Driver Pipeline Expands Presence

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3

An integrated oil and gas pipeline contractor, Driver Pipeline has been fulfilling the energy industry's construction, maintenance and repair needs since 1971. Headquartered in Irving, TX, near Dallas, the company has opened its fifth regional field office in Waskom, TX, approximately 15 miles from Shreveport, LA. Driver Pipeline chose the six and a half-acre site as their primary headquarters for servicing the needs of its customers in the Haynesville Shale located in Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and eastern Texas.

A major player in helping to bring the Barnett Shale to market in north Texas, Driver Pipeline expects to supply the same pipe-in-ground resources in the Haynesville field. “We are excited about our new Haynesville office and the opportunity to build a new facility in the area,” said Jim Shaffer, president of Driver Pipeline. “Our goal is to bring the experience we have gained helping our Barnett customers to the Haynesville field.”

When fully operational, Driver’s Haynesville office will employ between 150 and 200 people laying anywhere from 4- to 36-inch pipe, according to Harold Peters, district manager of Driver’s Haynesville office.

While the price of natural gas remains somewhat anemic, the rig count in north Louisiana remained positive at 129 in late January 2010. With the expectations that Haynesville will become the largest natural gas producing field in North America by 2019, surpassing the Barnett Shale, Driver Pipeline’s Haynesville office fully expects to play a major role in bringing the gas to the marketplace. 214.638.7131, www.driverpipeline.com