Excerpt from Article entitled, “Building A Broader Base: Construction in the Permian” on pboilandgasmagazine.com
by Paul Wiseman
And then there was the company that decided to make its debut in the Basin during the worst days of the bust, in April of this year. Some may question the timing, but according to Joe Wilson, director of operations at Bakersfield-based IES Engineering, there were good reasons to move ahead.
“What has been attractive about the Permian Basin is its similarities to southern California oilfields that we’re used to—not necessarily the product in the ground, I understand there are differences there—but oil and gas has been right in the wheelhouse of what we’ve done. The majority of our work over the years has been in the oil and gas industry and in order to satisfy the need to expand, the best thing to do was to expand based on the skillset we’re good at.”
The company, founded in 2002, already had some clients in the Permian Basin. They had also done work in California for companies like Chevron and Oxy, both of whom have new office buildings in Midland.
Interestingly, the company’s first two projects have been related to natural gas instead of oil, but they look for those to open the doors to other work. At this writing, there is one employee in a small office in downtown Midland, but they are looking for land to place a yard and a shop, and expect to be hiring workers soon. Wilson said they expect to staff up by hiring locally while sending enough workers from Bakersfield to teach the new hires about the company philosophy and work ethic.
Their very first project involved engineering, which could be done long-distance, not requiring any crews in the Basin.
Wilson cited the advantages of moving to the area during a downtime—property is more affordable, good workers are available and the lines at restaurants are shorter.