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Oklahoma business briefs for Jan. 22, 2020

Teachers tour rig

More than 30 Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers were given an opportunity to tour a working drilling rig as part of a recent professional development day hosted by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, officials have said.

Stephanie Bradley, the senior environmental adviser at Enbridge, addressed teachers during the day to tell them about Enbridge’s operational and environmental programs, including their most recent efforts to support monarch butterfly habitats.

The teachers also were allowed to take part in hands-on activities provided through the OERB’s educational curricula, which provides hands-on lessons they can use to help their students from kindergarten through 12th grade learn more about science, technology, engineering and math concepts using real-world applications in the oil and natural gas industry.

As for the rig, they visited one operated by Unit Drilling Co. near Calumet.

Produce safety courses, agritourism meeting set

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center are inviting fruit and vegetable growers interested in produce-safety regulations to attend a grower training course.

Organizers said they plan to offer the course, which satisfies farm supervisor training requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, at 8 a.m. at Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma Inc. in Durant on Tuesday and in Edmond on Feb. 10 during a Farmers Market and Agritourism Market.

The $15 class, organizers said, is recommended for every produce farmer, as it helps identify ways to prevent produce contamination on the farm.

As for the farmers market and agritourism conference, organizers said it will be held Feb. 10-12 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Edmond Conference Center, 2833 Conference Drive. Prices for the workshops and full conference range from free to $25, and registration is required for each event.

The conference’s focus is about increasing the availability of local food in Oklahoma communities and strengthening farmers markets and agritourism sites through education and networking opportunities, organizers said.


Internship fair scheduled at UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Career Development Center's 2020 Spring Career and Internship Fair is set from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the Nigh University Center ballrooms.

The event is designed to provide an opportunity for students and alumni to connect with potential full-time employment and internship opportunities. Employers will represent a wide range of organizations and graduate programs recruiting all majors.

“This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers who are looking to hire students and alumni,” said Elizabeth Enck, director of the Career Development Center.


Samson wells production rates announced

Samson Resources II announced this week it recently turned to sales two wells producing from the Shannon formation in Converse County, Wyoming.

Officials said the Ogalalla Fed 21-2215 40-75SH generated an initial 24-hour production of 3,346 barrels of oil equivalent and an initial average 30-day production rate of 2,420 barrels, with 94% of it oil.

They said the Ogalalla Fed 4075-2215 2SH generated an initial 24-hour production of 2,622 barrels of oil equivalent and an initial average 30-day production rate of 2,129 barrels, with 94% of it oil.

"We are very pleased with the results from our two Ogalalla Shannon formation wells, as these two wells compare very favorably to our outstanding Spearhead Federal well, which has produced over 413,000 barrels of oil equivalent in 290 days,” Samson CEO Joseph A. Mills said.

ONEOK increases dividend

ONEOK Inc. directors have increased the company's quarterly dividend 2 cents per share, to 93.5 cents. The dividend will be paid on Feb. 14 to shareholders as of Jan. 27, they said.


Comanche Nation distributes more than $200,000 in toys

Comanche Nation Entertainment distributed more than $200,000 in toys to churches, nonprofits and schools as part of its annual toy drive for the holidays, officials said.

Comanche Nation Entertainment collected toys and gifts in November at all four of its casino properties.

“Our Toy Drive is something we look forward to every year,” said Mia Tahdooahnippah, CEO of Comanche Nation Entertainment. “We are thankful for our guests that help us donate thousands of items to our local communities. Guests at all four of our properties help, and make a real difference to those in need.”


Southwest Power Pool chooses new CEO

The Southwest Power Pool’s directors announced Wednesday it unanimously selected Barbara Sugg, its current senior vice president of information technology and chief security officer, to serve as the organization’s new CEO.

Sugg will replace Nick Brown, who joined the regional transmission organization in 1985 and has served as CEO since 2003. Brown announced in July he planned to retire this year.

“The board believes Barbara is well-suited to continue to strengthen SPP’s foundational attributes while recognizing the need and opportunity to improve our efficiency and effectiveness,” Chairman Larry Altenbaumer said. “She is equipped to develop, build and strengthen the relationships that are increasingly critical to the sustained success of our organization, and particularly those with our members and regulators.”

Sugg, who has 30 years of IT experience in the electric utility industry, joined the organization in 1997 as a senior IT specialist.


Enverus, Concho launch product

Enverus, an on-demand software and data analytics company that follows the oil and gas industry, has teamed up with Concho Resources to bring a new product to shale producers to help them control their costs.

Officials said the new product, Audit Analytics, helps energy companies identify overbillings in high volume shale operations. They said the product builds on a proprietary program Concho previously had created to quickly identify overbilling situations and provide evidence that can be used when seeking compensation.

“Operating efficiently is a key priority for Concho, and as part of our efforts to reduce costs, we developed a solution that identifies and mitigates vendor overbilling,” Concho President Jack Harper said.

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