Oil Wars: The Empire Fracks Back

SULPHUR, Okla. – The United States lifts a four decade oil export ban, setting the stage for American frackers to compete against Saudi Arabia and OPEC in the world oil market.

Last November Saudi Arabia declared war on U.S. shale. With the threat of losing significant market share, Saudi Arabia increased their production as supply overflowed.

It is easy to go to war against an opposition that is unarmed: with the oil export embargo, the United States could not compete in the free market.

Oil Wars The Empire Fracks Back Kerr Pumps

The oil export embargo, passed as a measure to fight the nation’s last oil war with OPEC in the 1970s, was lifted Friday, December 18, 2015. The ban prohibited the sale of U.S. oil overseas and bottlenecked the oil produced in the United States due to refining limitations. Now the United States will compete with oil giants overseas.

Saudi Arabia’s gamble to starve out American oil companies might not look like a sure bet anymore. With technological advances and a year of streamlining our companies, the American oil and gas industry is poised to fight back.

The United States specializes in a light, sweet crude that will sell as a premium in world markets. Saudi Arabia believes they can outlast U.S. shale because of the high cost of domestic oil production.

For the United States to return as a significant force among global competition, technological innovations must continually emerge.

One of the highest costs of oil extraction in the U.S. is owed to hydraulic fracturing. Service companies routinely deal with frac pump maintenance, leading to countless hours of downtime and pump part replacement expenses.

The frac fluid end, a pump part notorious for its high cost and low operating life, is a major contributor to high operating costs of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Frac fluid ends, traditionally made of carbon steel, have a typical operating life ranging between 200 to 500 hours.

Kerr Pumps, an Oklahoma based manufacturing company, has spent years researching and developing innovative pumping solutions. Meeting the current demands of the industry, Kerr Pumps recently introduced their 2016 Super Stainless frac fluid ends. Super Stainless frac fluid ends have significantly increased life over competitors fluid ends, reducing downtime and increasing return on investment for fracking companies.

“When you go from 200 hours to thousands of hours, Super Stainless™ frac fluid ends become the most economical fluid end on the market. It is a windfall of savings for service companies. Our goal is the 5,000-hour fluid end. Every day that is our focus.” said Mark Nowell, CEO of Kerr Pumps and FlowValve, “We have a lock on the best material in the industry, and with our advanced surfacing, geometries and designs, we are providing tremendous savings.”

What this means for hydraulic fracturing companies is an increase in value and sustainability. Super Stainless™ frac fluid ends reduce waste and increases longevity of the pumps operating in the field. There is also less time on site because downtime is significantly reduced along with the overall cost to frac a job because the fluid ends are lasting significantly longer.

Given the current state of the oil industry, Kerr Pumps developed solutions that will help U.S. Shale compete in the global market.

Through American innovation and continuous improvement, Kerr Pumps will join others in the American Oil & Gas industry to lead the United States to the top force among global competition.

Don’t forget Saudi Arabia, the United States invented the oil industry, and now we are taking it back!

If you would like to know more about Kerr Pumps or information on Super Stainless™ frac fluid ends please visit kerrpumps.com/superstainless.

If you would like more information in general about Kerr Pumps, please contact Jake Foster at (580) 622-4207 or email at jfoster@kerrpumps.com.

Oil Wars: The Empire Fracks Back

HAAS No. 41 NASCAR- We’re on it!

Mark, Jake and Charlie with car


ReFull car drivers sidecently, HAAS Automation surprised FlowValve and Kerr Pumps by adding our name to the Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 Chevrolet for the NASCAR 2014 Sprint Cup season. This car is driven by Kurt Busch, who joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.


In the last few several years, Kerr Pumps and FlowValve have grown dramatically in the number of employees, square footage, machines, production and sales. With this growth and increased demand, there has been a strong relationship with many CNC machine manufacturers.

Kurt Bush leaning against carOne of the strongest working relationships in this growth has been with Haas Automation, from whom many of our new CNC machines have come. This is the reason behind the honor of being part of the wrap of the Chevy racecar.

It was also members of the Haas Automation team that when visiting our facility said they had never seen anything as innovative as Kerr Pumps and FlowValve’s patented PQC with iPAR system. It is a quality control system that takes the human error out of the machining process. It is an amazing system, and it was encouraging to know that it is not just us here at Kerr and FlowValve that think so, but also someone who deals with CNC machines every day and has seen it all.

A big thank you to all at Stewart-Haas Racing for this surprise!


HAAS No. 41 NASCAR- We’re on it!

Kerr Pumps and FlowValve at the Oil Show

This summer and fall, Kerr Pumps and FlowValve were able to attend three very good shows, two for the first time and one per tradition, to showcase new products and technology to our friends in the oil and gas industry.  All over the state of Texas we went to promote our pumps and red iron.

Starting in Fort Worth, we exhibited at the DUG Permian Basin conference and exhibition, put on by Hart Energy in May. It was the first time that Kerr Pumps and FlowValve had participated in this show, and it was a definite success.

DSC01780Being able to meet face-to-face with current customers and new prospects made the difference for us at the DUG Permian. Our focus at the Fort Worth show was to introduce our new technology. This is the patented process that all but eliminates error in our machining process. Developed in house by Kerr Pumps and FlowValve over two years with our best programmers, PQC with iPAR is as state-of-the-art as there is when in CNC machining. To learn about this incredible system, click here.

Our next stop was a few months later in a very similar show, also hosted by Hart Energy. This time it was in the beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas for the DUG Eagle Ford conference and exhibition in the middle of September. It was another show that went very well for the company. Again focusing on PQC with iPAR, along with some of our other products, including the QWS2500HD frac pump. At 2,500 horsepower and over 17,000 PSI, it is the largest of the Kerr Pumps Well Service line. We decided to continue the focus on this pump because it is an amazing machine, and also to show that Kerr Pumps has indeed expanded past our Classic series that was started in 1946. Even though we have made larger pumps for the better part of a decade, many in the oil and gas industry still only associate Kerr with one of our lines, not knowing that we have three incredible lines of pumps from 5  to 2,500 horsepower, as well as replacement parts. The DUG Eagle Ford show was a great avenue to remind the professionals that attended the show what all Kerr Pumps can do!

Fluid end croppedThe last show of 2014 was the largest both for Kerr Pumps and FlowValve, and as far as the number of attendees and exhibitors at the show. It was also the only show of the year that we have participated in before. We traveled to Odessa, Texas for the Permian Basin International Oil Show (PBIOS) in mid-October. This three day exhibition is one of the largest shows in the world. According to a man named Bob wearing a directors tag, the PBIOS is the 40th largest show of any kind in the world. This being said, it ranks high on the oil and gas industry scales for sure. We showcased the newest product in October, Super Stainless fluid ends. This proprietary metal is sold only by Kerr Pumps, and has amazing mechanical properties that make it significantly better than even 17-4 stainless steel when pumping abrasive material.

We also put special emphasis on FlowValve in both our outside and inside booths. One of our tables was dedicated to our Plug Valves and plug valve insert kits. FlowValve manufactures and entire line of high pressure flow line and fittings. Outside showcased the swivels and flow line along with the plug valves. Plug Valve, Swivel and flow line stand

The plug valves specifically are 2, 3 and 4 inch sizes, and are machined using the PQC with iPAR system, so they are machined amazingly precise.

Over all, these three shows were a success, and we look forward to working with the PBIOS and Hart Energy at future events.

Kerr Pumps and FlowValve at the Oil Show