Innovation in ground protection, enhanced worker safety and improved operational efficiency took center stage at this year’s Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE), where Newpark Mats and Integrated Services (NMIS), a unit of Newpark Resources Inc. was honored with a Spotlight on New Technology Award.
Newpark was recognized for its precision engineered DURA-BASE Advanced-Composite Mat System on Oct. 23 at the Cajundome Convention Center Lafayette, La. Eric Edwards, NMIS director of business development, was on hand to receive the award and deliver a brief technical presentation highlighting the various industry applications and user benefits the mats provide.
“It’s always gratifying to have our company recognized for the level of technology we provide to our customers. This LAGCOE award is just the latest example of the industry recognition Newpark has received,” said Jeff Juergens, president of Newpark Mats and Integrated Services. “The DURA-BASE system continually provides value and cost savings to our customers in the oil and gas industry, and we see this award as a testament to our company’s commitment to R&D and innovation.”
DURA-BASE is used widely throughout the oil and gas sector as a tough, field-proven solution for drilling and completion operations working on sensitive or difficult terrain. DURA-BASE’s rugged non-slip, advanced-composite formulation can withstand loads in excess of 600 psi and is ideal for supporting heavy equipment. This superior load bearing capacity is ideal for temporary access roads and drilling pads. The mats also drastically cut down on the amount of gravel aggregate needed for site preparation, as well as related trucking and remediation costs.
“Of all the applications we received for the 2013 LAGCOE Spotlight on New Technology, Newpark was selected as one of the winners for having pushed the limits of innovation with their DURA-BASE system. From the cost and time saved, to the environmental and worker safety benefits it provides, this system is a tremendous boon to oil and gas operators.” said Greg Stutes, LAGCOE Technical Session Committee chairman. “It is through the hard work, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking of companies like Newpark that extraordinary new technologies are developed to support our industry.”