Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

N.M. Firm Plots Expansion of Claremore Manufacturing Plant

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

N.M. Firm Plots Expansion of Claremore Manufacturing Plant

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A New Mexico company hopes its wellhead technology breakthroughs for eliminating natural gas waste and pollution will spur dynamic growth at its Claremore manufacturing plant.

Engineered Concepts LLC of Farmington, N.M., has developed and patented an alternative vapor recovery system to stop flashing and end the need for wellhead flare systems that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Designed for the colder Rocky Mountain regions, which have enjoyed tremendous drilling increases over the past decade from Tulsa-based Williams, Oklahoma City's Devon Energy and other companies, Engineered Concepts principals Gary and Rodney Heath said their systems have charted several successes in tests with the Canadian firm EnCana.

"We have five recovery units operating for them," said mechanical engineer Gary Heath. "They ordered two more a week ago, and said they would order two more as soon as they got a location to put them on."

With many energy companies seeking environmentally friendly alternatives to releasing or burning off liquid hydrocarbons at the wellhead, the Heaths expect their new vapor products, dehydrators and other lines to find opportunities not just with firms working those high-altitude regions, but across the entire energy sector.

"Everything we're doing is shooting for less than a year payoff," said Gary Heath, a Texas A&M graduate who has worked in this industry since 1954. "Our goal is to combine vapor recovery with a dehydrator into one piece of equipment. Do the whole ball of wax for them."

Claremore became a manufacturing base for Engineered Concepts after it picked up a 15,000-square-foot facility there last year from the bankrupt firm Process Pipe. Renaming the operation Health Technology LLC, Gary Heath said the family firm intends to invest up to $3 million in new equipment and infrastructure for producing its VRS products in the northwest Tulsa suburb. …

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