ASHCOR can partner with your organization, contact us here. 

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*Ringelmann Opacity Scale

ASHCOR Hires Industry Veteran Mike Diehl

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ASHCOR’s newest sales manager, Mike Diehl, is an oil and gas veteran with over 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Diehl is well-versed in technical sales and business management and his skillset and industry knowledge will help give ASHCOR customers a trustworthy and personalized sales experience.

As Sales Manager, Diehl will oversee business development efforts for the growing ASHCOR brand, with a specific focus on the Permian region and Texas as a whole. He will work with current and potential customers to assess their upstream and midstream equipment and service needs and pair them with proper ASHCOR offerings and those of its family of brands.

“We are pleased to have Mike join the ASHCOR team as we continue to grow, especially into the upstream sector of oil and gas,” said ASHCOR’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Smith. “His proven sales success and ability to cultivate customer relationships will prove to be invaluable in the industries we work in.”

Diehl’s career has included working for a variety of large oil and gas-related and industrial companies headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, including Weatherford International, Thrubit, Schlumberger and Zeotech Corp. His specialties include creating and implementing innovative sales strategies, developing new territories, bringing new products to market and growing company profitability through sales. He has successfully navigated his multiple sales teams through the volatile ups and downs of the oil and gas market, including recent economic downturns.

Diehl’s experience in prospecting, managing customer relationships, account management, collaboration, client retention and strategic planning will help support continued growth at ASHCOR. “I am proud to become a member of the ASHCOR team and I look forward to helping bring continued success to a growing company that has developed a great reputation in the oil and gas industry,” Diehl said.

Diehl attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. where he earned a Bachelor of Science in physics with a minor in mathematics. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), OCF Wildcatters Fort Worth, Fort Worth Geological Society and International Association of Drilling Contractors. He has received multiple awards for his sales abilities, including the Anticipate the Win Team Award 2015 and the Top Gun Award, both from his time at Weatherford.

ASHCOR provides innovative technology and flaring solutions to energy, manufacturing and processing enterprises through unmatched customer service and comprehensive product offerings. Grown by a team of oil-and-gas veterans, ASHCOR originated from installation, service and maintenance. The experienced ASHCOR team is dedicated to recognizing the needs and processes of a company to create an efficient service environment with solutions that work. The ASHCOR family of brands includes service/maintenance, flares and combustors, replacement parts, ASHCOR Solutions, Flame Smart Burner Management Systems and ASHCOR Fabrication.

ASHCOR Announces High Pressure Low Pressure Flare

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ASHCOR is proud to publicly announce its High Pressure Low Pressure (HPLP) flare system for primary use in upstream oil and gas applications. The HPLP flare system allows operators to combust dual high-pressure and low-pressure gas streams in the same unit, eliminating years of maintenance, headaches and installation costs.

The ASHCOR HPLP Flare System includes both high- and low-pressure burners, which offers site operators the flexibility and opportunity to save money they might otherwise have spent on the installation and operation of separate high- and low-pressure systems. The HPLP can function with both burners operating at once, or as a singular high-pressure or singular low-pressure unit resulting in smokeless combustion and a smaller on-site footprint.

“The ASHCOR HPLP flare is the foundation of a wider product line of flaring and combustion solutions for the oil and gas industry,” said Andy Smith, ASHCOR’s Chief Executive Officer. “The HPLP Flare is a versatile system that offers an efficient and cost-effective solution for sites in need of smarter, safer flaring and flexible set-up.” 

The ASHCOR Dual HPLP Flare System can be used for several flows and pressure ranges, and can also be constructed to use as a single high or low pressure flow. With scalable build options up to 50 feet, the flare has a dual capacity of 10 MMSCFD and includes a single retractable pilot to light both burners. Its smokeless combustion promotes environmental stewardship by reducing the amount of pollution released, which in turn helps oil and gas organizations meet state and federal regulatory requirements. ASHCOR’s HPLP Flare also reduces hazard and protects employees, residences and resources near the site by safely burning off flammable gas.

Each flare is accompanied by innovative Flame Smart enhanced burner management controls and ASHCOR flame arresters that improve site safety and add a sense of reliability to the constant change and risk that occurs in the oil and gas industry. For more information about the ASHCOR HPLP and additional flaring and combustion products, visit ashcor.com/flares.

ASHCOR provides innovative technology and flaring solutions to energy, manufacturing and processing enterprises through unmatched customer service and comprehensive product offerings. Grown by a team of oil-and-gas veterans, ASHCOR originated from installation, service and maintenance. The experienced ASHCOR team is dedicated to recognizing the needs and processes of a company to create an efficient service environment with solutions that work. The ASHCOR family of brands includes service/maintenance, flares and combustors, replacement parts, ASHCOR Solutions, Flame Smart Burner Management Systems and ASHCOR Fabrication.