New workshop series aims to educate Ohio companies about oil and gas service contracting

Andrew Thomas, executive in residence at the Energy Policy Center of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, recently authored a blog for Crain's Cleveland Business detailing how "local suppliers and service companies can position themselves to contract intelligently with operators and first tier contractors." Of particular significance are two trends in the oil and gas business that control much of the contracting: "The first is that drilling and completion operations are becoming increasingly complex, requiring more specialization and more subcontracting. The second is that industry custom is firmly entrenched and will only grudgingly give way to new ways of doing business, notwithstanding the unconventional business model that shale drilling presents." To educate local suppliers and service companies to these ends, the Ohio Shale Institute, which Thomas directs on behalf of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio, recently kicked off "its series of professional development workshops in Canton." For more, read the full blog.