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Energy Maintenance Services: Experience to Maintain Essential Energy Utilities
Energy Maintenance Services (EMS) was founded by Tim Nesler in order to provide integrated solutions for the safe delivery of energy. EMS sets natural gas and liquids pipelines into operation and ensures functionality for decades, offering a full array of services from mapping to inspection to maintenance, data collection to data analysis to real-time reporting, environmental oversight, construction to cathodic corrosion protection.
Nesler’s one-stop-shop pipeline service company came about at an opportune moment. In response to pipeline ruptures in both New Mexico and the state of Washington, Congress amended new legislation to the Pipeline Safety Law of 1994, creating more opportunity for inspection, safety audits, risk analysis and increased penalties. This radically changes the way interstate and intrastate pipelines could be constructed, operated and maintained.
“EMS is a unique company, because we got our start in 2003 right after the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act was signed into place in 2002, and our intent from the very beginning has been to provide turnkey service to companies in compliance with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act,” explains Nesler, CEO of EMS. “We saw a need in the market to provide support to energy companies, gas power plants, chemical plants, refineries and integrated midstream and upstream companies and that’s exactly what we do.”
New pipelines are built, or proposed, on a daily basis. In order to keep up, EMS provides critical expertise to companies in the U.S. and Canada from its hubs in Houston, Texas, and Calgary, Alberta, with support branches spanning from New Jersey to New Mexico. The company employs a total of 1,500 to service over 500 blue chip oil and gas exploration and production companies, major pipeline operators, local distribution companies (LDCs), and independent power, refiners, utilities, LNG, power and pipeline operators throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Maintaining a transparent Statement of Qualifications, EMS informs potential clients how the company can provide a full range of superior services across the energy industry to ensure successful client operations.
“We have a few pipelines that we own and operate, but we also have clients who just want us to do some maintenance work on the compressor utilities and not the whole operation,” explains Nesler.
All in the Family
The firm insists on handling as much of the work in-house as it can manage. However, it does occasionally take on projects where it will regularly rely on a nationwide network of strategic partners. EMS also holds alliances with several other energy companies, drawing from their knowledge and resources. These relationships also allow the company to augment its already impressive workforce in order to provide comprehensive solutions.
“We self-perform the majority of the work, but on occasion we will sub out some specialty electrical work or other miscellaneous items when called for,” says Nesler. “In those cases we do have a network of partners that we can call upon that often the customer will request specifically. Some of these companies we have been working with since the very beginning and they’re just as important to the success of the project as our internal staff is.”
The company has found that staying on top of legislation and regulation is an endless, but imperative task, and it is aided by working with over two-dozen professional trade associations and organizations to assure all employees and operations are informed by and in accordance with all industry developments. “We started out mostly in response to the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act, but we have since been very active in helping clients who are concerned about compliance with the more recent Clean Air Act,” affirms Nesler. “We have an entire department dedicated to surveying the environment around the pipeline to ensure its compliance with all regulation.”
Geared to Go Far
EMS has become one of the leaders in the industry in just eight years. The company was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in 2009, proudly claiming number 302. With EMS’s reputation for unbroken momentum, it’s no surprise that safety is a cornerstone of the company’s operational philosophy.
“Safety is without question our number one priority as a company,” asserts Nesler. “We are a leader in safety for this industry and have had zero accidents in 2011.It’s important to us because our people are everything to this company. If they aren’t safe on the job site that means the client’s assets might not be safe and we just can’t have that. We have even hired doctors to the board to advise us on our safety program because we want our employees to make it home safely just as much as we want our clients’ assets to be well secured.”
EMS endeavors to design, build and operate facilities in compliance with all applicable safety laws and regulations, participating in the legislative and regulatory processes in order to contribute toward effective and well-rounded laws. All of its efforts have contributed to the ability to maintain profitability and volume, despite the economic recession following the credit crunch and mortgage crisis.
“Our challenge is the same as most other companies in that we’re always working to balance our spreadsheet and we’re proud to be deleveraged,” says Nesler. “Even though it seems like the economy is beginning to slow down again, the process of compliance is becoming more widespread, especially after the Horizon Oil Spill and the San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion of 2010 so we see a continued growth. Within three to five years I could easily see us having doubled in size.”
This growth is within reach because EMS employees aspire to create and maintain a noble workplace by committing to safety, to the highest standards of integrity, and to recognizing that the ability to excel and most competitively meet its customers’ needs depend on knowledge, skill, diversity and teamwork. Stressing ethical principles to strengthen relations between the company, its employees and third parties, Energy Maintenance Services will continue to engineer, construct, test, rehabilitate, improve and operate infrastructure that is integral to the nation’s operations.