Visitors to the 2009 Gas Compressor Institute examine some natural gas flow meters and brochures at the Seward County Activity Center. This year’s institute starts Monday and will run through Wednesday, April 21, at the Activity Center. Keynote speaker is Marita Noon, executive director of CARE (Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy). Noon has quickly become known in the energy industry as a powerful voice advocating for the industry and citizens’ right to energy that is abundant, available and affordable. Daily Leader file photo/Robert Pierce
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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and the Petroleum Industry Education Committee has scheduled the 58th Gas Compressor Institute, April 19-21, at the Seward County Event Center in Liberal.
Keynote speaker is Marita Noon, executive director of CARE (Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy). Noon has quickly become known in the energy industry as a powerful voice advocating for the industry and citizens’ right to energy that is abundant, available and affordable.
CARE is associated with the New Mexico Oil and Gas Industry and its platform is the general statement, “Energy Makes America Great!” Noon’s pro-energy commentaries have been published in newspapers and industry publications from coast to coast and online commentary sites worldwide. She is a published author and has served as the president of a communications company.
This year’s conference offers a unique opportunity for technicians to participate in the following classes: Caterpillar Gas Engine Technology; Ariel Factory Training; Hands-On training in Basic Electronics and Compressor Panel Repair; Drive Selection and Maintenance; Laser Alignment; Air Fuel Ratio; and Reading and Understanding Engineering Drawings.
The Caterpillar and Ariel classes will begin at 1 p.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday. Pre-registration is required for the Caterpillar class; seating is limited for both classes.
Tuesday lunch sponsors are Great Plains Gas Compression and Foley Equipment Company. The Wednesday lunch sponsors are Disco Inc. and Stewart and Stevenson.
“We know everyone in our industry is busy and fewer people are expected to do more work, many times with fewer resources,” said GCI Chairman Ken Croy. “We think this slate of courses and Liberal’s location provides a win/win for users in our Five-State Region. Some of these courses would normally require a lengthy and expensive trip to a factory somewhere. Having these sessions right here in Southwest Kansas makes optimum use of your training dollar.”
An integral part of the Institute is the seventh annual Breeze Masters Golf Tournament. This is a four-person scramble format and an opportunity to enjoy on Monday. This will take place at Liberal’s premier Willow Tree Golf Course, with lunch provided by Cameron Compression Services and Reynolds-French and Company. For more information on Breeze Masters or hole sponsorships, contact Cody Long at (806) 595-0622.
Funds generated by sponsorships and attendance at the Institute provide scholarships at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for students who are interested in the oil and gas industry.
For more information or to register for the Institute and/or golf tournament, go online at www.liberalgasinstitute.com.
For further information contact: Chair Ken Croy, Swagelok, Liberal 624-7670; first vice-chair Don Ukens, Wireless Data Communications, Liberal 626-6800; second vice chair Cody Long, Cameron Compressor Systems, Amarillo Texas, (806) 595-0622; Reenie Jackson, SCCC/ATS Business and Industry Director, 620-417-1171; or Dave Miller, PIE board president, Great Plains Gas Compression, Hugoton, (620) 544-3440.