CASPER, Wyo. — Jim Christensen wants to make sure his company’s hydraulic fracturing tools work the first time they’re put into the ground.
Christensen runs the Casper district office of the privately owned Packers Plus Energy Services USA Inc., an oil field technology company relocating from its current office off Robertson Road to a brand new, 45,000-square-foot facility at the Salt Creek Heights Business Center.
“We provide the high-quality tools for the fracking industry,” said Christensen, who started in the company’s engineering department in 2009. “We were among the first ones to start this (technology).”
Packers Plus specializes in frack ports and packers, Christensen said, tools used by energy companies drilling horizontally to get at natural gas and oil reserves lodged deep underground. Packers seal off each end of a particular section of a well, he said, allowing a company to isolate and focus fracking fluid to create the most efficient frack possible.
“They can say that they see a fault, or something that they don’t want to frack into,” Christensen said.
The new location will be an expansion for Packers Plus, which currently works out of a roughly 8,000-square-foot facility and houses about 90 percent of its equipment and tools outdoors, said Christensen.
“We’ve outgrown the facility that we’re currently in,” he said. “It’ll give us enough room to work in a more efficient and safe manner than we’re able to here.”
Christensen’s office has prototype tools that will be developed and tested inside at the new location. Packers Plus quality control tests each piece of equipment four times before letting it out into the field, Christensen said. Employees then follow the tool to its field site, oversee its installation and make sure it functions properly once it’s in the ground.