OMNI was founded in 1987, as OMNI Drilling Corporation, to provide drilling services to the geophysical industry. In July 1996, OMNI Geophysical, L.L.C., acquired substantially all the assets of OMNI Geophysical Corporation, the successor of the OMNI Drilling Corporation business. OMNI Energy Services Corp. was formed as a Louisiana corporation on September 11, 1997, to acquire all the outstanding common units of OMNI Geophysical, L.L.C.
In 1997, OMNI commenced operations in the mountain regions of the western United States. In 2002, OMNI acquired all the assets of AirJac Drilling, a division of Veritas DGC Land. With the AirJac acquisition, OMNI became the largest domestic provider of exploration support services to geophysical companies operating in the U.S. In 2003 OMNI initiated exploration support activities in various Transition Zone regions of Mexico.
Today, the principal market of our Exploration Support Services Division is the marsh, swamp, shallow water and contiguous dry land areas along the Gulf Coast, the “Transition Zone,” primarily in Louisiana and Texas, where we are the leading provider of exploration support services in the region. We own and operate a fleet of specialized exploration support and transportation equipment manufactured for use in the Transition Zone. We believe we are currently the only company that can provide both an integrated range of exploration support and permitting services in all the varied terrain of the Transition Zone and simultaneously support operations for multiple, large-scale exploration projects. We have also expanded our reach to include major seismic data acquisition campaigns in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.
We provide dockside, onshore and offshore nonhazardous oilfield waste management and environmental cleaning services, including drilling rig, tank and vessel cleaning, safe vessel entry, naturally occurring radioactive material decontamination, platform abandonment services, pipeline flushing, gas dehydration and hydro blasting. Demand for our dockside vessel and tank cleaning and nonhazardous waste treatment businesses are primarily driven by drilling and well-site abandonment activity in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as reflected by the drilling rig count. Much of our cleaning and waste treatment business comes from residual waste created in the drilling process.
Rental Tools, Equipment, Products and Services
In 2006, OMNI purchased Preheat, a diverse oilfield services and rental equipment company, and Rig Tools, Inc., one of the largest rental equipment and tool companies on the Gulf Coast. OMNI extended its diverse fleet of rental equipment with the purchase of Charles Holston, Inc., in 2007, and Industrial Lift Truck in 2008. Through these units, OMNI provides customers with complete packages of rental tools and equipment necessary to drill a well. The purchase of B.E.G. Liquid Mud in 2008 further enhanced OMNI’s fluid transportation services and land-based equipment leasing operations. With these strategic acquisitions, OMNI has become a single-source oilfield services provider, with capability to provide drilling support packages that include drilling fluids, chemicals, storage, and mixing and fluid pumping services. Additionally, through Charles Holston, OMNI provides transportation of oilfield drilling and production fluids, fluid trucking, recycling, tank cleaning and disposal services.
With the acquisition of Williston, N.D.-based WISCO Inc. in 2011, OMNI has accelerated our growth in the prolific Bakken region. WISCO’s 50-year history in the Rockies encompasses a wide range of oilfield services to major and independent operators in five states, covering all the Northern Rockies and Great Plains. Core services include: Wireline, Tool and Equipment, Well Servicing and Plugging, Pumping Unit Service and Repair, Wellsite Accommodations, Ajax Engine Sales and Service, Roustabout Service, Wellhead Service, Trucking and Crane Service and Equipment Sales. WISCO will broaden its diverse service capability with the addition of OMNI’s full lineup of environmental and fluid handling services.
OMNI Energy Services Corp. has evolved into a premier, integrated oilfield services company with operations throughout the U.S.’s prolific onshore and offshore oil and gas regions. Our principal executive offices are located at 4500 N.E. Evangeline Thruway, Carencro, Louisiana 70520. Our corporate office telephone number is 337-896-6664. Our website address is omnienergy.com.