Strengthening its position in the oilfield services industry with a new liquid nitrogen production facility in Mooreland, Oklahoma, Air Products (NYSE: APD) today held an Open House for customers and other guests to celebrate the plant’s onstream status. The new facility will produce approximately 250 tons per day of liquid nitrogen and increases Air Products’ existing leadership position in supplying the region’s oilfield services industry. The new plant will focus service on Woodward, Oklahoma and surrounding oil and gas producing areas in the state, and in Kansas and Texas.
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Wind turbine maker Siemens celebrated the opening of its new wind service center in Woodward on Thursday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and two of its biggest customers.
“We are just thrilled that you have chosen Oklahoma,” Fallin said Thursday. (Via NewsOK)
Govornor Fallin promised the Siemens executives in attendance that "you won't find a finer community that will support your mission, your effort to be here, to stand by your side and appreciate your investments and your jobs than this community, along with all of Northwest Oklahoma and the whole state of Oklahoma."
Pete Delaney, CEO of OG&E, also spoke on Oklahoma's supportive business environment.
"This is a great state for doing business," Delaney said. "No other state has such a powerful private and public partnership and collaboration. So to Siemens welcome to that collaboration."
Sean Finnerty, senior vice president of renewable development for Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), agreed that "Oklahoma is a great place to do business," but added "Woodward is a really great place to do business."
Finnerty said CPV looks forward to continuing to develop its business partnership with Woodward as well as with Siemens, which will only be enhanced by having the new service distribution center close at hand in Woodward.
Tim Holt, Siemens' CEO for Renewables Service, said the energy company chose Woodward precisely because of its "great community support" as well as its "central location that makes it close to our customers so we can deliver parts and tools in a timely and cost efficient manner." (Via WoodwardNews)
City officials expect big economic impact from Siemens
Woodward Industrial Foundation President LaVern Phillips said Siemens will have a “diversification of economy” in Woodward.
“This will help move the community (of Woodward) into the future by creating additional jobs,” Phillips said.
Woodward Industrial Foundation Chair Alan Case agreed.
“Probably within the next 5 years, they (Siemens) will have 40 to 50 good paying jobs,” Case said.
Phillips said Siemens being located in Woodward was due to the hard work of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce, the City of Woodward and city commissioners, the county and county commissioners and High Plains Technology Center.
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The Crossroads wind power project will meet the electrical needs of about 70,000 average homes,” said Jesse Langston, OG&E’s vice president of retail energy. “Crossroads also will deliver significant net savings to our customers for the balance of the project’s 25-year expected life.”
Crossroads is OG&E’s third wind farm. It previously built the Centennial wind farm, which was completed in Harper County in 2007, and the OU Spirit wind farm near Woodward, which was completed in 2009.
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The Germany-based Siemens Energy has announced plans for implementation of new wind service warehousing operations in Woodward.
Siemens has already been utilizing a 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Woodward's industrial park by the airport, but will now expand to utilize another 52,000 sq. ft. facility, according to Woodward Industrial Foundation President LaVern Phillips.
According to a Siemens press release, "with a total of 64,000 square feet, the combined main component, tooling and spare parts facilities will be Siemens' largest wind power service distribution center to date in the U.S."
Phillips said the expansion is part of efforts by Siemens to centralize their service operations for more than 250 of their wind turbines which are already in service or are in the process of being installed in the area.
"In the past, wind farms such as OU Spirit, Crossroads and Keenan 2, which all use Siemens turbines, would just stockpile parts at each location," Phillips said.
But once construction is finished to renovate the interior of the 2 buildings at the Woodward industrial park, he said Siemens will be able to "centralize those parts and have one place from which they can send out parts to all locations."
A YEAR IN THE MAKING
Siemens' announcement was made Monday morning during the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) annual convention in Anaheim, Calif.
Phillips said the announcement comes almost exactly one year after the Woodward Industrial Foundation first met with representatives with Siemens at the 2010 AWEA conference in Dallas.
Gov. Mary Fallin was in attendance for the announcement as she was leading a delegation of state energy partners at the convention as part of efforts to market Oklahoma as the place to do business for wind energy development, according to a press release from her office.
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