TWMA Wins Bakken Contract from Hess, Plans Major Expansion

Oil and gas environmental waste management contractor TWMA has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Hess Corporation to process, recover and recycle drilling wastes from their onshore drilling program in North Dakota, USA.

UK-headquartered TWMA will mobilise the market leading TCC RotoTruck processing equipment this month to process drilling wastes at multiple rig locations in the oil-rich Bakken shale, North Dakota.

The waste management agreement is a one-year contract with two one-year extension options.

The firm will create up to 100 jobs in the US over the next 12 months following the new deal with Hess and other recently secured agreements in the region, which includes its first contract in South America with another major operator

To accommodate expansion TWMA will move to a larger base in Houston with engineering facilities to support maintenance and service of equipment operating across the Americas.

The TCC RotoTruck is a pioneering technology solution designed to dispose of hydrocarbon-contaminated drilling wastes in a clean and environmentally friendly manner. It has revolutionized the handling of onshore drill cuttings worldwide.

The TCC RotoTruck is a compact, light and mobile version of TWMA's industry leading TCC RotoMill offshore unit, which is recognized by the UK Government Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) as "best available technology'' for treating drilling waste. The mobile truck-mounted unit separates hydrocarbon-contaminated drill cuttings into their constituent parts of water, solids and oil for reuse or recycling.

The technology treats drilling wastes at the source which reduces the volume of wastes and provides major safety and environmental benefits for operators. It also provides significant cost savings through simplified logistics and recovery of valuable drilling fluids through the process, which are then recycled. The technology has an impressive track record worldwide, particularly across the Americas where units have been operating since TWMA entered the US market in 2008. Game-changing technology such as the TCC RotoTruck is driving a step change in the way US operators choose to manage onshore drilling wastes.

US-based Ian Nicolson, vice president of business development Americas, said: "We are delighted to be awarded this contract by Hess to support their onshore drilling programs in North Dakota. There is a lot of interest in our TCC RotoTruck in the US especially since we are the only company in the world offering this type of fully integrated service to the region. We have a field proven track record of improving environmental performance for operators and clients."

He continued: "Our operational cost-advantage is achieved by maximizing the productivity of the equipment and reducing waste transportation costs. We estimate that the annual cost saving to our client for this project is a substantial value."

Greg Manry, onshore Americas drilling manager of Hess, said: "TWMA has unique technology that can help us continue to improve our performance and minimize our environmental footprint. We look forward to working with TWMA and building a long term working relationship with their team of waste management experts."

TWMA is leading the industry in designing, manufacturing and operating technologies that reduce the global environmental impact of onshore and offshore drilling operations. The firm's Americas base is in Houston, Texas. TWMA was formed in 2000 and it employs around 300 people at its bases in the UK, Norway, Americas, North Africa and Middle East.