Matt Rohret

Mr. Rohret, Business Development Manager and Project Engineer, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1972.  He has been in the upstream oil, gas, and geothermal industries for over forty years.  Matt began his career with Phillips Petroleum in Odessa, Texas, and worked as a completion / production engineer in the Permian Basin.  He eventually relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a drilling / completion engineer and later as a District Engineer for Kansas-Nebraska and Northern Natural Gas Companies.  In 1984, he worked as a well site consultant, drilling and completing wells throughout the Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent areas of the USA.  In 1993, Matt was hired by Exeter Drilling Company as a Drilling Manager until their sale to Nabors Drilling, Inc.  In 1997, Mr. Rohret became the Operations Manager for Tom Brown, Inc., a highly successful independent producer in Colorado and Wyoming.  In 2001, he was hired by Ensign US Drilling, Inc. and worked as a Drilling Manager in the Rocky Mountains until 2006, when he was promoted to West Coast Area Manager and moved with the company to Bakersfield, California.  In April, 2012, Matt joined Krummrich Engineering Corporation as Business Development Manager, USA.  Mr. Rohret has drilled and completed oil, gas, and geothermal wells in fourteen producing states of the USA, as well as operations work in Canada.


April, 2012 to Present:  Krummrich Engineering Corporation.  Bakersfield, CA.

Business Development Manager / Drilling, Workover, Completions Engineer
Responsible for expanding KEC’s engineering, wellsite supervision, and product reach in oil, gas, and geothermal operations.  Provide clients with skilled, competent wellsite supervision.  Personally provide engineering and project management as requested by client Operators for all phases of drilling, completion, and workover planning and execution.  Prepare well design programs and AFEs.  Provide technical advice to improve performance and/or avoid problems uncovered in previous operations.  Supervise daily operations through well site supervisors on location.  Produce post-drilling, workover, and completion performance reports evaluating expected vs. actual results, and review of problems encountered during daily operations.  At client’s request, provide on-site supervision and assistance during critical operations (horizontal drilling and completion operations, snubbing operations, frac stimulation, fishing jobs, etc.)

April, 2001 to April 2012:  Ensign United States Drilling Inc.

May, 2006 to April, 2012:  West Coast Area Manager, Bakersfield, CA.
Managed operations and conducted business for the Ensign California division.  Supervised a work force of 1,000 employees.  Made employee safety the top priority of our field operations.  Increased the rig fleet by the addition of nine new ADR technology drilling rigs by yearend 2012.  Directed expansion of operations into offshore platform work and geothermal drilling during the 2009 downturn.  Planned and executed several turnkey geothermal drilling operations.  Maintained a very close and highly visible working relationship with the rig managers, drillers, and rig crews.

April 2001, to May, 2006:  Drilling Manager, Denver, CO.
Managed the operations of assigned groups of rigs in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.  Bid solicitation, contract execution, AFE preparation, invoice preparation.  Turnkey and footage planning and execution.  Daily contact with rigs (morning reports, daily operations, troubleshoot downhole problems, equipment issues, rig personnel challenges).  On-site assistance during critical operations (fishing jobs, well control issues, equipment failure, etc.).

February, 1996 to April, 2001:  Tom Brown Inc. (acquired by EnCana Corporation).  Denver, CO.

Operations Manager
Successful independent oil and gas company.  Well planning, budget preparation, drilling schedules, contract negotiation, invoice approval.  Average $100 million budgets over four year period.  Designed, directed, and helped execute completion programs for all company wells.  100% of completions involved hydraulic frac programs.  Pumped several CO2 foam fracs, also extreme pressure N2 foam fracs.  Directed “no kill” policy (snubbing operations only) after stimulation, continuing until shut-in for pipeline connection.

May, 1993 to February, 1996:  Exeter Drilling Company (acquired by Nabors).  Denver, CO.

Drilling Manager
Supervised seven drilling rigs.  Performed all functions necessary to secure, execute, and complete work contracted for my rigs.  Complete planning and execution of all footage and turnkey operations.  Set several area drilling records in the Green River, Powder River, and Big Horn Basins, Wyoming.  Set world record (at the time) for most footage in one day using conventional rotary rig (5,539’ in 20 hours while picking up singles).  Supervised five rigs in the Amoco Green River Basin project (50 wells to 13,000’ Dakota sandstone in one year).

February, 1984 to May, 1993:  Independent Consulting Engineer.
Well site supervision.  Drilled and completed in all major basins in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  Air and parasite string drilling.  Cavernous formation drilling.  Directional drilling.  Remote wildcat work.  High pressure gas completions (SITP up to 9,600 psi).  Max oil flow rates up to 3,000 BOPD.  Snubbing operations (ram to ram) up to 5,000 psi.  Pumped wide variety of frac treatments (slick water, crosslinked gel, emulsion, alcohol, CO2 foam, N2 foam) and proppants (sand, resin-coat, ceramic, bauxite) in several formations throughout Rocky Mountains and Mid-Continent.  Was part of a three-man team that set record for frac treatments (Elk Exploration, 1993).  Supervised 163 frac jobs totaling 12.7 million gallons of frac fluid and 48.7 million pounds of sand in 12 weeks time. (Halliburton worldwide record at that time).

April, 1979 to February, 1984:  Northern Natural Gas Company (now Enron), Denver, CO.

District Engineer
Joined company at the start-up of their Rocky Mountain operations.  Directed all phases necessary to establish a drilling and production office.  Drilled and completed discovery well Fuller Reservoir Field, Wyoming.  Subsequently developed into 32 well development program, and successfully developed low rate “mini-frac” stimulation to minimize breakthrough into adjacent water sands.

November, 1975 to April, 1979:  Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company (now Kinder Morgan), Denver, CO.           

Drilling Engineer
Well site work throughout Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent regions.  Worked closely with    Colorado School of Mines to develop alcohol/N2 foam fracs for Niobrara chalk formation.  (SPE papers listed below.)  Also supervised slick water fracs at over 300 BPM, Hugoton Gas Field, Liberal, Kansas.\

May, 1972 to November, 1975:  Phillips Petroleum Company

Production Engineer, Odessa Texas
Work included completion, workover, and production programs in the Permian Basin.  Emphasis on Sprayberry/Dean completions in Midland area, Morrow gas completions in SE New Mexico.  Underbalanced perforating, N2 and CO2 acid and frac programs in Morrow gas sands.  Supervised my first frac treatment in 1973 (Sprayberry formation, linear gelled water).

Professional Papers

  • “Stimulation of the Niobrara Formation Using Foamed Methanol-Water”. SPE Paper 7174 presented at SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Cody, Wyoming.
  • “Niobrara Shallow Chalk Completion and Development”. Presented at Heart of America Drilling and Production Institute, Liberal, Kansas.