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Breakthrough Engenuity LLC
Oil and Gas Industry Focused Professional Engineering and Design Services
Breakthrough Engenuity 2024
"Where engineering meets ingenuity!"
Our industry is blessed with ingenuity. It began in 1859 with the first oil well, drilled with the ingenious concept that crude oil could replace whale oil to light the world. Drake's first oil well did exactly that. By the 1890s oil wells could be found throughout the the entire northeast area of the United States. Then, in 1901, the largest oil producing well ever was discovered in Spindletop, Texas. It initially produced over 100,000 barrels of oil per day, and the race to find crude oil nationwide was on. But oil was hard to find, and only about 10% of wells drilled were successful. Finally, in 1928, Amerada Petroleum developed a new seismic technology used to find oil. Where only one in ten wells drilled found oil before, this new technology produced 90% success. Ingenius!!
Since then nearly a century has elapsed, and now Breakthrough Engenuity combines its ingenius engineering with 21st century ingenuity to create breakthroughs in oil and gas process equipment and facility designs.
We combine well-proven concepts in new, practical, innovative and ingenious ways to meet the needs of todays unique long lateral, multi-stage fracked well completions so unique to the 21st century. These relatively new well completion technologies have produced prolific production conditions never seen before, demanding unique engineering taylored to today's operations. You might agree that the old paradigm "because we've always done it that way" is no longer appropriate in today's oil and gas operations.
We've entered a new era in oilfield operations where the results have made the USA energy independent once again. Vertical completions are nearly a thing of the past! Long- lateral, horizontal completions, and multi-stage frac jobs are the order of the day. New, more prolific wells demand more attention to the details of equipment design so new facilities can to deal with high water cuts, high GORs, high va[por pressure crudes, and the effects of frac cocktails on oil and water quality. Decades ago capital cost was the determining factor in purchasing process equipment, but that too has shifted. Today's concerns are for minimizing emissions and downtime. Our equipment designs focus on eliminating both. Our bigger picture "plug-n-play" CTB (central tank battery) approach focuses on minimizing long-term CAPEX and eliminating downtime by swapping out larger equipment for smaller equipment as new wells decline.
The bottom line is increased profit for YOU!
Breakthrough Engenuity was founded by Bill Ball during his 23rd year as
the leader of his own consulting engineering companies. His credentials represent the culmination of a lifetime of achievements in oilfield related innovations. Bill's twenty-three US process equipment patents speak to his qualifications.
Bill's first patent has become a real "game changer". It is the industry's first true "skim tank". Today there are over 3,500 HWSB® skim tanks separating and capturing oil that used to be injected and lost forever. Each HWSB® captures ALL waste oil from produced water streams in many of today's production facilities and nearly all new SWD plants. The HWSB® makes all gun barrel tanks obsolete! Bill's DFSD® is another patented design complimenting the HWSB®. It's a de-sanding, de-gassing, flow splitting tank system. Both have no moving parts. Both are perfect for most tank batteries and all SWDs. Bill sold the patents for both to KBK Industries who perpetuates these technologies throughout the industry.
Other designs have been game changers for the companies like EOG, where our patented horizontal high-pressure separators and patented horizontal heater treaters have been used in every Eagle Ford CTB since 2012, making EOG the largest US oil producer in 2014 and 2015. Devon’s uses a line of process equipment designs from Breakthrough Engenuity too, as it did for its two $10 million master water treating systems in the Piceance Basin where effluent water quality is less than 5 ppmv. Bill also created Shell's Permian Basin “standard” SWD Plant design, and designed over 50% of all SWD plants built in the USA from 1992 to 2015.
Breakthrough's clients have always benefitted from its innovations and ingenuity. Thus the name “Breakthrough Engenuity”, where engineering and ingenuity come together to result in something very special.