The story of Packers Plus begins with three men who shared very similar pasts. Dan Themig, Ken Paltzat and Peter Krabben had been in the industry for nearly 20 years and were ready to create a dynamic, new organization.
In January 2000, Dan, Ken and Peter set out to start a small company with the goal of providing world class expertise in specialty service tools for the oil and gas sector. They opened the first Packers Plus office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada along with a 6,000 ft² Manufacturing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
During its first year of operation, Packers Plus began to establish itself as an innovative and high performing company, focusing on solving completion challenges for oil and gas operators in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2001, Dan Themig was presented with the opportunity to come up with a solution that would help an operator increase production in horizontal wells requiring fracturing. During a flight to Texas, Dan came up with seven different ideas, one of which the customer loved. It was during this meeting that the StackFRAC® system was born and within weeks the innovative completion system was designed, prototyped and deployed in the field.
Since then, the Packers Plus StackFRAC system has been run in many different types of formations from shale gas plays in North America to massive carbonate formations in Saudi Arabia, and offshore wells in the North Sea, Black Sea and Africa, consistently producing best-in-field results.
Thirteen years after Dan, Ken and Peter started Packers Plus, the Calgary office is now corporate headquarters with offices located across Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The 6,000 ft² bay in Edmonton has grown into two state-of-the-art Manufacturing Centres and is home to one of two Rapid Tool Development facilities that specialize in engineering, R&D and testing – the other being located in Houston, Texas. Packers Plus has 13 offices outside of North America servicing Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Packers Plus has run over thirty StackFRAC systems in Russia, Romania and Ukraine. An operator working in the Lebada Vest field, located approximately 95 km offshore from Constanta, Romania, successfully installed a 3-stage StackFRAC system to stimulate the reservoir. The well became a record producer in the Black Sea with a stabilized production rate that was 2.5 times the best offset well in Lebada Vest completed with conventional methods.
In 2012, Packers Plus started a partnership with Research and Technical Enterprise (RTE) “Burova Technika”, one of the leading local service companies working in the Ukrainian oil and gas sector. It provides engineering services for the full scope of works required on construction and workover of onshore and offshore oil and gas wells from the project’s conceptual design to well completion.
The StackFRAC system offers many advantages to exploration well completions. It is easy to install and the modular design of the system makes it customizable to any number of stages. An operator working in the Ain Tsila field in East Algeria used the StackFRAC system in a four-well pilot project to assess the potential for commercial production from the reservoir. The StackFRAC system was chosen as the operator required a flexible completion that could be run in vertical or horizontal wells and would permit hydraulic fracturing if needed. The operator was able to obtain stage-by-stage, pre- and post stimulation production results to prove gas reserves in the pilot project which was completed within the designated time and below budget.
Packers Plus continues to stay a step ahead by making R&D a key focus to drive innovative, new product design as well as to continually improve the performance of the current product line. This focus results in the continual innovation of new tools and products which are then prototyped and tested for multistage completions. Ingenuity in product design, combined with high-quality service and a clear understanding of the needs and challenges of oil and gas operators sets Packers Plus apart.