Monday, November 23, 2009

Heartland Energy Finds Petroleum Traps

In the early days of oil exploration, wildcatters ( whose who drill wildcat wells, which are wells drilled where no oil or gas is known to exist) often drilled in an area because of a hunch. They had no idea how oil and gas occurred and probably didn't care. Anybody with enough money to back up a belief that oil lay under the ground at some location or the other drilled a well several years ago. Of they were lucky, they had a strike! If not, it was time to move onto the next area.

After awhile companies like Heartland Energy Colorado had geologists applying earth science for each drilling location they chose. For example, they looked for features on the surface that indicated subsurface traps. On site of an oil company such as Heartland Energy Colorado, an underlying salt dome created a hill or a knoll. The knoll seemed out of place on the surrounding coastal prairie and led people like Patillo Higgens and Anthony Lucas to drill for oil.
Most petroleum deposits lie so deeply buried, however, that no surface features hint at their presence. In man places, West Texas is one example, nothing but flat mostly featureless land stretches for many miles of kilometres. Yes, the subsurface holds large quantities of oil an gas. Considering that most of the world's oil and gas probably lies offshore, covered by hundreds or thousands of feet or metres of water and more thousands of feet or metres of rock, companies like Heartland Energy Colorado have a tough time accessing a surplus of oil. Fortunately, scientists have developed effective indirect methods to view the subsurface. They use seismology the most.

Seismology is the study of sound waves that bounce off buried rock layers. Oil explorationists at Heartland Energy Colorado, or geophysicists, create a low-frequency sound on the ground or in the water. The sound can be an explosion or vibration. If the oil hunters use explosions, the explosions create sound waves that enter the rock. If they use vibrations, a special truck forces a heavy weight against the surface and vibrations the weight. The vibrating weight, such as an explosion, also creates sound waves that enter thelayers of rock. Searchers often use several such trucks. With the dangers of explosions in water, which can kill humans and marine life, offshore explorations by Heartland energy Colorado uses special sound generators.

Regardless of how oil seekers make the low-frequency sound, it penetrates the many layers of rock. Where one layer meets another, a boundary exists. Each boundary reflects some of the sound back of the surface. The rest continues downward. On the surface, special devies, termed "geophones" pick up the reflected soudns. The sounds carry information about the many layers. Cables from the gephones or hydrophones transmit the information to sphoniscated recording devices in a truck or on a boat.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oil Rig Satefy At Heartland Energy Colorado

Drilling pioneers such as Drake, Uncle Billy, the Hamils, Lucas and many others would undoubtedly be impressed by the progress made in drilling tools and techniques. What’s more, they would also be impressed by the significant advances drilling contractors and operators of major energy companies have made in safeguarding personnel. Although rig safety at Heartland Energy Colorado may not be as glamorous as technical improvements, it is vitally important. The operators and contractors of Heartland Energy Colorado have taken great strides in personnel safety is borne out by the fact the accident rate on rigs is decreasing. Indeed, accidents have trended downward over the last several years. A look at IADC accidents statistics for a recent years show that rig crews all over the world worked almost 200 million hours. Yet, there were just 1,001 lost time accidents. It may be easier to fathom just how low this rate is if you consider that for every 200,000 hours put in by rig personnel only one suffered an injury serious enough to prevent him or her form working the next day.

Part of the downward trend relates to training. Contractors and operators now consider training an essential part of preparing new workers for the rig at Heartland Energy Colorado. The training is ongoing now only are new personnel trained, but also experienced personnel at all levels of Heartland Energy Colorado receive advanced and refresher training on a regular basis. In addition to intensive training of rig personnel, contractors and operators have taken great steps in designing drilling rigs to be as safe a place to work as possible. An example of this; no contractor of Heartland Energy Colorado would ever consider erecting a rig without adequate protective shrouds, or guard on rig machinery. Steel covers over and around moving parts to protect the Heartland Energy Colorado crew members. In addition, when handling particularly hazardous materials, such a caustic soda, additional protective gear is required. Climbing aids and fall protection equipment are also standard on today’s rigs. Hand rails, guard rails, and nonskid surfaces on all walkways and passageways keep falls and slips to a minimum. At Heartland Energy Colorado, signs, place cards and safety information alert personnel to potential rig hazards and provide information on avoiding illness or injury.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Cementing Process of an Energy Company

Cement bonds the casing to the hole and prevents fluids in one formation from migrating to another. Cement also prevents corrosive formation fluids from damaging the casing. The operator usually hires an oilwell cementing company to perform the job. Cementing companies stock many kinds of cement and have special equipment to transport it into the well. At the well, Heartland Energy Colorado mixes the dry cement with water to form a slurry -- a thin, watery mixture that is easy to pump. Many kinds of mixers are available to blend the water and cement into a uniform mixture as the cement pumps move it down the casing.

Heartland Energy Colorado then uses a special high-pressure pumps move the slurry through very strong pipes, or lines to a cementing head, or plug container. Previous to this, the cementing crew mounted the cementing head on the topmost joins of casing hanging in the mast or derrick. Just before the slurry arrives at the head, a crew member of Heartland Energy Colorado releases a rubber plug, a bottom plug, from he cementing head. The bottom plug separates the cement slurry from any drulling fluid inside the casing and prevents the mud from contaminating the cement. The slurry moves the bottom plug down the casing. The plug stops, or seats in the float collar. Continued pumping breaks a membrane on the bottom plug and opens a pasage. Slurry then goes through the bottom plug and continues down the last few joints on casing. It flows through an opening in the guide shoe and up the annular space betweent he casing and the hole. Pumping continues until the slurry fills the annualr space.

As the last of cement slurry enters the cassing a crew member of Heartland Energy Colorado releases a top plug from the cementing head. A top plus is like a bottom plus except that it has no membrane or passage. The top plug searates the last of cement to go into the casing the displacement fluid. Displacement fluid, which is usally salt water or a specially formulated drilling mud, moves or displaces the cement from the casing as the cmeent pump applies pressure to move the cement and fluid downt he casing.

Continued pumping by Heartland Energy Colorado will move the the cement, the top plug and displacement fluid down the casing. Most of the cement slyrry flows out of th ecasing and into the annular space. Soon, the top plug seats on or bumps, the bottom plug in the float collar... When it bumbs, the pump operator shuts down the pumps. Cement is only the casing below the float collar and the annular space. Most of the casing is full the displacement fluid.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Heartland Energy Solutions

Article Submitted by: Heartland Energy Colorado

Heartland Energy Solutions is an Iowa-based company whose goal is to provide the world’s most cost-effective 100 kW wind turbine and blades for the generation of electrical power in the moderate-wind-speed market. Their expertise has lead to the development of a unique, world-class turbine designed for use in the US and other locations where wind speeds are low but the demand for energy is high.

The “Freedom” wind turbine represents a significant advance in renewable energy technology as a more economical and efficient alternative as they are able to create electricity at wind speeds as low as 6 miles per hour. Their smaller size also makes them more user friendly - easier to ship, install and repair, and causing fewer environmental concerns.

Every part of the Freedom™ wind turbines is either manufactured in the US by a division of Heartland Energy Solutions or is purchased through a US vendor. The design of the Freedom turbine accommodates the moderate availability and force of wind typically found within the US.

About Heartland Energy Solutions

In 2007, Heartland Energy Solutions was established by a team of engineers, experienced managers and alternative energy experts to address the future of the renewable energy industry through creative solutions in wind and other technologies. Their first area of concentration was wind technology. Recognizing the common wind speeds and patterns in the US, they began discussions with proven wind power energy leaders with the aim of designing the next generation wind turbine.

Design of a 100 kW turbine, Freedom™, has been completed and production is scheduled to begin in mid 2009.

Heartland Energy Solutions’ turbine and blade manufacturing facility is located in Mount Ayr, Iowa. All the manufacturers of the components were selected based on their capabilities and location. First considered were Mid-West and US manufacturers, then the global supply chain of established companies – to find the best combination of core competency and the ability to produce the quality needed.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Heartland Oil & Gas Corp

Heartland Oil and Gas Corp. (OTC BB: HTOG) is an oil and gas exploration and production company and a subsidiary of Universal Property Development and Acquisition Corporation (OTC BB: UPDA). On September 27, 2004 Heartland completed the acquisition of the Forest City Basin and Bourbon Arch assets from Evergreen Resources, Inc. for a purchase price of $22 million. The Forest City Basin assets consisted of all of Evergreen Resources, Inc.’s interest in all its oil and gas leases covering an aggregate of approximately 766,000 acres located in the State of Kansas, together with 60 well bores and all surface equipment, gathering and surface facilities and all geological, engineering, land and accounting data and records pertaining to these leases and assets.

Prior to its acquisition of the assets from Evergreen Resources, Heartland Energy had interests in leases covering approximately 252,000 acres in central Kansas (the “Soldier Creek project”). Heartland owns 100% of the working interest in all of these leases with a net revenue interest of approximately 85%.

After the acquisition of the Evergreen assets, Heartland Energy held in excess of 1 million acres of prospective CBM leases at various stages of development, 88 wells, including 43 CBM wells in eight pilots that were dewatering and/or venting gas, 37 CBM wells awaiting stimulation, and 8 saltwater disposal wells.

On April 20, 2007, UPDA acquired approximately 52% of the common stock of Heartland Energy and nearly $5,000,000 of its debt in a cash and stock transaction. Since that time, Heartland has undertaken an aggressive drilling program in its Cherokee Basin Coalbed Methane Field in Southeastern Kansas and acquired about 75 producing wells in Northern Texas. As a result of the conversion of that debt into Heartland preferred stock, UPDA now controls over 70% of the voting stock of Heartland.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Heartland Energy Colorado

Heartland Energy Development Corporation out of Englewood, Colorado is a privately held oil and gas producer with an experienced team of management and industry expertise who specialize in developing domestic gas and oil fields. With properties all over the Unites States, Heartland Energy Colorado is a leading producer of natural gas and hydrocarbon based fuels.

For more than 15 years, the Heartland Energy Development Corp. has innovated technologies and led the oil and gas production and development industry in many ways. Thanks to the Company’s unique management style, long-term approach to resource development, and investments in both great technology and smart personnel, it has grown from a spitfire natural gas and propane seller into a a national powerhouse.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Natural Gas: a 'Vital Part’ of Colorado's New Energy Economy

Submitted by: Heartland Energy Colorado

>Gov. Bill Ritter offered Colorado’s natural gas industry his support Thursday in a speech on the last day of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s annual three-day conference.

“Natural gas is a vital part of the New Colorado Energy Economy,” Ritter told the crowd of about 2,000 people. “It is a permanent part of the New Energy Economy. It’s not a bridge fuel, not a transition fuel, but a mission-critical fuel.”

Ritter outlined his support for the industry on several fronts, listing the state’s expansion of tax credits for vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, and credits for converting vehicles to run on natural gas.

The Governor’s Colorado Energy Office is applying for a $10 million federal grant to expand the use of natural gas for transportation uses, he said.

Ritter also mentioned he’d urged the federal government to approve a new pipeline, called the Ruby pipeline, to carry natural gas from the Rocky Mountains to markets in California and the West Coast.

And he said he talked with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, about her proposal, introduced in Congress in June, to regulate the industry’s hydraulic fracturing process that frees natural gas from the ground. U.S. Rep. Jarid Polis from Boulder has signed on as a cosponsor.

Industry executives have said the process, sometimes called fraccing, is adequately regulated at the state level.

“I don’t for a moment discount the concerns of those who worry about the protection of drinking water supplies but I also believe that we have to understand the problems and risks before we act,” Ritter said at the COGA meeting.

“That’s why I encouraged Congresswoman DeGette to consider authorizing a comprehensive study of this issue instead of going directly to a new and potentially intrusive regulatory program. She agreed, at that time, to go instead to something that would be more in the way of a study instead of an amendment that would prescribe every state having to put in place these rules,” Ritter said, adding, “I thank the congresswoman for having done that.”

But DeGette’s spokesman, Kristofer Eisenla, asked about Ritter’s comment, said later Thursday that “all options are on the table” regarding the fraccing bill.

“She had a good conversation with the governor regarding this,” Eisenla said. “She understands his concerns, but she’s looking at all options to move the issue forward — including holding a hearing in her committee and doing a study. She welcomes the industry’s input on developing the study.”

Ritter’s comments drew applause and praise from industry executives, who have tussled with Ritter’s administration over the state’s new rules governing industry operations. The rules took effect April 1.

“I thought the governor’s comment that natural gas is a vital part of the New Energy Economy and a permanent fuel — not a bridge fuel — and a critical fuel for Energy Colorado and the nation is right on point,” said Peter Dea, president and CEO of private Cirque Resources LP in Denver.

Said Meg Collins, president of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, “I’m pleased he came, and I’m pleased at the message that natural gas is mission-critical, and an integral part of the state’s and nation’s energy portfolio for the long term. The governor’s statements are going to put pressure on the Oil & Gas Commission to process [drilling] permits so we can continue to produce natural gas for the state and nation.”

One of the leading producers of natural gas in the state is Heartland Energy Colorado. The Governor's comments are good news for natural gas companies, and could mean the government support that the industry so needs. Especially with government incentives, companies like Heartland Energy will continue to produce natural gas and thrive.

Source: Cathy Proctor, Denver Business Journal