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SPE Student Chapter Tours Barnett Shale Sites

In April, the University of North Texas SPE Student Chapter (UNT SPE) toured four well sites located in the Justin, Texas, area of the Barnett shale. Tour host was J-W Operating. Three of the sites each operated with a different type of artificial lift system. At the final pad on the tour, students saw a workover rig in action. Michael Warren, SPE, senior operations engineer at J-W Operating, organized the event, with assistance from the company’s district engineers Shane Haberman and John Lacik. The tour lasted roughly 4 hours with about 30 minutes at each location. Additional time was spent in the field office, where the host company team showed students plunger lift valves and other equipment.

Pictured (left to right): Erin Wood, UNT SPE treasurer; Ryan Burch, UNT SPE student member; Michael Warren, J-W Operating senior operations engineer; Armstrong Ekpete, UNT SPE student member; Martin Steenbock, UNT SPE student member; and Michael McClain, UNT SPE president.

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