Support services employed around
8,400 statewide in 2013, according to
a 2014 report from McDowell Group,
Inc. Those jobs are spread nearly equally throughout Anchorage, the Kenai
Peninsula, and the Matanuska-Susitna
Borough, with pockets of employment
in the Fairbanks North Star Borough,
Valdez, and elsewhere in the state. The
work generates approximately $700
million in wages.
The massive economic engine that is
Alaska’s oil and gas industry harnesses
support services of all sizes, from family-owned businesses like Metal Magic
to corporate subsidiaries like NANA
Oilfield Services, Inc. (NOSI). Despite
the difference in size, the two companies share one thing in common: deep
ties to Alaska industry.
NANA Oilfield Services, Inc.
Founded in 1975 to support NANA’s
North Slope camp, NOSI is the only
full-service Chevron 1st Source Mar-
keter in the region and provides bulk
fuel delivery, lubricant, and water to the
North Slope and Red Dog Mine. It’s a
straightforward service with a vital role
in the state’s natural resources sector.
“We provide the services, lubricants,
and fuel to keep the equipment running,”
says Brad Osborne, NOSI president.
The company’s three main services
“all kind of run hand-in-hand,” Osborne says, and NOSI has seen an increase in demand for those services
over the past two years or so. He attributes it to new development stemming
from a recent change in the state’s oil
Besides the tax structure change,
Osborne says one of the largest recent
changes to his business has been a new
federal requirement to use ultra-low
sulfur diesel, which is not produced on
the North Slope. Having to truck fuel
in from Fairbanks adds another layer
of complexity to the work his company
does, Osborne says.
Previously, the company could ac-
quire fuel from a North Slope topping
plant. These days, the fuel comes from
either Nikiski or Valdez via Fairbanks.
The sourcing change required new in-
frastructure and a new way of doing
things for a business with strong con-
nections to Alaska’s oil and gas industry.
“In the big scheme of things we’re
still adjusting,” he says. “It’s been an
evolution—it’s still a work in progress.”
Besides support services for North
Slope operations, NOSI provides nu-
merous jobs: Osborne says half his
company’s workforce is comprised of
NANA shareholders. Its work has ex-
panded well beyond the original camp.
The company’s most identifiable project these days is Point Thomson—the
ExxonMobil development on a site estimated to hold 8 trillion cubic feet of
natural gas and 200 million barrels of
natural gas condensate. NOSI has no
small role in that project.
“We’re supplying all the fuel for all the
activity going on up there,” Osborne says.
That includes bulk delivery services,
“We’re supplying all the fuel for all the activity going on up there.”
—Brad Osborne, President, NANA Oilfield Services, Inc.
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