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07-Jun-2016 / CNBC / Tom DiChristopher / View Article

Louisiana has shed thousands of oil and gas sector jobs since crude prices collapsed in 2014, and as the slump continues, the effects are spreading across the state.

Louisiana is one of the most important oil-producing states in the nation, home to drillers that operate in shallow coastal waters, and to shipbuilders and support companies that contribute to oil operations in the deeper waters offshore.

One place the pain is now being felt acutely is the bayou. Louisiana's low-lying marshlands have been buffeted from the north as drillers deactivate onshore rigs and from the south as surveying work in the Gulf of Mexico dries up.

"It's a total disaster. There's no other way to say it. We're in deep trouble, all of us, and something's got to happen."-Marc Moncla, co-owner Moncla Cos.

Louisiana's mining and logging sector, an official statistical category that includes oil and gas extraction, shed about 12,100 employees in the 12 months through January. Employment in the manufacturing sector, which is highly exposed to the energy industry, was down by nearly 7,000 positions during the same period.

Local economies from Houma to Lafayette, in particular, are feeling the pinch. Derricks are stacked up all along the highway from Houma to Morgan City. Fisherman are seeing their share of the pie shrink as laid-off oil workers flood the industry. Business is down at restaurants.

A rebound in crude prices from 12-year lows earlier this year has not yet provided relief, and bayou businessmen say oil probably needs to head significantly higher before their balance sheets look healthier.

Oil's magic number

Moncla Cos., a third-generation rig company, currently has only 2 of its 11 barge rigs operating on work sites. It weathered at least one stretch when its entire inventory sat idle for about a month.

Co-owner Matt Moncla said he was hoping demand would pick up when oil returned to about $45 a barrel, but now he thinks the magic number is closer to $60 or $65.

Even when rigs are running, day rates have collapsed from about $18,000 to $12,000, and the company has seen its revenue cut in half.

Though Gulf oil output is near highs, Moncla's clients aren't planning to bring on any new production that would require the company's services, said Marc Moncla, Matt Moncla's brother and business partner.

"It's a total disaster. There's no other way to say it. We're in deep trouble, all of us, and something's got to happen," he said.

Brothers Matt and Marc Moncla run Moncla Companies, a third-generation rig operation. They’ve had to cut their workforce by more than 60 percent as their revenues have sank 50 percent amid a protracted oil price downturn.
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Brothers Matt and Marc Moncla run Moncla Companies, a third-generation rig operation. They’ve had to cut their workforce by more than 60 percent as their revenues have sank 50 percent amid a protracted oil price downturn.

The underutilization and discounts have forced the company to reduce its employee count from about 650 to 250. Marc Moncla said he handled the layoffs himself.

"I know their kids. I know their husbands or their wives. I know them very well and it was a very personal thing for me to go and do that," he said.

While workers whom Moncla let go early on have found work in other industries, the cream of the crop who survived the first round of layoffs is now in dire straits, he said. By the time they got their pink slips and hit the market, there were simply no jobs left.

To make matters worse, he said he has to turn away job seekers virtually every day.

Oilmen gone fishing

During energy's boom times, Louisiana workers migrated from fishing boats to oil fields. But as the tide has turned in the energy sector, oilmen are returning to the state's waters.

James Blanchard, a shrimp boat captain and commercial fisher for the last 35 years, currently employs two men who previously worked for offshore drillers.

Before that, he took on his brother, who was also laid off from a drilling ship at the start of last year.

Blanchard said he welcomes the return of skilled workers to the industry. But the number of vessels has fallen over the last 10 years as shrimp prices have remained depressed, so the industry can't absorb every job seeker, he explained.

"There's only so many boats, and like I said, it's only a two-man crew, so you can't hire them all," he said.


15-Oct-2015 / World Oil / Editor / View Article
This year, LAGCOE honors Leon Charles Moncla Jr. as LAGCOE Looey 2015 in recognition of his 45-plus years of service in the oil and gas industry. LAGCOE Looey recipients have shaped the oil and gas industry through years of devoted hard work while continuously giving back to their community. This year’s commendable recipient is no different.
"LAGCOE Looey 2015 epitomizes the qualities of a true Southwest Louisiana oil man: entrepreneurial risk-taking, perseverance during tough times and enjoyment of life to the fullest,” said LAGCOE 2015 chairman, Steve Maley. "In the end, you pay it forward by giving back to the community and bringing the next generation along. These are the values of LAGCOE, and these are marks of the character of Mr. Charlie Moncla.”

Leon Charles Moncla, Jr. was born and raised in Lafayette, La. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1966 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1970. Moncla dove head first into the oil and gas industry, working at Pelican Well Service during the summers, while attending college.

Upon graduation, Mr. Moncla accepted a position in Houma, La. with McEvoy Valve Company, a division of Rockwell Manufacturing, where he worked for two years as a field representative. Between the years of 1972 and 1984, Moncla worked from the ground up at Pelican Well Service. He began as a roughneck, and by the end of the 12 years, was the company Vice President.

In November 1984, Moncla began his own business, Moncla Well Service, Inc. The company began with one rig and six employees. By the time Moncla would sell his company to Key Energy Services, Inc. in 2007, it would be home to 953 employees and 53 rigs.

Moncla attributes the success of Moncla Well Service, Inc. to the company culture that he helped instill in his employees. “Utilization is the economic work horse of any company. A company can only have good utilization by having hard-working, safe, and courteous employees. That’s what I try to work on every day,” said Moncla.

Mr. Moncla encouraged his employees to act, not only as a team, but as a family. He worked hard to recognize every employee and welcome them into the Moncla Well Service family. Moncla encouraged his employees to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and pray together at weekly meetings. He believed and convinced his employees that they were American heroes and patriots for the hard-work that they did and the energy that they delivered upon the completion of every well.

In 2011, after a brief retirement, Moncla became CEO of Platinum Energy Solutions, Inc., where oversaw the operations and administration of the company. In the first eight months of operation, Moncla, along with a core group of employees, worked to hire and train more than 300 employees that worked three frac fleets in Louisiana, South Texas, and Utah. In 2014, Platinum Energy Solution, Inc. sold its assets. It was then, that Moncla went to work with his family at Moncla Companies.

Moncla now works alongside his three sons, two brothers, and two nephews at Moncla Companies. Moncla loves working with his children and family members, and has enjoyed watching them grow into the strong team that are today.

Moncla Companies has grown over recent years, starting new affiliate companies. Moncla Companies has also gone international, the first international endeavor in the family’s history, sending a drilling rig to Belize, Central America. In 2012, Moncla Companies acquired the barge rig fleet from Tetra Technologies, adding to Moncla’s fleet as the largest workover barge company in the U.S. Also in 2012, Moncla Companies diversified, opening Moncla Workover & Drilling and Moncla E-Line.

In 2013, the family signed their first long-term contract, entering the platform rig market in Alaska with Moncla Offshore. “The benefits of my patience, along with my family’s hard work, can be seen today in the success of their own company. I can’t express how proud I am of them,” says Mr. Moncla. Moncla Companies is spearheading the oil and gas industry, with family values leading their way

04-Aug-2015 / The Advertiser / Ken Stickney / View Article
Longtime Lafayette and Houston oilman Charlie Moncla has been selected as 2015's "LAGCOE Looey," the ceremonial host of the biennialLouisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition. The announcement was made Monday at a luncheon at the Petroleum Club.
The principal role of LAGCOE Looey is to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the show. Chosen by the LAGCOE chairman and sporting a hardhat, "Looey" greets LAGCOE participants at the door, welcomes foreign delegations to LAGCOE and takes part in public ceremonies, such as the ribbon-cutting that opens the exposition.

Moncla worked for Pelican Well Service, a company owned by his father-in-law, but had to learn the business from the ground up, spending two years on the rigs. He later moved into safety, then sales, eventually moving up to vice president.

Moncla struck out on his own in 1984, purchasing a single rig and operating as Moncla Well Service; 10 years later, he owned seven. He grew the business as he added family members to its employment rolls: first, his son Mike, then his brother, Buck, and Charlie's second son, Marc. The company added 43 rigs by 2007, and added family members Cain, his brother; his son Matt; and two nephews, Andrew and Ben.


Each family member had to work his way up through the rigs; Moncla told stories about that experience and others, including his own years working on rigs, to Monday's luncheon audience.

Moncla Cos. eventually bought 11 local companies and became the largest independent workover rig company in the United States.

Moncla sold the company to Key Energy in 2008, became vice president of Key and later became chairman and CEO of Platinum Energy Solutions in Houston.

Moncla remains involved in numerous business interests, including a role in Clean Energy Technology Association Inc. in Fairfield, Texas, where he serves on the board along with Al Thomas, the 2013 LAGCOE Looey.

Moncla was chosen as LAGCOE Looey by LAGCOE 2015 chairman Steve Maley of Badger Oil.

LAGCOE Looey evolved from the cartoon character "Lafayette Looey" used for the first LAGCOE show, LAGCOE's website says. Lyle Cummins took on that symbolic role in 1955.


Since then, 34 more people have filled the role. Early in LAGCOE's history, Looey was chosen as the "every man" image of the oilfield worker — not unlike the cartoon character from the first show that sported a hard hat, coveralls and a 5 o'clock shadow. Nicknames of the chosen Looeys could be colorful in the early days: "Bugs," "Mumpsy" and "Nubbin."

In recent years, the honor has gone to high-ranking oil company officials like Donald Mosing of Frank's International, John E. Chance of C&C Technologies, Paul Hilliard of Badger Oil, "Bo" Ramsay and, in 2013, Al Thomas II of CETA.

One woman, Gloria Knox, handled the role. She served as Looey in 2001.

Thomas said he considered the role to be a two-year job, not a three-day position utilized only during the show. He represented LAGCOE at various events over the past two years. So did Ramsay during his tenure, which started in 2011.

Moncla said he would do the same, and take on whatever responsibilities LAGCOE presents him.

LAGCOE is scheduled for Oct. 27-29 at the Cajundome. The 2013 show drew a record 17,000 participants, including those who attended a job fair held during the exposition.



03-Aug-2013 / The Advertiser / Ken Stickney / View Article
For some 20 employees of the Moncla Cos., July meant time in Alaska.

But Alaska meant work, not play.

Co-owner Mike Moncla said last week that his company’s first platform workover rig, the Moncla 301, is “rigged up and working” in the Cook Inlet, a busy drilling area in southern Alaska. The company has 12 employees at a time on duty: six work days, six work nights for 21 days on, 21 days off.

“They love it up there,” Moncla said. “But they haven’t seen February yet.”

What they have seen, Moncla said, are ice-capped mountains as a backdrop for their work.

“It’s such a beautiful area, unseen by most people,” he said.

Moncla’s first workover rig was completed in June and shipped to Alaska in early July, a journey over land and sea that covered some 4,500 miles. The rig is staffed by Moncla employees, all of whom were eager to work in Alaska. In fact, Moncla said, he couldn’t accommodate everyone who wanted the Alaska duty.

The journey itself was an adventure. More than 30 trucks carried the rig’s pieces by land to Seattle, where the pieces were shipped by sea to Anchorage, then moved by truck to Nikiski. From there, the rig was loaded onto a workboat and taken to the platform. Cranes lifted the pieces up to the platform.

Moncla employees were flown to the site to assemble the workover rig. Final hookups were made by July 18.

Initially, the crews encountered some challenges in getting the rig working — there was some “trial and error,” Moncla said — but things are running smoothly now.

The platform workover rig is used to do heavy-duty maintenance and repairs for Hilcorp Alaska, a subsidiary of Hilcorp Energy in Houston. Moncla Cos. has enjoyed a longterm working relationship with Hilcorp, and the company encouraged the Monclas — brothers Mike, Marc, Matt and their Uncle Buck are co-owners — to do the Alaska project. The Monclas invested some $5 million, including their own company’s labor, in the rig, which was built by Superior Derrick Services in Parks.

The workover rig works on existing wells and is used in such tasks as repairing holes in tubing or casing in wells, or working on wells that are plugged and ready to reopen. It can work on several wells on one platform.

Hilcorp is building a second rig for work in Alaska — it is nearing completion — and the Monclas will staff that one as well using the same size crews that it has on the Moncla 301. Moncla said transport for the rig may begin within 30 days.

16-Jul-2013 / THE DAILY IBERIAN / MCKENZIE WOMACK / View Article
PARKS — Acadiana-based company Moncla Offshore Operations LLC debuted Wednesday night its first platform workover rig, the Moncla 301.

Hilcorp Energy Co., the third-largest privately held exploration and production company in the United States, contracted the Moncla 301. The derrick and substructure were built by Superior Derrick Services at its facility in Parks.

The auxiliary equipment is a collaboration of many pieces and vendors, said Mike Moncla.

“These pieces include pumps, mud tank, accumulator, power swivel, generator and steam heating system. We bought metal buildings and outfitted them to hold each of the auxiliary pieces to keep them out of the cold weather. The heat steaming system will pump heat through large lines to the different auxiliary containers. The rig is also winterized with wind walls to keep the cold air off the rig employees. We are hoping that we can work the rig year-round with these winterization efforts,” Moncla said.

Moncla Offshore Operations is a family-owned company based in Lafayette. Mike Moncla is the unofficial CEO, but the company is “not real big on titles” because in a family business, “we all have to do everything,” he said.

Moncla Offshore Operations and Hilcorp have worked together for 20 years on both the land and water.

“We have a real good relationship with them. I’m assuming they wanted to work with people they were accustomed to working with. They asked us if we were interested in going to Alaska, and that’s an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” Moncla said.

A workover rig is designed to work over a well and try to make it produce again, he said.

Manager of External Affairs in Alaska Lori Nelson said the majority of Hilcorp’s focus is on repairing wells. Last summer, the company had a “Derrick Down” project to remove old derricks on old platforms to make room for more efficient pulling units to repair and improve wells and hopefully improve production, Nelson said.

“We are the largest operator of the (Cook Inlet) area. By us bringing in pulling units, it’s just a sign of us making a commitment that we’re here to stay, and produce in the area,” she said.

Moncla said Hilcorp has approximately 10 platforms in Alaska each with 30 or 40 wells that have not yet been worked over.

“Hilcorp feels there’s a lot of production over to be produced … This is a huge step for us. Through the years, we’ve kind of stepped out and spread our wings when we got into the barge business, and we got into the tube testing and swabbing business. We felt like this is another opportunity for growth and diversity,” Moncla said.

The Moncla 301 is one of two workover rigs that Hilcorp Energy will use in the Cook Inlet area. Moncla 301 is scheduled to rig up in late June and will be on the Granite Point, according to a prepared statement.

Moncla will provide the labor force, which amounts to more than 50 additional Moncla employees, for both new rigs. The second rig is owned by Hilcorp and is scheduled to be in Alaska in July.

Hilcorp has been operating in Alaska for about a year and a half, Nelson said.

The company plans to take over aging field assets and get as much life out of them as possible. Drilling new wells is more time consuming and expensive, and Nelson said the existing asset base still has a lot of potential.

“We’re going to look to that to increase production before we look into any exploratory productions … We’re excited to have the units arrive. It means more production in the long-haul,” she said.

25-Jun-2013 / Upstream, The Oil & Gas International Magazine / Luke Johnson / View Article
Workover specialist Moncla Companies is looking to establish a permanent presence in Alaska after booking a multi-year agreement with Hilcorp Energy to operate a pair of rigs in the frigid frontier.

Hilcorp and Moncla announced a three-year agreement last week that would see the driller supply and staff a platform rig for jobs in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Moncla will also staff another rig currently under construction in Louisiana that Hilcorp will own.

The contract marks the first effort for the Lafayette, Louisiana-based driller in Alaska. Moncla typically contracts its barge and land rigs to customers in southern Louisiana and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, and two years ago it drilled a well for US independent Gulfport Energy in Belize.

The latest agreement with Hilcorp will be Moncla’s first in the cold climes of Alaska, but chief executive Mike Moncla sees the US state as a hotbed of opportunity.

“Alaska is definitely a market we are looking to expand into,” Moncla told Upstream in an interview. “We’re looking at acquisitions in that area as we speak.”

He said the company is looking to buy more rigs in Alaska and possibly an entire yard, likely by the end of this year. The company also plans to open up a “big office” in the state.

Moncla had to retrofit Rig 301 to prepare for the Hilcorp job, and winterise it for the 50-person crew that would be operating it.

The company had never contracted a platform rig so Rig 301 had to be modified to fit the beams on Hilcorp’s unit in Cook Inlet, Moncla said.

Moncla also contracted CRG Boiler Systems in Odessa, Texas, to provide the rigs with steamers to help mitigate harsh temperatures for workers.

Moncla is a third-generation family-owned driller, at least in terms of its business model. It started as Pelican Well Services in the mid-1950s and turned into Moncla Well Services in the mid-1980s. By 2007, Moncla was the biggest privately held workover company in the US, having grown its rig fleet from one rig to 53, according to the current chief executive.

Moncla went up for sale in 2006, and land-rig giant Nabors made the eventual high bid. In the end, Moncla said he and his brothers walked away from the deal.

“At the final hour, we just couldn’t pull the trigger,” he said.

Moncla ended up selling its business to Key Energy Services for $145 million in 2007. In May 2010, however, the Moncla brothers approached Key to buy back the barge division of the business.

“We knew that they really weren’t that fond of the barge business, and the market had dropped significantly, so we felt like it was an opportunity to start over again and get back to the family business, which is what we loved doing,” Moncla said.

Moncla now owns eight barge rigs and nine land rigs and is seeing high demand for its workover services, especially from operators like Hilcorp and Gulfport, companies that are able to squeeze oil out of areas that larger companies have dismissed as uneconomic.

Mike Moncla does not expect the demand for workover rigs to end anytime soon.

“As long as oil stays in that $90 range, I just don’t see us slowing down,” he said, adding that the company’s barge business is busier than its land business.

In addition to the planned Alaska expansion, Moncla hopes to re-establish offices in Mississippi and Texas, which existed before the sale to Key. He also said the company is looking at opportunities in the Bakken play of North Dakota.

“We’re young and we’re aggressive and we’re hoping to build our business,” he said. “We love the workover business. It’s in our blood.”

20-Jun-2013 / The Advertiser / Ken Stickney / View Article
PARKS — Moncla Companies’ first platform workover rig, finally complete after months in the making, won’t be long in Louisiana.

The company will break it down, pack it up and ship it to Alaska, a 4,500-mile journey over land and sea that starts next week and is scheduled to end July 3 in the Cook Inlet, a busy drilling area.

Mike Moncla, chief executive officer of the Lafayette-based company, said Wednesday the rig will do heavy-duty maintenance and repairs for Hilcorp Alaska, a subsidiary of Hilcorp Energy Co. in Houston with whom Moncla Cos. have had a working relationship. Moncla will staff both the Moncla 301, which was on display Wednesday, and a second platform workover rig nearing completion in Parks that will be owned by Hilcorp.

Although Moncla Cos. have never worked in Alaska, Moncla said the company has “a comfort level with us” from previous work in the Gulf. About a year ago, Moncla said, Hilcorp initiated talks with Moncla about contracting with them in Alaska. A rig that Moncla owned would not weather the Alaskan cold, so Moncla ordered a new rig — it will cost some $5 million including Moncla’s labor, he said — from Superior Derrick Services in Parks, which is also building the rig that Hilcorp will own.

Preparing the Moncla 301 was “like a giant Lego project,” said co-owner Marc “Spook” Moncla. The company is equally owned by brothers Mike, Mark and Matt and their uncle, Buck Moncla. Marc Moncla said the project encountered “many hiccups and bumps in the road” because not only did the rig need to endure the cold, it needed to withstand the seismic activity common to Alaska.

The Monclas also wanted to shield, heat and protect their approximate 50 company employees from the cold.

Mike Moncla said the workover rig, which only works on existing wells, will be responsible for such duties as replacing or repairing holes in tubing or casing in wells, or working on wells that are plugged and ready to reopen. The rig can work on several wells on one platform. Hilcorp acquired platforms from Chevron in 2012.

Marc Moncla said the last truck will leave Parks with the Moncla 301 rig around June 19-20. In Seattle, the rig will be loaded onto a steamship bound for Anchorage; from there, it will be transported by truck to Nikiski, Alaska.

20-Jun-2013 / Oil & Gas Online / x / View Article
Moncla Offshore Operations, LLC, will transport its first platform workover rig, the Moncla 301, to Cook Inlet in Alaska, for use on a Hilcorp Alaska, LLC, project, announced Mike Moncla, Chief Executive Officer of the five Moncla companies.

The Moncla 301 was contracted by Hilcorp Alaska, a subsidiary of Hilcorp Energy Company, which is a privately held exploration and production company based in Houston. The rig is one of two workover rigs being built by Louisiana manufacturer, Superior Derrick Services, LLC, at its facility in Parks, La., to be used in the Cook Inset project. The rigs were specially designed to sustain the harsh conditions of Alaska’s winter.

The Moncla 301 will be transported from the Parks facility in several truckloads beginning in late June, bound for the Cook Inlet site.

The Moncla 301 will be on the Granite Point platform and is scheduled to rig up in late June. The other rig, owned by Hilcorp and set to arrive in Alaska in July, is scheduled for the Graying platform. Moncla will provide the labor force – adding more than 50 employees to the Moncla team – for both rigs.

“This is an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up, and we look forward to the challenge,” said Moncla. “We are proud that Hilcorp thought highly of our service and reputation to pursue our services for this tremendous project.” The workover rigs are used to do maintenance on wells and will be used to rehabilitate aged producing and shut-in wells on platforms acquired by Hilcorp in 2012 from Chevron Corp.

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20-Jun-2013 / / Erin Steuber / View Article
Wednesday marked a special day for Moncla Companies of Lafayette as they unveiled their first platform work-over rig. A work-over rig is used to essentially revive old wells, and this one is about to embark on a tedious journey all the way to the last frontier, Alaska.

"It's something that's a little more challenging than we're used to down here," said Mark Moncla. "But at any rate, we're excited about the challenge and we spent a lot of money with some high tech equipment and hopefully it all works out for us."

Moncla was contracted by Hillcorp Energy Company, the third largest production and exploration company in the country.

"There's about 30 wells, 40 wells, per platform that this rig will rig up and then it will just be able to skid over on each well without having to rig all the way down, unless they change legs," said Mike Moncla. "Hillcorps says they have enough work, they're telling us for 10 years, but we have a three year contract. We're building this rig, which is our rig, then Hillcorp is actually building their own rig here as well at Superior Derricks, and then we are going to provide the labor for that rig."

50 employees, used to the south Louisiana climate, will now be working in extreme low temperatures, so the rig had to be "Alaska ready".

"We have a block heater that's on the inside, and basically it heats our block so when we crank the engine on we don't have a catastrophe and put a hole in our block," said Mark.

The rig will be shipped by boat and truck at the end of the week and will hopefully be operational in Alaska by the end of the month.

15-Jun-2013 / / Gypsy Lyn / View Article
Alaska, home to some of the worlds most extreme climates and dark winters. Also, home to many oil and gas rigs. Alaska, is perhaps one of the most challenging places on Earth for oil and gas exploration and production. Recently a company out of Louisiana, Mocla Cos. just completed building their first work over rig that is scheduled to be torn down and delivered to the Cook Inlet, a very busy drilling area in Alaska. This rig was built with moderation’s for climate, although, it operates much like the current rigs used in the Gulf of Mexico.

Although Moncla Cos. Have never worked in Alaska, they hope that the plans in constructing the work over rig will be more than satisfactory when it comes to dealing with the cold harsh winters and the seismic activity that is common to the state. This rig is called the Moncla 301 and will require approximately 50 employees to man the rig, and many more will be required for transport, assembly, and maintenance. Also, the company will be employing more hands for a second platform rig nearing completion and bound for Alaska later in the summer. The rig's will also hold a warming area for said employees, much like other rigs that are in current fabrication.

It is estimated that the rig will be on location and ready for operation by July 3rd, beginning its move around June 19th. It will first leave LA. Once in Seattle, the rig will be loaded onto a steamship bound for Anchorage. From there it will be transported by truck to Nikiski, Alaska, where a team will assemble the rig.

Mike Moncla, partial owner in Moncla Cos. Explains that the rig will only work on existing wells, and will be responsible for repairing holes in tubing or casing. It will also be responsible for working on wells that are plugged and ready to reopen. The rig itself can work on several wells within one platform.
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12-Jun-2013 / Lafayette / Doug MacDiarmid / View Article
One Acadiana based oil services company was celebrating a major accomplishment Wednesday.

The Moncla 301 is the first platform work over rig created by the Moncla companies. For some it might not seem like a big deal, but it's where the Moncla 301 is heading that makes this project unique and challenging.

"It's a different world for us.It's gonna be a nice challenge for us, but we're up for it," says Mike Moncla.

Moncla is a small, independent oil services company based in Acadiana. They specialize in land and sea operations, but the Moncla 301 is their first platform work over rig.

"We've been in the barge business and the land work over rig business a long time but a platform rig is just a different animal," explains Moncla.

In essence, work over rigs provide maintenance to rehabilitate aged producing and shut in wells, so they can reach their maximum potential again.

It was not only a challenge to construct the rig, but to prepare it for where it's going, Alaska.

"We're pumping steam into all those compartments so they can work in there. We also put up wind walls that are 12 feet so we can protect the employees," says Moncla.

Besides the obvious cold weather, the job presents another dangerous element for the 50 Moncla employees headed to Alaska.

"Anchorage, Alaska is a very seismically active area, so we had to do a lot of seismic loading and there's a whole lot of engineering went into this rig," says Marc "Spook" Moncla.

The Moncla 301 will service platforms for three years in the Cooke Inlet that are owned by Hilcorp Alaska.

"Most of those wells have not been worked over in 30, 40, 50 years, so they have a big project they needed to accomplish," says Mike Moncla.

The Moncla's know the success of this job could open the door for more projects like this in the future.

"We hope that people will consider using a small independent company like we are, and we're up for the challenge," says Marc Moncla.

The Moncla 301 is expected to be loaded up piece by piece for the long journey to Alaska

08-Jun-2013 / The Advocate / Advocate Business Staff Report / View Article
Moncla Offshore Operations LLC has completed its first platform workover rig, the Moncla 301, under a contract with Hilcorp Energy Co.

Mike Moncla, chief executive officer of the five Moncla companies, said the rig was built by Louisiana manufacturer Superior Derrick Services LLC at its Parks facility in St. Martinville. The rig is being transported in several truckloads to Cook Inlet in Alaska.

The Moncla 301 is one of two workover rigs that Hilcorp Energy will use in the Cook Inlet. The Moncla 301 will be on the Granite Point and is scheduled to rig up in late June. The other is owned by Hilcorp and will arrive in Alaska in July and is scheduled for the Graying platform.

Moncla Offshore Operations will provide the labor force of more than 50 employees for both rigs.

Workover rigs are used to do major maintenance on wells, and will be used to rehabilitate aged producing and shut-in wells on platforms which were among the Chevron Corp. assets acquired by Hilcorp in 2012.

Moncla Companies employs nearly 400 people.