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Drilling equipment manufacturer opens in Oklahoma City

British manufacturer Centek is celebrating the opening of its North American sister company in Oklahoma City. Centek manufactures parts for oil and natural gas drilling. The company began operations in July. It has about 40 local employees and plans to expand to 100 over the next two years.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: September 25, 2012

/articleid/3712799/1/pictures/1841406">Photo - Tour of the new British manufacturer Centek which is opening its North American headquarters next week, Wednesday, September 11, 2012. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman  Jail Accreditation
Tour of the new British manufacturer Centek which is opening its North American headquarters next week, Wednesday, September 11, 2012. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman Jail Accreditation

Centek starting hiring and testing its lines in June before it officially began manufacturing its oil-field cylinders July 2.

Centralizers are designed to position the drilling bit and pipe in the middle of the well bore, allowing dirt and mud to flow freely around the well head and out of the hole during drilling and providing a strong cement seal when drilling is complete.

Centek's centralizers are specifically designed for the intense pressures equipment faces during horizontal drilling, as much as a mile down and two miles laterally below the surface.

“If the centralizer isn't strong enough to center the pipe or if it breaks, the consequences can be very expensive,” Berry said.

Michael Ogan, director of business development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, praised the opening as complementary to the city's other energy and manufacturing businesses.

“The metals industry we have here helps provide a labor force that supports them and skills they can use to easily ramp up their labor force,” Ogan said. “It's a little bit like the aviation industry in that some people make big parts, some people make small parts, and it takes all for the industry to be successful.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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