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E M I B L A C K H A W K S P E C I A LT Y T O O L S L L C THE MARCELLUS SHALE SUMMER 2012 New Evolution in Drilling Blackhawk Specialty Tools transitioned from deepwater drilling to shale drilling, where its products still make a big splash. [ BY CHRIS PETERSEN ] Blackhawk Specialty Tools says its expertise in deepwater. and shale drilling gives it an advantage.. • Marcellus Shale It is believed that evolution kicked into high gear when the first animal crawled out of the ocean and onto dry land, and a similar process has been taking place for Blackhawk Specialty Tools of Houston. The company has become a leading provider of premium automated top-drive cement heads since its inception in 2008. Originally, the company’s focus was on equipment for deepwater applications, but COO Jim Martens explains that a major event in 2010 pushed the company inland to the shale industry. The transition has spurred significant development and driven Blackhawk to new heights, he says. In April 2010, the entire offshore drilling industry was rocked by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill that resulted from the explosion released approximately 4.9 million gallons of oil into the gulf and caused the federal government to impose a sixmonth moratorium on offshore drilling. Martens says Blackhawk is a close-knit company and despite being heavily imPROFILE “We’ve learned a lot since entering the Marcellus and now we are stepping back and specifically designing tools and equipment for land operations.” // JIM MARTENS, COO Blackhawk Specialty Tools LLC. | Headquarters: Houston Employees: 135 | Specialty: Automated top-drive cement heads pacted by the closure, quickly explored other market options. “The shale play seemed to be the best place where we could immediately put our tools to work,” Martens says, explaining that the company already had done some scouting in the Northeast’s Marcellus Shale before the Deepwater Horizon spill. “It looked like there was an opportunity for us to do some good and actually improve the quality of the cement jobs up there.” With the products and expertise Blackhawk has at its disposal, Martens says, the transition from sea to land has been a successful one for the company. SEISMIC SHIFT The core of Blackhawk’s business is the design, assembly and rental of highly engineered rotating cement heads in various sizes and pressure ratings, as well as providing experienced tool operators on each cementing job. The company’s cement heads are designed to be universal and can be run on all types of offshore 152

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Energy & Mining International - Summer 2012
Wind Financing
Latin American Energy
Mining Developments
Wabash Mfg. Inc.
Mega Precious Metals
Iron Ore Company of Canada
Rainy River Resources Ltd.
Canada Energy
Gear Energy
Manitok Energy Inc.
Chieftain Metals
IC Potash
Nyrstar Langlois Mine
Phoenix Technology Services Inc.
Waycon Manufacturing Ltd.
Tuscany International Drilling
Latin America Focus
Canacol Energy
Orosur Mining
Lithium One Inc.
Cabo Drilling (Panama) Corp.
Continental Gold Ltd.
Guyana Oil Co. Ltd.
Batero Gold Corp.
The Williston Basin
Primary Petroleum
Sanjel Corp.
Summit Energy Services
Kengor Metals LLC
Stone Energy
Holloway Pipe
McFarren Group – Appalachian Transload Services
Trumbull Corp.
De-Cal Mechanical
Buck’s Fabricating
ITI Trailers & Truck Bodies
Hamilton Machine/ ValTek Industries
Rodenberg Diversified LLC
Mazzella Lifting Technologies
Independence Excavating
Magna-Solutions LLC
Blackhawk Specialty Tools LLC
MinExpo 2012
Rail-Veyor Technologies
STW Technic
RAM Enterprise
Miner Elastomer Products Corp.
McElroy Manufacturing
REICHdrill Inc.
Gunnebo Johnson Corp.
The Timken Co.
K/M Specialty Pumps & Systems Inc.
Schroeder Industries
The Reinforced Earth Co.
Geoprobe Systems®
Sumitomo Pogo Mine LLC – Pogo Mine
Power Service Inc.
National Pump Co.
Peak Oilfield Service Co.
TonaTec Exploration
Xtreme Oil & Gas Inc.
White Tiger Gold
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Lydford Mining Co.
MFM Industries Inc.
Crescent Companies
Tri State Tank
Aquila Resources
Armstrong Coal
EnerJex Resources Inc.
Sanchez Energy Corp.
Chatham Steel Corp.
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