(Article courtesy of Town Talk Radio.)
Rail workers are busy hammering away on the construction of a new railway spur that will eventually be used by the Bellaire-based oilfield services company, Roywell Services.
According to the company’s website, Roywell Services has a presence in Thomas, Okla., Odessa, Baytown, Victoria, Refugio, Taft and Kenedy. The company specializes in acidizing, well stimulation and cementing.
The company will be expanding operations to include Brownfield and has acquired 1.23 acres of property at 1501 Levelland Hwy, which was the West Texas Agriplex facility.
Roywell Services Sales Manager Jerry Hebert said the facility was purchased about a year ago and is a perfect location due to its convenient access to the railway. The company, he said, plans to use the rail spur to bring in product needed for fracking and drilling.
“To get product where we need it, Brownfield is a nice location for us,” Hebert said. “I think it’s going to turn out to be quite an asset for Roywell and I’m very excited about that.”
The one obstacle slowing down the expansion is the current price of oil.
“We obviously have a chokehold on what we’re doing right now because of the price of oil, but things haven’t stopped,” Hebert said.
Plans for the expansion will primarily involve transplanting workers from other areas into Brownfield, but as demand increases, Hebert expects the company will need Brownfield manpower for the operation.
“Eventually we will get around to hiring some locals and impacting your economy, and I’m looking forward to that,” he said. “We are eager to get it rolling.”
As for how big the local operation will be is anyone’s guess at this point, but Hebert did say they could be bringing in crews for a fracking operation at some point. Hebert is optimistic about Roywell’s presence in Brownfield and how it could potentially impact the local economy.
“We are looking for the run of oil prices and when that happens, I believe we will be full throttle in Brownfield,” said Hebert.
Brownfield Industrial Development Corp (BIDCorp) Director David Partlow said he was informed of the company’s expantion into Brownfield about six months ago, and it proves his theory that Brownfield is quickly becoming the epicenter of oilfield activity in the South Plains.
“It just shows what I’ve been telling people, that right now we are the epicenter,” said Partlow. “If there are any companies out there looking to do business in the South Plains, we are in the loop because we are truly centrally located for these people.”