Industry Innovation Award

Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE) is a consortium of pipeline operators in North Dakota aimed at improving leak detection and prevention in gathering pipelines in America’s oil fields. Managed by the EERC and led by founders Hess Corporation, Equinor (formerly Statoil), Oasis Midstream Partners, Goodnight Midstream, ONEOK, DCP Midstream, and Andeavor, the program solicits proposals from technology providers to co-develop and demonstrate their promising technologies collaboratively with these pipeline operators.

The Infinity* dissolvable plug-and-perf system is a fullbore interventionless multistage stimulation system that uses degradable seats instead of plugs to isolate zones. After all stages are stimulated, the seat assemblies remove themselves, dissolving completely and predictably after contact with common completion fluids. The well is left with fullbore access, and immediate production is possible. The system can be used in all well types, features simple design and operation, fully degradable alloy, interventionless operations, and provides faster time to market.

Tecvalco, LTD
Tecvalco’s CWT Oil Field Heater is an innovative approach to indirectly heating oil in the tank. The Vertical and Horizontal heater treating solution is an innovative technology that provides safe heating to the process of treating crude oil. The heat is transferred in-directly via steam coils to treat the oil to pipeline specifications rather than using traditional fie tube technology. Replacing the fire tube with a CWT results in an increase in thermal efficiency, longer run life of the unit, reduced operating and maintenance costs, and increased safety.

Community Service Award

Oasis Petroleum Services
Oasis’ mission is to make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities in which it operates by supporting a variety of activities and by promoting employee volunteerism. Contributing to special charities and local communities to which it belongs is how Oasis stays true to its core values. Oasis’ goal is to ensure that the organization imparts positive impact back to the community in which employees work and live. It is committed to responsibly deploying financial resources, time and talent in ways that yield tangible and measurable results.

FCI Constructors
Through their community service vision, FCI has been a supporter of CHI St. Alexius Health and API events, numerous clubs, involved in the schools, and supplied labor for area volunteer opportunities working hard to make an impact in the community. One of their most notable service efforts is their involvement in the Brooklynn Open Golf Tournament. The event is hosted by the family of an FCI employee whose daughter is living with cystic fibrosis. The event has raised nearly $100,000 for CF research to help fund a cure for the disease.

Slawson Exploration
Slawson Exploration has been and continues to be a good neighbor and active member of the communities in which they operate. They recognize the importance of community service and demonstrate this through philanthropic and volunteer focused efforts. It is Slawson’s belief, and executed through their community service program, that community outreach and being a good steward of the environment play pivotal roles in building and retaining an honest, friendly and respectful relationship with community members.

Outstanding Achievement - Group

Select Energy Services
Select Energy Services is dedicated to bettering the communities in which they operate, serving the industry with innovative and economically-effective water solutions, and providing safer and more environmentally-conscious work strategies in the Williston Basin. Select has a positive impact in the area through donations, volunteer hours and sponsorships that not only benefit the greater community, but their employees as well. Select is committed to building strong communities that will have a positive influence for years to come.

KLX Energy Services
KLX Energy Services is a leading U.S. onshore provider of value-added, mission critical oilfield services focused on completion, intervention and production activities for the most technically demanding wells. KLX operates 34 service facilities on a 24/7 basis, located in all major basins. Bakken customers are supported by four facilities in the region. Always participating in industry and volunteer activities, community outreach and educational sponsorships, KLX employees are sure to lend a hand at every turn.

Tractor & Equipment Co.
Tractor & Equipment has a long history in the Bakken region, dating back to it’s founding in 1929 in Sidney, MT. From the construction of T&E’s Williston West facility during the first oil boom in 1980, to the 2012 addition of T&E’s Cat Rental Store and Power Systems, T&E has continually dedicated itself to meeting the growing demands and expectations of the Bakken region. T&E’s management and employees have always strived to develop a partnering, solution-based relationship with all their CAT customers operating in the Williston Basin.

Outstanding Achievement - Individual

Jim Brandenburg
Jim is most recognized for his teamwork among his peers. That trait drives him to work with many state and national organizations to implement long-term infrastructure and safety standards. He strongly believes that the industry must look to the future and adjust for new technology that benefits everyone, from North Dakota residents, to our nation and environment as a whole. Apart from his dedication to the future of the industry, Jim is also an active member of the Alexander Lion’s Club and helped to adopt the road in front of the XTO Energy office.

Bob Reynolds
Through booms and busts, Bob Reynolds has been a hard-working member of the industry for most of his life. He’s worked for notable companies like Halliburton and Baker Hughes, before founding Basin Tools in 1979. He has a vast knowledge of downhole completion tools, and uses that knowledge to assist other companies in the Williston Basin. He is recognized among friends and colleagues for putting the needs of others before his own, and for taking care of the people he works with. His commitment, loyalty, honesty and integrity, are the qualities that make him a leader in the community.

Chuck McCauley
Chuck McCauley began working the Williston basin in 1958 as a representative for Tretolite. In 1971, Tretolite left and Chuck started Astro-Chem Services, Inc. which he owned until 1991, and is now known as Astro-Chem Lab, Inc. Chuck served on the city commission from 1988 to 1992 and was the Vice Chair Representative of Chemical Interest on the Williston/Williams County Disaster Emergency Services. He also served on numerous boards including the Billion Barrel Celebration in 1989, 40 year celebration of oil discovery in 1991, and the Williston Basin Energy Festival celebrating 50 years of oil discovery in 2001.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Illerbrun
Jerry started his oilfield career in 1952 in Gull Lake, Sask. working for an oilfield trucking company and on drilling rigs.

In 1954 Jerry started working on the production side. He started managing Midway Oilfield Supply 1962. In 1965, he transferred to Estevan and continued to manage Midway Oilfield Supply until 1967 when Jerry purchased Midway Oilfield Supply. Jerry then started Rocket Sales, a production, drilling, sales and rental company in Estevan, Sask.

In 1957, Jerry married the love of his life Vivian. Vivian was always at his side through the booms and bust. To this marriage two boys were born. They have three grandchildren and two great granddaughters.

Jerry and Vivian moved to Williston, ND in 1977 and started the company everyone knew Jerry by, Rocket Sales and Rental. He added a division for rental of 400 bbl test tanks and wellsite houses (living quarters) for drilling and production personnel, along with a trucking company. After 40+ years, Jerry and Vivian decided to retire and sold Rocket Sales in 1999.

Jerry and Vivian spent many winters in the Bahamas until 2008. They traveled in their motor home throughout the US & Canada until finding a place in Mission, TX they loved. Here they built their retirement home where they still live today.

Everybody always enjoyed Jerry’s pork chops and his special barbecue sauce at Williston API golf tournaments. People are still trying to get his barbecue recipe today.

Jerry’s generosity to the Williston community will forever be cherished.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Bill Dutton - Montana-Dakota Utilities
MDU’s slogan is in “In the Community to Serve”. This volunteer-of-the-year takes this to another level. He’s always volunteering, puts his team first, and is as unselfish as they come. He is the first to offer assistance and when tasks are needed he is the first to take them on. For activities such as selling raffle tickets, he sells more than his share and when everyone was asked to try and get sponsors for the Chili Cook-Off, Bill led their team to the MVT Award. Bill is a humble man and doesn’t like public attention. He is a great ambassador for MDU and for the Williston Basin Chapter of API.

MVP Award

JoAnn Callahan
As a new award addition this year, after having written the criteria for the winner, the MVP of 2018 was clear. JoAnn has shown strength of character, positivity, and willingness to help wherever and whenever needed.